8 Best Women’s Running Shorts for Summer

It’s officially summer (finally)! That means it’s time to say goodbye to the treadmill and start getting in those early morning or post-work evening summer runs.

Time to switch from pants to shorts and enjoy that summer sun. Photo: Courtesy of Filip Mroz/Unsplash

It also means that it’s time to swap out your leggings for some running shorts – and maybe invest in some new pairs for a new season. Let’s face it: Many of us are in training mode for upcoming races and could probably use a couple new pairs. Whether you like form-fitting, lined, or printed patterns, we’ve rounded up the best women’s running shorts for the season. Try any or all of our picks below!

Cotopaxi Crux Active Short ($65)

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Want to stand out? Check out the bright colorways offered in this pair. The mesh liner lets air flow, while the four-way stretch fabric won’t constrain your movement. We like the look and feel of the throwback waistband, too.

lululemon Speed Up Short 4” ($58)

If you’re a person who brings a lot with them when they run, but don’t like to wear a running belt, grab a pair of these four-way stretch shorts instead. Not only do they have two storage pockets in the thick waistband, but they also have a zippered compartment in the back.

Brooks Running Chaser 3” Short ($46)

The thick waistband on these shorts sits a little lower on your waist, so you’ll never feel like it’s digging in, but it still feels secure enough for you to give your run your all. This pair also has two pockets in the waist – one that’s even sweat-resistant!

Asics Woven Slit 4” Short ($50)

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Mesh lines the inner waistband of these shorts, to help keep dry an area that we know all too well gets awfully sweaty. Adjust the drawstring for a personalized fit and let the side slits allow your legs to get maximum range of motion. If you’re an early morning or dusk runner, you’ll appreciate the reflective logo, too.

adidas Women’s Running M10 Parley Shorts ($40)

Look good – and feel good – knowing that some of the yarn in these running shorts is made from recycled waste as a part of the company’s Parley line, which is helping to keep beaches and oceans clean. The material is also designed to cool as you heat up, making them the perfect pair for a hot summer day.

Outdoor Voices Relay Short ($45)

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We can’t get enough of these lightweight shorts from Outdoor Voices’ running line. Not only do they come in 11 different colorways, but the retro-style waistband keeps them snug against your body. They’re made from recycled polyester and spandex, so you’ll have all the freedom of movement you need. Did we mention that they’re lightweight, too?

Under Armour Speedpocket 2-in-1 Women’s Running Shorts ($55)

Run in these shorts sans personals or expand the water-resistant waistband pocket if you want to stash your belongings. They have zip hand pockets, too. The built-in compression shorts provide support and wick moisture away from the body, while the antimicrobial technology keeps odors at bay.

Nike Run Division Women’s 3” Running Shorts ($60)

Designed with race day in mind, these lightweight shorts have a drawstring chord inside the elastic waistband for a secure fit. Use the back tunnel pocket to keep your phone or other personals. Wear them high on your waist, or fold over the waistband to wear them at hip level.

Sweaty Betty Power Shorts ($65)

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Want a fitted short? Slip into this 4-inch pair that will hug you like a second skin. The thick waistband stays put so you won’t have to worry about readjusting, and the material is sweat-wicking, too.

The North Face Women’s Flight Better Than Naked Short ($65)

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The name says it all with these shorts. Their lightweight fabric is also super breathable, so things stay dry no matter how long your training run or race is. The thick waistband keeps them in place and has storage to stash personals or fuel.

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