10 Best ASICS Running Shorts Tested & Compared

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2018.  ASICS is the brand that is very popular amongst runners.

They’re best known for their high-quality running shoes.

They focus on quality really much and that’s why we’ve decided to test their running shorts.

Getting a new pair of shorts may not be as an easy task as it sounds. There are many different models on the market but it’s obvious that we want to give you the best of the best. We’ve made a broad extensive comparative research, tested the products and we choose our top 11. ASICS has many more shorts that you can find on shopping websites or on their official site. But now, let’s have a look at the best of the best!

Last Updated: March 24, 2018
By Richard Haberkost:

We recently checked and updated and we will continue to update this page to ensure you get the top choices. Our current tried and tested list of shorts are all top performers. Read through our section covering criteria for reviewing to see how we come up with top options for you. Any questions? Read our FAQs to look for answers, if you don't find the answer you are looking for, ask us and we will respond.

ASICS Everyday
  • ASICS Everyday
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Moisture Management + Anti-Odor
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ASICS Wicked
  • ASICS Wicked
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • 100% Polyester Textured Microfiber
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ASICS Rival II ½ Split
  • ASICS Rival II ½ Split
  • 4.8 out of 5
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  • Lightweight + Breathable
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10 Best ASICS Running Shorts

 

9. ASICS Wicked

Both men and women will find the ASICS Wicked a great lightweight short that provides airflow and breathability on a run.
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Let's take the term "wicked" and use it in the same way that Michael Jackson uses the word "bad". Yes, these shorts are great, the style appeals to those that like to be stylishly wicked.

Very comfortable shorts, just like speed running shoes they are extra lightweight, if you sweat or they get damp from the weather they will wick away the moisture so that you don't look too "wicked"

When I tried on these shorts I felt different, I felt that these are for the outdoors, they suggest a keenness to get outside and get running, the style of the shorts shout out physical no nonsense exercise.

The material texture of the shorts is really very comfortable, the cut style is uniquely appealing and the functional features built into the shorts are realistic and effective.

The guys shorts offer a  5” inseam and the women’s give a smaller 4” seam. The fabric has ASICS - Motion Dry tech which is a microfiber fabric with polyester texture. really nice elasticated waist which has a  braided drawcord. 

The drawcord is nice, the braided style is functional and has a fashionable look to it but it does not stop there. If you lose weight, put on weight or simply want to re-adjust fit for comfort its so quick and easy to resize the fit, you don't even need to stop running, it happens naturally even while on the go.

To differentiate between the male and female version the inseams are in two different sizes, the 5" seam gives a slightly more robust appeal to the feminine 4' inseam.

I like the feel of the microfiber fabric it feels gentle and comfortable and lacks the harsh feel of basic nylon products, on top of this the wick factor for these wicked shorts is easily at a level which is required for comfort and performance.

As far as differences go the difference between guy’s and girl's versions is that the  women’s model has a brief liner.


Cost

These shorts run a little on the higher side but then you are making an investment in comfort, style, functionality and durability.

Conclusion.

These shorts deserve the name "wicked" in a positive context and will meet your running requirements while projecting an air of style.
Pros
  • Comfortable, fast drying fabric

  • Loose, comfortable fit

  • Allows for airflow and breathability

Cons
  • Some runners thought the shorts ran small.


8. ASICS Rival II ½ Split

These are another classic track short. Featuring a lightweight, breathable fabric and a flat braided drawstring cord, these will keep you dry, light and fast on the track.
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ASICS Rival II ½ Split

Features.

We want a basic style, a smooth comfortable feel and functionality that works for us during a run and the unique  Rival II ½ Split shorts provide this and will look nice in combination with a stylish running hood. They don't shout out specialty but they don't say very basic either.

We all prefer a particular style and often our style preference is related to our physical appearance, for example if a person is very short its probably not stylish to wear a extra long pair of running shorts.

Certainly light weight and that's because they are made from light weight durable material.

These shorts are stylish from a users view point and they fit a niche in the market in which they are popular.

Be aware, you don't get a pocket, so if you're driving out to a trail run you're gonna be stuck, nowhere to carry your car key, unless you take along an armband which is something all runner fans should own.

The polyester fabric is nicely surprising, put these shorts in a bowl of water, take them out, squeeze them dry and in no time at all they are dry enough to wear. It's not just about wick factor, the material is none absorbent, there is no place for water to be absorbed and held, moisture sits only on the surface of the woven strands so it has to evaporate and it cannot hold onto the fabric, even light motion activity or sunlight will dispel water or sweat.

A nice feature is the choice of colors and due to the durable material some runners have been known to screen print their own logo or design onto the shorts for that little extra individuality.

The ladies version present a 2” inseam and the men’s sports a 2.5” inseam. The material being 100% polyester blend is so perfect for keeping the sweat retention factor down to barely noticed and certainly not creating discomfort.

The style looks basic but nice, these shorts can be worn for many indoor or outdoor sports.

Cost

Good value. No emptying the money bank through buying a pair of these shorts.

Conclusion.

Try them, you will be surprised, sometimes basic can actually meet our requirements, great if your at home and just want to on the spur of the moment take a quick run.
Pros
  • Comfortable, lightweight polyester blend fabric

  • Comes in a variety of colors

  • Can screen print logo on shorts

Cons
  • There are no pockets to store your things.

7. ASICS Split 3” (Men’s)

If you are looking to go fast, check out the ASICS Split 3” shorts. These lightweight asics mens running shorts allow an increased range of motion with a classic split-leg design.
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ASICS Split 3” (Men’s)

The style just keeps coming, ASICS certainly understand that variability is good for choice.  Try these on and they feel good, the shorts are all about light weight running.

Though not a broad range of color choices there are enough choices to keep us all happy.

There is something interesting about the feel of these shorts when you wear them they are soft, durable and comfortable and I get the feeling that if I took a swim in the local swimming pool in these that it would work and I could go directly for a run. These shorts would dry very quickly which means they don't retain wetness due to the tightly woven water resistant fabric construction. When we say good wick factor here we can confidently say we are certain.

When it comes to flexibility two factors are at play, the loose fitting style allows limb flexibility and the dobby fabricated material contains four way stretch qualities, this means no mater what direction you extert a pull, the material will work with you.

I was delighted to note that these light running shorts have a good secure zip pocket situated at the back of the shorts out of the way, you can easily carry a standard ID card and a car or house key.

Sporting a stylish elasticated waist band, size fit is not an issue and if it becomes a problem the adjustable drawstring comes to the rescue.

Cost 

These are a good deal from ASICS for an upper middle range quality pair of running shorts. Investing in these shorts gives you comfort, durability, flexibility and nice value for money

Conclusion.

This is a style you either like or don't feel so keen on. However, in terms of functionality they are good. If you use them for running you won't be disappointed.
Pros
  • Comes in a variety of colors

  • Allows for a greater range of motion

  • Lightweight, comfortable material

Cons
  • Some runners said the shorts run small.

6. ASICS 2-N-1 Woven

If you are looking for light compression and breathability, then check out the ASICS 2-N-1 Woven shorts. Both men’s and women’s version have snug liners with a loose second layer, providing comfort and airflow.
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Lets take a step up from upper middle basic to a pair of shorts with extra functionality. Material which gives breath-ability is always comfortable in all types of weather. These shorts give healthy comfort inducing breath-ability despite having a loose but body hugging inner liner backed up with a loosely fitted second outer liner.

The design allows maximum acceptable airflow which is another comfort and drying out factor. The light compression qualities are outstanding and will be appreciated by all runners.

Once again we have dobby fabric allowing flexibility for four way stretch in every direction and the wick factor is known to be excellent.

Guys you get a seam free boxer liner inclusive with gusset and ladies you get a designed in boyshort feature for full coverage.

Anti-static qualities are built into the fabric and when you go shopping chose materials with these qualities to avoid those shocks that we sometimes get with synthetic materials.

The additional good news is that these shorts are fitted with a secure pocket, so pop in your ID and key and they are secure. For those that like variety of colors, you get a good range of choice along with a reflective brand logo.

Cost.

You pay more for more functionality and these shorts are a sound investment. Not to pricey but not down at the low cost level.
Conclusion.

The review has given you the specifics, the durable comfortable qualities of these shorts do speak volumes and if you buy them you wont regret it. They are functional quality.
Pros
  • Great for long distance running

  • Good, snug fit

  • Provides some light compression

  • Prevents chafing

Cons
  • The briefs/boyshort liners had a tendency to ride up on some runners.

5. ASICS Lite Show

You will definitely be seen in the Lite Show shorts. These comfortable shorts are not only functional and stylish, but are ultra reflective, keeping you safe while running in the dark.
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ASICS Lite Show

Features.

Packed with the quality features which make us look twice at these shorts. If you want comfort you get it with these.

All the expected features of a higher market product, good air flow, fit, adjustable, nice wick qualities, durable material.

And More:

The Lite Show features ASICS’ signature 360-degree reflective, an all over reflective pattern designed to keep you safe on your night runs. This is another short that features the four-way woven fabric, which keeps the shorts lightweight and comfortable.

Both men’s and women’s version have side split vents to keep you cool. The men’s version has a 7” inseam while the women’s is a 3” inseam.

The Lite Show features ASICS’ signature 360-degree reflectivity, an all over reflective pattern designed to keep you safe on your night runs. This is another short that features the four-way woven fabric, which keeps the shorts lightweight and comfortable.

Both men’s and women’s version have side split vents to keep you cool. The men’s version has a 7” inseam while the women’s is a 3” inseam.

Cost.

These shorts run about the same as all other ASICS’ shorts: in the moderate to high price range.

Conclusion.

Excellent value for money. The reflection feature designed into the shorts make perfect for night running. they meet the quality features requirement expected from runners.



Pros
  • Highly reflective with ASICS’ signature 360-degree reflectivity pattern

  • Comfortable four-way woven fabric

  • Variety of colors to choose from

Cons
  • Some had issues with sizing.

ASICS Fuzex

Classic running shorts are the best for you? Well, then you need to have a look at the Fuzex. They’re very comfortable and made form high quality material so you can wear it for a long time.
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Features
100 % polyester is the big advantage of this product, especially because of moisture wicking capability. Even during rain, your shorts won’t become very heavy. Like in many other ASICS models, there’s waistband with drawcord to make it easier to adjust it to your needs. If you don’t like shorts with only one pocket, these shorts have two. The mesh inset panels provide more air flow to your skin and there’s a boost of ventilation. They’re available in two colors. Fuzex will be great not only for normal running but also when you want to increase your speed.

Cost
The price is a little bit higher here because it’s more than 40 dollars for a pair. All in all, this is a good price for breathable and comfortable running shorts. You can also try to look for them on sale.

Conclusion
If you want high quality but more traditional running shorts, these will be perfect.
Pros

High quality

They’re very lightweight

Breathable

Cons

You may have problem with choosing the right size


ASICS knit shorts

If you want your shorts to be a little bit longer and they also should be tight, these will work for you. These are very multifunctional, great not only for running and the gym but also for many other multifunctional sports.
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These shorts really provide the freedom of movement that is a must have while running. The moisture management fleece fabric helps to deal with the moisture very well and it boosts the comfort. Your skin won’t also be irritated due to the very good ventilation. Excellent air flow keep your kin dry and comfortable. This is a blend of cotton and polyester. The last material has special properties as it wicks the moisture very well so don’t worry about light rain during your run. The fabric is very soft and doesn’t irritate your skin like many other shorts do. There are two pockets where you can store your keys and other useful things.

The cost
For less than 50 dollars you can have it. Good price point for the quality.

Conclusion
Breathable shorts for not very athletic build, good wicking of the moisture and reasonable pricing are the main features. Worth to give them a chance.
Pros

Great shorts for people with slender waist

Light fabric

Cons

Some users said that the waistband was too tight


3. ASICS Low Cut (Women’s)

These simple, yet versatile shorts are an excellent choice for runs of all length as well as other sports. Extra bonus: These shorts come in a wide variety of colors.
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ASICS Low Cut (Women’s)


A simple design feature, figure hugging and certainly comfortable they are  as close as you get to skin tight, like a second layer of skin.

These shorts are offered in a dazzling choice of colors, they are feminine, stylish and independent. There are no limitations as to which environment these can be worn in, they work everywhere and are not limited to running, you name a sport and these are wearable for that sport.

The side seam barks out fashion in such a cool way, it's a 2.5 inseam and looks great,  constructed from nylon-spandex for elasticated flexibility with an outstanding wick factor for outing moisture, the design of these shorts though figure hugging still allow the body to feel cool.

The hydrology fabric is well known for its anti moisture capabilities and is a very smart innovative design.

The shorts features are finished off with a very trendy flat seam stitch which while giving durability cleverly acts to prevent bulky bumps or outlines.

These snug well styled fitting shorts feature a 2.5” inseam and a  fitted Cool-max crotch gusset to keep you dry and free from any sweat build-up.

Cost.

These shorts are a very reasonable price, for the lady who wants features with useful functional.

Conclusion.

A nice style, value for money and durable.
Pros
  • Snug fit
  • Variety of colors to choose from
  • Hydrology fabric is comfortable as well as moisture wicking.
Cons
  • Some runners thought these shorts were a little too short.

2. ASICS Woven 7” (Men’s)

If you are looking for not so short shorts, check out these 7” woven shorts for men. These popular but asics mens running shorts are great not only for running but other sports as well. The ASICS Woven are a functional, multisport short with more coverage than some of the others.
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ASICS Woven 7” (Men’s)

The  wear and comfort factor from these shorts is outstanding, they allow body movement no matter which type of environment you chose to run in, the loose fitting design clearly emphasizes freedom of movement. For reflection a discrete fitted logo is enough for car drivers or cyclists to see you.

Loose fitting they provide excellent air-flow  so that your skin is not prone to over sweating and you will be free from this type of potential source of skin irritation. This loose fitting style enables a high level of air flow  which is great for preventing moisture build up from sweat and it can be suggested that this feature enhances evaporation faster.

For wick factor the designed in brief liner works great and has well performing anti odor properties.

Take a look at these features, these are worth remembering when your ready to purchase a good quality pair of running shorts.

Polyester fabric, this means that if these shorts get wet from rain they are going to dry out very quickly.

A quick-drying fabricated elasticated waist band with a securely fitted internal - draw-cord, will not allow the shorts to slip and are easy to adjust, even while running.

The secure pocket with strong zip is positioned at the back of the shorts and lets you carry your ID-Card and those important keys.

Very eye appealing stylish Inseam set at  7"

Cost.

The price is very buyer friendly, you will get very good value for money.

Conclusion.

A good pair of shorts, you get great features, durability, comfort and style at a very nice price.
Pros
  • Super soft, light fabric

  • Reasonable price

  • Great minimalist shorts

Cons
  • No additional pockets.

4. ASICS Everysport (Women’s)

If you are looking for some durable shorts, look no further than the Asics Everysport Shorts for women. Not only are they functional, but they also come in a variety of colors.
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If you want style these shorts give it, you will look good and feel good.

These fantastically stylish sporty shorts present themselves with a 3”- inseam and a wide knit waistband which incorporates ASICS’ 4-way microfiber stretch fabric, chafe-free engineering in a pair of running shorts and super wick factor.

Reflective properties are designed into the auto lock zipper pocket which is set at the back of the shorts. No problem if you want to bring your ID card and home key, they are safely secure in this pocket.

To top of innovative design an anti odor lining which radiates comfort while preventing sweat build up which can result in irritations.

ASICS are skilled at incorporating  features to enhance reliable durability, top quality and superb we see this again and again in their range of shorts and these are no exception.

I like the anti static qualities designed into these short, nobody wants a pair of statically charged shorts hugging to them and waiting to give them a shock when touching something metal.

The split design is stylish and of course a functional feature, the air flow for the shorts is really nice and these shorts are offered in various appealing colors.
 
Cost. 

Not cheap but well worth the investment, they are not too expensive especially when you take into account the features and the durability of the shorts.

Conclusion.

Specially designed for the lady runner, these shorts have style, comfort and bags of top class functionality.
Pros
  • Great fit

  • Comfortable microfiber woven stretch material

  • They don’t ride up when running.

Cons
  • Some runners felt they needed to go up a size in order to get a better fit.

ASICS sprinter

The one of the main goal when it comes to running is for many people become faster and faster. Well, it’s you who need to train hard to achieve the speed but the good clothes can make it much more easier.
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Features
These are a little bit different than the other shorts on our list as they are very tight. They’re made of Polyester and Spandex. This blend of materials makes shorts very comfortable as polyester has moisture wicking properties The fabric also rejects the sweat for boosted comfort. Although they’re tight, they have elastic waistband with drawcord. This enables the runner to adjust the tightness.
Like most ASICS shorts, these also have storage pockets when you can keep your belongings. The pocket is zippered.Runners also appreciated the silver lining on the shorts with the logo, it’s fashionable and make shorts more extraordinary. The fabric is silky enough to be comfortable for whole day wearing.


The cost
For less than 30 dollars you can have them in your wardrobe. Good price for the quality.

Conclusion
Sprinter shorts will be best for those who want to have full range of movement, they want focus on speed. The shorts are tight but they don’t have much compression so you have full range of motion.
Pros

Most runners had no problem with choosing the best size

Reflective markings

Great for marathon

Cons

For some runners, they were too thin

ASICS is a well-known company known for their quality shoes and apparel for runners and athletes of all levels. The company name ASICS stands for anima sana in corpore sano which is Latin for “a healthy soul in a healthy body”. They keep that in mind when they are making their products. So when considering a new pair of long running shorts, take a look at ASICS. You are sure to find a pair you love.


 

Our criteria for Evaluating the  10  Best ASICS Running shorts

Features

Our criteria were narrow but very focused. We looked at and compared many features because shorts are designed for different purposes, including running shorts.

A short local quick run means wearing a pair of shorts which do not need so many innovate features, you simply put them on and go for a quick run.

For running in the wet weather we looked at the wicking factor for the shorts to see if the material would retain water and become heavy and uncomfortable.

For running in hot dry conditions we looked at any features which offered sweat wick factor and moist protection capabilities.

We looked at how durable and comfortable are the materials and do they have multiple stretch capabilities while still retaining comfort for the wearer.

It is important to examine the material construction of shorts, if they are made from very basic materials the chances for causing the body to sweat, retain water. produce odors and cause skin irritation are greatly increased. The better the materials-fabrics the better the comfort and protection for the runner.

We looked at comfort and fit, do the shorts fit snugly and securely around the waist, can the short be adjusted to fit more securely as and when we required.

Can the runner carry small items such as an ID card and keys and can these items be carried securely?

How good is the airflow for ventilation in the shorts as restricted air flow can lead to more sweat, discomfort and skin irritation?

We looked at shorts that can be used for higher endurance running, what can be carried in the shorts pockets such as needed nutrition. How protective are the shorts in a more unpredictable and challenging environment?

We looked closely at stylish fashion because shorts are functional for sports activities but they are also fashion accessories so well designed shorts need to take this criterion into consideration. We even compared which shorts offer the best stylish cuts and colors.

Cost.

We looked at and compared prices because price tends to reflect features and quality. It is often the case that if you pay little then you get less quality. If you pay more you get more quality, more features and more durability combined with comfort.

 

Other Things To Think About

How Does Static Electricity Form? It Can Happen While You Run.
Negative and positive charges become imbalanced.


Pick up a balloon, rub it against your nylon based clothing and then put it against a wall, it will stick to the wall. Wear a hat with nylon materials in it on a hot day, when you take off the hat, hold it above your head and your hair will stand up.

Wear nylon based socks, run your feet on the carpet and then pet your dog and see him yelp as both of you get a little static shock

These actions create friction and energy, you create negative and positive charges which cling to your body in the form of electricity, when you touch another object you transfer the energy and you feel the static shock.

This only happens with certain materials, these materials when rubbed can create friction and the energy results in the form of electrons which stick to you, therefore your body is now carrying surplus electrons and is waiting for a surface with fewer electrons so that it can transfer to that surface. The other surface should be earthed to the ground so another person, your pet, or a metal fence are all ways for you to release the surplus electrons. If you touch a metal object connected to the ground you alone will feel the shock if you touch another person you both feel the shock.

Imagine going for a long run in a pair of pure nylon shorts, your skin is constantly rubbing against the material and you can build up a lot of static on your body and it is waiting to be discharged, you will feel the nylon shorts clinging to your body. The moment you touch another person they get a huge surprise in the form of a wicked little static shock

Now we know why the people who design shorts keep telling us that the shorts have good features such as anti-static qualities.

 

FAQ

Q; Can sweating while running cause any skin problems?

A: Yes, be cautious, you can get a skin fungal infection or a painful skin rash.

Q: Should we stay hydrated while we run even for short runs?

A: Generally you don’t need to carry water for a short run. Common sense dictates the further you run the more you should bring some drinking water with you, especially on hot days

Q: Are nylon shorts okay for running?

A: This is debatable, it depends if the nylon is mixed with another material which enables wick factor. Nylon does have water repellent qualities but it can make the body sweat.

Q; Can we skip shorts and just go running in a pair of jeans?

A: of course you can but you lose all the protective and comfort features designed into running shorts.

Q: Why do we get static electricity in our running clothes?

A: If you wear nylon shorts without any added materials to prevent static build up you will have problems. Your active body brushing against nylon creates electricity which gets stored in the nylon.

Q: Can elasticated waistbands cause problems with blood circulation while wearing running shorts?

A: It’s a fair question and probably was a problem before the introduction of more sophisticated elasticated stretch materials which are able to hug the waist but also give room for not causing to much pressure. If an elastic waistband is too tight you need to consider replacing the shorts.


Here are a few of our sources:

Sources

  1. Marathon Training.com, How to Choose a Pair of Running Shorts, Running publication,
  2. Runner's World, How to Keep Your Junk in Your Shorts, Running publication,
  3. LiveStrong, What Kind of Shorts Are Good for Running?, Health & Fitness Publication,
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