chicken leg running shorts

The chicken leg running shorts are known for their ultra lightweight fabric, soft liners, comfortable waistbands, and funny printed designs. But don’t let their price tag fool you: These shorts pack in features found on more expensive pairs.

The merino and tencel blend of these shorts offers next-to-skin comfort, and the compression liner reduces chafing, too. Smartwool incorporated its “Intraknit” construction for a seamless interior, which cuts down on material scraps and makes the shorts more sustainable. The high, wide waistband clings to the belly and prevents riding, and an internal drawstring and a rear zippered pocket provide adjustability.

A high split hem helps the shorts move and improves airflow, but not all runners want this level of coverage. If you prefer more modest length, choose the 7-inch men’s Multi Short or the Session Speed for a shorter, race-ready cut.

While we won’t stop you from running in 100-percent cotton, avoid all-cotton pants, which get heavy when wet and chafe easily, and shrink in the dryer. Look for fabrics that blend polyester, elastane, and spandex instead; they wick sweat better, dry faster, and stretch more comfortably. Look for open or micro-mesh weaves, and fabrics with antimicrobial properties to fight odor and bacteria.

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