Zane Colton- June 22, 2022
With summer quickly approaching one of the most commonly asked questions we get is what type of athletic shorts should I purchase. With so many fabrics and designs to choose from it can become quite overwhelming. In this article we will be breaking down all the options you might run into. You will then have a better idea of what to expect when your “purchasing blind” from your favorite online retailer.
THE DIFFERENCE IN FABRIC
Fabric is the base of any good design. The designer must take into account the garments' expected use and the environment in which the garment will be used. All while balancing cost and efficiency for their target customer. To kick it off, we will start with my favorite fabrics for shorts, polyester.
Polyester Mesh When you think of polyester mesh think of your classic gym shorts. Most types of meshes used in sportswear and athletic apparel are made from polyester. This type of fabric is incredibly lightweight, and it has a noticeable ability to wick moisture. Unlike other types of fabric, polyester mesh does not get bogged down with sweat, and it is highly breathable.
Polyester Blends When you think of a poly blend, it may be easiest to imagine something similar to your average pair of board shorts, although some board shorts use a 80/20 nylon spandex blend, they tend to be comparable in feel. Spandex, also known as elastane or lycra, is a synthetic fiber best known for its elasticity. When combined with cotton, spandex makes a perfect fabric for clothing that is soft to touch and durable. Most commonly, polyester-spandex blends are used in activewear as spandex is stretchy and can retain its original shape while polyester remains durable.
Cotton When you think of cotton shorts it may be best to expect something similar to a sweat pants type feel. Cotton is a versatile fiber that can be woven or knitted into many different fabrics like denim, flannel, jersey, and more. Each of which, of course, has a slightly different feel and wear. All cotton fabrics are soft and breathable, which makes them perfect for warm climates and hot weather, and for people with sensitive skin. Keep in mind 100% cotton dries slowly, so it’s probably not ideal for activewear.
WHAT IS CUT & SEW
If you have ever experienced the beauty of a well-tailored suit and the refined feeling that comes with it. You have first-hand knowledge of what’s possible when you understand the basics.
Cut and Sew is much more than say purchasing a 32-inch waist short because have a 32-inch waist.
One of the most popular fashion trends taking place in 2022 is the comeback of short shorts. With the rise in fitness popularity and specifically the emphasis on legs and “booty”, it's no wonder consumers are rushing to show off their hard-earned gains.
The best way to find the product you're looking for is to search by inseam and then match your waist size accordingly. This will help you break down the actual length of the short, giving you the style you’ve come to expect.
If you're on the shorter side of life (like me) you may want to jump a size over for each size for a more accurate look.
Inseam Definition - The seam in a pair of pants from the crotch to the bottom part of the garment's leg area.
Above you will see the differences in a 3, 5, 7, and 9in short.
THE BENEFITS OF A LINER
You may have noticed this popular feature rising in your gym lately. With the right outfit they tend to look pretty cool and can add some depth to a persons fit. More than just fashion they serve a real world purpose of preventing chaffing and providing additional support. They also have a moisture management aspect to them that will allow you skip out on underwear. Personally I find them uncomfortable and with moderate exercise a little excessive.
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Gym Shorts with Zipper Pockets
THE IMPORTANCE OF POCKETS With many of the retailers rushing to stock the shelves for summer, one of the most commonly overlooked attributes I see is a lack of pockets. Which is pretty absurd considering they were created over 500 years ago.
A recent survey reported that 78% of consumers marked pockets at the top of their list for something they look for when shopping for a new pair of bottoms. One of the most important things we found through 100’s of hours of real-world use is that there is no practical reason to not have zipper pockets. Worse than not having a place to store your valuables Is having a place and realizing it wasn’t safe... as you're patting down your pockets wondering where your keys went.
There is the occasional argument that zippers may not feel natural for the hand-in-the-pockets dwellers, but with thoughtful design, the zippers can be designed to be low profile, while remaining just as long-lasting as their bulky counterparts.
Whatever your reasoning the fact remains a functional outfit should be just as available to women as men. Here at FEDY we love finding overlooked pieces of the market like this. It proves in 2022 there is still room for improvement on essential products as basic as women's polyester shorts.
It's no wonder our latest mesh short the S1068 is a popular choice for women. A great all around unisex short that will have you wondering how you lived without pockets all this time.
Polyester Athletic Shorts : The Final Verdict
If you found this article informational we're doing our job as product researchers. Every product from FEDY APPAREL undergoes weeks of research before we even begin the first stitch.
Gathering data on what you the consumer find most important is at the heart of everything we do here. The S1068 is the result of weeks of research and hundreds of hours of real-world tests. So what does all come down to?
Double Layered Polyester for Increased Durability
Low Profile Zipper Pockets to Keep Your Valuables Safe
Nylon Waistband for Increased Comfortability