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As the weather finally warms up, runners around the country are truly living their lives and shedding layers to feel more comfortable during their training sessions. Whether you’re logging miles to get in some extra cardio, lose some of the weight you put on on during quarantine (this guy ran off an impressive 190 pounds), or just training to set a new PR or threshold training pace (you should take a few notes from this 73-year-old sprinter), there’s no better time to get out and go. Plus, with in-person races coming back, runners finally have a goal to train towards as they log their miles. (Here are 22 hilarious running memes that all runners can relate to.)
And that means it might be time to stock up on some new running apparel. Whether you’re looking for a new pair of road running shoes or trail shoes, we’ve got you covered. But one key piece of clothing that you might be in the market for is a new pair of running shorts.
The perfect pair of running shorts should help keep you dry and really wick away sweat, prevent any painful chafing, have some storage room courtesy of pockets, and maybe have the addition of reflective logos or accents to keep you visible on runs where you get caught in the dark. You can make a great fashion statement with the typically low-inseam standard for running shorts, too. There are so many amazing options out there.
Here are 16 of our favorite pairs of running shorts.
Ten Thousand Distance Short
These ultra-lightweight ‘featherweight’ shorts have minimalist waistband for extra comfort and side slits for maximum range of motion. And they also have a mesh brief liner for extra support and no-bounce hidden pockets.
New Balance Men’s Accelerate 5″ Short
This pair of no-frills shorts features a liner for extra comfort and security, while the lightweight fabric—woven with 100 percent polyester—wicks sweat to keep you dry. Plus, they have a handy waist pocket for your house or car keys.
UA RUSH Run 2-in-1 Short
Don’t worry about a separate set of compression shorts for this lightweight pair of runners from Under Armour—the lining is built-in. Even better, the RUSH material is infused with minerals, which the company claims can help to boost your endurance.
Rhone Mako 9″ Unlined Short
Though a little pricier than your usual running shorts, this pair from Rhone was designed for serious performance. The 4-way stretch fabric is breathable and lightweight, while also featuring a back zipper pocket, two front pockets to hold your essentials, and a “media pocket” that gives you a spot to stow your phone.
Brooks Sherpa 5″ Short
With a lightweight, quick-drying fabric, mesh side panels, and built-in briefs, these Brooks shorts are an ideal choice for hot, humid runs. A back zip pocket protects your valuables against sweat.
Asics 2-in-1 7″ Short
These classic woven shorts are perfect for the guy who’s all about the basics. With these, you get a light, breathable material that’s both soft and cool, as well as easy-access side pockets and reflective dots for night runs.
Stratus Active Short
These comfortable shorts blur the line between performance wear and casual clothes with a tailored fit and clean design. Pick these for days when you want to be able to go for a quick jog, and return ready to run errands or meet a friend for drinks.
Kinetic Sport Short
What sets these running shorts apart is their “ballpark pouch,” a hammock-shaped pouch built right into the liner, which offers friction-free support. Reflective details help you be seen when running at night, while on-seam pockets give you storage space without adding bulk.
Nike Flex Stride 5″ 2-In-1 Running Shorts
These no-frills runners from Nike feature what you need in a pair of shorts—moisture-wicking fabric, an adjustable waistband, subtle pockets, and reflective logos for night running—without any wasteful materials to weigh you down. Plus, they have super soft compression shorts.
2XU MCS Run Compression Short
These aren’t necessarily shorts in the traditional sense, but one of our favorite pairs of compression gear definitely warrant inclusion on this list. The MCS stands for Muscle Containment Stamping, the targeted compression spots on the quads designed to reduce muscle fatigue.
lululemon Pace Breaker Short 7″Linerless
Come for the comfort and luxury materials, stay for the support and high performance. This pair from Lululemon gives you super soft fabric with a hidden drawstring, plus a zippered storage pocket.
Vuori Kore Short
This versatile short is a solid choice for laid-back runners, or really anyone who makes comfort their number one priority. The Kore has a built-in liner and is made of water-resistant material, so if your jog takes you to the beach, all the better.
WOLACO Spring Shorts
No built-in liner here (although you can find that in another pair of WOLACO’s shorts)—these puppies are built for pure speed. The shorts are made out of lightweight fabric and feature just one discrete pocket and nothing else, so you can run unencumbered.
Tracksmith Session Shorts
These minimalist shorts are made from top-notch materials, with an anti-odor liner and heathered finish. Stow your phone in a zippered rear pocket and get running.
BALEAF Men’s 7” Athletic Running Shorts
These super affordable shorts are a best seller on Amazon. They have built-in mesh briefs for a breathable feel and extra ventilation. Plus, gotta love the zippered pocket at the back waistband.
New Balance Accelerate 5 Inch Running Short
These New Balance running shorts have a crepe brief liner that is lightweight like the shorts that are made of a 100% polywoven material.
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