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S-Lab is Salomon's high-performance line, and the S-Lab Exo Men's Short Tight lives up to the billing. Using a combination of ActiLite Pro stretch-woven fabrics, the Exo has a Sensifit compressive fit that's been shown to support muscles and improve posture, helping you run faster, go longer, and recover more quickly. For ideal comfort, the Exo uses SmartSkin body mapping, which places compressive fabrics where support's most important and mesh panels where breathability should be increased, and incorporates a Cocona internal brief that wicks moisture, fights odor, and dries quickly. It also has a plethora of gel pockets and reflective details, so you won't bonk or get bonked by a car when you're putting in long road miles early in the morning.

  • ActiLite Pro stretch-woven fabric and ActiLite stretch mesh
  • Cocona inner brief
  • Exo Sensifit compressive fit
  • Smart Skin body-mapped fabrics
  • Moisture-wicking, odor-fighting, and quick-drying
  • Lightweight elastic waist
  • Multiple pockets
  • Reflective details
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strange fit

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

as with panditah's review below, it's not really compressive, and the EXO material is rough to the touch, so initially I was worried I would get massive chafing on my (cyclist) thighs. Thankfully not, I've worn them to run a few 100kms now.

I would size up; I normally wear a small in everything, but for these I wear a medium.

There's some soft material inside to keep help your "junk" (if you know what I mean) in place, which I found very comfortable.

Perfect short for going the distance

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I have the gray and black pairs of these shorts. Amazing performance. Just what I want in an ultra short, light, tight, and no chafing. They give just enough support and are sized well. I am 69.5" and 145pds with a 30in waist and wear the small. Fits like a glove. The pockets are the best feature, enough storage for gels, bars, a phone or arm sleeves. They are tight enough too that items don't jiggle with your wiggle. This is a great feature because unless you are going long you can squeeze by with just handhelds. I wear these for all my runs from 10 miles and up. Most recently I wore them in the Zugspitze Ultratrail 100km in the German Alps, flawless race day performance.

Perfect short for going the distance

Has some funky features (good and not)

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

I generally like compression shorts. I am 5'7", 150 lbs, muscular and basically the definition of medium.

Cons: the fabric is more Exo and less stretchy compression. So they give very little. Putting them on is a bit elaborate, they almost don't fit over my quads (I feel like I'd need to butter myself to get them on). Once on, my butt feels like its in a vice.

Pros: The pockets are awesome. It does feel good and supportive once I've squished my way into it.

Overall, I think these would be fantastic for someone with a leaner, cross-country kind of build. I'm more of a biker and these are tough for me. The waist is fine, so I'm not sure if they run small or true to size.

Even though I'm a biker, I do have enough pride that I would not wear these without an overshort.