I am a picky-ass mofo when it comes to running shorts. Historically I have only run in compression shorts because everything else leads to the dreaded chub-rub. Even with compression shorts, I have been known to try on 15 pairs and still leave the store empty-handed because nothing fits right. I still run in an ancient pair that I keep patching because the company that made them went out of business.
So when I opened my surprise product review package from Salty Running and found shorts I thought, oh crap. My first chance to review something and I am going to have to write about how I don’t like the product! I received three pairs of Cabrillo Mariposa trail shorts – two size M and one size L – and when I tried them on, the size Ms fit and the L was too big.
I decided to try the Cabrillos at the gym first, figuring that was a lot safer than trying to run in them. They felt amazing. It was a hot day and it was great to get more ventilation than my usual compression gear. Furthermore, not five minutes into our training session, Tough Guy Trainer noticed I had new shorts. He loved them! We don’t talk a lot of fashion, but he thought the shorts looked great and he wanted to know if they made them for men (they do!). The shorts were great to lift in – nothing constricted and no extra fabric getting in the way.
It happened to be my daughter’s field day and it was so hot that I figured I’d just shower later. I had brought something to change into, but the Cabrillo’s were so comfortable that I just left them on. I helped six different grade levels manage a water relay event
and the shorts were super, even after getting a little damp. Snarky Girl also noticed the shorts right off the bat. Her comment was more direct: Those shorts make your ass look great!
After the big success at the gym and field day, it was time for the true test: running in the shorts. To be honest, I was still really skeptical because all previous attempts at running in non-compression gear had resulted in chub-rub disaster. I decided to them on an easy 4 miler, just in case. Knock me over with a feather: the shorts were great, zero chub-rub. I tried them on a somewhat longer outing: totally fine. Finally I was brave enough to try them on a long run: magnificent! Over the summer, these became my favorite shorts, the ones you wash first so they are clean when you want them, i.e. always.
In fact, I love these shorts so much that I ran my goal marathon in them. Here’s me getting a BQ in my Cabrillos. I remain a picky-ass mofo in the shorts department; these are just great shorts.