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10 Best Track Shorts Tested In-Depth

last updated Jan 21, 2019
We’ve got the perfect place for you to start your search for the best track shorts with the list we’ve compiled below that includes selections for every budget and personal style. So, take a peek and find the shorts that fit your personality and pocketbook. If nothing on our list catches your eye be sure to take a look at our custom criteria where we’ve outlined how we chose the best track shorts so you know what to look for when you continue your search for the best fit for you!

In a Hurry? The test winner after 15 hrs of research

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 Nike Aeroswift Race
97.2/100 our score
Use
97
Comfort
98
Features
98
Materials
96
Breathability
97
Nike Aeroswift Race
Why is it better?
  • Effective Dri-FIT technology
  • Stretch fabric with side vents for complete range of motion
  • Bonded anti-chafe hem
In a Hurry? Editors choice:
 Nike Aeroswift Race
Test Winner: Nike Aeroswift Race
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There's a brand new layout waiting for you with this buyer guide and lots of great information has been added to help you find the track shorts that are right for you! We also added three new products for you: the Naviskin Men's Lightweight, the HDE Women's Retro Fashion, and the Game Gear TR-60-CB.

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#1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.2
Use
97%
Comfort
98%
Features
98%
Materials
96%
Breathability
97%
Price Comparison Last Updated (16.02.19)
$51.98
#2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.4
Use
97%
Comfort
98%
Features
96%
Materials
96%
Breathability
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (16.02.19)
$28.00
#3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.2
Use
96%
Comfort
96%
Features
95%
Materials
93%
Breathability
96%
Price Comparison Last Updated (16.02.19)
$16.99
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.8
Use
96%
Comfort
95%
Features
93%
Materials
95%
Breathability
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (16.02.19)
$48.02
#5
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.4
Use
92%
Comfort
92%
Features
90%
Materials
90%
Breathability
93%
Price Comparison Last Updated (16.02.19)
$8.63
#6
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.8
Use
88%
Comfort
87%
Features
87%
Materials
86%
Breathability
86%
Price Comparison Last Updated (16.02.19)
$29.96
#7
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.4
Use
85%
Comfort
85%
Features
86%
Materials
83%
Breathability
83%
Price Comparison Last Updated (16.02.19)
$13.96
#8
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80
Use
80%
Comfort
80%
Features
80%
Materials
80%
Breathability
80%
Price Comparison Last Updated (16.02.19)
$11.99
#9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
77
Use
78%
Comfort
77%
Features
77%
Materials
76%
Breathability
77%
Price Comparison Last Updated (16.02.19)
$12.85
#10
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
73
Use
73%
Comfort
75%
Features
72%
Materials
72%
Breathability
73%
Price Comparison Last Updated (16.02.19)
$14.99
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Nike Aeroswift Race
  • Adidas Running M10 3
  • Naviskin Men's Lightweight
  • Brooks Sherpa 2-in-1
  • UnderArmor Performance Split
  • Nike Dri-FIT Tempo Running
  • Saucony Endorphin Spilt
  • HDE Women's Retro Fashion
  • Soffe Running Short
  • Game Gear TR-60-CB
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Sources

Top 10 Picks

1. Nike Aeroswift Race

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.2
 Nike Aeroswift Race
Use
97
Comfort
98
Features
98
Materials
96
Breathability
97
best offer for today
$51.98
Pros:
  • Effective Dri-FIT technology
  • Stretch fabric with side vents for complete range of motion
  • Bonded anti-chafe hem
Cons:
  • Pricey
  • Run small

Aeroswift Race shorts are not for the modest. The 2” inseam is among the shortest we reviewed in this piece for men. Loaded with technical features to take your mind off your shorts and keep it focused where it belongs, on your running, these shorts enable a liberation that is rare and perhaps worth opening the piggy bank to purchase.

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Comfort
Nike has loaded the Aeroswifts with one comfort feature after another. The liner is not only mesh but is zoned to increase airflow; Dri-FIT wicks moisture and dries quickly; hem is bonded to move smoothly as you run. The fabric is designed to resist clinging to the skin and even the waistband has mesh for breathability and airflow to that often neglected area where moisture gathers in a race or workout.

Special Features
In most cases, the comfort features of the Aeroswifts do double duty as efficiency attributes. The 2” inseam with side notches enable maximum leg extension, unimpeded by clingy material; the perforated waistband – a remarkably innovative though seemingly simple feature – keeps moisture from gathering in your midsection and the Dri-FIT technology keeps you cool and dry. As a bonus, the liner is even made from recycled materials for those of you who want to save the planet while running.

Value
These are not for the runner counting pennies, but most of us feel that you do get value for your money with the Nike Aeroswifts.

2. Adidas Running M10 3

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.4
 Adidas Running M10 3
Use
97
Comfort
98
Features
96
Materials
96
Breathability
95
best offer for today
$28.00
Pros:
  • Variety of fun trendy colors and patterns
  • Breathable and comfortable
  • Climalite fabric
  • Small waistband pocket
Cons:
  • Wide pricing range
  • Size runs small
  • Lighter colors are sheer

Made with Adidas signature Climalite fabric, these running shorts will make a great addition to your track wardrobe.

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Comfort
The 3” inseam is a comfortable length whether you’re running marathons or races. The fabric is breathable and helps with temperature regulation. The waistband offers a secure and close fit, although some don’t like how bulky it is.

Special Features
These shorts feature a small waistband pocket that is great for spare keys or for a handful of energy gels. The Climalite fabric is great at wicking moisture and is softer than most moisture-wicking fabrics. It’s lightweight and great at preventing sweat and heat build-up. If you frequently have jerseys you need to match or you just like looking your best while you’re on the track, you’ll be glad to know that these shorts come in a variety of stylish colors.

Value
The cost of these shorts has a pretty wide range depending on the size and color you want. The lowest that their price tag goes is about twenty dollars, which is a great deal for the quality you’re getting. If you let the price climb too high the cost can quickly outweigh the value, but at the low-end, these offer fantastic value.

3. Naviskin Men's Lightweight

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.2
 Naviskin Men's Lightweight
Use
96
Comfort
96
Features
95
Materials
93
Breathability
96
best offer for today
$16.99
Pros:
  • Superior comfort
  • Wide, low-cut, stretch/drawstring waistband
  • 2.5 inch
Cons:
  • Run small in thighs

The Naviskin Men's Lightweight shorts are a great choice for runners who are looking for a great pair of shorts that will keep them cool, dry, and comfortable. With a great design that is comfortable and durable these shorts make a great addition to any runner’s wardrobe. Check them out now to see for yourself!

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Comfort
With a moisture wicking design, you will stay cool and comfortable from the start of your run to the finish line. There is a good bit of stretch to the shorts so you do not compromise anything on range of motion and flexibility with these running shorts.
Special Features
The material blend for the Naviskin Men's Lightweight shorts is designed to hold up well to the wear and tear of active runners and the colors will not fade with proper washing and care. A breathable lining and quick drying exterior fabric will keep you comfortable for hours at a time.
Value
These shorts are very affordable making them a great choice for pro runners and hobbyists alike. The Naviskin Men's Lightweight running shorts offer a great value for a very affordable price. See the difference for yourself today with your own pair!

4. Brooks Sherpa 2-in-1

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.8
 Brooks Sherpa 2-in-1
Use
96
Comfort
95
Features
93
Materials
95
Breathability
95
best offer for today
$48.02
Pros:
  • Mesh boxer-brief provides support and cooling air circulation
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Multiple pockets including a sweat-resistant phone pocket
  • Leg cuts for full motion
Cons:
  • The “phone” pocket is small, maybe only large enough for a quite small cell.

As Sherpas do the heavy-lifting in mountaineering expeditions, these race shorts do twice the work of ordinary shorts; they feature a foundation mesh-compression boxer-brief under 5” running shorts and have three useful pockets.

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Comfort
The compression, mesh boxer-brief provides stability and support while the lightweight over-short and stretch/drawstring waist deliver an impressive 1-2 comfort punch. The elastic waistband with drawstring keeps everything in place while you coolly cross the finish line.

Special Features
Sweat-wicking and breathable short shorts with an elastic waistband and drawstring belt; these shorts are ready to race.

Value
These are more expensive, technical shorts that offer a good return on investment. You will enjoy the way they feel and what they have to offer you and your daily runs and training sessions.

5. UnderArmor Performance Split

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.4
 UnderArmor Performance Split
Use
92
Comfort
92
Features
90
Materials
90
Breathability
93
best offer for today
$8.63
Pros:
  • Anti-odor treatment
  • Four-way stretch
  • Moisture wicking
  • Mesh panel for improved air flow
  • Quick drying
Cons:
  • Run small
  • Need a little more attention in the cleaning department to get full value of the anti-odor feature.

Short, fitted race shorts with technical features, these support full leg mobility and are long-lasting. With the added anti-odor feature, these can easily appeal to runners who are tired of their “clean” shorts returning from the laundry exhaling memories of the last race or workout.

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Comfort
With a full four-way stretch, very light and fitted without squashing, these 2” inseam shorts perform well even in very hot conditions and are still comfortable and cool. They hold up well and are great for training, workouts, and daily training.

Special Features
Moisture-wicking and quick to dry, the mesh liner promotes cooling and air circulation while the anti-odor feature ensures these shorts last mile-after-mile. Four-way stretch supports a complete range of motion unencumbered by soggy shorts as the moisture-wicking does its job.

Value
These are mid-priced shorts that offer a very good return on investment. They are a decent price and are able to serve as an everyday pair of track shorts of those special ones you hold onto for race day!

6. Nike Dri-FIT Tempo Running

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.8
 Nike Dri-FIT Tempo Running
Use
88
Comfort
87
Features
87
Materials
86
Breathability
86
best offer for today
$29.96
Pros:
  • Dri-FIT 100% polyester body with dri-FIT 100% recycled polyester non-chafe briefs
  • Mesh panel for improved air flow
  • Multiple pockets
Cons:
  • Run small

Nike, an elder statesman in the running game, designed these 3” shorts keep you dry and enable superior leg extension on those hot running days. There are many excellent examples of the running gear art in the Nike stable, but for race-design, minimalist shorts, the Dri-FIT Tempo are an excellent choice.

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Comfort
Moisture-wicking, light-as-air material and low rise waistband allow mid-body freedom of motion supported by curved hem for leg extension and mesh panels for breathability. The shorts are designed to move with you while staying in place and staying comfortable and cool. They are designed with your comfort in mind.

Special Features
Effective sweat-wicking, these breathable short shorts leave your legs free to fly. They are unique in the material composition and the moisture wicking properties that these shorts bring to the table. They are easy to wear and are durable and comfortable the first time you wear them as well as the 100th time and even the 1000th time!

Value
These are mid-priced shorts that offer good return on investment. They work well for daily runs and also are durable enough to handle the wear and tear of a long race day too!

7. Saucony Endorphin Spilt

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.4
 Saucony Endorphin Spilt
Use
85
Comfort
85
Features
86
Materials
83
Breathability
83
best offer for today
$13.96
Pros:
  • Breathable
  • Non-chafe briefs
  • Reflective details at leg openings
  • Waterproof back zip pocket
Cons:
  • Subject to fading
  • Limited color offering

Nothing impedes your stride with these short and simple Endorphin Split Shorts; these race shorts wick away sweat as your legs eat up the miles.

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Comfort
Ultimate comfort is the goal of this design and while it is not the most classy or durable short pair on this list, it is comfortable and fun to wear. The 2.5” inseam styled with extra-large leg splits to support superior freedom of motion. You will enjoy wearing these shorts and will love how they feel while you are out on the trail.

Special Features
Sweat-wicking, breathable short shorts with an elastic waistband and drawstring belt provide comfort and security. Its simple design lends itself well to a basic design that while not fancy by any means have all of the features you want and need to make your runs the best they can be.

Value
These are mid-priced shorts that offer a very good return on investment. Simple and basic makes it affordable and is a common track short that is used by runners old and new alike.

8. HDE Women's Retro Fashion

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80
 HDE Women's Retro Fashion
Use
80
Comfort
80
Features
80
Materials
80
Breathability
80
best offer for today
$11.99
Pros:
  • VaporActive technology 
  • Back zipped pocket
  • Odor control technology
  • Comfortable 
  • Breathable Lightweight
Cons:
  • High cost

The HDE Women's Retro Fashion running shorts are the perfect lightweight and breathable option for hot and humid weather. With a soft fabric design, they are easy to wear and feel great even on the longest of runs. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for functionality- you can have them both!

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Comfort
These shorts are made of 100% cotton for comfortable fit that prevent chaffing, riding, and other uncomfortable issues while you are on your run. Even in the hot summer weather the HDE Women's Retro Fashion shorts are an option that female runners reach for time and time again.

Special Features
Elastic drawstring waistbands ensure a good fit from the start of your run to the finish line. With short lengths these cute shorts will keep you cool and will look good while you are out for your runs. You can wear them to the gym, on the trails, or for your everyday errand running.

Value
The HDE Women's Retro Fashion running shorts are very affordable and with a simple yet functional design, you will get the comfort and look you need to enjoy your runs. These make a great very day workout short or a nice option to have on hand as a backup pair.

9. Soffe Running Short

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
77
 Soffe Running Short
Use
78
Comfort
77
Features
77
Materials
76
Breathability
77
best offer for today
$12.85
Pros:
  • Affordable
  • Wide range of colors
  • Durable Nylon Tricot
  • Thin waistband
Cons:
  • May be too short for some

These classic shorts from Soffe are a favorite among military members and are an absolute steal. If you want reliability and durability with a low price tag, these are the shorts for you.

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Comfort
Made with 100% Nylon Tricot, these shorts have a strong weave that lends to their durability and are softer than some polyester options. They feature a covered elastic waistband that is snug but thin, providing a close fit without the discomfort of a bulky band. The inseam is rather short at 2 ½”, which offers great mobility for some but may not feel like enough coverage for others.

Special Features
The nylon fabric is good at wicking moisture and keeping you dry no matter where you’re running. There is also a small inner key pocket that is just the right size for your spare key or for toting along energy gels. They do have a brief liner which is not everyone’s cup of tea, but the variety of colors is sure to please with plenty of hues for everyone.

Value
These are extremely affordable and durable enough that you should get plenty of use out of them to make them more than worth the cost. If you end up not liking them, you’re out just about the same amount you would pay to go see a movie or less, so it’s not a huge loss.

10. Game Gear TR-60-CB

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
73
 Game Gear TR-60-CB
Use
73
Comfort
75
Features
72
Materials
72
Breathability
73
best offer for today
$14.99
Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable 
  • Adjustable waistband
  • Highly affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Reflective
  • Interior storage pocket
  • Built in briefs
Cons:
  • Not much compression

The Game Gear TR-60-CB running shorts are comfortable, breathable, and affordable which makes them a perfect option for runners who are searching for lightweight track shorts. You will be comfortable on your runs and look great at the same time. They are perfect for warmer weather runs too!

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Comfort
Made of 100% polyester the Game Gear TR-60-CB are light and breathable short that is designed to keep you cool and comfortable on your runs. With moisture wicking properties you will feel great no matter how long your run or workout session ends up being. Sure fit design keeps them in place to avoid annoying shifting and bunching.

Special Features
These shorts come with an interior brief for added comfort and removes the need to wear additional layers. They are available in a wide range of shades, including many bright colors that help improve visibility during your night and early morning runs.

Value
The price tag associated with the Game Gear TR-60-CB running shorts is very affordable even for beginning runners who may not want to spend a lot on their running gear up front. These shorts are made to last and will serve you well so they are a good investment for any runner who wants a cheap basic pair of running shorts.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Use

If you want the full range of motion and race-level performance, consider purchasing specifically-designed track shorts.

Whether you’re looking for your next favorite pair of racing shorts or just looking for something fun to hit the track in, the right shorts can make all the difference. A pair of quality track shorts can help you shave time off your personal best or help you feel focused when training for your next big event.

Short inseams may have some runners hesitating to try out a pair of high-performance track shorts, but many runners who have resisted these thigh-exposing threads find they love the freedom and weightlessness they provide. So don’t be shy; show off those shapely, toned legs in the best track shorts the market has to offer!

Comfort

Of all things you want in your tracking shorts comfort is the one thing you cannot compromise on if you want to get the most out of your runs.

Comfort is paramount in daily workouts and routines of athletes and committed runners. Some have modest slits that don’t expose too much leg and also offer a loose comfortable fit. Comfort is achieved in various ways. Make sure that you get one that will be as comfortable for you as possible. As a runner, you will want results and we want to make sure that you get the very best.

Features

Even though modern designs and technological advances can help give you an edge, experienced runners know that it’s more important that your shorts are a good fit for you.

Length of Short
The length of a short is vital as this is one way to succeed as a track runner. The shorter the short the less weight it has and the faster you are likely to get, leave physics out of this but we can all agree the length of short is relative to weight which is related to the speed exerted. Ensure you get shorts that fit you with your height just perfect.

Fit/size
The size and fit of any cloth are relatable to the results. When it comes to shorts, always go by your height to know the best fit, then ensure that the waist is fitting too. If possible get an elastic waist that can be adjusted when need be. In most cases, we advise our runners to go to a store that they trust. One that can give them the return policy just in case and also try fitting the shorts in the store.

Pockets
Pockets can be one of the best advantages that shorts can have, a short that has many pockets is even considered more expensive than the rest. as tend to act like storage and will allow you to bring several items with you on the run. To help you in your quest to be great in the track, avoid overloading your pockets in case you are doing long distances as you will feel the weight on you.

Materials

The materials that are used in your track shorts can have a huge impact on your overall cofort and the final results from your runs.

The materials used for products that runners buy online or in the marketplaces is vital in quality and value determination of the product per se and satisfaction of the user eventually. Some of these shorts are also composed of a mesh material that is found on the side panels of the shorts and are meant to keep you the runner cool and covered by increasing breathability. The increased breathability provides a cool and revitalized feeling on the thighs and legs of the runner. The polyester fabric material used in designing particular running shorts are light in weight and also dries quickly within the runner’s tracks or after laundry. The inseam is mostly styled with splits that are extra-large to support the easy flawless motion. Anti-bacterial liner and ultra-thin shorts are also best for use.

Breathability

Nothing will irritate a runner more than a sticky and wet outdoor garment that won’t dry up while the heat of the activities keeps building up.

A running short that holds moisture within will inhibit the stride and confidence of the runner. The stride will be maintained by the modern moisture-wicking fabrics that will keep the runner dry and cool. The dryness and coolness provide a re-energized feeling to the runner to keep and increase the pace of his or her exercise. The ability to maintain dryness within the running short also helps in avoiding itchiness that might be caused by dumbness and ensure that your distance is covered.

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Follow care labels

It is important that you follow all care labels for your running shorts. Improper washing and drying can cause colors to bleed and fade, can make material shrink or stretch, can dissolve elastic waistbands, and cause the material of your shorts to break down faster! To ensure your running shorts last as long as possible, you need to be sure you are washing them properly and following the care instructions for each individual pair of running shorts that you own!.

Buy several shorts

Unless you want to spend every day washing clothes to make sure you have clean running shorts to wear to the gym, it is a good idea to invest in several pairs of shorts. You can buy several pairs of the same brand or different brands or styles. Remember different shorts are better for different types of workouts and weather conditions so make sure you are prepared!

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Sources

  1. Leah Morrigan, Keep Your Running Shorts Short, Running Blog, Oct 01, 2014
  2. Sila Rodney, The Importance of Choosing the Right Sports Shorts, Recreation and Sports., Jul 22, 2013
  3. Heather Murphy, When Sprinters Wore Baggy Shorts, News and Politics., Aug 04, 2012