Pro-tip: All shorts are not created equal and this is not a garment to cut corners with. If you’re out there running around in basketball shorts, you’re doing it wrong.
In large part, you know the drill: Opt for a sweat-wicking material that will keep you dry and light—and ensure that a little unexpected precipitation doesn’t cut your run short. Pay special attention to the inseam length and liner, as well. If you prefer the more athletic fit, go with an eight-inch inseam. If you prefer briefs, make sure you have a brief liner.
The battle against chaffing begins here.
Oakley Elevate Shorts | $45
It can be rare to find a pair of shorts that have everything you could want, but the Oakley Elevate shorts fit the bill. The shorts are short enough in the front to promote optimal mobility and long enough in the back to cover the good stuff. The O Stretch fabric actually repels water, and the shorts have ventilation holes around the waistband to keep you cool.
Unlike most modern running shorts, the Elevate shorts don’t have the tiny pocket on the back but, instead, have two regular front pockets making them even more versatile. The best part? These shorts don’t ride up when you’re running.
Saucony Interval 2-1 Shorts | $55
For the anti-brief wearers among us—particularly those of us who aren’t really short-shorts people—the Interval 2-1 shorts may well be the best you will ever wear.
The boxer brief liner ensures that there will be no chaffing, while the stretch fabric is an ideal light-weight option that falls naturally, but feels virtually weightless. The back of the short features a zippered storage pocket, perfect for storing a credit card and ID—just in case you want to run to brunch.