Top Women's Plus Size Fitness Shorts

Stay cool and dry with active shorts in extended sizes

How can you stay cool on your summer walks, whether you're walking the dog or headed to the finish line of a walker-friendly half marathon? Plus-size walkers need shorts that will move with them and won't bind or ride up. It can be hard to find performance shorts made by the usual sporting goods manufacturers in extended sizes, but some are producing them for women of all sizes.

Chafing is often a concern in summer, which can be prevented by wearing compression shorts either by themselves or layered under looser shorts or cover-up skirts. Some short combinations have compression shorts built-in. You may also want cargo shorts so you have plenty of pockets for your mobile phone and other items as you stroll, tour, or hike.


Champion Women's Plus-Size Sport Short 5

Champion Women's Plus-Size Sport Short
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Champion makes these sporty shorts in four color combinations. They are made of sweat-wicking 100 percent polyester. They have a wide, stylish contrasting waistband and an outer stash pocket. They have a short inseam of 5 inches. They are available in sizes 1X to 4X.


Nike Dri-FIT Tempo (Size 1X-3X) Women's Track Shorts

Nike Tempo Shorts
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Active women come in all sizes, but it has taken a while for athletic clothes manufacturers to catch up with them. Nike has a few designs in extended sizes. These track shorts have a built-in brief and a ​short cut for maximum freedom of movement. The fabric wicks away sweat and they are lightweight for maximum breathability. They come in sizes 1X to 3X.


Alex+Abbey Pursuit Running Short

Alex+Abby Pursuit Running Short
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These serious running shorts include a wide waistband for comfort and a notched leg for better mobility. They have an inner liner brief that breathes. They are made of a four-way stretch fabric that wicks away sweat. Plus, they have front pockets for your phone and other essentials. They are available in two colors and the extended sizes include XL, 2X Plus, and 3X Plus.


Columbia Women's Plus-Size Sandy River Cargo Short

Columbia Women's Plus-Size Sandy River Cargo Short
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For outdoorsy strolling, serious hiking, or travel, these nylon shorts are functional and can go the distance. They have slash side pockets as well as a zippered pocket. They are fast-drying and styled for outdoor wear. They can be the right choice if you are packing for a walking vacation. They are available in sizes 1X to 3X and in a variety of colors.


Alex+Abby Pursuit Running Skirt

Alex+Abby Pursuit Running Skirt
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If you'd prefer a running skirt style, this design from Alex+Abby is available in extended sizes XL, XXL, and XXXL. It features contrasting shorts under a skirt, all made of four-way performance stretch fabric. These running skirts come in a variety of color combinations. They have a patch pocket on one of the short legs.


JunoActive Relaxed Fit Workout Shorts

Juno Active Relaxed Fit Workout Shorts
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These relaxed fit shorts have slash pockets so you don't have to figure out how to carry along your cell phone, ID, etc. The polyester/spandex fabric will help wick away moisture. They are available in sizes from XL to 6X in heather gray or basic black.


JunoActive Quikwik Bike Shorts

JunoActive Bike Shorts

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JunoActive's bike-style shorts in fast-drying Quikwik fabric will help prevent chafing. They also have an anti-microbial finish which will prevent odor from setting in. They provide light compression and support. With their 8-inch length, they help prevent chafing and are suitable for layering under baggier shorts. They come in sizes 0X to 6X. The fabric is 90 percent micropolyester and 10 percent spandex.


Sweet Spot Skirts

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If you wear spandex shorts to prevent chafing, but you prefer to keep something to the imagination, these fun skirts are a great solution. Sweet Spot skirts snap on over your shorts, tights, or running pants. They secure with a row of snaps, so you can adjust them to fit. They come in sizes that should fit most women up to size 26. Feel feminine and stylish while you enjoy your active life. They come in a huge variety of fabric patterns so you can wear them with style.


QuikWik Power Play Skirt

Juno Active QuikWik Power Play Dual Layer Skirt
Juno Active

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This combo outer tennis skirt/inner bike short can help prevent chafing. Feel feminine and fresh as the fabric wicks away moisture and prevents chafing. The skirt is slit at each side for easy motion. The skirt helps hide your lumps and bulges, so it may give you more confidence when exercising in public. The skirt length is 16 inches and the shorts' inseam is 5.5 inches. They are available in sizes XL to 6X.


R-Gear High Five Pocket 5-Inch Shorts

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These dual-layer shorts from Roadrunner Sports have an inner brief ​and outer shorts of soft micro-poplin that wicks away sweat. The front pockets have zipper and the back pocket has a hook-and-loop closure. There is also an inner electronics/key pocket. That should be enough to keep you moving! They are available in sizes XL and XXL as well as regular sizes.​


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