By Takia McClendon
If the past few weeks were an indicator of what to expect for the rest of the summer, it looks like we can expect warm temperatures (and maybe even another heat wave?) to stick around for the foreseeable future. Although warmer temperatures and humidity can make summer running feel uncomfortable, there are plenty of ways to make your experience more enjoyable - including choosing the right gear.
One of the most popular items in our shops that can help improve your summer running experience are men’s and women’s running shorts. I know what you’re thinking, “how can something as simple as running shorts improve my run?” Glad you asked…
Running shorts, like running shoes, are all designed differently to help meet the needs of different types of runners (think height, body type and even running environment). When choosing a short for summer running, be sure to consider the following:
Inseam & Length: The inseam is the seam that runs from the crotch to the bottom of the short. This will give you a general idea of how much leg coverage you’ll get. The shorter the inseam, the less coverage you can expect.
Fabrics & Materials: Not all fabrics are created equally. A quality running short should be moisture wicking and durable. If you’re going to be working out indoors or running on the road, a light fabric would be ideal. For trail running, look for something that won’t rip if you fall or are snagged by a tree.
Liner: Running shorts will either come with a brief or long compression liner. Some shorts don’t have any liner at all. [P.S. If you go liner-less, you may want to invest in Body Glide to help prevent your legs from rubbing together]
Pockets: If you plan to carry your ID, money and keys, you’ll need at least one secure pocket. If you want to carry your phone, energy gels, or wallet, look for styles with multiple zip pockets.
Below, you’ll find a quick guide to the most popular men’s and women’s running shorts in our stores. Stop in to find our which ones are best for you.
Men’s Running Shorts
5in Run Brooklyn Wily B 2-in-1 Short: Every year, the Wily B is one of our most popular men’s running shorts (and for good reason). It is lightweight, has Powermesh at the side seam for increased breathability and has water resistant interior hip pockets (front right hip, rear left hip) and one water resistant exterior pocket to keep your valuables dry.
5in & 7in New Balance Impact Short: The Impact Short is a staff favorite. It uses NB DRY technology to help keep you cool and comfortable when your run heats up. You can also tuck electronics and gadgets in the drop-in waist pocket, and stash keys, cash, and more in the right zipper pocket for safe storage throughout your workout.
8in Vuori Kore Short: One short for every sport, the Kore has a classic athletic fit and a supportive anti-odor liner for easy transition from activewear to daily life. Great for yoga, training, running, & chilling.
8in Patagonia Nine Trails Short: For the - road or trail - runner who needs fully featured, versatile shorts, the Nine Trails are made of a lightweight recycled polyester/spandex blend that breathes, wicks moisture and moves comfortably. Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.
Women’s Running Shorts
3.5in Patagonia Stride Short: Lightweight, fast-drying shorts for more casual runs and warmer weather. Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.
4in Oiselle Roga Short: Rogas feature an extra large, center back zip pocket, Plya Compression waistband, and a new Roga Stretch Woven body fabric that has all the same stretch Roga fans know and love, but is more fluid, with a subtle jacquard weave.
5in Brooks Chaser Short: The sweat-resistant pocket in the flat waistband keeps your essentials close without the hassle of a drawcord.
8in Oiselle Long Pocket Short: How many pockets you ask? Five pockets to be exact - three along the rear waistband (including one zip) and two on the side legs. Whether you're running, racing, or pocket jogging - these babies are ready to roll.