"Matt, thanks for the links. Have seen the SportsKilts. Not a fan of tartans as it seems akin to wearing a national flag of a country to which I do not belong... Just my own quirk."
They have a bunch of generic tartans anyone can wear. The Black Watch, for example.
"Regarding Ultilikilts vs. your others, do you find much difference in comfort/coverage while sitting when comparing the narrow apron of the UK and the more traditional wide apron of the others?"
The heavy apron of the Utilikilt is nice. You sit and it automatically drapes between the legs. That said, i much prefer the traditional kilts for pure comfort. They are lighter than the Utilikilts and are more comfy on a long hike. On the flip side, girls see the Utilikilt and think "SPARTACUS!".
"And have you heard of Alpha Kilts? The Compass model looks nice. I am a bit hesitant as there seems to have been some bad blood regarding this maker on one of the kilt forums. Don't know details."
I have seen them and was not impressed by the fabric they used. Poly/cotton, i believe.
"Ok, I admit, I'm curious about the kilt. Does it really help with chaffing? If bare legs rub together, might it be worse in the upper thigh area? (Speculation) And what about insects, both ticks and flying/biting bugs?"
Wearing a kilt is not any worse than wearing a pair of shorts where bugs are concerned. I have never had a problem, even when hiking during a spring hatch here in Oregon. Since i started using Band Aid brand blister sticks, chaffing has not been a problem. The air circulation helps, also.