I have a pretty vast collection of shorts for summer, but they all have one problem: no pocket large enough for my phone. On short runs where I don’t have a pack, this creates a little bit of a conundrum.
Enter the pocket shorts. All the things you love about leggings with side pockets, but with an ultra summer-friendly inseam. Here’s how they stood up to the test.
Disclosure: these shorts were complimentary from K-Deer. All opinions are my own. Additionally, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission. This does not change the price you pay.
First up: the Sanibel print is soooo vibrant and beautiful in real life. The hues are totally in my wheelhouse: shades of pink and teal. Yes please! These are right at home in my closet. I like them best paired with bright white or teal tops. (They even match my socks!)
I’m wearing a size XS, my usual K-Deer size. Sizing runs true to size with plenty of stretch. The rise on these is just a little lower than K-Deer’s line of leggings. It’s still pretty high, hitting just below my belly button. I love the rise length for summer, since it provides comfortable, flattering coverage without being too high.
The material is the same as all of K-Deer’s other bottoms: similar to very thick tights or pantyhose with some moderate compression. It’s water-friendly, so these would work great for swim or other water sports where you want more coverage than a typical bikini bottom. These shorts passed the squat test beautifully and are 100% opaque for me.
Despite being short shorts, the side pocket is plenty roomy. The photos show my iPhone XS in the pocket with room to spare. I went on a couple of runs in these shorts with my phone in the side pocket and it worked great.
That said, if these are a little too short for you, K-Deer also offers their pocket shorts in a 5″ inseam. Note that the prints offered in the two lengths are different, but there’s good variety to choose from in both lengths.
On the other hand, if you do really love this print (and you should!), Sanibel is also available in a three different legging lengths and other styles.
All told, I absolutely love this new addition to my summer wardrobe. They’re perfect for super-hot days and the pocket makes them extra practical. I’ve had them for a few weeks, and I find myself reaching for them all the time. I would buy these in another print for sure.