Performance textiles have long been associated with winter jackets and ski pants, but the heyday of summery functional wear has only just dawned. Four-way stretch fabrics, water-wicking tech, and style-conscious design make for shorts that do it all – the beach or a barbecue, the middle of a forest or the top of a mountain. Any of the six shorts below is designed to handle all that an athletic pair of quadriceps can output, and swath those quads in luxury. Meet the Ferraris of the shorts world.
Chubbies Sport Utility Shorts
It takes some serious cajones to wear these shorts, but the reward is an immersion into the kind of unadulterated masculinity that arises out of shamelessness. These full-on American produced shorts are the shortest of the bunch. But, to be honest, the glutes like the fresh air. Reinforced inseams and double-stitched pockets combined with a rugged canvas reveal a product that’s ready to get dirty. A removable high-tension bearing d-ring belt and a sunglass-cleaning pouch are nice perks. [$59.50; Chubbies]