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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