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What are Running Shorts?

Running shorts are shorts specifically designed to provide support for runners. They are usually short in length and made of lightweight material.

Finding Running Shorts that are Best for You

The first step in finding running shorts that suit you is to determine your needs. Do you want to carry items (energy bars, keys, energy gels) in your short pockets? Do your inner thighs chafe when you run? If your inner thighs tend to chafe when you run, you may need to wear longer shorts. Will you be running at night? If you run at night, you may need to wear shorts with reflective colors. Will you be running in wet weather? If you run in wet weather, you may need waterproof shorts.

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

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

Running Shorts Features

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

Some features to consider:

  • Type of outer fabric (some are water resistant)
  • Number and size of pockets
  • Pockets with Velcro closures
  • Pockets with zipper closures
  • Inner lining material (if not lined, you should wear breathable briefs underneath them)
  • Length
  • UV protection
  • Shorts that don't 'ride up'
  • Breath-ability
  • Drawstring waist
  • Drainage grommets (in case you have to cross a stream of water)
  • Adjustable waist buckle

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