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Kalenji Kiprun 2-in-1 shorts: first impressions
Why mix and match when you could have a pair of Kalenji Kiprun 2-in-1 shorts?
Two-in-one designs for running shorts are becoming increasingly popular for male and female runners alike (you’ll find a few in our best women’s running shorts buying guide). The outer shorts fabric absorb and wick away perspiration for quick drying, while built-in tight shorts prevent chafing between the thighs and also offering muscle support. (Learn more about how to avoid chafing.)
The male and female versions of the Kiprun 2-in-1 shorts are similar, with both featuring a side opening for greater freedom of movement, although the men’s shorts are longer than the women’s shorts. Both shorts features a rear zipped pocket (for a phone), and one front pocket for keys, and have the benefit of a drawcord at the waist. We prefer the bright colors of the women’s shorts (pair them with your favourite best trail running socks) rather than plain black for the blokes.
• RRP: $25 (US) / £25 (UK)
• Gender availability: Men’s / Women’s
• Length and style: Double layer shorts with a longer inner
• Sizes available: Women’s 4 - 16 / Men’s S - 2XL
• Weight (of test shorts): 197g / 7oz
• Colors: Women’s Navy Blue/ Lavender Blue / Black / Navy Blue & Fuchsia / Navy Blue & Whale Grey Men’s Carbon & black
Kalenji Kiprun 2-in-1 shorts: on the trails
The Kiprun 2-in-1s are easy to wear and facilitate a good range of movement. They are a very reasonably priced pair of running shorts, with built-in longer-leg under-shorts for greater thigh coverage.
The lighter fabric of the outer shorts makes them a good choice for warmer weather. The inner shorts are longer, for those who want more coverage on the legs, while the outer short is looser and offers good cover if you are not keen on wearing stretch shorts on their own.
Runners will either love this extra layer…or not. The fabric is also quite thick so they are not as breathable as other shorts on test. They are also heavier than many other shorts, so this could be a consideration, depending on the weather/conditions, and whether you are training or taking part in a race.
Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favorite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing (both downhill and backcountry). Aside from her own adventures, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy getting outside and exploring, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.