The team test out the lat­est run­ning shorts on the mar­ket

PAUL FREARY AND THE AW TEAM HOPE­FULLY DIDN’T FIND THEM­SELVES COM­ING UP SHORT WHEN THEY PUT THIS WEEK’S KIT TO THE TEST

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Gore R7 2in1 Run­ning Shorts

Price: £74.99 Stock­ist: gorewear.com These high-per­for­mance shorts de­liver on func­tion as well as style thanks to their 2-in-1 de­sign. The inner fit­ted stretch tights use flat seams for com­fort and of­fer a good de­gree of sup­port from the mild com­pres­sion of­fered. The close tai­lored fit en­sures the chance of chaf­ing is min­i­mal, while mesh in­serts en­sure breatha­bil­ity. The outer shorts have a looser fit but are not so loose as to be baggy. A rear zip pocket is per­fect for valu­ables and twin front waist mounted “stash” pock­ets are per­fectly placed for gels or small items that you’ll want quick and easy ac­cess to while on the move.

Un­der Ar­mour Men’s UA Qual­i­fier 2-in-1 shorts

Price: £36.00 Stock­ist: un­der­ar­mour.co.uk With a durable four-way stretch fab­ric these shorts can han­dle the de­mands of ev­ery­day train­ing and the stresses it places on your kit. The built-in com­pres­sion shorts are sim­i­lar to the brand’s stand­alone short per­for­mance tights, so in this prod­uct they rep­re­sent great value for money. An elas­ti­cated waist­band with draw-cord pro­vides a good fit and the inner lin­ing is neatly fin­ished with a smooth, next to the skin fab­ric that’s mois­ture wick­ing for added com­fort.

New­line Black Air­speed Shorts

Price: £45.00 Stock­ist: new­line­s­port.com The punched fab­ric used in these shorts en­sures max­i­mum air­flow for com­fort and breatha­bil­ity, as well as help­ing to re­duce weight for a high per­for­mance feel. A small zip pocket will hold es­sen­tials but ul­ti­mately these shorts are built for speed and chas­ing that PB.

Scott Kinabalu Run Shorts

Price: £60.00 Stock­ist: scott-sports.com Hit the trails in these longer length shorts which pro­vide a lit­tle added cov­er­age and pro­tec­tion to the thighs. The fab­ric is in­cred­i­bly light, with a soft han­dle, mean­ing you hardly no­tice you’re wear­ing them. Per­fo­ra­tions add to the breatha­bil­ity and the fab­ric is quick dry­ing and thus re­mains light in any con­di­tions. A large rear zip pocket will hold a phone se­curely and Vel­cro straps on the waist­band al­low for tai­lor­ing the fit quickly and eas­ily.

Gore R5 Women Light Shorts

Price: £44.99 Stock­ist: gorewear.com The smooth, broad waist­band pro­vides a flat­ter­ing fit to these shorts that proved a hit with our testers. The light­weight shorts drape neatly from the waist­band for a fem­i­nine de­sign that’s func­tional, too, with a side-split over­lap for free­dom of move­ment. Mesh in­serts aid breatha­bil­ity and help the mois­ture wick­ing – all of which means these shorts are a com­fort­able, per­for­mance op­tion.

Brooks Cir­cuit 3” 2-in-1 Short

Price: £40.00 Stock­ist: brook­srun­ning.com A 2-in-1 de­sign with a shorter cut short pro­vides an op­tion that’s dif­fer­ent to many of the other 2-in-1 al­ter­na­tives. The flat­ter­ing semi-fit­ted style with broad waist fits well with an elas­ti­cated and drawstring fin­ish. Stretch fab­ric inner short tights give a snug, sup­port­ive fit and in­cor­po­rate a stretch side pocket that’s able to hold items se­curely with­out bounce as you work out.

Asics PRFM Short

Price: £25.00 Stock­ist: asics.com Neatly fin­ished with “boy-cut” styling, these great value shorts of­fer high per­for­mance fea­tures at a good price. Light stretch fab­ric al­lows free­dom of move­ment, while the sim­ple de­sign of the waist pro­vides a neat fit and fin­ish with­out be­ing con­stric­tive or dig­ging in. The PRFM shorts also have a re­flec­tive ASICS hexag­o­nal brand­ing which makes them great for those early morn­ing or late sum­mer even­ing runs.

New Bal­ance 5 Inch Printed Im­pact Short

Price: £45.00 Stock­ist: new­bal­ance.co.uk The strik­ing, bold de­sign makes these shorts a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from the ma­jor­ity of op­tions, mak­ing them a great choice for those want­ing to make a state­ment. Hid­den pock­ets in the broad waist­band are a neat and useful fea­ture, with the band it­self pro­vid­ing a smooth fin­ish and flat­ter­ing look. A split leg de­sign doesn’t re­strict move­ment and al­lows breatha­bil­ity as you move while a rear zip pocket pro­vides a fur­ther se­cure stor­age op­tion.

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