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.
Ash & Erie French Terry Jogger
Compared to Under 510, these Ash & Erie joggers are very fitted and have shorter inseams (size XS, 25-27″):
They’re made with 95% cotton and 5% Spandex, so they have plenty of stretch built in.
I also tried their size S 27-29″ inseam, which actually fit better, assuming you don’t like a tighter, cropped fit.
Bantam Clothing Joggers
Bantam Clothing is a UK-based clothing brand for shorter men. At the time of writing, they make jeans, t-shirts and joggers.
I tried their light grey joggers in 30W x 27-28L (the smallest waist and longer inseam). Here’s what they look like:
These have a nice taper, but they’re not anywhere near tight on my thin legs. I find the medium rise to be very comfortable.
The length is spot on. I wouldn’t want to go any shorter, especially considering possible shrinkage in the washer and dryer.
The cotton-poly blend fabric feels like your classic sweatpants material – soft and stretchy.
I’ve worn these joggers lounging around at home and to the gym, and they work well in both situations.
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.
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 II Jogger
These are the second iteration of Hylete’s popular Flexion Pants. They’re the right length, gently fitted and extremely comfortable.
Compared to the original version, the Flexion II features a shorter inseam and more tapered ankle.
I wear these a lot inside and in the gym. They’re some of the most comfortable pants I own.
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!