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.
Rapha Touring Shorts
While these badboys are designed primarily to maximize comfort on a bike during your commute (or on longer tours), they also happen to look really, really good. Their breathable polyamide fabric allows for a high amount of stretch, and a minimalist front pocket design lends sleekness to the external thigh lines. Combine that with a slim fit and two rolls of the pant opening to elevate the longer hem (once you step off the saddle), and your cycling-pumped legs are going to draw eyes. It’s also worth noting that Rapha makes excellent underwear. [$125; Rapha]