Every winter, we look forward to the return of warm weather as
an opportunity to get outside and track a few miles while
taking in the views. Goodbye, boring treadmill, hello people-
What many don’t look forward to, however, is finding shorts
that will support our endeavors. Whether they’re too loose, too
tight or just too darn finicky, it's difficult to find a pair
that fits comfortably from start to finish.
Because there’s nothing like having to deal with a consistent
wedgie or facing the embarrassment of having to tend to it
every six blocks (and then there are the shorts that shimmy
down so much you need to manually hold them in fear they’ll
fall off), we’ve rounded up 10 pairs of shorts that will stay
put when you hit the pavement (read on to find the perfect sports bra).
Nike Flex Women’s Running Shorts, starting at $28,
Nike is known for offering high-performing
products, but even we were impressed with these classic running
shorts. The wide waistband and built-in briefs keep everything
in place (whether you’re running or in the middle of an intense
tennis match), while the breathable Dri-FIT fabric keeps you
comfortably cool. Consider them a win-win.
Zella Runaround Compact Shorts, $59, Nordstrom
These shorts from Zella are comfy enough for everyday wear, yet
stable enough for going the distance. They feature a wide band
that stays put without pinching, and feature a good amount of
legroom so you have freedom to move. We especially like this
bright blue marine shade for summer (zip pocket included).
Lululemon Pace Perfect Short, $68,
Luxury meets functionality in these sleek shorts from Lululemon. Designed with a Luxtreme
waistband (for a secure, dry fit) and Lycra (for shape
retention), these shorts will resist sliding down or stretching
out so you’ll always look as good as you feel. Like some of the
other pairs featured here, this short has a hidden zipper
pocket for streamlined storage.
New Balance Impact 4 Inch 2 in 1 Short, starting at
This beloved short from New Balance features an internal boy short,
along with a knit waistband and adjustable draw cord for a
secure fit. We give it bonus points for a convenient zip pocket
and reflective logo — great for all those evening runs. The
brand also offers additional versions (such as 2.5 and 3 inch)
for those who are petite or just prefer a shorter fit.
Forever 21 Active Layered Mesh Shorts, $18, Forever 21
Add some serious pep to your step with these neon-accented
shorts, available at Forever 21. Not only do they offer more
visibility at night (we also love them for dance classes), but
they’re committed — the fitted underlay and elastic contrast
waistband will stay in place regardless of your pace.
Reebok Women Running 2-In-1 Short, $40, Reebok
This is another activewear piece that was built with the mover
and shaker in mind. A compression inner short hugs the body and
offers muscle support, while a looser, outer
short supports a wider range of motion. It’s also equipped
to handle warm temperatures, with mesh side panels and special
Speedwick technology for keeping sweat at bay. Phew.
Athleta Be Free Short, $49, Athleta
Fitted shorts can often ride up, which is why we were
pleasantly surprised by this pair from Athleta. While it gives you the support and
freedom advertised by some competitors, we found this midrise
style offered more coverage (and wasn’t as quick to start
moving as soon as we did). In addition to featuring an
adjustable drawstring for a custom fit, the brand somehow
managed to sneak four pockets into the sustainable,
Sweaty Betty Time Trial Run Shorts, $65,
These shorts from Sweaty Betty are low-fuss and high-performance.
Discreet undershorts (the brand refers to them as knickers) and
a drawstring waist keep everything locked in place, while the
lightweight, sweat-wicking fabric keeps you cool. They come in
six patterns for switching things up.
C9 by Champion Women’s Premium Run Shorts, $25,
The smooth, wide elastic band on these shorts from Target’s C9 by Champion line hug your waist
(comfortably) as you run, while the lightweight, looser fabric
underneath allows for mobility and air circulation on hot days.
They, too, offer reflective details, along with a zip pocket
for discreetly stashing necessities on the go.
Old Navy Go-Dry Cool Semi-Fitted Run Shorts for Women,
starting at $10, Old Navy
As of publication time, Old Navy is offering these shorts in 10
(yes, 10!) different patterns and shades, and after giving them
a test run, we see why consumers want to stock up. They are
designed with built-in briefs and an elastic waistband, along
with an interior drawstring, to ensure they’re not going
anywhere, along with a sweat-wicking technology to keep you dry
and cool (all for as low as 10 bucks).