Testing the Enso Sport Skirt, Water of Leith, Edinburgh

I was very happy to be back in Edinburgh at the weekend and on Saturday and we kicked it off with a nice steady run along the Water of Leith, the main river running through the city from the port of Leith into the sea via the Firth of Forth.

We started at the visitor centre in Slateford and ran along the river to Balerno, about 5 miles, following the trail and wishing walkers a good morning on our way. At Balerno, where the trail ends, we headed for the Pentland Hills, for about a mile uphill on the road and a cut through on a beautiful riverside trail to a coffee stop at Harlaw.

Earlier in the week I’d met with young engineer and entrepreneur Karina, who has launched her own company, Enso Sport – creating functional and feminine sports skirts for active women – and kindly gave me one of her skirts to try out on the trails. There are currently two colours in the range and I chose the electric blue, as I already have and wear a black skirt from Odlo for running and I thought it would make a nice change.

So how did the Enso skirt fair on the trails?

In short, I loved it. The skort, as I like to describe it, has tight shorts with a skirt over layer, a drawstring waist and a longer drop hem at the back. There are two zip pockets at the front and back, as well as a pocket on the left side of the short, and a hole for headphone use on the same side. The skirt also has drawstrings on both sides to make it as long or as short as you wish.

When running, the shorts were comfortable and stayed in place and the skirt simply draped over them, creating a nice feminine shape. I don’t tend to carry anything on me when running, but I did put my coffee money in the back zip pocket, and I tied both side drawstrings to create a shorter ruffle of the skirt on each side.

I wear a UK 6-8 on my lower half and the size small fitted well, but the size range includes XS-L and I would recommend trying a few sizes, as you can return for a full refund. The skirt currently retails at £54.99 but you get 10% off your first purchase, and although I initially thought this was expensive, other running skirts from popular brands such as Salomon and The North Face range between £40-60.

After coffee we headed back to the city but took a different return route via Torduff and Colinton Downs for a bit of variety. Even in Scotland the weather has taken a turn for the better, it was pleasantly warm and I was glad I’d chosen to wear my skirt and that it hadn’t let me down. After a half marathon distance on the trails and a jaunt along one of my favourite flat stretches in Edinburgh, the Enso running skirt held up.

Ladies, if you already run in a skirt check out Enso and see if they work for you, and if you’ve never tried one maybe this review has tempted you to start a collection! Tell the lovely Karina I sent you and see you rocking a running skirt on the trails soon!

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