10 Best ASICS Running Shorts Tested & Compared

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ASICS is a company well-known for their quality shoes and apparel for runners of all levels. The name ASICS itself stands for “anima sana in corpore sano” which means “a healthy mind in a healthy body”. It’s evident that this motto fuels the process behind their products, which makes them a great choice if you’re looking for a new pair of running shorts.

We’ve put together a selection of the best ASICS shorts based on a set of criteria that is specific to runners and their needs; materials, comfort, functionality, and cost were all taken into consideration in our ranking. We compared a variety of features and shorts pairings designed for running as well as products meant for other sports and settings. We’ve also included some other specific criteria to help you shop around and an FAQ that will hopefully answer any questions you have about choosing the perfect pair of shorts.

Last Updated: August 18, 2018
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We recently checked and updated and we will continue to update this page to ensure you get the top choices. Our current tried and tested list of shorts are all top performers. Read through our section covering criteria for reviewing to see how we come up with top options for you. Any questions? Read our FAQs to look for answers, if you don't find the answer you are looking for, ask us and we will respond. 6/16/18 This article has had its FAQ updated to make sure it remains as useful as possible to our readership. We also want to make sure that we always have the very best available products on our lists so we also added reviews for the Pocketed 3.5" as well as the Break Through 1/2 Split. 07/07/18 This update establishes the criteria that we used to choose the shorts on our list, laying out things to consider so our readers can use the same criteria when shopping for other products. Some products were edited for format and accuracy as well as readability. The Women's Lite Show 3 in 1 shorts were added to the list as a popular follow up to the Women's Everysport shorts. 8/18/18 We went through and made sure our criteria was clear and as elaborte as it needed to be to our readers. We also went through and made sure all our FAQ were up-to-date, accurate, and answer the questions with the information our readers want and need.

Men's Everyday
  • Men's Everyday
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Lightweight + Breathable
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Rival II ½ Split
  • Rival II ½ Split
  • 4 out of 5
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  • Bold colors and 100% Polyester
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Women's Lite Show 3-in-1
  • Women's Lite Show 3-in-1
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Light microfiber blend
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10 Best ASICS Running Shorts

Men's Everyday

Men's Everyday
Not everyone, or in this case every man, wants to run in short shorts. The ASICS Everyday shorts live up to their name. So comfortable, you may just wear them all the time.
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Material
Made of a dobby fabric with 4-way stretch, the material is light, unlike cheap nylon shorts, these have anti-static, so no unexpected annoying static shocks when you least expect them. The material has a moisture wicking finish, this allows sweat to make its way to the materials surface and evaporate more quickly, the same applies to wetness from light rain, humidity or mist.

Comfort
These shorts feel comfortable, because they really are comfortable and they don't ride up your thighs while running or become soggy on misty, drizzling wet days, they won't stick to you like a wet rag. Soggy wet shorts are a distraction for runners, uncomfortable and also presenting a variety of negative health implications. For those times when you stretch your stride to go up over a bank or up an incline, the built in stretch qualities give you freedom of movement.

The elastic waistband also has a drawcord to adjust the sizing, so if you lose weight through regular running, no problem just tighten up the drawcord. If you're running regularly and your waist line is growing, adjust the cord and seriously think about changing your diet. For those of us that are style conscious, you get two choices, these shorts come in a 5” and 9” inseams.

Functionality
When we run we do of course sweat and ASICS have taken this into consideration through engineering Extra moisture and odor control built into in brief. This means that your comfort is maintained and you can focus on enjoying your run.
On darker days or just after sunset or for early birds "dawn" you want to be seen, especially by tired drivers and we find the shorts have strategically placed reflective dots running down the side panels, the moment light beams hit them you become clearly visible.

While we run we need to stow away our keys and perhaps an ID card and we want to keep these items safe and not lose them. A stylish secure pocket is built into the side seam and it is made more secure with a strong zipper, what ever you keep in the pocket is not going to bounce out and be lost. The position of the pocket means it is not obtrusive and further adds to comfort and less distraction.

Cost
The cost runs the same as many other ASICS shorts. They are a moderately higher price for a quality short that you will want to wear all day, every day. A really good long term investment.


The shorts have style, durability, and just like quality running shoes they have good wick qualities and elasticated features in the materials which work with the performance of your legs, waist and running style. They are also great for casual wear. It is easy to confidently recommend these shorts.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Anti-static finish
  • Moisture-wicking anti-odor fabric
  • Side seam pocket
  • Reflective dots
  • Many stylish color combos to choose from
Cons
  • Waistband may be too snug

Rival II ½ Split

Rival II ½ Split
These are another classic track short. Featuring a lightweight, breathable fabric and a flat braided drawstring cord, these will keep you dry, light and fast on the track.
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ASICS Rival II ½ Split

Features.

We want a basic style, a smooth comfortable feel and functionality that works for us during a run and the unique  Rival II ½ Split shorts provide this and will look nice in combination with a stylish running hood. They don't shout out specialty but they don't say very basic either.

We all prefer a particular style and often our style preference is related to our physical appearance, for example if a person is very short its probably not stylish to wear a extra long pair of running shorts.

Certainly light weight and that's because they are made from light weight durable material.

These shorts are stylish from a users view point and they fit a niche in the market in which they are popular.

Be aware, you don't get a pocket, so if you're driving out to a trail run you're gonna be stuck, nowhere to carry your car key, unless you take along an armband which is something all runner fans should own.

The polyester fabric is nicely surprising, put these shorts in a bowl of water, take them out, squeeze them dry and in no time at all they are dry enough to wear. It's not just about wick factor, the material is none absorbent, there is no place for water to be absorbed and held, moisture sits only on the surface of the woven strands so it has to evaporate and it cannot hold onto the fabric, even light motion activity or sunlight will dispel water or sweat.

A nice feature is the choice of colors and due to the durable material some runners have been known to screen print their own logo or design onto the shorts for that little extra individuality.

The ladies version present a 2” inseam and the men’s sports a 2.5” inseam. The material being 100% polyester blend is so perfect for keeping the sweat retention factor down to barely noticed and certainly not creating discomfort.

The style looks basic but nice, these shorts can be worn for many indoor or outdoor sports.

Cost

Good value. No emptying the money bank through buying a pair of these shorts.

Conclusion.

Try them, you will be surprised, sometimes basic can actually meet our requirements, great if your at home and just want to on the spur of the moment take a quick run.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Waistband with braided drawcord
Cons
  • No pockets
  • Limited features

Women's Lite Show 3-in-1

Women's Lite Show 3-in-1
These fun trendy shorts are more than just flashy. They offer great comfort with some extra features at a reasonable price.
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Materials
The polyester and spandex microfiber blend is stretchy and breathable, providing a durable outer later with 4-way stretch. It does come with a detachable inner boy-brief liner so you can customize your fit.

Comfort
An especially wide waistband with a drawstring offers a close fit without being too snug or putting unnecessary pressure on the band. The soft but durable fabric offers a full range of motion and is lightweight. Quick-dry moisture wicking fabric means no chafing or discomfort from sweat or misty early morning runs.

Functionality
These stylish shorts come with a back pocket that zips closed so you can take small items with you on your run. Reflective binding completely around the trim means 360 degree visibility to keep you safe.

Cost
Compared to other options on this list, these shorts are pretty middle of the road on cost. With plenty of great features and a stylish design, the price is definitely worth it.
Pros
  • 360-degree reflective binding
  • Lightweight and quick-dry
  • Detachable, wearable separate boy-brief
  • Wide waistband with drawstring
  • Stretchy microfiber material
  • Stylish designs and colors
  • Back pocket with zipper
Cons
  • May run small

2-N-1 Woven

2-N-1 Woven
If you are looking for light compression and breathability, then check out the ASICS 2-N-1 Woven shorts. Both men’s and women’s version have snug liners with a loose second layer, providing comfort and airflow.
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Lets take a step up from upper middle basic to a pair of shorts with extra functionality. Material which gives breath-ability is always comfortable in all types of weather. These shorts give healthy comfort inducing breath-ability despite having a loose but body hugging inner liner backed up with a loosely fitted second outer liner.

The design allows maximum acceptable airflow which is another comfort and drying out factor. The light compression qualities are outstanding and will be appreciated by all runners.

Once again we have dobby fabric allowing flexibility for four way stretch in every direction and the wick factor is known to be excellent.

Guys you get a seam free boxer liner inclusive with gusset and ladies you get a designed in boyshort feature for full coverage.

Anti-static qualities are built into the fabric and when you go shopping chose materials with these qualities to avoid those shocks that we sometimes get with synthetic materials.

The additional good news is that these shorts are fitted with a secure pocket, so pop in your ID and key and they are secure. For those that like variety of colors, you get a good range of choice along with a reflective brand logo.

Cost.

You pay more for more functionality and these shorts are a sound investment. Not to pricey but not down at the low cost level.
Conclusion.

The review has given you the specifics, the durable comfortable qualities of these shorts do speak volumes and if you buy them you wont regret it. They are functional quality.
Pros
  • Great for long distance running

  • Good, snug fit

  • Provides some light compression

  • Prevents chafing

Cons
  • The briefs/boyshort liners had a tendency to ride up on some runners.

Pocketed 3.5

Pocketed 3.5
The ASICS Pocketed 3.5” Shorts are excellent for the runner looking for convenience. Pockets can useful to any runner, for keeping your phone or keys close on hand or having that extra bit of energy or hydration tucked away during a big race.
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Material
The Pocketed 3.5” are constructed from 100% lightweight breathable polyester allowing its wearer to keep cool and mobile. The elasticity and quality of the materials also allows you to have your full range of motion with each stride. Unrestricted motion is one of the best qualities to have in running shorts.

Comfort and Functionality
The Pocketed 3.5” also wash well, which is a major plus for athletic gear. A lot of athletic clothes aren’t designed properly for cleaning so sweat and bacteria can build up. That is why finding clothes that wash well is important for runners. These shorts also dry quickly, which is a benefit both when washing as well as running during wet weather.

The ASICS Pocketed 3.5” has a liner that provides support and comfort. Some wearers take issue with the liner being visible since it can be an unflattering look. These shorts may lose some of their draw if you are concerned with this aspect of their design.

Cost
The ASICS Pocketed 3.5” are very affordable shorts for the quality of product you receive. They are slightly cheaper than your average ASICS shorts while still providing the high quality of product you can expect from this brand.

Pros
  • Lightweight materials
  • Affordable
  • Has convenient pockets
  • Wash well
  • Allows for high mobility
  • Good quality
  • Breathable
  • Lined for support and comfort
Cons
  • Liner can sometimes be seen through shorts


Break Through 1/2 Split Short

Break Through 1/2 Split Short
The ASICS Break Through ½ Split shorts are an excellent example of the quality that ASICS puts into all of their shorts. These comfortable and versatile shorts can suit a wide variety of activities, making it perfect for both your running and any cross training you could want to do.
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The Break Through ½ Split Shorts are very comfortable, many wearers talking about just how nice it feels to wear them.

ASICS’ Break Through also feature top-notch moisture management that keeps the wearer dry. Sweat prevention is an excellent long term and short term feature for athletic clothing, since it not only keeps you comfortable but also prevents skin infections caused by build up. One small comment on the Break Through’s ability to keep it’s wearer dry; the liner is less able to wick sweat than the outer layer of the shorts.

The ASICS Break Through are bound with an elastic waist band than lends to its maneuverability and range of motion.

These shorts are constructed of 100% polyester.

Cost:
The ASICS Break Through ½ Split Shorts are fairly priced, not too expensive and in line with the cost of most other shorts ASICS has to offer.

These shorts are a great choice from the ASICS line of runner wear, combining mobility and sweat management. Cool and comfortable are the best things you can ask for in athletic shorts and the Break Through is exceptional in both regards.
Pros
  • Wicks away sweat
  • Allows for freedom of movement
  • Comfortable 
  • No transparency 
Cons
  • Lining doesn't wick sweat as well as the outer layer.

Men's Woven 7"

Men's Woven 7
If you are looking for not so short shorts, check out these 7” woven shorts for men. These popular but asics mens running shorts are great not only for running but other sports as well. The ASICS Woven are a functional, multisport short with more coverage than some of the others.
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ASICS Woven 7” (Men’s)

The  wear and comfort factor from these shorts is outstanding, they allow body movement no matter which type of environment you chose to run in, the loose fitting design clearly emphasizes freedom of movement. For reflection a discrete fitted logo is enough for car drivers or cyclists to see you.

Loose fitting they provide excellent air-flow  so that your skin is not prone to over sweating and you will be free from this type of potential source of skin irritation. This loose fitting style enables a high level of air flow  which is great for preventing moisture build up from sweat and it can be suggested that this feature enhances evaporation faster.

For wick factor the designed in brief liner works great and has well performing anti odor properties.

Take a look at these features, these are worth remembering when your ready to purchase a good quality pair of running shorts.

Polyester fabric, this means that if these shorts get wet from rain they are going to dry out very quickly.

A quick-drying fabricated elasticated waist band with a securely fitted internal - draw-cord, will not allow the shorts to slip and are easy to adjust, even while running.

The secure pocket with strong zip is positioned at the back of the shorts and lets you carry your ID-Card and those important keys.

Very eye appealing stylish Inseam set at  7"

Cost.

The price is very buyer friendly, you will get very good value for money.

Conclusion.

A good pair of shorts, you get great features, durability, comfort and style at a very nice price.
Pros
  • Super soft, light fabric
  • Reasonable price
  • Great minimalist shorts
Cons
  • No additional pockets.

Women's Everysport

Women's Everysport
If you are looking for some durable shorts, look no further than the Asics Everysport Shorts for women. Not only are they functional, but they also come in a variety of colors.
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If you want style these shorts give it, you will look good and feel good.

These fantastically stylish sporty shorts present themselves with a 3”- inseam and a wide knit waistband which incorporates ASICS’ 4-way microfiber stretch fabric, chafe-free engineering in a pair of running shorts and super wick factor.

Reflective properties are designed into the auto lock zipper pocket which is set at the back of the shorts. No problem if you want to bring your ID card and home key, they are safely secure in this pocket.

To top of innovative design an anti odor lining which radiates comfort while preventing sweat build up which can result in irritations.

ASICS are skilled at incorporating features to enhance reliable durability, top quality and superb we see this again and again in their range of shorts and these are no exception.

I like the anti-static qualities designed into these short, nobody wants a pair of statically charged shorts hugging to them and waiting to give them a shock when touching something metal.

The split design is stylish and of course, a functional feature, the air flow for the shorts is really nice and these shorts are offered in various appealing colors.

Cost
Not cheap but well worth the investment, they are not too expensive especially when you take into account the features and the durability of the shorts.

Conclusion
Specially designed for the lady runner, these shorts have style, comfort, and bags of top-class functionality.
Pros
  • Great fit
  • Comfortably woven microfiber stretch material
  • They don’t ride up when running
Cons
  • Some runners felt they needed to go up a size in order to get a better fit.


Men's Distance

Men's Distance
Go long. Seriously. Run super long and comfortable in these ASICS Distance Shorts. these asics running shorts for men and women, these shorts will keep you cool and dry on your weekend long run.
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ASICS Distance.


If you want to go the distance, these shorts are a must have. They are called Distance because they can go any distance.
 These shorts give full meaning to the words versatile, durable and full of useful features.

Packed with top performance features for an endurance run, everything you want, you can carry.  Multiple useful secure pockets and sturdy gel loops, whatever you carry in terms of needed body nutrition is easy for you to reach.

The durable features constructed in these shorts are very impressive, lets start with the ultra light 4 way woven dobby material with impressive four way stretch capability.

Next we note the high quality anti-static features which prevent the short clinging to you while also preventing the build up of unwanted static. The wick factor is outstanding, sweat is rejected by the fabric and rain or splash cannot be absorbed thus ensuring rapid dry out if your caught out in a downpour.

Engineered into the shorts is the highly innovative and functional side panels in the shorts for extra efficient ventilation. Sitting strategically around the waist are 4 elasticated loops for securely carrying nutrition gels, you simply reach down and easily take what you want, you don't need to stop running.

The innovation for features continues with 2 elasticated side pockets, very secure and very durable and used for carrying hydration supplies. Fitted into the already waist hugging band is a draw-cord giving you the quick ability to re-adjust fit even while you are running.

At the rear of the shorts out of the way but comfortable and secure, we find a back yoke with reflective capabilities and fitted to the yoke a sturdy zip up pocket.

Moisture management is taken further thorough designed in moisture control via the comfortable Melange Brief with built in anti-odor capabilities. Topping of this innovative pair of shorts is a smart 5' inseam. 

Cost
These are top of the range shorts, you have to pay a little more in return for the outstanding features.


If you want a pair of shorts which allow for comfort, stability while wearing, quality, durability, innovative design and the ability to carry so many useful items, these are the shorts for you.
Pros
  • Lots of storage space for fuel, keys, ID and more
  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Very comfortable, especially for long runs
Cons
  • Some runners had issues finding the right size.


Men's Split 3”

Men's Split 3”
If you are looking to go fast, check out the ASICS Split 3” shorts. These lightweight asics mens running shorts allow an increased range of motion with a classic split-leg design.
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ASICS Split 3” (Men’s)

The style just keeps coming, ASICS certainly understand that variability is good for choice.  Try these on and they feel good, the shorts are all about light weight running.

Though not a broad range of color choices there are enough choices to keep us all happy.

There is something interesting about the feel of these shorts when you wear them they are soft, durable and comfortable and I get the feeling that if I took a swim in the local swimming pool in these that it would work and I could go directly for a run. These shorts would dry very quickly which means they don't retain wetness due to the tightly woven water resistant fabric construction. When we say good wick factor here we can confidently say we are certain.

When it comes to flexibility two factors are at play, the loose fitting style allows limb flexibility and the dobby fabricated material contains four way stretch qualities, this means no mater what direction you extert a pull, the material will work with you.

I was delighted to note that these light running shorts have a good secure zip pocket situated at the back of the shorts out of the way, you can easily carry a standard ID card and a car or house key.

Sporting a stylish elasticated waist band, size fit is not an issue and if it becomes a problem the adjustable drawstring comes to the rescue.

Cost 

These are a good deal from ASICS for an upper middle range quality pair of running shorts. Investing in these shorts gives you comfort, durability, flexibility and nice value for money

Conclusion.

This is a style you either like or don't feel so keen on. However, in terms of functionality they are good. If you use them for running you won't be disappointed.
Pros
  • Comes in a variety of colors

  • Allows for a greater range of motion

  • Lightweight, comfortable material

Cons
  • Some runners said the shorts run small.


 

Our criteria for Evaluating the  10  Best ASICS Running shorts

It takes some evaluation but we at Runnerclick can say what it takes for a pair of running shorts to be great, to be a cut above all the rest. And while we know you trust our judgment we don’t expect you to do so blindly. Below we have listed the criteria that we deemed essential to sorting through the options for choosing the best.

 

Materials

The materials used is never something to overlook. What a pair of shorts is constructed from can make or break how useful they are. Will these shorts retain or wick moisture? Will these shorts keep my temperature regulated? So much of that comes down to what fiber the shorts are made from.

The materials can also give you a good handle on whether or not the shorts will be durable. Certain fibers simply don’t last as long. How comfortable the shorts are is another key component of our evaluation. We want to avoid materials that are especially irritating to the skin of the runner. We also need to examine how this material performs in different environments. What shorts work great in cold weather might be not well suited for sunny summers and vice versa.

 

Comfort and Fit

Fit can be a difficult thing to judge since not only are sizes between companies aren’t standardized but people come in all different shapes and sizes too. It is a bit easier to judge on this list seeing that it is a singular brand with singular standardization of sizes.

That all being said we want to make sure the fits of the shorts on the list are securely snug. Slipping for any article of athletic wear is a major issue, this is what makes snugness such an important quality. The shorts can’t be overly tight either since a comfortable wear is something we look for as well. All in all, to get a placement on this list these shorts have to be just right.

 

Functionality

Functionality is something that most runners have the least amount of time to screen. Frankly, the only way to properly check the functionality of running clothing is to try it out and most people don’t have the privilege of doing that pre-purchase. We want to assure our readers that we screen all of our shorts so we know that they go beyond the bare essentials and into exceptional performance.

Cost

Although high cost doesn’t always mean high quality, comparing prices can be a good way to gauge value. Generally, you’ll pay more for durability, extra features, and quality, but you can also find more affordable shorts with plenty of great benefits. The more use you can get out of your shorts for the least amount of money is how much value they’ll have over time, and how you can tell whether they’ll be worth the cost.

 

Other Things To Think About

Negative and positive charges become imbalanced

Pick up a balloon, rub it against your nylon based clothing and then put it against a wall, it will stick to the wall. Wear a hat with nylon materials in it on a hot day, when you take off the hat, hold it above your head and your hair will stand up.

Wear nylon based socks, run your feet on the carpet and then pet your dog and see him yelp as both of you get a little static shock

These actions create friction and energy, you create negative and positive charges which cling to your body in the form of electricity, when you touch another object you transfer the energy and you feel the static shock.

This only happens with certain materials, these materials when rubbed can create friction and the energy results in the form of electrons which stick to you, therefore your body is now carrying surplus electrons and is waiting for a surface with fewer electrons so that it can transfer to that surface. The other surface should be earthed to the ground so another person, your pet, or a metal fence are all ways for you to release the surplus electrons. If you touch a metal object connected to the ground you alone will feel the shock if you touch another person you both feel the shock.

Imagine going for a long run in a pair of pure nylon shorts, your skin is constantly rubbing against the material and you can build up a lot of static on your body and it is waiting to be discharged, you will feel the nylon shorts clinging to your body. The moment you touch another person they get a huge surprise in the form of a wicked little static shock

Now we know why the people who design shorts keep telling us that the shorts have good features such as anti-static qualities.

 

FAQ

Q: Can sweating while running cause any skin problems?

A: You should always bring hydration no matter what the length of the run is. Distance and weather can play key roles in figuring out how much liquid you need to bring with you and could be important to figuring out the size of the container you will need, but in regard to staying hydrated, it is always better to be prepared. Even if you are sure you will be okay without it you never know what might happen while you are out and about.

Q: Should I bring hydration along for short runs?

A: Distance is an important factor when considering hydration. If its a short run and you are well hydrated beforehand you may be able to get away with leaving your drink at home. Don’t forget to consider the weather though. Extremely hot days will dehydrate you faster, and you may not be able to go as far as you thought. With your health to consider, it is always best to err on the side of caution.

Q: Are nylon shorts okay for running?

A: Choosing between synthetic and natural materials is always a trade-off. Nylon and other synthetic shorts don’t breath as well as other materials and can cause overheating. Nylon does tend to be very good at wicking sweat. If you can, its probably best to find a nylon blend to get the best wicking along with proper ventilation. If you prefer the moisture control of nylon shorts then we recommend showering after every run in order to prevent possible skin infections.

Q: Why do we get static electricity in our running clothes?

A: Static electricity is caused by the fabric on your thighs rubbing together. As they rub, electrons become gradually disproportionately exchanged between the two swatches of fabric. The shock you feel is electrons suddenly adjusting back to a more neutral state.

Unless you are wearing specialized anti-static clothing, this is mostly unavoidable. If this is a frequent enough problem that it is a concern of yours while running then you will have to seek out clothing made of low static materials. There are other solutions, such as rubbing your shorts down with dryer sheets pre-run, but this may not be effective.

Q: Can elastic waistbands cause problems with blood circulation?

A: If the elastic waistband in your shorts is tight enough that you are concerned about circulation, then you probably need to buy a larger size of shorts. Elastic waistbands should fit snugly, but with enough room for full range of motion and comfort.


Here are a few of our sources:

Sources

  1. Marathon Training.com, How to Choose a Pair of Running Shorts, Running publication,
  2. Runner's World, How to Keep Your Junk in Your Shorts, Running publication,
  3. LiveStrong, What Kind of Shorts Are Good for Running?, Health & Fitness Publication,
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