The Best Crossfit Shorts: We Review the Top 5!

No matter what your WOD consists of – kettle bell swings, pull-ups squats, rope climbs or  thrusters –  shorts are one of the most important items of gears you can buy. With so many Crossfit shorts out there, it’s hard to determine which ones are worth the money. Crossfit is unlike any other type of workout, which means you are going to want the proper shorts that have the flexibility and durability to hold up to the most demanding metcon. Make no doubt about it, after Crossfit shoes (such as the Reebok Nanos or Lifters), a great pair of shorts are the most important item of clothing you’ll buy. Continue reading to find out which ones are the best!

The Top 5 Crossfit Shorts:

Reebok CrossFit Super Nasty Board Shorts for Men:

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Click on the image above to check out these shorts on Amazon.

Reebok is the official sponsor of the Crossfit games, and its no wonder they are stepping up their game. This unique Crossfit short guarantees to get you through even the most unusual movements during the WOD. These are the most comfortable recommendation, which again is no surprise, because they were developed by Crossfit athletes; making these shorts ideal for Crossfit training. Water resistant, UV protective fabric, and made from 100% cotton, as well as with bonded gusset that allows for total range of motion and contain an antimicrobial inner brief to help keep these shorts feeling fresh each time you put them on. Visually these are short shorts, but on the left leg is a large vertical Reebok Crossfit logo in baby blue. Each leg has a 3 inch side slit, but that’s not the only point of ventilation. The PlayDry technology has the ability to move moisture and increase ventilation.

Rokfit Booty Short for Women:

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Click on the image to check out the RokFit Booty Shorts on Amazon.

Coming in a variety of styles, the Cross Training Short will be your go-to black short. You don’t have to worry about falling down or riding up-esepcially if your WOD is AMRAP; with the waistband a bit higher than most shorts, you will feel the reassurance that your booty wont be falling out; especially during HIIT or other workouts like double unders, or burpees. However size up!

RokFit Fight Short for Crossfit for Men:

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Click on the image to check out the rokfit fight shorts on Amazon

This high performance fight short is built tough, yet flexible. Heavy weight two way stretch body with double layer four way stretch inner flex panel, AND triple stitches on all seams, as well as a double hook and loop enclosures with a drawstring and 6” side slits, these shorts are very versatile; one of the top shorts for heavy lifts or metcon activities. The curved waistband fit the body perfectly to help prevent the shorts from shifting during training. These training shorts are the perfect pair for handstand pushups and rope climbs.

Nike Flex Shorts:

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Click on the image to check out the Nike Flex shorts on Amazon.

This list wouldn’t be complete without one of the top names in the athletic company. With this in mind, I was expecting great things, they didn’t disappoint when they introduced their Flex shorts. Without being long or baggy, they look as nice as they feel. This year they upgraded to now feature Hyra Void technology with DWR finish. You get an 8” inseam, but now they added side slits so chaffing begone! The side slit pockets have plenty of room for even the biggest phones (iPhone 6s, I’m lookin at you). The 4-way stretch fabric is comfortable but substantial.

Hylete Mens Helix Flex-Knit Pocket Shorts:

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Click on the image to check out the Hylete Helix Flex-Knit on Amazon

With the fabric of the future and a two-way drawstring, these shorts allow you to rock out with your drawstring out (or lace it up and tuck it inside for a clean look). The ultra-durable, lightweight fabric stretches with you, instead of against you- even for the deep squats, snatches, and box jumps that athletes do. The quick drying, moisture wicking fabric performs wherever, whenever. The zipper side pocket on both side are placed at the upper side seams of each leg so they won’t get in the way of your movements- whether you are hanging upside down or falling. These pockets make the perfect place for your ipod/phone/mp3. Whether you’ve got long legs or short, these are the shorts for you; they are available in regular, short/above the knee, and tall/long

UN92 Men:

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Click on the image to check out the U92 shorts on Amazon

Made from polyester offering a 4 way sretch fabric, as well as a drawstring to ensure they stay put during an entire workout, and with a Velcro fly to keep you comfortable; its no wonder the athletes have remarked just how easy these are to wear, and just how quickly they dry after a session of even the most intense HIIT. This apparel is dying to be apart of your WOD gear.

Rogue Fight Shorts:

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Click on the image to check out the Rogue Fight Shorts.

One of the top rated shorts among Crossfitters  are the Rogue Fight Shorts. More and more men are choosing to wear these while they perform their WOD. These bottoms com in black and offer a 2 way stretch polyester fabric, with a side slit, so you will never feel boxed into the short. Known for being lightweight and never to hold sweat (or odor), you are sure to feel fresh each time you put them on.

 

Honorable Mention:

UN92 Women:

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Click on the image to check out the U92 women’s shorts on Amazon.

For those who want to add more color to their outfit, the UN92 WC Women’s Kettlebell Fit Shorts are for you. Made with breathable fabric that naturally wicks away water from the body, so you can stay cool during your workout. 4-way stretch fabric ensuring you never feel restricted, as well as an invisible zipper card and key pocket on the back for convince. The 3-inch inseam is ideal and will ensure you never want to take these training shorts off.

 

2pood Performance V. 4.0 Shorts

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These have been among my favorite functional fitness shorts, not so much for the style though. I just don’t see the need for such an in your face logo on the side of their shorts. The material is middleweight 4-way stretch fabric that comes together with an elastic waistband with a tie together in the front. Being the V 4.0’s are not an overly baggy pair of shorts, they feel great and actually look outstanding once you get past the huge logo. These shorts look, feel, and perform awesome..however..on their site 2POOD states ““This is an amazing material but excessive scraping with barbell knurling will damage these shorts”. Obvioulsy this was part of the test, and this shouldn’t just be brushed off. After three wears, where the bar meets my leg is already starting to fade and have scratches. Keep that in mind, and just don’t wear these for days you have barbell work! Add this pair of active wear to your WOD gear collection!

2POOD Metcon Shorts:

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Who loves short shorts!? Compared to the Soffe ranger panties, these are slightly longer making them more wearable day to day, but still have a 3” inseam. The Metcon shorts have the simple 2P logo that should really just be used on all shorts. No need to fuss with finding the right compression shorts to go with these because they have a built in liner. The camo has reflective stripes that will make sure you are shining bright like a diamond. With plenty of room for the thighs and a gusseted crotch so you wont have to worry about them catching. Best part? They don’t show wear like the v4.0’s!

 

Born Primitive Compression Snatch Shorts:

Men’s Snatch Shorts

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Click on the image to check out the compression snatch shorts on Amazon.

Women’s Snatch Shorts

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Click on the image to check out the women’s compression snatch shorts on Amazon.

Have you been doing Olympic lifts, and after a few sessions have your pubic bone feel bruised? I know I’m not alone. These shorts remind me of the Under Armour Compression Shorts; they wick away sweat, are light and stretch allowing you to feel free as a bird. With a heavy-duty waistband and a pad that protects your pubic bone-however this isn’t just some ordinary piece of foam- it’s made of little octagon pads that connect and are firm, yet never feels bulky. You may look silly but they actually do work. Even if you don’t have a hard hit on your hips, you are able to do more volume; its no wonder the brands slogan is “PR Without the Pain.”

Born Primitive Renewed Vigor Booty Shorts:

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Click on the image to check out these Crossfit booty shorts on Amazon,

Coming in a variety of colors and designs, these form fitting Crossfit shorts are 100% Supplex –the feel of cotton with the benefits of advanced fiber technology. Complete with a longer inseam for comfort, while the wide waistband keeps these training shorts not only in place, but they keep you covered. If you are between sizes, it is recommended to go down in size as these shorts fit pretty true to size, but can be slightly on the bigger side. Because of the material, these bottoms stay put-even through the toughest WOD, HIIT, or even a few miles. You wont need to worry about them riding up or falling down- these are a must.

Final thoughts

If you aren’t into the shorts scene, there are plenty of bottoms you can wear ranging from leggings, capris, and even skirts- without sacrificing mobility, function, or style. It’s also important to keep socks in mind, particularly when doing dead lifts or other exercises that can scrape up your shins! There are plenty of great socks out there that can provide solid protection. Alternatively you might like to consider compression socks, which can double up to provide improve recovery and performance.

Did you like this article? Make sure to check out our upcoming reviews on otehr crossfit gear: we’ll be coving hoodies, shirts (with or without compression sleeves), tanks and gloves.

Cheap MMA Shorts – Where to Buy Them

Cheap MMA shorts can be hard to come by if you don’t know where to start looking. For a lot of retailers, cheap MMA shorts can also mean low quality MMA shorts but there are a few places where you can pick up high quality MMA training shorts at a fraction of the cost. In this article we’re rounding up the best places to buy cheap MMA shorts, showing you what to look for when choosing your next pair of fight shorts without having to sacrifice quality for cost.

Different Styles of MMA Shorts

MMA is a unique sport so you’re going to need to choose the right pair of training shorts to ensure you get the most out of your game, matching the right pair of shorts to the style of mixed martial arts you’re doing. Muay Thai, Jujitsu and Krav Maga are some common MMA disciplines, each with their own specific gear needs. Muay Thai involves a lot of high kicking leg work so a good pair of Muay Thai shorts, for example will need to have loose, wide fitting legs with an elastic waistband to ensure maximum mobility and secure comfort. The ground based wrestling style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu means that the right pair of Jiu Jitsu grappling shorts will also need to provide a good range of movement and a comfortable fit, but needs a tighter and longer leg, and typically have drawstring and Velcro closures to keep them in place. Krav Maga pants are a different beast completely, with a lot of Krav Maga fighters opting for long, heavy duty pants. Some MMA fighters will opt for a tighter fit style of heavy duty shorts, called fight shorts which are good for high impact sports with a lot of grappling action. Other fighters might prefer a looser style of MMA board shorts which are good for hybrid style MMA fighting and popular in ultimate fighting. Tight fitting compression shorts are also a popular choice either on their own or worn under looser shorts. Girls too will have different needs in MMA shorts to the boys, with women’s MMA shorts often having a more contoured fit around the hips area and a shorter leg, where men’s shorts will typically have more room in the front, a longer waist to crutch area and a straighter and longer leg. Whatever your specific needs for your MMA fighting, there are a few basic characteristics a good pair of MMA shorts will need:

  • Flexibility – a lot of shorts are made of either four way stretch or two way stretch fabric, some with slits along the side of the legs to ensure maximum leg mobility.

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  • Fast Drying – Working up a sweat, you’re going to need a pair of shorts that have good moisture control so opt for a polyester style fabric, preferably with some form of microbial property to help you stay dry and prevent chafing.

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  • Secure and Comfortable Fit – Whether it’s rolling, grappling, or kicking, mixed martial arts involves a range of high impact movement so you’re going to need a pair of training shorts that will stay in place securely but still be comfortable. A good pair of fight shorts will combine a drawstring and Velcro closure, though some will also have elasticated waist bands.

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  • Safety – MMA fighters should avoid shorts that have any kind of metal fastenings or loose flapping parts for their own safety and the safety of their opponents. For safety reasons, a lot of fighters also prefer shorts without external pockets.

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So, now we know what to look for when buying the right pair of MMA shorts, let’s take a look at the best places online to buy cheap MMA shorts, keeping all of these quality factors in mind while checking out the best discounts and prices.

Jaco Clothing

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jaco-hybrid-training-short-300x300Jaco Clothing is your place to go if you’re looking for a wide selection of hybrid training gear with some really good discounts. Jaco stocks their own brand of MMA shorts for men as well as women’s fight gear. Jaco’s popular hybrid fight shorts have a 4 way stretch, sweat wicking fabric and also feature an innovative waist tightening system that uses a drawstring with a back compression panel to ensure a tight and secure waist with a relaxed and comfortable fit around the leg. For the girls, Jaco offers two main styles of MMA shorts: a shorter compression style that can be worn under looser shorts or on their own, as well as a longer style of capris tights. Bothjaco-women-compression-shorts-300x300 styles are made of durable and flexible, moisture control fabric.
The Jaco store does have regular clearance center with impressive discounts on some items, though cheap MMA shorts aren’t always on sale so for shorts specifically, you’ll have to keep an eye on their clearance range. At regular price, you can pick up a pair of men’s fight shorts for $54.99, and only $24.99 for the women’s compression shorts which already makes them both cheaper than a lot of other brands.

Pros– High quality hybrid fight gear with styles for both men and women, good value even at full price.

Cons– Shorts aren’t always discounted

 

MMA Outlet

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venum-fight-shorts-300x273MMA Outlet stock an impressive array of men’s MMA gear and youth MMA shorts, but MMA Outlet doesn’t stock MMA shorts for women. They stock a good range of popular brands including Venum, Combat, Hayabusa, Clinch Gear, and Contract Killer, and have one of the best ranges of clearance items around. MMA Outlet has great discounts on fight shorts so when you’re looking for cheap MMA shorts, you’ll be sure to find something worth a look. At the time of writing, they’re offering impressive discounts on a range of top end MMA fight shorts, including Venum and Clinch and also giving away free shipping on some orders.

Pros – A wide range of top end brands regularly on sale, with good deals and free shipping offers

Cons – Don’t stock MMA gear from women

Performance MMA

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Performance MMA sells a full range of MMA apparel for men and women as well as youth MMA gear, stocking all of the popular brands including Warrior, Affliction, Triumph, Headrush, Sprawl and others with a good range of sizes and designs. Most of the shorts in the Performance MMA range are in the board short style – with
tap-out-board-shortslooser fitting legs and Velcro drawstring waists – though they do stock a range of compression shorts. Performance MMA has a well stocked clearance range but cheap MMA shorts are sometimes few and far between, with most of their specials on MMA shirts, MMA gloves and other fight gear. There are a few pairs of discounted shorts. At the time of writing, Performance MMA has 50% off some styles of Tapout brand board shorts, and are selling Jaco brand fight shorts with a 40% discount.

Pros – great range of brands and sizes, when shorts are on special, good savings.

Cons – cheap MMA shorts are often hard to come by with most discounts on other MMA gear

MMA Overload

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MMA Overload has one of the best ranges of MMA gear online with a huge range of top brands like Dethrone, Ecko, Tap Out, Affliction, Headrush, Venum and heaps more. They stock a wide selection of fight shorts and compression shorts for guys and girls and have some serious discounts for anyone looking for good quality cheap MMA shorts. MMA Overload currently have a great discount on
bad-boy-fight-shorts Bad Boy Legacy Fight shorts – a popular option for MMA shorts with durable but lightweight 4-way stretch polyester, triple stitched seams and a Velcro waist – on sale for $39.99 from $64.99. Customers in the US get free shipping on any order over $125

Pros – A massive range of MMA gear with regular specials on fight shorts with shipping discounts

Cons – Only US customers are eligible for shipping discounts

Kombat Gear

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kombat-gear-custom-muay-thai-shorts-177x300Kombat Gear is your place to go for custom MMA shorts. Designing your own custom fight shorts using Kombat Gear’s innovative online software is super easy. Just pick the type of shorts you’re after, select your colors and styles, choose from a selection of cool graphics of add your own custom text or stick to a blank MMA shorts design and you’re good to go. Kombat Gear offers custom made Muay Thai shorts as well as boxing trunks and K1 trunks, all with the same customizing options. If you’re not looking to design your own fight shorts, Kombat Gear also sells their own range of ready made MMA shorts and Muay Thai gear. Designing your own custom MMA shorts isn’t as expensive as you might think, with a custom pair of Muay Thai shorts going for around $40. Kombat Gear is also currently offering a free upgrade to premium shipping services on all orders.

Pros – excellent range of custom design options at a good price

Cons – a limited range of MMA training shorts styles

Rev Gear

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RevGear stock their own brand of MMA gear as well as a range of Triumph and Bad Boy branded gear. RevGear have a great range of different styles of MMA shorts for men as well as MMA shorts for women and kid’s MMA shorts. image6

The RevGear brand Spartan Pro fight shorts (RRP $49.99) are one of the most popular pair of MMA shorts going around. They have a super light two way stretch polyester fabric with antimicrobial agents, tough reinforced stitching and a 5” side slit, and come in a range of colors and designs. It’s not often you’ll see these exact shorts on sale, but RevGear does have a good range of regularly rotating discounts on shorts, with some gear at wholesale prices. At the time of writing, RevGear have good deals on cheap Krav Maga pants, offering around 35% off the full price. RevGear also sells cheap Muay Thai shorts for men and women, even when they’re not on sale for only $29.99.

Pros – Superior Quality MMA fight gear with a wide selection of styles

Cons– The best and most popular gear isn’t often on sale

 

The Verdict

Whatever your MMA fighting style, whatever MMA training shorts you’re after, these stores will have something to offer you without breaking your budget.

  • If you’re after cheap MMA shorts you can use for a variety of sports and hybrid training, head to Jaco for both men’s and women’s gear.
  • For high quality men’s MMA shorts, Jaco is also a great choice.
  • Performance MMA is the best stop for a variety of cheap MMA gear, and you’ll even find some discounts on Jaco shorts that may not be on sale in Jaco’s own site. MMA Overload is the best place to find cheap MMA shorts from a range of popular brands as well as good shipping discounts.
  • For custom MMA shorts head to Kombat Gear

There’s no need to spend a lot of money on a good pair of MMA shorts. With plenty of options available in a range of styles and sizes, you’ll be able to pick up a high quality pair of cheap MMA shorts from any of these outlets.