The Best Running Shorts for Women in 2023

The Best Running Shorts for Women in 2023 - morefiz

The primary things we look for in a running short are that it doesn’t budge while running and stays comfortable for hours on end. Basically, we want to forget we’re wearing shorts and just enjoy the run. Because there’s nothing more annoying than having to break stride because your shorts are awkwardly riding up.

We also give high marks to shorts that dry quickly, remain stink-free, and are a good value. And there are bonus points for anything that looks good enough to wear as we swing by the farmer’s market or grab a cold coffee on the way home.

That said, there isn’t a single pair of shorts that will fit every woman out there. Bodies and preferences vary, which is why we’ve broken the best running shorts into categories. 

Morefite's most technical running shorts, made from 90% recycled polyester and 10% spandex, with a DWR treatment, odor control and anti-chafing seamless hem, making them super comfortable, waterproof and last longer before washing. Four large pockets feature sturdy stretch for on-the-go essentials.

A tester recently wore these while running/crawling in the mountains on a hot day and they are great for unpredictable terrain. Even after sweating, going in and out of the river, these lightweight briefs won't cause any chafing.

The waistband is one of the smallest of all the shorts we tested and at first glance we thought it would create a major muffin top effect

Our testers loved running in these shorts, especially on hot days.

They feature lightweight fabric, mesh panels, good breathability and a very useful storage pocket. From stair workouts to hot trail runs, or even the workday commute, these shorts perform well.

The waistband fit is on par with several other shorts on our list. It does sit a little low in the hips (a note for those who prefer more coverage), but it's still comfortable.

The Essential Shorts zip pocket is at a slight angle on the rear right side. The pockets are well placed and the pockets actually run the entire back of the shorts.

So when you do have some small items stashed there, the weight is evenly distributed. There is also a nice, easy-to-locate paracord pull in the pocket

These shorts feature a built-in compression liner that keeps you covered without sacrificing comfort or irritation. Speaking of comfort, the mid-rise waistband stays well where you want it without a bulging effect or digging into your skin thanks to its wide, soft waistband.

The briefs are made from 65% recycled polyamide and 35% elastane, allowing for four-way stretch without restricting movement. They're also moisture-wicking, which is an added bonus.

Although jogging, climbing and other activities can make the liners rise, they still did a good job of maintaining the coverage we wanted

These shorts are not only cute, but functional too. They have a special feature on the rear that not only distinguishes them but also allows air to circulate. A secure zippered compartment on the back of the waistband for small items

Why you should trust us?
Morefite's female testers do a range of activities, but one of the most popular is running. Whether it's trail running, adventure racing, road running or speed hiking, we've worn, washed, sweated and tested countless shorts.

We've chosen the best running shorts by weighing fit, performance, fabric, price and more

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