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Looking for the perfect shorts for that hike, run, or long bike ride? Our experts took the top models and put them through rigorous side-by-side testing. Whether you are looking for bike shorts, mountain bike shorts, running shorts or hiking shorts, our team of experts has recommendations to keep you comfortable and unchafed.

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Best Running Shorts of 2022

Best Running Shorts of 2022

Our running experts tested 10 of the most popular men's running shorts from a wide range of brands and price points. We ranked them after thorough testing for their waistband and liner...
Best Running Shorts for Women of 2022

Best Running Shorts for Women of 2022

After researching over 20 pairs of women's running shorts, we purchased 12 to extensively evaluate, and are now confident we can have you ready to hit the road running with the very best...
Best Hiking Shorts of 2022

Best Hiking Shorts of 2022

Hiking shorts are an essential piece of equipment for spring and summer adventures. We buy and test the best side-by-side. Our expert advice gives you exactly...
Best Hiking Shorts for Women of 2022

Best Hiking Shorts for Women of 2022

Planning for an upcoming hike? We reviewed a handful of the year's best hiking shorts with varying inseams to determine the best in functionality, comfort, and style.
Best Mountain Bike Shorts of 2022

Best Mountain Bike Shorts of 2022

It can be tricky to navigate the world of mountain bike apparel. Our team of mountain bike experts tested 16 of the best shorts on the market to help you find the pair that best meets your...
Best Mountain Bike Shorts for Women of 2022

Best Mountain Bike Shorts for Women of 2022

Women's mountain bike shorts are better than ever! We purchased the best to test them back-to-back on all of our favorite trails to find out which held up to hard-charging days and mellow...
Best Bike Shorts and Bibs of 2022

Best Bike Shorts and Bibs of 2022

We were out on the road and inside on the trainer for weeks working on our latest review. We added 5 new models to our full review, which includes 12 of the best bike shorts out there for...
Best Bike Shorts for Women of 2022

Best Bike Shorts for Women of 2022

What's the difference between a good ride and a bad one? Don't let it be your pair of cycling shorts. To find the best, our experts rode miles and miles of pavement, asphalt, and gravel.




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Pearl Izumi Quest Review
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Pearl Izumi Quest Review

Our Best Buy Award for tight budgets landed with these shorts. They’re simple, but they’ll get the job done and do it at a reasonable price.
Fox Racing Ranger Review
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Fox Racing Ranger Review

These affordable trail riding shorts are a great option for the rider on a budget. With a slim, performance-oriented fit, a 12-inch inseam, durable ripstop construction, and an included...



Shorts Learning Center

How to Choose Mountain Bike Shorts for Men

How to Choose Mountain Bike Shorts for Men

What is the best mountain bike short out there? We tested several different shorts from the top brands in our Best Mountain Bike Short Review and discovered some important things you...
How to Choose the Best Hiking Shorts for Men

How to Choose the Best Hiking Shorts for Men

Shorts are such a common piece of clothing for a hiker that it pays big time to have a comfortable pair. Whether you are going out for a day, a week, a month or more, we have some advice...
How to Choose Mountain Bike Shorts for Women

How to Choose Mountain Bike Shorts for Women

Women's mountain bike shorts are finally having their day. Though women have been on the mountain biking scene for years, it's only recently that companies are paying enough attention to...
How to Choose the Best Hiking Shorts for Women

How to Choose the Best Hiking Shorts for Women

Whether you live in the mountains or in the city, seeking out the perfect hiking short will depend on personal style preferences and agendas. It can be challenging to know what to look...
How to Choose Women's Bike Shorts

How to Choose Women's Bike Shorts

Need a hand navigating the market and figuring out what pair of shorts (or bibs!) fits your riding style best? You're in the right place.

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