I honestly don’t think much about the fashion sense of the gear that I use to run, hike or hit the gym in. I grab what has functioned in the past and use that. Rhone is a company that wants to change that. They advertise that they make “men’s premium activewear engineered with principle, performance and progress for the modern man.” I will be reviewing the Rhone Mako Short over the next several months to see if they truly bridge the gap between performance and fashion.
As I mentioned in my opening, Rhone is a “men’s premium activewear” company and my interpretation of their “story” on their website is they have made it a priority to have functional fitness clothes for men that are also fashionable. They design their clothes in the US – Portland and New York, but the materials for the apparel is sourced internationally. They have a dynamic website with a ton of information and descriptions of their products. It is worth visiting.
According to Rhone, the Mako short is their best selling short and is comprised of a lightweight four way stretch fabric that wicks sweat well. The shorts feature two standard side pockets, a media sleeve in the right pocket, and an additional zippered pocket on the left side and a zippered back right pocket. The shorts have a wide elastic waist band and a cord tie. They are fairly decorative free with the exception of the Rhone name under the back right pocket, and a small three line logo on the left leg at the hem. I like the clean look of the shorts.
The Rhone Mako shorts seem to be high quality. They have a nice overall feel, smooth to the touch and against the skin. They seem to be a bit heavier than my typical workout shorts, but not so much that they are uncomfortable. The waist band is wide and comfortable, but I do wonder how they will do under a pack hip belt because of the single cord, think round shoe lace, that runs the circumference of the short. It is noticeable as I touch the seam and I am concerned that a heavy backpack will press it into my hips and waist. I will have to see while backpacking. The 9 inch inseam is good. The shorts are long, but they do not inhibit movement in any way. The fabric stretches nicely and they have been comfortable to wear around the house where I tried them on.
I plan on using the shorts for running, hiking, spinning and general weight lifting sessions over the next few months. I generally evaluate shorts on two main criteria – comfort and durability. Are the shorts comfortable to wear for a variety of outdoor activities? Do I experience any chaffing? Is there any restriction of movement or exercises I cannot do in the shorts? Under durability, it is pretty simple, I am hard on gear. Do the shorts last? Do they look good enough to for leisure activities or would I only wear them working out or in the outdoors?
Thanks to 4alloutdoors.org and Rhone for supplying the shorts for this review