Looking for joggers that aren’t way too long? Here’s where to find some solid joggers that actually fit.
Joggers are the quintessential garment of the athleisure movement, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
A modern take on sweatpants, joggers prioritize function over form, but they’re usually slim enough to avoid looking sloppy.
The term “jogger” is thrown around to the point where it’s all but lost its meaning, but most guys would agree that joggers have:
- Elastic waistbands
- 4-way stretch
- Cuffed ankles
Some joggers are basically just chinos with cuffed ankles, and some more like slim fit sweats. Some are basically just technical pants or “travel” pants.
We’re not going to split hairs here. As a shorter guy, I’ve always had trouble finding a pair of joggers that isn’t too long.
So, I don’t really care what you call them – I’m willing to try them on.
Shorter Length Joggers
I think it’s tough to find shorter length joggers because, unlike jeans and chinos, joggers are sold in S/M/L sizing.
Sometimes the smaller sizes have shorter inseams, but not always, and the inseam is usually 28 inches or longer (even on size XS).
But, don’t worry! There are a few brands making joggers for short men, and I’m on a mission to try them all.
Here’s what I’ve found so far…
Under 510 Tyson Jogger
I’m wearing the grey colorway in 30×26:
I actually expected these to be slightly shorter for more of a no break look. I think they’re longer than expected for two reasons:
First, the actual inseam is 27 inches (before washing and drying).
Second, the rise is on the longer side, which lengthens the outseam (total leg length).
I actually like the length and fit of these joggers, and they’re super comfortable, but know that they run 1-2″ long.
lululemon Engineered Warmth joggers
Athleisure giant, lululemon, makes make styles of men’s pants, most of which are not available in shorter lengths.
Some of their joggers are available with 27 and 28 inch inseams, although they’re hard to find in stock online.
I happened to snag a pair of 27″ Engineered Warmth Joggers a few months ago, and they quickly became a cold weather lazy Sunday favorite.
A7 Defy Joggers
A7 makes competition-grade workout gear for strength training focused athletes.
Their Defy Joggers are sold in unisex sizes from XS to 3XL, with inseams ranging from 26 to 32 inches.
I chose size S to accommodate my waist and hips:
They’re pretty snug all over and very comfy, equally great for lounging around the house or attempting a new deadlift PR in the gym.
My one complaint is the bright logo mark on the thigh.
I’d prefer no visible branding or a more monochromatic logo that didn’t jump stand out so much.
Adidas ID Striker Pants (Women’s)
I accidentally ordered the women’s version of these pants, and I’m glad I did because they quickly became my favorite workout pants.
These are super slim and tapered. They’re made from a meshy polyester fabric that has plenty of stretch built in and doesn’t get too warm.
These joggers don’t have any drawstring in the waistband or back pockets, which makes them minimal, lightweight and comfy.
To me, these feel like part of Spiderman’s uniform, and I really enjoy working out in them.
Hylete Flexion Pant
These are the original version of Hylete’s popular Flexion Pants (not to be confused with Version II).
On me, they’re not super fitted, but they are a nice length and extremely comfortable.
I wear these a lot inside, but they’re a bit too relaxed and casual for general purpose use.
However, Hylete has a new version of these, the Flexion II, that features a shorter inseam and more tapered ankle.
If I get my hands on a pair, I’ll be sure to update this post.
Peter Manning NYC Everywhere Pants
Okay, these aren’t really “joggers” in the traditional sense, but I wanted to include them because they’ve been serving the same functional purpose in my wardrobe.
The big difference between these and a traditional jogger is the lack of a cuffed ankle.
That said, these leg openings are very cuffable, and I like wearing them rolled up a couple of times.
These are gently tapered but not super slim fit like some of these other options on this list.
They’re 96% cotton and have a cuffed ankle as you’d expect from classic cotton sweats.
What did I miss?
What’s your favorite pair of shorter length joggers? Let me know in the comments section below, and I’ll add them to the list!