What to look for in women’s running shorts

What to look for in women’s running shorts

Running shorts can be broken down into three categories:

looser shorts, often with some sort of split down the side, that allow you to move freely

form-fitting shorts that have more of a compression effect, perfect for race day

2-in-1 shorts combine both styles, often with a tighter-fitting layer underneath and a looser one over the top.

All will do the job, and it’s often down to personal preference on how you want the shorts to fit. While some will have built-in briefs to minimise chafing from underwear, others won’t, making sweat-wicking underwear a must, especially in the summer months.

Whichever style you go for, look for shorts that have a pocket big enough to allow you to leave your running belt at home, and a design that means they won’t ride up as you run.

We were impressed with these running shorts. They’re more affordable than some others here, they fit well and they stay put when you move. There are also side pockets for all your essentials and a zipped pocket on the back to keep things safe as you move. They’re not as high-waisted as others, but they’re still a comfortable pair of shorts for anything from a parkrun to a half marathon.