SKINS Activewear Standby 2 inch Running Shorts Review

Who doesn’t love a skimpy pair of shorts? The lighter and more revealing the better I say. So when asked to test a pair of SKINS Activewear Standby 2 inch running shorts, how could I refuse.

My first test run was in the Lake District climbing five Wainwrights over 13.5 miles, in 17 degree heat. The second through Dalby Forest in similar conditions and final run around my local trails on a bright sunny day with rare temperatures of 22 degrees.

The first thing I noticed? Great build quality. Some brands print their logo, which wears after wash, SKINS logo is actually stitched onto the Activewear shorts, a mark of class.

I also like the fact they stand by what is written on the website:

SKINS Activewear Standby 2 Inch Run Shorts are designed for cool comfort during summer training….these lightweight, quick-dry active shorts are great for just about all warm-weather outdoor sports.

Build Quality

I’ve already mentioned the logo, a small detail for some but promise of quality to me. Any company willing to look at the finer margins of a product probably have the whole thing nailed on.

Not your usual silky texture, the main material is flexible, stretchy and wicks fast. The inner lining is of net composition and fits snug, this offers the fit, leaving the rest to breathe and move freely.

Another feature I love are the draw strings. Some use plastic to tie off the ends, SKINS have capped it off with solid rubber which looks very durable. I get annoyed as the common plastic breaks down, leaving me with frayed edges. Theres virtually zero chance of this happening with the Activewear Standby shorts.

Finally the inner back features a small pocket big enough for car or house keys. While there is no zip, the opening is positioned close to where you’d tighten the shorts up, avoiding any lost property.

Sizing & Fit

My usual short size is small and SKINS sizing seems to be the same. Simply go off waist size and the rest should follow suit. These shorts are, well, short but thats how I like them. You can also get a longer 4 inch version.

I was initially worried the waist hung too low – below my boxer line – but this proved comfortable and the inner netting does a great job of keeping you covered up.

The draw string already mentioned works well. It can be pulled tight and then tied loosely.


I’m expecting the SKINS Activewear running shorts to be very durable. The material is stretchy and light but not flimsy. All seams are stitched well and the inner lining is well made. As mentioned, little details like the logo and draw string scream quality and I’ve seen nothing to counter this.

While running across Scafell Pike (a boulder field of a mountain) I took a fall rolling back onto my feet. My ass is bruised but the shorts are untouched.

Price, value for money?

I love the quality of these shorts but sometimes you get what you pay for. At £40 RRP they aren’t exactly cheap. Had I not tested these I may have been put off too, wait though, theres a but!

With this in mind I have a special discount code for you to use across the SKINS website. You can get these at 20% off, so £32 and at that they are value for money. Simply follow this link and enter ‘DARREN20’ in the discount code field upon checkout.

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Darren Smith

Training with purpose since October 2016 Darren has gone from trailing the pack to winning local races and the times keep on falling. A true believer in hard work over natural talent he writes to help others realise their true potential. Darren's race schedule for 2018 includes the Hardmoors Wainstones marathon (1st place), Keswick Mountain Festival (10th place), Scafell Skyrace and Salomon Ring Of Steall (World Championship race.)

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