The Capri Takes on the Short
The run apparel industry has expanded dramatically over the past couple decades, and it is continuing to venture into new corners of every runner’s wardrobe. No longer is the race day outfit limited to lightweight shorts and a tee (or split shorts and a singlet, more specifically). These days, you are just as likely to see people running in skirts, brightly colored knee socks, and shrugs. One relatively recent run apparel phenomenon has been the embracement of the capri – a versatile, technical and rather fashionable replacement for the classic short.
Not only has this category of technical apparel blossomed in popularity; it has also expanded in scope of features. Running capris are now offered in a variety of fabrics, fits, and features, and there are even a few flashy prints on the market these days. The influence of fashion-forward female runners has not compromised the performance and inherent versatility of run capris, however. In fact, such designers have merely increased the breadth of options for both female and male runners alike. (“Man-pris”, as they’ve been called, have sold surprisingly well, offering better cold-weather coverage and a high-mobility fit.)
Women on the lookout for reliable capris can hone in on a few key differentiators including fabric feel, aesthetics and performance details. The breakdown below reviews the features that might affect your buying decision, and gives examples of capris that highlight these features.