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Though they may have started out as an unlikely fashion choice, bike shorts appear to be here to stay. Not only are they comfortable, they’re an easy replacement for leggings and sweats once the temperature starts to rise.
Now that spring is in full swing, I’m embracing the bike short as part of my everyday wardrobe, whether that includes a virtual day at the office or a weekend spent relaxing on the couch. I’ve tried a fair share of styles from different brands, all of which hold up better for some activities than others.
If you’re considering adding a pair of the ever-popular athleisure style to your wardrobe, I’ve gathered eight picks that will work for a range of different activities.
Best for HIIT: Outdoor Voices Core 7" Short
Made from lightweight, breathable TechSweat™ fabric, these shorts feature an engineered waistband that stays put through even the toughest workouts. They also include a back pocket to store your keys, cards or phone when you’re on the go.
SHOP IT: Outdoor Voices, $86 CAD/$68 USD
Best for hiking: MPG Sport Brisk High Waisted Recycled Polyester Biker Short
With more opportunities to spend time in nature this season, you’ll want to reach for these compressive yet still totally comfortable shorts for all of your outdoor adventures.
SHOP IT: MPG Sport, $38 CAD/ $35 USD
Best for running: Girlfriend Collective Grey High-Rise Bike Shorts
While I’m not a runner, these top-rated bike shorts have earned the seal of approval from thousands of shoppers who are fans of their compressive fit and high quality construction. Plus, they're also made from recycled plastic bottles, so you can feel good about helping the planet too.
SHOP IT: SSENSE, $70 CAD/$55 USD
Best for training: Nike Pro 365 Women's High-Rise Shorts
These vibrant shorts wrap you in stretchy Dri-FIT Technology, to help keep you feeling supported and dry during intense workouts.
SHOP IT: Nike, $42 CAD/ $35 USD
Best for lounging: Aerie OFFLINE Real Me Crossover Bike Short
The full-length version of these leggings has already gone viral on TikTok, and these bike shorts don’t disappoint. They feature a flattering crossover waistband and a super soft feel, making them an ideal choice for relaxing.
SHOP IT: Aerie, $45 CAD/$35 USD
Best for hot yoga: Everlane The Perform Bike Short
Truly, these bike shorts are some of the lightest weight I’ve ever worn, and are almost a hybrid between nylon tights and leggings. Ideal for high temperatures and sweaty workouts, these bike shorts really do perform.
Best for barre/pilates: Lululemon Align Short 8"
For low-impact workouts like barre or pilates, these buttery soft leggings let you stay focused on each precise movement. Sweat-wicking fabric keeps you cool, while an ultra high waist provides support where you want it.
SHOP IT: Lululemon, $58 CAD/$58 USD
Best for everyday wear: Reformation Ecomove High Rise 7" Bike Short
Made from lightweight Ecomove fabric, these bike shorts made from recycled plastic bottles are just right for everyday wear. Not too compressive, not too lightweight, they’re like the Goldilocks of athleisure.
SHOP IT: Reformation, $82 CAD/$58 USD