Your running shorts can mean the difference between a good run—and one that’s so frustrating you want to quit mid-stride. Some shorts ride up, cause some serious irritation, or just don’t support you in the right areas. But running should be boosting your mood, not cramping your style.
That’s where the options on the following slides come in. A great pair of shorts helps you move freely with comfort and include convenient details that make your cardio game seamless. Whether you’re looking to run a 6-minute mile or heading out for a casual jog, you’ll want your bottoms to include specs like sweat-wicking or quick-drying fabric to minimize moisture, stretchy fabric for great shape retention and full mobility, smoothly-bonded seams to prevent chaffing, an elastic waistband with a drawcord for a secure fit, mesh lining to deliver airflow, multiple pockets to stash your belongings, reflective detailing so you can be visible in the night, antimicrobial properties to ward off bad odors, and finally, a breathable internal boxer brief to hold it all together.
So, we picked the top 10 pairs of running shorts for men that include all of the above. Pick a pair that works for your style (shorter or longer) and budget (we have options from $40 to $100.) And while you’re at it, complement them with these lightweight running shoes for men, too.
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