Are there such things as running shorts or will any pair do?

Discussion in 'Running Gear and Equipment' started by Fresh Start, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Fresh Start

    Fresh Start Member

    Do you guys just use ordinary sports shorts when running or are there running specific ones that are designed to work better for runners?

    I can't see myself wearing lycra shorts but just wondered if certain types were better for running. Maybe football shorts or something like that?
  2. Drhysted

    Drhysted Regular Member

    All of my running gear is running specific.
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  3. amasidlover

    amasidlover Active Member

    I rather like 'trail' shorts which have an inner tight(ish) liner and then a baggy outer; I'm a bit self conscious in the lycra ones... My favourites are the Ronhill Cargo Trails which actually have a pocket big enough to get a bunch of keys or a small phone and extra pockets for gels (I've never understood why runners aren't allowed pockets to put stuff in whilst cyclists are).
  4. WiltshireWonder

    WiltshireWonder Active Member Staff Member

    My husband does the same! I'd definitely get some proper running shorts if they're not too expensive. I'd also recommend Body Glide (a skin lubricant) to stop the chafing. And, assuming you're a man....look after those poor nipples.
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  5. Flatflr

    Flatflr Regular Member

    These are the ones I wear too, but I generally wear a hydration belt or vest for key, phone, food and water storage.

    Also +1 on the body glide can save quite a bit of soreness in very sensitive places..
  6. amasidlover

    amasidlover Active Member

    Oh yes - micropore tape for nipples on long/hot/hard runs!
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  7. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Regular Member

    I used to run in the Endura Humvee shirts I wore for cycling. They were a bit heavy for the summer though, so I bought running specific shorts then.

    Ime, ordinary shorts will do when you start - if you don't like running in them, think about why and buy a pair that doesn't have the feature (s) that are annoying you.
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  8. Truth

    Truth Regular Member

    Nothing wrong in running in football shorts. I run in More Mile shorts or football shorts and both are fine :smile:
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