The Gore Air Tight Running Shorts are my running shorts of choice. Formerly branded as Concurve, when my old Concurve Tight Shorts wore out, I replaced them with Gore Air Tight Running Shorts, which are even better. Here is a short review for these running shorts.
I find that any kind of loose material on shorts interferes with my running. Whether causing chafing, rubbing or even getting caught up in between the legs, I will probably never again run with shorts that are not tight on my legs.
Tight does not mean restrictive or uncomfortable. In fact, with the right size of running shorts, I have found the Gore Air Tight Running Shorts to be completely comfortable. They are sufficiently elasticated to fit the shape of your bottom and legs, and eliminate chafing and rubbing. They also allow an excellent freedom of movement, and do not in any way impede or interfere with my running.
I had used the predecessors to Gore Air Tight Running Shorts – the Concurve edition – throughout the training cycle of 3 half marathons and 1 20km race. There was then some breakdown between the legs with rubbing between the inner leg portions of material, which I patched up allowing me to use these shorts in the gym. I regard this as good durability, however, as I do tend to wear out any trousers that I have between the legs rather quickly.
I am now late in the training cycle of my second marathon, and my Gore Air Tight Running Shorts are in excellent condition having already been through 1 marathon and 1 half marathon training cycles. Not a sign of wear at all. Overall, then, the Gore Air Tight Running Shorts seem very durable.
One of the great features of the Gore Air Tight Running Shorts is that they are breathable enough to use on warm, sunny days, but do not absorb water in a way that rules them out in wet weather. In fact, the Gore Air Tight Running Shorts are my only pair of running legwear, and I use them in all weathers. Even if it is cold and wet, I prefer to wear something extra on my upper body, always leaving my legs feeling free and unrestricted.
The Gore Air Tight Shorts look great. They are fairly low key but sleek, meaning they don’t look over-the-top or too eye-catching, but also remaining quite stylish. The design seems to have changed recently, but at the time of purchase I could choose between an all black version, and black shorts with a little red, blue, pool blue, green or yellow at the side. I would have liked one of these slightly more colourful versions, but none were available at the time of purchase.
The Gore Air Tight Running Shorts have a couple of reflective strips for visibility, albeit small ones. There is also a small pocket at the back of the shorts which could hold a gel or a set of keys. I haven’t found that this pocket gets in the way, although I don’t really use it as I tend to carry anything in my hydration belt.
In conclusion, the Gore Air Tight Running Shorts are a versatile, durable, comfortable pair of running shorts that are good in most weather types, have a good life cycle, and can reduce problems like chafing and rubbing between the legs. They also look good with a low-key but sleek style, and remain my running shorts of choice. When my current pair wear out, I’ll be replacing them with the same model.