Where do put your gels, extra nutrition, electrolytes, toilet paper, tissues, iPod, headlamp, map, and anything else you may need during a long run, marathon, or trail running event?
You could use a waist-pack but some people don’t like having something strapped around your waist when you run.
If you are looking for another option, RaceReady has a solution and they are my current favorite long course running shorts. I have been using them for probably five years now and they are my number one pair of shorts due to their versatility. They could be considered the Escalade of running shorts with all of the storage space included, but much more energy efficient.
What is so versatile about them?
Well, their LD (long distance) product line contains a Velcro pocket on each him of the shorts. The pockets could hold some of the smaller Ipods and I like to carry my extra Endurolytes in Hammer Nutrition’s coin dose dispenser (ohhh sounds fancy – it isn’t). It fits perfectly in the little pocket.
And now the highlights of the shorts; the five mess pockets on the back-side of the shorts. The pockets are divided into four equally sized pockets with one larger pocket positioned in-between them all.
For you numbers geeks (no I am not included – really), the four equally size pockets are roughly 3.25 inches wide X 3.75 inches deep. The larger pocket is 5.75 inches wide X 3.75 inches deep.
One warning – just because you have all of this packing space doesn’t mean you can fill it up with 10 pounds of stuff because it fits. If you do something like that, you will end up with saggy-shorts syndrome and 10 pounds hitting you in the middle of your back during every stride.
Style it up!
I wear the LD V-notch version which is a more of a moderate length. They also have shorter and longer length models to match your stylin’ needs. RaceReady provide a nice shorts comparision page to give you an idea between the different styles.
After taking a look at the About Us page it is nice to see that the owners are active runners (actually pretty darn fast) and involved in the protection of the environment. Both positives in my mind.
What are your thoughts on the RaceReady shorts? What is your favorite long course short?
Posted on 02 Dec 2008
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