If you want to stand out on the track or trail, the stylish Tracksmith Session 5-inch shorts have got you covered…

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Tracksmith Session Shorts


$68 / £70, tracksmith.com


  • Excellent comfort
  • Smart retro styling


  • Fairly expensive
  • Less gym friendly 

Comfort: 5/5
Support: 4/5
Sweat-wicking: 4/5
OVERALL: 4.5/5

What’s true of Tracksmith’s shorter and racier Twilight 3-inch shorts is just as true of these excellent 5-inch Session shorts – the US athletic-wear company just produces some of the best-looking retro-styled speedsters. 

Tracksmith Session Shorts features

As the name suggests, these shorts are made to be versatile, to keep you moving with freedom and comfort whatever your training schedule throws up. And they definitely tick that box. They are equally at home smashing out track 800s as they are on longer off-road outings. 

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The cut is light and loose with small side splits. The silky-soft, lightweight Veloce stretch knit fabric feels extremely comfortable against the skin. It’s airy, floaty and flexible with UV protection, as well as excellent breathability and moisture-wicking properties.  

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The liners are softer and more comfortable than the Twilight’s mesh feel, too. But they pack the same Polygiene antimicrobial powers to ward off whiffs. They also come with good storage, too. That includes a small internal drop-in pocket that’ll hold the odd gel and a bigger rear zippered pocket that’ll swallow a larger smartphone. 

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The Tracksmith Session shorts come in six sizes from XS to XXL with seven eye-catching colours to choose from, including navy, emerald, charcoal, wine and black. These are the kind of shorts you can definitely get away with at the post-run social, too. And if you want the same style with a little extra inseam, there’s also a 7-inch option.