Long before bike shorts were a trendy Kardashian fashion staple, they were simply practical shorts meant to withstand repetitive friction during a bike ride. High-waisted, cut long, and made from stretch fabric, bike shorts are surprisingly comfortable and functional to move around in.
It makes sense why cyclists prefer bike shorts over long leggings or running shorts.Like leggings, bike shorts are tight and made from compression fabric that’s comfortable and moves with you. And unlike most workout shorts, bike shorts are long enough to prevent dreaded inner-thigh chafing, and keep you covered during high-intensity workouts.
But even if you’re not actually biking, bike shorts can be the perfect in-between bottom for any workout. Whether you’re skeptical about the bike shorts trend or have fully converted, ahead we found the best options that are actually made for working out.
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Lululemon Wunder Train High Rise Short 8″
Bike shorts can sometimes feel revealing, but this performance-grade Lululemon pair has a high waist for extra coverage. Plus, they’re available in a variety of lengths to suit every style.
lululemon Wunder Train HR Short 8″, $, available at lululemon
Girlfriend Collective High Rise Bike Short
Runners will appreciate these seamless compression shorts, which won’t ride up or cause inner thigh chafing.
Girlfriend Collective GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE High-rise stretch-jersey cycling shorts, $, available at Selfridges & Co.
Outdoor Voices TechSweat Flex Short
Ideal for those of us who get drenched in a cycling class, these bike shorts are made from Outdoor Voices’ lightweight sweat-wicking fabric.
Outdoor Voices TechSweat Flex Short, $, available at Outdoor Voices
Under Armour Women’s HeatGear Armour Bike Shorts
We love these classic black second-skin shorts are an affordable yet quality pick. Plus, four-way stretch and moisture-wicking properties make them a sweat sesh must-have.
Under Armour Women’s HeatGear® Armour Bike Shorts, $, available at Under Armour
Year Of Ours Ribbed Stretch Shorts
Add some spring vibes to your workout clothes wardrobe with these sunny yellow bike shorts in a ribbed stretch nylon.
Year of Ours Year Of Ours Ribbed Stretch Shorts, $, available at Net-A-Porter
Sweaty Betty Contour Workout Shorts
Bring the holiday into your home with these sunny shorts that are super lightweight, sweat-wicking and quick-drying.
Sweaty Betty Contour 9″ Workout Shorts, $, available at Sweaty Betty
thleta Ultimate Stash Pocket 7″ Short
This Athleta pair has side pockets for keys or your phone, and comes in three chic neutral tones.
Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket 7″ Short, $, available at Athleta
ll Access Rush Biker Short
The extra wide double layer waistband on these ensures you will feel supported and held-in during your most high-intensity workouts.
All Access Rush Biker Short, $, available at Bandier
Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Deep Water Swim Shorts
You can swim in these bike shorts, which are made from UPF 50 fabric.
Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Deep Water Swim Shorts, $, available at Amazon
lala Vamp Short
Sleek compression fabric hugs your muscles without feeling restrictive, and monochrome colour-blocking detail makes these a high-style option.
Alala Vamp Short, $, available at Alala
2XU Compression Short
These compression shorts are made from special muscle-mapping fabric that’s supposed to reduce muscle fatigue and aid in recovery.
2XU Compression Short, $, available at 2XU
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