These shorts were my first introduction to the wide, soft yoga-style waistband on running shorts. Once you try this style waistband, there’s no going back to the elastic-y crinkled style. I bought these shorts in black last year at the Nike Store and realized I needed another pair ASAP. I was constantly doing laundry just to have these shorts to run in. So I added a navy blue pair (I’m not very exciting with running short colors).
My one gripe with the 2013 Rival Shorts is that there are 2 front large hand pockets that are not functional. Usually running shorts don’t have pockets on the side of the shorts. I did put a gel in these pockets once and it flew out at some point during my run. The pockets also make my hips look big while running. WELL, Nike must have listened to its runners because the 2014 Rivals don’t have the useless pockets! So now they are basically the perfect running short!
What I love about these shorts:
The thick, soft yoga-style waistband smooths your waist for a flattering, no muffin top look. Also, you avoid the uncomfortable indentations from the crinkly elastic waistbands.
Great range of motion! I’ve become really picky about this because I want plenty of room for my legs to move and not feel restricted.
The Dri-Fit fabric is light and soft. It also dries very quickly!
Especially for people who have stomach issues like me, this is a great feature! I hate having shorts tight around my stomach while I’m running. These shorts sit very low, right above the hips. However, there’s a string in the waistband to cinch it a bit, if necessary.
There’s the perfect amount of spandex to allow some stretch.
Although I’ve only had my black pair for about 1.5 years, I’ve washed them A LOT and they still look brand new.
The shorts have a small hidden pocket in the back, inside the waistband to easily fit a Gel or a key.
Although my absolute favorite shorts are the Lululemon Pace Shorts (no longer being made). Lululemon Pace Shorts also have a nice cut on the leg bottom that’s flattering and comfortable, rather than cut straight across. However, the Nike Rivals are in a very close second. The 2014 Rival shorts without pockets may bump them up to my ultimate favorite short. I’d highly recommend these shorts for not just running but as a lightweight, workout short.