I might be a member of the Oiselle Volée Team, but I've been wearing Oiselle (pronounced Wa-Zelle) for several years now. Oiselle is a company with a mission I believe in, and running clothes that help me believe in myself. Oiselle Wednesday is a day for reviewing my favorite running fashions and showing you the fit on a 5'7, 135 pound Mommy-body!
A few weeks ago Oiselle was doing something cool where they would have one item on super sale every day. When the Fancy Mini Stride Shorts showed up at an amazing price, I figured, "why not?" and I grabbed a couple pairs. I've known that I love their longer Stride Short sisters, and I've been enjoying my shorter Portman Shorts, so I figured what's 3/4 of an inch?
I've worn these babies for a few runs now, plus multiple sessions of Jasyoga, and I'm all aboard the booty train! Yes, they are short. Yes, my butt is probably hanging out when I run. But they are also providing me with a tiny bit of relief from the incredible heat we're dealing with here in the South. Clearly my thighs communicate with each other while I run, but with a bit of Body Glide, I have no issues with chafing in the Stride Minis.
The material that the Strides and Stride Minis are made from is Plya Compression, which is super lightweight but also extremely wicking. This provides for an awesome ride, as the fabric moves with you as you run and hugs you in just the right amounts. I will say they are not as compressive as the Portman Shorts, but they are also much lighter which feels amazing for hot summer speed sessions.
The Stride Minis measure in at 2.25 inches which is shorter than the 3 inch Portman Shorts, but longer than the 1.75 inch Mac Rogas. So yes, they are short. But no, you don't have to be a size 2 to wear them (not that you do for any Oiselle piece). I'm closing in on Master's status which aids in my "zero effs given" attitude, but I'd love to see more women go for it and just wear what they want. For me, I want to wear these super beautiful prints, AND feel uninhibited by material as I fly!
I went back and forth when deciding what size to get in these shorts, but I ended up going with an 8. While I'm super curious to see how a 6 might fit, I'm happy with how the 8 works for me. I'm now wearing a 6 in Rogas and I wear a 6 in the Portman Shorts, but I feel like the Stride Minis and Stride shorts might run a little smaller. My thoughts on going to a 6 would be that they might be tighter through the leg which could be a good thing, but also tighter around my hips which would not be a good thing (for me).
The shorts feature a small zippered pocked on the hip which is the perfect size for a key or gel. I'm not sure that it would fit much more than that, but these are minimal shorts! They also have a strip of mesh material on both sides of the legs that aid in the coolness factor. I believe this material is the same material that my favorite Go Tank is made out of, which means the breathability is top notch.
Now you're not going to be just standing around looking cute in these shorts, are you? You're going to be running, and therefore you want to know what they look like when you run. Do they ride up? Do they show sweat? Do they chafe? All good questions, and here are some visuals of what they look like on the run:
Do they ride up? Straight answer is yes. For me, I wasn't surprised about this because I did essentially size up. However, I found once my run progressed and I got sweaty, they stayed put better. I don't feel like this should dissuade you from giving them a try though. You could also try sizing down and that would probably help.
Do they show sweat? Nope, not one bit. But really, can we stop making this an issue? We're humans, we sweat. And some of us happen to sweat in the crotch area. I'm a major sweat-er and sometimes pee-er so I don't have time to worry about this, but if you do, rest easy in the Stride Minis!
Do they chafe? I have had no issues with chafing in these. Full disclosure, I did use Body Glide on my inner thighs just to be safe, but there were no iffy seams or any other areas that caused problems!
Bottom line, I think the Stride Minis have a place in every woman's running wardrobe. I like them best for speed work, because I think they make me look fast. And if I look fast, surely I am fast, right?! They are regularly priced at $46, but right now the Midnight Molecular print that I'm wearing is on sale for $36! Also, word in the sky (because birds, duh), is that the new gorgeous Tribeca prints will be coming out in the Stride Minis to join the Strides!
Also pictured: Gifted Verrazano Bra, Mesh Cap, and an unavailable Born and Raced top
Check out my previous Oiselle Wednesday posts here:
- Superfly Cap
- Wazelle Long Sleeve
- Distance Shorts
- Roga Shorts
- Go Tank
- Pockito Shorts
- Strappy Bra
- Lori Shorts
- Roga Pants
- Lesko Bra
- Flowy Tank
- Oiselle Volée Team
- Wazelle Halter
- Mac Rogas
- Flyte Long Sleeve
- Endorphin 3/4 Sleeve
- Portman Shorts
- Izumo Short Sleeve
- Holepunch Lux Sweatshirt, Embossed Rogas, Gifted Verrazano Bra, Mesh Cap
When's the last time you exited your Comfort Zone?
I hit the trails the other day despite my intense fear of snakes! Didn't see any snakes but I still went for it!
What's your number one hot running tip?
Less is best. Ditch the top and wear some short shorts and go get it!