Two Loves This Winter — Smartwool PhD Smartloft Insulated Skirt and Cast Iron Skillet Cookies


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 13, 2015      
The Smartloft skirt keeping my legs cozy while on a fat bike mission near Telluride. I really like how you can choose how many button snaps you want to use. Here I have the bottom few un-buttoned for more movement. On this adventure, I discovered that the skirt is great for blocking mud/snow spray from my backside and seat. It all washed out just fine!

Smartwool Smartloft skirt keeping my legs cozy while on a fat bike mission near Telluride. I really like how you can choose how many button snaps you want to use. Here I have the bottom few un-buttoned for more movement. On this adventure, I discovered that the skirt is great for blocking mud/snow spray from my backside and seat. It all washed out just fine! Click images to enlarge.

At home in Telluride

At home in Telluride.

For quite some time I’ve been wondering about these insulated winter skirts that I’ve been seeing on the market. This winter, living in Telluride, Colorado I decided to give one a try.

I fell in love.

When it comes to post-ski comfort, this skirt takes the cake in my opinion. After skiing back to the car I pull my boots and bibs off, then put this skirt on over my base layers and have a cute and comfy butt warmer for the drive home. Handy when sitting on a cold car seat or going for beers.

Made of %100 Merino wool, the inside lining of the skirt is soft and odor resistant. The interior fill is three-quarters wool and 25% polyester.

Made of %100 Merino Wool, the inside lining of the skirt is soft and odor resistant. The interior fill is three-quarters wool and 25% polyester.

I found that the mid-rise design fit me pretty true to size. I have a long torso and legs, but the length of the skirt feels spot on. Here I’m wearing a size small. The back of the waist band is stretchy.

A small, albeit handy pocket sits at the right waist band. It is good for a few credit cards and some cash, but that’s about it.

A small, albeit handy pocket sits at the right waist band. It is good for a few credit cards and some cash, but that’s about it.

Features that I like:

  • The 6 snap buttons are easy to use with gloves on. They stay closed well, but still allow me to rip the skirt off quickly in one go (remember those soccer pants with snaps all the way down the legs? Ripping this skirt off is just as satisfying as those were!)
  • I can use all of the snaps when I’m wearing the skirt casually or only use the top 3 when I’m using it for something active like XC skiing, biking, or skinning from the house.
  • No complicated washing directions and it comes with a DWR finish.
  • Super comfortable and versatile. Looks great in town with leggings for a causal look or covered in mud after an epic day.
  • Next winter, a zipper is replacing the snap closure on the skirt. Hopefully it doesn’t alter the ability to modify the amount of movement you need. Also the 2015/16 line has new colors and patterns.

    Next winter, a zipper is replacing the snap closure on the skirt. Hopefully it doesn’t alter the ability to modify the amount of movement you need. Also the 2015/16 line has new colors and patterns.

    My second love this winter? Giant chocolate chip cookies baked in a cast iron skillet.

    Soul food. Note: cast irons hold flavor, so depending on what you’ve made in it in the past, your cookie could end up tasting a bit savory.

    Soul food. Note: cast irons hold flavor, so depending on what you’ve made in it in the past, your cookie could end up tasting a bit savory.

    Here is what you need:
    3 cups flour (I like whole wheat)
    1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 ¼ teaspoon salt
    1 cup dark brown sugar
    1 cup sugar
    2 sticks soft butter
    2 large eggs
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    8 ounces (or whatever your heart desires) of bittersweet chocolate chips

    Oven: 350°F
    Pan: 10 or 11 inch cast iron skillet, buttered. Make sure it is at least 2 inches deep.

    Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
    Mix butter and sugars in another bowl. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix in vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and chocolate.
    Scrape the batter into the skillet and spread evenly in a layer.

    Bake the cookies for 35-45 minutes. The dough should be golden brown around the edges. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes.
    This is where it gets exciting; I see it as two options:
    1. Crowd your friends around, supply them with spoons (I recommend at least 5 of both), dump a pint of vanilla ice cream over the top, then race to finish the whole thing before the ice cream melts. It’s a joyous combination of laughter and simultaneous burning of the roof of your mouth and getting a brain freeze. Good fun!

    2. Cut the cookie into wedges like a pie, remove slices and serve on plates like civilized folks.

    Sometimes when I don’t have all the supplies, I’ll buy premade cookie mixes. Make them as the directions say, but then just pour the dough into a skillet. Generally, I preheat the oven 5°F higher than what the box says. You’ll have to keep an eye on it too, cause it takes a bit longer to bake.

    Enjoy!

    Insulated skirts on sale here.

    If you aren’t into skirts, how about a skillet that will last generations?



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    Comments

    4 Responses to “Two Loves This Winter — Smartwool PhD Smartloft Insulated Skirt and Cast Iron Skillet Cookies”

    1. Lisa Dawson May 14th, 2015 12:30 pm

      Nice!

    2. Julia May 15th, 2015 4:25 pm

      Mmmmm give me cookie NOW.

      Awesome! Thanks for the review, I’ve always wondered about those winter skirts as well – I might just have to try one!

    3. Jess Portmess May 27th, 2015 11:43 am

      Awesome, thanks for this review! So, it seems like the insulated skirt is good for post-activity lounging, but can they also be used for something like cold-weather running? I’m just wondering whether there’s an intersection with the running-skirt and insulated-skirt movements.

    4. Rachel Bellamy May 31st, 2015 11:03 pm

      Jess, this skirt is great for post activity lounging and it seems to me like it would work okay for running. However, if you’re doing steep runs uphill you’d probably run into some issues with movement restrictions. This skirt isn’t really stretchy. However, there are many other insulated skirts out there and I bet that more than one of them would be a great intersection between the running and insulated movements. Hope this helps!





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