Sometimes the key to a faster and more pleasurable run (other than the shoes) are the shorts you wear. Of course, you don’t want those that chafe and are made of fabric that bunches up in all the wrong places. Shorts mishaps always seem to come up at the worst times (like mid-run). So you’ll really need to invest in a solid pair of running shorts for you to have a run that’s stress-free from start to finish. And we’re here to show you the best shorts in the market today that we’re pretty sure won’t let you down when you’re racing to victory.
New Balance Accelerate
Featuring streamlined performance technology with modern style to spare, the men's Accelerate is probably the best one. The sleek shape is made from lightweight moisture-wicking woven material and features an elastic drawcord waistband and internal brief for a secure fit. It also comes with a handy key pocket at the waist, and NB Dry technology wicks away moisture fast to help keep you dry and cool as your run heats up.
Under Armour Speedpocket
The UA Speedpocket solves every issue you’ve ever had with your pockets when you run. The unique design even lets you stash a plus-sized phone easily, with no bouncing. It’s fit is next-to-skin but without the uncomfortable squeeze. It also features anti-odor technology that prevents the growth of odor-causing microbes. And it’s internal mesh liner helps moisture escape and allows breathability.
Despite its name, the Supernova is designed to help you stay cool on long runs in the heat, especially this summer. They're made of breathable, quick-drying fabric that allows air to circulate. The lightweight shorts are cut to follow the contours of the body for a semi-fitted feel. It also boasts a sweat-proof pocket where you can keep your personal items close and dry.
You can certainly go the distance in these lightweight, lined shorts. The Surge shorts made with four-way stretch, sweat-wicking fabric, and packed with run-friendly details such as a perforated back panel, a waistband loop to stash your top, and reflective details. They have this liner construction called “Out of Mind” or OOM that fits like a short, not a brief, so you get cool coverage as you run. That OOM liner is made with quick-drying mesh fabric, a built-in pouch to keep your boys feeling supported, and a no-bounce phone pocket with a cord exit.
The Challenger (not the car) is made of 100% recycled polyester. Aside from the usual sweat-wicking fabric to keep you dry and comfy, it’s got added Dri-FIT technology that helps it fit around you without making you feel damp. Its mesh panels and vented hems enhance the shorts’ breathability and your natural range of motion.