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light weight running shorts and shirt on 03/03/2013 21:26:50 MST Print View

Im looking for the LIGHTEST running clothing currently available.

Vendors, and websites dont list many weights.

I have a pair of underarmour shorts that are 3.3 oz in Medium, and a Nike mesh dryfit shirt that is 3.6 oz in Large.

These are the lightest I could find in my local stores. Im really surprised that some mens running shorts sold are extremely heavy, and long. Shirts probably average 5oz too.

Im concerned about the wt, because I will carry these most of the time, not be wearing them.

just Justin Whitson
Re: light weight running shorts and shirt on 03/03/2013 22:02:42 MST Print View

Well, i don't know if it's "THE" lightest or not, but i recently bought a pair of nylon supplex shorts on ebay for 1 dollar, in a "scalloped" style (meaning, don't wear if very well endowed because stuff will be hanging out), and after cutting out the lining, they weighed 1.7 oz i believe. I don't like polyester linings, i make my own Linen-Poly blend underwear, which is superb in comfort, smell control, drying and wicking (70% Linen and 30% Polyester, in a light/thin and somewhat open weave).

And yes, i do plan to wear them come the very warm temps.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

3.4 on 03/03/2013 22:12:14 MST Print View

Arcteryx Phase SL T-shirt is 3.4oz.

BJ Clark
(bj.clark) - MLife

Locale: Colorado
Re: light weight running shorts and shirt on 03/04/2013 07:31:57 MST Print View

If you search racing shorts or split shorts you will probably find the lightest shorts available. I doubt there will be weights listed, but these would be the lightest and shortest out there.

G Sticks

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Patagonia Strider on 03/04/2013 09:03:22 MST Print View

I have a pair of these and love them. In the summer they are my goto running shorts. Listed at 3.9 oz, but they come with a liner that you could cut out (it's useful to me for running but you may not need them if they will be living in your pack).

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: light weight running shorts and shirt on 03/04/2013 09:17:21 MST Print View

Go dig around at a thrift shop for old running shorts and trim them down to size/spec, then throw a hem on the cut to mitigate fraying (usually not a problem with poly or nylon).

I buy used running shorts in various lengths and cut them down to size, using a very light pair of New Balance split shorts that fit me well as a rudimentary "template". I would say all of my shorts are in the 2-3oz. Weight range.

New Balance makes some really light race shorts for running that are insanely gossamer. Not for the modest, but damn light and they make you look fast. Make sure you have legs and know how to use them.

Running Warehouse always has dirt cheap sales on clothing. They also list weights. If you don't strike gold locally, then they're your best bet online. Free 2 day shipping/return shipping to boot.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
sale on 03/04/2013 10:04:19 MST Print View

whatever is cheap, on sale, and feels light and thin

discount stores always have name brand adidas, nike, etc ... on deep discounts

dont over think it ;)

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Re: sale on 03/04/2013 10:19:27 MST Print View

"dont over think it ;)"

If there's one place where it's generally acceptable to compare shorts by the ounces, it's the backpacking light forums. I encourage you to overthink it, because at a certain point, ounces matter.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
Re: Re: sale on 03/04/2013 11:28:45 MST Print View

For running shorts????

Any good discount store will have thin gossamer shorts for cheap

There isnt much out there that is a lot lighter

Dont overthink it ;)

nope on 03/04/2013 16:39:58 MST Print View


the running stores around me, have heavy 4-6 oz shorts, primarily heavy 4-6 oz shirts too. If it was easy, I wouldnt ask for reccomendations.

No one seems to carry the old thin, split up the side shorts of yesteryear locally anymore.

Even the NB store has nothing but heavy clothes.

I would think you could find shorts that were 1-2oz, and a shirt that was 2-2.5, but not easily.

Much of the wt of shorts is in an overbuilt elastic waistband. Im pretty sure I could make a pair with a drawstring that came in around 1oz if I was inclined, but Im not.

Oh yes, they have them for WOMEN, just not for men.

Edited by livingontheroad on 03/04/2013 16:45:37 MST.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: nope on 03/04/2013 16:47:45 MST Print View

Soccer store?

Umbros/ lotto style?

umbros on 03/04/2013 16:48:57 MST Print View

Umbros used to make some that I bought for kids some yrs ago.
no jock, just shorts
Havent seen them around here in years.

never seen a soccer store

Edited by livingontheroad on 03/04/2013 16:49:56 MST.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: umbros on 03/04/2013 16:53:26 MST Print View

Cause its football not soccer?

My tiny town in north Mississippi had one so they can't be THAT rare.

FWIW I haven't seen any in years either

Maris L
(Ablaut) - M
Soffe on 03/06/2013 00:06:38 MST Print View

I really like my Pata Strider short shorts as well, but the band is what brings it up to 4oz.

Soffe men's running shorts? Can't find how much they weigh but they don't seem to have an overbuilt band, and the inseam is 2.25in. For $10 it could be worth a try.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
light shorts/shirts on 03/09/2013 19:57:41 MST Print View

out of curiosity :) I weighed my "short" shorts (size medium)- Patagonia 3" Striders- 3.5 oz, MH Ultafueler 3.5"- 3.5 oz

and then my short sleeve shirts (size large)- MH Way2cool -3.9 oz, Pat Cap 1-3.6 oz, OR Echo- 3.1 oz

Jan S
Re: nope on 03/09/2013 21:01:54 MST Print View

"No one seems to carry the old thin, split up the side shorts of yesteryear locally anymore."

Yeah, seems it was yesterday that I laughed at people for wearing the leftovers from the seventies. Now that I want them they have magically disappeared. Pity.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Re: nope on 03/09/2013 21:15:44 MST Print View

Like these and these ,do you have to buy locally or can you order a pair.

Jan S
Re: Re: Re: nope on 03/09/2013 21:33:02 MST Print View

Yes, finally something that lists options. Now I only have to find a shop in Germany or Europe. But at least I know now what to look for. Thanks!

Michael C
(chinookhead) - F - M
umbros on 03/09/2013 22:41:03 MST Print View

Large umbros soccer shorts....2.7oz.

Velimir Kemec
(velimirkemec) - F
Viga & RonHill on 03/09/2013 22:59:49 MST Print View

@ Jan have a look at these:

note that at Runningbear you can get shorts made off Pertex which should be dead light.