Tracksmith is a New England running brand with preppy, slightly retro flair. Although I wouldn’t describe my personal style as New England prep per se, they have plenty of styles that I could envision fitting neatly into my existing collection. I’d had Tracksmith on my radar as a brand to try out for a while, but since I’ve been focused on running lately, now was definitely the time!
I recently reviewed one of Tracksmith’s tanks, but I was even more interested in trying out their running shorts. I wear lululemon’s speed shorts almost exclusively since it’s hard to find shorts I love. I’m always keeping an eye out for other styles to try out, so I decided to see if Tracksmith’s Van Cortlandt shorts would fit the bill. Since I ordered them, I’ve run in these quite a few times. Here’s how they measure up on fit and function.
First up, the Van Cortlandt shorts run small. I bought a size XS and in my opinion it fits similar to my lululemon speed shorts in size 2. In other words, you’ll probably want to size up. To be sure of your size, Tracksmith provides actual measurements of each size on their site if you click “size guide” on the product page. As a starting point, I suggest buying a size with a hip measurement that’s at least 1” larger than your actual hip measurement. Make that measurement difference a bit larger if you want a more relaxed fit.
The shorts are definitely cut on the short side, though they still keep everything covered. If you think lululemon’s speed shorts are too short, I don’t recommend these for you. But if short shorts are your jam, these definitely fall into that category. Fortunately, the short inseam is balanced by a fairly narrow leg opening to reduce flashing danger. I don’t care for shorts with large leg openings, so this cut works well for me. There’s no baggy diaper bum here. Besides running, I could cross-train or lift weights in these.
The shorts are made of a lightweight mesh material–think old school sports jersey. It’s stretchy in all directions and not constricting at all. The material feels good to run in even in hotter weather. Basically: the fabric gets high marks for both functionality as well as comfort. Contrast piping and the functional tie-off drawstring adds to the retro/varsity aesthetic. Note that the piping on my navy pair is a creamy off-white, not a true bright white.
The rise falls on the lower end, comparable to a pair of my lululemon shorts. The shorts have a built-in liner made of the same material as the rest of the shorts. The liner is mostly similar to lululemon’s liners, but Tracksmith’s seem to be cut slightly higher at the leg. Since these are made with an elastic waistband, the only pocket is a small-ish, half-circle shaped pocket sewn into the back center of the liner, just below the waistband. It’s big enough for a gel and keys.
Overall, the Van Cortlandt shorts deliver on both performance and fit. I’ve been enjoying switching it up with a totally different style that still feels great. They’re definitely a great addition to my shorts wardrobe.