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
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.