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2-in-1 Shorts Are Summer’s Saving Grace

Don’t be discouraged by the war against men in shorts.

Patagonia Baggies Shorts Photo: Patagonia

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Come summer, a quick Google search immediately unearths the war against men in shorts — especially if Fran Lebowitz is involved. I stand here not only in direct opposition to this mentality, but in support of those who don’t want to suffer any longer. I also come bearing a remedy: They’re called 2-in-1 shorts, and they are here to save the season.

For experienced runners, 2-in-1 shorts are the norm. With their stunted hems and silky brief liners, they’re made to go the distance, literally. They’re also favorites of nature lovers who may find themselves hiking up tall, wooded hills, a situation in which chafing is all too common a problem. Anyone even considering exercise of any exertion level, particularly during the summer months, should immediately invest in multiple pairs of 2-in-1 shorts.

Nike called on its running heritage for its Phenom shorts (currently on sale for $54.97), which have an agreeable 7” inseam. The Adidas Supernova ($45) has a simplicity that can pull double duty in the gym or outside of it, while the brand’s collaboration with Kolor produced these beauties (currently on sale for $143) that come with extra-long compression shorts built in.

While most 2-in-1 shorts have an athletic style that only at home in a spin class or Crossfit gym, there are some casual brands offering their own takes on the 2-in-1. New York favorite Aimé Leon Dore turned out some French terry compression shorts for its spring/summer Uniform 02 collection that should hopefully make a return this year. East Coast-centric Birddogs ($54.95-$59.95) has found a loyal following of its own among prep enthusiasts and Hamptons beach-goers with its two-tone styles and bright colors. But perhaps the most reliable are Patagonia’s famed Baggies ($49), which have a mesh brief similar to that of a swimming suit that provides the support and comfort we need without twisting our underwear into a sweaty knot.