4 Best Running Shorts For Women

The latest in running shorts for women are functional and stylish for any distance


BY RYAN SCOTT |

Locked And Loaded.
Ultimate Direction Hydro Shorts R1 150
An ingenious addition to these shorts is implemented at the waistband here, in the form of two 250mm flasks integrated right into the fabric and positioned on the outer hip for easy access while you’re running. 

If above is extra, below is minimalist, with a perforated hem trim made from barely-there fabric. Includes inner tights, to help keep the added weight of the water bottles stable and prevent chafe. 

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Old-school Fabric With A Modern Design. 
adidas Ultimate Two-In-One Shorts R1 299
It doesn’t get lighter than old-school parachute material, used as the top layer here in modest amounts. Peeking out from the shorts portion and providing extra confidence are the colour-matching tights, which hug the upper leg firmly but with a little less intensity than full compression often does. Reflector stripes at the back, on the lowest part of the tights, are substantial enough to provide visibility. 

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Homegrown Greatness 
Wild Within 3-inch shorts R650
It’s great to see a local brand creating such stylish running gear, and Wild Within have already created quite a fan base for their short-shorts. These short-inseam, minimalist pants embody four precepts: high quality to withstand South African conditions, sustainable recycled materials, stripped-down design for a minimalist look, and an inner boxer brief to banish chafe. 

Includes a back pocket located at the sacrum, designed to fit your key for long runs or your smartphone for a short run. 

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Shorty-Short Shorts
Salomon Cross 3-inch Shorts R699
There isn’t much to these shorts; and that’s exactly the point of this wardrobe item inspired by speed. Just three inches long in the inseam – that’s 8cm – these are the smallest shorts in the Salomon range. Comfort is still taken into account with AdvancedSkin ActiveDry technical fabrics that keep you dry by wicking away moisture. 

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