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Nothing kills a runner's high faster than pounding the pavement with a wedgie that won't go away or that all-too-uncomfortable feeling of jogging in soggy, sweat-soaked shorts. A solid pair of running shorts are an essential in every wardrobe, whether you're regularly training for the next half marathon or simply want something comfy to run errands in.
The best running shorts feel lightweight and move with your body rather than rub against it. They'll allow you to focus on your form without you having to constantly adjust your waistband. Finding the ideal pair can be a little tough, especially given the fact that we all have different needs for our unique bodies.
But in addition to your distinct needs, there are universal factors to consider. Things like fit, anti-chafing coverage, and whether the fabric is breathable and has moisture-wicking technology are just a few.
Aside from that, you obviously want them to look good, too. You may think finding all these things in one pair of shorts would be impossible, but to help you on your hunt we scoured the masses to find 13 of our favorites.
From form-fitting biker shorts that'll look just as good with a sports bra at the park as they will with an oversized tee at brunch to loose mesh shorts that are a dream for long-distance runs, there's something here for everyone.
Ready to shop? These are the best running shorts for women:
Emily Abbate is a freelance writer, certified fitness trainer, and host of the podcast Hurdle. You can find her work in GQ, Shape, Runner’s World, and other health and fitness publications.
Neha Tandon is the senior commerce editor of Women's Health—she's an expert in discovering the best products and services you can buy and giving recommendations. She discovered her love for magazines when as a teen, she started stealing her mother's magazines. Determined to see more women who look like her and her family members on the glossy covers of magazines, she was guided by seasoned editors and mentors to write for brands including New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, BRIDES, Harper's Bazaar, Business Insider, Byrdie, and Well+Good. When she’s not grilling dermatologists about the latest skincare trends, she’s doing candlelit yoga or watching Humphrey Bogart movies over vegan pizza. Follow her on Instagram.
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