A great pair of running shorts can help you stay cool and comfortable even on long runs, and the right pair for tall ladies can be as essential to your run as a good sports bra or headband. But finding the right fit can take some trial and error, and not all women’s running shorts are created equal.
A key factor is the fabric, which can make a big difference in how they feel and perform on your run. For example, you’ll want a light, quick-drying fabric that won’t bunch or stick to your skin. Look for options that are also antimicrobial, which can reduce the growth of odor-causing bacteria. You’ll also want to consider how much compression you like—some brands offer only a light touch of compression, while others deliver a more intense feel that can be very helpful for achy thighs or legs on longer runs.
Another thing to keep in mind is whether you prefer a lined or unlined pair of running shorts. A lined short has an inner brief that looks like underwear, while unlined shorts have no liner and will feel more like a pair of loose pants than underwear. If you’re looking for a quick-drying pair that won’t bunch up, you may want to opt for a lined short.
The length of the shorts is another important consideration for a tall woman. While a 2″ inseam might work for shorter runners, it could feel too lengthy on someone who’s 5′ 10″ or more. You’ll want to look for a pair that hits at your mid-thigh or lower.
Some of the best women’s running shorts have a high-waist cut to prevent chafing and are made with compressive, sweat-wicking fabrics. For a flattering fit that won’t ride up, look for options with a wide waistband that’s soft and stretchy enough to hug the skin without digging in (like the Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Running Short). These women’s running shorts are also made from recycled post-consumer water bottles for some added sustainability cred.
A drawcord in the waistband helps you dial in the fit, and some styles include pockets to stash keys, credit cards or energy gels. If you need more storage on your run, a pair of running cargo shorts can be the perfect solution. These options usually feature a bigger pocket on the leg or a side pocket with a flap that’s easy to open and close while you’re moving along.
A few of the running shorts we recommend offer an option to add a liner to the pair, which is great for hot weather and can help you avoid chafing in areas where you might rub against other gear or another person on your run. Some of the best running shorts for tall ladies come with a liner that’s skintight and works almost like underwear, while others have a less form-fitting, brief-style liner. In our testing, we’ve found that the latter tend to roll up or fall down on the legs, so they’re not ideal for a long run.
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