Our Favorite Brooks Running Shorts Fully Reviewed
The Brooks brand has been around for quite some time and has built a reputable line of athletic gear that many runners have come to love. They use high-quality materials and great designs to provide you with a pair of shorts that won’t allow chafing to occur.
The best Brooks running shorts are lightweight, comfortable, and versatile. They allow for a full range of motion and won’t restrict your flexibility—and many of them even offer pockets so you can store your belongings.
Check out our top picks and get to running!
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Our Favorite Brooks Running Shorts
1. Chaser 3"
Built-in brief liner
Wide waistband with interior pockets
Short inseam for unrestricted movement
These women’s short shorts are cute and functional. Wide leg opening and a soft waistband hold shorts in place while allowing for unrestricted range of motion. Two pockets inside the waistband are ideal for storing a smaller smartphone, gels, keys or cards.Read more
These shorts have an 84% polyester and 16% spandex outer shell with built-in moisture-wicking briefs of 90% polyester and 10% spandex.
The 3"-inseam on these shorts is short and they seem to run a bit small. However, the wide waistband fits most women well and the larger leg openings provide unrestricted range of motion even for women with more muscular thighs.
These lightweight shorts have a “barely there” feel with their lightweight material and wide leg openings. Most women find they fit very comfortably and they stay in place well without causing any chafing.
The wide elastic waistband features two interior pockets that can fit a small smartphone and credit cards.
Available in a variety of bold colors and graphic patterns. These shorts are cute and stylish. Price may range based on style but these stylish, quality shorts may cost a bit more.
2. Chaser 7"
More modest coverage
Waistband sits very low
Not a universal fit
The 7-inch Chaser Shorts provide modest but lightweight coverage of the legs. The longer inseam prevents thighs from chafing during long runs without bunching up. The fit through the waistband does not work for everyone and it is lacking a drawstring for those who are in-between sizes.Read more
The lightweight stretch fabrication wicks away moisture and breathes well on hot days. The outer shell consists of 84% polyester and 16% spandex with built-in briefs that are 90% polyester and 10% spandex.
Women love the more modest fit of these longer shorts. They seem to run small and some runners feel the waistband sits a bit too low. They do fit well through the thigh but is missing a drawstring waistband for women who are in between sizes.
The Women’s Chaser shorts provide great coverage while still remaining breathable and lightweight. Women find that the longer length fits comfortable through the thighs and prevents chafing without bunching up. Some users find the built-in brief does ride up slightly while running.
These shorts feature a front hand pocket and have some storage space in the wide waistband. Most women find the open hand pocket to be a bit small for holding anything significant but the waistband pockets are great for stashing cards and keys.
The 7-inch Chaser short is only available in blue or black but has a modest yet flattering fit that women love. Price will range based on style but these shorts may be more expensive when compared to other brands. Women find that the longer inseam successfully prevents chafing without bunching, making these shorts worth the extra money.
3. Cascadia 5"
Built-in brief liner
Convenient pockets can fit a phone
Water and snag resistant
Keeps you very dry
5-inch inseam stays in place
No chafing on long runs
Some women find them too tight through the legs
These 5-inch inseam Cascadia shorts stay in place to prevent chafing through all trail conditions. The water resistant exterior and moisture-wicking interior keeps you cool, dry and comfortable. Unique pockets are built to fit what you need to get you through your long runs.Read more
These durable, water-resistant shorts are 100% polyester. The outer short is made with ripstop material finished with DWR (durable water repellent) to repel water from the outside. The mesh inner brief has moisture-wicking properties to keep shorts dry on the inside.
These shorts have a 5-inch inseam and narrower leg opening for a more snug fit through the leg. The wide, flat waistband sits at the hips and runs true to size.
The longer length of these shorts provides more coverage to prevent chafing while the narrower leg opening holds shorts in place to prevent bunching. These are ideal shorts for long runs in any conditions as they keep you cool and dry with the lightweight polyester material.
These shorts come with 2 functional pockets for running. The left side 5x5 zippered pocket is water and sweat resistant with a drainage port to prevent you from taking on water. A smaller envelope pocket on the right provides secure but easy access to energy gels or keys.
These shorts have a slimming wide waistband and will be snugger through the leg than your classic running shorts. They are available in black and bright blue. These shorts run a bit higher in price but they are highly durable, water-resistant and have great pockets and comfort for making your long run a breeze. These will be worth the extra money when you have them on hand for a tough mudder or cross country race.
4. Cascadia 7"
Built-in brief liner
Convenient pockets can fit a phone
Water and snag resistant
Keeps you very dry
No chafing on long runs
Great for backpacking and trail running
Wide waistband is not for everyone
These durable, water-resistant shorts are built with ultrarunners in mind and will withstand long runs in harsh trail conditions. The super-lightweight material feels barely there and keeps you dry without causing chafing. These shorts work great for running but the longer length, wide waistband and strategic pockets also make them ideal for backpacking.Read more
100% polyester stretch-woven DriLayer fabric makes up the outer shorts and built-in brief liner. The ripstop material is finished with DWR (durable water repellent) for water and snag-resistant short that can endure tough trail conditions.
These semi-fitted, mid-rise shorts have a flat waistband that is a bit wider than your typical running short. The 7-inch inseam hits a few inches above the knee for a good amount of leg coverage that will not hinder movement.
The DriLayer fabric with a built-in brief liner offers lightweight comfort and snugness for security without being too tight or compressive. Ultra runners report the polyester fabric keeps everything very dry for chafe-free long runs.
Three strategically placed pockets are perfectly sized to hold the essentials for long runs. A right envelope pocket and left zippered pocket provide options for storing a small smartphone, ID, keys and energy gels or chews. Reviewers find there is little extra room for items to move and backpackers appreciate the offset design does not end up interfering with a heavy pack. The flat waistband also works perfectly for wearing with a backpack but some men find it a bit less comfortable for running.
The DriLayer material produces a more streamlined appearance than the baggier Sherpa 2-in-1 short. These highly durable and water-resistant shorts are worth the extra money for a comfortable quality you can wear all day.
5. Athletic Flyaway
Unrestricted range of motion
Some sizing issues with larger sizes
The Athletic Flyaway running short from Brooks is a great option to consider for any runner who wants to upgrade their gear this season. These shorts are comfortable, affordable, and stylish – everything you could want from a new pair of running shorts!Read more
The Athletic Flyaway is made of 100% polyester and comes with a built in liner for added comfort and protection while you run. The fabric s durable yet soft and feels good against your skin so there is no annoying rubbing or chaffing going on.
These shorts are made for running with their elastic waistband and cord drawstring for added stability and improved fit. Most users report sizing is fairly accurate but for larger builds, it may be best to get one size larger just to be on the safe side.
Running shorts have to be comfortable if they are going to be worth anything to you and the Athletic Flyaway shorts are very comfortable indeed. These shorts are soft and durable and allow you to be flexible as you are navigating your course whether that is the mountain trails or at the gym.
The Athletic Flyaway features moisture-wicking fabric to keep you cool and comfortable during the warmer running season. It is also made with a soft interior lining, which men appreciate. There are no pockets though which is one of the biggest complaints that users have about these shorts.
If you need new running shorts for your wardrobe the then it is definitely worth your consideration to take a look at these new shorts from Brooks!
6. Sherpa 7"
Built-in Mesh Boxer Brief prevents chafing
Not a universal fit
These 2-in-1 shorts are designed to combat the most common issues male runners face. The 7-inch inseam and built-in liner provide privacy while still maintaining flexibility and breathability. Additionally, four pockets can securely store a cell phone, keys, and energy gels without moving around during your run.Read more
These 2-in-1 shorts consist of an outer layer that is 86% polyester and 14% spandex with a mesh DriLayer liner of 90% polyester and 10% spandex.
The semi-fitted cut of these shorts is streamlined without being too snug. The boxer brief liner hugs the body without providing any compression. An elastic waistband and drawstring band help create an adjustable fit that will not fall down. While this fit works for most, some men find these low waistband and semi-fitted style to be a little too tight across the rear.
The 7-inch inseam hits a few inches above the knee and is a great length for most men. The flexible fit does not inhibit movement but the longer inseam and built-in boxer brief provide more privacy and security while you run.
These shorts have multiple pockets designed to securely hold items you may need during your run. Small side pockets in the outer shorts are great for stashing keys or energy gels while a sweat-resistant sleeve in the liner and a center zip pocket in the back are great options for storing a cell phone. Built-in mesh boxer briefs also prevent chafing and add security and comfort to these lightweight and breathable shorts.
These classic-looking shorts are available in muted black, gray and blue. They do not draw much attention to themselves and are easy to wear with any workout shirt. These shorts are high quality and made for runners. As such, they are not the cheapest running shorts available, but most reviewers agree they are reasonably priced given the key features.
7. Greenlight 7
Will not bunch up
Wide waistband with 2 pockets
Pockets may not fit a phone
These Greenlight Short Tights are the perfect hybrid between compression shorts and running tights. The 7-inch inseam provides more thigh coverage to prevent chafing but is more breathable and less coverage than a legging. These are ideal when you are seeking a “barely there” feel without the “barely there” coverage.Read more
These shorts have the same DriLayer Horsepower fabric with 81% polyester and 19% spandex found in Brooks’ Sports Bras and tights to provide some compression and support.
These short tights fit like a legging and have a tighter fit through the legs and rear that provides slight compression. The wide waistband sits comfortably at the hips and stays up without squeezing.
These lightweight shorts provide compression support and breathable coverage. The 4-way stretch material does not inhibit range of motion. Women find them comfortable for the duration of their run and love that they provide longer coverage without riding up. The waistband stays put while running but a few women note it may roll a bit with stretching.
The Greenlight Short Tights feature 2 pockets (1 sweat-resistant) built into the wide waistband that can hold keys and cards.
These shorts are available in classic black. The wide waistband and compression fit create a flattering and slimming silhouette. Price may range but they are mid-range for a quality compression short.
8. Sherpa 5"
Convenient pockets for keys and energy gels
Moisture-wicking Dri Layer liner
Pockets may not fit all phones
Some chafing where liner ends
Comfortable and practical. These mid-length running shorts have all the features of a go-to running short. Men love the side pockets, lightweight feel, and moisture-wicking liner. However, the pockets are a bit small for a standard cell phone and few people note some chafing on longer runs.Read more
These 2-in-1 shorts have a lightweight 84% polyester, 16% spandex outer layer and a Drilayer liner that is 90% polyester and 10% spandex.
The 5-inch inseam hits around the mid-thigh with split seams that provide good coverage and unrestricted movement. The semi-fitted cut of these shorts follows the contours of the body without being compressive or restrictive.
The elastic waistband with drawstring cord is comfortable and stays in place during a run. The Drilayer liner helps to wick away moisture and keep you cool and dry on hot days. For most runs, this liner works effectively to reduce chafing. However, on longer runs, some men note some chafing where the liner ends.
These shorts have 2 small side pockets that work great for storing energy gels or power bars and a rear zip pocket that is ideal for money, cards, and keys. A few users note success with storing a smaller iPhone in the zippered pocket but it seems to be too small for most smartphones.
These shorts can fit any style as they are available in classic blue, black and gray as well as some more graphic patterns. Price may range but the similarly-priced Sherpa 7’’ 2-in-1 comes in at a better value with the built-in boxer brief and larger pockets.
9. Epiphany Stretch II
Built-in brief liner
Soft fabric design
Some sizing issues reported
Less flattering fit than others
When you are searching for a good pair of running shorts, the Epiphany Stretch II Short by Brooks is a great option to consider. These shorts are comfortable, affordable, and stylish and are a great choice for runners of all types.Read more
The Epiphany Stretch II Shorts are made from 100% polyester and provide a soft and comfortable feel against the skin, which helps reduce chaffing and keeps you feeling great even on those long runs and intense workout sessions.
There are reports of some sizing issues with these shorts so it is best to buy a size larger than what you need to ensure they fit you comfortably. The elastic waistband is designed to keep the shorts in place so you have one less thing to work about when you are out for a run.
Running shorts need to be comfortable or you are not going to feel like wearing them and you will not enjoy your runs as much as you should. These shorts are soft and durable and allow for a good range of motion so you don’t feel constricted while you are running and working out.
The Epiphany Stretch II Shorts have convenient pockets to hold the essentials like your music player, keys, phone, or wallet. The shorter cut helps keep you cool and the breathable material helps you cool down during warm weather runs.
If you are looking for a pair of running shorts for your wardrobe upgrade this summer then these are definitely worth your consideration!
10. Go-to 7"
Built-in brief liner
Only one pocket
Less flattering fit than others
When you want comfort and durable along with value and style in your running shorts then you need to consider Go-to 7" Shorts for men. Though they are the final item on our guide we still feel they offer a good quality at a fair price and are something runners can benefit from, so we included them on this list.Read more
Made from a combination of polyester and felt the Go-to 7" Shorts for men has a very unique feel. Some users like the softness of the fabric and others found it odd and distracting.
These shorts are designed to be durable and have an elastic waistband for a good secure fit that stays in place during the runs and workouts. The longer length of these pants is good and offers the coverage men are usually looking for in their running shorts.
Running shorts have to be comfortable and while some users were put off by the feel of the fabric those that liked it say the Go-to 7" Shorts for men is very comfortable and easy to wear.
These shorts are light-weight and feature moisture-wicking properties designed to keep you cool and dry during your runs. Notched leg openings give you a greater range of motion for your workouts and the zippered pocket keeps your valuables safe and secure and within easy reach.
If you need new running shorts this season and want something that is comfortable without going all in with something overly fancy then you need to take a look at these shorts from Brooks today!
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Brooks is known for their high-quality shorts that are built to last--which is why they have earned their reputation. We prioritized the materials each of the shorts were constructed from in our ratings, so make sure to check out each of our product reviews.
Brooks’ activewear is created from their trademark family of DriLayer fabrics that are designed to provide the proper balance of materials to keep you cool, dry and flexible. These fabrics feature treated polyester blends, typically with some spandex to add some stretch and elasticity.
Polyester is a very popular fabric for active wear due to its durability and moisture-wicking properties. Combined with a DWR (durable water repellent), as seen in the Cascadia short, polyester can provide a water-resistant finish that prevents activewear from becoming saturated and heavy.
The addition of spandex to these blends adds a bit more flexibility to the fabric and it can even provide compression, as seen in the Greenlight short tights. All in all, you need to make sure you get a pair of shorts that fulfill your comfort needs, work with the weather and terrain you run in, and that you can rely on for the long haul.
When it comes to running shorts or anything you wear, you need to make sure you wear a pair that fits you securely and comfortably--no matter how far you run.
Proper fit is key for comfort on the run. Brooks offers a range of inseam lengths to fit every comfort level. Many running shorts feature a drawstring waistband for a more customizable fit. Intended fit can range from a relaxed, baggy feel through the legs to a more streamlined or even tight fit throughout and is largely up to personal preference while you run.
Try it on for size
If you can, try and go into the store and try on the running shorts before you buy them. Whenever possible this is the best thing you can do. If you have to order your shorts online, don't assume your size is what it is in a different brand. Instead, make sure to refer to the sizing chart and taje your measurements before you make your final order.
Do you like tight or loose-fitting running shorts?
Not everyone loves the same types of fit when it comes to shorts. Some runners love loose-fitting shorts with liners and others love shorts that are nice and tight. If you know you prefer a certain type of fit makes sure to consider that. Our list of reviews also features different lengths and fits for all preferences, so there is definitely something for everyone.
The last thing you need is to end up with an uncomfortable pair of shorts that you can't stand to run in, so make sure you get something that will work for you.
For running shorts, comfort should be considered at two levels. Obviously, the shorts should be comfortable when you put them on. However, you also want to make sure they stay comfortable through the sweat and other elements as you clock longer mileage. Moisture-wicking properties that prevent chafing and a proper fit to avoid bunching are key to finding a comfortable running short.
Breathability is especially important during the hot summer months. While all of the shorts on our list of reviews are definitely breathable and moisture-wicking, there are some that offer more breathability than others. Your shorts should not get soaked and weigh you down--instead, they should keep you cool and dry no matter how far you run.
This is something not all running shorts have to offer because not everyone needs these features. However, a lot of the running shorts on our list of reviews feature a drawstring, but if you want a pair of Brooks running shorts that you can easily adjust to fit you securely and comfortably--just the way you like--then check out the shorts that have a drawstring.
Brooks is an innovative company that always has the runner's needs in life. Take a look at some of the extra features these running shorts have to offer because they are so much more than just running shorts.
No matter where you are in your running journey, you need to make sure you get running shorts that cover your needs and offer all of the features you need. When we reviewed each of our top picks, we made sure to take a look at all of the features the running shorts had to offer--check out at the features we looked for.
Do they offer any reflective features?
If you run in low light condition--like in the early hours in the morning--you need to make sure you are visible. This is especially important for runners who are not running in well-lit places. Reflective features add an extra layer of safety that will help drivers see you before it is too late for them to stop.
Pockets and storage
Brooks really shines when it comes to functional pockets for runners. While not all of their shorts can accommodate a smartphone, most offer pockets that will hold keys, ID or energy gels securely.
Although the style of your shorts is not the most important factor to consider, we all want to look great while we are out on our runs so we made sure to include some stylish options for our readers!
For the most part, the Brooks brand tends to stick to more minimalistic and basic color and pattern options but there are definitely some stylish options to choose from. For example, the Brooks Chase 3-inch running shorts (featured on our list of reviews) offers a more versatile selection of patterns and colors to choose from.
Asides from the 3-inch chase running shorts, most of the selections offer several colors to choose from but not a lot of patterns to choose from. However, that does not mean you don't have great-looking running shorts to choose from. Most of the Brooks models come in at least 3 to 5 different colors to choose from at a minimum.
Last but not least, the length of your shorts is another style feature you need to look out for. Whether you prefer long or short running shorts, we have something on our list of reviews that will work for you. The best part about Brooks running shorts--and you may have noticed in our list of reviews, that the same model is available in different lengths (like the Brooks Chase running shorts).
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Generally speaking the shorter the shorts the more comfortable you will be. Less material and exposed skin helps your body cool better. The cooler you are means less sweating which will lower your chances at chaffing.
Synthetic materials are lighter, have better breathability, and last longer while retaining their appearance.
Other Factors to Consider
Brooks designs shorts for every type of runner. It is worth considering what type you are and what conditions you find yourself running in because, chances are, they have come up with a running short to fit your needs. More general shorts such as the Go-To, Chase or Sherpa are very versatile and work well for your short weekday runs and longer weekend workouts.
More specialized shorts, such as the Cascadia, are a bit more expensive but have specific design elements that work wonders on long trail runs and obstacle races. So, if you are a serious mud runner or OCR (obstacle course race) runner then you will want to check out the more hardcore running shorts from the Brooks brands.
All in all, if you are someone who likes to run in different types of terrains then you will love all of the Brooks running shorts on our list of reviews. While some of them are better for the road and others are better for more technical terrain, there is certainly the perfect pair of Brooks running shorts for every type of runner out there.
Brooks prides themselves on unique pockets that are designed with runners in mind. The pockets on their shorts are carefully designed to just fit essentials such as keys, cards, cash, gels or a phone. They intentionally, do not leave too much room in these pockets to prevent your items from bouncing around on the run.
These strategic pockets are an awesome feature in Brooks’ apparel. Consider what items you like to carry when you run to help prioritize the best shorts for you. If you prefer running with a belt or armband for your phone, big pockets may not be essential for your ideal running shorts.
All in all, you need to remember to take a look at all of the features you need and that will benefit you. There is no point in paying extra for features you know you won't use and that you don't need. So, while looking through our list of reviews, you need to make sure to take a get something that works for you and not just because it is at the top of our list of reviews.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How do I care for my Brooks running shorts?
Brooks’ shorts are machine washable, it is recommended to avoid fabric softeners and tumble dry on low heat.
q: Do you need to wear underwear with running shorts?
Most shorts feature a built-in brief liner intended to replace underwear with the high-quality material to wick away moisture. Wearing underwear may increase chafing but that would also be a personal preference.
q: How do I choose the best length?
The inseam length on this list ranges from 2 inches to 7 inches. Choosing the right inseam for you is mostly determined by your comfort level and modesty. If you are experiencing chafing in the inner thigh, you may consider trying out a longer inseam to provide more coverage and protection as you run.
q: What is the difference between men’s and women’s running shorts?
The best Brooks running shorts are cut to accommodate and support differences in men’s and women’s bodies for maximum comfort. Men’s running shorts tend to have a longer inseam and feature liners with a bit more support in the groin. Women’s shorts have a bit more room in the hips and thighs to comfortably fit the female body.
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