What under pants!?

What under pants do all you runners in the know use! I'm finding my cotton "trunks" get beyond damp and there must be something better, what is it and where do you get it?


  • There is something better.......


    It's the only way to go ;-)

    No chafing, no vpl, no wedgie.
  • I agree. Commando.
  • Another vote for commando!
  • Commando in shorts with integrated knickers. This would reduce swingage (I would imagine [I'm NOT imagining] as I am a girl).
  • Oh don't mention wicking pants in my house!!

    My OH wears NZ merino wool pants which have fantastic wicking ability (apparently!). He is a runner and a canoeist and uses them for both sports (Only after washing obviously!) and thinks they are fab.

    They are not the kind of pants that I'd be 'wicking' off him though as they are TOTAL passion killers ;-)
  • Why has everything gone bold in here??
  • So far the vote is commando. Being a bloke does that mean I need to body glide my swinging bits before I run?

    I may risk commando this evening on a short training session this evening and I'll try to let you know how I get on.

  • Lycra shorts stop any swinging.

    I should imagine.

    I don't know why it's all gone bold, though.
  • Going commando with shorts that have 'man pants' inside should keep everything in place. As long as there's support you should be fine.
  • If you don't fancy going commando you can get wicking undies from Helly Hansen or Lowe Alpine. Should be able to get them from any good outdoor sports store. Cotswolds, F&T etc.
  • Commando!! Lycra does hold everything in place. Have ran a couple of half marathons without using any body glide and so far so good.
  • I was going to post the results of my commando run today. It was rest day yesterday so it will be tomorrow!

    On the lycra front - I have some biking short and they have a padded crotch. It doesn't seem like the right kind of thing for running. Am I right?

    Also, back to the wicking stuff, where can you get a good deal on wicking under-crackers?

    £12/pair of undies seems a lot to me. I picked up 5 wicking tops for less (last years line).
  • fat buddhafat buddha ✭✭✭
    you can get lycra running shorts without the padding of bike shorts - loads of brands sell them - go to a running shop and check

    the only problem I find with commando is the seams on some lycras aren't in the best place so can rub on long runs so I use seamfree undrecrackers - George at Asda do some trunk style ones but as I bought about 5 pairs last time i don't know if they still do them but they do the trick and stop seams rubbning

    the best lycras for commando have either a diamond or panel crotch - keeps the seams out of the way
  • dont wear 'pants', just lines shorts so you stay in control and cool!
  • dont wear 'pants', just lined shorts so you stay in control and cool!
  • I just wear a thong. Can you blokees get good supportive thongs?!
  • commando if you are wearing proper running shorts, the ones with a liner in them. If you need or want more swingage control then lycra shorts underneath help. I have done a couple of marathons with this arrangement and it is fine.
  • Last night I ran using a pair of those short that have the "string vest" type inner and they seemed fine. This was only a 4 mile run (due to knee 'mare) and I didn't notice any likely problems.
  • fat buddhafat buddha ✭✭✭
    the big problem with standard type runners with the nutsack liner is that they don't stop thigh chafage for those of us with bigger thighs - lycra shorts are the best way to prevent this

  • or weight loss...;)
  • Running with the nutsack liner don't always stop thigh chaffage - lycra shorts help prevent this. Ronhill sell pairs for about £10 - £15 or you could wait and buy a cheap pair from Adli when they are in stock.

    I used to do long runs with running shorts with no problem but then chaffing started and tried lots of different shorts but I now use lycra shorts underneath or you could try the Nike Dry Fit shorts (I use these on their own and have had no problem so far)

    This is another running problem that everyone has different solutions for, you need to find what suits you while out running.
  • I started wearing Nike Compression shorts underneath my running shorts, quite a while ago.  All fits snugly and pretty good at wicking!
  • lycra shorts get my vote - except in winter when I had to look to find my bits on returnimage
  • I've worn speedo brief trunks under my lycra shorts, keeps everything in place and okay for the sweat as they are made of lycra too.
  • I wear Speedo briefs as underwear quite regularly - keeps everything in place and doesn't get heavy with the sweat (made of lycra).
  • speedo's are my top tip. nice and secure, not chaffing...
  • lowe alpine techno pants for me - chafe free!
  • Yep, Ronhill Lycra shorts for me.  They can get a tad warm in summer but it's better than the alternative chaffing.
  • I thought chaffing was something to do with fooling incoming missiles image
  • You can try cycling shorts but frankly they may be Anatomically Unacceptable.

    Cotton shreddies/undercrackers are not a good idea.

    Try Nike shorts with a liner or Adidas with similar.

    Try a little bit of Bodyglide at top of thighs as well to prevent chafing.

    It will work.

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