2017 Running Gear Guide: Women’s Bottoms

From shorts to capris to tights—and now a new trending 7/8th length—for women, there are a variety of bottoms to meet your running needs.


Highlight: Second-skin feel with pockets galore

The 7/8th length is the new trend in running tights. It hits right above the ankle, giving it a cropped look that isn’t quite full-on capri. The Fast and Free tights are especially lightweight and glide on like butter when getting dressed. Plus, there are a total of seven pockets to store virtually everything and anything you may need.


Highlight: A relaxed fit made for speed

Let those legs fly in Oiselle’s newest running shorts. Modeled after traditional split-shorts, these have an integrated semi-split seam along the sides that provides coverage while still achieving maximum mobility. The lightweight material also promotes moving with ease, and has built-in zippered pockets for ensuring your valuables stay put during your fastest runs.


Highlight: A classic cut meets modern design

Tracksmith products are all about going back to running basics. The Van Cortlandt has everything you need in a pair of shorts—a drawstring, a tiny back pocket and inner liner—and nothing more. However, the lightweight mesh material with antimicrobial properties sets this technical piece apart from its predecessors.


Highlight: Minimal design with versatile uses

Don’t be fooled, these tights may feel super lightweight and stretchy, but adjust to a variety of temperatures. The nylon/spandex blend also helps to wick sweat, enduring all of your day’s activities from the gym to a run outdoors, and even while making post-run errands.


Highlight: Support that stays put

Most compression shorts are made of a lightweight fabric that lacks proper support. Not these. The Momentum Running Shorts are made of a thick polyester/spandex stretchy material designed with a wide waistband for extra support. More importantly, it has a built-in silicone lining inside the leg openings that prevents the shorts from riding up.


Highlight: Soft, compressive comfort

These capris achieve cotton-like softness without sacrificing breathability, light compression and quick-drying capability. They’re a good halfway choice between shorts and tights, providing more support and coverage than shorts, and less heat than full-length tights. Plus, the flat-locked stitching on these reduces friction against the skin.