The six-inch Go Longer Shorts from Skirt Sports have been on my radar for a while, so when there was a sale back in March I snagged a pair. I ordered them in size medium in the Razz color. When I got them, they were too small. That’s when I realized all my running shorts were too tight and I needed to lose weight. I was determined to fit into the medium so kept them. Not only that, but I ordered another pair in black when there was another sale, again with the intention that I’d eventually fit into them. They now fit after losing close to eight pounds, and I’ve run in them, so I felt I could now do a proper review.
Fabric and Features
The fabric is very lightweight and feels similar to the fabric of other running shorts I have. Also like the fabric of other running shorts, the fabric is not very stretchy, so don’t expect to squeeze into a smaller size like you can with tights. The wide waistband is a softer fabric and has a continuous drawstring. There is one waistband pocket in the front right that is roomy enough for keys and a gel, but not a phone. There is a built-in liner.
The 6-inch inseam is the longest I’ve found in loose running shorts (compression-style shorts look awful on me). My Lulu Tracker Shorts are 4 inches, and there’s a new Athleta short that I have yet to review that has a 4.5-inch inseam. The longer length provides a lot of coverage for those who don’t want to wear shorter shorts. The fit is a lower rise, sitting on the hips about an inch or so below my belly button. The leg opening is wide and straight but not loose, if that makes sense. The built-in liner is comfortable and not very tight.
I’ve worn these shorts twice for running and am happy to report they don’t ride up. They also don’t bunch up—there’s not a lot of extra fabric, which is nice. The only thing was that because they’re not a super-loose fit, I could feel the fabric a bit, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. Does that make sense? For example, with my shorter, looser running shorts, I never feel the fabric. Another plus is that because of the longer length, there’s no possibility for chafing.
If you’re looking for longer length running shorts, these are great. There’s a lot of coverage, and they don’t ride up. I’ve gotten used to my 4-inch Trackers and like their wider opening and the feeling like I’m not wearing any shorts. However, I can’t wear Trackers for really long runs because of chafing since the material doesn’t cover my thighs. I think these shorts would be great for longer runs. Also, SkirtSports frequently has sales, making these shorts pretty affordable (I got mine for $32.)
Free Flow Tank
During a promotion, I also got the Free Flow Tank on sale and have worn it a few times for running. The front feels like a standard poly fabric, with nothing really special about it. The straps and entire back are actually a close-weave mesh, but not see-through.
The fit is straight, with the result that the belly area is loose and the hip area is tighter. I got a size medium and, like other reviewers, found the armholes to be very loose.
There is a little pleat in the chest area, but otherwise the style isn’t very interesting.
While I found the fit, fabric, and style nothing special, I have to say that it’s been nice for running. It doesn’t ride up, is very comfortable, and wasn’t too hot on a very warm run. Bottom line is that this tank is nice for running and would be a good addition to a running wardrobe, especially during a good sale. That said, if you already have a million running tanks, this one doesn’t really have much to set it apart from the others.