Want running shorts so smooth and lightweight, it feels like you're naked?
You'd have to test a lot of running shorts to find a pair that fit like this.
But who's got time for that, when you'd rather be out running?
If you're looking for running shorts that feel so good, it's like you're naked, check this out...
I've been running in the Oiselle Roga shorts. Morgantown Running introduced me to the brand, made by women athletes for women athletes.
Prior to Oiselle, I ran in:
None of these I particularly loved enough to recommend.
But I loved the Rogas, especially the super stretchiness and snug yet unrestrictive fit.
The Roga shorts carried me through runs and races from single digits to ultramarathons.
🔥But when the weather turned hot, even these shorts didn't always do the job.
When I trained through a hotter-than-usual southwestern Pennsylvania drought for a 50K trail race, the Rogas began to lose their appeal for a couple of reasons:
The race was at the end of September, so my big miles fell in late July, August and early September, when temperatures were in the 80s and sometimes 90s and humidity was at its highest.
Without fail, on a long, hot run, by mile 16, no matter if I wore the original Roga, the Toolbelt Roga or even the Feathweight Roga, they were soaking wet, barely wicking moisture.
Even worse, by mile 16, I would begin to feel the subtle burn of chafing forming as high up the inner leg as possible, as near as my lady parts as possible, where one would place a tape measure if measuring for inseam, where the inner liner of the shorts sat.
On both legs, hot spots about one inch long and a quarter inch wide resulted. Though miniscule, they were painful enough to hurt, thankfully not until post-run, when...
I could have changed the time of day when I was doing long runs, but I didn’t want to, because I love running in the broad daylight under the bright sunshine.
No, I was not willing to forfeit my cherished time with the sun and begin running at 5 a.m. to avoid heat and sweat to prevent chafing.
A better solution was needed.
✅I tried some stretchy, spandex shorts, thinking that perhaps without the liner, it would be OK, but I prefer the breeziness of the classic running short with a built-in liner.
✅No, I was not willing to forfeit my favorite style of short, either.
✅Finally, when the September 50K came around, I chose the Featherweight Roga Shorts, in hopes that they would wick moisture better than the others.
✅Fortunately, the race began at 7:30 a.m., earlier than my preferred running time, and race day temperatures were mid-70s. I came out of it chafe-free.
I was thinking about more summer runs and the trouble with chafing when I heard an advertisement on my favorite podcast.
The hosts were talking about Janji, a running apparel company that gives two percent of proceeds from every purchase to support clean water projects in countries that need it.
One of the hosts was describing his experience running in the Janji AFO Shorts.
He said something like, “I feel naked in them!”
I looked them up and found the Women’s 3” AFO Middle Short.
Keywords that hooked me:
Sold, sold, sold.
I purchased one pair.
After trying them on a 20-mile trail run, I purchased two more.
Since I started wearing Janji running shorts, I've put these through some pretty good tests.
The best trial of their fast dry-time feature, which is the one I needed most to prevent chafing, happened during the North Fork Mountain Trail Fastest Known Time.
Indeed, I felt naked.
Then the rain picked up again, and nothing stood a chance of remaining dry.
Still, I finished that run with zero chafing, not even the tiniest hint of it, after running on a mountaintop sopping wet for five hours.
Fast forward to summer.
When you're drenched in sweat rather than rain, armed with the Janjis, you will have already won the chafing battle.
In addition to the North Fork FKT, I have run the following distances in the Janjis:
Plus, they are my short of choice for the upcoming Laurel Highlands Ultra 50K trail race in June.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love the Rogas.
But these days, I reach for the Janjis as often as possible and leave the Rogas for non-rainy runs that are less than 10 miles and under 70 degrees.
😭If you have suffered from that awful way-up-the-inner leg chafing or want running shorts made of breezy cool fabric, I highly recommend trying the Janji 3” AFO Middle Shorts.
Because who doesn’t want to feel naked while running?
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