The Best Running Shorts for Men Will Make You Look Like a Pro

Breaking news, folks: It turns out you can run without being, y’know, a runner. Going for the occasional run in shorts to stay in any semblance of shape doesn’t automatically mean you have to start caring about things like proper form and gel nutrition. Hitting the pavement or treadmill, putting in headphones, and listening to Future Nostalgia or a juicy podcast could very well be the highlight of your day. There’s something to be said about zoning out and letting some cardio release your pent-up frustrations.

Once you realize that running is a thing, it is time to invest in the right gear. But turns out that’s half the battle when it comes to getting outside. Proper shorts help make running considerably more tolerable by anticipating your every complaint and addressing them in kind. Here are a few factors to consider:

Fabric: Running, if you’re doing it properly, makes you sweat…a lot! Which is why any materials that soaks up moisture—cotton especially—should be avoided. You need stuff with moisture-wicking properties, nylon being the best option. Polyester, polypropylene, and micromodal also do the trick. In addition, there are some styles that are treated with UPF protection and odor protection. The latter is a nice feature to have, particularly if you don’t want to wash your shorts after every run.

Inseams: The length of your shorts, called the inseam, is really dependent on your personal tastes. They usually run from four inches to 10, so you can decide how much leg you want to show. But if you’re a pro (or Milo Ventimiglia), shorter is better. The less amount of fabric you have on, the less it will bog you down or trip you up.

Liners: Unless you like to let things hang (more power to you), look for running shorts with a built-in liner. You could also purchase them separately, but why go through the hassle when styles offer a two-in-one deal? Having a liner while running will provide you with support, and decrease the chances of chafing and irritation. And just like the exterior, the fabric a liner is made of is also crucial, with mesh or an open-weave material allowing for maximum breathability.

Pockets: If you’re outside, running for miles on end, you’re going to need a compartment to store your phone and wallet. This is where pockets come, the best being roomy enough to hold the essentials without adding excess bulk. Also, while in motion, you’re going to want a zipper closure to make all your personal items stay with you.

Now that you know all that, it’s time to get your hands on some of the best running shorts in the market, all of them ready to help you release some endorphins.

Most Lightweight Running Shorts

Aeroready Sport Shorts

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Zipper pockets
  • Runs small

Adidas’ super lightweight Aeroready shorts are perfect for warm-weather running. The woven fabric is light and airy, and the flat waistband sits directly against your skin—almost adhering to it. When the sweat starts to drip, these shorts aren’t going anywhere.

Inseam: 7″

Most Breathable Running Shorts

Launch Stretch Woven 5” Shorts

Under Armour

  • Lightweight
  • Excellent waistband
  • Breathable liner
  • Runs small

Under Armour’s shorts are all about giving you the ability to move. They’re made of super light, stretchy fiber, and feature mesh side panels and a mesh liner that wicks away moisture and helps with air circulation. What’s more, they have a mesh pocket on the right-hand side to keep your phone secure (goodbye, bouncing).

Inseam: 5″

Most Secure Running Shorts

Impact Run 5″ Shorts

New Balance

  • Made of recycled polyester
  • Zippered pockets
  • Excellent fit
  • Gets wet easily

Moisture-wicking briefs and zippered pockets make for a comfortable (and secure!) ride.

Inseam: 5″

Best Reflective Running Shorts

7″ 2-in-1 Shorts

  • Secure inner liner
  • Reflective details
  • Inner liner can feel heavy

Asics’s two-in-one style boasts a breathable outer shell with an in inner compression layer for extra support. These shorts also feature reflective details for added visibility in low-light conditions.

Inseam: 7″

Best Retro-Inspired Running Shorts

Twilight Split Shorts


  • Great inner liner
  • Incredibly soft
  • Too short for some tastes

Tracksmith makes shorts that lean into the retro appeal of classic running styles without going full-on ’60s cosplay. The brand’s shorts are the perfect choice for an early-morning sprint.

Inseam: 3″

Most Versatile Running Shorts

Interval Shorts

Ten Thousand

  • Lightweight
  • Incredible stretch
  • Not specifically made for running

Ten Thousand makes some of the best all-purpose training shorts around no matter what you do to get your sweat on, but the brand’s interval shorts are a particularly good option if you’re looking for an optimal running silhouette. The stretch alone is something to be admired. Plus, they come in a host of cool colors.

Inseam: From 5″ to 9″

Most Stylish Running Shorts

Sherpa 5″ 2-in-1 Shorts

  • Great colorways
  • Zippered pockets
  • Minimal bunching
  • No liner-less or brief liner options

Brooks is one of the biggest names around when it comes to copping the right running shoes, but the rest of the brand’s gear is equally as solid. Its shorts are complete with all the bells and whistles: boxer-brief liner, two hip pockets, phone pocket—even a key loop.

Inseam: 5″

Best Casual Running Shorts

High Stride 7″ Shorts

Outdoor Voices

  • Zippered pockets
  • Incredibly soft
  • Runs small

Outdoor Voices’s High Stride shorts are made out of an elastic nylon blend and finished with a side slit to give you that extra bit of mobility when you’re trying to hit a PR.

Inseam: 7″

Best Sweat-Wicking Running Shorts

Surge 4″ Short

  • Extremely breathable
  • Extremely sweat-wicking
  • Material is very thin

Lululemon’s surge shorts are the ideal pair to ease yourself into the idea of wearing a style with a slightly shorter inseam. The brand’s signature running short comes with all the nifty technical details you’ve come to expect, in a sweat-wicking fabric that’s as sleek as it is breathable.

Inseam: 4″

Best Running Shorts with Anti-Odor Protection

6″ Lined Swift Short

  • Anti-odor fabrication
  • Mesh media pockets and zippered stash pocket
  • Higher price

Rhone established itself as mainstay of the running scene—and for good reason. Among other innovations, these high-performance shorts are made using fabrics that provide anti-odor protection, so even on the hottest, sweatiest runs, you don’t have to worry about getting funky.

Inseam: 7″

Most Flexible Running Shorts

Nike AeroSwift Running Shorts

  • Great ventilation
  • Very flexible
  • High slit may not work for some
  • Higher price

Nike’s AeroSwift style clocks in at 4″ on the inseam, but features a standout (and downright salacious!) side slit for added maneuverability and stretch. It’s also made with at least 75 percent recycled polyester fibers (for the planet), and features an extra-breathable ventilated waistband (for you).

Inseam: 4″

Best Running Shorts with Compression Liner

7” Unity 2-In-1 Shorts

  • Lined panel between the legs
  • Excellent compression liner
  • Higher price

While Alo Yoga’s goods are best known for, erm, yoga, the brand’s lined Advance shorts are your new secret weapon for hard runs. The interior compression layer has 4-way stretch technology for maximum mobility next time you’re going all out.

Inseam: 7″

Best Luxury Running Shorts

Spino Slim-Fit Stretch-Shell Shorts

District Vision

  • Impressive looks
  • Odor-resistant
  • Higher price

District Vision makes seriously stylish running gear for seriously stylish runners. If the brand wasn’t already on your radar, it should be.

Inseam: 4.5″

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