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    Updated on Jul 3, 2020. Posted on Jul 3, 2020

    26 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 $19.99+ (available in 42 styles and sizes XS-5XL).

    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 S-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 $22.99 (available in unisex sizes M-XL 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: "My new favorite shorts! I purchased these to wear under dresses in the summer while playing with my kids but will probably wear these out to the gym for hot yoga and such. I bought three pairs of these, wish they had a lighter color to wear under more sheer dresses though. The material is on the thicker side comparable to a Lululemon type of short." —ecurranrx

    Get it from Amazon for $13.02+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and seven colors).

    5. A pair of bright compressive bike shorts that'll put a pep in your step every time you slide them on.

    A model in orange high waist bike shorts that fall mid-thigh

    Promising review: "These shorts are the perfect length — not too short and fit like a glove; very very comfortable! I'd say these are absolutely true to size and suggest following the measurements like I did before ordering; the red is more like a HOT CORAL which I like even better and the blue is beautiful shade of blue with some grey undertone. I definitely recommend for exercise and just being comfortable at home or outside in nice weather." —JoJo

    Get it from Athleta for $49 (available in sizes 1X-3X and two 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 $19 (available in M-2X and nine 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 seven colors).

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

    8. A pair of standard high waist bike shorts with a sneaky lil' zippered pocket in the back to stash a key.

    A model in black bike shorts that fall above the knee
    Old Navy

    Promising review: "I love these shorts! This is my first time branching out and trying shorts like these. Great for my walk/jogs. They don’t ride up and the waist doesn’t roll down. I did size down one size so it would fit more snugly and I’m glad I did! I’ll be buying more!!" —Ashley

    Get it from Old Navy for $22.99 (available in sizes 1X-4X).

    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 $21.67+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and two colors).

    10. A pair of gorgeous pastel print bike shorts to make your legs feel like ~works of art~.

    A model in white bike shorts with pastel purple, pink, and blue streaks

    Promising review: "Absolutely love these shorts. So cute on. The colors are beautiful. I love the length. I’ve already worn a few times both on my bike and for walking." —Patti Pat

    Get it from Athleta for $69 (available in sizes XXS-XL).

    11. A pair of mesh-paneled high waist bike shorts made with supportive Feel Cool fabric for breathable workouts.

    A model in olive green biker shorts with mesh pockets on the sides

    *sighs deeply* I know I keep confessing throughout this post that I own the bike shorts in question, but in my defense, they are the only thing worth buying this summer. So yes, I own these in pink. They're not only cute, but SO sturdy and durable for intense workouts, including running. I was worried too that the seams might pinch at the legs, but they don't, and they stay in place very well when you're moving. That said, if you're between sizes, I'd definitely go a size up! (I def did.)

    Promising review: "I first purchased these in black and then went back and bought the tan color also because I loved them so much! Strong material, not see-through, perfect for workouts or just lounging around. Compared to the top fitness-brand bike shorts out there, these are the same great quality but for a much more reasonable price! I'm usually in-between XS/S and am glad I ended up going with the small — so if you're hesitant I'd size up." —Allie

    Get it from Aerie for $26.21 (originally $34; available in sizes XS-XL and five colors).

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

    A model in black bike shorts that fall above the knee

    Promising review: "These are amazing. Worth every penny. I got a size larger because I really didn’t want skin tight shorts, especially in Florida. They’re breathable and super soft." —Trina

    Get it from Athleta for $59 (available in sizes XXS-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 $17.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and five 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 $28 (available in sizes XS-XL, two colors, and in custom lengths and waistbands).

    15. A pair of lasercut high-waist bike shorts with dainty detailing that perfectly blends cuteness and function.

    A model in pale blue bike shorts with laser cut detailing on the side pockets

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

    Promising review: "These are the perfect shorts to exercise in, lounge in, and even go out in the city for the day in them. They literally are the comfiest and cutest shorts yet. If they had all the colors of the rainbow, I would buy them all. the pockets are also very cute too! Highly recommend." —Hannah

    Get it from Aerie for $26.21 (originally $34.95; available in sizes XXS-XXL and four colors).

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

    A model in black shorts with pale pink and yellow and green patterns on them

    Promising review: "Stylish shorts and durable, working out every week comfy!" —Adidas Customer

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

    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 $18.75+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and 12 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 $34.99+ (available in men's sizes S-XXXL and six 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-XL and seven colors).

    20. A pair of sleek training bike shorts with a V-shaped waist to break up all the boring black pairs you already have.

    A model in the bike shorts, which fall above the knee

    Promising review: "They are so comfortable amazing feel esp for hitt exercise, cycling and running. Love love love these." —Reebok Customer

    Get it from Reebok for $40 (available in sizes 2XS-XL).

    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.


    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-4X 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 $15.99+ (available in sizes S-L and eight colors).

    23. A pair of colorful printed bike shorts with a ~hidden pocket~ in the waistband, perfect for when you're on the move.

    A pair of deep pink elastic bike shorts with burnt orange and pink and white patterns

    Promising review: "So comfortable! These fit great. Keep in mind this is a 'curvy' style, so I sized down from my regular fitting all in motion leggings. I work in a warehouse and these are perfect for summer. Need more colors and prints!" —Target Reviewer

    Get it from Target for $20 (available in sizes XS-XXL).

    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 $9.92+ (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 $21.99+ (available in men's sizes S-XXL and seven styles).

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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