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CimAlp Twin Trail Running Shorts | Review

Offering a good balance between breathability and compression, CimAlp have made a versatile bit of kit here with the Twin Trail running shorts.

Why We Chose The CimAlp Twin Trail Running Shorts: Practical pockets, dual coverage, stretchy and lightweight design

A loose, free-moving short can feel great when you’re running, but sometimes a little compression can go a long way. Particularly with trail running, when you’re charging along varied terrains including loose scree, squelchy bogs and undulating hills; your muscles will appreciate the extra bit of support.

But why not have the best of both worlds? Cue: CimAlp’s new Twin Trail running shorts. Combining a stretchy outer short with inner compression, these are some practical shorts built with high performance in mind. 

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They’re actually the third edition of Twin Trail shorts, and incorporate a slightly different cut this time, along with a new drawstring design and deeper, more useful pockets. They’re also supposedly built in collaboration with athletes, sports doctors and physiotherapists, so rest assured; you’re in safe hands.

Who Are The Twin Trail Shorts For?

CimAlp recommend these shorts for novice trail runners and experienced racers alike. They’re handy too if you’re the type of runner who needs more storage options than your average shorts. We’re thinking stuff like your phone, a pair of glasses, some gloves, and maybe an energy bar as well.  

You’ll probably want something a bit warmer in colder climates, and for summers abroad they might run a little hot. But from Spring to Autumn in climates like the UK, these should be more than adequate. 

Materials and Construction

CimAlp’s Twin Trail shorts use a 3D-Flex® material to keep them stretchy and lightweight, allowing you more overall freedom of movement on the trail. This stretchiness also gives the shorts an ergonomic fit that should compress and mould to your body shape. 

“There’s breathability without a compromise on support.”

They also use antibacterial “SmartDry” fibres to regulate your body temperature and perspiration levels which should additionally keep the shorts fresher for longer. With a UPF rating of 40, there’s a solid level of sun protection there too. 


The main feature here is the 2-in-1 style of layering which incorporates compression shorts and outer trail shorts in one lightweight package. 

The compression shorts are made with that good 3D-Flex fabric (see ‘materials’ section) and offer muscle support when you’re out running. This should help prevent cramping and more general muscle pain, whilst also adding an extra layer of warmth if it gets a bit nippy outside.

The outer shorts, on the other hand, are made from a stretchy, lightweight fabric that helps transfer moisture from the interior to the exterior as quickly as possible. All in all, this ensures good breathability throughout the Twin Trail shorts, whilst not compromising on support.

All pockets are found on the outer shorts and include a rear zipped pocket for your keys, a left-hand pocket on the thigh (without a zip), and a right-hand pocket near the hip (zipped). 

Other features include: reflective detailing, an elasticated waistband with a drawstring for abdominal support, and flatlock stitching throughout to reduce any skin irritation on the move.

Tester’s Verdict

Our testing of this product is still underway. We’ll post the verdict here in the coming days.

CimAlp Twin Trail Running Shorts

Selected for the Outdoor 100 2022/23
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