Fast, faster running shorts – a buyer’s guide to shorts and ¾ tights

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Die passenden Laufshorts für mehr Performance und Spaß beim Rennen
The right running shorts can enhance your performance and make your runs more fun

Whether you’re training, trail running, jogging or even competing in a marathon or triathlon, running is fun, it motivates you to beat your personal best and it’s good for your health. It can also be strenuous, especially whilst running in hot weather. Which leads us to the topic of apparel. Functional running shorts or running tights are specially designed for the activity. Such shorts are super comfortable, functional and are brimming with some great technical features. But, what exactly should you consider whilst buying shorts? Can you wear your old gym shorts on your short run? Which trousers are best suited for which purpose? Well, you can find the answers to all these questions in this buyer’s guide for running shorts!

No need to wear your old gym shorts because modern running shorts have so much more to offer

As I said, high-quality running shorts and three-quarter tights are brimming with so many great features. They’re super functional, offer excellent moisture management properties and can keep you comfortable in strenuous moments.

Bei Laufshorts gibt es die körpernah geschnitte als auch etwas weiter geschnitteneVariante
Running shorts can either be tight or loose

Before getting into their features, let’s first take a look at what types of running trousers are out there. In general, there are two types of running shorts: tights, which are form-fitting, and slightly looser cut models. A good pair of running shorts, regardless of their fit, should be super breathable. You’re bound to sweat whilst running, which is why the shorts should have breathable fabrics that absorb sweat and wick it away to the outside to where it can evaporate, keeping you pleasantly dry. At the same time, breathable fabrics prevent heat from building up between the clothes and your skin.

Of course, people usually wear running shorts in summer, but if the weather takes a turn for the worse, you’ll need to find a good pair of weatherproof shorts. You can look for special technical fabrics, such as Gore Windstopper, as they provide excellent protection against the wind. If the fabric is also water-repellent, then the rain will be kept at bay. In winter, you can also use your shorts as an additional insulating layer you wear under thick, tightly woven running trousers for additional warmth.

Other features, materials and comfort

Form-fitting running shorts or ¾ tights have a few extra tricks up their sleeves. For example, the tight fit improves their breathability and moisture-wicking properties. Since the fabric lies directly against your skin, it’s able to directly absorb your sweat. However, the greatest advantage of tight shorts includes their compressibility. This effect stimulates blood circulation and it can relax your muscles. As a result, it’ll improve your performance and support regeneration. In addition, it’ll prevent muscle vibrations. These vibrations cause fine tears in the muscle tissue and cause muscle soreness the next day.

Auch beim Laufen sind Taschen wichtig, um Wertgegenstände oder Snacks zu verwahren
It’s important to have shorts with pockets to stow away your valuables and some snacks.

If you’re planning on running in low light conditions, then your shorts or ¾ running tights should have reflective elements. This will tremendously increase visibility and safety. This, along with funky, bright colours will ensure you’re seen from afar. Another important feature that I couldn’t do without is zipped pockets. You might be surprised to find out that not all running trousers have pockets to offer space for your keys and phone. But, that’s just a matter of opinion.

Now, let’s take a look at the fabric. Running shorts and three-quarter tights are usually made of high-performance polyester. Plus, since maximum freedom of movement is important whilst running, the fabrics also include elastane. This makes the fabric stretchy and prevents it from restricting your movements. Technical cuts, such as the Formotion cut, are built to conform to your every movement.

In addition, your tights or shorts should fit you perfectly and shouldn’t slip whilst moving around. It should feel like you don’t have anything on whilst wearing comfortable, form-fitting shorts. Another great feature includes flatlock seams to prevent chafing. If you’ve had to deal with poorly finished seams like me, then you know how unpleasant and painful it can be after some time.

Tight or loose? Short or long?

Having so many choices isn’t always a bad thing. If you already know what you like, then choosing new shorts or tights will be a breeze.

Tight running trousers are breathable, moisture-wicking, compressive, lightweight and offer maximum freedom of movement. However, if you don’t like body-hugging fits, then you can opt for looser models. They’re just as functional, but they won’t have all of the advantages of the narrower models. As for the length, that’ll depend on your personal preference. Typically, you’ll want to wear shorts in hotter temperatures and tights in cooler temperatures.
We’ve now covered all important aspects of running shorts and ¾ tights. Hopefully this buyer’s guide will help you in your decision. Whether you opt for a short or long, tight or loose model, what matters is that the trousers can enhance your performance. So, I wish you a good run with super comfortable shorts!

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