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Top Women's Shorts for Walking

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Updated June 11, 2014

Stay cool with these shorts. I recommend shorts made of wicking fabric to dry quickly and keep you cooler. Bike-style shorts with lycra can help prevent chafing. If you use arm motion, it is best to select shorts without side pockets so you won't catch your thumbs. If you need a larger size, browse our top picks for plus-size shorts. If you are traveling or doing a long walk in changeable weather, you may want to look for convertible pants with zip-off or roll-up legs to convert into shorts.

1. Brooks Sherpa 6" Shorts

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Brooks have been my go-to hot weather shorts for years. I like the 6" length for most of my fitness walking workouts. The Sherpa versions have pockets for carrying your essentials without getting in the way of good arm motion. The lightweight, quick-drying fabric is great for warm weather. The 3-inch wide flat waistband is flattering and cinches with flat drawstrings. The waistband has two drop-in pockets in back for carrying your energy gel or other small items, as well as an internal key pocket. At the back there is is zip pocket on the waistband which is big enough for my iPhone. The regular Sherpa have an underwear liner. The 2-in-1 version has a mesh boy shorts liner that are 4.5 inches long. Sizes XS to XL.

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2. Nike Women's Basketball Shorts

Nike Woven Basketball Shorts
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Some of us don't want short shorts. While I would prefer men's basketball players went back to the shorts of the 70's rather than the culottes they wear nowadays, I personally like longer shorts for walking. The Dri-FIT fabric is lightweight and wicks away moisture, all while giving you a bit more coverage with a loose-fitting 10-inch inseam.

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3. Nike Core Compression Shorts

Nike Core Compression Shorts
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Compression shorts help battle chafing. Nike's compression shorts come in lengths including a very short 2.5-inches, 5-inches, and 7-inches. Choose your coverage.

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4. Brooks PureProject 3.5" Reflective Shorts

Brooks PureProject Women's 3.5" Reflective Shorts
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Fast by day, reflective by night! The fabric is woven with reflective threads for 360-degree visibility. They also come in a non-reflective version. I like the split "petal" legs that give you maximum mobility, while a liner panty provides coverage. The 3-inch wide waistband includes three drop-in pockets to carry energy gel or other small essentials. It cinches with a flat drawstring. The drop-in pocket at the middle of the back is big enough to slip in my iPhone. There are also two snap-closure pockets in back for securely carrying things (also big enough for my phone.) The fabric is breathable and moisture-wicking, of course. They come in sizes XS - XL.

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5. REI Sahara Shorts

REI Sahara Shorts
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These cargo shorts are made with lightweight, breathable, quick-drying nylon. I love the pockets, they give me lots of options for where to carry my essentials. They have a water-repellant coating. They include two front hand pockets, two back pockets, two zippered leg pockets in front of two velcro-closed leg pockets. The waistband has as an adjustable elastic band, as well as closing with a snap and zipper. I like the 10-inch inseam length and the high rise.
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6. B-Skinz Compression Shorts and Spankies

B-Skinz Shorts
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Get wild with the fun patterns and colors from B-Skinz. The spandex fabric is so cozy I never want to take them off. They are a simple design with no pockets and just an elastic waist. You can get them in a 6-inch length or a 2.5 inch spankie length. You can order them in size XS through XL.

7. Royal Robbins Backcountry Shorts

Royal Robbins Backcountry Shorts
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If your walking takes you off-road, these Supplex nylon trail shorts are great to walk or hike in. The fabric is windproof, breathable and fast-drying. I've always loved Royal Robbins shorts for their plethora of pockets. These have front hand pockets, an accessory pocket on right hip, a zip security pocket on left hip and angled rear pockets. They come in sizes 4 to 18.

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8. ASICS Women's Split Short

Asics Split Shorts
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These split shorts have a separate liner give you classic fit with great freedom of movement at any speed. They are made from nylon tricot, and are extremely lightweight.

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9. Nike Tempo Shorts

Nike Tempo Track Shorts
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These shorts have low-rise construction for a comfortable fit. They are made of 100% polyester taffeta microfiber with contrast mesh and self-fabric side panels, contrast self-fabric binding along hem and side seams. The side panel notch design allows for good range of motion. They have an elastic waistband with internal drawcord, built-in Dri-FIT® crepe liner, internal card/key pocket, They are a short length with a 3-inch inseam.

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10. Champion Women's Double Dry Compression Shorts

Champion Women's Double Dry Compression Shorts
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These compression shorts are made of 89% Supplex® nylon and 11% Lycra® spandex. These performance shorts come in several colors and sizes XS to XXL. This design has a 7-inch inseam to provide more thigh coverage and prevent chafing. You can wear these shorts by themselves or layer under looser shorts or a skirt to provide chafing protection and support.

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