Men’s Shorts: Less is More
Over the last decade running has become increasingly more popular. 5ks, 10ks, Ten-Milers, half-marathons and marathons are all the rage these days. We pride ourselves at Philadelphia Runner in outfitting our customers in the proper running gear. It’s wonderful that people are learning the importance of running shoes, moisture wicking socks, body glide and dry fit clothing. In my humble opinion, we have not educated our customers on proper running shorts. In the rest of this post, I will outline the different types and lengths of running shorts and what they suggest about their wearers. Hopefully, I can convince you to buy only split shorts from this point onwards.
Pro-Tip: All running shorts have a built in liner or compression short. This is 100% necessary. Running in boxers is a recipe for disaster. Google “testicular torsion” if you want to know the real reason. Now onto a thorough discussion of shorts.
Just look at the NBA or Rafael Nadal; Men’s capris are coming back into style. This length is not ideal for running any distance. More fabric = more weight = slower times. I like my new 9inch J Crew Stanton shorts, but I wouldn’t consider running in them. Let your thighs join the party.
7”-9” 2 in 1s
These are for people who played “real sports” in high school. Former soccer, basketball, lacrosse and baseball players are used to feeling extra secure with built in compression. The popular jocks on these teams might have insulted for wearing shorter shorts. I’ve got good news for you; you’re not in high school anymore! You can wear whatever you want without being bullied.
Chubbies Shorts * claims that their 5inch inseam shorts are “radical shorts for men.” Maybe they’re “radical” for casual shorts, but for performance shorts, they’re just a tad too long. Maybe if it’s below 50 degrees you can wear these shorts for some extra warmth. But, it’s June and you don’t need that extra weight holding you back from your true potential.
2” Split shorts
Though society may think that this is not considered a short but an undergarment, this undoubtedly allows for the freest movement on a run. Don’t worry, these shorts still have a substantial, supportive liner. Still, if you want to focus on what is important (the movement of running) than this is the perfect short for you. There is no speed, nor weight requirements for the length inseams you choose so wear them proudly. Be prepared for both sarcastic and serious compliments. Don’t you worry, the sarcastic commenters are simply jealous of your nearly visible manhood.
In conclusion, we at Philadelphia Runner encourage you to run in whatever length of short feels most comfortable. However, we also want you to expand your comfort zone. Come in to one of our stores and check out some splits shorts. We have a buy 2 get 1 free deal on shorts this month. Make sure at least one of those three pairs is a split short. I promise you will love how they look and feel. Watch this clip from Juno for inspiration: