Best Women's Running Shorts 2024

Buyer's Guide | Fleet Feet

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The best women’s running shorts make your workouts more comfortable—especially when the weather heats up.

Running shorts for women have limitless combinations of fits, fabrics, colors and features to choose from. While there are a variety of length and styles on our list, all of the shorts on our list wick away moisture, breathe easily and don’t ride up.

At Fleet Feet, we see female runners of all shapes, sizes and abilities, and the shorts on this list reflect what we think the best running shorts are to help you achieve your fitness goals. Whether you are looking for shorts for thick thighs, models to prevent chafing or super-short styles ready for race day, these are our picks for the best running shorts for women:

[This article is part of the Best Running Clothes 2024 Buyer’s Guide.]

Brooks Chaser 5” Short

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Neither too tight nor too loose, Brooks tailored the Chaser Short for a fitted, athletic feel without any chafing.

Brooks cut the Chaser from its DriLayer fabric that’s 89 percent polyester and 11 percent spandex. The combination fabric feels soft against your skin to keep irritation at bay.

The Chaser also has a slight bit of stretch. That stretchiness gives you a full range of motion for cruising on the run or doing squats during your strength session. It also makes it a great option if you have thick thighs from your time in the gym. Plus, there are a variety of lengths available, so you can get the coverage you want for your runs.

Brooks sewed a flat, wide waistband onto the Chaser short for a snug fit, and designers added a sweat-resistant pocket into the band to hold your phone or other essentials. Lined with a sweat-wicking mesh brief, the women’s Brooks Chaser Short is a go-to piece for many runners.

Features

Brooks Chaser Short

Inseam

3”, 5” or 7”

Liner

Pockets

Stretchy

New Balance 3” Impact Short

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Comfort is key when you’re running (and lounging), so New Balance made the women’s 3” Impact Short for all-day wearability.

New Balance used a polyester-spandex blend fabric for a lightweight and stretchy feel. The athletic fit is designed for active movements, like running and gym workouts—no bagginess to get in the way.

An internal mesh brief adds comfort, and NB Dry technology pulls sweat away from your skin to keep you cool and dry. Like many of the best running shorts for women, the Impact Short has hidden drop-in pockets for your larger items, like a phone, and one zippered back pocket for your keys.

Topped off with a wide and soft waistband, the women’s New Balance 3” Impact Short is an easy choice for warm weather runs or tough gym sessions.

If you’re looking for the same performance in a longer cut, New Balance also makes the 5” Impact Short.

Features

New Balance 3” Impact Short

Inseam

3”

Liner

Pockets

Stretchy

Rabbit Hopper Short

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Rabbit created the Hopper Short to feel weightless when you run.

The women’s Hopper Short is a lightweight and airy women’s running short designed for speedy workouts. To coax the quick feeling from the shorts, Rabbit pared the Hopper down to the essentials: a thin polyester-spandex blend fabric, wide waistband for a snug fit and a breathable mesh liner for comfort.

Even with the minimalist feel, though, the Rabbit comes with some key features. Designers hid a pair of small pockets in the waistband and added a zippered pocket in the back. The fabric wicks sweat to keep you dry, and it’s slightly stretchy to maintain a full range of motion.

With a 4” inseam and slim fit, the Rabbit Hopper is one of the best running shorts for women who want to push the pace.

Features

Rabbit Hopper Short

Inseam

4”

Liner

Pockets

Stretchy

On Running Short

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Nothing is more annoying during your run than running shorts that ride up. So Swiss brand On designed its women’s Running Shorts to stay put.

The women’s On Running Short uses two layers to deliver premium performance: a looser outer layer and a snug inner lining. On cut the feathery outer layer from four-way-stretch fabric for the ultimate freedom of movement, while the supportive inner layer sits snugly against your skin.

Hidden just inside the hem of the liner, On added subtle grippy dots that keep the shorts from riding up your thigh as you run whether you’re running sprints on the track or cruising through your weekend long run.

With a short cut and lightweight feel, On optimized the women’s Running Short for race day.

Features

On Running Shorts

Internal liner

Pockets

Stretchy

Brooks Method Short Tight

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The Brooks Method Short Tight is designed to stay put and stay comfortable mile after mile.

Cut with a high-waisted fit, wider waistband and internal drawcord, the Method Short Tight provides a smooth, customizable fit. The shorts are engineered from Brooks' DriLayer Horsepower fabric for a sleek, supportive feel. A lightly compressive feel works with the powerful, moisture-wicking fabric to create a cool and comfortable fit.

These shorts come in two lengths: 5-inch or 8-inch, so you can find that fits you best. Plus, two side pockets (that fit most phones) and a zipped back pocket let you keep all your essentials close while you enjoy a hands-free run.

Features

Brooks Method Short Tight

Inseam

5” or 8"

Liner

Pockets

Stretchy

Vuori Clementine Short 2.0

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Vuori makes some of the most comfortable apparel for running, working out or just kicking around, so it’s no surprise the women’s Clementine Short 2.0 is one of the best women’s running shorts.

Vuori upgraded this fan-favorite short to have a more modern and flattering fit so you can wear them for just about anything.

Designers gave the Clementine 2.0 a streamlined, performance-focused feel by including a zippered front stash pocket and an elastic waistband with a drawstring for extra security. Plus, the breathable bikini-brief mesh liner gives you extra coverage whether you’re running, working out or doing yoga.

Made from ultralight and ultra-soft recycled materials, the Clementine 2.0 Short is anti-odor, dries fast and has four-way stretch so you can run, move and play with ultimate freedom of movement.

The only decision left to make is whether you like a 2.5” inseam running short or a 4” inseam running short.

Features

Vuori Clementine Short

Inseam

2.5” or 4"

Liner

Pockets

Stretchy

ChicknLegs 1.5" Split Short

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The ChicknLegs 1.5” Split Shorts are not only fun, but they’re also great performance shorts. They have everything you need for a good run—lightweight construction, moisture wicking fabric and breathable performance. A soft, elastic waistband provides support and prevents them from riding up, while a rear zippered pocket lets you stash essentials on the run.

You can show off your legs with a 1.5” inseam and 2.5” side split. Plus, the fun patterns are sure to put smiles on the faces of people as you run by them.

Features

ChicknLegs 1.5” Split Short

Inseam

1.5”

Liner

Pockets

Stretchy

rabbit Catch Me if You Can 2.5” Shorts

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The rabbit Catch Me if You Can 2.5” Shorts are short, slim and made to go fast. Fly by people with the super lightweight material that wicks away moisture. Plus, they sport a wide waistband with a rear zip pocket (that can hold most phones) and two internal front pockets that fits tight, so your gear doesn’t bounce around.

With an internal brief that is comfortable, breathable and chafe-free, these shorts will get you to the finish line quickly. With a soft touch and cute look, these shorts will be your go-to pair all summer long.

Features

rabbit Catch Me if You Can

Inseam

2.5”

Liner

Pockets

Stretchy

How We Picked the Best Women’s Running Shorts

The best women’s running shorts for you comes down to personal preferences. Fit, features and style all play a role in finding the right pair. But there are things that set some shorts apart from the rest.

We picked the best running shorts for women based on a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, details and our own top-sellers lists. With all of that in mind, we picked women’s running shorts that lived up to our own personal (and professional) expectations.

Standing Behind Our Picks

We’re confident this gear is some of the best you’ll find, but we don’t want you to get stuck with running shoes or apparel that don’t work for you. That’s why we offer our Happy Fit Guarantee. Our return policy means you have 60 days to put your gear to work. Wear it, run in it, wash it. If you’re not satisfied with the way it looks, fits or performs, we’ll take it back within 60 days and give you a full refund.

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