Welcome to the next edition of Another Mother Runner Gears Up: we have #motherrunners put key running gear to the test, then deliver the results to you so you can grab the gear that works best for your running and body. 

As temperatures rise and legs go bare, we—and our intrepid BAMRbassador testers—set out to find the very best running shorts on the market. But we weren’t on the hunt for traditional running shorts.

Instead, we wanted to focus on form-fitting running shorts that we’ve spotted in all the running stores—and on the road and at expos—lately. They’re trending for good reason: The style is high on function. Not only do they stay put, they also eliminate (almost) any chance of chafing, and have plenty of storage for phones, gels, and other must-haves.

We found five pairs of form-fitting shorts that AMR testers would recommend to a friend. If you’re looking to expand your running shorts wardrobe, consider this list a starting point for your shopping.

Brooks’ Greenlight 7” Short Tight

Tester Rating: 4

Review: “These are absolutely set-it-and-forget-it shorts,” according to one tester, who also raved about the compressive fabric, 7” length, and pockets, including one that’s sweat-resistant.

Price: $46

Perfect For: Long runs, races, and any run where you don’t want to stress about your shorts staying in place

Grab them here: brooksrunning.com

Senita Athletics High Waisted Rio Shorts

Tester Rating: 4

Review: “These shorts were soft and comfy, with just enough hold to feel secure but not too tight in both the waist and legs.” The 7” length, soft fabric, pockets sweet price point, and fit made these shorts winners.

Price: $22

Perfect For: At such a reasonable price, these are great for anytime

Grab them here: senitaathletics.com

Asics Cool 2-N-1 Short

Tester Rating: 4

Review: “These fit like a glove and perform even better. The compression shorts kept my muscular thighs happily apart from each other, and the mesh shorts gave the ensemble a sleek look,” according to one tester who had never before tried a 2-in-1 style. Needless to say, she’s now a fan! Our testers appreciated the wide waistband and soft fabric but would have appreciated an additional pocket besides the small leg pocket.

Price: $55

Perfect For: Runners who want more, no-chafe coverage than you get from booty shorts alone

Grab them here: asics.com

Skirt Sports Redemption Shorties

Tester Rating: 3

Review: “These were snug and didn’t move. I like the compressive feeling, as well as the wide, comfortable waistband, and pockets.” The Redemption Shorties have a 6” inseam and have recently been updated with the addition of a drawcord. Since these are compression shorts, and one tester said the bottom hem was too tight on her legs, be sure to try on for size.

Price: $48

Perfect for: Those who like mid-length, compression running shorts

Grab them here: skirtsports.com

SparkleSkirts Navy SparkleBottoms Too

Tester Rating: 3

Review: “The 6” inseam was the perfect length, even Goldilocks would say so. Not too long, not too short,” said one tester who also loved the medium compression, soft and silky fabric, and thigh pockets big enough to hold a large phone! These shorts stayed put on the run and had a handy drawstring with toggle that hides away in an “ingenious” zipper pocket.

Price: $58

Perfect For: Running and spin class

Grab them here: sparkeskirts.com

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Did we miss your favorite pair of form-fitting shorts?
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