Make your leg workouts important and relax later in style and comfort. Sports shorts are key to getting those weight-training miles on the treadmill—and are versatile enough to make the most of warm weather. The right gym shorts allow you to monitor your progress as you work your hamstrings and calves—and maybe show those muscles a little. The best men’s gym shorts are also great outside the locker room, to take you to a sunny afternoon picnic at the beach or in the park. How to choose the right pairing exactly? We’ve picked out the best men’s gym shorts for you right now to solve this dilemma for you.
The Best Men’s Sports Shorts of 2022
WAHTS Unisex Sand Bates Technical Knit Shorts
Luxury Dutch brand WAHTS has no time for fashion. After all, their name stands for “we are here to stay”. Their Bates Tech Jersey shorts are seasonless: made to measure in a professional, ethical factory in a traditional Portuguese clothing town. These men’s shorts are designed to take you beyond your workouts and into the stylish summer outdoors. The fabric is a high-tech bonding technology material, and the white inseam emphasizes WAHTS’ premium sports and leisure mission.
CDLP Grey Mélange Thick Terry Shorts
Classic, reinvented by the innovators at CDLP, designed and developed in Sweden, using the essence of Scandinavian minimalist design: the best, nothing more. The construction here is 80% organic cotton and 20% recycled cotton, designed to reinterpret activewear, allowing air to circulate more easily and moisture to wick away sweat. The length is mid-thigh and details include two side pockets and a back pocket. It’s easy to cut and sustainably made in Portugal.
Hamilton and Hare navy jersey drawstring shorts
Luxury lingerie experts Hamilton and Hare are experts in the right shorts. The British brand’s relentless focus on natural fabrics and sheer comfort translates into their jersey drawstring shorts in mid-weight jersey with a good feel. Designed in London, the construction is 100% cotton – produced in accordance with the guidelines of the Better Cotton Initiative – at selected factories in Portugal.
Rains Fossil Track Shorts
Avid Danish brand Rains takes style inspiration from true classics to create these effortlessly stylish men’s gym shorts. The design is inspired by mid-century track gear, with a slight makeover – as you’d expect – from Rains. These track shorts are crafted from a tight-knit knit of 68% cotton and 32% nylon for added structure and tailored fit in a relaxed silhouette. Signature zip front pockets, side pockets and back pockets create a minimalist look.
Unrecorded Khaki Drawstring Shorts
“Simple is not easy,” reminds us of Unrecorded’s Dutch form-following-function obsessive. Their drawstring shorts are an impeccable case. The relaxed fit has a straight cut for a fit above the knee, and the 100% cotton is mid-weight organic cotton, made in the town of Palhaca, Portugal. Details include two welt side pockets and a welt back pocket, and elasticated waist with drawstring.
TWOTHIRDS Khaki Fraser Shorts
Barcelona design means instant style credibility in these Fraser shorts from TWOTHIRDS. Designed for casual wear, it lets you see exactly where you’re going after a workout, perfect for the gym. The ultra-soft cotton is 100% organic, in line with the key environmental mission of the TWOTHIRDS story, and the brand’s name references two-thirds of the planet covered by oceans. The simple cut is tied with drawstrings for maximum comfort, while the sides and a back pocket add practicality.
Wax London Light Blue Sports Shorts
Wax London wants their gym shorts to be your new best friend, season after season, year after year with ease. Made from 100% organic cotton heavy duty loopback knit for comfort and moisture wicking, it’s cut just to the knee. The pre-washed, slightly faded look adds a laid-back feel, and details include a back pocket and two side pockets. Wax London likes to say that what they do is “everyday, noble”. With their gym shorts, we’d say, it’s done.
closed organic cotton shorts
A super lightweight alternative, perfect for the gym, great for those hot days in the bar garden or – better yet – the beach bar. Cut in a cut just above the knee, it’s made from 100% certified organic cotton and has an elasticated waist with drawstring ties and a subtle Closed logo. Lightweight fabric means easier workouts at the gym and cooler wear at leisure. Looking for the perfect gym shorts? Case closed.
Nike Dri-FIT Stride Shorts
The best people in Portland, Oregon only know a thing or two about the right athletic gear at the right event moment. Nike’s Dri-FIT Strides feature a short lining for ease, comfort and lightness while running or exercising. The cut is designed for maximum ease of movement, and Dri-FIT technology means sweat is easily carried away from the skin and evaporated. The construction is made from at least 75% recycled polyester and has a practical back pocket for your phone.
Uniqlo Active Swim Shorts
Trust Uniqlo’s Japanese essentials experts with their Active Swim Shorts to be accurate. They’re great for gym swims – or beach dips – and for those working out, not to mention casual everyday wear. Uniqlo describes them as “amphibious,” and versatility is the hallmark of their Active Swim Shorts. Slip-on design, mesh lining, made from 100% water-repellent nylon.
Patagonia Men’s Baggies™ Lamp
The shorts are so good they have their own logo. Patagonia has learned all about carry-on gear, and that knowledge is designed into every pair of Men’s Baggies™ Lights. Designed for maximum ease in and out of the water – consider a dozen lengths after your gym workout – these shorts are designed for maximum eco-friendliness, made from nylon sourced from recycled fishing nets with a touch of spandex stretch.
Champion stripe detail basketball shorts
US-based Champion first produced sportswear for the US military in the 1920s. These men’s workout shorts have that heritage built into them and are perfect if you’re on the court, perfect for – because they’re more baggy – at the gym, then look great over coffee with a simple white tee and white sneakers. Made from soft mesh technical fabric for cooling and moisture-wicking, details include striped detailing and a subtle C logo on the left leg.
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