8 Pairs of Workout Shorts That Won’t Chafe or Ride Up
It’s a glorious summer morning and you’re just itching to get out there to start your day with an uplifting jog around the neighborhood. So you grab your favorite sports bra, sneakers and headphones and rush out the door. You feel the wind on your face as your muscles start to loosen up and remember how good it feels to break a sweat. And then your thighs decide to pick a fight with one another, and you’re forced to do a weird sort of crab-walk back home so that the chafing won’t get any worse than it already is.
Don’t let angry thigh chafing get in the way of your workout. Here to help get you through those hot days when you just can’t even with a pair of leggings or capris are eight pairs of shorts that are long enough to prevent chafing and won’t ride up no matter how many miles you’re tackling today.
1. Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Bike Shorts
Looking to feel held in while you complete your HIIT workout? These shorts have you covered. They’re made from a compressive blend of RPET (recycled material from plastic water bottles) and spandex that feels snug, yet comfortable on the waist and thighs. With over 20 pages of five-star reviews, it’s no wonder these shorts are sold out on multiple sites. Did we mention they go up to size 6XL? (You can shop the brand’s site for the complete range of sizes).
2. Nike Flex Shorts
Unlike a lot of two-in-one designs, the slim-fit inner layer doesn’t ride up or dig in, meaning you won’t have to worry about constantly tugging them down throughout your workout. The flowy outer short layer helps to keep you cool and well-ventilated (essential to prevent chafing from ever starting), while flattering your muscular quads. Win-win!
3. Lululemon Fast And Free Short 10“
The high-cut waist and ten-inch inseam guarantee nothing will be hanging out or left uncovered. And the seamless hem at the legs won’t dig in or ride up, while the numbered sizing (0 through 14) allows you to get closer to a perfect fit than the generic small/medium/large sizing ever could. With two deep side pockets (yes, they comfortably fit an iPhone X), a back pocket for keys or ID and a hidden inner pocket on the waistband, you can easily fit all your workout essentials.
4. Outdoor Voices TechSweat Shorts 7’’
The soft, lightweight TechSweat fabric is made specifically for high-intensity (read: super-sweaty) workouts, meaning you’re guaranteed to stay nice and dry, no matter what type of class you’ve got coming up. And you never have to worry about hiking these shorts up between burpees—Outdoor Voices engineered the waistband to stay put no matter what. The seven inch length ensures that these babies hit at mid-thigh and don’t ride up your leg, even when you’re doing a squat circuit.
5. New Balance Impact Run 2 in 1 Short
Any athlete knows that roomy short shorts, like the outer layer of these, are a recipe for chafing. But thanks to the longer inner shorts, your thighs will be protected against any rubbing in this New Balance pair. Plus, the breathable fabric is quick-drying to ensure that you stay cool even at the height of summer.
6. Tory Burch Tie-Dye Seamless Bike Shorts
Just because they’re functional doesn’t mean they have to be boring. The on-trend tie-dye design makes these bike shorts cute—without sacrificing performance. The seamless fabric was designed with body mapping, so they’re expertly crafted to offer support, breathability and compression in all the right places.
7. Brooks Chaser 7’’ Shorts
Brooks is one of our favorite running apparel brands, so we totally trust them when it comes to creating a high performance pair of shorts. The length is a great middle ground between a truly short pair of shorts and a Bermuda short, and the roomy style allows you to go from squats to lunges without having to readjust. Psst, the lightweight fabric was chosen specifically to minimize chafing thanks to its non-clinging quality.
8. Road Runner Sports R-Gear High Five Pocket 5” Short
If you’ve always wanted a pair of no-chafe running shorts that could double as a backpack, then have we got good news for you. No, these don’t actually convert into a handy carryall, but they certainly have enough pockets to stow anything and everything you might need while out and about. Slip your phone and wallet into the front zip pockets. Then stow gels, tissues, Band-Aids or a sunscreen stick in the back waistband pocket with Velcro closure. Car keys and ID? They’ll fit perfectly in one of the hidden inner pockets. Oh, and a fitted elastic waistband and inner drawstring ensure you won’t accidentally moon any passers-by with all those necessities tucked away.