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You can feel the heat outside even before you open the front door. Reach for the Salomon Men's Start Short and stay cool while you pace out a 5K on the road or hammer out a long run on the trail. Lightweight materials and a relaxed fit give the Start Short an airy feel, and mesh panels allow cool air to flow across your inner leg, sides, and across the back of this short.

  • Relaxed fit sits comfortably at your waist and leaves plenty of room to move
  • Actilite fabrics (micro stretch and plain weave) wick moisture away from your skin to improve comfort when you start to sweat
  • Smart Skin design uses stretch fabric where you need mobility, mesh where you need venting, and standard fabric where you simply need coverage
  • Inner brief provides support right where you need it most
  • Waist adjustment allows you to perfect the fit with a single pull of a cord
  • Reflective logos and branding improve your visibility to motorists in low light

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Best running shorts I've tried yet

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Before you disagree with me, let me just say, I don't have a lot of experience with running shorts, so I am almost positive there are better shorts out there. However, I got these for a good sale price and they are the best ones I've had the opportunity to use. I have used them for my long (11-13 mile) and short (3-6 mile) runs and feel they handle great and keep me comfortable.

Last week I ran up Mt. Raymond in the rain and wind, and they held up great to the elements.

Four stars because I'm a little nervous about the rear pocket, like other reviewers have stated I worry that a single key or something could fall out. I put a gel in there and it seemed to stay put, but there's nothing but a loose-feeling flap to keep things in. Maybe add a snap or small velcro?


Nice shorts for long runs

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

Really comfortable shorts at the right length for long easy runs. They have a big rear pocket that can fit a few extra gels, or a head lamp if needed.


good, but needs better pockets!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I admit, I have a thing for pockets. Specifically, I like to carry at least a phone and keys, sometimes some snacks (I'm a growing boy) etc.

The shorts are light, a good length, BUT the one small pocket in the back, while zippered, is too small for my iPhone (which admittedly has a bulky case). That drops a star for me.


As-close-to-naked-as-possible scale

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I like to rate my running shorts on an as-close-to-naked-as-possible scale. I bought a pair of these from one of the SAC gear caches and was not expecting much. I was wrong. Turns out they rate quite high on my scale. They are light and fit well. You quickly forget that you have them on at all, which is what I want out of a running short. My only complaint is that back pocket closure; I wish it had a zipper. The flap that does cover the pocket feels loose. If you had the pocket full of stuff I think it would function well, but if you just have a car key in it, it feels like it might work its way out.


Comfortable and lightweight

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

On hot days, these shorts are the ticket. They are light, fit great, breathe, and don't cause any chaffing. They just work. The length is perfect. Gives you that range of motion that you want for the ascent without being on the edge of indecent exposure. The only thing I'd like to see is the ability to run the drawstring on the outside (give the option) and maybe some small, elastic pockets on the back instead of one large pocket.


Very Comfortable

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

I just ordered a pair of these and love them. As far as the fit goes I am a 33" waist and the Large fit me really well. These shorts are lightweight and breathable and the inner brief on them adds more comfort when running.


Great Running Shorts

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

These shorts are lightweight, breathable, and the perfect length from hitting everything from the road, to the trail, to the long endurance runs. The durability is great. Everything I have owned from Salomon screams quality. The mesh material in the undercarriage definitely helps with breathability. The description here says 1 zippered back pocket, when in fact its just a stash pocket, so beware of that. I'd say that they fit true to size. Im a 32 waist and the mediums fit perfectly.