How to Cut Liners Out of Running Shorts & Why You Should
If you’re wondering how to cut the liners out of running shorts because you think built-in underwear is inferior, then you’re not alone, and you’ve come to the right place! This article explains how to cut liners out of running shorts, and why you definitely should.
Built-in liner underwear is extremely trendy in the running-wear marketplace right now. On one hand, brands love adding liners because it increases the perceived value of their product, and forces an upsell disguised as a 2-for-1. On the other hand, brands are actually catering to a subset of the market who prefer lined shorts, which legitimizes and justifies their efforts.
Ultimately, what matters most is comfort. If you find lined shorts to be comfortable, more power to you – by all means continue using them and stop reading now. But if you, like us, dislike running shorts liners and are frustrated by having to pay for and then remove them, this article will justify your preferences and explain how to act on them. And if you’re undecided, we certainly hope to bring you into an anti-liner way of thinking.
How to Cut Liners Out of Running Shorts
- Find a sharp pair of scissors
- Invert the liners so they are sticking out above the waistband
- Fold the waistband over so it does not overlap the protruding liner
- Secure one end of the shorts and pull the liners taught
- Make a pilot cut to get your scissor in
- Proceed to cut the liner out, avoiding pockets
- Leave an extra ¼” to ½” of excess liner material as buffer
Our Favorite Trail Running Shorts
This is an outdoors-focused website, and most of our running is on the trail. We prefer trail running shorts with zippered hand pockets because they’re the most versatile and can also be used for hiking. We’ve run, hiked, adventured, and otherwise vetted the following three pairs, all of which we recommend highly. Two of the three pairs have built-in liner underwear, which we recommend removing. Learn more about them in our guide to the best trail running shorts.
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Patagonia Multi Trails Shorts
4.0 oz | $79 M’s | $69 W’s
We love the wearing the Patagonia Multi Trails Shorts because they offer the best blend of stretch, comfort, breathability, and zippered pocket security. This is a great all-purpose pair of shorts that’s particularly good for hiking, but also great for trail running and athleisure. Pro tip – cut the liners out and use your preferred underwear. Read our full-length Patagonia Multi-Trails Shorts Review.
Nike Trail Second Sunrise Shorts
Janji Transit Tech Shorts
4.8 oz | $74
The Janji Transit Tech Shorts are our favorite trail running/multi-purpose shorts to use for hiking, as well as the author’s current favorite athleisure shorts. Compared to traditional hiking shorts material, they are lighter weight, more stretchy, comfier, more movement-friendly, and more breathable while still having sufficiently sized and secure zipper pocket storage. Learn more in our full-length Janji Transit Tech Shorts Review.