But not the Trail Kelly test. ;-)
I'm sorry, Joe, but those yellow shorts are ugly (style and color), although they were a very convenient way to spot you in any race -- "Look, up ahead, those yellow shorts -- it must be JOE DUDMAN!!" (Jenny-Kelly conversation mid-Portland marathon one year ;-) )
As a viewer -- well, if you've got the body, I like to see the guys in the split shorts. The longer ones look funny, IMO, and bunch up. (although try telling that to my high schoolers!!) I do appreciate it when my guy friends wear their splits shorts in races & I can see the tan lines! ;-) But older, heavier guys? Full coverage might be more appealing.
But maybe I'm being hypocritical, but the less-is-more theory does not apply to women running in "briefs/ bunhuggers". I like my split shorts, but also my Brooks vibe shorts, both of which I think are flattering on me and are always my first choice. Bunhuggers? Never, ever.
On the other end of the spectrum, as comfy (and full coverage) as some of the longer shorts are, honestly, they don't look very good (they make my legs look even shorter!).
All styles have their supporters with their own reasons for their choice, though. Bottom line, is whatever makes you feel most comfortable is the one you should wear.
PS My friend Gwen gave me some old running outfits to give to my team (this was several years ago). I unearthed them last week and we just laughed
Would you believe one-piece racing suits (like bathing suits)?? I can hardly believe that Nike Portland, for years, raced in those things. My girls were astonished -- they thought they were swim suits! Ugh!!!! If anyone wants them, however, let me know! I don't think Goodwill is going to want them!