by Kyle Northrop, Marathon Sports Wellesley assistant manager

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 8.51.03 PMAs I’ve begun training for my first long ultra marathon, I’ve learned a few new things. One: Always take more water than you need. Two: Body Glide is your best friend. Three: you can never have too many pockets.

I’ve been putting a lot of hours in the woods over the past few months, and with all the stuff I have to carry to run on the trails, having a few extra places to put things is always great.

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 8.51.08 PMLately, I’ve been running in the Nike Wildhorse Trail Short. I usually run with a Nathan backpack water carrier for my training runs and a waistpack for my races, but it’s always a hassle to get anything out of these. I just want to run with something that will allow me to easily get what I need without breaking stride. With three large pockets, the Wildhorse Short does this with ease, and the pockets are placed in a manner so everything inside of them doesn’t bounce. I put my keys, gels, and phone in these pockets and didn’t have any problems with bouncing. Inside the shorts on the brief, there are also two small key pockets that can be used as well. That makes a total of 5 pockets!

While Nike is not traditionally known for its trail offerings, lately they have been making some great strides in this product category. Trail has been a huge renewed focus for a lot of brands, and Nike is no different. Several years ago, Nike established the Nike Trail Racing Team and its trail shoes anScreen Shot 2016-05-25 at 8.51.13 PMd apparel have been the product of thousands of hours of testing by these athletes.

The whole approach to trail running has changed for a lot of brands. It used to be commonplace for companies to put a more aggressive tread on a road shoe and call it a trail shoe. Same went for many of their outdoor apparel offerings as well. To take an already established product and convert it to work within the trail or outdoor sector is a generally lazy approach. It is a breath of fresh air to see Nike creating apparel designed from the ground up to be taken out on the trails and to last as long as the wearer’s legs can take them.

I think the most impressive part about these shorts is the two different materials they use. The bottom part of the shorts is a super light breathable mesh that is more open than the rest of the shorts. This material goes from the bottom of the shorts to the inseam. This makes for a pretty open “undercarriage”. Think of putting a hooScreen Shot 2016-05-25 at 8.51.16 PMd scoop on a car – all that extra air intake makes you feel pretty fast!

I raced a trail half marathon last weekend and these shorts performed very well. I used a Nathan Peak Insulated waistpack to carry water, which unfortunately blocked the main back pocket, but I still used the side pockets for all my fuel. I was very happy with how they performed and I got a new trail half PR, so that’s always good as well! If you wish, you can read about it here!

Til next time, happy trails

The Wildhorse Trail Short ($65.00) is available at most Marathon Sports locations.