We rounded up a slew of shorts here at Runner’s World, put a ton of miles in them, and picked out the most PR-worthy of the bunch.
Look good and race better in these stylish, comfortable bottoms for men and women.SHOP NOW Style You’ll find shorts on our list in all lengths, fits, and flavors—but the best style is truly the one that feels best on you. Longer inseams will provide more coverage, which can be beneficial if you’re hitting the trails, want sun protection, or just prefer a modest cut. Shorter inseams and spandex are great for speed workouts, race day, and runs when you want to feel fast and flash a little thigh. Keep in mind that many running shorts will also have undergarments provided. Built-in briefs or compression liners can help simplify your workout wardrobe, while making your runs much more comfortable (and chafe-free). Features like zipper pockets and hidden pouches make it much easier to carry the essentials—especially if you’re heading out for a long run. Most pockets are large enough to stash your house key and some cash, but pay attention to size if you want more space for a phone, wallet, and (or if you’re the type who pockets those random found-on-the-run treasures). Rabbit First Place A short inseam makes these bottoms race-essential “bootie shorts.” Saxx Pilot This 2-in-1 has a 3D hammock-shaped liner to keep everything in place—without friction. Material We won’t stop you from running in your favorite all-cotton bottoms, but be wary that the material gets heavy when wet, dries slow, and can chafe. Plus, 100 percent cotton shorts will most likely do some serious shrinking in your dryer. Some better options are technical fabrics that blend various materials—like polyester, elastane, spandex, and nylon. If you want shorts that really wick sweat fast, choose a mix with a higher percentage of nylon. Or if extra stretchiness is a must-have, seek out more spandex. Synthetic fabrics with open weaves or larger fibers will also breathe better on humid runs, and some even have anti-microbial properties for combatting bacteria and odor. If you’re a die-hard for the comfort of cotton, try a 50/50 blend that pairs it with a second, more sweat-friendly material—like polyester. You’ll still get some of that cottony softness, but with added durability and even UV ray protection. How We Tested We called in piles of shorts to run in, combing out our favorites, which ones function best for runners (i.e., allow range of motion, wick away sweat, don’t give us wedgies), and taking field notes on comfort, fit, and features. Our team of local testers, a diverse group of all running levels, and shapes and sizes, took to the road, trails, and treadmill, and circled back with their findings after careful evaluation. Here are the shorts that made the cut. Men’s & Women’s Running Shorts Tracksmith Twilight Split Shorts Read more: Runner's World
$16 and some change on Amazon. Used these types of shorts for years. Can’t complain on them. From short 5ks to 20 mile runs, for the price?
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