Good shorts. Some folks have complained about these being too baggy.
That's the intended feature of these shorts, to allow free movement, especially while running (for those preferring a more formfitting short, there are "semi-fit" and "form-fit" shorts available; those fits are just too restrictive for my legs). The only complaint I would have is that I wanted a material with more of a lightweight "cotton" feel but, apparently, vendors no longer use that type of material. I just don't like the "finished" feeling of the "newer" material most shorts are made of, especially when they get wet from sweat. They just don't seem to dissipate the sweat as well as the material in some of my older Speedos (lightweight, "cloth"-like, material). Again, personal preferences.
Bottom line: if you're looking for pocketed (shallow), lightweight shorts, suitable for running, these are probably one of the best available. We haven't been able to find anything better.
Terrific run short
I've now purchased two pairs of the Brooks Essential 2 in 1 7" shorts and use them both for long distance running and cross training. My original pair look almost brand new and have two rounds of training and two half marathons on them. They fit true to size and have a non-elasticized drawstring, which makes it easy to both synch up and loosen without fear of knotting up. The breathable, supportive brief almost feels like a compression type short and is lightweight enough for warmer summer runs. I've yet to experience any chaffing in them. I love the length as they offer UV protection as well. As a word of warning, do select and order the correct size as there is differentiation between the different sizes. Sometimes I float a bit between sizes, but when I ordered a size larger I had to return them for a smaller size.
I absolutely love these run shorts and will probably continue to purchase the 2 in 1 short for the forseeable future.
Chilliwack, BC, Canada
The boxer-brief in the shorts are the ticket for those folks that get chafing or heat rash. They are WAY more breathable that compression shorts and don't seem to ride up. Before these shorts, I used to cut the briefs out of running shorts so that I could wear compression shorts under them. Now Brooks has them built in and even better than regular compreesion shorts. I can finally stay cool and still say goodbye to chafed thighs!! Thanks, Brroks!!!
Good overall shorts
Training for a marathon and have used these shorts on some long runs and tempo runs. They are very comfortable.
Great fit, lightweight shorts
I love these shorts. They ara light weight, great fit (medium). Great for running while preventing chafing.
La Porte Indiana
Mens Brooks Essential 7" 2-in-1 Shorts
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