Choosing the correct shorts for your daily run isn’t a decision that should be taken mid-stride; they can be the difference between a sub-par and a seamless workout. Serious runners will require something spacious with a high cut to reduce overheating (and maximising movement), whilst we all need something soft, durable and comfortable that doesn’t chafe.
If you’re trail running you may also want to think about how your shorts will cope with mud, dust and water. And if you’re pounding it through the city you may want to consider how stylish (and well fitted) your shorts are, before inadvertently exposing yourself to potential Tinder dates or career contacts.
Either way, you want something that says you’re as serious about your workouts as you are your running wardrobe – a statement of intent. But which shorts are flapping in the international market right now, and what separates one from the other? With so much choice, we’ve put together this guide to help you score the best designs from around the world – all made by the most renowned sports houses – created to strike that fine balance between performance and style.
Men’s Running Shorts FAQ
You do not wear underwear with running shorts that have built-in liners. The extra layer of fabric may only cause skin chaffing. Still, it should come down to your preference. 2-in-1 shorts are those with compression shorts incorporated, replacing the inner lining. Shorts like these promote better blood flow and muscle activation. They are also generally more comfortable to wear. To prevent chaffing, you may wear longer running shorts. The extra length will prevent the skin of your upper thighs from rubbing painfully together. Wearing compression shorts under your regular running shorts also works.
Do you wear underwear with running shorts?
What are 2-in-1 running shorts?
How do you prevent chafing in running shorts?
You do not wear underwear with running shorts that have built-in liners. The extra layer of fabric may only cause skin chaffing. Still, it should come down to your preference.
2-in-1 shorts are those with compression shorts incorporated, replacing the inner lining. Shorts like these promote better blood flow and muscle activation. They are also generally more comfortable to wear.
To prevent chaffing, you may wear longer running shorts. The extra length will prevent the skin of your upper thighs from rubbing painfully together. Wearing compression shorts under your regular running shorts also works.
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They feature a stretch nylon lining covered by a ripstop fabric, along with three separate pockets so that keys, phones and whatever else you wish to run with stay comfortably in place.
They’re also fond of producing quality running gear, such as these Swift Shorts. They’ve been created with a 7” inseam, and an ultra soft liner for comfort over both short and long distances. These shorts aslo carry the added bonus of perforated venting to keep you cool when the challenge heats up.
They’re made from a blend of advanced synthetic and elastic fabrics that provide lightweight comfort along with excellent breathability.
Their Surge Shorts are a lot more stand out than the rest on this list thanks to their cool camouflage-like print. They’re made from four-way stretch fabrics and unashamedly designed for every type of runner from beginner to pace setter.
Now they have established themselves, they’re throwing out some stunning pieces, such as these All Over Shorts. If you’re someone who likes to vary up your training between outdoor and gym, then these are ideal. They’re made from water repellant, sweat wicking fabrics, and give you some serious options within your gym wardrobe.
These Flex Stride Shorts are a clever little two in one. Nike Flex fabrics stretch with you to give you optimum coverage, whilst and close, flexible inner keeps your hamstrings warm, reducing injury and improving overall recovery.
They’ve been created using lightweight, quick drying fabrics that help circulate air and reduce moisture build up. If you’re after performance with no frills, you’ll be on your marks with ease in these.
They are designed with a mid-raise style leg for maximum ventilation and movement, and certainly have somewhat of a graduate, cross-country style about them.
They’ve been designed with practical pockets that stop either a large smartphone or keys from bouncing in your pocket, and ultimately impacting your performance. They also feature mesh side panels for ventilation and anti-odour fibres to keep you feeling fresh and confident during and after exercise.
These immaculate Technical Shorts are made from lightweight, stretchable nylon and feature an elasticated waist. There’s also two side-slip pockets and and ventilation panels.