The North Face Better Than Naked Shorts - Women's

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If running is your passion, The North Face Better Than Naked Shorts for women from are, well, better than running naked. The shorts use super-lightweight, breathable materials and are body-mapped to provide women-specific temperature regulation during any aerobic workout. The lightweight shorts include energy gel pockets and a seamless short liner. The VaporWick® fabric keeps the shorts dry, and the seamless design dramatically reduces the potential for chafing.


  • Fabric: body: 53 g/m2 100% nylon ripstop
  • panels: 92 g/m2 86% polyester, 14% elastane stretch woven and 140 g/m2 92% polyester, 8% elastane knit mesh
  • liner: 180 g/m2 95% nylon, 5% elastane tubular knitÊ
  • DWR coated
  • Continuous seamless short liner wraps to top of waistband
  • No inseam for increased comfort and to reduce potential chafing
  • Multi-pocket storage system at center back including zip
  • Reflective logos
  • Inseam: 4”

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Review Summary

4.5 out of 5

6 Reviews

  • Great design: 5
  • Build quality: 3
  • Performance: 3
  • Ease of use: 2

  • Low performance: 1
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Comfort: 4.5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5

6 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Good for shorter runs, not long runs
December 01, 2011

When I first put these on, I was amazed at how light the shorts were. They also fit well. I wore these on a long run over the summer when I was training for a marathon. It was very hot that day and also wore the Better Than Naked tank top as well. Both of them started sticking to my skin when I started getting really sweaty. The material just didn't seem to do a good job of keeping me try. It was uncomfortably clingy, like I had to keep on pulling the shorts away from my legs before they were sticking. I've ran in them for shorter runs and there felt fine, but I don't recommend them if you're running longer than 8-10 miles when it's hot out!

Pros: Great design, Cons: Low performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

March 20, 2012

Light weight material and cut is perfect for hot days. Lots of pockets and a zippered one for my ID, money and keys...yeah! Perfect for trail runs and stairs... Perfect cut

Pros: Great design
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

Great running shorts!
July 23, 2011

I found these shorts a few months ago and fell in love with them - I just ordered 2 more pairs! They are so light and they are the best running shorts I've ever had. I run about 20-30 miles a week and these have always been my favorite pair of shorts - especially for longer runs. These are much lighter/airier than any of my other running shorts and they fit a lot better than the ubiquitous Nike shorts you see everywhere. I also really like the little pockets in the back of the shorts, although the zipper seems somewhat flimsy - I never use the zippered pocket anyway. I would highly recommend these shorts!

Pros: Great design, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Cambridge, MA
18-24 yrs

Favorite Running Shorts
July 17, 2011

I usually have a hard time choosing athletic shorts- some are too tight around the waist regardless of size, some are too short, and some get into awkward shapes when you're moving around- not these shorts. The fabric of these shorts is great- soft and breathable- and the fit is comfortable, with the shorts not shifting around too much and a waistband that stays on, but doesn't tug at the skin. My hips, where the shorts lie, are around 38" and a Medium fits well; however, the elastic and materials are such that each size would fit a wide range without discomfort or becoming too loose. Not obvious on the photo are the sits going up the sides of the shorts (between the different colored sections), which help keep them comfortable and avoid awkward shapes while taking long strides and moving around. The top section with the elastic folds over and has a string running through it (the same shade as the contrasting color- in the first photo, blue), presumably to help with fit, but I have not needed it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

August 21, 2011

I tried these shorts for the first time, and am so pleased with the lightweight material. I like the little zip pocket in the back for keys etc. The shorts are just the right length, not restricting the movement, and not looking funny after longer runs ... they don't ride up. They feel so good you could forget you are wearing shorts at all. I run about 20-25 miles per week, and these will be my favorite running shorts. Highly recommend, and I also got the matching singlet.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from La Crescenta, CA
55-64 yrs

Definitely Better Than Naked
September 14, 2011

I put on these shorts and was amazed at how light and good they felt. After the first use, I decided that I definitely needed to get another pair or two!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value

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Graphite Grey/ Ludwig Blue and TNF Black/ TNF Black.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs, size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: xs, s, m, l, xl.

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