To give you a little edge to your performance when running or playing most sports, the best compression shorts are just the help you need. They can help improve blood flow, making your workout and recovery a little easier. We researched some of the top-selling and most popular compression shorts around to help you find just the right pair. Before we get to our compression shorts reviews, let’s look at some of the key features to keep in mind.
Moisture-Wicking: When you sweat during a workout, it can make you feel really gross. Moisture-wicking material pulls sweat away from your skin and into the fabric. This will keep you cool and dry and more comfortable overall.
Quick Dry: This goes hand in hand with moisture-wicking. Once the sweat is pulled into the fabric, it needs to evaporate quickly so it doesn’t continue to collect. Quick-drying fabric is essential to making sure this happens.
Material: Materials vary from polyester to nylon. They also all have a blend of a stretchy material like Spandex or elastane. All of these materials are stretchy and contribute to the compression you’re looking for. (Bonus if they’re machine washable.)
UV Protection: UV protection is important if you’re planning to use these shorts to exercise outside, especially in the summer. UV rays can be really damaging to your skin so it’s best to have as much protection as possible.
Pieces: Most of these are single pairs of compression shorts but we did find a few that came in packs of 3. Having multiple pairs is more of a convenience than anything else but comes in really handy on laundry day.
Length: These shorts all have inseams that range from 6 to 9 inches. Choose whatever length you prefer. Keep in mind that, for tall people, longer might be better. And for short people, shorter might be better.
Now that you know some of the features to look for when you’re trying to find the best compression shorts, let’s get to our reviews. Running short on time? Start with the top 2 items on our list first. Those are our top pick and budget pick. You’ll get a nice idea of what is out there. If you can, stick around and read up on the rest of our picks, too! They’re all worth a closer look. Ok, let’s go!