Review: These Brooks running shorts are super comfortable. The two things that make them stand out are the longer 5-inch inseam which offers good coverage for your backside, and the pocket that is large enough to hold your smartphone.
What’s more, these shorts are made with a loose flowing design that is simply roomier than most women’s running shorts.
Generous 5-inch inseam.
Waist is designed to sit low.
Best women’s running shorts with pockets large enough to hold a phone.
Review: I am attracted to these running shorts because of the appealing striped designed and became a believer because of the useful features like a small water-resistant pocket, split hems that allow you to move, and Climalite fabric that keeps you cool and dry.
They are a bit short, but if you like your running shorts really short and really cute, give these Adidas Adizeros a trial run.
Climalite fabric keeps moisture and heats away.
Small water-resistant zippered pocket.
Drawcord at the waist.
Don’t sit completely flat in front.
Attractive, really light weight, really short running shorts for women.
Review: Gaiam is that Yoga brand, right? OK, runners, hear me out. These Gaiam Warrior shorts are GREAT for running.
They have a split seam so you can move, mesh ventilation panels to keep you cool, special French terry sweat-wicking material to keep you dry, a handy drawcord so you can tie them and keep them secure and a modest yet not too long 5-inch inseam.
Pro tip: If you buy a pair of shorts with a built-in liner, do NOT size up! The extra fabric contributes to the problem.
Look for a close, snug fit and avoid having to tug, dislodge or adjust your shorts mid-run.
How Long Should Women’s Running Shorts be?
Really, whatever you are comfortable with. Most women’s running shorts are between 2 and 5 inches at the inseam.
A two-inch inseam puts you at risk of exposing your bun bottoms to the world, but some women swear by them and honestly, they are really comfortable to run in.
Best of all, these sure short shorts stay outta your way and minimize chafing.
Longer shorts offer more coverage and are a good choice for curvy ladies. I am curvy so I speak from experience. If I bend over, the size and shape of my rear will expose me if I wear shorts with a short inseam, so I like 4 or 5-inch inseam shorts.
Should I Get Running Shorts with a Liner or Built-in Underwear?
Opinions are divided when it comes to the built-in liner. I personally love them, and so do many other female runners. These built-in liners make the shorts one with your underwear and prevent them from riding up or causing a wedgie. Very Zen-like, right?
Plus, the liner is usually made of super thin mesh material that dries really quick-probably faster that your go-to undies.
So if you ask me-yes, you should look for running shorts that are lined.
What are the Most Important Features of Running Shorts for Women?
For me, zippered pockets are a must. If you are running, you are bouncing and shaking, and you can bounce or shake your keys or phone right out of your pocket.
When you are running, as you know, you sweat! And it can get ugly! That’s why you need shorts that breathe and release all that heat and moisture away from your body.
Never let them see you sweat! Is my motto, even if I did steal it from Dry Idea. But whatever!
The point is, the best women’s running shorts must breathe, ventilate, circulate air. You get the point.
Ability to Move Without Chafing
This is a must, especially if you run long distances. Some shorts have cutouts or scallops that allow your legs to move better.
Some use a compression layer to prevent chafing.
If you really find chafing a problem no matter what you wear, try BodyGlide anti-chafe sticks, they can be used just about anywhere on your body where chafing is a problem.
I love the humble and underappreciated drawcord. It really deserves more love.
Sure, the elastic waistband probably does a good job keeping your shorts up, but if you are running with a phone, and that phone is bouncing around, the waistband can shift.
Not so with a well-secured drawstring. Just saying.
Oh, and if you are curvy like me, with a smaller waist and bigger hiney, then a drawstring cord is a lifesaver.
Well, that’s all she wrote, ladies.
Until next time, I will see you out on the trail!
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Katie is a busy wife and mother of four. She is a freelance writer and frequent contributor on Garage Gym Power. She guards her gym time jealously, and would rather miss a PTA meeting or get takeout for dinner than miss a workout.
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