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Four summer shorts

Men's Running has a 'brief' encounter with four essential summer shorts

Brooks Clothing

Brooks

5” Essential Short

£26

There’s an old Fry and Laurie sketch where the two main protagonists are discussing the best type of trouser fly. “Are you a zip or button man?” says the Fry character. “Neither, I’m a Velcro man,” comes the reply. At MR Towers, the debate rages about the acceptable length of short – are you a 3.5”, a 5”, 8” or even 12” kind of guy? For those who are looking for a halfway house, this 5” short from Brooks offers a good solution. These shorts do exactly what they say on the tin: no bells or whistles, just a couple of handy pockets, reflectivity and a comfortable, modest fit. Definitely part of our summer wardrobe.

www.brooksrunning.co.uk

 

Woven 7 inch short

Asics 

7” Short

£25

This was one of the longer shorts we tested, at 7 inches. These are slim-fitting shorts made from a lightweight stretch material woven with moisture management extra breathability and comfort. Extra features include an elasticated waistband and with draw cord for adjustability and a zip pocket at the back for storage.

www.asics.co.uk

 

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Puma

Shorts

£18

If you’re off a squeamish disposition, then look away – these shorts are short! That said, they are surprisingly comfortable, but we’d understand if you wanted a bit of extra material. Made from Puma’s CoolCELL, they are highly breathable: the material draws sweat away from your skin while anatomically placed air-flow features provide good temperature regulation to keep you cool and dry during exercise. Folded key pockets provide room for keys and small MP3 devices.

www.puma.com

 

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North Face

GTD Running Short

£40

Off-road brand The North Face (TNF) makes cool kit; in fact, I once swapped a mobile phone for a TNF gilet, that’s how much I wanted it. This tee might not be everyone’s cup of tea with its acid looks and psychedelic graphics, but it does offer a great fit, and the lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric delivers excellent breathability, which is exactly what you’ll need come spring time.

www.thenorthface.co.uk

 

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