CrossFit Shorts “MUST Haves” to Make the List of Best CrossFit Shorts for Men
Flexible and moveable. They must allow you to move your legs, squat deeply and not restrict your movement. 4Way stretch fabric is best.
Fasten securely. Some shorts use Velcro, a drawstring, or an elastic waistband or a combo of these. I prefer an elastic waistband and drawstring as Velcro wears in the wash and can chafe skin, but if you chose a Velcro close, make sure the Velcro is concealed so it does not rub against your skin.
Long enough to keep you covered. Self explanatory, but some shorts are long, but have long side slits that may show more thigh than you intended. It all depends on what you are comfortable with.
Durable. CrossFit is hard on shorts. If you are lifting heavy weights, the knurl of the barbell may catch the fabric, and the constant bending can wear cheap fabric. The pressure from your torso during deadlifts may bust the fly of lesser shorts. As far as durability goes, you get what you pay for.
What Characteristics are Nice to Have on CrossFit Shorts
Pockets – some like pockets, others don’t. Check out the pocket situation before you buy. Envision the weight of whatever you plan on storing and think about if it will get in the way during your routine. Ideally carrying nothing is best, but sometimes t is necessary.
Waterproof – If you sweat a lot, or plan to use the shorts for the water, you may want shorts that dry quickly.
Below I review 15 of the best CrossFit shorts for guys.
SIZING NOTE: These shorts are designed to fit closer to your true measurement. This may be slightly different than your typical pant size. To ensure a proper fit, please measure the circumference of your waist. If in between sizes please order a size up (for example, a 37" waist should order a 38").
Review: What sets these Epic WOD shorts apart are the large leg openings, with an ample 28” of space to squat and deadlift, plus the smooth elastic waistband with drawstring close make them pretty comfortable.
They are narrower in the groin area and flare a bit at the legs to maintain agility and range of motion. Plus they have one pocket on the right. Nice for lifting WODS.
No Velcro, drawstring and elastic waist close.
Lightweight, some may say thin material.
4 way stretch fabric with 3” vent on the side.
Waist sits a tad high.
Best workout shorts for CrossFit, especially for leg days or heavy lifting days.
Clinch Gear Performance Cross-Training Shorts
Review: Clinch Gear shorts are attractive, but not flashy, and comfortable to wear.
The material is thin, which some men like, they stretch at the sides and groin, but have no side vent slit.
They are Velcro only close with one strip up the fly and one across the waistband, and they stay very secure that way.
There is only one small waistband pocket on these, that will hold your keys and that is about it. Overall, comfortable and flexible.
Stretch panels at the sides and inseam/gusset for excellent mobility and freedom.
Double Velcro close system, no drawstring.
Small key size waistband pocket.
Velcro may wear out in the wash, be sure to close the fly before laundering.
Best men’s CrossFit shorts as far as mobility goes.
Review: Here is a pair of CrossFit shorts for men who like the mid thigh length style. They have a Velcro and drawstring closure, with a fold over Velcro panel that prevents the annoying Velcro chaffing on your stomach.
These shorts have no pockets, and small side vents, offering freedom of movement from squats to kicks, these shorts will not hold you back.
Mid thigh length.
Velcro plus drawstring close for security.
Stretch panel gusset for maximum mobility.
Material is thin.
You put in the time on leg day and these shorts will allow you to show off your hard work.
✅ MATERIAL – The Elite Sports Black Jack MMA shorts also can be worn as No-Gi, MMA, BJJ, UFC fight shorts and other martial arts that you like. These BJJ shorts are made from lightweight high-quality microfiber fabric that will increase your range of motion and your performance by keeping you comfortable.
✅ COMFORT – Elite Sports UFC fight shorts are lightweight and the ultra-soft microfiber fabric that does not resisted you at all, instead it lets you move freely. Comfortable fitting and elastic fit waistband are combined to give you the perfect fit and the fabric of our men’s MMA shorts is durable so there is nothing to worry about.
✅ PUSH YOUR LIMITS - The tear-resistant microfiber fabric or these UFC shorts allows you to push your limits keeping you comfortable and free. Our grappling shorts are versatile and can be worn to train, spar, or competitions. These boxing, UFC, MMA, Jiu Jitsu, BJJ No GI shorts are perfect for different martial arts.
✅ SECURE and DURABLE- The Black Jack MMA fight shorts have elastic waistband which is paired up with a drawstring closure that will keep these Jiu Jitsu shorts in place during intense training and fights. Now you can move freely with worrying about your MMA shorts falling during the match or sparring.
✅ SIDE SLITS – The side slits stretch of these Jiu Jitsu shorts is so that you can move quickly with improved leg work. As there is no resistance and hindrance your movement hence your range of motion and flexibility increase. As a result of this your performance and focus on the game improves.
✔️ VERTICAL DROP POCKETS | No more worrying about your phone or keys falling out of your pockets while working out; especially when bench pressing or performing floor exercises. Due to the pockets being at a 90 degree angle (straight up & down) and having zippers, you'll never have to worry about things falling out.
✔️SIDE STRETCH PANELS | With stretch panels on the outer-thigh and inner-thigh; you can perform those high range of motion activities in comfort. So squat and lunge to your heart's content!
✔️DESIGNED FOR CROSS-FIT BUT EXCELLENT FOR EVERYTHING | We created these shorts with CrossFit in mind so naturally they are great for any active workout or gym activity.
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Review: These Optimal Human WOD shorts are designed with three pockets, to are zippered side pockets that hold your phone flush to your thigh so you can listen to tunes or keep your phone nearby for tracking.
There is also a smaller inner key pocket. These shorts are large and roomy, with a longish inseam.
Elastic plus drawstring waist.
2 large deep zippered vertical pockets that can hold large cell phones.
4 Way stretch material.
Run a bit large.
Long and roomy, ideal for bigger guys, with enough pockets for everything you need.
HeatGear fabric, with all the benefits of UA Compression, comfortable enough to be worn all day
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