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Ten Thousand Tactical Short Review | Worth the Price?

As Ten Thousand continues to grow and expand, so does their offerings for various pairs of shorts. The Ten Thousand Tactical Short is one of the pairs of shorts that Ten Thousand offers in their “Pro-Line”. Their Pro-Line shorts are designed to tackle very specific tasks and come with a slightly higher price tag due to their niche construction and performance aspects.

The Ten Thousand Tactical Short was built in collaboration with members of the United States Special Operations Forces. That being said, it’s designed with durability in mind, but also niche construction aspects that would support anyone looking for a high-performance and versatile short along with durability.

In theory, that sounds great, however, with a higher price point, my main concern is if they’re worth it especially for the recreational lifter. For this Ten Thousand Tactical Short review, we’re going to cover a variety of topics including:

For my visual friends, check out my Ten Thousand Tactical Short video review below for more insights.

 

Who Should Buy the Ten Thousand Tactical Short

The Ten Thousand Tactical Short is not going to be the best model for everyone due to its higher price point and niche construction aspects. However, I think if you’re someone that wants a pair of durable shorts with secure pockets for versatile training, then this model will be a really good option for you.

Plus, this model’s ripstop shell does a really good job at promoting long-term durability, so I often think of this pair of shorts as an investment versus a frequent buy.

Ten Thousand Tactical Short

$72

Ten Thousand Tactical Short
4.6
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.6
Quality
4.5

Best For

  • Outdoor Training
  • Barbell Training
  • Rucking and Hiking

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency

 

Ten Thousand Tactical Short Pros

For lifters and athletes, I think there are three key pros that come along with the Ten Thousand Tactical Short.

  1. Great Durability
  2. Secure Pockets
  3. Solid Mobility

The first aspect that I like about the Ten Thousand Tactical Short is the overall durability. This model features a ripstop shell which does a great job at resisting friction and abrasion from things like barbells, ropes, and outdoor elements. In addition, this model features a thicker waistband with an internal drawstring which is great for also promoting long-term durability.

Another aspect that’s worth noting for this model is the Every Session Carry pocket system. Essentially, this model features two zip pockets on each side which are awesome for keeping your valuables secure. If you’re someone that wants to train outside or get wet and bring their keys, phone (don’t bring it water, obviously!), cards, etc. with them, then you’ll like the pocket system in this short.

Ten Thousand Tactical Short Pockets

The last aspect that I like about this short is how mobile they are. They come in 5″ and 7″ options and the shell is lightweight with a good amount of stretch. There’s a side slit on the side of this model that also promotes mobility when moving into deep hip flexion and lateral movements.

As a bonus, I do like how quickly these shorts dry. I’m not often in situations where these shorts are getting super wet, however, I have taken a few dips on hikes in these shorts and they dry super quick which is an added bonus.

Ten Thousand Tactical Short Cons

Despite liking this pair of shorts overall for various areas of performance, there are a few cons that I think some should consider.

  1. Price
  2. Only 5″ and 7″ Options

The first drawback to this pair of shorts is their price. At a price point of $72 USD, these shorts are far from cost-efficient. I do like the durability and think they’ll last, but if you’re strapped on a budget, these will not be the best option for you. For a versatile, slightly more cost-efficient short, I would say check out the Ten Thousand Interval Short.

Another potential con I could see lifters and athletes having this model is that they only come in 5″ and 7″ options. If you don’t like wearing shorter shorts, then this model may not be a good fit for you. Personally, the shortest I’ll go with my inseam is 7″ so they work for my needs, but if you like 9″ short inseams, then you’ll be limited with this model.

Ten Thousand Tactical Short Performance

For performance, I’m going to break this section into three key parts and discuss how these shorts work for lifting, plyometric/agility training, and day-to-day/running wear.

Ten Thousand Tactical Short Performance

Lifting

In my opinion, the biggest pro to the Tactical Short from a lifting point of view is their durability. The ripstop shell is awesome for resisting abrasion from barbell knurling and they don’t get hung up at all on the material. Personally, I like this model for deadlifts and power cleans.

Outside of the shell, I think this model’s overall construction feeds well into the various maneuverability demands that come along with diverse training. The side slit supports deep hip flexion by limiting the shell from getting hung up on the thighs.

Agility and Plyometrics

This short is pretty standard for agility and plyometric movements. I think the construction feeds well into this style of training and this model will be great for most recreational athletes and lifters using them for this style of training.

The only drawback I could see some folks having with this model in this style of training is the thick waistband. While it’s great for security, it’s not the lightest option used in Ten Thousand shorts.

Day-to-Day and Running

On a day-to-day basis, these shorts are solid. They’re comfortable and lightweight so for casual wear they do a good job. Plus, they have secure pockets which is a plus for keeping your valuables safe. Note, they do have a built-in liner, so if you’d rather a liner-less option, then these might not be the best bet for you.

Ten Thousand Tactical Short

For running (and rucking), this model is great. The secure waistband promotes durability and security so you’ll never really have issues with the waistband in these activities. Additionally, the lightweight shell is great for long-duration training and it drys quickly when working outside.

Sizing and Fit

When it comes to sizing and fit for the Tactical Short, I’m going to provide my metrics and sizing to help you reference what might work best for your needs. In this review, I wore a size Large in the Tactical Short and they fit really well.

  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Waist: 33″
  • Hip (circumference around butt): 38″
  • Mid-Thigh: 23″

Sizing Thoughts: What’s interesting is that I wear a Medium in the Foundation, Interval, and Session Short, so it might be worth considering sizing up if you have similar metrics to me and you’re looking at the Tactical Short.

If you want to check out how the Tactical Shorts look on my body, then skip to 6:34 in the video above!

Construction Specs

For a full construction rundown, check out the Ten Thousand Tactical Short’s details below. These are the construction specs that Ten Thousand provides on their site in regard to the Tactical Short.

  • Ultra light and durable ripstop shell fabric for ultimate versatility
  • Super tough waistband to hold up in all rucking and training sessions
  • Quick-drying fabrics and closeable side pockets for seamless transition in and out of water
  • Every Session Carry pocket system for secure storage of your essentials
  • Built-in medium compression liner with permanent anti-odor treatment
  • Side slit for complete mobility
  • Available in 5” and 7” inseams
  • 80% Nylon, 20% Spandex
  • 139 GSM

Ten Thousand Tactical Short Ripstop Shell

This model is really cool due to the collaboration with the U.S. Special Operations Forces. It’s interesting to see how the construction shifts to accommodate the style of training that the Spec Ops Forces use.

Price

As mentioned above, the price for the Ten Thousand Tactical Short is $72 USD. This price point is pretty high especially for a pair of training shorts. I do think there are certain populations that will benefit greatly from this model, but also, do understand that they’re not the most cost-efficient options on the market.

If the price point doesn’t bother you, and you do invest in a pair, then I do think this model will do a good job at going the distance for your money. My original pair is still holding up really well and has shown no signs of breakdown.

Ten Thousand Tactical Short

$72

Ten Thousand Tactical Short
4.6
Versatility
4.7
Durability
4.6
Quality
4.5

Best For

  • Outdoor Training
  • Barbell Training
  • Rucking and Hiking

Falls Short

  • For Cost-Efficiency

 

Takeaway Thoughts

The Ten Thousand Tactical Short is not going to be for everyone, but if you have specific performance asks that that align with what with short was designed to do, then I think you’ll enjoy this model.

If you’re on the market for a more cost-efficient pair of Ten Thousand Shorts that you can wear for lifting that also have solid durability, then check out the Ten Thousand Foundation Short.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Ten Thousand Tactical Short Review | Worth the Price?”

  1. What color option is shown in these images? Clay, iron? I’ve seen pictures where they made some in tan, but they don’t list that as an option on their site.

    1. Great question! These are the Federal Tan which dropped with their initial Tactical Short go live line. Unfortunately, they don’t have this colorway available at the moment and I’m hoping they get more in stock because I really dig the tan. I also just got a pair of the clay and they’re equally cool, IMO!

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