Salomon offers a wide variety of compression garments in its EXO apparel line. One such product is the Salomon Exo S-Lab Short Tight M. While other Salomon Exo tights or shorts focus on muscles support, the S-Lab Short Tight M includes a key postural control element. These compression shorts are definitely designed with performance in mind.
Salomon's blurb for the Exo S-Lab Short Tight M reads "Run easier, longer & recover better. These shorts combine ECO muscle support, compression and postural support in key areas to improve performance and recovery."Pockets
Aside from the S-Lab short's key compression benefits, there's one aspect worth highlighting - three external pockets, including a front pocket. That's right, there's a tapered 5" wide by 2.5" tall mesh pocket that sits on your lower abdomen. In the rear, there's a pair of mesh pockets, each of which is approximately 3" wide by 2.5" tall.
These pockets make the shorts an ideal race day item, as if you carry a handheld bottle, there's no need wear any pack whatsoever if you travel fast and light. We'd say that the shorts easily hold 6 sports gels and could hold up to eight gels without being cumbersome. The elastic mesh does a great job of keeping the gels from bouncing while the high waist band where the pockets are situated keeps stored goods from impeding your range of motion.
Sizing should be done by measuring the quad at its greatest circumference rather than by waist measurement. THIS IS IMPORTANT!Here's the sizing:
- Extra Small: 18 7/8" - 20 1/2" (48-52 cm)
- Small: 20 7/8" - 22" (53-56 cm)
- Medium: 22 1/4" - 23 5/8" (57-59 cm)
- Large: 23 5/8" - 24 3/4" (60-63 cm)
- Extra Large: 25" - 26 3/8" (64-67 cm)