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The Best Men’s Compression Shorts on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the most reliable men’s running shorts, gym shorts, running socks, and running shoes, here we found the best compression shorts for men on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The best all-purpose compression shorts

From $19

“These compression shorts are flat-out amazing. I workout regularly and it can be tough to find anything that is breathable and feels good throughout the entire workout. These compression shorts do the trick. I tend to do cross-training for one to two hours a day and in a closed studio, so no friction and breathability are essential to me. Also, I washed them by hand and they dried rather quickly, in 15 to 20 minutes, which is a plus if you need them in a pinch. I would highly recommend giving the shorts a try. You will not be disappointed.”

From $28

“These things are awesome! I bought two pairs to start with and just bought a third. They are so comfortable and make runs and workouts so much better with their wicking technology. I wanted something for running that would not chafe, and these fill that role perfectly. I used these on a 21-mile run last weekend, under a pair of larger shorts. No issues at all. Once you buy these you will throw out all your other underwear.”

“Bought these shorts to get compression as I work out. They provide support for my back where I have had two surgeries. They work great and reduce the stiffness I typically feel after a workout or jogging through the neighborhood. I will be purchasing more of these so that I don’t run out during the week. Highly recommend them for those of you who are looking for the same kind of support.”

“Love, love, love these!!! Used these for all season of football practice and games, along with gym class!! The material is super comfortable and durable!! Personally I would say these are better than Nike or Under Armour hands down!!! The pattern for anti-chaff actually works!! And trust me, from football I chafed all the time, but these were really great at preventing it!!!”

Champion Men’s Powerflex Compression Short
From $19

“Can’t say enough about these. I got tired of getting sweat friction rashes on the insides of my thighs when traveling to humid environments and finally researched and found these. What a godsend! These protected my thighs like … a Champion. Felt pretty good, too, and I think reduced some fatigue. I’m a 36- to 37-inch waist with average sized thighs and these fit very well. Also wore them under swim trunks that were shorter than average and they worked great, couldn’t tell I had them on. They dry out really well. I’ll be buying more of these! There is hope for fat dad-bod dudes like me!”

The best lightweight compression shorts