It’s a glorious summer morning and you’re just itching to get out there to start your day with an uplifting jog around the neighborhood. So you grab your favorite sports bra, sneakers and headphones and rush out the door. You feel the wind on your face as your muscles start to loosen up and remember how good it feels to break a sweat. And then your thighs decide to pick a fight with one another, and you’re forced to do a weird sort of crab-walk back home so that the chafing won’t get any worse than it already is.

Don’t let angry thigh chafing get in the way of your workout. Here to help get you through those hot days when you just can’t even with a pair of leggings or capris are 12 pairs of shorts that are long enough to prevent chafing and won’t ride up no matter how many miles you’re tackling today.

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Girlfriend Collective

1. Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Bike Shorts

Looking to feel held in while you complete your HIIT workout? These shorts have you covered. They’re made from a compressive blend of RPET (recycled material from plastic water bottles) and spandex that feels snug, yet comfortable on the waist and thighs. With over 20 pages of five-star reviews, it’s no wonder these shorts are so often sold out across multiple sites. Oh, and did we mention they go up to size 6XL?

Buy It ($48)

Available in sizes XXS to 6XL


2. Nike Flex Shorts

Unlike a lot of two-in-one designs, the slim-fit inner layer doesn’t ride up or dig in, meaning you won’t have to worry about constantly tugging them down throughout your workout. The flowy outer short layer helps to keep you cool and well-ventilated (essential to prevent chafing from ever starting), while flattering your muscular quads. Win-win!

Buy It ($55)

Available in sizes S to XL


3. Lululemon Fast And Free Short 10“

The high-cut waist and ten-inch inseam guarantee nothing will be hanging out or left uncovered. And the seamless hem at the legs won’t dig in or ride up, while the numbered sizing (0 through 14) allows you to get closer to a perfect fit than the generic small/medium/large sizing ever could. With two deep side pockets (yes, they comfortably fit an iPhone X), a back pocket for keys or ID and a hidden inner pocket on the waistband, you can easily fit all your workout essentials.

Buy it ($68)

Available in sizes 0 to 14


4. Athleta Printed Mesh Racer Run Short 4“

These cute lightweight shorts have a generous cut around the leg to better fit muscular or larger thighs. But rather than bunch up, that extra fabric just allows your legs better breathability and moves with you as you run around the park or get squat reps in at the gym. They come in five fun prints, as well as a few solid-hued options, and each pair features a sneaky zippered side pocket large enough to fit your phone as well as a smaller inner pocket for your keys or ID. Per one reviewer, “These are definitely a great option for anyone with bigger hips and thighs. I have three pairs and love the freedom of these shorts. They not only move with me but are also really flattering. I even wear them for lounging when I'm not wearing them to work out.”

Buy it ($49)

Available in sizes XXS to 3X


5. Tracksmith Allston Shorts

Tracksmith is swiftly becoming a must-have brand among runners, both casual and serious. It is focused entirely on the needs of runners, and as such includes some really smart details in its various designs. Case in point, the free-cut hem on this pair of shorts (which came recommended by six different people polled for this article), which allows for a seamless fit that won’t ride up no matter how hard you go. The five-inch inseam is long enough to prevent your inner thighs from rubbing together, but not so long as to look like Bermuda shorts on those with shorter legs. The luxe Italian nylon fabric has enough hold to make you feel secure without compressing too much, and drys super fast, too.

Buy it ($72)

Available in sizes XS to L

Road Runner Sports

6. Road Runner Sports R-Gear High Five Pocket 5” Short

If you’ve always wanted a pair of no-chafe running shorts that could double as a backpack, then have we got good news for you. No, these don’t actually convert into a handy carryall, but they certainly have enough pockets to stow anything and everything you might need while out and about. Slip your phone and wallet into the front zip pockets. Then stow gels, tissues, Band-Aids or a sunscreen stick in the back waistband pocket with Velcro closure. Car keys and ID? They’ll fit perfectly in one of the hidden inner pockets. Oh, and a fitted elastic waistband and inner drawstring ensure you won’t accidentally moon any passers-by with all those necessities tucked away.

Buy it ($35)

Available in sizes XS to 2XL

New Balance

7. New Balance Impact Run 2 in 1 Short

Any athlete knows that a super short flowy cut, like the outer layer of these, is a recipe for chafing. But thanks to the longer inner shorts, your thighs will be protected against any rubbing in this New Balance pair. Plus, the breathable fabric is quick-drying to ensure that you stay cool even at the height of summer.

Buy It ($50)

Available in sizes XS to 2XL

Beyond Yoga

8. Beyond Yoga Spacedye Biker Short

Yes, these shorts were originally designed for yoga sessions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear them for HIIT, cycling or soccer practice, too. The combination of a seven-inch inseam and five-inch waist band means you’ll be well covered and supported all throughout your core. And while the spacedye fabric might feel soft enough to double as an everyday pair of leggings, it’s actually designed to wick away sweat and moisture just as well as the sportiest nylon styles, leaving you comfortably dry throughout your workout. One note on sizing, however: “These definitely run small,” says one PureWow marathoner, “so you might want to size up if you’re unsure about the fit.”

Buy it ($68)

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

Nathan Sports

9. Nathan Sports Front Runner Shorts

Nathan Sports has long been a favorite for running, hiking and cycling accessories (like portable water bottles, reflective lights and other gear), but it recently launched a line of workout clothing, too, and we must admit, the pieces are good. “These are some of the best running shorts I’ve ever tried,” raved one avid PureWow runner. “The material is extremely light with a barely there feeling and the waistband does not budge, but also doesn’t dig into my skin.” And while Nathan does make a pair of shorts with no inner lining as well, we prefer the added anti-chafe protection (and coverage) included in this two-in-one pair.

Buy it ($55)

Available in sizes XS to XL


10. Brooks Chaser 7’’ Shorts

Brooks is one of our favorite running apparel brands, so we totally trust them when it comes to creating a high performance pair of shorts. The length is a great middle ground between a truly short pair of shorts and a Bermuda short, and the roomy style allows you to go from squats to lunges without having to readjust. Psst, the lightweight fabric was chosen specifically to minimize chafing thanks to its non-clinging quality.

Buy it ($60)

Available in sizes XS to 2XL

Free People

11. FP Movement The Way Home Shorts

Our favorite feature of these fun Free People shorts has to be the extra-wide waist band, which offers support in the tummy without actually constricting anything. It also means there’s zero chance they’ll ride up, leaving more of your backside exposed than you want. Some may find that the shorter inseam doesn’t provide enough coverage to effectively prevent chafing on longer runs, but the lightweight, flowy material is ideal for moving with you as you progress from squats to burpees to wall sits without ever needing to readjust thanks to a dolphin cut on the sides. (P.S., they also come in a few solid hues and two colorblock options if prints aren’t your style.)

Buy it ($30)

Available in sizes XS to L

Outdoor Voices

12. Outdoor Voices TechSweat Shorts 7’’

The soft, lightweight TechSweat fabric is made specifically for high-intensity (read: super-sweaty) workouts, meaning you’re guaranteed to stay nice and dry, no matter what type of class you’ve got coming up. And you never have to worry about hiking these shorts up between sets of mountain climbers—Outdoor Voices engineered the waistband to stay put no matter what. The seven inch length ensures that these babies hit at mid-thigh and don’t ride up your leg, even when you’re doing a stair circuit.

Buy It ($68)

Available in sizes XS to XL

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