New Balance Accelerate 5″ Review

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The New Balance Accelerate running shorts are a perfect option for anyone who is looking to do some running, or any other kind of physical activity. They are super comfortable and lightweight, so they are not going to distract you from the task at hand. The moisture-wicking materials help keep you dry while the breathable materials help keep you cool. The shorts are available in both men's and women's style, and both come in a variety of colors, so you are sure to find a pair that is going to fit your body type best and meet your style needs. They have an affordable price tag, combine that with the longevity of the shorts, and you have yourself a fantastic investment. This product would be a great addition to your running gear and your gym bag.

Editor's Pros & Cons

Budget-friendly price tag
Long-lasting durability
A plethora of color options
Comes with pockets
Super comfortable


Pockets do not zip
Not a lot of size options


Many customers have fallen in love with these shorts and can wear them for a plethora of activities. They are generally designed to be worn for those who lead an active lifestyle, mostly runners, but can be worn by a variety of consumers. They are super comfortable and come loaded with benefits for those who are hitting the trails or doing long distance running, as that is who these are aimed for. They are lightweight so you will not feel like they weigh you down, and they are going to be a perfect addition to your warm-weather runs, as they are designed to help keep you cool while you are on the go, as well as keep you dry.

Whether heading out for your morning jog or getting ready for a marathon, let the New Balance Accelerate 5" shorts be your go-to apparel for your workout. They will be a welcomed addition to your gym bag and workout routine.


These shorts are made out of 100% polyester but do not let that fool you, and they can still offer you a soft and durable feel so you will not be left wanting more. The polyester materials, mixed with the NB-DRY materials help ensure that you are going to be able to stay dry throughout your workout. Cotton might be a little more comfortable, but it will soak up your sweat at a higher rate than these will, so you are going to be able to stay far drier, and happier, in the long run. You are not going to have to worry about being in the middle of a long run on a warm day and feeling like you are drenched to the bone, with your shorts soaked and sticking to you, that can become uncomfortable and unnecessary, thankfully you should not have that problem when it comes to these. Not only are the shorts themselves made out of polyester, but the interior lining is made out of a thinner layer of it, giving you extra comfort while still being able to provide a lightweight and supportive feeling.


Polyester might not always be the most breathable materials out there, but when it comes to your workout clothes, it is going to be your best choice. Yes, there are materials out there that will more easily allow the air to flow through them to help cool you down and keep you comfy, but they also absorb moisture more and in the long run do more harm than good. Even though these shorts are made of polyester, they still do a decent job of letting air in to cool you down. They relaxed fit shorts will allow air into them, mostly from the openings at the legs, but also through the material themselves. They are moisture-wicking, so you won't have to worry about them getting soaked through in the middle of your workout, allowing you to stay relatively dry while keeping the air flow up enough that you are not going to overheat.


If you are heading out for the day, whether going on a long hike or a short run, you want to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible and the New Balance Accelerate's are here to help make that possible. The soft and lightweight materials are designed with your workout in mind, helping you stay dry throughout the day while giving you a smooth feeling against your skin.

They have an interior brief lining that some customers either love or hate, there seems to be no in between when it comes to this feature, although that is more of personal preference. The interior brief can help give you a little extra support while you are on the go. Many consumers who like the lining sweat by it, saying that they can head out of their run, sans underwear, and it will help prevent irritating chafing and rubbing that can cause some major discomfort along the way. On the other side of that, there are many who hate the liner and cut it out of the shorts when they arrive, stating that it causes them irritation and just gets in the way.


When you are purchasing running gear you are going to want to try to ensure that whatever it is you are buying is going to be able to keep up with your lifestyle. The New Balance's are designed with your workout needs in mind and have created a product that will be able to keep pace with you and your needs. They are not going to fall apart or rip at the seams after only wearing them a few times. They are constructed very well and are made with decent materials to help prevent that from happening.

Some customers have mentioned that they are unsure as to how long they are going to last, as they seem thin and flimsy when you first receive them, but there are no complaints about them actually ripping and falling apart while you are wearing them. Of course, there are probably other products out there that will last longer and be more durable in the long run, but these shorts seem to do their job and do it well.


You always want to try to find a product that will be well worth the money that you are paying for it. In the case of the New Balance Accelerate's, you are going to get just that. They have a very affordable price tag, combine that with the fact that they have a long lifespan and you will have made an excellent investment. Many customers love the shorts and since they are such a good deal have opted into purchasing many pairs so that they can have them in multiple colors.


When you are buying a pair of running shorts you want to make sure that they are going to fit you correctly and that you are purchasing the right size. It can be hard when ordering things online, so it is recommended that you take a quick peek at a sizing chart to ensure you are getting what you need. They are available in both men's and women's sizing so you can choose whichever is going to best work for your body type. In men's, they come in sizes small through extra, extra large. The women's sizes run extra small through extra, extra large.

These ones, in particular, come with a 5-inch inseam, but there are versions of this product that is available in a shorter and longer seam if that is what you are looking for. When looking at a size medium, they have an 11-inch outseam with a 24-inch leg opening. Of course, these measurements are going to differ depending on the size, but it will give you an idea of what they can offer you.


Customers have stated that the New Balance Accelerate shorts are running true to size if you are looking for a relaxed fit, which is what they are designed for. Some, however, stated that if you want a more snug fit you can easily go down a size and still be able to get them over your hips with no problem, they will just fit more snuggly. There is an elastic waistband with a drawstring located at the waist to make sure that you are able to get the best fit possible. You do not want to be in the middle of a run and have to worry about losing your shorts, and that is not something that you will have to worry about with this product, of course assuming you are getting the correct size.


The New Balance Accelerate's have a basic style to them when compared to some of the other running shorts on the market. They are about mid-length with a 5-inch inseam with pleated hems. They have a small V-cut design on both sides and a reflective New Balance logo on the left leg for some extra protection when running in low light environments. They are designed for a relaxed fit, so they are meant to be baggy with a lot of extra room, so your movements are not restricted while you are on the go.

The shorts come in a variety of colors so you can be sure to find something that you will fall in love with and just have to have. Men will have the option of purchasing black, team royal, light cobalt, cadet, black and white, pigment, thunder, electric blue, energy lime, flame, hi-lite, tidepool, mineral green, or Maldives blue. Women can pick between black, faded rosin, pigment, pink glow, or vivid coral. Men have a lot more color options, much to the dismay of some of the female customers, but that does not stop most from loving what they have and continuing to purchase the great looking pair of shorts.


The New Balance Accelerate shorts come loaded with some handy features that customers can appreciate. First, they are available in both a men's and a women's version so you can find something that will fit your body perfectly. The product features a brief crepe liner for a little extra comfort and support while you are running, the lining also gives you a bit of freedom to move without fear of accidentally exposing yourself to others in the vicinity, as it will provide you with an extra layer of materials to keep yourself covered. Both versions come with an elastic waistband that has a drawstring on the inside to provide you with a better fit, and you don't want to lose your shorts mid-run. One of the best features for many runners is the pockets. They have an internal pocket located in the waistband which is perfect for your keys, credit cards, or even your media player. In addition to this little hidden envelope pocket, there are also hand pockets on both sides so you can store some additional things that you might need on your run or during your workout.

As mentioned above, they are made using New Balance's own NB-Dry moisture-wicking technology to help whisk away your sweat and keep you dry while you are out- no need to spend the day running around in wet shorts. All and all, they are loaded with great features that you didn't know that you needed until now.

Bottom Line

If you are shopping around for a great pair of running shorts to wear while you are training, then you might want to consider the New Balance Accelerates 5" shorts. They are designed to give you a lightweight and breathable feel while keeping you dry thanks to the NB-DRY moisture wicking technology that is integrated into the polyester materials. They have a long life span as well as a budget-friendly price tag, making them a fantastic investment into your running gear that you will fall in love with. They come in a wide variety of fun colors so you can choose something that will work best for you personal style, or you can buy them all, so you have something for every day of the week. No matter what color you decide to purchase you will at least know that they are going to look great and feel even better while you are out and about.