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UA Vanish Woven Shorts Review | Best for Outdoor Training?

The Under Armour Vanish Woven Shorts are an awesome pair of shorts for training in warmer clients. The Under Armour Vanish Woven Shorts are lightweight and breathable which makes them great for long-term wear when chafing and sweating are both very real possibilities.

I’ve been really enjoying my training sessions in the Under Armour Vanish Woven Shorts and in this review, we’re going to dive into multiple topics discussing these shorts.

My Overall Thoughts

Overall, I really like this pair of shorts for outdoor training when breathability and maneuverability are my main concerns. They’re not my favorite shorts for heavy lifting, but they will get the job done for most athletes.

UA Vanish Woven Shorts Pros

The Under Armour Vanish Woven Shorts come with a few callouts that I really enjoy and think are worth mentioning.

  1. Thicker Waistband
  2. Lightweight Construction
  3. Perforated Breathability

The first thing that I really enjoy about the UA Vanish Woven Shorts is their thicker waistband. This pair of shorts’ waistband is about two inches in length and hugs the waist really well in a variety of activities. On top of this, the drawstring on the inside of the waistband is great for staying secure.

UA Vanish Woven Shorts Performance
UA Vanish Woven Shorts Performance | That Fit Friend

Another benefit of the Vanish Woven Shorts is their material and lightweight 4-way stretch construction. This model is 100% polyester and is incredibly lightweight so they move really well no matter the activity you’re doing. If you love having shorts that feel like nothing on the body, then this model will be a good choice for you.

The last thing I really like about the Vanish Woven Shorts is their overall breathability. They have a perforated construction on the lower anterior part of the leg which makes them breathe really well. If I’m running, tackling workouts at the gym, or training outside, these shorts do a fairly good job at keeping me cool.

UA Vanish Woven Shorts Cons

Despite enjoying the Vanish Woven Shorts as a whole, there were a couple of cons I could see other guys having with this model.

  1. No Compression Liner
  2. Long-Term Durability

The first drawback worth mentioning is the fact that these shorts do not come with an inner compression liner. If you’re a guy like myself who enjoys having a liner built-in to their shorts, then this may not be the best pair for you. It’s not a make or break by any means, but it’s a point worth acknowledging.

UA Vanish Woven Shorts waistband
UA Vanish Woven Shorts Waistband | That Fit Friend

Another potential drawback is the fact these shorts are so lightweight they may not be the best in some settings. For example, if you’re doing heavy barbell work, then you may find that the lightweight build of these shorts doesn’t do a great job at resisting abrasion. This could impact durability over the long-term with these shorts.

UA Vanish Woven Shorts Performance

My favorite activity to do with this pair of shorts is more cardiovascular-focused training outside. With the 4-way stretch and ventilated construction, this model feels awesome for providing breathability and a “light” feeling overlong training periods. This also carried over to agility and plyometric work. For me, the lighter the better for this style of training.

From a lifting point of view, this pair of shorts will get the job done, but it may not be the best for long-term durability. With the lightweight outer, I’m not sure how heavy barbell friction could impact the short’s tenacity to not fray.

UA Vanish Woven Short Ranking System
UA Vanish Woven Short Ranking System | That Fit Friend

On a day-to-day basis, I really like this model for lounging around and walking the dogs. Most of the time, I won’t wear a compression liner when doing these more relaxed activities.

Sizing and Fit

As for sizing and fit, this pair of shorts has an 8″ inseam which is a pretty good length, in my opinion. My favorite length to train in recreationally for shorts is around 7″, but I’ll rock 9″ shorts here and there, and shorter 5″ shorts for running. The 8″ inseam falls right in the middle, so no complaints there.

I have a LARGE pair of shorts and they fit fairly well. I actually think a medium might have been a bit too tight for me. Below, I’ve provided an image of what these shorts look like on the body and my stats so you can compare them to yours.

UA Vanish Woven Shorts Sizing

As with any piece of apparel, I’d highly recommend checking out Under Armour’s sizing and fit guide for this pair of shorts. Then, cross-reference their guide to my size and yours to scale how the shorts will likely look on you.


For a pair of Under Armour Vanish Woven Shorts, you can expect to pay around $45 USD. Personally, If you’re grabbing this pair of shorts for outdoor training, then I think the price is worth it. These are great for keeping you cool due to their breathability and ventilated construction.

If you want to save a few dollars, then explore Amazon and see if they have the size and colorway you’re interested in at a fair price.


I’ve touched on a lot of the construction details for the Under Armour Vanish Woven Shorts. However, if you want details and specs from Under Armour’s site, I’m going to provide them below.

  • Ultra-lightweight, durable woven fabric is built for the most intense workouts
  • Mesh panels for strategic ventilation
  • 4-way stretch construction moves better in every direction
  • Material wicks sweat & dries really fast
  • Half-back elastic waistband for a secure, comfortable fit that lays flat in the front for a clean, smooth look
  • Open hand pockets

Is This Model Worth It?

These shoes may not be the absolute best for heavy strength training, but it’s a really good option for versatile styles of training. It has decent pockets and a thick and secure waistband, and the price isn’t crazy high.

I think the Under Armour Vanish Woven Shorts are a great choice for anyone that wants a lightweight and maneuvarable pair of shorts for training outside in warmer climates.

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of That Fit Friend. He's often regarded to as a go-to resource in various performance shoe communities. He’s been formally reviewing shoes and training gear for over 7 years and has hand-tested over 400 pairs of shoes. Jake is known on the internet and YouTube for blending his review process with his educational, strength sports, and personal training background.

Jake has a Masters in Sports Science, a Bachelors in Exercise Science, a CSCS, and he's been personal training for over 10 years helping hundreds of clients get stronger, lose weight, and accomplish their goals. He uses his exercise science brain and personal training background to make curated and thoughtful review content on the fitness gear he's testing.

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