I’m a creature of habit when it comes to running apparel. For the last couple years, I have been using a single short model for all of my runs. However, all good things must come to an end. When my favorite running shorts were discontinued a few months back, I was forced to search for a suitable replacement.
I found one in the Pearl Izumi Fly Endurance Short. The Fly Endurance short is actually NOT what I was looking for; it is better. Originally, I was looking for a 2-in-1 short with a 4’’ inseam and an abundance of storage. However, those parameters really limited my options. After a bit of searching, I knew I had to define my key factor, and I chose storage.
I tend to run with my car keys and a gel (or two), which is not a big deal for a long run when I have my hydration vest. However, for runs under 12 miles, I hate having to hold my keys and put a gel in my handheld water bottle. It just feels awkward. Once I found out that the Pearl Izumi Fly Endurance Shorts have three pockets, I knew I had to try it on. The best part is that the pockets are positioned perfectly. All three of them are positioned by your lower back and sized perfectly to fit a gel without having it feel like it will jump out at any moment. There is also a zippered back pocket that works perfectly for my keys. It was the storage that sparked my interest, but I was not sold until I tried the Fly Endurance on.
It may be a bit cliche to say that this short moves with you; but in this case, it actually holds true. The shell fabric is exceptionally soft and pliable, allowing excellent range of motion. The short keeps you comfortable by pulling sweat away from your body and dries faster than any short I’ve owned. I was even impressed with the incredible feel of the liner. I typically detest brief liners because I feel they contribute to chafing, for me at least. Yet, after several runs in these, I have had no issues.