Your running shorts can mean the difference between a good run—and one that's so frustrating you want to quit mid-stride. Some shorts ride up, cause some serious irritation, or just don’t support you in the right areas. But running should be boosting your mood, not cramping your style.
That's where the options on the following slides come in. A great pair of shorts helps you move freely with comfort and include convenient details that make your cardio game seamless. Whether you’re looking to run a 6-minute mile or heading out for a casual jog, you’ll want your bottoms to include specs like sweat-wicking or quick-drying fabric to minimize moisture, stretchy fabric for great shape retention and full mobility, smoothly-bonded seams to prevent chaffing, an elastic waistband with a drawcord for a secure fit, mesh lining to deliver airflow, multiple pockets to stash your belongings, reflective detailing so you can be visible in the night, antimicrobial properties to ward off bad odors, and finally, a breathable internal boxer brief to hold it all together.
So, we picked the top 10 pairs of running shorts for men that include all of the above. Pick a pair that works for your style (shorter or longer) and budget (we have options from $40 to $100.) And while you’re at it, complement them with these lightweight running shoes for men, too.
Get excited for the debut of this new brand on August 1st. You won’t want to miss their upcoming collection which includes undeniably cool styles infused with performance functions. Here we have their Bolt shorts; the 7” length will hit your thigh at a not-awkward length. They're equipped with a zipper pocket on the back that can hold an iPhone, keys, or small-sized wallet, and come with another set of pockets on the hip. Made of four-way stretch fabric for ease of movement, they also boast water-wicking technology in the boxer brief liner for comfortable support and a reflective ‘4’—their signature logo—on the back to keep you visible in the night.
These shorts are made with ultra-lightweight flexible fabric to keep your legs moving fast and have reflective detailing so you can transition into dusk and beyond. Sweat-wicking properties and perforated ventilation in the boxer brief liner keeps you cool and dry. An additional panel of mesh along the sides provide extra breathability. The carefully constructed seams will reduce irritation, an elastic waistband with an internal drawcord will provide a stay-put fit, and two zippered pockets on the backside allow you to safely stash your belongings. A bonus: they have anti-microbial properties so you'll stay smelling fresh.
You can expect nothing but fine quality craftsmanship and timeless designs with top performance functions from the luxury activewear brand, Tracksmith. Here, we’ve got their latest: the Run Cannonball Run short launched just this week. Take them on a run or into the water since they're built with a high-stretch material for unrestricted movement and a hydrophobic (anti-water) finish that repels water and dries fast when moisture hits the surface. They include the standard specs like a drawcord string with an elastic waist for a secure fit and a pocket that will fit your keys.
A bit on the pricey side, but these shorts may be worth the investment. They're made from seriously high quality fabric sourced from an Italian mill. Plus, they're highly durable so they will withstand wear and last you for years. The straight-leg, mid-rise style is perfect for those who prefer a length that gives their quads freedom. The stretchy material means ease of movement while a mesh lining provides airflow to keep you cool. They include an internal liner for support, an elastic waistband with drawstring for a secure fit, and two conveniently placed pockets on the side where you can store your keys and cards.
These lightweight shorts from Lululemon are the next best thing to wearing nothing. Built with durable, high-stretch fabric, these shorts offer a surprisingly lightweight feel. They're reflective, have moisture-repelling properties to wick away sweat, and come with gel pockets that are in an easy-to-grab spot for fast access to fuel. A bonus: they have a waistband loop that will hold your top should you want to go shirtless mid-run.
Nike covered all the must-have (and most-wanted) details in these Aeroswift shorts. A super stretchy-yet-lightweight material lets you move in every direction with speed while quick-drying components are sure to keep you dry. They have an internal liner with soft jersey fabric in the front to provide flexible support and mesh fabric in the back for breathability. The elastic waistband is equipped with an internal drawcord for a stay-put fit, but also features two layers of perforated mesh so air can reach areas that commonly get bunched. Two deep side pockets and an internal backside pocket have waterproof barriers so you can stash your stuff without worrying about it getting wet, a bonded hem and side seams prevent chaffing, and reflective details mean you're safe to run at night.
Get ready to crush your personal best in these Super Nova shorts from Adidas. They're so lightweight they'll feel as if they’re barely there. Water-wicking properties will deflect any moisture that hits the surface, and their flexible fabric will let you reach full range of motion with ease. Other key details: They're equipped with an elastic waistband with a drawcord to give you a personalized fit, a sweat-guard pocket so you can keep your stuff moisture-free, and reflective detailing so you'll safely be seen at night.
Perfect for post-work runs, these shorts have three levels of glow-in-the-dark trims and reflective details. The stretch material lets you move freely, and don’t worry if you work up a serious sweat even when the sun goes down: their moisture-wicking properties and laser-cut hems and pockets will provide airflow to cool you down. Bonded seams means chaffing will be kept at bay, an internal brief offers support, and an elastic waistband with an internal drawcord helps hold everything in place.
Add these Everyday Shorts from ASICS to your workout arsenal because their cool aesthetic and performance functions won’t dissapoint. The lightweight, four-way stretch material allows you to maintain speed without extra baggage and their sweat-wicking finish will block out moisture regardless of how rigorous your training gets. They're constructed with an elastic waistband with a drawcord for a secure fit, reflective details for conquering your night runs, and a side pocket to zip up your stuff. Plus, they have anti-static elements to prevent them from awkwardly sticking to your skin.
Slipping on these shorts from Brooks will make their signature slogan, “Run Happy,” seriously make sense. They’re lightweight with high stretch fabric and water-wicking properties to keep you bolting forward quickly while keeping sweat at bay. An elastic waistband with a stretch drawcord provides a fixed fit, while an internal mesh boxer brief offers airflow where you need it. They include easy-to-access pockets at the hip, a security pouch in the briefs, and a sweat-resistant pocket zippered section on the backside that can fit an iPhone 6.