The 14 Best Running Shorts for Staying Cool on Your Runs This Summer

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Now that it’s warming up outside, it’s time to order some new running shorts. Once you hit the pavement with your legs in the breeze, running will feel 10x more enjoyable. There’s something about the freedom that gives your body an extra burst of energy, and new shorts always help to get you out the door and into that run. Since there are so many brands competing for your attention, we’ve rounded up our favorite choices for the season.

When you’re looking for a new brand, be aware of price vs quality (because there are plenty of cheap options out there that’ll wear within a week) comfort and pockets. No one likes stashing their keys in weird places or holding them in their hands. Length, material and absorbing moisture are also important factors. So if you’re in for a short sprint, a long-distance trail run, or lifting weights in the gym, here are the best men’s running shorts available right now.


1. Tracksmith Session Shorts


Tracksmith has come out with a great option for your summer running routine. These shorts boast an enviable sweat-drying, odor-resisting fabric which can be helpful on longer runs on a hot day. They have a five-inch inseam version as well, which is nice for runners seeking more legroom. Other features include a drawstring for adjustability and an inside back pocket for small items. Take these on a long trail run or for a jaunt around the city and you won’t be disappointed.

Tracksmith Courtesy of Tracksmith


2.Nike Challenger Short


Nike has always been a front runner in the exercise realm, and here they reign again with their seven-inch Challenger Shorts that come equipped with their signature Dri-FIT tech to clean you of sweat or moisture. Comfortable and affordable, these shorts will keep you dry, happy, and ready for a long run with no chafing thanks to their built-in liner which is optimal for runners who find some shorts too long. The shorts have two side pockets to keep your valuables secure plus a zippered inside pocket for small items. Take your pick from the dozens of colors and hit the trail.

Nike Challenger Nike

3. Under Armour Compression Shorts


If you’re finding yourself suffering from chafing or irritation, try these compression shorts on their own or underneath another pair of shorts. Stop your skin from becoming inflamed and red by protecting your legs with Under Armour’s compression shorts. Don’t be worried about the fit — they’re meant to be tight. Plus, you can wear them by themselves which can be lighter than pairing them with another pair of shorts. This option is also our best deal at just $21.

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4. Janji Traverse Shorts


A great in-between choice for those looking for more support and coverage, Janji has burst onto the running scene with hot colors and loud prints, to which the Transverse Shorts don’t disappoint. With built-in compression, these shorts will offer more than the net pouch that comes inside most shorts. Another win is the four pockets to store all your goods for the trail. They also come in a variety of interesting prints and colors, so be bold in your choices and have fun out there.

Janji Traverse Courtesy of Janji

5. Asics Woven Short


If you’re headed out for a long run or are training for a marathon, these ASICS shorts have you covered: considerate length to prevent chafing and pockets galore for nutrition gels, cash or other necessary items. Made from 100% polyester, they have a level of breathability not found in other shorts which will keep you happier, longer. These shorts might seem long like basketball shorts but they are better than their shorter length competitors for distance running and have an altogether higher comfort factor.

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6. BearBottom Run Short V2


BearBottom has done a cool thing — they took their customer reviews and made a second version of their shorts based on what people wanted. And what they came up with is beyond amazing with its material sourced from recycled plastic. Although these shorts are not for the modest runner — the seam line comes in at only 5.5 inches  — they are still worth considering for their cool factor alone. At 88% polyester and 12% spandex, these shorts are set to breathe as well as move with you. Pick these if you aren’t afraid to show some leg, love the environment, and need multiple pockets for storage.

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7. Saucony Split Second Short


If you’re into speed, these 2.5-inch shorts are meant for you. The shorter inseam means more flexibility and a longer stride, which will improve your speed on the track. A mix of polyester and spandex, these shorts will keep you dry and comfortable. Best for hot days and speed workouts on the track, Saucony has the right shorts for you.

Saucony Courtesy of Saucony

8. Tracksmith Ekiden Shorts


Built with an inner mesh layer, these two-layer shorts are light and breezy. While keeping everything taut and tucked away, Tracksmith will have you leaping and sprinting for joy during your workouts. The new Ekiden style shorts are a must-have this summer.

Tracksmith Courtesy of Tracksmith


9. Nike Challenger Future Fast


These shorts are lightweight and extremely comfortable which makes them an ideal option for your daily workout. Made from 75% recycled polyester, these are the most sustainable shorts on the market. Great for you and the environment, so pick up a pair or two, you won’t regret it.

Nike Future Fast Courtesy of Nike


10. District Vision


These training shorts have a five-inch seam and are lightweight with odor control mesh lining. There’s a pocket for your sunglasses (genius, right?) and an interior pocket for your key. Made from 78% recycled polyester and 22% elastane, District Vision shorts are pricey but well worth it.

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11. Lululemon Pace Breaker


These unlined, seven-inch shorts are a lightweight dream to run in. Longer than your average sprint workout style short, Lululemon has made a classical short in a variety of colors. Made from sweat-wicking material, these shorts will keep you running comfortably on a hot day. There’s also a bonus pocket for your keys.

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12. Satisfy Coffee Thermal Short Distance 8” Short


Satisfy makes some excellent, good-looking shorts and their Coffee Thermal Short Distance fare quite well in a colder environment or on a cool morning. The coffee-charcoal lining keeps you insulated and only weighs 125 grams. With a tight inside layer to prevent chafing and an insanely light outer layer, you’ll be running every day once you put these on. With bonded seams to make sure extra fabric doesn’t rub against your skin, no corners have been cut with Satisfy. The inner key pocket is double-lined to prevent any movement. Although the priciest shorts on this list, they’ll be well worth the investment if you’re a serious runner.

Satisfy Shorts Courtesy of Satisfy


13. Rhone Swift Short


With a five-inch inseam, Rhone has a lightweight short for the most casual of sprinters. Great on a hot day when you’d rather be wearing nothing, the Swift Short is an excellent option for keeping cool this summer. Made from polyester and spandex, they contain a perforated venting system on each side for continuous airflow. Sounds awesome, right? These shorts will definitely make you feel like you’ve got nothing on.

Rhone Swift Short Courtesy of Rhone


14. Asics Split Short


Asics has been a treasured athletic brand for many years now and they are only improving in their performance department. The split short has a neat, five-inch inseam and is lightweight to the point of dreaminess. These shorts will take you far this summer. 100% polyester with ventilation cuts for extra breathing, these shorts will keep you cool and in shape.

Asics Courtesy of Asics


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