Mountain Hardwear Refueler Short Review
With running short season is full bloom for many of us runners, it’s time to do a check and see how your old running shorts are holding up from the years past. If you think you might want to add a new pair to your lineup, it’s worth taking a look at the Mountain Hardwear Refueler Short. The Refueler short comes in 3 different inseams; 5, 7, and 9 inches which pretty much cover all male runners’ preferences.
The fabric used in the Mountain Hardwear Refueler short is a stretch fabric that does a nice job of moving with the motion of your legs. I’ve tested these shorts on shorter runs of 3-5 miles and I’ve also tested them on longer runs of 16-18 miles. In both instances and distances I was very pleased on the fit and performance of the short. The material of the short and liner do a nice job of wicking away moisture from your body which can sometimes cause chaffage; this can especially be painful on longer runs. The Refueler short has a 25 UPF sun protection and as you should know by now, sun damage can be extremely bad for the skin. Why tanning shops are still in business is beyond me… The short has your standard inner key storage pocket and a Velcro pocket on the outside of the short for gels and gu’s. One recommendation I would have to the designer would be to make the pocket with a zipper. I’ve had things fall out of these Velcro pockets before and a zipper is an easy solution.
The seams of the Mountain Hardwear Refueler Short are flat lock seems, which helps prevent irritation on anything the seam is rubbing. And while the look is someone basic in the Refueler short, I think the look is considered classic as well. The Refueler short will be something I will keep in my running short drawer for many years to come as I enjoy the fit and performance of the short. With a price point of $35, I find the Refueler short to be on par for a quality pair of running shorts. For more information, please visit MountainHardwear.com