running shorts with gel pockets

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20/03/2013 at 22:03

hello all ,i am after some running shorts with gel pockets ,i ideally want short racing shorts with a side split but with a couple of side pockets for up to 4 gels for marathon day ,all the ones i have seen are on american sites 

20/03/2013 at 23:31

Can't help sorry but will keep an eye out for responses here as I have the same issue and can just get longer shorts with pockets.

21/03/2013 at 07:37

Ronhill Advance Cargo race shorts, its a 3" split race short with gel pockets. Exactly what you;re after.


21/03/2013 at 08:36

Unfortunately I find the gels fall out the Ronhill cargo shorts - so try them out before a race. I find a gel belt to be the better option

21/03/2013 at 09:25

Thanks for the advice Also-ran... but I've GOT to give them a try.  It's always annoyed me that I have no running shorts with a pocket big enough for anything more than a couple of pound coins... and was amazed to find my running jacket had a pocket that's hardly any bigger.   Could never understand why!

So thanks Marc.S  (unless the gels fall out of my pocket, in which case I'll blame you)

21/03/2013 at 09:41

 The cargo shorts are still a great pair of shorts for me - but looking at the picture I think I have the trail pair which also have a few elasticated bits for sticking gels in. Just don't overload then as they may fall down!!

21/03/2013 at 11:13

I have used them, plus I have a pair of North Face shorts that have gel pockets and I have stitched gel pockets onto other pairs of shorts I won... do the draw string up as with 4 gels and a car key in the pocket a good bit of downhill running will have you bearing your arse in no time!

I use GU gels which are not as tall as SIS, Torq etc so no problems with them falling out.

21/03/2013 at 12:04

I've used the Ron Hill Cargo shorts so far for two marathons, God knows how many long runs, Half marathons etc and they've done the job brilliantly.

I do have the trail versions and use SIS Go gels. You do need to fold the top of the gel pack over and tuck them under the elasticated tops of the pockets but I've never had one fall out yet in 2 years (and the shorts are still going strong too - extremely well made!)

21/03/2013 at 12:54

*ponders why you need different shorts for running trails*

21/03/2013 at 13:07

I just got these(click) 

I have to say though that I will be adding some velcro as the pockets are just open! Bit of a bad design but they have 5 pockets!

21/03/2013 at 13:11

oh also those guys ship REALLY fast!


21/03/2013 at 13:43
Wilkie wrote (see)

*ponders why you need different shorts for running trails*

You don't.

21/03/2013 at 13:49
Safety pin them to the waistband ... Works !
21/03/2013 at 16:03
WiB wrote (see)
Wilkie wrote (see)

*ponders why you need different shorts for running trails*

You don't.

21/03/2013 at 16:26

Advanced cargo seem to be out of stock everywhere until end March early April must be due to new design coming in from Ron. 

I've had mine on pre order from Sportshoes for what seems agaes now.

Used them before and I think there great. I use Hi5 gels and they seem to stay in.

21/03/2013 at 17:00

Keggi, dont take this the wrong way, but are you large or extra large?


... as Wiggle have those sizes in stock. 

cougie    pirate
21/03/2013 at 17:10
I saw a guy doing very well in a half marathon this weekend wearing a Polo shirt and what looked like beach shorts. They seemed just as fast as any other shorts. Sub 90. And plenty of pockets for gels, sun tan lotion etc etc. Prob about a fiver from Asda.
22/03/2013 at 11:39

As an alternative, look out for football referee shorts.

Particularly with cheaper shorts - I'm looking at you, Karrimor - the rear zip is often stiff and poor quality, and often has a needless flap of fabric over it which gets easily caught.

Ref shorts on the other hand have tend to have deep side pockets (some zip, some not) as well as a secure pocket at the rear.

I got some with velcro rear pockets from the Adidas January sale and they're superb for gels, phone etc. Nike and Hummel also do very good ref shorts with a zipped rear.

Pretty much all of them RRP under £20. The Hummels can be had for just over a tenner.

Edited: 22/03/2013 at 11:41
22/03/2013 at 13:27

Surely you get abuse hurled at your wherever you run.

22/03/2013 at 13:41

I do, as it happens, but that's generally down to the schooling of the local "yoot" and nothing to do with the intended purpose of the shorts.

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