These shorts aren't embarrassingly short, which means you can get away with wearing them for activities other than running. The drawcord functions really well. OR seems to have put it in at an angle which allows you to simply pull the cord and it will stay in place without knots or plastic clamps. That's a really nice feature because it's in keeping with the spirit of the garment - lightweight and minimalistic. My one recommendation is to increase the width of the pocket opening. I find it very difficult to stuff my iPod and headphone cord in there. Otherwise, these shorts are sleek and feel fast.