by Jacob Gordon.
When you’re working out at the gym or running on your favorite trail or route, the last thing you want are a pair of shorts that just seem to be working against you. Whether they keep riding up, sticking to your legs, or soaking up your sweat, every second you waste battling your shorts is a second added to your mile time.
Fret not, fair runners! I bring to you 5 shorts that can help elevate your workout to the next level. I looked for key features in comfort, moisture management, and convenience. While all 5 shorts work to wick moisture, depending on your target price range or level of activity you may opt for better wicking fabrics combined with more ventilation, or you might look for shorts that have greater durability to take on rougher activities beyond running.
Either way, your sure to find a pair of men’s running shorts below that are geared for your active lifestyle. (And don’t worry ladies; we’ll have you covered next week with 5 shorts or skorts just for you.)
The Kilowatt Shorts from The North Face were engineered for rougher workouts like Crossfit or P90X. With its super-durable and abrasion-resistant nylon/polyester/elastane blended fabric, the Kilowatt Shorts can take a world of abuse without snagging or wearing down. But the Kilowatt Shorts aren’t just geared for brute durability thanks to its mesh ventilated panels that allow for improved air flow where you need it most. For those cardio-heavy days, you’ll love taking advantage of the media port on the side pocket that allows you to crank your tunes when you’re hitting your stride. In the State College area? The Kilowatt Shorts are perfect for your next Crossfit workout at Lionheart Fitness and can take the abuse of high octane workouts all day long.
Whether you’re hitting several trails or just one, the Nine Trails Shorts from Patagonia provide a great blend of durability, comfort, and performance. The lightweight construction lets the Nine Trails layer softly, ensuring they won’t bog you down, while the eco-friendly fabric not only provides peace of mind, but also breathes wonderfully. Throw in the Air Flow mesh panels, and you’re looking at a super-breathable pair of running shorts. There’s even a touch of spandex that allows the shorts to bend to your every move, and a DWR finish in case a sudden downpour comes rolling through.
Geared for just about any cardio-focused activity, the Incendo Long Shorts from Arc’teryx are an ideal option for the guy that wants freedom of movement paired with amazing breathability. Made from Arc’teryx’s patented Invigor LT polyester, the Incendo Long Shorts provide the right amount of stretch without sacrificing durability. The Incendo Long Shorts are quick-drying and moisture wicking, so even if you work up quite the sweat, you won’t have to worry about soggy shorts. And those of us looking for a more modern look will really appreciate the longer inseam of the Incendo Long Shorts, which also offers added coverage as well as a great look.
The Refueler 2in1 Shorts from Mountain Hardwear might not fill you up when you’re running low on energy, but they do provide the goods to keep you comfy as you crank up your workout. As the name suggests, the Refueler offers 2 shorts in 1: DWR coated stretch plain weave outer layer and a mesh jersey inner layer. The outer layer protects from elements both wet and abrasive, while the inner layer wicks moisture to keep you nice and comfy. For added ventilation, Mountain Hardwear installed mesh side panels, while the UPF protection helps keep the sun’s harmful rays at bay, so you can make the most out of your mid-day runs.
For the guy looking for a classic pair of workout shorts, you can’t go wrong with the Ultimate Force Shorts from Adidas. These no frills shorts are lightweight and feature a moisture-wicking climalite fabric to keep you dry throughout your workout. The two side seam pockets let you stash access cards, keys, or gels, while the elastic waist with loop drawcord ensures a snug but comfy fit.