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    28 Pairs Of Bike Shorts That Reviewers Swear By

    What a blessing to live in a world where bike shorts for napping *and* working out exist.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A popular pair of standard compressive high-waist bike shorts with deep pockets that come in so many colors and lengths that you'll probs be coming back for a second and third pair after buying your first.

    These have over 4,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, with reviewers mentioning the convenience of the pockets and how "squat-proof" they are. And full disclosure, I bought a pair of these a few weeks ago for at-home workouts and runs around my neighborhood, and I love them so much that I may never wear real pants again. They're just the right balance between compressive and comfy, and wash really well.

    Promising review: "Had already bought the Baleaf capris with the phone pocket and wanted to try the shorts. Can't believe how many manufacturers are ignoring active women who need a spot for their phones! So happy to discover Baleaf. The pocket fit my iPhone 7 in its case and held it firmly against my upper outer thigh so there wasn't bouncing around and I didn't get chafed. There was also a hidden pocket at the waist that could actually hold a key with fob, not just a single key. Again, HOORAY and why don't more makers of activewear think of this? It felt supportive and snug but nothing was tight. I am a runner and appreciate that the legs of the shorts didn't ride up as I ran. Fabric was a good thickness, not at all see-through. I am a fan!" —Carla Jean

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 45 styles and sizes XS-3XL).

    2. A pair of metallic biker shorts built for medium- and high-impact workouts, with a subtle shine to help you kick it into high gear.

    A model in deep red metallic bike shorts that fall mid-thigh

    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 $10.97+ (available in sizes L-3X and three colors).

    3. A pair of padded cycling shorts with a Coolmax foam layer to help wick moisture and keep you feeling fresh and dry.


    Promising review: "I really liked these shorts, they are very padded and comfortable and the material feels high quality. The padding does feel very bulky but I wanted this for longer rides so it was exactly what I was looking for! I will say if you are looking for a more versatile bike short that you can where for running/triathlon as well I wouldn't recommend because they do feel a little awkward to walk in." —Tracey Zarkis

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in unisex sizes M-XXL and two styles).

    4. A pair of mini biker shorts designed for yoga, but also perfect for wearing under dresses and skirts in the heat.

    A model in pastel blue bike shorts that fall on the upper thigh

    Promising review: "BUY THESE instead of Nike or name brand Spanx!!! Half the price and still great quality! I do hot yoga every day and normally wear name brand Spanx such as Nike, Lululemon, or Under Armour and I’ve been in need of some new pairs. Let me tell you — these are just as good! I will likely never buy name brand again! These Spanx are not see-through when I bend over." —sretz

    Get it from Amazon for $15.20+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and seven colors).

    5. A pair of mid-thigh bike shorts with pockets to stash your post-workout snacks.

    model wearing navy blue bike shorts

    Promising review: "These are the perfect length and fit. I love the pockets because I can store fuel for my long runs in them. I have run several half and full marathons in these and ordered more because I love them so much." —Claire S.

    Get it from Athleta for $59 (available in sizes XXS-3X and three colors).

    6. A pair of heather gray bike shorts designed for all day comfort, with a sneaky pocket at the waistband.


    Promising review: "I love wearing shorts like these under dresses/skirts and just in general as it’s getting warmer. They are incredibly comfortable and fit well, I honestly almost forget I’m wearing them. It’s great! And most importantly there’s a small pocket on the left side where you can keep a phone/key/money. It’s not big, but it’s something!" —Faye Graves

    Get it from Amazon for $13.28+ (available in XS-3X and 16 colors).

    7. A pair of seamless ribbed bike shorts so easy to shimmy into that you'll be tempted to cancel all the other bottoms in your wardrobe.

    Free People

    Oops, bought these too, as I am basically just a sentient pair of bike shorts now. I got these in pink (above) and the fabric is thin and compressive, but not at all see-through, and very cozy to wear around the house or on socially-distanced neighborhood walks. I wouldn't recommend these for anything high-impact in public just based on the construction of them, but def good for at-home workouts or low-impact anything.

    Promising review: "These shorts are amazing! It cinches my waist perfectly, but it doesn’t squeeze. There are so many matching bramis, bralettes, and camis for these shorts, the shorts have become an everyday quarantine staple! Please come out with new colors! I will buy up every bright color you make!" —diamondberries

    Get it from Free People for $20 (available in sizes XS-L and 23 colors).

    Psst — Free People is offering free shipping with no minimum right now.

    8. A pair of high waist bike shorts with sneaky side pockets that reviewers say fit just right.

    model wearing zebra print bike shorts
    Old Navy

    Promising review: "These shorts are SO COMFORTABLE! I have been searching for a good pair of plus size running shorts for two years. These Old Navy shorts are everything I wanted. They are super stretchy and soft, so they do not feel uncomfortable no matter how long you wear them. They do not slide, move, or roll down as I jog. They stay exactly in place. And they have two large pockets! Plus they are cute!! I should've bought more than three, but I'm buying some more now. I also plan on taking these to Disney World with me in May because they seem like the kind of shorts that would hold up all day at a hot theme park. I hope they keep making them and that they add some new colors to the plus size." —Lani D.

    Get it from Old Navy for $27 (originally $29.99; available in sizes 1X-4X and eight colors).

    9. A dependable pair of Under Armour bike shorts designed with a HeatGear fabric that wicks sweat and keeps your shorts odor-free.

    A model in high waist black bike shorts that fall mid thigh

    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." —Opal Jingle

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and five colors).

    10. A pair of gorgeous taupe polka-dot bike shorts to make your legs feel like ~works of art~.

    model wearing taupe polka-dot bike shorts

    Promising review: "I have yet to wear them without getting compliments. The material is get this soft AND sturdy. I would say order true to size. The fit was tight but not tight enough to make your legs looks like stuffed sausages. And (most importantly) they aren't see-through." —SB

    Get it from Revolve for $84 (available in sizes XS-L).

    11. A pair of ribbed high waist bike shorts with a little bit of shine to catch the attention of that cutie you see every time at the gym.

    model wearing brown bike shorts

    Promising review: "These shorts as AMAZING! Whoever designed them needs a raise. I bought both dark green and black, the black one doesn't seem as shiny as other colors, it's very low key if you want to add some accent to your fit without crazy patterns and whatnot. And how come the material is lightweight but not see-through at the same time? How? It makes no sense....Anyway, BUY THEM" —RookieCookie

    Get it from Aerie for $34.95 (available in sizes XXS-XXL and four colors).

    12. A pair of wickaway bike shorts with UPF 50+ sun protection that'll be your go-to all summer.

    model wearing bike shorts in black

    Promising review: "These are the most comfortable shorts I've ever owned (they honestly feel like butter). They're perfect for yoga and biking - they don't ride up. I love how high waisted they are too (hit just above the belly button on me). Well worth the price. My only wish is that they had them in more colors!! Navy blue, maybe!?" —Kelsey

    Get it from Athleta for $49.99 (originally $59; available in sizes 1X-3X).

    13. A pair of white leopard print bike shorts for anyone who wants to mix up their wardrobe a little.

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

    Promising review: "These are amazinggggg! So buttery soft and comfortable. A lot of shorts ride up and move around while working out but these did not. So soft and comfy I want to get more for workouts and just hanging out. I LOVE these. They look just like the picture and fit perfectly." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.50+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 14 prints).

    14. A customizable bike short for anyone who wants to get the length and feel *just* right — you can tell the seller how long you want the inseam, so it's perfect tailored to your needs.

    A model in brown high-waisted bike shirts that fall upper mid-thigh
    Elven Forest/Etsy

    Elven Forest is a custom, sustainably made clothing shop made up of a team of women based primarily in Colorado and established in 2011.

    To order these, you can decide first on a color (black or brown), a size (XS-XL), a preferred waistband (regular or foldover), and then let the seller know your preferred inseam (how long you want the shorts to be). You can measure this in inches from your crotch to the point on your thigh where you want the shorts to fall.

    Promising review: "I adore these shorts. They fit perfectly and don't roll up my legs at all. The fabric feels very durable and remains opaque when worn. I'm looking forward to wearing these for a long time." —priesterin

    Get it from Elven Forest on Etsy for $38 (available in sizes XS-XL, eight colors, and in custom lengths and waistbands).

    15. A pair of high-waist bike shorts with a floral tie-dye print that will make you feel like you're working out in Bikini Bottom (in the best way, trust us).

    Promising review: "Extremely comfortable and soft. These biker shorts are perfect for working out, but are also super cute for a casual outfit with an oversized t-shirt/sweatshirt. Don't hesitate- BUY THEM!!" —Morgan

    Get them from Aerie for $34.95 (available in sizes XXS-XXL and three colors). Also, buy one now to get another pair 50% off!

    16. A pair of colorful Adidas bike shorts to make a statement, whether you're wearing them for work or play.

    A model in patterned bike shorts with adidas waistband, socks, and sneakers

    If you prefer your bike shorts to fall farther down your leg, these are for you —according to reviews, these shorts run on the longer side.

    Promising review: "Great buy, comfortable, plenty of compliments. Definitely recommend." —Adidas Customer

    Get it from Adidas for $35 (available in sizes 2XS-S).

    17. A pair of *metallic* Under Armour bike shorts so flashy and fun that you'll want to rotate all the different colors for each of your workouts.


    Psst — reviewers love these shorts, but many recommend if you're deciding between sizes to go up a size!

    Promising review: "Great workout shorts. I like that the fit is exactly my size and I the material wicks away moisture well. Perfect for yoga and running." —ElleBee

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 13 colors).

    18. A pair of moisture-wicking cycling shorts with gel padding and nonslip bands at the leg openings to keep them from riding up.

    A model in black bike shorts with gray detailing on the "Sponeed" logo on the side

    Psst — reviewers note that you should read the size conversion (and will likely end up sizing down!).

    Promising review: "After three rides, about seven hours total wearing them, I really like them. The fit is good and the gripper elastic around the legs works. They stayed quite comfortable in 82 degrees F and 76% humidity. The gel cushioning is in smaller sections, rather than 1 big section on each side that I'm used to, and I think that works a bit better. Of course, no idea yet how durable they will be, but they feel solid, not flimsy. Note there is not a drawstring at the waist, just elastic (not gripper) — I use suspenders, so can't say if the elastic would be enough on its own." —Will Strang

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in men's sizes S-XXXL and nine colors).

    19. A pair of ultra-high-rise bike shorts so lightweight that, TBH, you just might forget to take them off at the end of the day.

    Free People

    Psst — reviewers love these shorts, but many recommend if you're deciding between sizes to go down a size!

    Promising review: "I like that they are high-rise and feel lightweight. These are great to pair with a cute sports bra or crop top. Also great for summer they feel like you're wearing nothing!" —Kirstie

    Get it from Free People for $58 (available in sizes XS-L and seven colors).

    20. A pair of faux leather bike shorts to break up all the boring black pairs you already have.

    model's torso wearing bike shorts

    Promising review: "So I have now ordered about five pairs of these in black to wear everyday! They are so comfortable and flattering, I hate to wear anything else! I didn’t understand what “buttery soft” material meant until I got these. I have had 2 C-sections and find that most workout shorts can dig into my scar uncomfortably. These are a wonderful combination of being tight enough to stay on but aren’t like spandex that shows every lump and bump. Will probably buy more of these soon." —S. Parker

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95 (available in sizes XS-3XL).

    21. A pair of cotton mesh-trim bike shorts that are made-to-order, so you can either opt for one of the available sizes or provide your measurements.

    reviewer photos wearing shorts in black-- left photo is full-body shot, right shot is close-up of mesh trim

    ALLIHALLA is a Portland, Oregon-based Etsy shop established in 2010 that specializes in bike shorts (and also sells face masks!).

    To order these with custom sizing, send your smallest waist and fullest low hip measurements and they'll take care of the rest!

    Promising review: "These are so perfect I don’t want to wear anything else. I’ll definitely be ordering more!! I also requested a slightly shorter inseam for my short legs and they fit perfect." —recycledcollections

    Get it from ALLIHALLA on Etsy for $39 (available in sizes S-6X or custom measurements).

    22. A pair of bike shorts that come complete with a matching bra, aka your new summer uniform.

    Promising review: "So fun to wear. I got so many compliments on this two piece! The top doesn’t slide up at all and the bottoms are pretty high-waisted so it stays the whole time. The fabric kept its shape through the entire day. Shipped just as expected as well. If I had more occasions to wear this I’d buy every color." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S-L and eight colors).

    23. A pair of lace trim bike shorts that look like denim, but feel like butter on your booty and are super affordable too.


    Promising review: "I’m wearing these right now and I got the complete set for both the black and the denim look. I love them! The lace is the topping on the cake and I’m just in love! I’ll be getting two more full sets so when these fade or whatever, I have a fresh set waiting to be worn ( : love that they are long enough that I’m not worrying about any creases on my thighs! Breathable too!" —Shannon Perky

    Get it from Target for $12 (available in sizes XS-XL and two styles).

    24. A tag-free jersey bike short made of thin, breathable fabric that *still* manages to stay completely opaque.

    A model in black high waist bike shorts that fall just above the knee

    Promising review: "I'm pleasantly surprised that they are completely opaque! They are cotton and not the slick material athletic wear usually are. I haven't noticed them rolling up at all while wearing them. They are a lighter shade of black than pictured, but that's not too big of a deal to me." —Shayracha

    Get it from Amazon for $9.25+ (available in sizes 1X-5X and two colors).

    25. A pair of shiny mermaid bike shorts you can get in a whopping 42 colors, so you can express your inner Ariel however you please 🧜‍♀️.

    A mannequin in a pair of glittery gold mermaid scale printed bike shorts that fall above the knee
    Zanza Designs Clothing/Etsy

    Zanza Designs Clothing is a San Diego-based Etsy shop established in 2013 that specializes in festival, modeling, performance, rave, and glam life clothing (including face masks!).

    Promising review: "Excellent product! The material is spandex with cotton lining inside. I find it super comfortable to wear and get a lot of compliments." —Kristen S.

    Get it from Zanza Designs Clothing on Etsy for $29.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and 42 colors).

    26. A pair of breathable, chafe-preventing cycling shorts with perforated padding and reflective logos.

    Black bike shorts

    Promising review: "These are well-made shorts and a very reasonable price. Don't shy away from this biking short. The quality of these shorts seems very good so far. Best part is with the padding in the right place and are very comfortable while riding. I've only done a couple two-hour 30-mile rides so far, but they've already made a huge difference in comfort. Can't speak of the durability yet but I see no reason to worry about it." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in men's sizes S-XXL and 12 styles).

    27. A Lululemon bike short with a hidden waistband pocket that's so soft you'll feel like you forgot to put pants on that day.


    Promising review: "These shorts are AMAZING! I wore them for leg day in the gym and had ZERO issues, the legs stayed in place as well as the waistband. I forgot I was wearing shorts to be completely honest."— Anonymous

    Get it from Lululemon for $58+ (available in four lengths, sizes 0-20, and 13 colors).

    28. A pair of scalloped bike shorts from Nike that is also made of more than 50% recycled material.


    Plus, there are not one, not two, but three pockets on this bad boy. Storage for days.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these Nike One Luxe shorts! They are so comfortable and also super stylish. I got true to my normal size and I would say they fit me like a glove-tight fit but not too tight. The waistband is very comfy and even has a pocket that is the perfect size for my iPhone! Anyone chasing a toddler around like me knows how important it is to have pockets! I love the fact that you cannot see through these shorts either so you don’t need to worry when working out or running errands. The material is soft and better yet designed to keep you dry from sweat. I especially like to wear these on hot days taking long walks with my daughter because I know I will stay dry and comfortable. I highly recommend these shorts and love my pair!"— Kelly

    Get it from Nike for $65 (available in sizes 2XS-2XL and three colors).

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