70s running shorts mens

When it comes to workout gear, the 1970s was a time of radical experimentation. Men and women embraced a fitness as fashion wave, joining running clubs, setting up home gyms or simply hitting the dance floor to a blasting disco tune. But whatever activity you do, the right pair of ’70s-inspired shorts are essential to keep your legs looking fresh and feeling comfortable while you push for that next PR.

While there is a certain level of sexiness to a pair of shorts that sit up high on the thigh, you’ll want to be sure yours are moisture-wicking and ergonomically designed to reduce chafing. If you’re looking for a stylish and functional pair, consider checking out the selection below.

As recommended by Instagram user Jasmine Clark, these woven nylon shorts are a breathable and lightweight option. They’re also pretty affordable, so you don’t have to break the bank if you do decide to go all out. The shorts have a 5-inch inseam and are designed to fit comfortably up to the mid-thigh, so they should look good on taller runners or those with thicker thighs.

The shorts are lightweight, but they’re packed with tech to help you crush a new PR or hit the ground running. The stretchy fabric moves with you as you pick up the pace, and the waistband has a drawcord for customizing the fit. Plus, they have zipped back pockets for stashing your phone and a few energy gels.

A breathable mesh inner lining provides support and wicks sweat, while the flat-locked seams prevent chaffing on longer runs. And thanks to the innovative P4DRY printing technology, the Quadtastic feels cool on the skin and dries quickly, all while controlling odor. The waistband has a comfortable ribbed design and is wide enough to accommodate a sports bra.

These fitted race shorts strike a happy balance between fast and functional, with a fabric that wicks sweat away and stays light when you’re really going for it. The 7-inch leg length means they won’t be too short for a run or the gym, but you may still need to wear a running vest or belt to hold your keys and gels.

This pair from Nike combines two retro trends into one stylish outfit: boxy shorts and cargo pockets. They have a 5-inch inseam that should fall nicely on most runners, but they’re also roomy enough to be worn for outdoor workouts or even just kicking back at the park. And they have plenty of storage, with a zippered back pocket that’s big enough for most phones.

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