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.
Lululemon ABC 9” Shorts
Perhaps the prettiest of the bunch, these 9-inch inseam shorts seem to hold you in all the right ways. “Anti-ball-crushing” technology makes for a blessed ease of movement, and the sweat-wicking Warpstreme™ fabric will keep you cool at the height of August. They feel genuinely cloud-like around the nether-regions, but the spacious crotch in no way sacrifices style. The hyper-comfort actually amplifies swag. [$78; Lululemon]