It was one of our more philosophical discussions: if a crotch sweats on some pricey running shorts but you weren’t there to see it, and then you buy those same shorts for a very low price on eBay, did the crotch sweat ever really happen? What if you wash the sweated-on shorts twice before you wear them? Three times?
In other words, would you buy used running shorts? How low does the price of used name-brand or “designer” running shorts have to be to make you even consider putting them on?
Ok, so it wasn’t our pithiest existential question, but some of the answers were succinct AF: “Ew,” “No,” and “eh I’m cheap, I just wash ’em” were the top three.
In the “ew no” camp, the main objection is the liner. It’s like wearing used underwear! Nobody is a clothing snob and we’ve all done plenty of eBay and thrift-store shopping, but some of us are simply, um, hard liners when it comes to the built-in running shorts liner.
In the “eh, whatever” camp, others are just not that bothered about theoretical, old, washed-off sweat. Plus, have you seen how much new running gear costs? That shit’s expensive! Sign us up for the $1.50 Lulus.
Oh, except: If you’re wondering what sparked this debate, it all started when I was putting a bunch of old stuff up on ebay and decided to throw in some running gear I don’t wear very often, including a pair of gently sweated-upon Lululemon Speed Shorts that are apparently not made anymore. I wasn’t looking to make a killing on my old spandex stuff, just to find a new home for some things I don’t use but still have a lot of wear left in them. Imagine my shock when I did a search and found that people are asking €60 for this particular model of used Lululemon shorts! I mean, they’re fine shorts … they just about cover your butt and are nice and light for summer running. But as our fervently anti-used-shorts-brigade would argue, so are a lot of other shorts. Shorts that don’t cost €60 or have pre-contact with someone else’s crotch.
Me, I’m all for the used clothing market. There’s way too much crap in the world. (Also, I will happily provide my PayPal address to anyone who wants to pay €60 for my old shorts. Don’t be shy!) That said, have I ever actually bought used shorts? No! In fact, it never occurred to me, though I have bought jackets and shoes through eBay before. But if there were a model I especially loved, and it were either prohibitively expensive or no longer made … Ya know? Yeah! I would buy them used if the price were right. That’s what washing machines and sanitizing laundry detergents are for.
Enough about us, we want to hear from you! Used running shorts, yes or no?