A quick rundown on the best baseball sliding shorts, under shirts, and other baseball clothing, including which types and brands that I and other pro baseball players really use. - Doug Bernier
1. Best baseball sliding shorts
What are baseball sliding shorts? Sliding shorts, which are often called compression shorts, add protection by giving you another layer between you and your pants – which is highly essential when sliding on dirt, running and sweating (Keep reading to see our recommendations).
Fitted or compression sliding shorts. Your options for sliders are compression and fitted – most sliding shorts on the market are compression.
So what’s the difference? Compression is just that – it actually compresses or squeezes the muscle. Compression is said to increase circulation and aid recovery time.
HOWEVER, don’t expect to get the full compression benefits from wearing compression sliding shorts. In my opinion, these sliders are only a tighter version of the fitted shorts. (Fitted shorts will be snug without adding the muscle squeeze.) That said, I still recommend compression sliders over fitted, simply because the best baseball sliding shorts should feel like a second skin. If done right, you should forget you’re even wearing them.[box] Side note on compression: If you do want the full benefits of compression on your hamstrings, then you will need to invest in a compression sleeve. Since baseball is such a wait-wait-then-go-full-speed sport, it’s easy to rupture those big muscles, and tough to recover from (sometimes career ending). This is the one I use, and I really like it. Pro-Tec Athletics Hamstring Compression Wrap [/box]
Dri-Fit or moisture wicking. The best baseball sliding shorts are very light weight and moisture wicking in order to keep you dry, so before you order, be sure the sliders say “moisture wicking” or Dri-fit” or something to that effect.
Padding. Some shorts have pads on the side of the thighs and even in the knees to keep the parts that hit the ground most often, a little less likely to cut open.
Pocket for protective cup. Some sliding shorts have a insert for a cup, which personally i don’t use. I like using the shorts in combination with an athletic supporter. I feel like this keeps everything tight and where it needs to be a little better than if you put the cup directly in the sliding shorts.
Brands. Here are the ones I like to wear, and the ones I see most commonly worn by the other pro guys I play with.These are our pro-recommended sliding shorts:
1.) Nike Compression sliders Comfortable and light weight. Many different styles, lengths and extra padding available.
Sales pitches on various websites often make it seem more complicated than it really is. All Nike models incorporate the Dri-Fit technology, which is the most important thing. They also take care to put the seems where they won’t chafe, and other little details that make for quality sliding shorts. Otherwise, here are some options:
- If you want extra ventilation to stay cool – Pro Combat Hypercool
- If you like some light padding – Pro Combat Hyperstrong Compression sliders, or
- If you want the longer, over-the-knee sliders (with padding) – Pro Combat Diamond Thief 17″ sliders
Under Armour. The newest baseball compression sliders by Under Armour are the All Tool ($45) and Break Over ($30). Under Armour doesn’t have an over-the-knee model. All UA compression shorts will have light padding in the areas that count, and all slider models are HeatGear (moisture wicking) and anti-odor. And yes, they do have youth sliding shorts. Also, the Break III model is on clearance right now.
Tool Shed. I like Tool Shed‘s dri-fit compression shorts. A light weight material that has cotton mixed in with the spandex. It has mesh on the inner thigh that helps keep you dry. Very comfortable compression short.
Baseball Rampage has free shipping over $99, but the reason I like them is they have always-free return shipping. That way if you need a different size or whatever, there’s no extra expense to exchange or return.
If you have questions about choosing your best baseball sliding shorts, please feel free to comment below and we WILL get back with you.
2. Best Baseball Undershirts
Material options. Undershirts are made from either basic cotton or a moisture wicking material – or some blend of both. They are worn under your jersey top to provide comfort.
In my opinion, the best baseball undershirts by far are the moisture-wicking types, such as Nike’s “Dri Fit” or UA’s Heatgear. Not only does this type wick sweat away from your body so you stay dryer, they’re also lighter weight and more comfortable.
Sleeve length. You can find these in 4 lengths: long sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, short sleeves, and no sleeves. Some times the 3/4 sleeves are difficult to find but you can always cut your long sleeves to your desired 3/4 length.
Fit. Under shirts can also be tight or loose fitting. This is 100% personal preference. Some people like the tight fit all over their upper half and some like to feel less restrained and enjoy a more loose fitting shirt.
3. Workout Shorts
Workout shorts will be used more than you even know. Anytime you hit, practice, lift weights, and run, these shorts will be useful. Any type of athletic short will work but I absolutely love the dri fit shorts. They are made from the same material as the under shirts. They are comfortable and light weight.
There are four companies that offer very nice workout shorts. Some models may be a little longer or shorter, heavier or lighter duty but they are pretty similar. These are the workout shorts I like:
- Nike Dri Fit shorts
- Under Armour – Phenom or Heatgear
- Easton Performance Shorts from Easton
- Oakley Men’s Control Shorts (kinda hard to find, but you can get them from Baseball Express)
4. Cold Weather Gear
Playing in cold weather can be tough and sometimes miserable. If you are going to play in the game you might as well be as warm as possible. The cold weather gear is thicker than your normal under shirt or compression shorts but they will keep you warmer. Being without cold weather gear designed for sports will put you at a disadvantage…. This section has been moved. It has it’s own page now – 5 Cold Weather Baseball Essentials.
I hope this quick rundown on the best baseball sliding shorts, under shirts, and other baseball clothing is helpful. I invite you to ask questions or add your opinion in the comments section below. Play Hard ! – Doug
More baseball gear recommendations:
- Guide to Catcher’s Gear
- Training Aids and Protective Gear
- Best Baseball Sunglasses
- Wood Baseball Bats
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