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Great Marathon And Trail Running Shorts

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.

Side pocket with dose dispenser

Side pocket with dose dispenser

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.

Back-side Pockets Galore

Back-side pockets galore!

4 gels, 2 nutrition baggies, toilet paper, small map

4 gels, 2 nutrition baggies, TP, small map

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.

Too much stuff could cause stability issues.

Stability not compromised and a possible counter-weight!

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.

The LD V-notch.

The LD V-notch. I think I just saw a ghost!

Active Owners

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.

Great shorts!

What are your thoughts on the RaceReady shorts? What is your favorite long course short?

Happy Training!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “Great Marathon And Trail Running Shorts”

  1. on 03 Dec 2008 at 7:55 am David P

    I’ve got ’em on my Christmas wish-list! Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. on 03 Dec 2008 at 9:12 am David Hanenburg

    If you end up getting a pair, let me know what you think of them. Ho Ho Ho!