Whether you’re a shorts-year-round kind of guy, or you’re just letting your legs loose for the summer, having a few good pairs of shorts is essential to your running arsenal. Below, we’ve listed our favorites of the season. To help make your decision a little easier, we’ve included two options for each style of short: one with the spice (that premier technology) and one with the price (biggest bang for your buck).
There’s something about flying freely through your run that just feels quintessentially “summer.” Thanks to its 2″ inseam and full split, the Nike Aeroswift Short allows for the type of full, unrestricted freedom of movement that has us dashing through our crisp morning workouts, sunny midday runs, and warm, sunset jogs. Add to that a vented waistband, perforated split, and highly-breathable material, and you’ve got a pair of shorts that will keep you cool and comfy all summer long.
Move fast and free in these 1″ Elite Split Shorts from BOA. At just $24.95, you’ll be able to stretch your legs and your dollar. The small internal pocket means you don’t have to worry about where to stash your key, and the variety of color options means you can be as low key or as high-viz as you choose. At this price, you might as well stock up on a few pairs!
When it comes to quality, ON has gone above and beyond with their Lightweight Short. The lightweight fabric is accentuated with a soft, flat waistband that sits securely all run long. We also find the seamless inner brief to be extremely comfortable, and the ample-sized rear zipper pocket is certainly appreciated as well.
Sometimes you just want a simple, effective short that gets the job done without breaking the bank. For an everyday, no-frills short, the utilitarian Mizuno Core Short is one of our faves. Sweat-wicking fabric will keep you dry, while the odor-resistant liner leaves smelling ripe to your post-run piece of fruit.
Built to handle long adventures out on the trails but great for pretty much anything, we can’t help but want to wear this 2-in-1 option from Salomon on every run. The Twinskin design maintains a super light feel while still offering the extra support of a compressive inner short. The fabric is highly breathable, and the wide waistband provides a comfortable fit. Plus, with a total of five pockets, you can’t beat the storage.
For the man who appreciates a little extra coverage and a more casual look, the Launch SW 9″ Short is a perfect go-to. With both an internal key pocket and sizable hand pockets, you can stow all your necessities with ease.
For the die-hard 2-in-1 wearer, La Sportiva’s Velox Short has everything you need, along with all the special details you didn’t even know you wanted. The outer shorts are made from lightweight, anti-bacterial fabric and feature mesh splits at the sides for enhanced range of motion. The body-mapped inner brief gives the wearer a perfect, chafe-free fit. Rear stash pockets provide two easily-accessible spots to stow small items.
For a functional 2-in-1 without all the fuss, we love the comfort of the ASICS 2-in-1 7″ Short. Seamless construction makes for a comfortable, supportive inner short, and mesh paneling in the back increases ventilation. For everyday running, you’ll have a tough time finding more comfort at this price point. Two zippered front pockets allow for secure storage on the go.
More than just a basic half tight, the MCS Run Compression Short from 2XU (pronounced “two times you”) provides powerful compression to support and protect your muscles during a run. The reduction in muscle oscillations is said to help reduce fatigue, and the stretchy hold and flatlock seams are extremely comfortable on long runs. The flat rear pocket is big enough to hold your key or even a gel.
The Saucony Endorphin is everything you want in a half tight and nothing you don’t. Flatlock seams and moisture-wicking fabric keep you dry and chafe-free, an internal drawstring keeps the waistband secure and in place, and the rear envelope pocket gives you space to stash small items.
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David is a multi-sport athlete with a love for the outdoors and a passion for all things health-related. When not shooting hoops or spiking volleyballs, he can most likely be found running trails or pounding pavement around town. He first started running to stay in shape and has since completed a number of half and full marathons.