We’re stoked on the longer days, warmer weather, and all kinds of trails, paths and races summer 2012 has to offer. And really, what goes better with a long, hot run than a pair of short, hot shorts? We’ve got quite the collection of toasty little bun huggers for bold runners who are ready to train hard and take names. You can see all our current styles above, but here are a few of our favorite itty-bitties:
Nike Legend Slim Short
The extra-wide waistband on this short sits snugly against your body without digging in at all. Bright contrast color at the waist adds even more style to these already awesome shorts. With their performance-forward design, these shorts are a great pick for training and race day alike. Ergonomic flatlock seamlines prevent chafing and allow for full freedom of movement.
Saucony LX Mod
Simple, sleek and ready for performance, the Saucony LX Mod Tight Short has a flirty silhouette and great aesthetics. Contrast color design waistband and side ribbon ruching details make this short is a great option for runners who demand performance first, but don’t want to skimp on feminine details.
Moving Comfort 4″ Compression Short
Sleek fabric hugs your curves, and wide waistband offers a flattering silhouette. A slightly longer inseam makes this piece a good option for women who want the extreme freedom of a boyshort, but don’t want to bare quite so much skin. This spring, Moving Comfort brought a pop of energy to these shorts with bright, fun colors.
Some of the ladies here at Running Warehouse live in these little numbers on the roads and trails…what about you? Do you dare to bare your gams in saucy short shorts, or do you opt for more coverage?
Running Apparel, Women's Running
Hey shortie! Temps are rising as we move into spring and summer, so we’ve picked a few of our favorite shorts for spring and summer running. These beautiful bottoms will give you the technical performance you’re looking for without forsaking style, so you can train hard and look good all summer long.
The North Face Better Than Naked Cool Split (Top Left)
Better than naked? You decide. But either way, public nudity is frowned upon, so The North Face Better Than Naked Cool Split is a great option for everyday use. The fabric is featherweight, and a half split offers excellent range of motion. Two back envelope pockets and a secure back zip pocket give you enough stow space to pack nutrition and essentials for an epic adventure. This short is fierce enough to tackle the trails or the road.
Moving Comfort Momentum Short (Top Middle)
A wide stretch waistband that lays comfortably on the waist…a secure back pocket to stash essentials…scalloped side hems for full freedom of movement…yes, please! The Moving Comfort Momentum Short boasts all of these benefits and then some. Stretch fabric moves with you whatever your pace, and color pops add a splash of energy. You can also stick with black if you’re looking for the classic “little black short”. Thanks MC for another great piece of powerful woman gear.
New Balance NBx Prism Short (Top Right)
Performance no longer means sacrificing aesthetic. The New Balance NBx Prism Short will keep up with you through long runs, speed drills or an even and easy jog. The secure zip back pocket is media-ready and has an “In Case of Emergency” tag so you can carry your emergency contact information wherever your run takes you. Streamlined design and lightweight fabric let you find your stride, and colored reflectivity matches mesh side splices. Genius!
For nearly a decade, a single short has dominated the women’s run apparel industry. The Nike Tempo Track Short is the queen of running shorts; women of all shapes, sizes and abilities adore it, some so faithful that they refuse to wear anything else. Through the years, the Tempo has taken on over 1500 color combos and hundreds of prints, from tie die to stripes, checkers to polka dots. Other running brands have tried to confront the Tempo “craze”, but they have ultimately been unable to draw attention away from the hoards of colors and the incredible following that the short maintains. (There are entire walls of tempo shorts in many retail stores, and even a blog entitled “Confessions of a Tempo Addict”).
In some ways, the success of the Tempo Short is peculiar – it’s very basic in shape, fabric and features. In other ways, it’s no wonder that it has won over the hearts (and purses) of so many female runners: the fit is forgiving and generous, not to mention that it’s reliable and always available, with 20+ colors and prints to choose from during any season. Women need not “shop”, they can simply “buy”.
Priced at $30.00 MSRP, the Tempo is clearly a price-point buy. But Tempo-mania goes far beyond that, and it is likely to continue given that Nike is offering some 50+ versions of the short for the Holiday season alone.
Fascinated by the dominance of such a simple short, we decided to do a comparison between the Tempo and its competitors. Interestingly, when put in a line-up among other 3”–3 ½ ” running shorts of similar price and style, the Tempo didn’t pan out where expected. According to an in-house survey of 5 different shorts, a Saucony short actually out-did the Tempo in all 3 areas of criteria: Fit, Fabric and Aesthetics.