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A Guide to

Men’s
Running Shorts

The design process at Tracksmith begins by identifying a product need that is unique to devoted runners. We craft each garment from the ground up based on its specific training use case: selecting the best material, silhouette and details to make that run more comfortable and more productive. 

Our shorts collection is crafted to cover the full breadth of a training cycle from easy shakeouts to race day. We broke this list out by the short’s design intention, but that does not preclude, for example, a short for “harder efforts” being worn on an easy run.

Harder Efforts

These are shorts designed with higher intensity efforts in mind, whether that’s a long run or a speed workout. Organized from shortest to longest inseam.

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Twilight
Split Shorts

These 3” split shorts are made from an ultra-lightweight and silky mesh that’s moisture-wicking and quick-drying. Key features include an anti-microbial liner, 3 pockets for fuel and a drawstring waistband. These shorts are best suited for runners who don’t mind showing a bit of leg.

How we like to wear them

On our Sunday long run or for a half to full marathon distance race

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Session Speed Shorts

The original brief for the Session Shorts was to craft a fast, lightweight knit short that could handle plenty of repeat wear. The Speed Sessions maintain that vision, with a few design tweaks that make them even sleeker, including a 3” inseam, exposed elastic waistband and hidden zippered side pocket.

How we like to wear them

For up-tempo work on the roads or track

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Van Cortland
Shorts

 Based on a classic running silhouette, these shorts are made from our lightweight and breathable 2:09 Mesh. Key features include an anti-microbial mesh liner, two internal pockets for fuel, keys or a credit card, and drawstring waistband. These shorts are best suited for runners who don’t mind showing a bit of leg.

How we like to wear them

For speed work or a 5k-10k race on the road or cross country course

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Allston
Half Tights

These unlined 8” half tights are made from our Allston Fabric, which offers coverage and support at high speed. The key features include bonded details, an exposed elasticated waistband, zippered back pocket and two drop- in pockets for fuel. Can be worn alone or with an exercise brief. 

How we like to wear them

For track or road repeats in warmer weather

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Reggie
Half Tights

These unlined 9” half tights are made from our soft and supple Inverno Blend, with plenty of stretch for higher speeds and a soft brushed back for comfort. Key features include our signature elastic waistband and back pocket for fuel, keys or a credit card.

How we like to wear them

For longer efforts on the roads and races from 5K to the Marathon

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Everyday Training

These are our most versatile shorts designed to work for the majority of your daily training, whether that’s a shakeout or a tempo. Listed in order of length from shortest inseam to longest.

Van Cortlandt Grand Shorts

These 4” training shorts are made from our soft and breathable 2:09 Mesh. Key features include an anti-microbial mesh liner, drawstring waistband, and two internal back pockets for keys, credit card or gels. These shorts have a relaxed, modest fit.

How we like to wear them

For an easier fartlek or progression run

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Twilight Shorts

With a 5” inch inseam and lightweight Polygiene liner, these training shorts feature our silky-soft Italian-made Bravio Blend pin-hole mesh, in a longer, higher coverage silhouette. Key features include a drawstring waistband and three internal pockets for fuel.

How we like to wear them

Our mid-week long run, ending with some quick errands.

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Session Shorts

Made from a lightweight four-way stretch knit that’s breathable and UV-protective, the Session Shorts are both comfortable and versatile. Key features include a 5 or 7"  inseam, anti-microbial liner, a back zippered pocket that can hold a phone and a drawstring waistband.

How we like to wear them

A mid-week maintenance run followed by strides

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Tailored Performance

These shorts look as good in motion as they do standing still. The combination of premium materials and classic tailoring make them look and feel unlike any running shorts you’ve tried before.

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Falmouth Shorts

Made from a lightweight soft shell, these 6” inseam shorts work just as well on a run as they do at the coffee shop. Key features include an anti-microbial liner, zippered fly, elasticated waistband and button closure, two hand pockets and one internal zippered pocket that fits a phone.

How we like to wear them

A five-mile run before meeting friends for a drink

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Longfellow Shorts

These unlined running shorts utilize a four-way stretch Dryskin fabric with a double-weave construction: synthetic fibers on the outside and Coolmax fibers on the inside rapidly move moisture away from the skin. Key features include a zipper fly with button closure, back zippered pocket for a phone, and an 8.5” inseam. These shorts use numeric sizing. When in doubt, size up. Best worn with exercise briefs.

How we like to wear them

Any run with a chance of rain

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Still Have Questions?

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