Saucony Run Lux Short II Review
While you would think that making a running short would be simple without a lot of thought needed, it is quit the opposite. If you’re like me, you have a few pairs of running shorts that you’ve had for 5 or 10 years and you wear them all the time because they just fit right. The Saucony Run Lux II Short is one of Saucony’s newer running shorts to their apparel line for fall 2012 and you can tell that the designers at Saucony put some thought when designing this short.
To start, the material in the Saucony Run Lux Short II is a lightweight nylon that is similar to that of a windbreaker you would wear while running. This material is water resistant and can take a good rain soaking, yet still keep you dry underneath. I ran this material under the kitchen sink for a minute on full strength and their was only a very small drip of water that seeped through. This material is used all around the outside of the short except for the sides where there is a vertical piece of mesh fabric on each side for ventilation. So when you are running against the rain or snow, the precipitation will usually hit the front and repel off.
The liner in the Saucony Run Lux Short II is a silk like mesh material that is super comfortable and breathable. As far as I am concerned, I found no evidence of chaffing. I ran in trail races such as the Gore-Tex Trans Rockies where I was trail running up to 24 miles and I also tested the shorts on shorter 5 mile road runs. The width around the legs is proportional to each size, s, m, l, xl and I found it to be baggy enough to give me a good range of motion, but I didn’t feel like I was wearing a pair of basketball shorts. For key storage or other small items like an ID, there is a small zippered pocket on the right backside. The inseam length on the Run Lux II is 7 inches, so they work nice as a running short and can double as a short to wear to the gym.
Overall, I have been extremely happy with the fit and performance of the Saucony Run Lux II and I anticipate this short staying in my running short drawer for many years to come.