If the environment matters to you, these shorts tick several eco boxes. They are not cheap, but they are well-designed and thoughtful shorts, which perform well and look great.
No color choice
No zipped pocket
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Rockay Hybrid 2-in-1 Shorts: First impressions
Available for men and women, Rockay Hybrid 2-in-1 Shorts are a nice-looking piece of running kit, and you’ll find them recommended in our rundown of the best women’s running shorts. They’re relatively short, with the in-seam on the women’s Rockay Hybrids measuring 12.7cm. Features include breathable perforated fabric with polygiene anti-odor technology, a drawcord waistband and reflective logos. There is a side thigh pocket on the inner brief for carrying a phone or keys.
The brand has partnered with ReSea Project, and a percentage of all apparel purchased goes towards cleaning up the ocean. This means that every pair of these shorts purchased amounts to the removal of 357g (38 bottles) of plastic rubbish from the world’s waterways. The shorts are also made from 100% recycled polyester (outer short) and 80% recycled polyester, 20% elastane (inner short) – so their eco creds are excellent.
• RRP: Women’s $85 (US) / £85 (UK); Men’s $89 (US) / £89 (UK)
• Length: Women’s 5-in / 12.7cm Men’s 7-in / 18cm
• Sizes available: Women’s XS to XL Men’s S–XL
• Weight (of test shorts): 114g / 4oz
• Colors: Dolphin blue
Rockay Hybrid 2-in-1 Shorts: On the trails
On test we found these comfortable and easy to move in. The waistband is quite wide and therefore very comfortable against the skin. The lightweight fabric and shorter shorts style means there is plenty of freedom of movement, especially as the design has a side-split leg for the outer short. They certainly stake a convincing claim for shorts in the running shorts vs skorts debate.
The inner short is stretchy but supportive at the same time and has a useful side pocket for a phone (although it has no zip, which is a shame). The shorts need to be well fitting to stop the phone jumping about as you run. There are other useful features such as a small hole at one side of the shorts for a headphone cable and a drawcord at the waist.
The price tag is pretty high, but these are well-designed and thoughtful shorts, and they are planet friendly – it’s great that Rockay is considering the environment in both the use of recycled fabrics and the commitment to the ReSea Project. They also have a two-year guarantee.
Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.