The photo at the right shows Backpacking Light Editor Don Wilson modeling the new Montbell Hiking Kilt. Don modestly wore it over jeans in this photo, while explaining that it’s common to see people (mostly women) wearing kilts on the Pacific Crest Trail in hot weather. Further, he feels that it’s very practical attire to stay cool on the southern part of the trail, where bugs are few and rain is rare.
We think Don has spent too much time by himself on the PCT.
The Montbell Kilt is nicely tailored and appointed. It’s made of a thin layer of quilted ExcelLoft insulation with a 30d calendared nylon face fabric. We suggested that a Spartan plaid or a tie-dyed pattern might make a stronger statement, but were told to go twiddle our bagpipes. Anyway, the kilt is adjustable for waist size via a set of snaps, and there is no other closure other than the fabric overlap and snap. Placing the closure at the front provides the most freedom of movement (and reveals a little bit of leg). As Don so willingly demonstrates, it doubles as a warm shawl over the shoulders on chilly evenings.
All kidding aside (almost), the Montbell Hiking Kilt is a fantastic layering piece. It can be worn either by itself or with any number of layers under or over it, or whatever. Finally, we are wondering if the Montbell Hiking Kilt might be a literal translation of an eVENT garment!
Specifications and Features
- Manufacturer: Montbell
- Sizes: One size fits most
- MSRP: $55