These shorts will see you through bike rides and workouts when it’s simply too hot for leggings.
We all love . It looks as great as it feels and we can get away with wearing and a on most occasions too. Knowing we get so much wear out of it is also a great excuse to invest in good quality or even . There’s a factor, too, as one really great item will see you through exercise and park hangouts.
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However, there is one down side: when all brands starts getting on the bandwagon, how can you be sure that what you’re buying will actually serve you well during the and isn’t just made for fashion purposes? Let’s take a look at the world of cycling shorts. What was once a practical, high-performance piece of kit is now a high-fashion wardrobe staple. Meaning many varieties of the shorts are purely aesthetic – and definitely not squat or sweat proof.
To make life easier for those who want to be on-trend and have the guarantee of high-performance clothes, we’ve rounded up our favourite pairs that will take you from sprint sessions to park drinks.
Lululemon Wunder Under Shorts
Lululemon’s classic buttery soft fabric makes for the perfect sweat-wicking summer short. Available in both 6” and 8”, the internal storage makes them handy for stashing valuables during long bike rides or days at the park.
Under Armour Fly Fast ½ Tights
Sure, the mesh panelling on the side of these shorts looks cool, but it also directs excess heat away from the skin – which means you can stay cool on even the most humid of days. The internal drawstring and drop-in pockets mean these are also a pretty practical pair.
Hummel Seamless Cycling Shorts
Seamless cycling shorts are the smartest choice when it comes to comfortable bike rides. We love this pair by Hummel for the ventilated knit fabric and supportive high waist.
COS Seamless Performance Shorts
In true COS style, these shorts are subtle, flattering and hard-working. Made from a stretchy nylon mix, they hug the body so you feel secure during workouts.
Gymshark Technical Cycling Short
These technical shorts contain silicone flocking around the glutes and quads for extra muscle support to aid performance. We also love the subtle print on the sides, as well as the high waist fit.
Adidas Cycling Tights
Adidas’ classic three stripe shorts are the perfect combination of stretch and style – whether you’re cycling or strolling.
The Upside Tiger Shorts
These animal print shorts will see you through the bike ride to the park and the picnic with friends when you get there.
Free People Baby shorts
The soft moisture-wicking material and breathable gusset lining means not having to worry about sweat stains – even when wearing grey.
Sweaty Betty High Shine Shorts
Sweaty Betty’s glossy High Shine Leggings were so popular, they made them into full coverage shorts.
ASOS 4505 Cycling Short
The 90s print livens up these lilac leggings, which promise high-performance material to keep you looking and feeling cool.
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Chloe Gray is the senior writer for stylist.co.uk's fitness brand Strong Women. When she's not writing or lifting weights, she's most likely found practicing handstands, sipping a gin and tonic or eating peanut butter straight out of the jar (not all at the same time).