Camel Toe Woes

Everyone who runs regularly, especially longer distance, knows how important it is to have the right clothing and accessories. A seam you didn’t realise existed will make itself known rubbing into your skin for two hours. A sports bra, which sat comfortably when you took off, leaving a red, bloody line under your boobs where it grated away the top layer of your skin. I have learnt to preventatively slather myself generously in Vaseline, especially when I know I will be doing a run of over 2 hours and this works.

Finding out about sweat wicking fabrics was a revelation! I cannot believe I used to wear cotton (*gasp*) to run… To wear socks that stay seemingly dry even when you run into a puddle or to not feel the litres of sweat that are pouring out of you is nothing short of a miracle. Whoever came up with the concept should be given a prize. Maybe the Nobel Science prize.. They deserve it.

One thing that I just can’t seem to find an easy solution to though, is running tights that don’t give you the dreaded “camel toe”. I am sorry if that conjures up unsavoury images in your head but there’s no getting away from the fact that it looks.. nasty! I have long since stopped wearing knickers under my running tights, they just made the chafing so much worse. And who likes VPL (or “Visible Panty Line” to those who just don’t give a damn)! But going commando makes the camel toe worse.

Yeah, ’cause I am not about to post a picture of the other kind of Camel Toe..

Why are running tights designed with the seam running in the middle of the crotch? Is there an actual reason for this or have they just been designed by men? If the seam is flat enough inside to not irritate, it will still divide your bits into two in a look that just doesn’t flatter anyone. I have a pair of Nike compression tights that I cannot bring myself to even put on because of this.

Of course you can try to hide things by wearing a longline top or one of those weird running skirts (not for me thanks) but is this not something that could be fixed by better design? Have they not heard of a gusset??? And if they have, could they not place the gusset Β in a place where it could actually prevent the camel toe?

From a bit of googling I can see that there are products available to avoid the dreaded CT; there are pants, inserts and err… cups (?). . All I want though, is a pair of running tights that have been designed with the female labia in mind – with the view of not exposing it to outside scrutiny. Running with boobs and other jiggly bits is hard enough to not have to worry about whether your undercarriage is presented for the world to see.

I can’t be the only one with this problem, girls? Has anyone found a solution or mainly a brand that has this fixed?

35 thoughts on “Camel Toe Woes

  1. I just go with the toe! lol I feel better running without underwear but the toe shows less with panties. I thought I looked really cute in my Under Armour running pants for our run on Saturday and my husband complemented my camel toe! He is naive enough to not realize I didn’t want that! haha

    1. Haha, had to laugh at the “go with the toe”! πŸ™‚ You’re right that underwear controls the toe situation but I have just decided to grin and bear (or bare as the case may be) it. And do my best to find tops that are long enough to cover whatever may show. πŸ™‚ Oh your husband cracks me up! He actually complemented you on that?! πŸ˜€ Well, I suppose it has it’s fans – most people end up on my blog after they search “camel toe” so the topic seems popular. πŸ™‚

  2. Yes, found your blog when researching the same issue. Was perfectly happy with my Asics lycra shorts until viewing the finisher’s pix of recent HM! Ewe! Major CT! Now seeking comfortable floppy shorts, I guess!

    1. A majority of the hits on my blog are funnily enough through the search term “camel toe”. πŸ™‚ I am hoping it’s women trying to find a solution rather than guys perving. They can put a man on the moon but they can’t fix this.. :-/

  3. Last summer I got a pair of under armour running shorts. I bought them because they fit comfortably (difficult to find when you’re tall with big hips)……..they are amazing, they don’t ride up and (wait for it) there are no seams in the gusset. There is no centre seam. It was completely accidental that I found them…………have I seen another pair since? No. Have I seen the same in long tights? No. Does anyone in the store know what I am talking about when I am looking for them. No.
    …….but they are out there….somewhere…….and it’s about bloody time

    1. Wow, you have found HG tights! All the more bloody annoying when you can’t find another pair anywhere. Tights with no centre seam are IMPOSSIBLE to find. Do they have a product code or something in a label that you could try to google? I am really liking the sound of these tights.

  4. I would be happy to find a pair or shorts, capris, or tights that are comfortable to wear without undies. I prefer to run with no undies. But all the running clothing has seams. Even if it is gusseted, there are seams around the gusset or heading to the gusset that rub my lady parts.

    So far I can only wear tri shorts that have an thin chamois (for cycling). I have to wear those under my tights and capris because those are all gusseted with seams. And I only have 2 pairs of those tri shorts.

    1. It is really hard to find comfortable tights. And often, even if they are comfortable they give you the dreaded camel toe. 😦 I wear Nike tights and capris now, without underwear, and just make sure they are big enough to be a bit baggy around the lady area. Then I just try to make sure they are not too “snug”. πŸ™‚ Oh – and BodyGlide or vaseline is a must against chaving.

  5. i use CW-X compression shorts,Capri, and long winter tights. They have a gusset and a nifty diamond shaped piece of fabric sew in the delicate area. Why don’t other manufacturers do this? It’s so simple and takes care of CT.

    1. Hi Marie! I know; it would be soooooo easy to put in that gusset and spare us all the embarrassment. I reckon it’s due to the majority of designers being male (and possibly pervs.. πŸ™‚ )

    2. I have CW-X tri shorts with the diamond shaped fabric. I also have others that claim they have a gusset, and they do. But the gusset isn’t where I need it. I don’t care if there is a gusset where my vaginal opening is. I need the gusset to be higher up in the front, other wise the seem around the gusset rubs my clitoris raw and the seem that goes up the front still rides in between my labia (causing the camel toe)

      1. Far out someone could make a LOT of money, if they could just get this right!!

        I race outrigger canoes, so we sit & this makes that STUPID centre seam, almost cut us in half!! We like to wear lycra, so it doesn’t absorb water & would all love some cool patterned pants to wear…but the ones on the market all have seams that rub our clangers raw!!

  6. One lovely Sunday morning, my husband and I were walking hand in hand in a shopping centre, suddenly he spotted a woman wearing legging as an pant, he looked and looked. As we passed her I immediately said to my husband that you have looked enough, stop it now because I don’t want you to turn your head 360 degree to perv at her. He held his perv at her while his body move forward. I was very upset and hurt. What he was perving was that he was looking at her camel toe.

    We are not on talking term at the moment. He said that he is a man and quote the “Everybody Loves Raymond” sitcom that it does not matter that he perv at her as who cares where he get it appetize from so long he has his meal at home.

    1. Men are funny creatures. I wonder what his reaction would have been if you had openly been ogling at a good looking guy – or specifically at his “package”. I have a feeling your man would not have been too happy about it.
      We all look, I guess that’s human nature, but it is very disrespectful of your husband to be so blatant about it especially if he knows it was making you feel uncomfortable. And not sure his response makes things any better; basically he is saying that looking at some random woman’s camel toe is turning him on enough to then want to go home and have sex with you. I’d be tempted to play him at his own game and open your eyes to the good looking men out there…

  7. On a fit female, camel toe is NOT nasty, it’s actually something most men love to see.

    But for women who don’t want the sexual attention, the concept of NOT wearing painted on clothes seems like an obvious answer.

    1. What a ridiculous thing to say. Runners or people exercising in general do not wear tight fitting clothes because they are after “sexual attention”. The last thing we need is over-sexed idiots leering and shouting comments or eye balling us.
      The tight clothing is all about comfort and wearing suitable clothing for sports and to me the obvious answer here is for the perverts to grow up.

  8. Hi! I came across your blog and am also of the camp that cannot believe why any sort of tights have a center seam in the front…for either women or men…(men’s version of the CT is the moose knuckle…a much more horrid affair if you ask me…). I have found a website that sells seamless tights and half tights in lots of cool fabrics…the only problem is I’m not sure of how weighty the fabric is or how effective at wicking away moisture as they seem to be more fashion oriented than not…but worth checking out. It is skinzwear.com, but look in the men’s section for the more normal leggings and what not, as their female offerings are more suited for strippers I think. 😝 Also, I believe they can customize anything for you as well, and the price is not outrageous.

  9. Brooks Running’s Streaker Capris don’t have the seam on the front. I’ve just ordered two pairs but I haven’t received them yet. I found this blog while I was searching (for hours) without the camel-toe-seam. My old Adidas didn’t have them but everything else I’ve bought since does.

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