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TOP 19 Best CrossFit Shorts For Women That DON’T Bunch Up Reviewed 2021
I am going to lay it out straight. I have reviewed 19 of the best women’s CrossFit shorts for 2021 right here.
As a female CrossFit athlete I am uniquely qualified for this task.
I carefully hand selected these women’s CrossFit shorts because they are known for not riding or crawling up, not becoming see-through when you bend, not giving camel toe and because they are all really, really cute!
WOD Gear Clothing Wide Band Booty Shorts - Best Overall
Review: Can I tell you what I love about these WOD Gear shorts by Rogue? The wide waistband flattens your tummy, prevents muffin top and best of all, keeps shorts secure and in place. I hate having to adjust my shorts in public and I know you do too, so shorts that stay in place are a must.
Small inner waistband pocket.
Wide waistband is not only flattering but practical, it keeps the shorts in place.
Some colors peek through when you bend. Darker colors are the best bet.
Attractive CrossFit shorts that allow you to move and stay put as you work out.
Review: Designed by CrossFit athletes, for CrossFit athletes, these WodBottom shorts will not peek through and won’t let you down.
They have a thoughtfully designed square gusset that prevents the dreaded camel toe and keeps the shorts from crawling upwards, if you know what I am saying. I love these shorts and can’t recommend them enough!
Will not become see-through as you bend.
Square gusset and wide waistband make these shorts stay in place and NOT ride up.
Really cute colorful fun prints available.
Not all sizes available in all patterns, as patterns tend to be seasonal and limited editions.
Fun and functional, these are the best booty shorts for CrossFit.
Born Primitive Double Take Booty Shorts - Editors Choice
Review: The BOA shorts are a great choice because they can be worn as high waist, or you can fold the waistband for a low profile look, because they print the design on the inside of the waistband too.
My favorite feature of these CrossFit shorts is the way the fabric feels. It is lightly “peached” and has a soft, luxurious feel that you just have to touch to understand.
3 inch waistband and 2.5 inch inseam.
Made in the USA.
Made from ultra-soft microfiber fabric.
No gusset, tends to ride a bit unless you size up.
Soft, comfortable CrossFit shorts that are made in the USA.
Review: I own a pair of tights by 90 Degree by Reflex that I love, so I was thrilled to review these Power Flex shorts. The thing that is great about 90 Degree by Reflex gear is that it lasts for forever, wash after wash, it really stands up.
These Power Flex shorts have a longer inseam than most women’s CrossFit shorts, at 5.5 inches, plus they are gusseted to prevent riding and creeping up.
5 inch inseam.
Hidden waistband pocket.
Very durable and peek proof.
Some find the waist a little snug, but if you are really curvy, that might be a benefit.
High waist, long inseam shorts that will not show through.
Review: These Amrap WOD shorts have a shorter inseam than most, and are designed to stay in place. They are gusseted so they won’t ride up and they have a pretty handy little hidden pocket, which is hard to find on women’s CrossFit shorts.
Gusseted to prevent riding up.
Short 2 inch inseam.
Small hidden pocket.
Logo wears away in the wash.
If you like your CrossFit shorts really short, these are for you.
Review: The Queenike athletic shorts are a great CrossFit short at a really good price. The inseam is a bit longer than others, at 4.5 inches, and these have a pocket to stash your small items, and the high waist is flattering, hold the shorts securely in place and prevents muffin top.
Overall, these shorts have an attractive fit.
Small hidden waistband pocket.
Wide high waist looks good and is comfortable.
Good compression, snug fit.
Prints are more sheer, solid colors are peek proof.
Cute, useful and affordable CrossFit shorts for women.
FLEO Booty Shorts Smash 3.25
Review: I own 4 pair of these FLEO Booty shorts, in the lined, and unlined styles. They have a 3.25-inch inseam, and a lined gusset which helps them fit perfect.
I got a size large and they are not too tight, nor loose. I am about 5’7”, 150 lbs, athletic with thick thighs and ample booty, from all those squats over the years.
I prefer the unlined shorts because they are softer and stretchier than the lined shorts, which makes sense, as the lined shorts have more structure.
They are excellent for CrossFit workouts, boxjumps, Olympic lifts, wall ball, you name it! The legs roll just a little during squats and lunges, but what booty short doesn’t.
They don’t reveal anything, so it’s cool. I always get tons of compliments on them too.
Soft wide waistband will not dig in or give you muffin top.
Lined gusset creates a perfect fit and prevents riding and camel toe.
Fabric feels soft and luxurious, these shorts exude quality.
On the FLEO website, sometimes the style I loved was not available in my size.
Superior fit, superior fabric, try them and you will see what all the fuss is about.
Review: Not quite “booty” short, these Under Armor compression shorts still work great for CrossFit. They have a generous 5” inseam, for gals that like a few inches more coverage or ladies with a little more in back. These won’t ride up like shorter shorts might.
The lightweight sweat-wicking fabric will keep you cool and dry and they have a barely-there feel, although they will not show your undies when you bend over.
NOT see through.
Moderate, not high, compression.
No ride waistband.
Pelvic area gusset makes squatting and lifting easier-moves better.
If you have a rounder bottom, you may want to order a size up.
A little compression and a little more coverage while still functional and comfortable.
Review: These ODODOS CrossFit shorts are available in either 6” or 9” inseam lengths for ladies who want more coverage. They are snug with slight compression and will not catch or snag equipment as you work out.
They have two cell phone size side pockets – very handy. These shorts are engineered with a crotch gusset so they move and flex well too.
Moderately waist for tummy control reaches below belly button in most cases.
Two side pockets.
Longer inseam for better coverage.
Run small, you might want to order a size up.
Longer, more modest inseam while remaining functional, with two pockets at a price you will love.
Review: Made from Sorbatek sweat wicking material, with a stretchy inner compression short and light breezy outer short, these shorts are perfect for the lady who wants short shorts with good coverage without revealing too much.
Handy zippered pocket in rear waistband.
Two in one, body-hugging spandex inner shorts with loose fabric outer shorts.
Inner short has gusset that allows easy movement.
Run a size small, so order a size up.
Short shorts with back waistband pocket and dual layer snug inner and breezy outer.
Review: These Under Armour CrossFit shorts offer really great compression. They are also made of a very light material that won’t show the whole world your undies. The HeatGear technology keeps you cool when your workout heats up which I find refreshing.
4 way stretch.
Flat seams to prevent chafing.
Super soft waistband.
3” rise, pretty short.
These run small but are designed to be tight.
If you like to feel the compression of your shorts, these HeatGear shorts fit the bill.
Review: These super cute, budget friendly CrossFit booty shorts come in over 30 different colors and patterns.
Flat stitching, no chafing.
Endless variety of colors.
Easy on the budget.
May ride if you have the waist pulled up high and have no gusset.
If you are looking for a great deal, or need to buy many pairs to rotate through the week, give these shorts a chance.
Plus, you can probably find them in your favorite color.
Quick Guide to Buying Women’s CrossFit Shorts
What makes CrossFit shorts different from other workout shorts?
Stretch and Movement
CrossFit shorts are made from fabric with a lot of stretch. You will be using your hip flexors a lot.
Think of how your body flexes when you box jump, squat or lunge. The fabric needs to move, not restrict.
Why Your CrossFit Shorts Need a Gusset
As a CrossFit athlete, you need to be able to move easily and comfortably and that is why the best CrossFit shorts for women have a gusset.
The gusset is placed in the crotch area and allows your legs to move more freely
What is a gusset?
Moisture-wicking, Dryfit or HeatGear Technology
Shorts designed for functional fitness need to be made with moisture-wicking fabric because you will be sweating.
These types of fabric keep you cool, dry, and odor-free.
Peek Proof Fabric
CrossFit shorts must not be see-thru in the slightest. You will be bending and lifting, and you need to feel secure and comfortable doing so.
If you are distracted because you are worried people can see your underwear, it will hinder your workout.
The Best CrossFit Shorts for Women Must NOT
give you camel toe
show your cheeks (cheek peek)
chafe your skin
give you a muffin top
show your panties thru the material
hold moisture next to the skin
make you hot (like hot as in temperature, not hot as in how fine you look, sister)
It’s a tall order for short shorts, but we know there are winners out there.
Stick with Me Here
Riding, bunching, camel toe and digging into the skin are related to issues with the shorts design and personal fit.
Choose shorts that have a rise that works with your body.
What is a Rise?
On CrossFit shorts, the rise is measured from the seam between your legs, up to the top of the waistband.
All women have different measurements, so find out what the rise of the shorts are and measure to compare with your body.
Find out where the waistband will fall and see if that will be enough coverage, otherwise, you will be uncomfortable and find yourself hiking the shorts up and end up with camel toe or cheek peek.
What is an inseam? The inseam is the measurement from the hem of the shorts to the crotch.
Most women’s CrossFit shorts are between 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches, which is pretty short. If you want a longer inseam, that’s fine, just make sure they at least have a gusset that allows you to move freely.
Chafing happens when a rough seam rubs against the skin, leaving something similar to a rug burn.
Look for shorts with a flat seam, or better, seamless shorts. Problem solved.
Many shorts for CrossFit have been designed with wide waistbands, because they look less dorky than one long “mom shorts” panel, offer a bit more coverage, and are comfortable.
If the waistband is too tight, you get muffin top and it can restrict movement. Too loose, and you are pulling them up constantly.
The wide band helps resolve these issues by keeping shorts up and being really comfy.
Material matters. OK, look for material that is not in anyway see-through.
That is pretty easy to determine from reading reviews (especially reviews showing real users wearing them).
Look for material that wicks away moisture and stays cool. Synthetic material will get hotter than say, cotton, but many manufacturers overcome these issues with special technology.
Look for that technology while reading the product description.
Germs, Bacteria, and Fungi-Oh My!
You probably realize that the gym or box is probably not the cleanest, most sterile place in the world, right?
Many shorts incorporate antimicrobial material or are manufactured with a material that prevents those germs from growing.
I am so thankful.
Look for shorts with antimicrobial properties to eliminate odor. Yeah.
What are the Best CrossFit Shorts That I Can Also Use for Running?
Some days your WOD will call for a short run. It usually will not be longer than a kilometer, but you still want that kilometer to be as comfortable as possible, right?
Also, if you are a CrossFit athlete that also likes to run, you may appreciate shorts that do double duty.
Busy wife and mother of four. Katie is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Garage Gym Power. What makes her credible is the fact that she made her own home gym from scratch and she is a true time-management wizard! She guards her gym time jealously, and would rather miss a PTA meeting or get takeout for dinner than miss a workout!