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Running Shorts: The Best Gear Guide

Running Shorts: The Best Gear Guide

Running shorts have come a long way from the simple, rather unsatisfactory super-short shorts that once dominated the scene. Changes in style and innovations in technology have all changed the game, so it can be hard to keep up without a little expert help.

Today, we’re going through our guide to the best gear to wear, whether you’re out on the trail, at the track, or just going on a neighborhood jog.

How Do I Choose the Right Running Shorts for Me?

The first thing to understand is that there are different shorts for different situations. While modern running shorts are incredibly versatile, and the most essential features span across any of the best styles, even the most subtle differences can help determine what’s the most fitting for your situation.

We’re here to help. Let’s look at a few of the most important factors to consider when deciding on the shorts for you.

Look at Length

First up is one of the more immediately noticeable details—length. Shorts come in a huge variety of lengths, from styles that barely break past the upper thigh to styles that fall below the knee.

While style is definitely a consideration here, there are some functional factors to be aware of as well.

Shorter shorts obviously provide less coverage, potentially leaving you wanting in the cooler months if your runs take you outside or to a track where heating is not available. On the other hand, you can definitely appreciate the feel of the breeze on your legs at the height of summer.

Classic short running shorts such as the men’s 5” shorts or women’s 3” shorts are some of the best options out there. The smaller profile guarantees the absolute greatest range of movement and a very free feel as you take to the track or trail.

Longer shorts have the inverse effect of providing more skin coverage, which can be a blessing in cold conditions. Even when the warmth rises, the best styles like the Recess 8” Training Short are designed to be lightweight and breathable.

If you’re running outdoors, extra sun protection down your thigh, such as that provided by bamboo fabric shorts, can be a huge plus. Harmful UV rays still rain down even on cloudy or cool days, so always be aware of protecting your skin.

For the ladies, bike shorts are an excellent alternative to the 3” Running Short if you’re looking for something more down the legs. Bike shorts bring all the supreme comfort and support of performance leggings, ready for the easiest and hardest runs alike.

Think About How You Work Out

Knowing your needs starts with knowing your workout. If you’re planning to take long runs outdoors, potentially in harsh conditions, choosing longer shorts that can protect you from the elements may be your best bet.

For indoor runs or neighborhood jogs, a pair of super comfy shorter running shorts might be the better option.

If the environments you run in are varied and diverse, there are equally versatile styles here for you, but don’t be afraid to go with a few different styles for increased specialization in each situation.

Remember Your Personal Style

At the end of the day, personal preference should be the determining factor. Every short we build here at Tasc is thoughtfully engineered to give you the absolute best in performance, utility, and comfort. 

Choose a style that you enjoy, in both look and feel. If you like to run in a jacket, longer shorts may compliment the long sleeves. If you’re a big fan of a tank top or sports bra, why not stick with the freedom of some classic running shorts. 

No matter what you choose, remember that your gear is an extension of you, not what makes you, so always go with your gut and go crush those runs!

Don’t Be Afraid to Try Multiple Styles

You’re probably running more often than you’re doing laundry, so having a variety of styles across multiple pairs is a smart way to prepare for your weekly routine.

Pick up some running shorts, training shorts, bike shorts, and even some joggers for a complete array of tools in your arsenal.

What Should I Look for When Buying Running Shorts?

Now that we’ve covered your style choice, let’s talk about the all-important functional features.

Modern innovations have certainly raised the bar in this regard, so knowing what has become available and what to look for is the best way to make sure you’re keeping up with the top performance standards.

Lightweight and Stretchy

The last thing you want is a pair of running shorts that feel clunky or constrictive. Added features would mean nothing if they couldn’t be packaged in a lightweight, flexible short.

Thankfully, many of the most important features we’ll list below come naturally with the high-quality fabrics we use in our shorts, such as bamboo and organic cotton, so you don’t lose the lightweight design you need.

In fact, modern shorts are more lightweight than ever! Look for two or four-way stretch capabilities to guarantee a full range of movement across any activity.


Any runner knows that the key to success is repetition and consistency. That means that your shorts need to be able to keep up with constant workouts and last you a long time.

Choose naturally durable fabrics such as bamboo and organic cotton, and look for thoughtfully designed shorts, where durability is built-in with every thread.

Moisture-Wicking and Anti-Odor

Some of the best modern innovations come from natural fabrics that help you fight sweat and the conditions you run in.

Moisture-wicking is a fabric quality that draws moisture from your skin to the outside of the fabric, where it’s released as vapor.

Always look for moisture-wicking in your sportswear, and especially your running shorts, to ensure you stay dry as you run. Staying dry helps your body’s temperature regulation function at full capacity, so you don’t overheat or exhaust.

Built-In Briefs (for the Ladies!)

Another benefit to keep an eye out for is a built-in bikini layer. The Recess 3” Running Short has exactly that, so you can stay as lightweight, comfortable, and supported as possible.

Supportive Liners

For the men, inner liners offer similar comfort and support. Made from super soft bamboo fabric, our Recess Running Shorts and Training Shorts each come with what is practically a second skin.

Convenient Pockets

For decades, the best running gear has often lacked the most important convenience feature we can think of—pockets.

Considering how useful modern smartphones can be as a running companion for music, health tracking apps, GPS, and more, it’s basically essential that your running shorts come with a pocket for your phone.

Zip pockets and anti-bounce pockets are present in all our running short styles, so you can keep your phone safely and conveniently on hand without having to run with it in hand.


Make sure your running shorts can keep up with you by keeping up with all the latest innovations and trends in running short styles and technologies. 

Stock your closet with the most comfortable, functional styles out there from our diverse array of options to perform at your absolute best.


Sun Safety: Skin Cancer | CDC

Organic Cotton - An Overview | Science Direct

Thermoregulation | Healthline

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