The Maloja Pischa cycling skort ($99) is the mullet of cycling wear. It’s a skirt in the front! Shorts in the back!
The Maloja Pischa is not my first rodeo in cycling skirts. I was all over the Skirt Sports Cruiser Girl back in 2010. At that time, Skirt Sports had the best cycling skirt. Its sleek design, longer skirt, silicone grippers on the legs, integrated chamois with iPod pocket on the hip and a cord port in the skirt all contributed to a comfortable day on and off the saddle. I tried the Pearl Izumi Superstar cycling skirt a year or so later. I liked that the short and skirt were detachable, which the Cruiser Girl was not.
But the Superstar’s shorts were too short. They were made with a light mesh weave fabric. The chamois was thin and unimpressive. And with no silicone grippers, the legs rode all the way up to my hips. Although the cheesy shorts are easily swapped for a pair of shorts with a better chamois, more coverage and silicon grippers on the legs, this still uncovered two problems. The first was that the cyclist was basically paying a lot of money for a simple skirt overlay. The second problem was that skirt was essentially two pieces of fabric that just overlapped in the front, which then draped completely to the sides and exposed my legs and a bit too much of my upper thighs.
The Superstar and the Cruiser Girl have since become my frame of reference for comparison.
Note: Both these earlier forays into cycling skirts was 2010-2011 and I haven’t tested newer iterations of these skirts.
Anyway, on to the Maloja Pischa review!
What I Love
Integrated short but it isn’t a chamois. Like the Skirt Sports Cruiser Girl of yore, the Maloja Pischa has integrated shorts. But what I absolutely love about the Maloja (but hated with the Skirt Sports) is that Maloja’s integrated shorts are relaxed board shorts that easily and comfortably accommodate any chamois without feeling bunchy or bulky. The reason I like the skirt and chamois separate is because the skirt doesn’t get nearly as manky as the chamois so I can get away with not washing the skirt after every use.
Length. The shorts on my size small have a seventeen-inch inseam. The skirt part (remember, skirt in the front, shorts in the back, mullet style) has an inseam of fourteen inches. In my opinion, it’s the perfect length and hides a multitude of sins. If you’re a size four and stand approximately five foot, six inches tall, expect the skirt to hit about four inches above the knee when standing. Nice length off and on the bike.
Skirt doesn’t catch on the seat. Long live the mullet! With the skirt in the front and shorts in the back, the skirt never catches on the seat when I stand up on the pedals or dismount. Sadly, this was an issue with my circa 2010 – 2011 cycling skirts.
Style. The overall package delivers a hip European vibe with a chic silhouette that is reminiscent of a pencil skirt design, rather than the flouncy, girly-girl A-line skirts of the Skirt Sports and the Pearl Izumi. If I’ve learned anything from binge-watching What Not To Wear it’s that it doesn’t matter what kind of figure you have because you will always look the business in a pencil skirt.
Breathable and well-made. The fabric is very light and airy so plenty of ventilation and breathability to be had, even on hot and humid days. The quality in construction is there too. Instead of single- or double-stitched seams, its seams are triple stitched.
Comfortable. The Maloja Pischa is made with a four-way stretch polyester/spandex fabric. The waistband is wide and stretchy and very forgiving, even when in the more aggressive cycling positions.
Secure pocket in front. A little thing but it means a lot to me. It’s where I stash my iPod Nano. If you don’t use one, it’ll hold a key, ID, or money.
What I Hate
- Online is the only way to get one if you live in the United States. ☹
I bike to work every day and even around the city on errands and pleasure rides. Being able to wear a functional and stylish cycling skirt when I’m shopping, in cafes, tap rooms, whatever, is always preferable to walking around in a pair of skin-clinging chamois.
I love this skort. I love Maloja! I hope Maloja keeps the Pischa in their line forever because it’s a cycling staple for me. However, I’d love them even more if they offered more variety in prints and colors. I have the blue. I like it very much. Would be nice if they added some solids or other print colors.
The Maloja Pischa is a Gear Gals Piece of Recommended Gear!
Stylish multisports skirt made from Stretch material which can be worn on its own or on top of cycling shorts. Ideal for a bike tour ending at a lodge in the Alps or at a café.