MYOG KILT
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Jay Reed
(Sleeveless9) - F
MYOG KILT on 02/09/2012 13:37:24 MST Print View

Looking to fabricate a kilt for a thru-hike. Since my options are limitless, any good ideas? One for cold weather, one for warm? Mainly curious about fabric (possibly Supplex?) but feature ideas would be greatly appreciated as well. Thanks.

Clint Hewitt
(WalkSoftly33) - F

Locale: New England
Re: MYOG KILT on 02/09/2012 17:12:27 MST Print View

I would say make one out of a light weight quick drying nylon for warm weather. And carry a pair of light weight wind pants for colder weather.

I used a Brown Mountain hardware Kilt for a month during an AT thru. The material was heavier and thicker, when it rained it absorbed a lot of water and really weighed me down. I stopped wearing it because of this issue and the fact the pocket was lower down on the leg and if anything was in there it would swing quite a bit, wished it was higher up. In subsequent years I believe they used a lighter material.

Ideally I would want light weight quick drying nylon that came in a red and blue plaid pattern. That way it would look like an authentic kilt and not just a brown skirt.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
MYOG KILT on 02/09/2012 18:06:06 MST Print View

Get a Sportkilt hiker or Stillwater thrifty kilt. Both are pretty cheap and are great choices.YMMV.

M

Jay Reed
(Sleeveless9) - F
Hmmm... on 02/09/2012 18:28:15 MST Print View

Any thoughts on Pertex or Supplex. I would prefer a solid color (I actually like the look of that Mountain Hardwear brown) because I am not Scottish and don't want to pose. How about a waistband that is very tall to go under and be held up by the backpack waistbelt?

I looked at the Sportkilt hiker but am unsure as to the fabric choice. It is described as microfiber which I am not sold on. Water absorbtion issues with that one? Also, I think it could be lighter with Pertex or Supplex. I am not very knowledgable when it comes to these fabric choices though. Any thoughts?

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
MYOG KILT on 02/10/2012 00:44:07 MST Print View

One thought: do you really want to be wearing such a light kilt when the wind picks up? Sometimes a little weight might help, that's why kilt pins were invented. In my experience, the Sportkilt absorbs almost no water and feels almost too light sometimes. Very airy.