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The Best Women’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 sports bras and leggings, and gone deep into the best compression tights, plus-size workout leggings, and yoga pants, here we found the best compression shorts for women on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best three-inch compression workout shorts

From $60

“These are great, and in line with what you’d expect from Nike. Good compression, but no muffin top around the hip or thigh openings. (They’re consistently tight throughout, so just make sure you buy the right size.) I bought these for workout purposes, but I also wore these under short dresses, and they worked perfectly. Comfortable waistband, breathable fabric, minimal ride-up. Will likely buy these in multiple colors.”

Best seven-inch compression workout shorts

“I love these. They are a perfect length, extremely comfortable, slimming, and great for any type of exercise. So far, I have worn these for running, biking, and lifting — so they are very versatile … They come up just below my belly button and don’t give a muffin top at all. I have bought two pairs so far, and will definitely purchase again. Highly recommend!”

Best compression shorts for CrossFit

“I can never find shorts that fit right, especially gym shorts. I’m a girl who likes to show off her hard work and these shorts are the perfect pair for that. They don’t rise. They are tight around your hamstrings. They are the perfect CrossFit shorts. Ran a 5K and never pulled them down. Did a WOD [workout of the day], and they never rose. I’m ordering another pair now.”

Best compression shorts with pockets

“I absolutely love these shorts! They are very comfortable, and stay in place when running, lifting, and kickboxing. The pockets comfortably hold my phone, iPod, or keys when I’m running; I don’t even notice them. I’m a medium-large, and the mediums fit perfectly. I can’t say enough good things about these shorts. I bought a black pair last summer and just got another pair in navy blue. I like the longer inseams; they prevent thigh rubbing and don’t ride up.”

Best plus-size compression shorts

“These are great shorts. I’m a plus-sized woman who does triathlons. I needed a short that could take me through a swim, bike, and run, and these do the trick. They do not have padding like a traditional bike short, so if you are going to be riding for an extended time you might want to take that into consideration. I am only doing sprint triathlons, so never riding more than 20 to 25 miles at a time, so it isn’t a huge deal for me. The shorts don’t ride up and protect well against chafing. I wear a size-24 pant and ordered the 3X, and they fit perfectly. These shorts are comfortable enough to wear under clothes as well. Highly recommend.”

Best compression shorts for volleyball

ASICS Women’s Baseline Volleyball Short
From $22

“I’ve been playing volleyball for about 25 years, and these are by far the most comfortable spandex I’ve ever owned. The flat seam construction is great; no rubbing in undesirable places. Plus, they were smart with seam location (not down the middle front like most other spandex shorts). These shorts also have a light liner at the crotch region. Inseam length is perfect. The leg openings are a stitch too loose, but I’ve not had issues with them riding up. … Comfortable, quality product! I want a pair in every color.”