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2015 Running Gear Guide: Women’s Running Bottoms

Fit, feel and performance are put to the test in these women's running bottoms.

$45, zootsports.com

Highlight: Coverage without sacrificing fashion

This full-coverage short offers a flattering and functional fit. The wide waistband comes with a sleek cord that makes for easy adjustments to work with different figures. The length is modest and doesn’t shift when running uphill—and it’s a perfect cut for long-legged runners digging for a short that doesn’t become bootylicious. Bonus points for the zippered pocket large enough for an iPhone 6.

$49, Soasracing.com

Highlight: Flattering comfort during long runs

With a waistband designed to please those who love to fold down or cover up, this short has an airy feel while running and its super-soft fabric doesn’t rub pesky hot spots. The new color ways are designed with tops in mind—pair with a matching tank from the brand, and you’ve got yourself a flashy kit.

$44, oiselle.com

Highlight: Total freedom of movement

This bright beauty is perfect for the runner girl who wants less coverage while running more miles. The material offers full range of motion, so nothing hikes too high up the thigh when running at full speed. Throw in a zippered pocket with space for essentials along the back of the waistband, and you’re set for a lightweight run.

$55, reebok.com

Highlight: Versatility—running or lunching

Bold prints make these Reebok capris stand out. With breathable material and a functional gusset that frees hot spots of post-run stench, the flashy bottom is perfect for runs of any kind that might be immediately followed by yoga, brunch or checking off to-dos for the rest of the day.

$58, lululemon.com

Highlight: Simple, fashion-forward functionality

Premium breathability and adjustability highlight this stylish short thanks to the light Luxtreme waistband and an easily cinched chord. Combined with ample ventilation for airflow through the back and around the sides, this speedy bottom is perfect for warm races. Lulu gets extra credit for its tapered design, with longer material in the back to hide any rear exposure.