Longer, square-cut shorts are becoming more and more popular amongst runners, so we bring you some of our favourite models currently on the market. – BY SEAN FALCONER
For many years, most running shorts on the market were traditional high-cut models, but nowadays many runners are using longer, square-cut shorts, often because they prefer the more fashionable look and having a bit coverage. The long shorts of today are great to run in: they are made of soft, flexible, lightweight, durable, moisture-wicking fabrics that not only keep you dry and comfortable on the run, but also fit well and ride smoothly during the running action. No bunching or creeping! That’s the bottom line with shorts, if you’ll excuse the pun. You need to try them on, flex your legs a bit and run on the spot, to see if they fit well and will work for you – especially if you plan to run long distances in them. So get to the stores and take a closer look at these great shorts.
ADISTAR SALVATION BAGGY SHORTS
This looser cut pair of shorts is made to move with your motion. Moisture-wicking breathable fabric plus a well-ventilated mesh inner lining sweeps heat and sweat away from the skin for a comfortable run, and the zipped pockets include a special MP3-player pocket with opening for a cord to be fed through.
R499 at The Sweat Shop
CAPESTORM A3 SHORTS
A Capestorm icon for 15 years, available in men’s and women’s versions, but now updated with improved pocket and styling changes. Made from quick-drying, breathable, lightweight noise-free fabric cut in a relaxed fit, the A3 features a zippered back pocket as well as reflective detailing for visibility and safety, and a chafe-free inner liner.
R325 at Capestorm stores
FIRST ASCENT MEN’S AR-X SHORTS
Non-chafe, lightweight and quick drying, these shorts are most suited to adventure racing, with two pockets for valuables or essentials, and an internal key pocket too. They have a built-in lining, elasticated draw-cord and reflective strips for increased visibility.
R259 at Sportsmans Warehouse and leading sports stores
MAXED MEDIUM-LENGTH SHORTS
Both the outer panelling and inner lining of these shorts are made from moisture-management fabrics, and extra features include a secure key pocket and reflectivity detailing on the side. A great value-for-money choice, ideal for beginners just getting into running who may not want to spend as much on training gear just yet.
R89 at Mr Price Sports
NEW BALANCE WOMEN’S 4-INCH WOVEN 2-IN-1 SHORT
You get two for the price of one and all the comfort in the world with this design – a moisture-wicking outer short with a slip-free internal compression inner tight. Other features include an ICE (In Case of Emergency) tab in the back pocket for emergencies, reflectivity panels, and ‘media pockets’ for your GPS, MP3 or cell phone.
R469 at The Sweat Shop, Van Tonders and Poobie Naidoo
7-INCH BAGGY SHORTS
These shorts have a diamond-shaped gusset section to reduce friction and chafing, while mesh inserts at critical heat zones promote ventilation to further enhance the runner’s comfort – which in turn complements the moisture-wicking fabric of the shorts and inner brief. Also look for the silver Puma cat logo, which is reflective in low-light conditions to promote visibility and safety out on the roads.
R299 at Puma stockists
SALOMON TRAIL PRO SHORTS
The best thing about these shorts is their mobility and comfort. The stretchy, relaxed fit allows free range of motion, so no ‘catching’ while you’re running, and the built-in inner brief is equally comfortable. Another great benefit is the UPF50-rated protection of the moisture-wicking fabric, which keeps you not only dry and comfortable, but protected from the harsh sun. Also with two open hand pockets and one zipped back pocket, plus front and back reflectivity.
R649 at Salomon stockists from mid-September
MEDAC SPORTS SILVERTECH RUNNING PANTS
While looking for shorts to review here we also came across these new running tights from MedacSports, which are made from a medical-grade material that protects you from harmful bacteria that cause odour and infection. Medac has traditionally focused on the manufacture of sports injury bracing, such as ankle and knee guards, but has now moved into clothing as well. The tights provide some compression to the upper legs while also offering a smooth, comfortable, chafe-free ride (Yes, that’s former Springbok rugby star Chester Williams modelling the tights).
R280 at www.medac.co.za