Looking for joggers that aren’t way too long? Here’s where to find joggers for shorter guys 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.
Short Joggers & Sweatpants
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…
Ash & Erie Hybrid Jogger
Ash & Erie’s Hybrid Jogger is basically a lululemon’s Surge pant but with an inseam that works well for shorter guys.
Made from lightweight, stretchy material and featuring a very tapered leg, these will work in the gym, on a red eye flight, or running a quick errand.
Keep in mind, they’re definitely athletic pants. They’re not like chinos with a jogger cuff.
So they won’t work with collared shirts and can’t be worn to the office.
Also, I find that they run slightly small, so if you don’t skip leg day, might want to size up.
Under 510 Tyson Jogger
I’m wearing the grey colorway in 30×26 (note: I’m wearing the fleece version below, not the LTE version):
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.
If you’re looking for a great pair of sweatpants for short men, these are for you.
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, and 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 shorter length sweatpants lounging around at home and to the gym, and they work well in both situations.
lululemon Shorter Length 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.
Be sure to check their website often, as the shorter versions of their most popular joggers and sweats are restocked periodically.
Bonobos Homestretch Jogger
Available in a shorter 27″ length, these Bonobos Homestretch Joggers prioritize comfort with an elastic waistband and gently tapered leg openings.
They’re not a performance/office pant; they’re more like a pair of short sweatpants.
The color selection is fantastic. Bonobos knows how to choose fabrics that look good with everything you own.
Also, the quality is good for the price, but you should maximize value by waiting for a sale (they happen relatively often).
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.
Fabletics Go-To Jogger
If you just need a comfy pair of sweatpants for short men, the Go-To Jogger from Fabletics may be a good fit.
They’re not too tight, and the fabric is more like cotton (not too swishy).
Plus, you can get them with 27″ inseams in a wide variety of wast sizes.
They’re also priced lower than most of the other joggers on this list, especially when they go on sale.
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.
FAQs About Short Joggers
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about sweatpants for shorter guys:
Can you get short length joggers?
Absolutely. Most men’s clothing brands offer their most popular joggers in multiple lengths, including a shorter inseam (usually 27″).
What length joggers should I get?
Joggers should stop right around your ankle bone. They should not stack up around your ankle. For shorter men, 28″ or 27″ joggers should work well.
How short is too short for joggers?
Joggers that don’t touch your ankle bone are probably too short. When you sit down, they ride up, the cuffs get stuck around your calves.
Do joggers look good on short guys?
Yes, joggers look great on short guys! Just make sure they’re not too long for your legs 😉
Do joggers make you look shorter?
Joggers only make you look shorter if they’re way too long for you legs. Most short men will look just fine in 26-28″ inseam joggers.
Can tailors make joggers shorter?
While any tailor can hem a pair of jeans, joggers are more difficult to shorten. They have tapered legs and have cuffed leg openings, which makes any alterations more complicated.
If you need shorter sweatpants, it’s best to buy them at the proper length because you won’t be able to get them tailored.
What are your favorite joggers?
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!