Review: HYLETE Training Shorts
Southern California-based sportswear firm HYLETE celebrated their fifth year of producing innovative, high quality gear in 2017. The company has garnered massive following along the way with apparel that is deemed to be among the best around by fitness enthusiasts. This is our World Exclusive look at two to HYLETE’s current statement products – the Verge II and Iris Scallop Shorts. Both are now on sale at the HYLETE website.
Quick drying, lightweight, and built to breathe – the flex-woven fabric of the Verge ll flex-woven zip pocket short excels in hot and wet environments while the addition of inset flex-knit panels provide optimal balance between stretch and durability. HYLETE’s patented waistband system is utilized to create a secure fit without cinching or scrunching, featuring drawstrings that can be worn internally or externally.
What We Found
There are men’s training shorts then there are the HYLETE Verge II shorts! This is the type of shorts that you can feel superiority in from the time you slip it on for the first time.
The first time our tester put on the eye-catching Verge II with was immediately after wearing one of Reebok’s best training shorts that they had provided to us. The difference in weight and comfort was immediately evident. The Verge II also felt quite airy and breathable from its first wear from what was clearly the use of premium fabric.
The key to the fit of the HYLETE Verge II however is its brilliant waistband. This essential part of the pant fits true to size and sits magnificently on the waist in a flat, extremely comfortable manner that does not press into the skin in any way. Needless to say this is what we want in a training pant whether lifting weights, running, cross training or running soccer and rugby drills. The drawstring that runs through the waistband allows you to tighten it up for an optimal fit. The drawstring is textured with silicon to ensure that it stays in place once tied.
Another great feature of the HYLETE Verge II shorts are flex-knit panels that a stretch to support motion during training. These a strategically placed on the back and the sides of the shorts and colored to contrast with the rest of the garment. They add an additional element of comfort and flexibility to the Verge II that is a rarity among other shorts today.
The HYLETE Verge II has zippered pockets on each side for storing valuables while training. While they are designed to standout via bright colors and brightly colored zipper heads the pockets are deep enough to fit any of today’s mobile phones. We were able to readily fit an iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Edge 8 in the shorts. Accommodating phones is definitely a benefit for whenever you want to grab you phone during training to change your music, check your training metrics or even snap an infamous shirtless gym selfie for Instagram.
Designed for the modern female athlete – the Iris Scallop short’s unique double scalloped leg openings, textured 4-way stretch fabric, and contrast piping complete the attractive exterior of this versatile and technical short. A built-in breathable liner offers a thoughtful and comfortable cut, ideal for running or intense training sessions in the gym. Two strategically placed pockets with hidden zippers provide ample storage, large enough for most phones.
What We Found
Similar in functional design to the Verge II shorts, the Iris Scallop shares several of HYLETE’s novel features with additional element catered towards female athletes. Our tester for them lauded the Iris Scallop’s ultra-comfortable waist band as much as we did on the Verge II. She said that it sit perfectly at the waist resulting in the shorts not riding upwards or embarrassingly slipping downwards during even the most rigorous of workouts. Since the waistband lays flat she said that it wouldn’t cause the dreaded muffin top.
The split seam in the leg of the HYLETE Iris Scallop to allow for the shorts to move with you through leg moves including deadlifts and deep squats.
In terms of comfort our tester said that the HYLETE Iris Scallop ‘s lightweight breathable fabric absorbed and dissipated sweat quickly. This made it perfect for intense cardio sessions. The same can be said for the Verge II.
The HYLETE Iris Scallop has built in ventilated underwear for comfort and extra coverage. Absent from the Verge II the underwear negates the need for wearers to don additional undergarments. This is definitely a value add since you’ll have less gear on weighing you down and heating you up during training.
Though smaller in coverage than the men’s Verge II, the HYLETE Iris Scallop has zippered pockets on both sides that also accommodate today’s cell phones. The same phones that we placed in the Verge II fit in them. There was no discomfort to speak reported by our wearer.
Must have additions to your 2018 training gear range, HYLETE’s shorts are truly world class and among the best that we’ve ever seen. We recommend them when gearing up for you gym and cardio work to kick off 2018!