Salomon Fast Wing TW Shorts | Review
Ingenious hybrid trail-running short that mixes lycra-type comfort and support with more conventional looks.
- By Jon -
'Lycra-type support and anti-chafing performance but with discrete, conventional looks make these a winning, winsome combination'
Outdoors Magic: Minimal chafing, supportive, Lycra-style feel and all without looking like a refugee from a triathlon.
Outdoors Tragic: Slightly clammy in hot conditions, a little expensive.
Outdoors Grabbit? If you want a short that gives the main benefits of a Lycra support short, but without the room-emptying aesthetics. The only downside is a slight clamminess in hot conditions thanks to the elastane content of the inner short.
Twin Skin lightweight running short / stretchy Motion Comfort liner / gel and zipped pockets / AdvancedSkin ActiveDry fabrics / elasticated waistband with tie-cord / UPF50 sun protection
Full Review Below
Fast Wing TW Shorts - The Tech
Deeply cunning. The Fast Wing is a sort of cross between a Lycra short and a conventional running short with a floating liner. Inside there's a close-fitting, stretchy mesh short with legs that are as long as the outer short, while on the outside, there's a conventional, 'flappy' short.
The really clever bit is that the panel between the thighs - the black section in the images - is actually part of the liner, so there's no flappage in that area to ride up or chafe as you go. It's a really neat idea, though not a unique one, Montane has a similar short in its line-up.
You also get a wide, elasticated waistband with draw-string back-up, a central zip-pocket for keys and bits plus twin gel pockets with a central cinch to hold things firmly-ish in place. Reflective trim front and rear finishes it all off.
Fast Wing TW Shorts - Performance
If you're expecting the fit of a conventional short, you're in a for a surprise the first time you wear the Fast Wings. That inner liner has a gentle, stretchy, Lycra-like feel thanks to a 12% elastane content.
It means they feel nicely supportive and quite different from a more conventional floating short liner. The outer short is a medium sort of length and quite slim fitting with it.
On the move, we really liked the way they rolled. The ingenious, non-flappy, liner panel between the things means there's nothing to ride up and no chafing either on the inner skin of your thighs themselves or from the elasticated edges of a shorter-cut liner.
The only downside to that stretch is that despite them being mildly mesh-like in construction, the 12% elastane - basically rubber -means they feel slightly clammy in hotter conditions when you get a sweat on.
The wide waistband was comfortable too and both the gel and main zipped pocket did what they claimed and allowed us to carry keys and emergency carbs with minimal hassle.
At £50 the Fast Wing TW is a fair whack for a short, but we found they work really well giving most of the anti-chafing pluses of a stretch Lycra short, but - and let's be brutal here - without making you look like a refugee from a triathlon or the Tour de France.
They score points over wearing baggies and Lycra because there's no excess fabric to ride up and chafe between the thighs. Our only quibble is that they do feel slightly clammy on hot, sweaty runs where the high elastane content inhibits wicking and drying slightly. Better than chafing though...
For even stealthier looks, choose the all-black version.