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Running Pants

What are Running Pants?

Running pants are pants specifically designed to provide support for runners. They are usually made of lightweight material.

Cotton pants/sweats are not ideal for running. They are not ideal for running because cotton soaks up sweat as you run. Cotton will retain moisture which makes it heavy and wet during exercise. Also, cotton pants/sweats usually have rough, uneven stitching, which can cause chafing. If you choose to wear cotton pants/sweats while running, make sure it is made out of lightweight cotton.

Finding Running Pants that are Best for You

The first step in finding running pants that suit you are to determine your needs. For example, will you be running in wet weather? If you run in wet weather, you may need pants that are water resistant.

Once you determine your needs, you can start looking for pants that meet your needs.

Make sure you try on different sizes, brands, and models.

Running Pants Features

There are many types of running pants. For optimal running, it is very important to find pants that best suit you.

Some features to consider:

  • Type of outer fabric
    • water resistant
    • mesh
    • wicking fabrics (wicks moisture away from skin, keeping you drier)
  • Inner lining
  • Number and size of pockets
  • Pockets with Velcro closures
  • Pockets with zipper closures
  • Breath-ability
  • Drawstring waist
  • Reflective patches
  • Flexibility

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