Before you decide on where to buy a new pair of women’s running shorts, the first step is knowing how to decide on which pair will suit your running needs. There are several styles and cuts available on the market today and each differ slightly or drastically. So, depending on which kind of running you plan on doing and which kind of comfort you are looking for, there are some deciding factors that will help you with your purchase.
When it comes to running shorts nowadays, there are many materials to choose from. The best materials are those which are soft and breathable. Many brands have introduced “air-wick” technology which “wicks away” the moisture from the body to prevent chaffing. Mesh is also popular for its breathability characteristics. Take note that cotton and nylon are not a wise choice of material as they trap in moisture which can lead to discomfort while running.
Be aware that true running shorts have underwear built in. This means that you do not have to wear additional underwear in conjunction with your shorts. Avoid shorts that use cotton as the built-in liner. In general, liners that are lightweight and breathable are best at preventing chaffing. Any kind of microfiber also helps keep the body dry. As for which length to choose, this boils down to preference and modesty. Apart from that, longer shorts tend to prevent rubbing between the thighs which can lead to chaffing while shorter shorts tend to be better for shorter runs.
Without further ado, there are several stores to choose from when it comes to shopping for running attire. If you are a serious runner, a good place to start is at a running store such as Jack Rabbit or the Runner’s Store.
However, if there is a specific brand of shorts you prefer, you can either go directly to the store itself or its website. For example, Nike, Adidas, New Balance and Under Armour are some of the well-respected names in the industry. While shopping online is always an option, choosing a pair of running shorts that you like will usually require trying them on in person. Some popular online stores include: underarmour.com, brooksrunning.com, newbalance.com, and zootsports.com
Lastly, any sporting goods store is sure to carry a variety of brands so that you can compare and contrast. Stores like Dicks Sporting Goods, Modell’s, Foot Locker, and Finish Line are great options, especially if you are mall shopping. Even department stores such as Bloomingdales, Filenes, and Nordstrom carry an active wear section where you can thumb through their selection.
All in all, the options are endless when it comes to shopping for women’s running shorts. While your budget may be an issue, quality shorts will tend to last longer than something purchased at a discount store. It is a small investment but worth it in the long run, literally.