2022 has arrived and your new love for running has miraculously outlived Christmas and you’re on your way to become the healthiest, fittest version of yourself. There’s just one problem - you’re still using that old kit you dug out of your bottom draw at the start of April and, frankly, it’s just not cutting it.
If you’re serious about sport, you’ll be amazed at the difference upgrading to some high-performance gear can make. Elsewhere, we’ve got the lowdown on the best running shoes and whether you should actually invest in wearable tech but for now, let’s start with the basics: shorts. Perfect for both warmer weather and indoor workouts, every gym wardrobe should contain at least two or three pairs of shorts. Opt for a comfortable fit and technical fabrics and you’ll be breezing through that fiftieth push up in no time. Here are the best gym shorts for men…
Patagonia Strider Pro Running Shorts
If you’re on an improvement drive why stop with just yourself? Outdoor and activewear specialist Patagonia has been a driving force for sustainable clothing for decades and its range extends to an impressive line of gym clothes. We’re particular fans of these fast-drying and light shorts. Cut for comfort, they’re lightweight and airy and, thanks to their Fair Trade certification, feel as good as they look.
Nike Flex Stride Shorts
Another sustainable offering but this time from a giant of the sportswear business. Nike’s Flex Stride shorts are made from a new woven fabric that is crafted from 50% recycled polyester while being breathable and light enough to take on even the toughest of workouts. They also come equipped with four pockets, including a zipped back pocket for electronic devices, and a functional drawstring waist for a supreme fit.
Nike Pro Rep Shorts
Specifically designed for HIIT and strength workouts, these Pro Rep shorts from Nike boast a whole range of clever design features that allow you to focus on your workout and not your outfit. The waistband, for example, is narrow at the front to minimise bunching and wide at the back to hold them securely in place, while also staying streamlined should you wish to pair them with workout tights. They also feature Nike’s Dri-FIT technology which wicks sweat away from the body and provides plenty of ventilation for those most intense of workouts.
Lululemon Surge Swift Shorts
If you thought any old pair of shorts would do when you’re hitting the road for your daily 5km, Lululemon’s Surge shorts will make you think again. Designed with runners in mind, they’re crafted from a four-way stretch, sweat wicking fabric made from 100% recycled polyester for increased mobility and peace of mind. They also feature reflective detailing for low light runs and a secure, zipperless pocket to stash valuables during your workout.
New Balance Q Speed Fuel Shorts
As with any good pair of gym shorts, the key to New Balance’s Q Speed Fuel shorts is the fabric. With a woven-like knit construction, they boast the water resistance of a woven fabric with the stretch of a knit meaning you benefit from the best of both worlds. Cut slightly shorter, with a fit that skims the hips and thighs, they allow for ultimate movement and comfort for all types of workouts.
Falke Challenger Shorts
German brand Falke has been creating cutting-edge activewear since 1895 so it’s safe to say its designers know a thing or two about creating great functional sports gear. This minimalist pair may be basic in name but are highly sophisticated in nature, with quick-drying, water resistant properties, a drawstring waist for a customisable fit and reflective elements for safety and visibility when exercising outdoors.
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