There is nothing on the market that looks like Flanci skorts and shorts – and you will either love them or hate them, but we think they’re full of character, excellent value and very good quality.
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Flanci running skort: first impressions
Most people’s initial reaction to discovering Flanci running skorts goes something like this: Wow! these are bright, funky and very different. And that was our first impression too. They certainly bring a new argument to the running shorts vs skorts debate, and we have no hesitation putting them in out list of best women’s running shorts.
Skorts are becoming very popular with female runners and Flanci offer a range of bright and fun options. These fantastic skorts are made of 75% polyester and 25% spandex, a combination fabric that makes them squat-proof and sweat-wicking, and bestows them with 360-degree stretch and a rating of UPF50+ for sun protection.
From a base in the UK, they are sold in a wide variety of bright and attractive colors and designs (from squiggles and tartan to unicorns and purple flames) that will see you really standing out from the running crowd. The inside leg of the in-built under short is 19cm / 7.5in, while the skirt length is 38cm / 15.5in.
The skirts typically have a high waistband, with a rear zipped pocket large enough to take a standard-size iPhone and keys. There is also a thigh pocket on the leg of the shorts that is big enough for larger phones.
• RRP: £40 (UK)
• Length and style: 38cm / 15.5in
• Sizes available: XXS - XXL
• Weight (of test shorts): 238g / 8.4oz
• Colors: A multitude of colors and designs
Flanci running skort: on the trails
We think you will either love these immediately, or really not! It depends on whether you like your running kit to be brighter and more startling than anyone else’s or you prefer plain black.
Looks aside, though, we were impressed with these skorts. While the prices are really reasonable, the quality is high. Having tested various skorts for many months and washed them over and over, the look is still excellent. There is no shrinkage or color dulling.
The skorts and stay in place well when running, but a removable internal tie string on the waistband is useful if you find the skort slips down a bit, and the design includes flat-lock seams for maximum comfort and to limit chafing.
These are skorts for women who prefer a longer-leg under short – they give great coverage of the thighs if you do not like to have a lot of flesh on display. The double layer also offers good support from the under short, complimented by a flattering over-layer. Many women prefer a higher waist for better tummy coverage, but if you don’t like a high waist, you might find the skorts a bit annoying.
Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favorite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing (both downhill and backcountry). Aside from her own adventures, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy getting outside and exploring, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.