While these shorts will appeal to those focusing on running and cardio workouts, you’ll be surprised how well they work in the gym too…

Under Armour Iso-Chill Run 2-in-1 Shorts


£42 / underarmour.co.uk


  • Lightweight, breathable fabric 
  • Mesh compression shorts disperse body heat
  • 4-way stretch construction 


  • Only one pocket 

Comfort: 4/5
Movement: 4/5

best men's 7-inch shorts – UA Iso-Chill Run 2-in-1 Shorts

Made for running, but equally at home in the gym

Where versatility is concerned, these Iso-Chill Run 2-in-1 shorts are some of the best men’s gym shorts. If you like running, CrossFit or gym workouts, they’re a great choice. 

As well as a 7-inch inseam, these shorts give you compression support with excellent skin cooling capabilities. The outer shorts only have a 5-inch inseam but combine will with the longer liner to offer flexibility and comfort. 

The shorts are sleek and streamlined, and feel well fitted and aerodynamic. There are no pockets in the outer shorts, emphasising their credentials as runners’ shorts. However the Iso-Chill Run 2-in-1 shorts do offer a hidden pocket in the liner that is big enough for a phone, key and bank card. 

We found the shorts to be a good length, with the inner lining sitting around 4 inches above the knee cap. This is shorter than most 7 inch shorts, but means they work well for short- and long-distance running. That’s because there’s no restrictions around the lower thighs or knees to cause discomfort.

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There’s also a large split in the outer seam so you can move freely, without restriction. 

We also tested the shorts with circuit training and gym workouts and they felt equally comfortable in all settings. The Iso-Chill Run 2-in-1 shorts are very light and while the inner and outer fabric is thin, the shorts still feel strong, stretchy and robust. 

Words: Stephen Adams

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