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I'm back! And sharing another cool piece of running gear: Running Duds.
What are Running Duds?
Glad you asked... They are comfy and crazy running shorts. Available in both 'dudes' and ladies cut, these shorts are a colorful alternative to your basic black running shorts.
The Running Duds crew is made up of a 'diverse mix of running enthusiasts' based out of South-East Queensland, Australia. These guys also just happen to have 'collective skills as experienced designers, manufacturers and web nerds'.
If you start following their blog or social media, you will quickly discover these are a fun bunch of runners with a quirky sense of humor. Further, they believe real men wear bright colors!
Yes, there are many runners that still wear plain, solid dark colors. When I started out - I think I had one pair of navy blue basketball shorts I wore on all my runs. But that really doesn't do anything for your visibility. Bright, light colors on the other hand, get you noticed - in a good way.
Running Duds features nine different shorts for men and they offer the same prints in a women’s cut.
Guys, I know what you are thinking: these kind of look like boxer shorts or swim trunks. I thought the same. But that's because as guys we are used to wearing plain solid color dark shorts. While DisneyBride's closet is bursting with over two dozen of those colorful, sparkly running skirts, my dresser is a sea of black and grey tech fabric.
So I was intrigued when Running Duds sent me 'The Florence' to try out.
Liner or No Liner? That is the question.
The men's and the ladies shorts are available with either a liner or no liner. I went with the liner. It comes up as an option when you order your shorts, so I think it is cool that the kind people of Running Duds give you that choice.
I've always considered myself to be a 'compression shorts under basketball shorts' - kind of guy - but if you've been following this blog, you can see I've ventured beyond my comfort zone this past year. In fact, the more I wear running shorts with a liner, the more I like them. I may be a convert.
From their website:
- Light weight polyester fabric
- Optional fitted liner to hold everything in
- Water repellant finish
- Internal key pocket
- Machine washable (the only thing that should run is you!)
- Australian owned and Australian made
- Hot to trot
Experience with my Duds
I am definitely a fan.
I wore mine on for a few beach runs as well as several trail runs. The shorts are perfect for the beach. The Florence is a fun flamingo print ideal for a Floridian, or really for anyone wanting to be reminded of tropical surroundings.
This summer I started preparing for the Destin 50K ultra, which will be run exclusively on the beach in Destin, Florida. My training runs are followed by a quick dip in the Gulf to cool down. My Running Duds did a great job of not holding sweat and it quickly dried after my post run swim. Unfortunately, I forgot to stand on one leg and look off into the distance.
On the trail the shorts performed just as well. The summers here in North Florida can get very humid, so I am always impressed when shorts help wick sweat away. They look just as good in the woods as they do on the beach.
The flamingos may not help me fly during my run; but they do make the run a whole lot more fun and comfortable. The more fun and comfortable the run, the longer the run will be, and the better prepared I’ll be for my next race. I look forward to wearing more Running Duds in the future.
I've listed some Pros and Cons. Admittedly the Con is actually due to my lack of sunscreen, and not the fault of the shorts.
- Colorful (no fading after multiple washings)
- Extremely Lightweight and soft nylon material
- Great Selection
- Does not retain water/sweat
- Quality construction
- Unaccustomed to shorter length shorts, I sunburned my pasty-white thighs
Overall, you can see these shorts are a win-win. And while the company is based overseas, the customer service to this US customer was excellent, and readily available through e-mail. Plus the shipping was surprisingly speedy. The Australian dollar is pretty comparable to the US dollar, but on their webpage, you can select the appropriate 'Currency' at the top, to see the prices at the current exchange rate.
And now, you can enter our giveaway and become a 'Dudder' too.
The awesome Running Duds team is allowing us to give away one pair of shorts. So check out the terms below and enter for your chance to win.
Terms of the Giveaway