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.
Triple Aught Recon AC Shorts
TAD builds products to be weathered, and these shorts are a prime example. Made of a one hundred percent nylon amphibious textile treated with a water repellant coat, it naturally resists wrinkles, compresses easily, and can take a beating. The design sports nine pockets, while a gusseted crotch allows for easier movement. The hem falls to the knee, and a back-yoke makes for a comfortable and secure fit. They’re a bit more tactical than they are elegant, but the high-performance look translates to an air of deadly grace. [$75; Triple Aught Design]