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.
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.
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.
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.
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