If you’re eyeing up your first half marathon, you’ll want a fast, light and quick-drying short like the Under Armour Run Anywhere…

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Under Armour Run Anywhere 5-Inch Short


$65 / £58, underarmour.co.uk


  • Light and fast 
  • Quick drying


  • No built-in briefs

Comfort: 4/5
Support: 2/5
Sweat-wicking: 4/5
OVERALL: 3.5/5

The Under Armour Run Anywhere 5 is another set of fitted, multi-purpose running shorts that offer wonderful versatility. They’ll handle workouts from road miles and cross training to leg drills and lifting on the gym floor.  

Under Armour Run Anywhere features

The race-weight wicking fabric is thin, light and stretchy and helps these race shorts strike a balance between feeling fast and being functional. That soft fabric shifts moisture effectively, so the outers stay light even when you’re getting wet or sweaty. They also dry in next to no time. 

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The lack of integrated briefs helps with that speedy drying and the pantless design means you can team them up with your favourite training undies or baselayer or compression shorts – a bonus if you already have options that guarantee chafe-free workouts.   

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There’s good storage here too, which makes the Run Anywhere an option for racing distances up to half marathon or conquering your long Sunday marathon training runs. There’s a zippered back pocket that’ll swallow a larger phone or up to four to five standard size gels. There are also tennis-style hand pockets. Not much stays put in these once you’re moving, though they are perforated to help keep the short light and breathable. 

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Up top there’s a thin, wide and soft-lined waistband that keeps the Run Anywhere locked in place with plenty of comfort even on workouts over two hours. There’s also a smattering of reflective detailing to help with visibility and the overall look is more cafe-friendly than some 5-inch shorts. 

The Under Armour Run Anywhere short comes in two colours and five sizes, from small to XXL.