The 6 best places to buy workout clothes for men

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky * A pair of well-fitting running shorts or a moisture-wicking top helps you feel more comfortable working out. * The apparel should perform for how you work out, too - i.e. running shorts for runners, stretch fabrics for lifting, etc. * Below, we've rounded up the best workout clothing brands, with gear from Rhone, Janji, and Ten Thousand. Performing at your best while working out starts with wearing the right kind of clothing. This means ditching those gym shorts you've had since high school and throwing on a shirt designed to wick sweat rather than something made of cotton. It's also important to think of how you prefer to work out, which greatly influences what you wear. For instance, a runner may opt for a lightweight and quick-drying pair of shorts while someone lifting weights would benefit best from a shirt made of stretch fabric. Although most current workout gear can help you perform better by keeping you cool and comfortable, there's still a variety of specialized apparel that works better for certain activities. But the most important thing to know about workout clothing is that you get far more from your workouts when you're comfortable. This is true no matter if you work out at home, break a sweat outside, or frequent your local fitness center. As fitness editor on the Insider Reviews team, I constantly sweat-test what I can to find the best gear worth owning. Be it the functional running apparel from a brand like Janji or Ten Thousand's versatile training gear, there's plenty designed to keep up with however you stay fit - and I've ranked the six best places to shop for men's workout clothes below. I've also included some helpful tips on what to keep in mind while shopping, as well as insight into how I test workout clothes to determine which brands ultimately make this guide. The best places to shop for men's workout clothes * Best overall: Ten Thousand * Best for runners: Janji * Best for odor-resistant: Rhone * Best versatile clothing: Hylete * Best on a budget: VRST from Dick's Sporting Goods * Best athleisure: Vuori How I test workout clothes Each of the pieces of workout clothing highlighted in this guide went through a series of tests to see how well it performed across these four categories: Fit, function, durability, and value. Here's how each category specifically factored into which athletic wear ultimately made this guide: Fit: Fit. Comfort. This category could've been called either but we went with "fit" specifically because a well-fitting piece of workout clothing will almost always, in turn, be comfortable. Fit is also more than just making sure you select the right size, but also how it feels while working out. The rise of stretch fabrics has helped this category significantly, especially for those who do HIIT or strength workouts.  Function: The basic function of proper workout clothing should be to keep you comfortable, move along with however you workout, and maybe even wick some sweat while it's at it. Thankfully, today's selection of workout gear does all of this in spades (some much better than others). When testing, we looked at how well a brand's sweat-wicking tech actually worked, whether it did, in fact, repel odors, and if the four-way stretch fabric was able to really stretch in all directions. Other functions we assessed were the comfort of built-in short liners and the effectiveness of other materials (like merino). Durability: Premium workout clothing (i.e. the gear that's actually worth your money) should last longer than a few months of heavy use and heavy cleaning. This means it should keep its fit and still offer whatever suite of extra features long after you purchase it and wear it for the first time. This category is best served as a long-term assessment, and we've included updated insight on some pieces where we're able. Value: As mentioned above, the best workout gear won't always be entirely cheap. Though we've included a budget brand in this guide (and one we stand behind), it's oftentimes worth it to spend a little more on workout clothing that's designed to last (as opposed to spending less on something you'll have to replace over and over again).  The best workout clothes for men overall Ten Thousand So many fitness brands say their apparel is "tested by athletes" but Ten Thousand backs it up with a large roster of athletes located all over the country that put its gear through everything from yoga and HIIT to Crossfit and powerlifting. Pros: Lightweight, comfortable workout gear that's built for a wide range of workouts and use cases Cons: Pockets can be too small to hold much else besides keys or credit cards, sizing in the shirt can run small To say Ten Thousand puts its workout clothes through its paces is an understatement — the brand quite literally pushes its gear to the limit by throwing it on wear-testers that do just about any form of exercise imaginable. There's HIIT and powerlifting, strength training and functional fitness, and, of course, running. They even throw a little yoga in the mix to show off its comfort and versatility.  But just because there's a large variety in the types of workouts the gear can handle doesn't mean there's page after page of a specific short or top fit for an exact routine. Quite the opposite, actually, and simplicity in what it offers is what makes Ten Thousand even more appealing. The brand's lineup is simple yet effective. There's a varied lineup of shorts that range from pairs designed for running or weight lifting to others intended for martial arts fighters. Its shirts feature a similar variety, too; there are tank tops, shirts made with merino, standard moisture-wicking, quick-dry options, and even a rash guard.  After spending many a workout decked out in Ten Thousand's gear, the performance of each piece is as impressive as its field testing.  No matter what I chose to do, the apparel felt comfortable and functional and was always fit to hold up to whatever I threw at it. Maybe I'd wear the Tactical Short for a 20-mile bike ride after doing a resistance band workout in my apartment. Perhaps it was a 45-minute yoga session followed by a quick jog around my neighborhood in the Lightweight Shirt. Regardless of what it was, the gear held up and never felt out of place. Even the prices aren't shocking to stomach. The shorts range from $58 up to $72 while the tees are in the $50 range (which is what you should expect to pay for premium workout apparel). Interval Short (small)Versatile Shirt (small)Lightweight Shirt (small) The best men's workout clothes for runners Janji Janji's running gear is functional, comfortable, and built to hold up no matter if you're doing a casual 5K or training for a marathon. Pros: High-quality apparel for runners, most pieces feature quick-drying, moisture-wicking fabric, and are extremely comfortable Cons: Can be spendy depending on the piece Attaching superlative terms to workout gear often comes down to personal preference (and moderate exaggeration) but in the case of Janji, and the brand's extremely high-quality running clothes, calling it the best isn't an overstatement — it legitimately makes some of the finest gear on the market. From running shorts and caps to tees, tanks, and weather-resistant tops, Janji covers the running basics in its own signature style.  Some highlights are its 2-in-1 Traverse Short which comes with a built-in liner for extra coverage, four strategically located stash pockets for keys or cash, and a fast-drying, moisture-wicking fabric. They're functional enough for trail runs, neighborhood jobs, or even race day.  Another favorite is the AFO Middle Short which has become my go-to pair of running shorts. Light, airy, and quick-drying, these shorts work well on their own during warmer months or worn with a pair of compression tights when it's cold. They feature a small stash pocket for my keys and are so very comfortable for runs of literally any length.  Its AFO Singlet is also a great choice for summer runners as it's lightweight enough to keep you cool yet still protective. The singlet is also made using fast-drying, moisture-wicking fabric and features a four-way stretch to always move how you move.  We've been running in Janji gear for some time now and keep coming back to it no matter the season. Its shorts are extremely comfortable, no matter how many miles you intend to run, and its tops and caps keep you protected and cool. The brand's selection of fun prints is a nice added touch, too.AFO Middle Shorts (Men's) (small)2-in-1 Traverse Shorts (small) The best odor-resistant workout clothes for men Rhone/Facebook It's all about the GoldFusion technology with Rhone, which makes good on its promise to keep you stink-free. Pros: Stink-free technology, comfortable fabric, and great fit   Cons: Some reviewers note that the shirts can be a bit longer than anticipated Rhone has long been one of our favorite makers of men's workout gear. Much of it is indeed due to the company's GoldFusion technology, a proprietary, eco-friendly fabric treatment that leverages real gold particles to help fabrics dry up to three times faster. In addition, it's UV protective and promises to permanently control odor. Two new additions to the Rhone GoldFusion line include the 7-inch Swift Lined short and the Swift Tank. The shorts, meant for running, feature a perforated venting system for cooling, as well as two side zipper pockets to hold essentials during a jog. Plus, a soft performance liner promises exceptional fit. As for the Swift Tank, this workout shirt features a quick-drying, odor-repelling perforated fabric that keeps you cool as you break a sweat.  Of course, Rhone also has pieces that don't necessarily have precious metals embedded into them but are no less effective at getting the job done. Take, for instance, the new Mako Unlined short. Available in both 7- and 9-inch lengths, this short is made of lightweight, four-way stretch fabric with plenty of pockets so you can wear them at the gym or anywhere else, too.Lined Versatility Short (7-inch) (small)Swift Short Sleeve (small)Reign Classic Short Sleeve (small) The best versatile workout clothes for men Hylete Hylete's line of apparel can be used for almost any kind of workout; boxing, running, lifting weights, you name it. Its gear is smartly designed, comfortable, and stylish enough to wear while not breaking a sweat, too.  Pros: Wide selection of versatile workout clothing including casual apparel to technical gear, variety of sizing and lengths to fit different personal style, its tri-blend shirts are especially comfortable Cons: Some t-shirt sizing seems to vary across different styles If it's versatility you're after, look no further than Hylete's line of active apparel (available in both men's and women's sizing). It offers a varied selection of tees, tanks, polos, pullovers, and hoodies, all designed with athletes in mind. And not just for your typical weight-lifter-slash-runner, either. I've been wearing Hylete's gear for several months now and use it for everything from boxing and resistance band workouts to longer cycling outings on the weekends (I do also lift weights and run in them).  Don't get the wrong idea, though. The brand's clothing is functional for a variety of workouts but I have found myself just wearing its tees when I'm not working out — sometimes as something casual to wear while working from home or while running errands.  A few favorites of mine is its Icon II Quad-Blend Tee and the Fuse Short. The shirt features a flattering athletic cut and its blend of fabric keeps it comfortable no matter how active I am (and stays comfortable even if I'm doing a workout that makes me particularly sweaty).  The Fuse Short is the epitome of the brand's versatility, too. Available not just in sizes ranging from XS to XXL, Hylete also offers them in regular, above-knee, or quad-cut lengths, allowing people to customize the specific fit based on their workout style and fitness preference. I wear the quad cut, myself, and find them to work well for running, lifting weights, cycling, or HIIT and boxing workouts.  Hylete's pricing is fairly modest, too, with the Icon II Quad-Blend Tee costing $44 and the Fuse Short $74 — both are prices that fall squarely in the middle of most athletic apparel worth spending money on. The gear is durable, well-built, and ready for a variety of workouts, so it's well worth the investment. Fuse Short (small)Icon II Quad-Blend Tee (small) The best budget workout clothes for men VRST VRST, a venture from Dick's Sporting Goods, is one of the newest athletic apparel brands on the market, offering a versatile lineup of comfortable activewear that's premium yet cost-effective. Pros: Wide selection of quality gear that doesn't have a high-end sticker price, the line features both athletic apparel and active commuter gear, features hallmarks like stretch fabric, moisture-wicking technology, and anti-odor treatment Cons: Basic designs and styles Dick's Sporting Goods, a retailer of all things sports apparel and equipment, launched VRST in 2021, and I was immediately drawn to both its reasonable price point and seemingly premium quality. Once I started actually testing the gear out, that idea that it was premium moved from seeming to confirmed — VRST's line of active apparel is an impressive bunch. Though the selection doesn't exactly wow you in terms of flashy stylings, the gear is impressively functional. It features everything from running shorts and tops to commuter pants, zip up active tops, joggers, tanks, and sweatshirts —  the line is essentially a collection of workout basics. Some highlights I've enjoyed testing were the Run T-Shirt and the Printed Lined Woven Shorts, each of which held up well across runs through my neighborhood and at-home workouts.  Specifically, the shirt stayed comfortable (even during a few incredibly humid NYC runs) and didn't seem to feel heavy or bog me down if I started to sweat. This is due to its baked-in moisture-wicking technology, which also should cool as you wear the shirt (though this is a little harder to actually judge if it works correctly).  I also found the shorts to be quite versatile and I was able to use them for HIIT workouts, runs, bike rides, and weight lifting sessions, and they stayed comfortable through it all. The four-way stretch design complemented whatever movement I was doing and its internal compression liner provided plenty of support where I needed it.  VRST's best feature is its price point, though. For prices consistently lower than what you'd find elsewhere, it's an excellent budget pick that doesn't sacrifice performance or quality. It may not stand toe-to-toe with more premium brands in terms of advanced technical features or style variety, but if it's quality workout gear you need at a reasonable price, VRST is it. Run T-Shirt (small)7-inch Printed Lined Woven Shorts (small) The best athleisure workout clothes for men Vuori Vuori's clothing is both lightweight and comfortable, which makes it a breeze to work out inside or outside during summer. Pros: Supreme comfort, quick-drying material, great for a wide variety of workouts Cons: Some customers found that the shorts could be a bit restrictive due to narrow leg holes It's obvious the Encinitas, California-based Vuori takes its inspiration from the beach. The workout gear from this company may just make you think you're on the West Coast, with its comfortable, lightweight fit.  In particular, we loved the Trail Short, the lightest weight all-purpose pair of shorts from Vuori. The shorts have an elastic waist, supportive Coolmax anti-odor liner, and an athletic fit. The shorts also come with front pockets and a back zip pocket, as well as an iPhone holder in the liner. Also beloved in the Vuori line is the Tradewind Performance shirt and the company's perennially popular joggers. The Tradewind Tee is the company's most technical in the lineup, featuring micro-perforation for ventilation, flatlock seams, and a front chest pocket. The shirt promises to wick moisture and dry quickly, making it perfect for a run, a hot yoga session, or anything in between.Kore Short (small)Trail Short (small)Tradewind Performance Shirt (small) How to shop for workout clothes When determining the kind of workout gear you need to accommodate your lifestyle, consider the type of exercise you do most often. Clothing is just another tool to help or hinder you, so be sure you're buying the right gear for the right activity. A piece of clothing's ability to withstand cycles in the washing machine is also a key quality. You'll likely be sweating through these clothes a lot and (hopefully) putting them in the laundry quite often. If you're buying flimsily made clothing, you'll have to replace them much more often. Consider how multi-purpose you need your gear to be, too. Are you only going to wear those joggers to the gym, or are they also for lounging around? Is that long sleeve tee just as good for your run as it is for running errands on the weekend? The workout clothing you wear doesn't have to cover a range of use cases but some are designed for more than just running or lifting weights (and can make your investment stretch a little further).    A note on fit This guide focuses specifically on workout clothing designed for cisgender men. Brands differentiate men's and women's workout clothing both in terms of specific design choices, as well as colorways and style. Men's workout shirts tend to be cut to fit broader shoulders while men's shorts offer more leg coverage (though this isn't always the case) and added space in the crotch.  Women's workout shirts are often narrower and form-fitting, have shorter sleeves, and are sometimes designed to fit tighter around the arms. Shorts designed for women tend to feature a cut that accommodates rounder hips, are void of any added space in the crotch, and may also have a wider waistband. Despite these differences, finding the "right" workout clothing comes down to what fits you best and what feels comfortable while you work out. If you're looking for apparel that more closely associates with the design and fit tendencies found in women's workout clothing, check out our guide to the best currently available. Read the original article on Business Insider