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Getting on the right path: A Run Oregon review of the Sykes AT Running Short from PATH Projects

Run Oregon has been on the PATH Projects bandwagon for a few years now. In 2018 we reviewed their Hooded top and last year we reviewed their awesome gym shorts (which I still wear religiously) and baselayer. This year, we are reviewing their newly released, running-specific Sykes AT Running Shorts, a super lightweight addition to their arsenal.

Let’s get something out of the way right off the bat – these shorts are fantastic. They have taken their popular shorts (the PX) and combined them with a superlight fabric ( Fabric Toray Airtastic) to create an almost “barely-there” running short. The mediums weigh under 3 ounces and still manage to have the necessary support that a running short needs. Even with that low weight, there are three rear zipped pockets that can be utilized for all your small-packing needs (i.e. phones in the rear back and small items like keys/nutrition in the back side pockets for weight distribution). Yes, that’s three pockets AND under 3 ounces in weight – amazing.

There is a solid amount of stretch in these, meaning that there is room to move without constriction and provide those breathable qualities that good running shorts need. They fit in that nice middle ground of not too baggy and also not super-slim. I am someone with bigger thighs for a runner (even after losing 40 pounds this year), and the fit is really nice. There is only one inseam length in the AT’s – the 5″ – a really nice middle ground of length. I generally prefer something a little longer, and some of our fastest runners generally go shorter, but the 5″ length is somewhere where most any male runner can feel comfortable in.

The Skyes AT’s (as with all PATH Projects shorts) are unlined, which isn’t a problem for me – but just know that going in if you prefer an all-in-one running short (PATH Projects makes baseliners as well, as an FYI). We were actually sent a pair of their TorchFX Base Liner ($28) – a warm weather punch hole underwear perfect for summer running.

TorchFX Baseliner

The have baseliners in four lengths and with a choice of three fabrics so you can get what you need. These specific baseliners were developed to perform in warm temps with their Flowthru FX fabric and Tripure elastic band fabric. This material provides ventilation while it wicks away moisture and protects you from chafing – absolutely key ingredients to running in the summer. The band provides stretch, and is also quick-drying and anti-microbial.

Here is PATH’s reasoning behind the non-lined shorts:

  • The base liner stays in place and wicks away moisture.

  • The short rides on the base liner and can move during a run without rubbing against your skin.

  • This virtually eliminates all chafing.

I’d have to agree with them on this front. I have put both of these to the test about 5 times over the past few weeks and have really enjoyed the fit and lightness – as well as not experiencing any chafing or rubbing. Seeing as I’ve been sweating like crazy lately, these lightweight and functional shorts and baseliners have held up to the challenge. I mean, if they can work while I am leaking fluid like a waterfall in my sauna of a garage, they can handle any of the elements you need them for.

 


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Products: 

  • Sykes AT Running Shorts ($47)
    • Toray Airtastic fabric 100% nylon mini ripstop with mechanical stretch. Super lightweight, durable, DWR coating, extremely quick dry, breathable
    • Weight: 2.7 oz (medium)
    • Inseam: 5″
    • 3 YKK secure zip pockets
    • Center back pocket accommodates up to a 5 ½” X 2 ¾” (14cm x 7cm) phone. Slim cases with a non-textured finish are recommended for easy entry and removal.
    • Two small back side pockets for balanced weight distribution
    • Internal front right key pocket. This will keep your key secure and away from your 3 run pockets
    • Tripure elastic waistband. Anti-microbial, durable, quick dry, temperature regulating
    • Exterior draw cord for maximum comfort
    • Soft touch stitching for a chafe free wear
    • Vented bottom sides
    • Reflective logos
    • Layer with Tahoe or Torch baseliners for the best PATH experience

More about PATH Projects:

PATH projects went live in summer 2017 with what we firmly believe is the finest running apparel you will ever experience. Designs and technical fabrics that outperform, out style and out-run anyone. Running shorts, tops, base layers and headwear – everything we build is high-end, timeless in style and unmatched in price.

Things have come along way since I started training for that first half marathon in San Francisco. We’re excited to be a part of your own path down the road.


 

Thank you PATH Projects for providing us with a sample item. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Matt Rasmussen (1533 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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