Our Guide to The Best Damn Gym Shorts

best gym shorts

We’ve spent years looking for the best gym shorts. The best pairs need to be breathable, flexible and stand up to daily gym and workout abuse. For those busy days, the shorts need to have reasonable pocket space for headphones, wallet, or a key.

After countless trials and tests, we’ve found these five to be the best damn gym shorts. Period.

For beach and pool party season: Myles Apparel – $58

Myles Apparel

Don’t get caught in gaudy board shorts. These shorts bridge the gap between swimming and lounging with an effortless, stretch fabric look. Myles shorts are for the minimalist who also needs functionality with proven durability during an intense workout.

The Classic: Umbro – $10-$30


Ever since Nike sold the brand in 2012, the perennial British sport lifestyle provider has been harder to find stateside. However, Umbro still makes some of the best shorts around. Although the styles aren’t trendy, they’ve built a legacy on gear ready for any kind of field sport. They routinely use some of the softest fabrics around and have a fair bit of street cred for those in the know.

The Spontaneous Adventurer: EROIX – $32-$48


The husband/wife duo at EROIX (pronounced E-Royks) created Underneathwear: a line of boxer briefs made of quick-drying, woven cotton meant for of-the-moment trips. Pack these if water activities are even a minor option. They’ve been developed with versatility in mind: no elastic, quality tailoring, and a smaller volume pack than standard underwear, making it a go-to for carry-ons.

Feel like a pro: Nike Dry Squad – $30

Nike Dry Squad

Some of Nike’s most overlooked gear happens to be some of its best. The sportswear company’s soccer gear is engineered for top athletes around the world and is built to last. We like the Dry Squad as an option for those who want something a bit more high-fashion in their workout (and want to pretend like they are their favorite soccer star). They’re a great pick for the weight room or the pitch and happen to be pretty comfortable for post-match pints.

If you can only have one pair: Birddogs – $55


Designed by Jeff Thrasher, the former head of Men’s Design at Lululemon, these shorts combine everything we like in shorts and nothing we don’t. They have a built in silky-soft liner providing support and unparalleled comfort. With an 8-inch inseam and deep front pockets, they’re utilitarian enough to fit right in at the local basketball court or golf course.