There’s a reason why you’ve seen more runners out on the roads this week. Winter is over, and spring weather is finally here! I for one, could not be happier to peel off my winter layers and run happy once again. Running in shorts is so much easier.

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My latest pair of shorts are just right for spring training and weekend racing. I’m wearing the Brooks Sherpa IV 5″ short. They’re short enough to give you the room you need to run fast, but not so short that you’ll risk embarrassing your friends and family. They come in flashy color combinations and have three pockets for stowing your gels or emergency items. These are the best-selling shorts in the Brooks lineup for good reason.

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Brooks Sherpa IV 5″ Short

Pros:

  • Fit: Semi-fitted
  • 5-inch inseam
  • Stretch woven shell
  • Dual rear holster pockets
  • Clamshell, water-resistant center back pocket with zipper
  • Front/back reflectivity

Cons:

  • none

Recommendation: The Brooks Sherpa IV 5″ Short is comfortable and functional. These are great for training and racing in temperatures above 55º F (or 40º F if you’re like me).

Spring weather in New England is unpredictable and notoriously fickle. Many days call for an outer layer that can be worn over a long sleeve t-shirt to keep the wind and rain out. The Brooks LSD Lite Jacket IV weighs less than 4 ounces, packs into its own pocket for travel, and cinches at the waist and hood areas to keep the elements out on nasty days.

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Brooks LSD Lite Jacket IV

Pros:

  • Fit: Semi-fitted
  • New soft and light fabric
  • Windproof and water-resistant
  • Back vent for breathability
  • Packs into back invisible zip pocket
  • Stowable three-panel hood
  • Reflective front zipper and bicep band
  • Under 4 ounces (size medium)

Cons:

  • On long runs, the jacket didn’t breathe well and was wet inside.

Recommendation: 

The Brooks LSD Jacket IV is great for walking, warm-ups, wearing to and from events, and short runs.

Thoughts?