10 Best ASICS Running Shorts Tested & Compared
ASICS is a popular choice for shoes and apparel for runners of all levels. Quality is at the heart of their products, so it’s no surprise that their shorts would not only be popular, but a great choice when considering a new pair of shorts. Here we take a look at our favorite ASICS running shorts for both men and women.
- ASICS Everyday
- Moisture Management + Anti-Odor
- ASICS Wicked
- 100% Polyester Textured Microfiber
- ASICS Rival II ½ Split
- Lightweight + Breathable
10 Best ASICS Running Shorts
10. ASICS Everyday (Men’s)
We all know the movie line from Hollywood, walk the walk, I'm telling you now, with ASICS shorts you go beyond walk the walk and you hit run the run and talk the talk.
These shorts feel comfortable, because they really are comfortable and they don't ride up your thighs while running or become soggy on misty, drizzling wet days, they won't stick to you like a wet rag.
Soggy wet shorts are a distraction for runners, uncomfortable and also presenting a variety of negative health implications.
For those times when you stretch your stride to go up over a bank or up an incline, the built in stretch qualities give you freedom of movement.
Made of a dobby fabric with 4-way stretch, the material is light, unlike cheap nylon shorts, these have anti-static, so no unexpected annoying static shocks when you least expect them.
The material has a moisture wicking finish, this allows sweat to make its way to the materials surface and evaporate more quickly, the same applies to wetness from light rain, humidity or mist.
When we run we do of course sweat and ASICS have taken this into consideration through engineering Extra moisture and odor control built into in brief. This means that your comfort is maintained and you can focus on enjoying your run.
On darker days or just after sunset or for early birds "dawn" you want to be seen, especially by tired drivers and we find the shorts have strategically placed reflective dots running down the side panels, the moment light beams hit them you become clearly visible.
While we run we need to stow away our keys and perhaps an ID card and we want to keep these items safe and not lose them. A stylish secure pocket is built into the side seam and it is made more secure with a strong zipper, what ever you keep in the pocket is not going to bounce out and be lost. The position of the pocket means it is not obtrusive and further adds to comfort and less distraction.
The elastic waistband also has a drawcord to adjust the sizing, so if you lose weight through regular running, no problem just tighten up the drawcord. If you're running regularly and your waist line is growing, adjust the cord and seriously think about changing your diet. For those of us that are style conscious, you get two choices, these shorts come in a 5” and 9” inseams.
The cost runs the same as many other ASICS shorts. They are a moderately higher price for a quality short that you will want to wear all day, every day. A really good long term investment.
The shorts have style, durability, and just like quality running shoes they have good wick qualities and elasticated features in the materials which work with the performance of your legs, waist and running style. They are also great for casual wear. It is easy to confidently recommend these shorts.
Secure zipper pockets and sides
Reflective design on side panels
Comfortable, lightweight, moisture wicking material
- Loose fit
- These are a little longer than most running shorts, so consider the inseam length when purchasing.
9. ASICS 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.
These shorts run a little on the higher side but then you are making an investment in comfort, style, functionality and durability.
These shorts deserve the name "wicked" in a positive context and will meet your running requirements while projecting an air of style.
Comfortable, fast drying fabric
Loose, comfortable fit
Allows for airflow and breathability
Some runners thought the shorts ran small.
8. ASICS Rival II ½ Split
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.
Good value. No emptying the money bank through buying a pair of these shorts.
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.
Comfortable, lightweight polyester blend fabric
Comes in a variety of colors
Can screen print logo on shorts
- There are no pockets to store your things.
7. 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.
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
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.
Comes in a variety of colors
Allows for a greater range of motion
Lightweight, comfortable material
- Some runners said the shorts run small.
6. ASICS 2-N-1 Woven
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.
You pay more for more functionality and these shorts are a sound investment. Not to pricey but not down at the low cost level.
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.
Great for long distance running
Good, snug fit
Provides some light compression
- The briefs/boyshort liners had a tendency to ride up on some runners.
5. ASICS Lite Show
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.
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.
These shorts run about the same as all other ASICS’ shorts: in the moderate to high price range.
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.
Highly reflective with ASICS’ signature 360-degree reflectivity pattern
Comfortable four-way woven fabric
Variety of colors to choose from
- Some had issues with sizing.
4. ASICS Everysport (Women’s)
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.
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.
Specially designed for the lady runner, these shorts have style, comfort and bags of top class functionality.
Comfortable microfiber woven stretch material
They don’t ride up when running.
Some runners felt they needed to go up a size in order to get a better fit.
3. 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.
These shorts are a very reasonable price, for the lady who wants features with useful functional.
A nice style, value for money and durable.
- Snug fit
- Variety of colors to choose from
- Hydrology fabric is comfortable as well as moisture wicking.
- Some runners thought these shorts were a little too short.
2. ASICS Woven 7” (Men’s)
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"
The price is very buyer friendly, you will get very good value for money.
A good pair of shorts, you get great features, durability, comfort and style at a very nice price.
Super soft, light fabric
Great minimalist shorts
- No additional pockets.
1. ASICS Distance
If you want to go the distance, these shorts are a must have. They are called Distance because they can go any distance.
These shorts give full meaning to the words versatile, durable and full of useful features.
Packed with top performance features for an endurance run, everything you want, you can carry. Multiple useful secure pockets and sturdy gel loops, whatever you carry in terms of needed body nutrition is easy for you to reach.
The durable features constructed in these shorts are very impressive, lets start with the ultra light 4 way woven dobby material with impressive four way stretch capability.
Next we note the high quality anti-static features which prevent the short clinging to you while also preventing the build up of unwanted static. The wick factor is outstanding, sweat is rejected by the fabric and rain or splash cannot be absorbed thus ensuring rapid dry out if your caught out in a downpour.
Engineered into the shorts is the highly innovative and functional side panels in the shorts for extra efficient ventilation. Sitting strategically around the waist are 4 elasticated loops for securely carrying nutrition gels, you simply reach down and easily take what you want, you don't need to stop running.
The innovation for features continues with 2 elasticated side pockets, very secure and very durable and used for carrying hydration supplies. Fitted into the already waist hugging band is a draw-cord giving you the quick ability to re-adjust fit even while you are running.
At the rear of the shorts out of the way but comfortable and secure, we find a back yoke with reflective capabilities and fitted to the yoke a sturdy zip up pocket.
Moisture management is taken further thorough designed in moisture control via the comfortable Melange Brief with built in anti-odor capabilities. Topping of this innovative pair of shorts is a smart 5' inseam.
These are top of the range shorts, you have to pay a little more in return for the outstanding features.
If you want a pair of shorts which allow for comfort, stability while wearing, quality, durability, innovative design and the ability to carry so many useful items, these are the shorts for you.
Lots of storage space for fuel, keys, ID and more
Lightweight, moisture wicking fabric
Very comfortable, especially for long runs
Some runners had issues finding the right size.
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
Our criteria was 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 wet weather we looked at the wick 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 strect 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 air flow 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 criteria into consideration. We even compared which shorts offer the best stylish cuts and colors.
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 yopu 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 of 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 less 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.
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 get stored in the nylon.
Q: Can elasticated waist bands 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.