Product Review: “Men’s Starter Compression Shorts” from Walmart.

So, this review is going to be a no brainer for long-time runners.  I suggest skipping right over it.  However, for newer runners it might be helpful!

I have read about “compression shorts” – and thought to myself that I needed a pair for my longer runs.  I don’t have skinny thighs and in my longer runs – I would end up with some chaffing.  Nothing to major, but it was uncomfortable.

This concerned me a bit – especially as I am training for a run that was about 3-4 times as long as my longest runs at the time.  If 6-7 miles left me slightly chafed, what was 26 miles 385 yards going to do to me???

My buddy Dustin (he is training to run the Marine Corps Marathon with me) has used compression shorts all along on his long runs. (I guess in addition to being stronger than I am – he may be smarter too!)  Well I finally broke down and bought a pair. I’m cheap – so I got them from Wal-Mart for $10. 

I think compressions shorts may be one of the greatest things ever created for runners.  Seriously.  These things rank right up there with Vibram Five Fingers in my opinion.  But, I do want to stress one thing. NO ONE should EVER wear compression shorts without other shorts over them unless they are on a bike.  I mean literally ON a bike. If you are going to get off a bike and walk around in them – PUT SHORTS ON OVER THEM!!!  (No one wants to see your junk.)  There are very few people who can wander around in these things and not make other people feel slightly ill. One of the easy ways to know if this applies to you – is do you question if it might apply to you? If so, don’t do it.

I mention this so that you realize I run with compression shorts – but with other shorts on over them.   This allows me the benefit without making everyone else pay for it.

I haven’t ever tried a pair of “good” compression shorts – only cheapies from Wal-Mart.  I may pick up a good pair to see if there is any difference – but I don’t suspect that they are 4 times as good as the Wal-Mart ones (since the price is four times as much.)

To any new runners out there that don’t own a pair? GO GET THEM FOR YOUR LONG RUNS!!!! You will thank me for it after your next 10 miler.


I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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11 comments on “Product Review: “Men’s Starter Compression Shorts” from Walmart.
  1. lol, thanks for the review. ive had my eye on some compression tights for awhile now, but that price has been a barrier. i had no idea wal-mart sold compression tights! i may have to go over there and buy myself a pair! thanks! 🙂

  2. graceglimmers says:

    I will share your tip with my husband who wants to get back into running. He is a beginner runner for sure…can’t beat Walmart prices!

  3. […] also, but i didn’t need any so I didn’t pick them up) Running Compression Shirt/Pants/Shorts – $10 each at Walmart (Just saw these for 12 at Target) Running Shoes – $36.00 Altra Zero […]

  4. Good to know! I actually loaded up on running skirts at Wal Mart a few months ago. Can’t beat them at $8! See you at MCM!

    • Robinson says:

      Walmart and Target are my two favorite places to buy running gear!!! (Although I have recently fallen in love with Marshalls as well!)

      See you at the MCM!

  5. Junior says:

    I would not recommend anyone to buy these shorts. I bought 2 pair at walmart in Anderson, IN. The seam started pulling apart after about 2 1/2 weeks so I took that pair back and got another pair. About a week later the other pair did the same thing and the pair I replaced starting doing it about 3 to 4 weeks later. I call this poor quality clothing. If they cant stay together from where they sew them together then they are junk. I buy Nike now and they don’t fall apart. Starter shorts the only thing they are good for is the trash.

    • Robinson says:

      Thats funny, because mine are still going strong. It seems they were made better several years ago. Thank you for letting us know your experience!

  6. Amy says:

    Yes I had the same problem with these shorts. I guess you get what you pay for. I took mine back to Wal mart. I went and found some of the Nike shorts that you said was good. Thanks for telling about the better shorts. Maybe Wal mart should drop starter shorts and start carrying Nike shorts. Better quality.

  7. RunBikeThrow says:

    After a bad experience with chafing at my first 100K attempt I hit on the idea of wearing my triathlon shorts to my next ultra. The results was one of my most enjoyable 50K ever, including a quarter-mile wade down a river (yes, in the river). They dried out fast, and no chafing. So there’s another option, albeit more expensive.

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