Review: Men’s Nike Hypercool Compression 6″ Short

While I was researching for my recent review of the Under Armour Sonic Compression Short, I saw a new (at least to me) model from Nike that looked similar to the original Pro Combat Short, which I had worn before the Sonic. I was disappointed when Nike replaced it with the Pro Combat 2.0 Short, which were too thin to be used as standalone running shorts.

Sadly, the Nike Hypercool Compression 6-inch Short, which retails for $28, is not a suitable replacement for the Sonic Short or the original Pro Combat Short. They are simply too sheer to serve as standalone running shorts. They are best layered underneath other shorts or pants.

If I were recommending underwear, however, I would point you to the Jockey Men’s Sport Mesh Midway Brief, which are $10 less and comparably constructed.

The Hypercool fabric is so sheer that my fingers can be seen through it.

Even if the fabric had not been a deal-breaker, the fit may have been. The Small is supposedly for 29-31 inch waists. I’m a solid 29 right now, yet I could not pull the Hypercool over my knees without a fight. With a 10 percent spandex content, I’m sure that I could have pulled them on, but probably at the detriment to their lifespan — when stretched excessively, a thin fabric will not last long.

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Posted in , on March 2, 2017


  1. Packman Pete on March 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    COMPRESSION shorts ? Good god ! That sounds painful !

    • Andrew Skurka on March 6, 2017 at 9:04 am

      I would concur, if that were truly the case. But most “compression” shorts are really just snugly fitting shorts, and are entirely appropriate for running or layering under other bottoms.

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