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Tracksmith’s Best-Selling Session Shorts Now Come in Two New Styles

Like Choose Your Own Adventure, you can have your pick of Session bottoms before your next run.

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Lakota Gambill

The RW Takeaway: The Session Shorts are a Tracksmith favorite. Two new designs for men and women provide more color choices but retain the OG’s soft touch.

  • Polygiene anti-odor liner for all models
  • Women’s update has a new zipper pocket and high waistband
  • A new 7-inch inseam for men who prefer more coverage

    Price: $64 for original shorts, $68 each for men’s 7-inch and women’s update
    Choice of 5- or 7-inch for men, 2.5- or 3.25-inch for women
    Various, including avocado, ivory, navy, and black

    We love the original Tracksmith Session Shorts; both the men’s and women’s versions are woven with the brand’s Veloce Blend, an Italian material that wicks away moisture and is UV protective. There’s an interior drawcord in the waistband to adjust fit, and a back interior pocket and external back zipper pocket for storage.

    Lakota Gambill
    Session Shorts

    • Soft, stretchy, breathable material
    • Internal drawcord in waistband

    • Liner not as snug

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    “These are a favorite short,” said Runner-in-Chief Jeff Dengate. “They’re supremely soft thanks to the Italian stretch-knit fabric. It’s light and feathery, and stretches when you stride out. My only gripe is that I think the liner could be a little more snug.”

    Jeff prefers a 5-inch inseam in shorts when he runs—and had strong opinions on longer inseams. “I won’t wear a 7-inch inseam,” he said. “I think NBA players should go back to the bootie shorts of the 1980s, and runners should free the thigh. Five inches is plenty long.”

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    Lakota Gambill

    Two More Inches

    However, not all male runners share Dengate’s mindset, and some let Tracksmith know. After listening to their feedback, the Session Shorts are now also available with a longer inseam, just in case you want a little more leg coverage.

    Lakota Gambill
    Session Shorts 7 Inch

    • Moisture-wicking and odor-resistant
    • Zipper pocket in the back
    • 2 more inches of coverage with the same amount of stretch and flexibility

    • Lack of side pockets

    The new 7-inch inseam didn’t cause any lagging in our testers’ strides. “It clings in all the right places,” said one. The Polygiene liner also worked its odor-control magic for a couple of wears before being tossed into the wash.

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    The women’s update of the Sessions has a slightly longer inseam—3.25 inches—than the original women’s shorts (2.5 inches). The exposed elastic waistband sits comfortably high above the hips. You can fold it over, as well, if the elastic causes irritation (though I didn’t find this to be an issue). The fit is so comfortably snug, a drawcord is neither missed nor needed.

    Lakota Gambill
    Session Shorts

    • Elastic waistband is secure and easy to fold over
    • Side zipper pocket to hold essentials

    • Added weight in pocket can be distracting while running
    • Waistband may cause some friction when not folded over

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    That Polygiene liner made 10-milers no sweat in the heat (i.e., no crotch stains), and I got in a couple more runs before throwing them in the hamper. The leg openings have a nice, loose fit that won’t hinder your pace. In fact, I appreciated the airflow up my thighs.

    tracksmith session shorts
    Lakota Gambill

    I’ve tested the Twilight and Van Cortlandt bottoms in the past. The Session Shorts are a departure from the Tracksmith shorts I know. No internal back pocket, no ruched waistband with a drawcord. The other shorts are still in my rotation, however, and I find myself reaching for my avocado Sessions when I’m gearing up for a long run.

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