Buying a perfect pair of running shorts can go a long way in determining the runner's potential. Go through the tips in this article, to know how to choose running shorts.

How To Choose Running Shorts

Are you all set to run? Wait, just pause and think - do you have the right pair of running shorts? Though people might argue that runners can run in any pair of shorts that is comfortable, did you know that a perfect pair of running shorts can enhance the running capability by miles? Thanks to commercialization, people today have been bombarded with options, when it comes to buying running shorts as well. The result - mounting confusion as to which one would be perfect. Being fashionable, chic and trendy in a pair of running shorts runs high than the comfort quotient in the present times. Amidst all such uncertainty, there are a few things that should be in your mind at the time of choosing shorts. Check out the tips given below, to know how to choose the perfect running shorts.
Tips For Buying Running Shorts 
  • Before choosing a pair of running shorts, you need to get the concept right. At the time of wearing the running shorts, you need not wear underwear; else this would be like teaming a swimsuit with a pair of underpants.
  • The best kind of running short is the one with a built-in integral liner. This would not only be comfortable, but also alleviate the problem of chaffing.
  • The material of the running short is an important consideration to make. Consider buying a pair that is made from lightweight material. This would provide the supple support and at the same time, keep the skin of your private areas dry. Make sure that the short you choose enhance your physical movement.
  • Running shorts made from a silky material would be a good idea. This would decrease the chances of abrasion and encourage airflow, keeping the skin at ease.
  • Cotton and nylon are a strict no-no, when it comes to choosing running shorts. Problems of wetness and bad fit run high in such shorts.
  • The length of the shorts is another consideration to make. Depending on your comfort zone, you can go for shorts with the starting range of 1" and extending to 7". Shorts longer than this would make it uncomfortable for running (not to say it would surpass the length of ideal shorts).
  • At the time of buying shorts, make sure your watch your body type. If you have heavy thighs, the best bet would be to indulge in a longer pair of shorts, to minimize the problem of rubbing.
  • A rule of the thumb that runners usually follow, while buying running shorts, is that while shorter pair works fine during shorter/faster runs, long pair of shorts is ideal for a long/slow run.
  • The outside seam of the shorts has been a matter of considerable debate, due to the flexibility it offers. There are two types of seam in shorts - split leg and v notch. V-notch is a sewn seam running along the length of the leg, until the last 1/2 inch where it is notched in an upside down 'v'. The split leg is one which is not sewn along the length of the leg. Rather, it is constructed by overlapping the front panel over the back, the length of split starts from waist and extends to 1/2 inch.
  • The pockets in shorts, though mostly overlooked, form an important concern. While most shorts ideally have a small key pocket, it is best to get a pair of shorts with pocket large enough to hold a credit card comfortably. Pockets close to the waistband would be beneficial.
  • For men, a pair of shorts with jock strap is uncalled for. The built in liner is sufficient. However, if you are indulging in heavy lifting or track and field athletics, additional support may be necessary.
  • Though unisex shorts are available these days, make sure that the pair that you buy provides maximum comfort to both the genders.
  • Fashion is yet another sector to lookout for, at the time of buying shorts. While short and fitted shorts dominated the era of the 70s and 80s, the contemporary style is more informal. Loose baggy-fit shorts are the mantra for runners today. Happy shopping shorts!

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