Best Muay Thai Shorts Reviewed (2021)

When it comes to buying new Muay Thai gear, one of the most satisfying items to buy is Muay Thai shorts. They come in so many different colors and styles that you can spend ages choosing the right pair.

You’ll want to have more than one pair of Muay Thai shorts in your closet so you can alternate between them. That’s why we have reviewed the best Muay Thai shorts for training, and competitive fights.

If you’re new to Muay Thai, you will notice that these are much shorter in design, compared to boxing shorts. In fact, having the right Thai boxing shorts can help with your range of motion.

Our Top Picks

Top King Boxing Muay Thai Shorts Normal or Retro Style Size S, M, L, XL, 3L, 4L (Black/Gold Dragon XL)
Fairtex New Muay Thai Boxing Shorts Slim Cut - Red, Orange, Blue, Yellow, S, M, L, XL (Green Camo, Small)
Anthem Athletics zInfinity Muay Thai Shorts - Kickboxing, Thai Boxing - Black & White - XX-Large
Our Rating
9.4
9.2
9.0
MSRP
Price not available
$47.89
Price not available
Size
S - XXXXL
S - XL
S - XXXL
Material
Polyester satin
Polyester satin
Microfibre
Top King Boxing Muay Thai Shorts Normal or Retro Style Size S, M, L, XL, 3L, 4L (Black/Gold Dragon XL)
Our Rating
9.4
MSRP
Price not available
Size
S - XXXXL
Material
Polyester satin
More Information
Fairtex New Muay Thai Boxing Shorts Slim Cut - Red, Orange, Blue, Yellow, S, M, L, XL (Green Camo, Small)
Our Rating
9.2
MSRP
$47.89
Size
S - XL
Material
Polyester satin
More Information
Anthem Athletics zInfinity Muay Thai Shorts - Kickboxing, Thai Boxing - Black & White - XX-Large
Our Rating
9.0
MSRP
Price not available
Size
S - XXXL
Material
Microfibre
More Information

If you want to see more than these three, keep reading to see full details on all eleven pairs. The beauty of these Thai shorts is that most are made in the home of the sport too, Thailand. You can’t get more authentic than that.

Winner: Top King Muay Thai Shorts

Top King Muay Thai Shorts

Our winner of the best Thai boxing shorts goes to the makers at Top King.

Top King offers a total of 23 different styles, in both normal and retro styles. So, if you don’t like the pattern or color of the image above, there’s plenty more variety available.

They also come in a large range of sizes. Here’s the full list of sizes with the measurements:

  • Small – Waist 24-27″ Outseam 13.0″
  • Medium – Waist 25-28″ Outseam 14.0″
  • Large – Waist 27-30″ Outseam 15.0″
  • X-Large – Waist 29-32″ Outseam 16.0″
  • 3-Large – Waist 30-33″ Outseam 17.0″
  • 4-Large – Waist 31-34″ Outseam 18.0

As you can see with the measurements, it’s better to choose a larger size as these are Thai sizes.

Top King’s Thai shorts use 100% polyester satin. Some of the designs even have a breathable mesh material on the side for increased airflow.

All models of these shorts have an elastic waistband, although some are larger than others. This is great as it helps to give you that most ideal fit. The downside to this is that you can tighten or loosen the waistband as there’s no drawstring. This is why it’s important you get the size choice correct.

Authentic Muay Thai shorts have a thinner waistband as well as a shorter length, so you may want to go a size. This shortness can offer increased flexibility when kicking though. It also prevents you from having to roll up the legs if they’re too long.

Pros:

  • Normal or retro style choices
  • 100% Polyester satin
  • Huge selection of colors and patterns

Cons:

  • Many recommend double-checking sizes before ordering

Product Specifications

Size Small to 4-Large
MaterialPolyester satin

Runner-Up: Fairtex Slim-Cut Muay Thai Shorts

Fairtex Green Camo Slim Muay Thai Shorts

The next pair of cool Muay Thai shorts comes from the popular Thai brand, Fairtex.

These are slim-cut Muay Thai shorts so they’re not good if you’ve got big thighs. Still, they offer some of the most vibrant patterns and colors. There are 17 variations available including green camo, yellow/black, and white to name a few. You really are spoilt for choice.

Fairtex’s Muay Thai fight shorts come in four sizes. These are:

  • Small – Waist=26″, Outseam=13.5″, Leg Opening=23″
  • Medium – Waist=28″, Outseam=14″, Leg Opening=24″
  • Large – Waist=30″, Outseam=14.5″, Leg Opening=25″
  • X-Large – Waist=32″, Outseam=15″, Leg Opening=26″

If you’re above a 34″ waist then you need to buy another brand. Although Fairtex does offer wider models but not in the same styles.

These shorts also use 100% polyester satin, which is why the price is higher than others. These are made to allow maximum movement, ensuring minimal restrictions.

Pros:

  • 100% Polyester satin
  • Slim cut style
  • Huge range of colors and patterns

Cons:

  • Don’t cater for over 32-inch waists

Product Specifications

Size Small to X-Large 
MaterialPolyester satin

Anthem Athletics Infinity Muay Thai Shorts

Anthem Athletics Muay Thai Shorts

Anthem Athletics Infinity Muay Thai shorts are one of the cheapest pairs on the list. They don’t have the same bright designs that the Thai brands offer, but some people like that simple look.

In fact, there are seven simple color designs to pick from, these are:

  • Black
  • Army & Black
  • Red & Black
  • Grey, Red & Black
  • Blue & Black
  • Black & White
  • Oxblood

Also, as these shorts are made in the USA, the sizes are true to size. There are six sizes in total with the following measurements:

  • Small – Waist 26-29″ Outseam – 12″
  • Medium – Waist 29-32″ Outseam – 14″
  • Large – Waist 32-35″ Outseam – 15.5″
  • X-Large – Waist 35-38″ Outseam – 17″
  • XX-Large – Waist 38-42″ Outseam – 18.5″
  • 3X-Large – Waist 42-46″ Outseam – 19″

No matter your size, you’re bound to find a pair that fits you well. These Muay Thai shorts are also great to use as kickboxing shorts. 

They use a high-quality lightweight microfiber material. This makes them tear-resistant, and even machine washable. Whereas, satin Muay Thai shorts need to be hand-washed or dry cleaned.

Featuring an aggressive side split, select colors can be used as competition shorts. The elastic waistband ensures a nice fit, and there’s also a drawstring to tighten them.

Pros:

  • Performance-enhancing micro-fiber
  • Tear resistance
  • Suitable for many combat sport types
  • Great price to quality ratio

Cons:

  • Claimed to run small by many

Product Specifications

Size Small to XXX-Large
MaterialMicrofibre

Twins Special Muay Thai Boxing Shorts

Twins Special Muay Thai Shorts

Twins Special is another popular brand from Thailand. As well as offering great shorts they also have top Muay Thai gloves. As well as offering plain black, there are 20 more styles available. Many of them with bright designs.

They also have a huge selection of sizes to choose from, including:

  • 4-Small – Waist 21-24″ Outseam 11.0″
  • 3-Small – Waist 23-26″ Outseam 12.0″
  • 2-Small – Waist 23-26″ Outseam 12.5″
  • Small – Waist 24-27″ Outseam 13.0″
  • Medium – Waist 25-28″ Outseam 14.0″
  • Large – Waist 27-30″ Outseam 15.0″
  • X-Large – Waist 29-32″ Outseam 16.0″
  • 3-Large – Waist 30-33″ Outseam 17.0″
  • 4-Large – Waist 31-34″ Outseam 18.0″
  • 5-Large – Waist 33-36″ Outseam 19.0″
  • 6-Large – Waist 34-38″ Outseam 20.0″

Even though they have so many size options, they don’t go above a 38-inch waist. The Anthem Athletics model above is better for big guys. But, these shorts are good for kids and women and as the sizes go so low. If you’re worried about size, you should buy one size up.

These shorts use quality satin material throughout, whilst still maintaining a fair price.

The waistband of these shorts for Muay Thai is eight inches of elasticity. This allows for comfort while preventing restriction of movement.

Also included is a drawstring inside the shorts. This adds an extra layer of tightness so they won’t move whilst in use.

Pros:

  • Fantastic looking shorts
  • Hold up well in use
  • Great craftsmanship

Cons:

  • No cutaway on the sides of the shorts

Product Specifications

Size Small to 3-Large
MaterialSatin

Venum Giant Muay Thai Shorts

Venum Giant Muay Thai Shorts

Now for the first pair of Venum Muay Thai shorts on the list. This model is the ‘Giant’ type as they have a wider leg opening than other pairs.

There are eight color options to pick from, all have the Venum logo and brand on them. These are:

  • All Black
  • Black/Forest Camo
  • Black/Gold
  • Black/Neo Orange
  • Black/Neo Yellow
  • Black/Red
  • Black/White
  • White/Black

As with other traditional Muay Thai shorts, these also use satin. This lightweight material allows you to move freely whilst wearing them. But, note that they can’t be machine washed. They must be hand or dry-washed.

As well as having a large split on the sides, they also use mesh material running up them.

These Muay Thai shorts are handmade in Thailand. In fact, all  Venum’s fighting gear is, including Muay Thai shin guards.

Pros:

  • Handmade in Thailand
  • Large side split
  • Eight colors to pick from

Cons:

  • Comes in one style

Product Specifications

Size X-Small to XX-Large
Material100% polyester

Venum Bangkok Inferno Thai Shorts

Venum Bangkok Inferno Muay Thai Shorts

Now for another pair of Muay Thai shorts from Venum. This style comes with a large hand-sewn embroidery on the front and back.

There are only five design choices to pick from. These are:

  • Red Devil
  • Black/Gold
  • Neo Yellow
  • Red/White
  • Blue/White

Some people prefer training and fighting without large embroideries. But, others like the added design. It’s all a matter of personal preference.

These are made from 100% polyester so they must be hand or dry-cleaned. You can also find the Venum brand name in the center of the elasticated waistband.

This pair of shorts features very high side splits giving you better mobility. There are six sizes that you can pick from with the following measurements:

  • X-Small – Waist 30-31.5″
  • Small – Waist 32-33.5″
  • Medium – Waist 34-35.5″
  • Large – Waist 36-37.5″
  • X-Large – Waist 38-39.5″
  • XX-Large – Waist 40-41.5″

Pros:

  • Striking design
  • Made in Thailand
  • Handsewn embroidery
  • Large side splits

Cons:

  • Some might not like having a large embroidery

Product Specifications

Size X-Small to XX-Large
Material100% polyester

Yokkao Muay Thai Shorts

Yokkao Muay Thai Shorts

Yokkao is another brand that makes its Thai boxing shorts in Thailand. There are many designs to choose from, 36 in total actually! Some might be a bit over-the-top for some of you.

There are five sizes to choose from, although you should buy a size larger. The sizes are:

  • X-Small
  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • X-Large

Yokkao uses a mix of polyester and carbon fiber fabric to make sure they are lightweight and durable. Still, it’s not advised to wash them in a machine.

These shorts are a shorter retro style compared to others, so keep this in mind before buying. If you want long Muay Thai shorts, we suggest another brand.

Pros:

  • Fantastic looking shorts
  • Hold up well in use
  • Great craftsmanship

Cons:

  • No cutaway on the sides of the shorts

Product Specifications

Size X-Small to X-Large
MaterialPolyester & carbon fiber fabric

Hayabusa Muay Thai/Kickboxing Shorts

Hayabusa Muay Thai & Kickboxing Shorts

Hayabusa is known for its high-end fighting gear, which is why the price is a bit higher than others. The shorts feature Hayabusa’s famous brand falcon on the side. These are good for kickboxers and people undertaking MMA too.

The same gold-detailed design is available in four different colors:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • White
  • Red

They have a large elastic waist and a drawstring inside for increased comfort.

Hayabusa’s shorts are mid-thigh design and the side split is small. Still, they allow for a wide range of movement. They are available in five sizes:

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • X-Large
  • XX-Large

Hayabusa has claimed that they can be machine washed as long as a low temperature is used. This is because they have used a high-quality satin material. Still, it’s best not to dry them in a machine.

Some people asked if a groin cup is included with these shorts. In short, it’s not. But, we recommend the Diamond MMA Cup for all types of martial arts.

Pros:

  • Fantastic looking shorts
  • Hold up well in use
  • Great craftsmanship

Cons:

  • No cutaway on the sides of the shorts

Product Specifications

Size Small to XX-Large
MaterialSatin

Lumpinee Original Retro Muay Thai Shorts

Lumpinee Muay Thai Shorts

Lumpinee is the home of Thai boxing in Bangkok, Thailand. Many locals and tourists go here to watch live fights. These Muay Thai shorts are retro style and come in a wide selection of sizes and colors.

The waist size guide is as follows:

  • Medium – 28″
  • Large – 30″
  • XL – 32″
  • XXL – 34″
  • 3XL – 36″
  • 4XL – 38″
  • 5XL – 40″-44″

These use high-quality satin fabric with an elastic waist for increased practicality. The Lumpinee shorts also feature a fantastic cushion guard. This is located on the side of the shorts and works well to absorb attacks from kicks.

These shorts have an extra-wide side split with a drawstring inside for tightening.

Lumpinee’s shorts can be cleaned in the washing machine, so there’s no need to hand wash them.

Pros:

  • Great looking retro style shorts
  • Cushion guard on either side of shorts
  • Aggressive side splits

Cons:

  • Some sizing issues stated

Product Specifications

Size Small to 5-X-Large
MaterialSatin fabric

Fluory Muay Thai Shorts

Fluory Muay Thai Shorts

Fluory’s Muay Thai shorts come in the shorter style. This gives a good advantage in your movements.

They are bright and have standout designs and colorings. The shorts use 100% polyester and are available in a large selection of sizes from X-Small to 4X-Large.

This lightweight material is also tear-resistant. As well, what’s great is that they feature a moisture-wicking technology throughout.

Fluory’s shorts also boast an embroidered logo that is designed to stay on for a long time. It will not peel or crack as long as you hand-wash or dry-wash them.

All stitching on the shorts is reinforced too, ensuring a longer-lasting quality. The aggressive side slits stretch well too, allowing for a wider range of movements. This makes them ideal for kickboxing training as well.

They have an elastic waistband and a drawstring feature for extra fastening. These shorts for Muay Thai are one of the most comfortable pairs available.

Pros:

  • Shorter length shorts type
  • Aggressive side splits
  • Moisture-wicking technology

Cons:

  • Suggestions of them running small

Product Specifications

Size X-Small to 4X-Large
Material100% Polyester

Elite Sports Muay Thai Shorts for Men & Women

Elite Sports Muay Thai Shorts

Elite Sports Muay Thai shorts are the cheapest pair out of them all. They are advertised as being for both men and women, even though the others are too.

As they’re not a Thai brand they don’t come in the same number of designs. There are eight color choices to pick from:

  • All Black
  • Black/Blue
  • Black/Red
  • Black/Gold
  • Black/Grey
  • Black/White
  • White/Black
  • Pink/Black

They also come in a vast selection of sizes ranging from XS to 4XL. The 100% microfiber soft polyester fabric makes the shorts lightweight but durable.

Even though they are cheaper than the rest they can be machine washed without the worry of them being ruined. Furthermore, the elastic waistband measures 4-inches in total.

Also, reinforced stitching gives the most secure of fits while not hindering movement. They have wide legs compared to some of the others and can be used for kickboxing, MMA as well as Muay Thai.

Pros:

  • Unisex shorts
  • Quality material used
  • Performance focused

Cons:

  • A couple of size issues noted

Product Specifications

Size X-Small to 4X-Large
MaterialMicro-fiber

Muay Thai Shorts FAQ

How to know which size to get?

When selecting the size, it’s important to look at the size guide for each brand. Muay Thai shorts’ sizes vary widely depending on where they are made. Usually, sizes range from Small to XX-Large, sometimes even larger or smaller.

The key here is to select a size that fits well on the waist, whilst allowing for a wide range of movement. You should make a note of your current waist size before beginning your search.

This is because a medium in one brand, may not be the same dimensions as another brand. No matter what size you pick, you’ll always be able to secure a Thai belly pad over the top.

Which material is best For Muay Thai Shorts?

As you can see two types of material dominate the Muay Thai shorts market. These are polyester and satin. You’ll also find some brands incorporating both materials.

High-quality satin and polyester ensure that the fighter stays fresh throughout use. A pair of shorts that makes you uncomfortable shouldn’t be used.

That’s why shorts that have a moisture-wicking type material are better with sweat and odor. This material is still lightweight too, allowing for ease of movement. 

Satin is the most popular choice for Muay Thai shorts as it is the traditional material used. That doesn’t mean that you can’t fight perfectly in another material though.

Are these Muay Thai Shorts unisex?

Yes, most of the Muay Thai shorts on this list are unisex. Especially as the patterns and colors appear pleasing to both men and women.

You’ll find most brands run smaller sizes so women can buy them, as well as smaller men, of course. For example, Top King goes as low as 24-inch waists, and Twins Special as low as 21-inches. This makes both models perfect Muay Thai shorts for women.

They also now offer more in the way of color choices, which makes them even more accessible as unisex shorts.

In Summary

If you’re serious about your Muay Thai training, selecting the best Muay Thai shorts is key. You’ve seen that our winner comes from Top King. Yet, all brands on this list offer a great product. You can’t go wrong with any.

If price plays a large factor in your choice, then there are high and low-priced shorts. Although, the pricier brands are generally the best shorts for Muay Thai.

Remember, it’s vital to double-check the size guide before buying a pair of shorts for Muay Thai. You don’t want them to arrive and have to send them back.

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