Our first thought when we first looked at the BALEAF Men’s Lightweight shorts were as follows: are they seriously this short? Then we tried them on, and we can confirm- they seriously are. Basically, how you feel about these shorts depends on your confidence, because with the 3-inch inseam, you’ll be showing off a part of your legs that nobody outside of your doctor or significant other may have ever seen.
However, if you can get past the silliness of the look, there are some serious benefits to rocking the short shorts look. For starters, they’re extremely lightweight, with a 95/5 poly-spandex blend that comfortably stretches to allow complete freedom of motion, and the shortness of the inseam allows for a split-leg cut that won’t ride up like longer shorts might. A mesh interior lining acts like a pair of briefs, keeping everything from falling out or getting irritated, while still effectively wicking sweat away from your privates and allowing plenty of cool airflow. Of course, with such little material, there’s no room for standard pockets- there’s a drop-in pouch that might hold a small set of keys, but even a smartphone would probably be highly uncomfortable in there during an extended workout.
Ultimately, your routine, your confidence, and whether or not you want to look like a member of the 1972 Pistons will determine whether or not you’d be willing to rock these bad boys. But at least on our part, we were pleasantly surprised with how comfortable and effective they were for a solid run. We might pass on wearing them to the gym, though.