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Ten Thousand Interval Short Review | Best Versatile Training Short?

The Ten Thousand Interval Short is one of the most popular and sought out short models that Ten Thousand makes, but why is that? Well, if we look at the Ten Thousand short line, the Interval model is marketed as a kind of “best of all worlds” type of short meaning it’s designed to tackle any task that you throw at it.

Personally, I like the Ten Thousand Interval Short for specific reasons and will often reach for this model when my training is going to entail variability. For context, I like the Ten Thousand Foundation Short for barbell-specific training, and don’t get me wrong, the Interval Short will work for barbell-focused training, but I’d rather this model when I’m performing workouts that will entail a variety of movements where I need ample mobility.

In this review, I’m going to breakdown multiple aspects of the Ten Thousand Interval Short including:

For a visual breakdown of the Ten Thousand Interval Short, check out my video review below!

 

Who Should Buy the Ten Thousand Interval Short?

The Ten Thousand Interval Short is by far the most versatile short option from the Ten Thousand core short line. This model’s outer shell is durable and lightweight and it accommodates a variety of activities.

If you’re someone that varies their training on a weekly basis from lifting, running, agility, etc., then I think you’ll like the Interval Short and it will match your needs well.

Ten Thousand Interval Short

$68

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4.8
Versatility
4.8
Durability
4.7
Quality
4.7

Best For

  • Shorter/Mid-Range Runs
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Agility Workouts
  • Classes
  • CrossFit

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  • For Cost-Efficiency

 

Why I Like the Ten Thousand Interval Short

There are three key reasons why I like the Ten Thousand Interval Short for training and my workouts.

  1. Versatile Construction
  2. Waistband and Drawstring
  3. Deep Pockets

The first thing I really like is the overall versatility of this model’s construction. Unlike the Foundation Short, the Interval Short’s outer shell has a 4-way stretch and moves really well with your body. Whether you’re hitting deep squats, WODs, or going for a run, the shell with this model is lightweight and will never slow you down.

The second feature that I like about this model is the waistband construction. On this short, the drawstring is on the inside and the waistband form fits really well around the waist so there’s no bunching of material. Plus, with the drawstring being inside you never really have to worry about them coming undone when doing activities where there might be friction.

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The third aspect I like is the pocket system. If there’s one thing I think Ten Thousand does consistently well with their shorts it’s the pocket construction. The pockets are deep enough to hold phones, wallets, and other belongings, and the zipper pocket is a nice addition for additional security when wanting to store your belongings and keep them on you when working out.

Potential Drawbacks and Cons

Like with every piece of training gear, there are certain cons that I could see folks having with the Ten Thousand Interval Shorts.

  1. Need Compressions Shorts
  2. Price

The first drawback is the fact that with this model you’ll most certainly want to wear compression shorts with them if you don’t buy the liner version. If you’re a guy that doesn’t like to train in compression shorts, then you’ll have a difficult time doing so in this model with how lightweight the shell is. Trust me when I say this, you’ll want a liner with this model whether it’s built-in or your own compression gear.

The second con is the price. With a price range of $58 (non-liner) to $68 (liner) for a pair of Ten Thousand Interval Shorts, these are certainly not the most budget-friendly shorts on the market. If you’re trying to limit how much you’re paying for workout gear, then I could definitely see the price being a drawback.

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Ten Thousand Interval Short Performance

Since the Ten Thousand Interval Short is so versatile, I could see it working for a variety of populations when it comes to performance. The first population that would benefit from this model is the lifter and athlete that trains in a multitude of ways. If you’re the guy that loves to lift, run, and do other activities when working out, then the Interval Short will be a really good choice for you.

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The second population that would benefit from this model is the group of lifters and athletes that might have a slight bias toward cardiovascular-focused training, but still want a pair of shorts to lift in. This model’s lighter weight four-way stretch outer shell works really well at wicking sweat when training from a more cardiovascular point of view and moving with the body versus against it.

The third and final population that could benefit from the Interval Short is the group of guys that are unsure which short to actually go with. If you’re looking at Ten Thousand shorts and you’re not sure which model to get, start with the Interval Short. This model can literally tackle anything and it’s the “all-in-one” short in regard to its construction.

Sizing and Fit

For those wondering about sizing and fit for the Ten Thousand Interval Short, I’m going to provide my measurements below. I wear a medium and it fits really true and the waistband is super secure for my measurements.

  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Waist: 33″
  • Hip (circumference around butt): 38″
  • Mid-Thigh: 23.5″

To see what these shorts look like on my body with my measurement, check out the video below. A large works, too, but mediums fit much more true for me.

 

Liner Vs Non-Liner

So, should you get a pair of Interval Shorts with liner or non-liner? Personally, I always recommend going with the lined model since the outer shell is lighter, and honestly, they feel a bit better having the liner baked in versus wearing a separate pair of compression shorts.

Don’t get me wrong, you can certainly wear your own compression shorts with this model if you opt to buy the non-liner version, I just prefer having the liner built-in with short models that have lighter outer construction. This is not a pair of shorts that you can train in without a compression liner underneath, at least I wouldn’t recommend doing so in public!

Construction Specs

If you’re interested in the construction specs for this model, I’ll provide the list that Ten Thousand provide on their site below. I’d also recommend checking out my video if you want to learn a bit more about the overall Interval Short construction.

  • Shell fabric: 86% Polyester, 14% Spandex
  • Shell construction: Four-way stretch poplin
  • Shell weight: 133 GSM
  • Laser-cut ventilation along outseams
  • Available in 7” and 9” inseam
  • Available with or without liner
  • Bonded hems for no-bulk, lightweight performance
  • Leg gusset for range of motion

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In layman’s terms, the above is essentially saying the outer shell stretches well and is a lightweight material that has ventilation seams to promote sweat-wicking and breathability, and the lug gusset allows for meatier quads to feel more comfortable in this model.

Price

We touched on the price above, but for the Ten Thousand Interval Short that comes in 7″ and 9″ options you can expect to pay around $58-$68 USD. Personally, I’ve yet to have a pair of Interval Shorts breakdown on me, so I think it could be worth it since the shorts go the distance especially if they last for a year plus.

  • Non-Liner: $58
  • Liner: $68

However, that doesn’t change the fact that they’re nearly double the price of more budget-friendly shorts, so price is always something to consider!

Ten Thousand Interval Short

$68

Ten Thousand Interval Short (2)
4.8
Versatility
4.8
Durability
4.7
Quality
4.7

Best For

  • Shorter/Mid-Range Runs
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Agility Workouts
  • Classes
  • CrossFit

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency

 

Takeaway Thoughts

If you’re someone that trains with a lot of versatility and wants a pair of shorts to tackle strength, cardio, and plyometric work, then the Interval Short is a really good bet. It’s lightweight, breathable, and durable and should last you quite a while if you decide to invest in a pair.

If you’ve ever owned a pair of Interval Shorts, drop your thoughts below! Did you like or dislike them?

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Jake Boly

I've been in the fitness and strength training industry for nearly a decade. In that time, I've trained hundreds of clients, created thousands of articles, reviewed countless products, and produced a large list of training videos. And truthfully, I'm only getting started! As for my educational background, I have my Masters in Sports Science, Bachelors in Exercise Science, and have my CSCS.

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