2016 Running Gear Guide: Women’s Bottoms
These boldly patterned tights, capris and shorts all bring adjustable comfort to the forefront without sacrificing style or speed.
Oiselle has designed another flattering, functional and, most importantly, comfortable pair of capris with unique geometric prints that won’t budge during a long run. The sleek yet wide waistband sits just below the navel and wraps the body evenly like a second skin. It also leaves room for a rear zip pocket that’s big enough to fit house keys and an iPhone 6.
These tights avoid mid-run slips due to a higher waistline combined with an internal drawstring for additional stability. Perhaps the most unique feature, though, is the sweat-proof back pocket that keeps items dry—especially useful during long runs and for storing electronics.
A fun, urban print isn’t the only cool feature of these tights. The fabric is lighter than most running tights—which make them a good option for cool early morning or evening runs—and its silky nylon material doesn’t hug the body too tight, but doesn’t slip either. Wide ankle cuffs secure them in place too.
These 4-inch shorts provide plenty of coverage without riding up. An internal drawstring within the wide waistband also provides adjustable comfort (useful for bloated days). But unlike most tight shorts, the Bullet Tight Short has three unobtrusive pockets—a small zippered back and two side mesh pockets—for storing cards, cash, keys, earbuds and phones.
The combination of 91 percent recycled polyester and 9 percent spandex means these durable shorts can withstand rough weather, tough scrapes and long wears. Like most Patagonia products, the fabric is treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish to avoid soggy bottoms—plus, an additional mesh, moisture-wicking liner.
The Chaser 3” may feel short, but the hemmed side petal slits provide plenty of coverage while running (no flashing bystanders on a windy day). They’re also a solid option when traveling to races because of their packable lightweight material with two pockets built into the thicker waistband; one of which is large enough to fit an iPhone.
These shorts are meant to be slipped on and off without any hassle. The exposed elastic waistband sits securely on the hips and the hemmed sides ensure a full range of motion. With 360 degrees of reflectivity, these shorts are also ideal for warm evening runs when you want to be seen.