When it comes to running gear, there are many different options on the market. However, a pair of shorts that is built in compression can make all the difference for those suffering from chafing issues. This is because these type of shorts can reduce the amount of rubbing fabric that is exposed during runs, and can provide a better fit, thus minimizing any friction between body parts such as the thighs.
Compression shorts also work by reducing muscle fatigue and improving blood flow. Combined with other features such as sweat-wicking fabrics, these factors can help to improve performance and comfort. In addition, some brands of compression shorts are designed to be worn alone, without traditional running bottoms, and can be used as a replacement for underwear. This is known as a 2-in-1 pair of shorts, and can be a useful solution for those who suffer from chafing issues.
While there are many factors that influence a pair of running shorts, the waistband and liner tend to be the most important. The waistband needs to be snug but not too tight, and should not move when you run. It should also be comfortable when you are standing or walking, and shouldn’t cause any irritation when you move your hands or knees. The liner in a pair of shorts can make or break them, as it is the main fabric that touches your legs when you are wearing them. Ideally, it should be made of a lightweight and comfortable fabric such as polyester or spandex that moves with you, and is quick to dry when you get sweaty.
Another factor to consider is the inseam length of a pair of running shorts. On average, most men’s running shorts have an inseam of around 5 inches, while shorter shorts may have an inseam as low as 3 inches.
The length of a pair of running shorts can also have an effect on chafing, with longer inseams being more likely to prevent it. Shorter inseams, however, can also lead to chafing as the fabric rubs against your thighs when you are moving.
Lastly, you need to decide whether or not you want a pocket in your running shorts. Some runners find that they need pockets to hold a phone, keys or other items. Others are happy to forgo a pocket and use a waist belt or hydration vest instead.
Lastly, there are some pairs of running shorts that are designed with a built in cup pocket, which can be helpful for those who need groin support during their workouts and training sessions. These are usually ideal for those who need to wear a sports bra and would like to avoid chafing issues, while still enjoying the comfort of a good quality pair of running shorts. However, it is worth noting that this option can increase the cost of a pair of running shorts by as much as 50%. For this reason, some athletes prefer to purchase separate sports bras and shorts to keep costs down.
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