Stay cool with the best shorts for men in 2020

Shorts are the preferred clothing of men everywhere whenever they can get away with it. They are light, comfortable, and versatile. Whether you are swimming, hiking, hitting the gym, or just hanging out playing video games, there is a pair of shorts perfect for you. We’ve been wearing shorts for a long time, so we have some suggestions.

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Wrangler twill cargo short

Staff Pick

I love my Wranglers; I have several pairs, and I wear them from March – December. They are perfect for everyday wear because they are not just comfortable, they are practical too. Multiple pockets make them ideal for a man who needs all his gear with him but still wants to be cool in the heat.

$20 at Amazon

Sitting on the Dock(ers) of the bay

Dockers classic shorts

When you need to be a little more formal but still keep your legs free and breezy, Dockers are the right port of call. They have fewer pockets than cargo shorts but look more like slacks than other shorts. I like to wear them with a polo shirt or button-down when I’m going to a restaurant when I need to look presentable.

$12+ at Amazon

For lounging

Amazon Essentials 2-pack performance shorts

Sometimes it’s nice to lounge around the house doing nothing in comfy shorts. This 2-pack from Amazon isn’t going to win any design awards, but they are perfect for as a replacement for sweatpants when you are on the couch playing video games.

$19 at Amazon

Gymwear everyday

Real Essentials Performance Shorts with Pockets – 5 Pack

If you are a gym enthusiast, you are likely to go at least three or four times a week. Making sure you have clean clothes for that can be a pain, as no one wants to wash clothes every day. This essentials 5-pack is perfect for working out, designed to keep you fresh while you feel the burn.

$33 at Amazon

Padded for comfort

BALEAF Men’s Bike Cycling Underwear Shorts

These are something a little more niche than the other shorts on the list. If you are a serious cyclist or someone who cycles 10+ miles a day, then you really need the extra padding these Baleaf shorts supply. Make sure you check your sizes, though, as these run on the small size.

$13+ at Amazon

High-Performance swimwear

Speedo Endurance+ jammers

Jammers are designed to help you swim fast, but they don’t leave much to the imagination. If you are looking to improve your swim times at meets or competitions, the Speedo jammers are the way to go. They are explicitly designed to feel comfortable from every position and are long-lasting to keep you in the water for longer.

$22+ at Amazon

Non-Performance swimwear

Kano Surf barracuda trunks

For those of us who aren’t interested in the fastest swim times but do like to be in the water, the Kanu Surf barracuda shorts are perfect. They are super comfortable and come in a variety of excellent styles. There are pockets, of course, but unless all your stuff is waterproof, you need to remember to take it all before taking the plunge!

$17 at Amazon

A short (get it?) closing statement

I’m lucky; I live in Southern California, where the weather is always “shorts weather.” I have way too many pairs of shorts, and they are for all occasions. For normal day wear, I like the Wrangler cargo shorts for the relaxed comfort and ample storage. When you wear shorts all day, you still need to have your keys, phone, wallet, and assorted odds and ends, so large pockets are a must. The Wrangler shorts are comfortable, even when my pockets are full of random bits and pieces.

When it comes to swimwear, men usually fall into two camps; performance and casual. My son is in a swim team and needs every edge he can get at competitions. He uses a pair of Speedo Endurance+ jammers when in a race as they are specifically designed to help keep him streamlined. But for me, jammers are a little over the top. For the man who likes to swim but doesn’t want skin-tight shorts, the Kano Surf barracuda shorts are an excellent choice. They are trunks really, not shorts, so they are perfect for swimming, surfing, and the other watersport you may enjoy.

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