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9/15/12 1:00 A

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Commando is OK with the shorts with liners, but I like to wear my running shorts/tights at least twice between washes to prolong their lives, so I wear undies with them. I just get the microfiber bikini panties at CostCo, and they are perfectly comfortable to run in and don't soak up sweat like cotton. I honestly don't notice the difference between wearing them and not. I do use some Glide along the bikini line for my longer runs to guard against any chafing.

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9/13/12 2:42 P

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I'm so inspired. Thanks for a great question. I no longer feel "weird" for my own choices. :)

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9/12/12 9:05 A

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I really like Moving Comfort - I have 2 pair and plan on adding more soon.

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9/10/12 11:19 A

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Commando is the only way to go! Just be sure and get those running pants off quick after the run, though...

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9/9/12 4:24 P

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I've discovered over this past year that commando is the way to go. When it gets cold I wear barely there undies.

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9/6/12 2:52 P

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Wow. This is so interesting! I've never had any issues with my cotton undies...but the most I've run is 7 miles. Thanks for this thread. Very insightful.

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9/6/12 10:42 A

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I have to second the Patagonia underwear!

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8/14/12 11:21 A

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I'm like the other Sparkers here, if the shorts have the built in undies I go commando. But with running tights during the winter I do wear the sport underwear. I have the Under Armour boy shorts and regular bikinis and they are well worth it (go with boy shorts if you have the choice). I have also heard really good things about the Champion line of clothes at Target, where you can get the moisture wicking underwear for less. I have yet to try those out as I always seem able to find the Under Armour underwear on sale somewhere.

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8/8/12 12:49 A

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Running shorts with liners...no undies.

Running tights...breathable, possibly wicking thong (lululemon).

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8/2/12 10:53 P

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I don't wear loose-cut running shorts - usually wear leggings, capris or (very occasionally) compression-type shorts.

Under those, I wear synthetic, wicking-type underwear but it isn't necessary "sports" underwear. For example, some of my favourite pairs of undies are Calvin Klein (Seamless Edge and Invisibles). I also like some of the Victoria's Secret (e.g., Body by Victoria seamless hiphuggers).

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8/2/12 5:36 P

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I've always worn my regular "drawers", which happen to be polyester. I don't wear shorts with a liner.

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8/2/12 12:12 A

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Not sure why this question was aimed at women. I've heard guys ask this same question (in fact, guys are more concerned about the need for an extra layer - to control 'bounce') and, as far I know, the answers are exactly the same - the liners in quality shorts are all you need.

I would caution you not to spend too little. Shorts are a critical item - check out that liner carefully, look at the seams - their position and finish, and check out the fabric that will be rubbing/sliding between your thighs for 13.1 miles. Look for loose threads. Cheap shorts will be cheaply made, will lose their stretch more quickly, etc. More expensive shorts can also have extras like a zippered external pocket, etc.

Quality matters; be prepared to pay for it.


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8/1/12 6:54 P

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Thanks for sharing, ladies. I only have one pair of running shorts that have a built-in liner, so I'll have to try commando next time I wear those. I'll also have to investigate the material that the sport ones are made out of--maybe I can find the same material in a less expensive pair.

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8/1/12 3:30 P

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Same as the rest of my fellow Sparkers. Since the running shorts have liners in them, go without. However, on the rare occasion that I'm in a regular pair of gym shorts, I'll wear the "Barely There" brand of pantie. I haven't tried any of the sport, moisture-wicking ones.

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8/1/12 2:09 P

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I've tried the UnderArmour moisture-wicking ones and those were good. I've heard other people say they like the Patagonia or Moving Comfort ones. However, if there's a built in liner, like the others mentioned I think it's much more comfortable to go commando, which is what I usually do with most of my running shorts/pants and tennis skirts with the built in shorts.

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8/1/12 12:28 P

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Some running shorts have a panty in them. In that case, there is no need to wear undies. If, however, yours does not, then you most likely will want to wear panties. They are available n tech fabrics which wicks away moisture. I have used them in the past, but since switching to either shorts with panties or compression (tri) shorts, I no longer use them, so I can't make any specific recommendations.

If I were shopping for tech panties, I would probably start with the company that manufacturers my favorite tech clothes such as Nike, Under Armor, etc. Look at the various options and read the customer reviews.

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8/1/12 12:17 P

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Go commando. Seriously, I can't see wearing undies AND running shorts or tights or whatever. I refuse to wear extra layers and be uncomfortable just because. I don't think I've seen many women in the races I've done that wear that extra layer, and as form fitting as most running clothes are it would be noticable.

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8/1/12 11:53 A

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I am going to be a little blunt here: I dont wear undies. emoticon My running shorts have undies in them. If I do wear undies, I tend to have ill effects (women will know what I mean here). Over the years I just gave up on them.

IDK what "sport undies" are?!?

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Has anyone tried special sport underwear? I'm sure many of you have, and I just want to be sure it's worth the extra money before I buy. All I have is 100% cotton undies, and we all know cotton holds on to moisture like a sponge. Definitely no fun to run in, especially in the summer. So, what do you like/not like? Are there particular materials you find comfortable and excellent in the wicking department? Any thoughts and input would be great to hear!

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