The best running shorts for pear shaped runners should fit well on the hips, with enough wiggle room in the thighs and no pinching or bunching. They should also have a wide waistband and a functional pocket or pockets, with one that fits a phone (depending on the length of your inseam) and a loop for keys. The fabric should be lightweight and quick-drying for comfortable runs on hot days. And because many runners wear their running gear for other activities as well, the shorts should look good for casual outings.
Most running shorts have two layers: an outer shell and a liner. Liners provide a built-in support that eliminates the need to change underwear before a run, although some runners may find them less comfortable. The best liners are looser than standard underwear, which can reduce chafing over long distances.
We also like the cut and styling of these shorts, which have clean lines that create a flattering shape. The angled side seams, which follow the natural curve of your leg, help to give them a feminine look. The 8.5-inch inseam offers plenty of coverage for the legs while allowing you to move freely, and the stretchy fabric stretches and hugs the body well. The waistband has an external drawcord for adjusting the fit or to stop the shorts from slipping, which is helpful if you fill up the pockets. And the fabric dries quickly, which is great if you get caught in a shower while on a hike or heading back to the car after a run.
These shorts are a favorite of our lead tester, who put down hundreds of miles during her competitive college career and still regularly logs 20-mile trail runs. The lightweight fabric and mesh paneling provide excellent breathability, and the waistband hugs the curves of the hips without being too tight or binding at the hipbones. The zippered pocket, located in the rear of the shorts, is a nice touch for stashing energy chews and gels.
The smallest of the models we reviewed, these shorts have a very lightweight and fast-drying nylon fabric with good stretch and excellent breathability. They’re a good choice for summer running in warm weather, and they have a very convenient side pocket that easily fits a smartphone. They do tend to ride a little low on the hips, which is a drawback for some runners. But overall, these are a great option for women who want to transition from their workouts to a run or to a quick trip to the store. They also come in a variety of fun colors to match your workout gear.
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