Three Things to Consider Before Buying Men’s Running Shorts

Wearing the right running shorts can make or break your run.

Man runs down street
Running shorts have a different cut and quality to each pair compared to gym shorts.Andrea Piacquadio

You may not be ready to join an Olympic team, but we do think you’ll find your run much more enjoyable and successful when you’ve got shorts that have the right length inseam, that are sweat resistant, and that have a comfortable fit. A built-in liner is an added bonus that promises more support, and we are game for that. So, when you’re ready to put yourself to the ultimate challenge, you want to have the right running shorts to help you get there. Here are a few other notes that can help you find the pair you’ve been looking for.

Inseam Length

Under Armour Men's Raid 10-inch Workout Gym Shorts
The length of your inseam for running shorts is different than the inseam on shorts you might wear for other workouts.Under Armour

When you’re headed to the gym for a lifting session, the length of your short’s inseam should be longer. You need to be able to move laterally and a longer length will help keep you covered. When it comes to running, a shorter inseam is what you want. The inseam for a pair of men’s running shorts should be long enough to comfortably cover you, but short enough so that your linear movements are easier. However, it boils down to personal preference and what you feel most comfortable in when you’re burning those calories.

Sweat Resistance

5 Pack:Men's Dry-Fit Sweat Resistant Active Athletic Performance Shorts
No one likes to feel like they’ve wet their pants when running.Real Essentials

It is inevitable that you are going to sweat when you run; there is no avoiding the inevitable sweat. But that shouldn’t stop you from getting out there and putting the pedal to the concrete metal. Grab a pair of men’s running shorts made of sweat-resistant material that helps wick sweat that comes your way and dries quickly when sweat sneaks through. This type of material comes with another benefit: it is breathable which means more comfort for you.

Comfortable Fit

Amazon Essentials Men’s 2-Pack Loose-Fit Performance Shorts
We aren’t saying your run is going to be comfortable, but your shorts should be.Amazon

Running is one of the most uncomfortable workouts that exists. That’s why it’s so important for you to feel as comfortable as you can with your running gear—from your head down your toes. The right shoes are important, but so are the right fitting shorts. You want them to be loose enough so that you can move, but not too loose to where you’re pulling them up every 10 seconds. A comfortable fit is different for everyone, so try out a few different styles to see which one feels right for you.