Running skirts are increasingly popular and this one combines a technical fabric with flattering looks.
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CimAlp Aiguines F: first impressions
The CimAlp Aiguines F skirt has built-in shorts. So, a word of warning. As more women choose running skirts (see: running shorts vs skorts), there will be those that like a short undershort and those that prefer a longer undershort for more leg coverage. The CimAlp Aiguines F is definitely for short short fans.
They are made from a lightweight fabric, called Cimaflex technology, which is stretchy, breathable and wicks moisture. It features flatlock seams for comfort.
There is a surprising amount of storage, with two small open-topped pockets at the side of the legs of the shorts, as well as three more open-topped pockets in the waistband, plus a rear pocket, which is zipped. All of which helped it secure a place in our best women’s running shorts guide.
The sizing is small and the brand suggests you go up one size (which begs the question, why don’t they just sort out their sizing?).
• RRP: £62.42 (UK)
• Length and style: Short skort
• Sizes available: XS - L
• Weight (of test shorts): 132g / 4.6oz
• Colors: Black / Grey
CimAlp Aiguines F on the trails
On test, we found that the mesh shorts both highly breathable and comfortable, and the outer skirt, which is made of a light and floaty fabric, is easy to run in and offers a flattering look.
The only issue with the skirt is that it is very short at the back. Even if you have a neat bottom, the skirt hardly covers it, so you might need to go up yet another size. The sizing of the skort is definitely smaller than you would expect.
The waistband pockets are really useful for bits and pieces like gels and a small water bottle. The zipped rear pocket is ideal for keeping keys safe. The two small side pockets on the under shorts do not appear to be too useful. I am not sure what you would stow in these as they are really quite small. It would be better if there was a zipped pocket that was big enough for a smart phone.
Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors (opens in new tab).
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