Running shorts. It’s hard to run without them. I’ve came a long way since 2012. Back then it was cotton shirt, shorts, and socks as well as some basketball shoes to run in. Nowadays, since I’ve evolved into a long distance runner, cotton rarely sees days on the trail unless an old race shirt is my bag to change into after a good 20 miler.
I have been in the market for a new pair of running shorts for awhile now. The Kentucky heat and humidity has been making me uncomfortable in regions where I’m not normally uncomfortable. Chafage is never a fun topic to talk about but it happens. All the body glide in the world can’t help you unless you constantly reapply and let’s be honest – Ain’t nobody got time for that.
When I saw the opportunity to review a pair of running shorts, I immediately went to the company’s website. Saxx is a company from Vancouver, BC and a couple clicks to how the story began produced this story:
Originality often times means being first and SAXX’s heritage of revolutionizing underwear goes back 10 years. In 2006, Trent Kitsch was on a fishing expedition and after spending hours in a cold, clammy ocean suit he knew there had to be a better way to protect his package from chafing. A former baseball player, he imagined a catcher’s mitt hammock design and turned it upside down in his mind. After the fishing trip, and with the hammock idea still percolating, he worked with a seamstress and designer — and himself as the fit model — to create a paneled fabric hammock that separated his balls from his legs. Fourteen prototypes later, the BallPark Pouch™ and SAXX Underwear were ready for action.
I found my way to the Kinetic 2 in 1 run shorts. They had a regular version and a long version. I selected the long version for the review which comes with a 7″ inseam.
Once the package came in, I opened the plastic bag and could instantly feel a nice pair of shorts. We’re not talking about a nice pair of shorts because they are brand new – we’re talking a nice pair of shorts that feels awesome while you are holding them. I tested these shorts on double run day. I ran 3 in the morning followed by 5 in the evening. (They were washed in between!) For my morning run, it was a bit slow with some walking. I forgot to apply body glide. Wearing them, they felt very comfortable. The inner liner had more material and fit more like a mesh between boxers and boxer briefs. Being only 3 miles of a walk / run, I didn’t have much of an opinion.
For the second run, I applied body glide and geared up for a good run. I ran the entire time and maintained a pretty good pace all the while keeping an eye on how I felt while wearing this new pair of shorts. I felt great before, during, and after the run with no chafage. I can’t wait to try these on during some long runs. A group of us are training for the Zion Traverse in October so these shorts will go through some extensive testing over the next 6 weeks during long runs. Stay tuned for an updated review!