Running Gear Reviews
The Best Running Gear for Summer
Shorts and Skirts
Image: Jeff Harris
Sure, shorts keep you covered and hold your keys, but they also say something about what you're looking to achieve on your run. Easy day? Try a relaxed fit or skirt. Quality effort? Put on the short shorts.
Saucony Run Luxe Shorts II ($34, saucony.com, top left)
The lightweight fabric and 4.5-inch inseam of these women's shorts provide excellent mobility without baring too much.
Saucony Interval 2-1 Shorts ($45, saucony.com, bottom left)
These eight-inch-long men's shorts fit loose and make the postrun stop at the coffee shop a less-revealing experience.
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Skirt Sports Happy Girl Skirt ($70, skirtsports.com, top right)
This 16.5-inch skirt falls just above the knees and feels as good as it looks, bringing a bit of flair to mundane training runs.
Brooks Essential Run Shorts ($28, brooksrunning.com, bottom right)
The thin fabric and mesh panels of these five-inch men's shorts can handle summer heat and sudden rainstorms.
Tip from the Top: Take the smell test.
"I get rid of my shirts or shorts when they get that permastink. They still reek even after they've been washed."—Brian Sell, 2008 Olympic Marathoner