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Janji AFO Middle Short Review

Did this sustainable clothing brand create the perfect running short?

A person poses wearing a pair of 3-inch black running shorts outside. Credit: Reviewed / Tim Renzi

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  1. Product image of Janji 3" AFO Middle Short

    Janji 3" AFO Middle Short

    Pros

    • Ultra breathable

    • Multiple pockets

    • Adjustable drawstring

    Cons

    • Minimal reflective detailing

For the ultimate pair of running shorts, look no further than the Janji AFO Middle Run Short. These shorts are lightweight and breathable and effectively wick away moisture to keep you dry and comfy on long, sweaty runs. They have pockets to help you stash small items and keep your hands free. On top of that, the brand’s sustainability efforts can make you feel good about your purchase. If you’ve been looking for a new pair of jogging bottoms, these Janji running shorts should make your, ahem, short list.

What is Janji?

A pair of black Janji running shorts next to a white water bottle.
Credit: Reviewed / Tim Renzi

Janji is committed to water conservancy.

Janji Running is a Boston-based run apparel brand known for its sustainability efforts. Founded in 2012, the brand makes activewear in men’s and women’s sizes, including tops, bottoms, jackets, and accessories for road and trail running alike. Janji’s apparel features fabrics that are Bluesign- and OEKO-TEX-certified for their more environmentally and ethically responsible manufacturing processes. Janji also uses recycled materials and organic cotton. Even the brand’s packaging is biodegradable and compostable.

A key initiative is Janji’s commitment to reducing water usage and supporting clean water products to ensure access to drinking water for all. Janji donates 2% of proceeds and 100% of membership fees to Janji Collective—the brand’s rewards program—to various clean water projects around the world. By joining the Collective for a one-time $25 fee, you get a lifetime 15% discount on all orders, early access to new releases, and access to member-only gear.

In addition to reducing water usage during the manufacturing process, Janji utilizes fast-drying, odor-resistant materials to allow consumers to wear their clothes more than once before throwing them in the wash. The laundry tags read: “Save water, wash only when needed.”

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About the Janji AFO Middle Run Short

A person poses wearing black running shorts and holding a white water bottle.
Credit: Reviewed / Tim Renzi

These Janji shorts offer secure pockets and an elastic waistband.

The AFO Middle Run Short is a lined pair of jogging shorts that comes in women’s sizes XS to XL with a 3-inch inseam and men’s sizes S to XL with a 5-inch inseam. Janji’s AFO fabric, which stands for Air Flat Out, is a stretch woven material made from recycled polyester and elastane. The brief liner is made from a polyester-spandex blend. All told, the shorts weigh just over 3 ounces.

In addition, these shorts have an elastic loop by the left hip bone to attach your keys, and a small pocket just below the loop in the liner to keep said keys from scratching your skin or to stash other small items in. A zippered pocket by the tailbone, about two inches deep and four inches across, is a spot to securely stash cash, credit cards, or, say, gels for long runs, but it’s not large enough for many smartphones.

These shorts cost $62, on par with similarly styled and fabricated pairs like the Lululemon Hotty Hot High-Rise Lined Short and the Vuori Clementine Short 2.0, but nearly twice as expensive as the Nike Tempo Running Short.

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What I like about the Janji AFO Middle Run Short

A pair of keys is visible in an interior pocket of the Janji running shorts.
Credit: Reviewed / Tim Renzi

You can easily store small items like keys in discreet pockets.

Lightweight and breathable

These shorts are ideal for running in summer heat. I took them for a few test runs during a stretch of particularly warm New England weather of roughly 95-degree temperatures, and they kept me as comfy as I could expect while exercising in those conditions. The lightweight outer material didn’t weigh me down and prevented me from feeling overly hot or sweaty. It also wicks away moisture and dries quickly to avoid any swampiness on my butt or thighs.

Well fitting

I got my pair in my usual size small and the shorts fit true to size, so I didn’t have to fiddle much with the elasticized waist, but the drawstring made it easy to finetune the band to my liking. I cinched the string ever so slightly for a more secure fit, and it didn’t loosen or come untied as I continued to wear and wash them.

No riding-up issues

I wore these shorts running, walking, rollerblading, even for a game of flag football, and not once did I find myself picking at a wedgie or pulling on the shorts. The liner fit snugly enough that it didn’t budge during workouts, but not so tight to feel uncomfortably compressive. These shorts never rode or bunched up, which made for smooth sailing during my workouts.

What I don’t like about the Janji AFO Middle Run Short

Reflective material on a pair of black Janji running shorts.
Credit: Reviewed / Tim Renzi

There isn't enough reflective detailing to help motorists notice you.

Not enough reflective detailing

Should you prefer to pound pavement in either the pre-dawn or post-sunset hours, you may want to pick a pair of shorts with more reflective elements to keep you visible to traffic on the roads. These shorts have two small insignias, one on the front of the right leg and the other on the back of the left leg, that shine brightly in the light. However, this minimal detailing won’t make you as noticeable as bottoms with a more intentional reflective design.

Is the Janji AFO Middle Run Short worth it?

A person runs in a park wearing Janji shorts.
Credit: Reviewed / Tim Renzi

These Janji shorts offer breezy, lightweight comfort for daytime runs.

Yes, they’re especially great for warm-weather runs

I couldn’t find many negatives with these shorts, and they’re easily some of the most comfortable shorts I own. The AFO material is lightweight and the cut is breezy, which kept me reasonably dry during sweaty workouts. The waistband is easy to adjust and the two pockets make it easy to stash small items securely.

The only downside I could find is that the reflective detailing isn’t as robust as we’d prefer for anyone who runs in low light. But in terms of comfort, the Janji AFO Middle Run Short can’t be beat.

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  1. Product image of Janji 3" AFO Middle Short

    Janji 3" AFO Middle Short

    Pros

    • Ultra breathable

    • Multiple pockets

    • Adjustable drawstring

    Cons

    • Minimal reflective detailing