If you’re running any sort of long distance, the last thing you need is for your kit to get in the way or cause discomfort. These 2-in-1 X-Run Ultra shorts from Gore are designed for ultra-running, so they should be ideally suited to the shorter runs of around 25km I was planning on over the summer.
These Gore X-Run Ultra Shorts consist of a supportive Lycra inner with a lightweight outer short, hence the 2-in-1. There’s a small pocket in the rear, but I found it would only take a key and became uncomfortable if I put a couple of energy gels in there. If you were running any sort of serious distance then you’d most likely have some other means of carrying extras such as a waist pack. Otherwise, they’re a good and comfortable fit; snug and close without being obscenely tight.
The wide elasticated waist band makes for a comfortable fit, but the draw-cord is unfortunately secured with a knot that’s rather awkward to get right. Once it is though, you can forget about them and get on with the running. During the recent warm weather they were cool and pleasant to run in as overheating was prevented by the mesh in strategic areas. Neither did they cause any chafing in use, as the seams are flatlocked.
The fabric feels rather flimsy and insubstantial, and I made the mistake of taking them on my recent trip across the Rhinogydd. Only once I was undertaking my first arse scramble did I consider that these were far too expensive and fragile for the job! Too expensive they may have been, but they came out the other end like new. I certainly wouldn’t recommend that they be used for rough scrambles, but they’re more than tough enough for regular use. They also got an utter soaking that day, and still remained comfortable and dried off quickly enough. They’d be ideal as fast and light walking shorts, and are just as likely to find themselves on hill walks as they are on long trail runs although they’re hardly ideal for the post walk pint!
For the RRP of well over £70 I’d really expect something special, and thankfully these shorts by Gore are. I just don’t think I’d be able to justify paying the full price for them, but I’m still scanning on-line for another discounted pair!