FAST NOT LOOSE
The Van Cortlandt Shorts strike the ideal balance between race-ready function and common good taste. It starts by defining the proper shape - one built for speed, but cut for dignity. Falling in the 4" inseam sweet spot and made from a lightweight and antimicrobial fabric, these shorts are a simple, modern take on a running classic.
QUALITY FROM THE INSIDE OUT
In our experience, a running short is only as good as its liner. So we built these from the inside out, using the same near-weightless, anti-stink 2:09 Mesh as the rest of the short. It's stitched with three separate panels for a more considered, comfortable fit. We finished the liner with a small pocket below the back waistband for stowing keys or credit cards.
The best way to test a running garment is to put it through a hard workout — it'll surface any issues, like chafing. So this spring we asked 3:58-miler Jack Bolas to take us through one of his favorite speed workouts for track season.
The first thing we looked for was how it responded when things heated up — there’s nothing worse than shorts that stick to your skin when you sweat. We also looked for how the shorts moved with Jack's stride — some are too tight at the leg opening and you feel it working against your thigh. And finally, we didn’t check personally, but Jack reported no chafing after the workout.
(PS - He ran 55.5 for his final 400)