best women's running shorts
Nike

If you're a die-hard racer or even a lighthearted jogger, you'll need a pair (or plenty of pairs!) of running shorts in your arsenal. Equip yourself with activewear that won't come between you and your sport! Check out our top 10 picks for the best-performing women's running shorts — made with technical fabrics to keep you cool, dry, comfortable, and free — and let the miles rack up!

1 of 10
Nike Women's Dry Tempo 3-Inch Running Short
amazon.com
$29.98

Best Classic Pair  

Nike's classic running shorts — with a 3-inch inseam and a stylish hem — allow for a limitless range of motion. These shorts are an easy choice for beginners, seasoned athletes, and even budget-minded runners. You'll stay cool and clean, thanks to breathable mesh side panels and Nike's beloved dry fabric that pulls sweat away from your body. 

At this price, you could affordably snag a few different pairs to rotate through — one for each training run of the week!

More: These Are the 10 Best Women's Running Shoes to Be the Best On the Track

2 of 10
Lululemon Tracker V 4-Inch Short
lululemon.com
$58.00

Best Splurge

We're once again obsessed with Lululemon's updates to their fan-favorite Tracker shorts. They lightly tweaked the design and kept the same sweat-wicking, stretchy Swift fabric that we adore. It's no wonder why this innovative company is one of the most notorious in the athleisure space. 

A medium-rise, lay-flat waistband and 4-inch inseam provide more coverage, while the relaxed fit allows you to move freely from start to finish. A few zippered pockets keep small items from bouncing around, while the flattering fit and updated colorways make us want to wear these shorts every hour of every single day!

3 of 10
Sugar Pocket Women's Running Short
amazon.com
$39.99
$13.99 (65% off)

Best Pocket Running Short 

Every runner chick needs a reliable pair of running shorts with a pocket. These high-waisted shorts are made of stretchy fabric that will hold your phone tight while you sprint off into the sunset. 

4 of 10
Brooks Women's Chaser 5-Inch Running Short
amazon.com
$25.99

Best Longer Length

Prefer a little more coverage? The 5-inch inseam in the Brooks Chaser shorts is longer than most, but it won't restrict your performance — the poly-spandex blend is both lightweight and stretchy. 

In addition, a wide elastic waistband (how trendy is that geometric pattern?) sits flat on your skin and stays right you want it, while two smaller inside pockets keep a house key and your driver's license safe and secure!

5 of 10
Under Armour Women's Fly by Printed Run Shorts
amazon.com
$29.99

Best Reflective Short

The Fly-By was made specifically to keep runners cool, comfortable, and dry for long distance runs. Under Armour's signature Moisture Transport System pulls sweat away from your body like a vacuum, mesh side panels act like vents to dump excess heat, and a relaxed fit will go largely unnoticed.

Reflective details make these a solid choice for nighttime runs, and with over 10 color options, there's a pair to match every pair of running shoes you own.

6 of 10
adidas Women's Running M10 3-Inch Short
amazon.com
$24.99

Best Moisture-Wicking Short

Looking to revamp your workout attire without going broke? This pair is made from adidas climalite fabric, which pulls moisture away from your skin so it can evaporate quickly. The three-stripe side panels represent the classic adidas style, and with over 30 color choices, it's never been easier to punch up your activewear collection.

7 of 10
RBX Active Women's Plus Size Woven Short
amazon.com
$17.92

Best Plus-Size Pair

Sure, there is a variety of running shorts designed for super skinny frames, but there are plenty of options out there for women with strong and curvy builds, too. Check out these woven shorts with a knit waistband by RBX. They offer plenty of flex and coverage, and the pockets are a plus, too! 

8 of 10
Outdoor Voices Relay Shorts
outdoorvoices.com
$45.00

Best Eco-Friendly Short

Comfortable, stylish, technical, and eco-friendly, these shorts are everything you could ever want (and more) from a running short. The four-way stretch fabric with reflective details is incredibly lightweight, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying, and the shorts have a waistband that's antimicrobial, so you'll stay cool and dry even when hill-climbing at mile 13. Plus, believe it or not, these shorts are 100% made from recycled bottles!

9 of 10
Rolewpy Women's Athletic Running Shorts for Tummy Control
amazon.com
$29.99
$17.99 (40% off)

Best Tummy Control Short

These soft shorts feature extra support for tummy (and booty!) control. The material is breathable and elastic, so even though they wear tight against your skin, your strides won't feel suffocated. 

10 of 10
MPG Excel 2.25-Inch Run Short (Lined)
mpgsport.com
$28.80

Best Compression Short

It's hard to excel when you're not equipped to do so, so check out MPG's Excel shorts, boasting a cool retro style with performance that's anything but old-school.

The top layer is reflective, stretchy, breathable, and sweat-wicking, but most importantly, these shorts feature a built-in 5-inch compression liner to increase blood flow to your muscles while you exercise, so you'll spend less time recovering and more time training toward a new PR.

More: 9 Trail Running Shoes for Running Off the Beaten Path