When you’re tackling a marathon or a long run, you want running shorts that offer the support you need without weighing you down. These shorts are typically designed to stretch and move with you, and they’re often made from lightweight materials that wick away sweat to keep you cool and comfortable. Some also have built-in sweat protection or anti-odor fabrics to help you feel fresher for longer.
Some runners prefer the feel of integrated underwear like boxers or briefs in their running shorts, but others enjoy the freedom that comes with separate underwear and compression tights. If you’re looking for a pair of shorts that let you go commando, check out these options from Adidas and Nike.
The Nike Air Max 90 Running Shorts have a high split hem for more coverage and are soft, smooth and lightweight. They have an internal drawstring in the waistband for a secure fit and mesh panels on the side splits for ventilation. They’re available in a wide range of colors and patterns that will make you stand out on the street or trail. However, these shorts are not a great choice for hot weather and may be too tight on curvy women, so consider sizing up.
Alternatively, you can opt for the Nike Dri-FIT ADV AeroSwift Running Shorts, which are made of whisper-thin nylon-spandex with a built-in mesh brief liner. These run a little tighter than other models and are only suitable for those with a smaller thigh circumference. They’re available in a wide variety of colors and feature reflective details for running at night or in low-visibility conditions.
If you’re a guy, you might opt for the Nike Dri-FIT ADV Men’s Running Shorts, which have an adjustable waistband and a drawstring to ensure a comfortable fit. The built-in brief liner is made from breathable material, and the lightweight fabric helps you stay dry and cool even during intense workouts or warm-weather races. The ADV model also features a reflective panel for safety in poor lighting and non-restrictive four-way stretch that moves with you.
There are plenty of other options for men’s running shorts, including these from REI that offer a good balance of comfort and performance. These shorts are made of a nylon-spandex blend that’s whisper-thin, breathable and has an internal key pocket. They’re not as flexible as other styles, but they’re a solid option for most casual runs or a summer marathon.
The REI Lane Five Running Shorts are soft, smooth and breathable with an all-around great price-to-quality ratio. They have a zip pocket on the side and one inside, perfect for stashing keys and energy gels. They’re a bit too snug for most guys, and the side pockets bounce with heavier items, so we recommend using them for gloves or other small accessories. Also, the seams on these shorts aren’t stitched together to avoid chafing on longer runs.
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