Compression shorts are one grade above standard performance wear, offering the sweat-wicking, anti-chafing properties you won’t get in your standard set of boxer briefs. Some styles add in specialized, super-tight fabrics that can boost muscle recovery by circulating more blood to your quads, hamstrings and glutes. Here are some of the styles we like the most.
CompressionZ Men’s Compression Shorts
These all-season sweat-wicking shorts from CompressionZ will breathe during the summer and trap heat during the winter. the company also claims the four-way-stretch material will help to prevent cramping in the quads and hamstrings, helping you power through the toughest of workouts.
Under Armour HeatGear Armour Mid Compression Shorts
With a second-skin fit, you’ll barely even notice you’re wearing these Under Armour mid-length shorts. Plus, the updated design features smart craftsmanship to keep seams off chafe-prone areas, while strategically-placed mesh panels ventilate the areas where you need breathability most.
2XU Men’s Accelerate Compression Shorts
The waistband on this pair from 2XU was designed to keep you comfy during high-impact activities where bulky waistbands only get in the way. Lightweight compression fabric hugs your glutes, quads and hamstrings to reduce muscle fatigue and soreness, and the material also wicks away sweat to keep you cool and dry.
WOLACO North Moore Compression Shorts
These former-crowdfunded compression shorts have become a quick hit. Featuring two water-resistant pockets, the North Moore Short provides jostle-free storage for your phone, keys, cards, and other valuables so you can focus on crushing your workout. This pair also offers a moisture-wicking waistband, comfy four-way-stretch, and flatlock stitching.
adidas Men’s Alphaskin Tech Short Tights
Adidas’ Climachill technology cools you down when your workout heats up, making the Alphaskin best for hot weather and high-intensity workouts. Enjoy freedom of movement with a non-restrictive waistband and compressive fabric that conforms to your body.
Champion Men’s Powerflex Compression Short
These Champion shorts feature recovery-boosting compression, along with quick-drying Vapor technology and flatlock seams to keep chafing at bay. Plus, they come in a range of hues, so feel free to upgrade your color game. Highlighter Yellow, anyone?
Men’s Nike Pro Training Shorts
You can rely on mesh ventilation and Dri-FIT technology to keep you cool and dry during your toughest workouts. Meanwhile, the snug, compressive fit ensures no bulk or bunching under your outer layers. Run, lunge, and squat without distraction.
Men’s Greenlight 9 Running Short
Break free of your running shorts with this option from Brooks. A shallow built-in zipper pocket in the rear gives you a spot to stow your stuff without that annoying jangle you typically get on the trail.
Reebok Men’s 7” Compression Shorts
No-frills, all-season name brand compression shorts for the guy on a budget. The Speedwick fabric keeps your shorts from being weighed down by sweat, while strategically placed mesh pieces ensure proper ventilation.
Neleus Men’s 3 Pack Compression Short
The ultimate compression short for guys who love a good deal. For a fraction of the cost of your gym membership, you can nab three pairs of second-skin shorts made of soft, lightweight fabric. These Neleus shorts offer recovery-enhancing compression, while preventing chafing and irritation — all in one comfy, four-way-stretch package.