The promise of a comfortable pair of sweatshorts, without the lightweight (and oftentimes, cheap) composition of traditional athletic shorts, was music to our ears. We were hooked. So, to preach the gospel of these quintessential athleisure staples, we’ve compiled a list of the best examples in the industry. From thetimeless styles of Nike and adidas all the way to cultural phenomena known as Lululemon, we’ve narrowed down the best sweatshorts that you can buy right now. So do yourself a favor and pick up a pair — after all, your spring and summer wardrobe won’t be complete without them.
Nike Sportswear Club Shorts
Nike Sportswear’s classic shorts boast a comfortable, brushed French Terry cotton and an elasticized waistband for adaptable use. Pair these sweat-inducing variants with a handful of Nike’s other athletic offerings, and you’ll never feel underprepared again — whether you’re out for an afternoon jog, or slamming weights at your local gym.
Los Angeles Apparel 14OZ. Heavy Fleece Mid-Length Short
We’re ringing in the worker-friendly L.A.-brand for a long-lasting option. Composed of a heavy-duty, 14-ounce fleece, these cozy shorts may not equate to a traditional pair of sweatpants, but they are thick enough to keep you warmer than expected. Best of all, they are made by expert sewers who use top-of-the-line materials and standardized techniques.
adidas adiColor Classics 3-Stripe Sweatshorts
You’re undoubtedly familiar with the longer iteration of these shorts, as just about everyone had a pair of track pants with three stripes down the side in the past decade. That said, it was for a good reason, as this iconic design is arguably even more classic than Nike’s pick, leaving us no choice but to include the comfortable French terry bottoms.
Richer Poorer Recycled Fleece Sweatshort
Well-known for a virtually endless array of sweatpants and loungewear staples, Richer Poorer unsurprisingly makes a great pair of eco-friendly shorts. The basic garment boasts a much deeper origin story than you’d imagine, as the line of Recycled Fleece Sweatshorts helps save nearly 40 plastic bottles from landfills, deeming it an excellent choice for you and the ground you walk on.
Mack Weldon Ace Sweatshort
Mack Weldon prides itself on the creation of staple menswear, and the brand’s Ace Sweat Shorts are no different. These summer-savvy variants are tailor-made to provide the wearer with essential comfortability and utilize micro-sanded French Terry for exceptional softness and stretch. An exterior drawcord and soft loopback provide adaptability within arms reach, while a “stealth pocket” orientation gives you options to store, carry, and retrieve your most valuable items while out and about.
lululemon City Sweat Short
As with most entries on this list, the City Sweat Short features a breathable French Terry fabric that’s both comfortable and capable, alongside a soft, sweat-wicking composition that’s sure to keep you “in the game,” no matter where you are. A four-way stretch construction, hidden media and coin pockets, and non-bulky attributes make these top-of-the-line sweats a force to be reckoned with in the short space.
Buck Mason Speckle Grey Interloop Sweatshort
Like most options in our guide, Buck Mason’s sweatshorts are composed of nothing but buttery soft cotton French terry. That said, few of them pass the eye test as well as these, primarily thanks to a chic, speckled finish. Best of all, the material itself is cut on the cross grain to reduce any shrinkage, so they’re built to last for springs and summers to come.
Carhartt WIP Chase Sweatshort
Steering away from athleisure attire and boutique brands for a workwear-adjacent option, we had no choice but to include these comfortable, breathable bottoms. Composed of a brushed cotton and polyester blend, Carhartt WIP’s Chase Sweat Short achieves the perfect balance of soft and sturdy, then rounds it out with a set of deep pockets and the inimitable ‘C’ logo.
Patagonia Mahnya Fleece Shorts
If you’re one of the many people who abide by Patagonia’s famous Mahnya fleece pants, then odds are this inclusion comes as no surprise. The everyday shorts are made using Regenerative Organic Certified cotton and recycled polyester-crafted French terry, assuring they are as sustainable as they are stylish. The Fair Trade Certified shorts are also available in countless colors, so there’s no room for error.
American Giant Sweatshort
American Giant takes pride in its All-American manufacturing process, and with the company’s Essential Sweat Short, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better value from a stateside proprietor. A 100% French Terry cotton composition, channeled waistband, and bar-tack front pockets ensure that these athletically-inclined shorts are a “cut above” the rest.
Todd Snyder x Champion Sun-Faded 7″ Midweight Warm Up Short
Todd Snyder’s ongoing partnership with Champion is a testament to its affinity for vintage designs, making this pair perfect for anyone eyeing a timeless look. The garment-dyed training shorts feature a tailored fit and clean hem, so you can even play a game of pick-up basketball wearing them and still be comfortable. Composed of only French terry, the handsome option is available in over a handful of colors.
Outerknown Hightide Sweatshorts
Leave it to a shoreside staple like Outerknown to compose a perfect pair of shorts. The Hightide silhouette operates as well when you’re relaxing around the house as it does when hitting the beach, boasting a terry toweling fabric that practically deems it part-towel part-garment. They’re rounded out with a brushed interior and pull-on elastic waistband for the perfect feel and fit each time you throw them on.
Reigning Champ Midweight Terry Short
The Canadian clothier’s minimalistic Midweight Terry Short only enhances its already-established image, boasting a formidable midweight Terry cotton construction, flat locked seams, premium rib gusset, and woven drawcord for comfortable wear. Intricacies like jersey-lined pockets, low-abrasion seams, and a durable, zig-zag stitched waist label ensure that the company’s flagship sweat-shorts won’t let you down during the most trying of exercises.
Sunspel Loopback Shorts
This upscale pair is courtesy of a brand impossible to overlook, as Sunspel has been churning out quality essentials for over 150 years. The English heritage label’s Loopback Shorts are unsurprisingly “inspired by athletic sweatshirts,” giving it the easy-going appeal you expect from most athleisure brands. The classic loop stitch fabric traps warm air, deeming them wearable in the winter, too.
James Perse Thermal Sweatshorts
We’ve noted how important it can be to find a pair of shorts that still keep you warm, and this one takes the cake. James Perse’s option is composed of a waffle lining for enhanced comfort, proving that you can still stay warm in the right pair of shorts. It’s rounded out with a drawstring fastening and sold in two different shades of gray.
RRL Heather Grey Sweatshort
Adept at transforming the most fundamental piece of clothing into an American staple, RRL’s take on the sweatshort is built to withstand the test of time from a construction and style perspective. They’re composed of plush, fleeceback jersey material and equipped with a trio of pockets to keep your gear in order through any activity you had in mind — they’re just that versatile.
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