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    I feel like there was recently a thread on this recently, but I went 12 pages back and couldn’t find it, so maybe I imagined it. Anyway... I’m looking for a little nicer athletic shirts to replace my Nike ones. Kind of veering towards that atheleisure thing. I’m not really sure what brands I should be looking at as all I really know is that some people like Lululemon a lot.

    They do seem to have a decent option in their Pace Breaker shorts. At $68, they aren’t much more than Nike shorts really. I’m interested in opinions on other brands, but does anyone have the Pace Breakers? They have two options- one with a liner - https://shop.lululemon.com/p/gift-id...050?color=0001 and one without - https://shop.lululemon.com/p/men-sho...030?color=0001. Somewhat weirdly they are the same price. I don’t have any shorts with liners, so not quite sure about those, but maybe could be a decent option. Thoughts?

    Whatever shorts I buy will be for the light, in public physical activity like coaching my son’s soccer team (basically when I’m around other people, and don’t want to look like a slob). I workout at home and just wear my cheap Target C9 brand shorts for that. Just pointing that to help illustrate what I’m going for and why.

    #2
    I think I have the pace breakers. I've got like, 3 different lemon shorts. Two came with liners but I've cut them out and like them much better without it.

    I also have a pair of C9 shorts from Target that are very similar to the nicer athleisure shorts Lululemon sells.. I'm actually wearing the C9 ones now. Subtle herringbone pattern, Two side pockets, two butt pockets with Velcro'd flaps and a semi concealed zippered pocket above one of the rear pockets.

    I think I paid $10 or something for them at Target while on clearance. I wear them quite frequently around the house and while walking the dogs and they have held up great. Cut and fit are perfect. Should check out your local Target or online.

    Just realized you mentioned Target's C9. They do carry nicer ones that look better than typical gym shorts like I mentioned.

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      #3
      i'm also interested, shopped around on prime day but nothing really struck me. i'm also stuck with my cheap target c9's but want to upgrade for the gym

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        #4
        Originally posted by Nandyn View Post
        I think I have the pace breakers. I've got like, 3 different lemon shorts. Two came with liners but I've cut them out and like them much better without it.

        I also have a pair of C9 shorts from Target that are very similar to the nicer athleisure shorts Lululemon sells.. I'm actually wearing the C9 ones now. Subtle herringbone pattern, Two side pockets, two butt pockets with Velcro'd flaps and a semi concealed zippered pocket above one of the rear pockets.

        I think I paid $10 or something for them at Target while on clearance. I wear them quite frequently around the house and while walking the dogs and they have held up great. Cut and fit are perfect. Should check out your local Target or online.

        Just realized you mentioned Target's C9. They do carry nicer ones that look better than typical gym shorts like I mentioned.
        For the money, the C9’s are great shorts. I prefer them to my more expensive Nike ones. I’m just looking for something a little nicer that is a bit more “presentable”.

        What was it about the liner that you didn’t like? I could probably just try them at my local store but would rather lazily order them online.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Pesape View Post
          For the money, the C9’s are great shorts. I prefer them to my more expensive Nike ones. I’m just looking for something a little nicer that is a bit more “presentable”.

          What was it about the liner that you didn’t like? I could probably just try them at my local store but would rather lazily order them online.
          With liners, it's not that comfortable wearing underwear, so you you gotta wash the shorts after each free balling wear instead of when they get dirty or smelly. Plus I love my David Archy separate pouches underwear and can never not wear them anymore so all liners had to go. Other than that, the liners were comfortable enough, but thicker than I'd like for summer use. One of them was a compression style full short length liner with gu holder pockets built into the lining. Too warm for warm weather, not warm enough for cold weather... Really only good for a month or so.

          Now, without the lining, it's good all summer.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Nandyn View Post
            With liners, it's not that comfortable wearing underwear, so you you gotta wash the shorts after each free balling wear instead of when they get dirty or smelly. Plus I love my David Archy separate pouches underwear and can never not wear them anymore so all liners had to go. Other than that, the liners were comfortable enough, but thicker than I'd like for summer use. One of them was a compression style full short length liner with gu holder pockets built into the lining. Too warm for warm weather, not warm enough for cold weather... Really only good for a month or so.

            Now, without the lining, it's good all summer.
            That’s exactly what I was wondering. The Pace Breakers have the compression style lining are talking about. I couldn’t imagine freeballing even with the liner and was thinking they would be very hot with the liner.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Pesape View Post
              That’s exactly what I was wondering. The Pace Breakers have the compression style lining are talking about. I couldn’t imagine freeballing even with the liner and was thinking they would be very hot with the liner.
              Cutting them out is fairly easy and straight forward and doesn't hurt the rest of the short at all.

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                #8
                Be very careful though, I’ve ruined a couple pairs of (luckily cheapo Target brand) swim trunks by accidentally cutting the actual shorts while trying to cut out the liner.
                Ben

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
                  Be very careful though, I’ve ruined a couple pairs of (luckily cheapo Target brand) swim trunks by accidentally cutting the actual shorts while trying to cut out the liner.
                  Indeed, do be careful. Best is to cut the lining just up to the serged seam, but leave the seam intact. That leaves you about 1/4" of fabric/seam before you hit the actual short. The serging will keep The fabric from fraying, depending on how the fabric is made. (That is for Lululemon shorts that I've cut, not sure about other shorts.)

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                    #10
                    I have a few pairs of the Pace Breaker shorts with and without the liners. They're okay but not my favorite. The material is pretty thin. It's almost flimsy feeling. If you're going to be spending that much on gym shorts I prefer Myles Momentum shorts, available with and without liners. I feel like the construction, materials and fit are all better on the Myles shorts. They're the one's I find myself reaching for most frequently. https://mylesapparel.com/collections/shorts

                    It sounds like without the liner is the best option for what you'll be using them for. I prefer the liners myself. Its just one less layer I have to worry about. I have never found them to be too hot or cold on either the Lulu or the Myles shorts. If you do decide to go that route, I like the liners on the Myles shorts far more than Lululemon shorts. The Lululemon always ride up on me a little but the Myles liners stay in place.

                    Also, if you're not going to be doing any strenuous activity, have you considered the J.Crew Dock Shorts? The stretch chino dock shorts are my lounge/I may have to go in public and don't want to look like a slob shorts. They're comfortable and look more polished then gym shorts. Looks like they also make them in a tech material now.

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                      #11
                      My favorite are Hylete and Rhone.
                      Want to check out Myles, Oliver's, huckberry proof, barbell apparel (have and like the jeans)

                      Also like the tech shorts from J. Crew (on front page). Wore them the other day when I knew I'd be going from bouldering to joining a group of friends at a parade.
                      Last edited by 77Pat; July 17, 2019, 07:43 AM.

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                        #12
                        I wear my J Crew Tech shorts everywhere. I go to the neighborhood gym for my workout, then jump in the pool or check out a kayak. I did 10 miles on the AT wearing them a few weeks ago. I took 2 pair down to Tampa for my daughters college graduation weekend. These things are awesome and I rarely wear any other shorts now. I have 5 pair (three 9" and two 7") and have 3 more pair on the way. Now, I am sure other tech shorts work as well but I just keep finding the J Crew deals so I have stuck with them. I wouldn't mind more color selection or a pair with pocket closures and/or deeper pockets for those outdoor activities but I try not to have anything in my pockets most of the time so it isnt a huge deal.

                        If you are like me and [MENTION=11094]77Pat[/MENTION] and find yourself jumping from activity to activity, these are great. And I swear, they are the ultimate road trip short. Stretchy and wipe clean. I spilled coffee on my light khaki pair while driving and just wiped it up with a napkin.

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                          #13
                          Was at H&M yesterday, and they have a quite a few choices for athletic shorts. Also, with H&M clothes running on the smaller side, the shorts have a nice slim fit to them. Going back to pick some up this weekend. Was in a hurry, so I couldn't try on all the different options.
                          We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” ― Charles Bukowski

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                            #14
                            For actual working out my favorites are Hylete and Fourlaps/4laps.
                            Ben

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                              #15
                              Any best recs for running, hiking, and walking? I registered for a 5k in August and would appreciate any suggestions. ty!

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