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Alba Heritage
American Heritage
Black Solid
Black Watch
Buchanan Muted/Antique
Campbell Ancient
Douglas Green Modern

Forrest Green Solid
Graham of Menteith
Green Solid Canvas
Grey Heritage

Gunn Ancient
Gunn Weathered
Heritage of Scotland
Isle of Skye Modern
MacDonald of the Isles

MacGregor Red
MacLeod of Harris
Ramsay Blue
Stewart Black
Stewart Hunting
Stewart Royal
Thompson Camel
Thompson Grey

Utilikilt Standard Black
Utilikilt Original Black
Utilikilt Original Olive
Utilikilt Original Postal Blue
Utilikilt Original Sand
Utilikilt Mocker Olive

UK Expo Utility kilt
Amerikilt Olive and Saffron
Mountain Kilt

Utility kilts    

Mountain Kilt

Around 2000 or so the American company Mountain Hardwear, renowned for clothing and equipment for outdoor sports launched their Mountain Kilt, meant for hiking. It was extremely light weight and fast drying, had however, due to the total absence of pleats, little to do with a kilt. Technically it was a wrap skirt.

For this reason some kilt wearers rejected it whereas others to the full accepted it, despite they claimed they would never ever dream of wearing a skirt. I bought one back in 2004, wore it once or twice that summer and never since. For hiking it was too long and not wide enough to be really comfortable.



You might also realize that, if you don't take care, you could, step by step, come too far from what was your intention when starting wearing kilts. I think a little experiment I made that summer 12 years ago illustrates what I mean:


Mountain kilt
A cheap skirt from H&M


Hardly anyone can tell the difference, I'm sure. Both will most likely be regarded just skirts. If a skirt is OK with you and your surroundings, go wear it, your decision. If not, and you put emphasis on a manly appearance, better stick to "real" kilts. For my part the Mountain kilt ended up in a charity shop, but perhaps someone out there is still wearing it?

A few years ago Mountain Hardwear replaced their Mountain Kilt with a new one, called the Elkommando Kilt. It is a bit shorter and, due to pleats, wider which is an enormous advantage compared to the original Mountain Kilt. And last not least, visually it is much more a (utility) kilt. Should you be interested in the Elkommando Kilt, take a look. It may not be available all year round, however. It comes and goes.


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