A must for any novice or expert triathlete is to invest in the best tri shorts you can buy. If you are not a fan of wearing a full tri suit on race day then you really only have the option of wearing separates. Given the fact that you are going to be flat out for the duration of the race you are going to need some kit you can rely on to help you in your quest for your next personal best.
With this review we have focussed on quality tri shorts as opposed to the cheapest options, but still conscious that you don’t need to spend a fortune on triathlon gear either. The reasoning behind this is they will last you much longer and provide multiple benefits on race day.
Our best Triathlon Shorts for 2017 season
Best Tri Shorts – Our Number One Pick
Zoot continue to produce the number one selling triathlon shorts. The ZOOT SPORTS Men’s Performance Tri 8-Inch Shorts are a great all rounder and can be used during training and on race day. The Teksheen BIOwrap helps eliminate slipping, provides targeted muscle support which helps with your endurance, and also reduces muscle damage caused by vibration – another key issue to deal with to keep you running or cycling longer distances.
The SBR 1D pad provides ultimate in comfort while racing or training, making the Zoot Men’s performance tri shorts the most comfortable shorts in triathlon.
The Seamlink stitching helps to minimize chafing whilst providing next to skin comfort and maximum stretch in the fabric – all making this the number one choice for Tri shorts.
- Stay comfortable and dry with the Performance Endure fabric
- Enhance breathability and stretch with the Endura 3D panels
- Secure waist fit with the handy inside draw cord
- Integra SBR 1D pad construction
- Nutrition storage in convenient hip holster pockets
- 8” (20.3cm) inseam
The triathlon shorts really are world class and for the money they are worth the investment. Zoot tri shorts are designed for the pro’s but can be used by an absolute beginner and you will notice the difference from the first time you wear them.
Best Triathlon Shorts – A Very Close Second
Next up is the Louis Garneau Pro 8 Men’s Shorts Designed from first grade materials the Louis Garneau PRO8 shorts are top of the line when it comes to comfort – both on race day and during heavy duty training sessions both in and out of the water. The multitude of different materials that make up these shorts all play a vital role in their performance.
Delfino is a material that breathes, wicks effectively and provides superior ventilation during you ride or run. This fabric has been noted to provide exceptional aerodynamic properties along with added compression to enhance support for your muscles.
The biggest benefit in our eyes is the ability of the material to resist water absorption. This will keep you dryer for longer while on the run or bike stage of any race, or indeed while you are out training for the big day.
Finally the Carbon-X Mesh built into the rear of the shorts provides adequate muscular support but also provides better blood flow.
Another great feature of the Louis Garneau PRO 8 tri shorts is the 4 way stretchable chamois. This clever piece of kit is lightweight but very comfortable on both long and short distances.
It is quick drying and provides great comfort during the bike and run, but does not hamper you in any way during the swim.
Louis Garneau are known worldwide for the quality workmanship. These shorts are no exception. Built from quality material with all the latest design features you can be sure that once you try these out you will never look back.
Best triathlon shorts – Features you would expect
If you are the hunt for a new pair of triathlon shorts then you can’t go wrong with any of the brands above. There are a few features you need to look out for when choosing tri shorts. Firstly then need a fairly good waistband. Because they are not all in one tri suits or bib style shorts you need the band to help them stay up.
Seems a bit odd mentioning it but there is nothing worse than having to keep pulling up your shorts while you are hammering down the road during a race.
You also need to focus on the leg grips on your shorts.
They need to be tight enough to avoid slipping but comfortable enough to get you through a lengthy ride. Some of the cheaper pairs you can buy will sort of stick to your legs and chafe while you are riding even short distances, so best to avoid this at all costs.
The next thing you need to focus on is comfortable, but durable padding.
Your ride distances will always vary in length but you want to be as comfortable as possible even on shorter rides. Having checked the reviews on each of these shorts you can be sure that they will provide the level of comfort you would expect from quality triathlon shorts.
If you want to extend the lifetime of your tri shorts then try and hand wash them after every ride or run and only put them through the washing machine after five or six uses.
A good soaking in warm to hot water with some soap is enough to keep your shorts clean are presentable. The more they go through the washing machine the shorter lifespan they will have. Do make sure to wash them thoroughly though if you do decide to hand wash them.
This review could cover hundreds of pairs of tri shorts so we have just selected some of our favorites based on customer feedback and reader reviews.
If you have a favorite pair that you feel should be on the list the leave us a comment below and we will gladly have a look and see if it should be featured here.
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