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Salomon EXO S-Lab TwinSkin Shorts (Men’s) and Skort (Women’s) – Gear of the Year 2013

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Trail Runner Gear of the Year: Best Running Shorts | $140 | www.salomon.com

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The Salomon EXO S-Lab TwinSkin Skort won an Editors’ Choice pick in our Trail Tested column, ‘Skirting Tradition’ [September 2013 issue] and many months later, it’s still one of our favorites. Though the review below addresses the skirt, many of its details can be applied to the men’s shorts as well–the liner shorts help prevent unpleasant inner-thigh chafing, the fabric is delightfully lightweight and breezy, and the stretchy rear pockets come in handy for stowing small essentials.

 

EXO S-Lab TwinSkin Skort Review, September 2013 Trail Runner


/ The Dirt /
This skirt blends the femininity of a featherlight over-skirt with Salomon’s EXO muscle support and compression technology in the liner shorts. It’s no wonder this skirt has graced trail-running podiums throughout the world. Stretchy gel pockets at the back waist accommodate gels or a phone.

/ Rave /
Testers praised everything from the precise fit of the supportive liner shorts to the overall appearance—eye-catching, but in an “I’m-about-to-run-up-a-mountain” sort of way, rather than an “I’m-on-my-way-to-cheerleading-practice” sort of way.

/ Rant /
On the liner shorts, some of the silver dye in the honeycomb pattern smeared after a few runs, quickly dirtying the white fabric. [Jan. 2014 Update: This seemed to only affect the skirt upon first wear; after its first laundering, it came out clean and did not smear again.]

/ Tester-Monial /
“This skirt is clearly made for the competitive athlete who needs a non-frivolous skirt that will get the job done.”