Men’s Athletic Shorts to Work Out (or Lounge Around) In
Get active in comfort and style.
There are a whole lot of athletic shorts to choose from out there—seemingly endless possibilities. But there are a few things to consider in order to narrow down the right pair for you. Do you want compression, v-notch or split shorts? What fabric will work best for your activity goals? How low do you want them to go? We’ll help you figure it out.
Compression style fits your body like spandex. In fact, it’s typically made of spandex to provide muscle support. V-notch, the cut most popular with joggers, has upside-down V-shaped indentations on the sides for easier movement. Split is a style similar to V-notch, except the V isn’t sewn together at the point. It’s formed by overlapping fabric, allowing for an even greater range of motion.
Length is typically a matter of taste, but keep these points in mind: Shorter is less likely to restrict movement while allowing for easier airflow. On warmer days, if you go long, it can cause heat and moisture to build up if the fabric doesn’t have enough breathability.
Natural and synthetic fabrics are both popular. Polyester and polyester-spandex blends are good for running because they’re durable and lightweight and manage moisture. Meanwhile, natural fibers absorb moisture, but while soft and breathable, can cause chafing as the skin constantly rubs against it.
The best options are ones that are suitable for a range of activities or good for just lounge around the house. That way you can go from the couch to the court without having to worry about changing.