My Addidas said goodbye -- with a pop, rip, and sudden breeze -- at the bottom of a deep squat.
My Lululemons -- a gift from a client, no less -- deteriorated over the course of two months. One day I reached down to pick a wedgie (in private, of course), and -- lo and behold! -- there was a gaping hole where my thunder thighs had worn the fabric to shreds.
What's a generously badonked dude to do?
A buddy of mine who's involved with Brazilian jiu jitsu commented ages ago how much he liked his training shorts, so I began looking into MMA gear. This led me to JACO, a performance apparel company geared toward fighters. I perused their offerings, then pulled the trigger on their Hybrid Training Shorts, and I haven't looked back. These might be the best training shorts I've ever owned.* Allow me to show my work:
- Fabric. It's lightweight with tons of stretch.
- Drawstring waistband. No bunchy elastic.
- No obnoxious branding. Gray logo on black shorts is subtle and doesn't make me feel like a damn walking billboard --although people do ask about the shorts regularly.
- Vented leg openings drape perfectly. No hiking my shorts up before a squat or deadlift.
- Make my butt look "perfect" (my girlfriend's input, for what it's worth).
- BEST OF ALL: offset pockets, meaning I don't crush my iPod in the crease of my hips when I squat. This is a game-changer, in my opinion.
- Price. I like nice sportswear, but I usually hit up outlets or TJ Maxx for shorts. (Then again, the reason I'm so thrifty with shorts is that I tend to destroy them quickly.) The JACO shorts are $50 apiece---way less than Lululemon, but still more than most others.
- Inseam. It's a little long for my taste. I'm 6'1", and they fall just below my knee. I don't mind it, but if you have shorter legs you might feel like you're wearing board shorts.
*For the record: I am in no way affiliated with JACO. I just tried their shorts and really liked them.