Adidas Response Shorts Review

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The Adidas Response Shorts are perfect for all of your athletic needs. Whether you are running, boxing, weightlifting, or anything else, these would make a great choice. The versatile design and style allow you to wear them for just about any physical activity. Some customers even opt to wear them as casual or loungewear. The possibilities are endless.

The bottoms consist of 100% recycled polyester. Customers love the eco-friendly nature of the product. Additionally, the polyester gives you a durable base for the shorts, so premature wear and tear are not an option. The shorts feature mesh panels that offer fantastic ventilation so you can stay nice and cool while you are out and about.

Unfortunately, the shorts are running just a little too big for most customers. Yes, they do offer an adjustable waistband, but there is only so much that they can do to give them a great fit. Most consumers suggested ordering one size smaller to make up for the sizing discrepancy.

Overall, the Adidas Response Shorts make an excellent choice for athletes of all types. You will not be disappointed when you purchase apparel from a company that you know and trust.

Editor's Pros & Cons

Reflective detailing

Zip pocket

Soft materials

Drawstring waistband

Durable construction

Mesh panels

Versatile design

Comfortable and breathable


Small pocket

Runs a little big

Only one color option


Adidas was founded by a man named Adolf 'Adi' Dassler. He started his company by making athletic shoes in his mother's laundry room or scullery in Germany when he returned from serving in World War I. Eventually, his older brother, Rudolf, joined the business, and they opened the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory.

They started by producing spikes for a variety of different sports. They strived to enhance these shoes and transitioned from older models that use heavy metal spokes. They decided to use canvas and rubber instead to keep the footwear lightweight. The brother convinces Jesse Owens, a sprinter, to wear their shoes in the 1936 Olympics, and their business started booming.

Eventually, there was a rift between the brothers, and they split up. Adolf started Adidias company, and Rudolf went his own way. Interestingly enough, he became one of Adidas's rivals, starting up the Puma company.

The three-stripe logo that symbolizes the Adidas brand was first introduced after the 1952 Olympics. They took inspiration from a Finnish footwear brand. After a couple of bottles of whiskey and a little bit of money, they acquired the rights to the logo.

Eventually, Adidas became a global phenomenon and a household name. They are a brand that athletes have grown to know and trust.


The Adidas Response Shorts are intended for those who lead an active lifestyle. The majority of consumers are runners, but of course, you don't have to be a runner to take advantage of these comfortable shorts. They make an excellent choice for anyone who spends time at the gym or doing any kind of training. The comfortable fit and durable materials help ensure that they are going to be able to handle all the abuse that you throw at them. Athletes of any flavor can take advantage of wearing this product.

You do not have to be active to enjoy this product either. Some customers prefer wearing them around the house on a lazy day. Additionally, some people will wear them when doing their house or yard work. They are a comfortable pair of shorts and can be worn for just about anything.


As with most athletic apparel, these shorts are made entirely of polyester. This is ideal for any kind of sports clothes because it is durable enough to handle all of the abuse. No, it isn't the most breathable material out there, that would be cotton, but there are more advantages to using this than there are disadvantages.

Polyester is a synthetic polymer that is used in many pieces of clothing on the market. One of the most significant benefits is that it is hydrophobic. This fabric hates water and being wet just about as much as you do. It is going to do a lot to try to keep you dry while you are sweating up a storm. Additionally, when it does get wet, it will dry quickly, more quickly than other materials.

One thing that these shorts have going for them is the polyester that is used in this product is from completely recycled materials. If you are looking for an eco-friendly choice and are concerned with the amount of plastic polluting the world, this is an excellent choice for you.


When you are spending any time working out, it is crucial to make sure the clothing that you are wearing offers a decent amount of breathability. It is important to make sure that your apparel allows airflow to allow you to stay cool and comfortable.

The Adidas Response Shorts feature mesh panels that can help prevent you from overheating while you are out and about. Whether you are a runner, a boxer in training, weightlifter, or athlete of any kind, you can be sure that you are going to stay comfortable. This product offers climacool ventilation that can bring these shorts to the next level.

If you prefer working out in shorts like these but get tired of them sticking to you thanks to your sweat, you are in luck. This apparel has a more forgiving fit that will allow a decent breeze some extra room, so you don't have to deal with them clinging to your body when you start to sweat.

If you are someone who sweats a lot or are prone to overheating while working out, these are going to be an excellent choice for you. The shorter than average length and loose fit combined with the mesh panels will help keep you cozy while you are sweating up a storm.


The Adidas Response Shorts are a fairly low key pair of athletic shorts. They have a simple design that gives them the versatility to wear just about anywhere. They are a pair of simple black shorts. They do feature a little reflective detailing for added safety, and you will find the iconic Adidas stripe logo close to the waistband.

Unfortunately, they are only available in black without any other color options. However, since there is only one color, it is nice that they are black. This way, they can go with just about anything. They are a neutral color, which is much appreciated by everyone.

Another thing that you will notice about this product is that they are a little shorter than other athletic shorts, such as basketball shorts. The short length helps give you better maneuverability when you are on the go. They have a loose and flowing fit without the baggy look.

You can pair the Adidas Response Shorts with just about anything. The versatile style makes them a great choice for all of your needs. Whether you want to match the bottoms with a long sleeve tee or a muscle shirt, you will look great and remain comfortable.


When it comes to laundry you want to try to make the thing as easy as possible, it can be frustrating if your athletic clothing has complicated care instructions and need to be cleaned separately. Thankfully, this isn't a problem with the Adidas Response Shorts. They have very easy and straightforward care instruction.

These bad boys can be tossed right in the washer with the rest of your clothes. Customers can appreciate that they are machine washable and can even be tumble dried — no need to keep them separate. You can wash the clothes easily without premature wear and tear because you did not follow the cleaning instructions. And, thanks to the fact that they are made on polyester you won't have to worry about them shrinking either.


It is important to find a pair of running shorts that fit you properly when you are working out. If you are stuck in an ill-fitting pair of bottoms you then you will run the risk of distraction and discomfort while working out.

There is a little problem with this product when it comes to the way they fit. Customers have stated that they are running a bit too big. It can be frustrating when you order the size you are used to only to find out that they don't fit the way that they should. However, consumers stated that you could request a size smaller to make up for that discrepancy.

The shorts do have an adjustable waistband, so if they are a little bit big, it shouldn't be too much of an inconvenience, but there is only so much that can help. You do want to try to get them as close to the correct size as possible.


When it comes to your apparel, whether it's your yoga pants, hoodies, or shorts, pockets are always appreciated. Men's clothing doesn't usually lack storage space, which is generally reserved for women's apparel. However, even though the Adidas Response Shorts are designed for men, they don't offer a lot of pockets.

Yes, they do offer a pocket, one! The single one that they offer is tiny and can barely fit any of your necessities. This means that you will most likely need to bring along a running pack or armband to keep your essentials with you.

One of the great things about the pocket, however, is that it can keep your things safe, what little bit that you can fit in it. The pocket zips shut to keep your items safe and sound. Additionally, the pouch is sweat and water-resistant, so your belongings will stay dry, no matter what you are doing.


When you are heading out for an adventure, you want to make sure you have a decent amount of protection. This is especially true for those who like to go out in the early morning, at dusk, or even on overcast days. When the visibility is low, you want to make sure that you can be seen. These shorts do offer reflective accents to help ensure that passers-by can see you while you're on the run. You may want to consider wearing additional reflective gear if possible for added protection. It is always better to be overly prepared than not enough.


Durability should always be a factor when it comes to anything that you are purchase. You do not want to waste your money on something that isn't going to last. This also holds true for your sports clothing.

The Adidas Response Shorts have a durable construction that can stand up to everything you throw at it. They are made to be worn while you are working out and can handle all the abuse they will experience. Thanks to the durable polyester material and quality construction, you won't have to worry about premature wear and tear.

Bottom Line

The Adidas Response Shorts are great for just about any athlete. If you are running, training, boxing, or any other athletic activities, give this product a try. Most customers were not disappointed.

The shorts are only available in one color, but that is okay. Most reviewers were satisfied with the neutral color since they only had one option. The lack of pockets was a bit disappointing, however. There is one small pocket but it isn't big enough to carry much.

The bottoms are super comfortable. They feature mesh panels on the sides that allow incredible amounts of airflow, so you don't have to worry about overheating. The adjustable waistband is also great, so you can get a more customizable fit. You might want to consider ordering a size smaller, however, since they are running a little on the big side.

Overall, most consumers were pleased with their experience when wearing these shorts. Adidas is a great brand that customers love. They are a big name in the athletic world so why not trust them to bring you a superior product?