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    26 Pairs Of Comfy Bike Shorts You Can Lounge *And* Work Out In

    Give your leggings a break. It's all about the biker short.

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    1. A pair of shaping high-waisted shorts reviewers say are buttery soft. You'll never want to take them off, even after your morning yoga routine. 

    the shorts in a vibrant olive green
    a model wearing the shorts in a royal blue with a matching bra top
    Yitty

    Promising review: "These shorts are sooo smooth, and soft. They're very comfy, and they make me feel so confident! I ended up buying some for my sister-in-law, too!" —Bree

    Get it from Yitty for $59.95 (available in sizes XS–6X and in eight colors). 

    2. A pair of reverse tie-dye bike shorts in case you aren't a big fan of the typical tie-dye look but still want to try a fun pattern. 

    A model in black shorts with orange tie-dye
    Dye It Culture/Etsy

    Dye It Culture is a North Carolina-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in one-of-a-kind, reverse-dyed pieces.

    Promising review: "Awesome shorts , so soft and comfortable! Love the design and the compliments .😎 I wasn’t sure of size the seller immediately answered ,so helpful. Just ordered a hoodie!" —Kathleen Phee

    Get it from Dye It Culture on Etsy for $25 (available in sizes S–XL).

    3. A pair of workout- and yoga-friendly bike shorts that come in various fun patterns that'll guarantee a step up in your athleisure wear. 

    A reviewer in the bike shorts, which fall mid-thigh
    Reviewer wearing the bike shorts

    Promising review: "I LOVE THEM. They are extremely comfortable and soft. They are very stretchy; you don’t feel totally compressed and uncomfortable. No chafing because of the length. I sweat a lot when I work out so it leaves me with the embarrassing “crotch” sweat. These shorts DO NOT SHOW ANY SWEAT. It’s like it completely wicks away any moisture. Saves me from being embarrassed while working out and also saves a trip to go home and change while already out on the road. I LOVE THESE. I will be buying more and have recommended it to my friends." —Amazon_user8

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and 19 designs, including two-packs).

    4. A tag-free jersey bike short made with thin and breathable fabric that isn't opaque so you don't have to worry about passerbys getting a little too much of a peek. 

    Reviewer in black knee length high waist bike shorts
    Reviewer showing shorts under a dress

    Promising review: "I was looking for something that would help with chafing but also be cute enough to wear in public. I was very worried they’d be too loose but they fit me PERFECTLY! I have thicker thighs so if you have thinner thighs maybe size down so they’re not loose, but I was very impressed. Comfortable, stayed put all day, very cute, I love these and will be ordering more" —Kristin

    Get it from Amazon for $7.90+ (available in sizes 1X–5X and two colors).

    5. A pair of neon colorblock bike shorts that'll give you even more mix and match color options to pair with your other activewear. 

    Model in high waist mid thigh-length bike shorts with one leg orange and the other leg hot pink
    Curtisbrands/Etsy

    Curtis Brands is an LA-based, woman-owned Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in fashion forward, comfortable apparel. 

    Promising review: "The shorts are so amazing and they make me feel like workout Barbie. The stitching is fantastic and the seller totally helped me out. She answered all my questions and even sent a pic of her in her pair of the shorts. They are so cute and comfy. They wick sweat really well and I stayed cool in them in the heat of Phoenix!" —Hannah Sampson

    Get it from Curtis Brands on Etsy for $25 (available in sizes S–2XL and two colors). 

    6. A pair of Girlfriend Collective's classic high-rise biker shorts more than 5,000 reviewers love that are designed to compress without riding up. Bonus points — they're also eco-friendly, made from recyclable materials. 

    Model in a pair of high rise purple mid thigh length biker shorts
    Model in a pair of high rise black mid thigh length biker shorts
    Girlfriend Collective

    Promising review: "I have four pairs of the black bike shorts now, they’re pretty much my WFH uniform. Comfy enough to sit and work, but also have enough compression and high rise for me to feel comfortable when taking my dog out on a power walk. If you’re plus size and wondering if they’ll be tight around your legs/thighs, I didn’t find that, they’re pretty great." —Courtney C. 

    Get it from Girlfriend Collective for $48 (available in sizes XXS–6XL and seven colors). 

    7. A pair of faux leather bike shorts you can rock from day activities straight into happy hour with your pals. 

    Promising review: "The quality of this material is amazing. I own a few Spanx brand leggings and these feel way better and definitely more breathe-able." —Joyce4e1

    Get it from Amazon for $27.68 (available in sizes XS–3XL).

    8. A pair of ridiculously soft and bold Free People seamless bike shorts so comfortable you might forget you're wearing anything at all! 

    A BuzzFeed editor in the pink bike shorts
    Model in yellow bike shorts
    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed, Free People

    Promising review: "From the comfortable stretching fabric to the integrated design, these are my go-to for exercise shorts or when I want a little more under a short dress. Even the label info is printed, so no bumps, seams or uncomfortable tags to worry about. So comfortable you could forget you have them on." —Larimar

    Get it from Free People for $20 (available in sizes XS–XL and six colors).

    9. A pair of comfy cotton bike shorts reviewers absolutely LOVE because of how lightweight and soft they are. And! They come in more than 40 colors and styles, so rack 'em up! 

    Promising review: "These are great to prevent chafing!! They aren’t too tight on the thighs, they stay put, and they are very comfortable!" —Shari P.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XL–7X and 49 styles). 

    10. A reviewer-beloved pair of high-waisted biker shorts both breathable and compressive, that also have a side pocket perfect for holding your phone or a few snacks in case you get hungry during your evening walk. 

    Reviewer is wearing a white top and black biker shorts
    a reviewer mirror selfie of someone wearing a sports bra and the biker shorts

    Promising review: "Gone are the days of slathering Vaseline on my thighs before my long runs! These shorts don't slip down, they don't ride up, and they have pockets that actually fit my entire hand. I'm training for a summer race and these shorts seriously saved my life. Best running shorts by I've tried by far." —J. Madrian

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL, three lengths, and in 37 colors). 

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    11. A pair of fun printed bike shorts featuring 72 (!!!) fun, quirky, and totally unexpected patterns. You can literally wear a new pair for months without repeating. Yes, it's perfectly normal to practically live in biker shorts, look it up. 

    A reviewer in black and white checkered bike shorts
    A reviewer in black and white paisley bike shorts

    Promising review: "I used these on a camping trip, and they held up great, they are very soft, and breathable, the best part was they were not see through when bending over. The length was great, helps avoid any thigh chafing." —Nataly Trevizo

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes S–3X and 72 prints).

    12. A suuuper soft three-pack of bike shorts because who buys only one pair at a time? You'll slip one on, and then you'll want to wear another pair the next day. This way, you'll have at least three days of biker shorts on deck with every load of laundry. 

    Reviewer in black knee length bike shorts
    Reviewer is wearing the grey biker shorts

    Promising review: "These are good quality for what you pay for. I wanted tight shorts for going on walks or for wearing with loose fitted shirts at the end of summer days. These fit the bill. They keep my thighs from chafing. They’re comfortable and stretchy." —Sarah

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $18.59+ (available in sizes S–XL and 14 color combos). 

    13. A pair of moisture-wicking bike shorts designed for all day comfort so you can — well — wear them all day! Jeans can be so constricting and leggings can be too hot. Biker shorts are the perfect compromise, especially when working out in warmer months. 

    Reviewer in high waisted mid thigh length blue camo print bike short
    Reviewer in black version

    Promising review: "This is a great pair of workout shorts. I love the feel of the material - soft, yet still wicking. For me, it's the perfect combination of high waist and longer inseam, and everything stays put - the waistband doesn't slip or sag, and the leg openings don't roll up. The inseam is long enough that my thighs don't chafe, but not so long that the length looks weird. I may ultimately get other colors as well." —Laura H.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.43+ (available in XS–3XL and 13 styles).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    14. A pair of metallic biker shorts perfect to wear for medium- and high-impact workouts minus the friction. Plus sometimes your gym ensemble could use a little extra pizzazz. 

    Promising review: "So soft and comfy! They aren't tight at the bottom like some shorts. Sleek color and easy to move in." —Veronica

    Get it from Amazon for $13.20+ (available in sizes L–1X and two colors).

    15. A pair of Superfit Hero's wickaway pocket bike shorts with their signature Superhold fabric that's soft and stretchy so you can be super comfy without worrying about your shorts moving around, slipping up, sliding down, etc... 

    Model in a pair of blush pink knee length compressive bike shorts
    Model in a pair of blush pink knee length compressive bike shorts
    Superfit Hero

    Superfit Hero is a US-based, woman-founded small business established in 2015 that specializes in sustainable, premium activewear for sizes L–7XL.

    Promising review: "I’ve had these for a while but have generally felt nervous about wearing skintight anything in public so I haven’t given them a real test. Today I said 'what the hell, you only live once' and wore them on a hike. They were SO GOOD! Super supportive, wicking, zero chafing, stayed put both on the waist and the leg, made my butt look great 😉, laid flat under the waist belt of my pack... these shorts are the real deal — just more confirmation that Superfit Hero is the place to go for serious athletic gear for larger bodies. I will definitely be hiking in them in the future!" —Mollie S. 

    Get it from Superfit Hero for $75 (available in sizes L–7XL and six styles). 

    16. A longer 12-inch design for people who prefer a little extra length than the traditional biker short. These bikers are more like spandex Bermuda shorts. Reviewers say they feel like Lululemon dupes!  

    Reviewer wearing maroon biker shorts
    Reviewer wearing camo biker shorts

    Promising review: "Umm I can’t believe how amazing these are. They feel like my lululemon! I love how they fit! Perfect for summer. The side pockets are a huge plus. Exactly what I thought I ordered." —aisharam

    Get it from Amazon for $10.89+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and eight colors).

    17. A pair of screened biker shorts adorned with mesh panels on the side to allow for extra breathability. 

    Reviewer wearing maroon bike shorts with mesh panels
    Reviewer wearing black bike shorts with mesh panels

    Promising review: "I've been doing outdoor bootcamps and it's too hot for leggings so I've been turning to bike shorts. These don't ride up, they're long enough to combat inner thigh chafing, the high waistband doesn't roll down, and the mesh detail makes them super cute. I also like the 2 side pockets and key pocket in the waistband." —Shelley C.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and 12 colors).

    18. A pair of ribbed biker shorts complete with an adorable lettuce hem for a unique pair of shorts that'll have you standing out amongst the crowd.  

    a model wearing the shorts in green
    Aerie

    Promising review: "These shorts feel amazing on. It feels like you have nothing on, and they stay up on your waist. They don’t fall down. The shorts don’t roll up. I have them in black also! Would buy every color." —Linds

    Get them from Aerie for $10.48 (originally $34.95; available in sizes XXS–XXL and in five colors).

    19. A pair of Under Armour bike shorts in case you're looking for a straight up workout option. Granted, they're still comfy enough to ~workout~ your fingers while scrolling through the Hulu menu to find something to watch. 

    a model wearing the shorts in red
    Model wearing black bike shorts
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought for strength training. My thighs are pretty big, and shorter shorts always end up riding up. Not these! Wore them to deadlift and cardio. They pass the squat test too. Not sheer under stretch but not too heavy fabric. None to minimal riding up and very comfortable. I like the wider waistband. It doesn't roll down or bunch up. Would buy again at this point." –OpalJingle

    Get them from Amazon for $26.86+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and seven colors).

    20. A pair of scrunch butt shorts — some reviewers simply described them as, "yasssssss." Need we say more? 

    Promising review: "Buy them right now!! I got a medium and when I say it fits so comfortably and like a glove I mean it!! I always have to order a large because things run small but these shorts are heavenly!!!" —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 50 colors and patterns). 

    21. A pair of colorblock warm-up shorts, honestly, just super cute so why not? Pssst, the heathered material offers a four-way stretch that sculpts your shape AND wicks the sweat making them great for low to medium activity from everyday errands and dog walks to morning stretches and picnics in the park. 

    a model wearing the yellow and purple colorblock shorts
    Outdoor Voices

    Promising review: "I never write reviews, but I just love these too much not to. I wear these shorts literally every day. They are so comfortable — great for both lounging in and working out. And the material is incredible quality. MWAH!" —