Last updated: September, 2019
Don’t you hate it when you’re working out and you’re too hot, your pants are cutting into you or falling down, you feel restricted… and you’re drenched? You’re not alone!
Girls, this is where booty shorts come in. Get ready to say hello to your new best friend!
Well, in most cases!
Whilst I love a good pair of booty shorts, they are infamous for cutting in, sliding down, bunching up… and revealing more booty than what was initially intended. Therefore, it’s important to do some research and pick wisely when buying your own pair.
With so many options and mixed reviews, it’s hard to know where to start. But, I’ve done the hard work for you!
Read on to find out all about booty shorts, the 7 best pairs out there, as well as exactly what to look for when choosing yours!
Top 3 Booty Shorts for CrossFit: A Quick Comparison
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of each pair of the best booty shorts around, here’s a quick comparison which highlights some of the best features of each of them.
- Top 3 Booty Shorts for CrossFit: A Quick Comparison
- Booty Shorts Vs Standard Sports Shorts
- The 7 Best Booty Shorts for CrossFit: A Full Review
- 1. Tough Mode – Women’s 3″ Compression WOD Athletic Shorts
- 2. Reebok – CrossFit Chase Shorty Short
- 3. CrossFit Superhero – Women’s Booty Boy Shorts
- 4. Epic MMA Gear – WOD Shorts for Women
- 5. Riboom – Women’s Workout Shorts
- 6.Firm Abs – Women’s Performance Athletic Sport Shorts
- 7. Firm Abs – Women’s Active Exercise Shorts
- Which Pair Came Out on Top?
- The Ultimate Buyers Checklist
- Final Words
Booty Shorts Vs Standard Sports Shorts
First things first.
If you’re new to the world of booty shorts (or CrossFit), you’re probably wondering what all the fuss is about and why a standard pair of sport shorts won’t do the trick?
Sports shorts are designed with general activity and movement in mind, for example, athletics, running and ball sports.
When you enter a realm of fitness, like CrossFit, that requires full range of movement and constant bending and stretching, sports shorts can be a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.
Booty shorts (good ones) address a lot of these issues by providing you with compression, comfort, moisture wicking abilities, squat proof stretchiness… and by keeping your undies hidden, always!
Getting the most out of your CrossFit or any sport also comes down to what you’re wearing – in a big way! Not wearing the right activewear can hinder your performance, in more ways than one. If you don’t believe me, you can read about it here.
The 7 Best Booty Shorts for CrossFit: A Full Review
I’ve learned all about these products, read their reviews and cross checked them against a list of ‘must haves’, to be able to provide you with the best 7 options that are out there right now!
Let’s look at the top picks.
1. Tough Mode – Women’s 3″ Compression WOD Athletic Shorts
If their name doesn’t already give it away, these booty huggers are all about the compression and come with a ‘middle of the range’ price tag.
These shorts, made of a functional combination of polyester and nylon, offer a snug fit with good stretch. With significantly more coverage than previously listed options, they provide a ‘safe’ and easy, supportive fit.
Their size range is quite substantial so ensure you consult their sizing guide. As word on the street would have it, they run on the smaller side of things. For those after a bold look, they come in a range of colors and patterns that satisfy.
Whilst reading about what customers had to say, I found that a lot of people chose these as their first pair of CrossFit booty shorts and are not disappointed.
It was mentioned, however, that they end up shorter on your legs than where they started at the beginning of your workout, but that their extra coverage allowed for it without catastrophic consequences.
My favorite thing about these shorts is their fit. In my opinion, with a cut that’s minimal enough to allow you complete freedom of movement, but conservative enough to allow you to workout with peace of mind, you can’t go wrong.
2. Reebok – CrossFit Chase Shorty Short
Designed by Reebok, these shorts were developed for the CrossFit enthusiast. Available in just black and white (because we’re here to lift), these classic booty shorts are simple and effective.
Their slim fit and shaped leg opening make for streamlined and unrestricted movement. Made from a combination of nylon and elastane, they are both durable and comfortable, with stretch for days!
With their mid-length cut, they provide good coverage and have an opaque finish for the least exposure!
According to people who have had these shorts grace their booty, they stay in place during the toughest of workouts, they are great quality and have a flattering cut. Sounds good to me!
What I like best about these is their mid-length cut and their opaque finish. They also are free of the front rise seam, unlike most other booty shorts. The only thing I don’t like about these shorts is the non-adjustable waistline
An extra special feature of these Reebok shorts (that totally makes them worth the price), is the little inspirational message within each pair. Ticked a box I didn’t even know existed.
3. CrossFit Superhero – Women’s Booty Boy Shorts
Not going to lie, the word ‘superhero’ in the name was an instant attraction for me. But in all seriousness, these booty shorts aren’t to be messed with.
Made from efficient SUPPLEX©, they provide superior durability and hold with 6-thread double lock stitch seams. And these are booty shorts, through and through, with their butt-lifting abilities!
With the sheer-proof stretch and the added benefit of compression, you can focus on hitting PB’s rather than painful chafing and inappropriate reveals. If you’re unfamiliar with the benefits of compression gear for training, this article spells it out.
These shorts keeping ticking boxes with their wide, shape enhancing waistband that holds you in all the right places, without digging in.
They provide great coverage, and what’s better, according to many reviews, they don’t bunch up! Yes, please!
People who purchased this product did comment on the above average price, but also said that they assume this to be associated with the high quality and exceptional finish. After all, you do get what you pay for!
I can’t not mention the designs. Superheroes.
And as for what I didn’t like? I’m yet to find something! That they’re not falling from the sky? Maybe!
4. Epic MMA Gear – WOD Shorts for Women
As the name suggests, CrossFit was in mind when creating these ‘WOD’ shorts for women. A no-frills option? Maybe. But, all the majors are covered!
Consisting of 92% nylon, they are a long-lasting, hard-wearing product that are built to last. Fitting like a glove, they provide comfort and free movement, reinforced by flatlock stitching.
These booty shorts have a short cut, yet a less revealing shape than other short shorts previously reviewed.
I found all the major ‘must haves’ to be addressed in what their customers had to say too.
I read a lot of independent claims that their fit was true to size, they were comfortable, didn’t require adjusting and worked with all body shapes.
I love the functional simplicity of this product. The only thing I don’t like is the restriction of the low-rise waist. I find a mid to high-rise or adjustable waistband to be most suitable for exercise (and preventing muffin top).
It’s worth mentioning that these beauties come in every color you could dream of!
5. Riboom – Women’s Workout Shorts
Not your traditional booty shorts, but a good option nonetheless. With two layers comprising of an elastic inner and flowing, outer opening hems, these shorts scream comfort and freedom.
Incorporated into their design is ‘Qwick-dry’ technology for breathability and dryness throughout what’s normally a hot and sweaty affair! Complete with an elastic waistband and drawstring, you won’t have problems getting them to stay up.
They are appropriately placed in the middle of the range, as far as price is concerned, and offer good value for money.
What stands out about these shorts is that they offer the lightweight freedom without being revealing. Wearers love that they aren’t too tight and that they are comfortable around the waist.
Whilst some wearers love the opening hems, others find them to hang awkwardly (specific to body shape). I haven’t worn these shorts, personally, but I feel there is potential for the outer loose layers to get in the way of CrossFit girl business.
Due to their simple fit, they are only available in small, medium and large. Upon all the reviews I read, this doesn’t seem to pose an issue.
There’s three colors to choose from, which makes choosing easy, depending on how you look at it!
6.Firm Abs – Women’s Performance Athletic Sport Shorts
These booty shorts provide a good combination of functionality and comfort at an affordable price. Available in a range of trendy colors and in many sizes, there is a pair of these for everyone!
Made from a combination of polyester, nylon and spandex, these shorts offer a great mix of durability, stretch, and ease of wear. They come with an elastic waistband which can be folded-over, offering versatility in wear and a fit that sticks.
According to the reviews I read, girls are loving the fit of these shorts! Flattering, comfortable, soft, figure-enhancing, and easy to move in, were amongst some of the most common descriptions used.
What I like most about these is their comfort and super cute design. They look good, keep you dry and stay in place. They are, however, on the shorter side of short shorts! If you prefer a fuller coverage, these are not for you.
Note, I did read somewhere that the white color option is slightly sheer. Hello, undies.
7. Firm Abs – Women’s Active Exercise Shorts
This booty shorts are also by Firm Abs and are similarly priced, but unique in comparison to the Athletic Sport Shorts.
Composed of 70% cotton, these cuties are the ultimate in breathability and keeping you cool during every WOD! Any garment with over 50% cotton content has health benefits, especially when it comes to working out, which you can read about here.
They also have a spandex component to provide the stretchiness required. What’s particularly awesome about these shorts (especially if you’re into your squats and deadlifts), is their thickness and added lining to prevent that awkward see-through vibe.
The thickness and lining doesn’t seem to be enough to totally protect you in the white option though, according to reviews, but we secretly know this is true to all white garments. Thanks life, for the color coordination curve ball.
A feature I thought I’d mention about these too, is how easy they are to clean and that they are reported to be able to survive multiple washes without fading, shrinking or thinning.
Wearers of these shorts love the quality and fit, though some mentioned they needed to order a size smaller than what they would normally wear.
The high-waisted band on these booty shorts appeals to me. It can be folded down but is more comfortable worn up (and stays put better). I do not like the tassels on the side of these shorts. Cute, but annoying.
The overall cut provides better coverage in comparison to the first shorts listed by Firm Abs, although they still run on the sparser side of things.
Which Pair Came Out on Top?
As you can see, each one of these pairs of booty shorts have their unique features and benefits, making them ‘good buys’. However, upon completing my reviews, there were two standout products to me.
The CrossFit Superhero – Women’s Booty Boy Shorts have it all. I really struggled to fault them. They are the more expensive option, but I believe they are worth the money!
From coverage, to comfort, to durability, to stretch, to hold – they have it all.
Coming in a close second place were the Tough Mode – Women’s 3″ Compression WOD Athletic Shorts which are certainly made to please.
These ones are much less expensive, but without compromising on any of the necessary features. Worth checking out, for sure!
The Ultimate Buyers Checklist
I promised you a complete buyers guide – and it wouldn’t be one without a buyer’s checklist!
With so many things to consider when picking the perfect pair of booty shorts, a list to check them against makes for easy work!
Here is my ‘must-have list’. The shorts that meet most or all of these are a safe bet!
- Adjustable waistband
- Secure fitting waistband
- Optimal coverage
- Reinforced seams
- Opacity/thickness (anti-sheer)
- Machine washable
- Unrestricted movement
- No chafing
- Stay in place
- Appropriate stretch (spandex/elastane)
And that’s a wrap! You are now perfectly equipped to go forth confidently on your quest to find the perfect pair of booty shorts for CrossFit.
I hope you found this article both enjoyable and informative. Any of these reviewed shorts would be a great option. However, if none of them are for you, you now have all the tools to do your own search and make a great purchase decision, regardless!
If you have a favorite pair of booty shorts to share with our readers, leave a comment in the comments section below!
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