Gear Review: On Hybrid Shorts

A man wearing the On Hybrid Shorts

The best running shorts are lightweight, streamlined and stretchy. The On Hybrid Short is all three.

On designed the Hybrid Short with two layers: the outer layer and inner tight. The airy outer layer flows easily with your run, and the inner tight provides support and versatility.

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Fleet Feet reviewers put the On Hybrid Shorts through its paces to see how it fits and feels. Here’s what they thought.

Tech specs

On Hybrid Short


6.7` oz


polyamide/elastane blend, elastic





On Hybrid Short Fit and Materials

The attachment button of the On Hybrid Short

On built the Hybrid Short from premium fabrics for the best running experience.

The outer short consists of a polyamide-elastane blend that feels smooth and soft, and it’s very stretchy for total freedom of movement.

The inner tight provides a snug, supportive fit. On affixed the tight to the outer short with a button-and-loop attachment at each hip that makes it easy to keep them together or take them apart.

On also loaded the Hybrid Short with pockets. The outer short has a drop-in hand pocket on each side and a rear zippered pocket on the waistband; the inner tight has a no-bounce pocket on each thigh.

On Hybrid Short Performance

On’s Hybrid Short performs exactly as advertised—light, stretchy and comfortable.

The outer layer disappears when you run. It feels incredibly light, and the four-way stretch gives you a full range of motion. One tester says the Hybrid Short lets you focus only on your run.

“I didn’t have to think about the shorts at all,” he says. “They’re so light and stretchy, and nothing is distracting.”

The inner tight adds another level of support. The snug-fitting tight creates compression that helps keep it in place when you move so they don’t ever ride up, and it helps prevent chafing thanks to its skin-tight fit.


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The On Hybrid Short is an ideal pair of running shorts made with serious attention to the small details.

On designed the 2-in-1 Hybrid Short from a stretchy and soft outer fabric for a light feel, while a snug inner compression tight provides a supportive feel.

Still not convinced? Don’t sweat it. Fleet Feet's return policy means you can test drive your shoes and gear without risk. If you’re not happy with the way your gear performs, looks or fits, we’ll take it back within 60 days. Plus, you’ll get free shipping on orders over $99 and free return shipping on all orders. That's our Happy Fit Guarantee.

By Evan Matsumoto. Evan played many sports growing up but didn’t go pro in any of them. Now, he’s the digital copywriter for and editor for the Fleet Feet blog where he writes about different foam densities and engineered mesh uppers.

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