All About Kilts

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Kilts That Aren't

This is a sensitive topic, but it must be said. Not every item on the market pedalling itself as a kilt really is. Now, I've got a pretty relaxed standard of what a kilt has to be. It doesn't have to be tartan. It can be leather, denim, khaki, or any one of a number of materials. It can be quite a variety of yards.

A kilt is a garment made for men that's about knee length with pleats in the back. Now there are some garments out there that can't meet this requirement, but they call their products kilts. Lets take a look.

Running Kilts

Running Kilts are designed primarily with runners in mind. Instead of wearing the chaff-prone running shorts runners can wear the Running Kilt, which isn't a kilt at all, but rather an unpleated mini-skirt.

Surf Kilts

Not really kilts at all, but some well-designed Sarongs for surfing. Nothing wrong with these, but a Sarong's not a kilt. Its not pleated and the way its worn in the pictures it goes all the way down to the ankles.

Just Change by J'Dez:

This is one where there's so much wrong with the product line of kilts. 3 out of the 4 "kilts" have one pleat in the back and convert into shorts, which offers some convenience on a windy day, but with one pleat its still not a kilt. The fourth design meets my minimum qualifications, but the pleating design doesn't look very well in the picture.

Mountain Kilt

This is a light weight hiking "kilt". The only problem with this one is that its unpleated and therefore not a kilt, thought is the right length.

Now, I'm not slamming all these companies and their products. I've never bought from them so I don't know about the quality of their work, but they should be up front about what their selling. If their selling a skirt or a sarong, say it. Don't call something a kilt for marketing reasons. Call your product what it is, but don't give it a name that clearly doesn't apply.


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