Even though it has been a pretty wet start to Spring in Colorado; temperatures are starting to rise, flowers are blooming, and lawns are turning green. With morning temperatures rising into the upper 40’s and lower 50’s, it’s time to bust out shorts for your morning or late afternoon run. You’ve got plenty of options to choose from if its time to upgrade, so be sure take a look at our guide to the top 5 best running shorts for men.
It sounds strange, but the perfect pair of running shorts should be practically un-noticeable as you wear them on the run, meaning they should have plenty of coverage, pockets, and most importantly, not chafe. We’ve all been there, nothing is worse than being on a run far from home in a piece of clothing that’s rubbing your skin raw!
Over the last 4 months, our staff has been wear testing shorts from short 20 minute jogs, up to a 35 mile race in Cape Town. Below are our top picks for the top 5 best men’s running shorts, in no particular order:
Earlier in April, Jason was fortunate enough to travel to Cape Town, South Africa, to run in the prestigious Two Oceans marathon, a 35-mile race along the coastal regions of the city. After much experimentation with different short options on runs of up to 4.5 hours in length, Jason chose to race in these shorts. Here’s why- “I wanted something that had a decent inner liner that wouldn’t chafe no matter how far I ran, with plenty of storage options that didn’t bounce or feel bulky. I tried just about everything and settled on these shorts, mainly because they are extremely comfortable and dry quickly. I was able to store 5 gels amongst the 3 pockets comfortably, allowing me to run without holding anything in my hands.”
These shorts are 7 inches in length and feature a compression liner that extends mid thigh, meaning this liner wont ride up or move, making the Long Haul shorts an extremely comfortable, chafe free option.
Best For- Anyone and everyone, from runners looking to get in a few easy miles on the treadmill at the gym to athletes training and competing in longer distances where comfort and performance are king.
Made with an exterior shell that dries quickly and fits comfortably, Smartwool’s PHD 5 Inch shorts combine technical fabrics and merino wool. One of the many benefits of wool fibers is odor mitigation- you can literally run in these shorts all week with no noticeable “funk” after they dry, making these ideal for business trips or traveling. Simply let them air dry and the next morning they’ll just as fresh as they did before your first run. The durable and stretchy brief liner fits very comfortably, and a single zippered back pocket lets you store a key or credit card easily. 5 Inch length still provides above the knee coverage without being overly short.
Best For- Anyone traveling with limited baggage space that doesn’t want to worry about sweat and odor.
If you’ve seen a track meet on TV recently, chances are you’ve noticed more and more athletes competing in half tights. Half tights are fantastic for faster paced runs on hot or cool weather days as they breathe extremely well, with no chafing. Athletes competing in everything from sprints to jumps are starting to gravitate to these for comfort reasons; plus a form fit ensures no wind resistance- because when you’re chasing world records and titles, fractions of seconds add up. Whether or not you wear these on faster paced runs or not, you’ll appreciate a comfortable, form fit, with no chafing or irritation. The Infiniti Half Tights have an easily accessible zippered back pocket that stores keys and credit cards on the run.
Best For- Athletes competing on race day, or anyone looking for a tighter, form fitting half tight for cool weather days.
No list of best running shorts would be complete without mentioning Nike’s Phenom 2-in-1 Shorts. Year in and out, this is our number one selling men’s short for good reason- versatility and comfort. 7 inch length provides knee length coverage, so you can easily wear these on a group run or to the gym and run an errand afterward without having to worry about the length of your shorts. The liner is a compression liner that extends down just above the knee that won’t shift up or chafe, meaning its tough to find a more comfortable pair of shorts that works for just about anything you can think of.
Best For- Runners and gym-goer’s alike thanks to a chafe free liner and full length coverage.
Closely following the Phenom short is the Distance Short. The built in liner on these is brief length only, but still provides plenty of support and comfort. One added bonus with the Distance short is that it features two hand pockets, so it’s very easy to store anything you could need on longer runs. A zippered back pocket lets you securely store car keys and a credit card as well. Plus, the Distance short is available in multiple colors and patterns to mix things up when you get tired of running in all black.
Best For- Runners going for long or short distances that want plenty of pockets and storage options.