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How Do I Choose the Best Running Underwear?

Dan Cavallari
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Updated Mar 06, 2024
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The best running underwear will be close-fitting and breathable. It is important to choose garments that do not have bulky or excessive seams that can cause discomfort during running, and the running underwear will need to be lightweight. One of the primary goals of such underwear is to keep the user dry and comfortable during all conditions, so synthetic materials are often used to make the underwear; this material is breathable, lightweight, and durable. Be sure to do a bit of research to find out common prices for such underwear so you know what to expect when you go shopping.

Moisture-wicking running underwear will help keep moisture from building up on the skin. The sweat and moisture on the skin will be pulled away through the fabric, allowing the skin to stay cool and dry. In colder weather, this breathable type of running underwear will help the body retain heat as well. Choose breathable underwear that is lightweight and comfortable. The materials used for such underwear may include Lycra®, polypropylene, or certain types of polyester. The prices will vary according to the materials and design, so be sure to do some research to find out which material will work best for you.

Seams can be problematic on running underwear, though they are in most cases necessary to provide a tight fit. Be sure the seams are not in places that will lead to chafing during running. The seams should be strong, but if they are overbuilt, they can end up irritating the skin during repetitive movements. Inspect the underwear to find out where the seams will end up being positioned on your body and try to make a determination as to whether they will end up irritating your skin. Pay attention to the waistband as well, as this is a common source of irritation. The band should be tight-fitting, but the materials should be soft enough that skin irritation will not occur.

Air should be able to reach the body through the running underwear to help keep the skin cool and dry. Thin materials such as Lycra®, spandex, and polyester can allow this to happen. Air flow will help prevent sweat build-up that can otherwise lead to irritation. Lighter weight garments will have less of a tendency to bunch up during repetitive movements as well, meaning the runner will remain cool, dry, and comfortable throughout the period of running.

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Dan Cavallari
By Dan Cavallari , Former Writer
Dan Cavallari, a talented writer, editor, and project manager, crafts high-quality, engaging, and informative content for various outlets and brands. With a degree in English and certifications in project management, he brings his passion for storytelling and project management expertise to his work, launching and growing successful media projects. His ability to understand and communicate complex topics effectively makes him a valuable asset to any content creation team.

Discussion Comments

By panda2006 — On Jul 30, 2011

Ha, this makes me wonder how this is answered by people who do those underwear run or even "clothes optional" run events.

For me, though, I was told by people at a running store that it doesn't matter much what you wear under your running apparel, as long as it fits and you don't get chafing or anything else uncomfortable.

By hyrax53 — On Jul 29, 2011

@helene55- I like your friend's idea of wearing spandex shorts, though I sometimes wear spandex shorts alone and would never wear them without some sort of underwear.

I know some shorts come with built in underwear, too, though that always strikes me as a little weird.

By helene55 — On Jul 28, 2011

I have a male friend who usually doesn't wear regular underwear under his running shorts; he told me once that he wears spandex shorts instead, because they cover more and give more support. I don't have the same problem, so I usually wear regular underwear, but something lightweight that doesn't constrict my movement. I actually really like thong underwear for that purpose, though I know it's not something you would think of as sporty.

Dan Cavallari

Dan Cavallari

Former Writer

Dan Cavallari, a talented writer, editor, and project manager, crafts high-quality, engaging, and informative content for various outlets and brands. With a degree in English and certifications in project management, he brings his passion for storytelling and project management expertise to his work, launching and growing successful media projects. His ability to understand and communicate complex topics effectively makes him a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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