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What are the best tri shorts? Since the sport of triathlon is in a boom phase there are now numerous makers of tri shorts. If you thought that all tri shorts are the same then you haven’t seen many tri shorts. To illustrate my point take a quick look at this comparison of tri shorts. As the website points out there are many features and variations to consider. I’ll make an attempt to try to identify some good short based on my observations of the many many shorts on the market today.

Popular Tri Short Considerations:

Length: While this is mostly a comfort consideration I’ve seen a lot of people leaning towards longer inseam tri shorts the last couple years. However, you don’t want the tri short to be so long that they hit near your knee as it will be uncomfortable to run in. This is difficult category to suggest for because it is largely dependent on each persons physiology. As well manufacturers generally only offer inseam lengths for medium shorts (add ~.25″-.75″ difference between sizes).  Another note I’d like to offer on this subject is that inseam measurements are not 100% accurate. This due to many factors including material, production, and fit. I would give at least a .5″ cushion of accuracy if not more. I know this doesn’t help for people buying blind but it further supports the option of trying on a few pairs of tri shorts. If you are serious about buying a good pair of tri shorts (you should be serious) make sure you are buying them from a place that has a large selection of tri shorts. With all the above in mind regarding length here are some of my recommendations:

TYR 9″ Carbon Tri Shorts 2011 – 9″ inseam
2XU Endurance Aero Tri Shorts 2011 – 9″ inseam
Louis Garneau Elite Lazer Tek Tri Shorts 2011 – 10.5″ inseam

Pad: details coming soon

Pockets: details coming soon

Compression: details coming soon

Price: I’m an advocate of getting tri shorts that make sense for you. I believe that if you are serious about triathlon and you plan on training and dedicating yourself to doing well then it’s not hard to see the value in investing in a great pair of tri shorts. If you did 200 miles combined in training and racing in your tri shorts and you spent $100 on a pair then you would have paid $ .50 per mile. Think about all that time spent swimming, running, and riding. Fifty cents is not a lot to pay for comfort. I bet most of you will crush the 200 mile total when you total up your training and racing. Most triathlete will end up spending way more on nutrition than a pair of tri shorts. Consider that with the fact that your tri shorts will be with your for many, many hours and miles.

Overall Top Tri Short Picks: After listing tri shorts to consider from numerous other categories I will list out the ones I think are top overall contenders. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these choices. You’ll have to work out your own personal priorities when it comes to geatures. After taking into consideration what you want in a tri short I think these are the overall top contenders. Don’t forget that your own physiology and style preferences will also play into your ultimate satisfaction in the tri shorts that you ultimately end up owning.

Other considerations:

Availability: Buying tri shorts aren’t like going into target and buying a pair of generic sweat pants. What I mean is that the specialty brands that make these shorts and the specialty shops that sell them won’t necessarily have an unlimited supply of the products. In the recent few years it is not uncommon for certain styles/colors/sizes to run out before the end of the year. Don’t be surprised if you find that this happens to you. Keep an open mind when shopping and try to have multiple choices not just one. It’s a good practice to set expectations well so you end up being happier with your final purchase.

If there was an easy answer everybody would be wearing the same pair. Hopefully this guide serves as a resource to help you narrow down what you are looking for.