Essential Bird Shorts


Color: Black

High compression fabric meets a streamlined design in the new Essential Bird Shorts. Minimal seams means better fit and comfort, and a wide waistband with 2-in-1 secure rear pocket allows you to easily store items on the go. 5" inseam across all sizes.

Also available in a 9" inseam in the Essential Bird Long Shorts.


• High rise styling with wide fit waistband
• 2 in 1 center back waistband pocket, with drop in pocket and secure zipper pocket
• 5" inseam across all sizes


• Essential Bird fabric (recycled polyester / spandex)

Learn more on our Fabrics page.

At Oiselle, our vision is to help all women feel strong and free through the joy of running. Our mission is to design great product, build the sisterhood, and improve the sport. May we all experience the transformative power of sports and community.

Customer Reviews

Based on 43 reviews

These are the best tight shorts in this style I’ve ever owned! Function meets comfort and style!

Love these!!!!

Snagged a pair during the anniversary sale. I love the short! They don’t ride up on me (all bodies are different). I LOVE that they don’t ave a drawstring. I am 5’5” and 155 lbs, got a 10 but an 8 would also work for me. I am gonna buy more and also get the longer ones for spring/fall. The pockets are perfect and stretchy.

Don't buy! They ride up. Worst shorts ever. Zero stars. Trash.

I can't even run 5 minutes without have the legs ride up to my crotch. I have a very expensive pair of shorts I can't return because they are worn. How would I ever know I can't try them? My leg circumference at 5" inseam is 22", perhaps these were tested on people with really skinny legs?

The reviews don't lie

Unfortunately I had the same issue with these shorts that many other reviewers have had. They started to ride up before I even walked out the door for my run. There a was also a very unflattering and uncomfortable camel toe situation. I did triathlon for many years and have a lot of experience with compression shorts, but I've never had issues like I had with these. Luckily, I bought them on sale and don't feel as bad as if I had paid full price. Two stars for the pockets though, which are great.