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The 14 Best Pairs of Compression Shorts for Men in 2023, Tested by Personal Trainers

Not too loose and not too tight, but just right.

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COMPRESSION SHORTS are kind of a must-have for most dudes. Whether you’re biking, jogging, running, or doing just about anything active, the stretchy-yet-supportive underwear help keep you ‘locked in,’ so to speak, so you can focus on your workout without worrying about what’s going on in your gym shorts. Plus, most are made of moisture-wicking materials that help keep you cool and dry down there when your workout gets sweaty. (Not to mention providing plenty of airflow.)

“It’s not only about what it gives you in terms of performance benefit, moisture management, support, and comfort,” Dan Leraris, director of Men’s Apparel for Under Armour previously told Men’s Health. “It’s also about the psychological benefit of how you put it on and lock in.” Plus, compression shorts could help with recovery which, Leraris says, “is something that people are grossly undervaluing at this point.”



  • Best Tested Compression Shorts

    HeatGear Compression Shorts
    Under Armour

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  • Amazon’s Choice for Best Compression Shorts

    Men’s Compression Shorts (3-pack)
    Runhit

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  • Best Compression Shorts for HIIT Training

    Compression Short
    Ten Thousand

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  • Best Compression Shorts for Running

    8″ Groundwork Half Tight
    Janji

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  • Most Comfortable Compression Shorts

    9” Warrior Compression Short
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Although the science is still out if it will really improve your workout, there are some forms of the athletic apparel that can compress your muscles to keep them supported and contained, thus possibly improving circulation by squeezing blood back toward the heart. And, from the anecdotal experience of some of us here at Men’s Health, we’ll vouch for the fact that compression shorts help.

So, whether you’re looking to add a few new pairs of shorts to your workout wardrobe or just wanting to try your first pair, we’ve got you covered with our picks for the best pairs of compression shorts for your workouts in 2023.

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Best Tested Compression Shorts

Under Armour

HeatGear Compression Shorts

Fabric Polyester / 16% elastane

Amazon’s Choice for Best Compression Shorts

Runhit

Men’s Compression Shorts (3-pack)

Fabric 88% polyester / 12% spandex

Best Compression Shorts for HIIT Training

Ten Thousand

Compression Short

Fabric 78% nylon / 22% spandex

Best Compression Shorts for Running

Janji

8″ Groundwork Half Tight

Fabric 68% nylon / 32% spandex

Most Comfortable Compression Shorts

Alo Yoga

9” Warrior Compression Short

Fabric High-stretch nylon jersey

Best Value Compression Shorts

Nike

Pro Dri-FIT Men’s Shorts

Fabric 90% polyester / 10% spandex

Best Premium Compression Shorts

Leorever

Men’s Performance Compression Thigh Tight

Fabric Polyester / spandex

Hanes

Men’s Sport Performance Compression Short

Fabric 84% polyester / 16% spandex

CompressionZ

Men’s Compression Shorts

Fabric 85% nylon / 15% spandex

2XU

Men’s Light Speed Compression Shorts

Fabric 72% nylon / 28% elastane

WOLACO

North Moore Compression Shorts

Fabric 88% polyester 12% spandex

Adidas

Techfit Allover Print Training Short Tights

Fabric 88% recycled polyester / 12% elastane single jersey

Champion

Men’s 9-Inch Compression Short

Fabric 84% polyester / 16% spandex

TELALEO

5 Pack Compression Shorts

Fabric Polyester / spandex

Do Compression Shorts Actually Work?

“In terms of science, there’s no clear evidence that [compression] will decrease injury risk,” Dr. Gerardo Miranda-Comas, a sports medicine physician and assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine, previously told Men’s Health. But, he goes on to say, “It can help with biomechanics, and personally that’s why I recommend it at times. Compression helps recruit muscle adequately and give you more synchronized movement.”

The biggest potential benefit from compression shorts is the fact that they may help you recover better and faster. One 2019 study found that wearing compression leggings actually helped muscles recover more quickly after intense eccentric power or resistance exercise. And another 2016 study found that runners who wore compression clothing may also benefit from improvements in endurance performance, as well as reduced muscle pain, damage, and inflammation.

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How to Shop for the Best Compression Shorts

Like most workout apparel, compression shorts aren’t complicated. The right pair should keep you cool, dry, and comfortable through even the toughest workout. While there is no one ultimate pair of men’s compression shorts, these are the things to look for when shopping for the best compression shorts for you:

Ideal compression

Of course, the most important feature of compression shorts is—wait for it—the compression. But, finding the right compression for you can be a challenge, especially if you’re not used to wearing ultra-tight shorts. You want a pair that fits very snugly, but not so tight that it’s unflattering or you feel “squeezed” while wearing them. If you’re buying your first pair of compression shorts, consider sizing up until your body gets accustomed to the feel.

Inseam matters

Choosing an inseam is partly about looks, but it’s also about supporting the right muscle groups. Longer inseams tend to stay in place better without the notorious compression short “ride-up.” Full-length compression shorts also target your hamstrings and quads which may be better for, say, cycling. Shorts with shorter inseams (5 inches or less) are better at targeting the glutes and hips. Just keep in mind that the shorter they are, the more likely they’ll be to ride up and or chafe. There’s no “right” inseam—it’s a matter of personal preference and what works with your fitness routine.

It’s all about the stretch

Every pair of men’s compression shorts we’ve researched or field-tested is made of a blend of either polyester or nylon, plus some amount of stretchy fabric like elastane or spandex. The more stretch fabric, the more give; the more give, the looser the compression. Again, it’s about the right fit for you.

Price

Thankfully, compression shorts aren’t expensive. Even the best models are typically under $70. But you can also score good, budget-conscious shorts for less than $10 per pair. Bottom line: You don’t have to spend a fortune.

How We Selected the Best Compression Shorts

For the past two years, we consulted with Men’s Health‘s Fitness editors and writers on the top compression shorts for men. Experts including our own fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. and fitness editor Brett Williams, NASM, put countless men’s compression shorts through the wringer to evaluate their fit, support, comfort, effectiveness, and price. We also considered top-reviewed men’s compression shorts with at least 100 five-star customer ratings on e-commerce websites that we trust. The list above represents our honest picks for the best compression shorts for men in 2023.

Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S., is the fitness director of Men’s Health and a certified trainer with more than 10 years of training experience.

Mike Richard has traveled the world since 2008.

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