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.
Outlier New Way Shorts
Brooklyn-based Outlier never does anything wrong; so it’s not surprising that their New Way Shorts are the pinnacle of style and performance. Sporting a substantial two-way stretch and a water-repellant treatment, they’re comfortable and durable. A water-conscious pocket design means you won’t get bogged down during a swim, and the slim cut feels appropriate at any summer function. An 8-inch inseam shows off the lower portions of the thigh, while still keeping it classy. [$120; Outlier]