Tights vs. Shorts

16 messages
24/07/2013 at 17:16

So seriously, what is the difference and/or advantage, if any, of running tights (short, not long) vs. regular running shorts?

seren nos    pirate
24/07/2013 at 17:18

what do you mean about short running tights.....all running tights are long...........

do yoiu mean lycra running shorts as oppossed to old fashioned cotton/ polyester  running shorts.......


i feel the lycra shorts are much more comfortable

24/07/2013 at 17:21
Why do they call them tights and not leggings?
24/07/2013 at 17:24

I find the lycra shorts too hot and think the looser kind allow more freedom of movement. But I believe male runners feel that the lycra ones support their equipment more effectively. You may also be interested in the 'camel toe' discussion in the Gear forum concerning ladies' shorts preferences.

seren nos    pirate
24/07/2013 at 17:29

because they are tight like tights.....

I need the tighter support of the lycra ones for my stomach and thighs......no chaffing with my ronhill ladies lycra shorts 

24/07/2013 at 17:30

Tight shorts prevent chafing over long distances. Personally only wear cotton short up to 10K anything longer and out comes the lycra! 

cougie    pirate
24/07/2013 at 17:34
I love my lycra shorts - and mainly cos they're great for going spinning and stuff in them. Its no fun doing that in flappy shorts.

They should also be faster (more aero) and some of them are quite compressy - so you should get that benefit too if you believe in it.
24/07/2013 at 20:42

I've never found 'flappy' shorts comfortable, and chafing is much more likely.  Lycra shorts are very comfy.

It boils down to what you find suits you.

24/07/2013 at 21:06

Definitely lycra 3/4 lenghts for me. Have always preferred them even when my thighs were smaller. But I don't really mind what others wear. Though I do think camel toe is bit unsightly...

25/07/2013 at 12:56

Personally I prefer lycra shorts as they don't ride up when running/circuit training/spinning.  I did see a girl at about mile 17 of Edinburgh Marathon last year wearing loose shorts with some serious chafing issues raw and bleeding between her legs. 

You just need to find what works for you.

25/07/2013 at 13:06

Bleeding thighs? Shudder. 

25/07/2013 at 13:35


Funnily enough, Edinburgh marathon 2009, I'd only ever run in the cold but the race day was due a heat wave.
Bought myself some flappy loose shorts but only managed a short taper run to test them.
Come race day, the heat / sweat / friction meant I grazed the insides of my thighs to the point they were starting to bleed (I'm size 10 btw, but have thunder thighs!). Luckily a St. John's bod sorted me with some vaseline to lube them up!
It hurt... really really frikkin hurt!

Next pair of shorts = lycra and a bit longer!

25/07/2013 at 14:00

Same again - all races I wear shorts. Adrenaline tends to stop chafing pain!

Long sunday run - 2XU tight jobbies stopping any chafing

26/07/2013 at 10:56

wore skinz a few time but prefer to wear shorts.

26/07/2013 at 12:29

Also mens floppy shorts tend to be longer, ladies ones tend to ridiculoulsly short!  Mind you it's almost impossible to get ladies lycra shorts of a sensible length (thank goodness for SPorts Direct...).  I don't want capris when it is hot and sunny but I don't want hot pants as chafing will occur if they're too short.  If there are any manufacturers of lycra shorts on here, mid thigh length PLEASE!

26/07/2013 at 13:01

My lycra shorts are mid-thigh.  

NIke do them, and Ron Hill.  Have a look on Wiggle.

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