Brought to you by Alex V. Updated review down below
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!
Ok. I’ll be honest here. I have spent a lot of time running in these shorts over the past 6 weeks. I averaged anywhere between 40 and 55 mile weeks in preparation for the Zion Traverse including several 20 milers. These shorts are the best shorts I have ever ran in.
I pretty much fell in love with the shorts the day I got them. They look and feel like a great pair of shorts. The more I wore them, the more I realized they were perfect. They are very durable. I’ve washed them several times and they still look like they did straight out of the package.
I packed these shorts to run the Zion Traverse in southern Utah. It’s an epic 48 mile adventure transitioning through some of the most beautiful land this country has to offer. (Not to mention I ran my final training run halfway down the north rim of the Grand Canyon) We ended up running this in two different days – 26 on the first day and 23 on the second day. (We added a mile to the traverse because of a bumpy gravel road leading to the trailhead.)
Both days we ran somewhere around 8 hours. There were multiple ascents and descents covering several thousand feet of elevation gain. Temps ranged from 40 degrees to 70 degrees. These shorts were all I needed for the trip. (If you would like to listen to Zion Traverse recap, click here.)
I forgot to mention that I found a store in Springdale, UT that sold these shorts. They were having an end of season sale so I picked up a second pair. Score! I pretty much run exclusively in Saxx running shorts now. Do yourself a favor and pick up a pair. You won’t be disappointed!
Thanks to Saxx for providing these shorts for review!