Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts and Tech Tee Overview
Are you in the market for a new pair of hiking or running shorts? Perhaps an athletic shirt? Then your options are virtually limitless. There’s no shortage of athletic clothing to choose from, which makes it exceptionally difficult for a sportswear clothing manufacturer to stand out. But the Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts and Tech Tee are more than your run-of-the-mill athleisure clothes.
Rockay is a sustainable performance wear brand. As such, the Flare Half Tight Shorts and Tech Tee are both made from recycled materials, and dozens of plastic bottles are removed from the ocean with a single purchase of either item.
In this review, we’re going to focus primarily on the Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts, though you’ll see a lot of details about the Tech Tee, too. Read on to see the full Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts review, and see how they compare to other shorts on our guide to the Best Hiking Shorts.
Rockay Half Tight Shorts Star Rating
The Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts are form-fitting multisport performance shorts that are eco-friendly, wonderfully comfortable, and chafe-proof. Those boons come with few drawbacks, though the waistband can get a bit sweaty.
Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts Specifications
|Feature Type||Feature Specs||What This Means|
|Weight||4.25 oz||Exceptionally lightweight for a pair of durable, stretchy shorts|
|Type||Tights||Clings tightly to your body|
|Material||58% Q-NOVA® recycled nylon |
|Sustainable and stretchy|
|Pockets||2||Secure mesh pockets with fabric top flaps|
|Pocket Placement||Side pockets||One on each leg|
|Waist||Elastic with drawstring and belt loops||Strong, wide elastic band with belt loops that are more for storage than for a belt|
|Fit||Slim and tight||Order a size up if you don’t want a snug fit|
|Sustainability||Made from recycled materials. OEKO-TEX® & bluesign® certified||Rockay says that every pair of shorts purchased removes 38 plastic bottles from the ocean|
|Manufacturer Warranty||One-year replacement guarantee|
|Retail Price||$112||Pricey, but well-made and eco-friendly|
Gear Review of the Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts
I’ve put dozens of miles into the Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts and Tech Tee across multiple summer hikes and trail runs. Though Backpackers.com is primarily a hiking and backpacking website, these Rockay performance wear items are highly versatile pieces of athletic clothing, and, as such, I’ve also worn them while kayaking, bicycling, playing frisbee in the park, and while lounging in my backyard hammock.
The Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts, in particular, have traveled at my hip along the waterway trails of the Willamette Valley to the peaks of the central Oregon Cascades.
Both the shorts and the tee have been my go-to gear during the record-breaking heatwave that passed through the Pacific Northwest. The Tech Tee is especially lightweight and breathable—barely a whisper of fabric against the skin. Both items proved to be indispensable during hot-weather adventures.
Revelation: The Moment I Knew
While the Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts and Tech Tee were comfortable the wear during all of my hikes and runs, it was when the going got hot that they truly showed their worth.
Stupidly, I decided to hike an unshaded and fully exposed stretch of trail out to a nearby reservoir at mid-afternoon during one of those scorching 100+ days during the heatwave. I was home alone during the weekend with nothing better to do, and so it seemed like the perfect time for a hike.
Well, let me tell you that this trek was a scorcher.
Sunblock was applied wherever my skin was left uncovered, and the Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts and Tech Tee took care of the rest. The sweat-wicking jersey knit fabric of the Flare Half Tight Shorts did its best to keep me cool by pushing my sweat away from my body. Meanwhile, the highly breathable Tech Tee allowed the hot breeze to evaporate that moisture to cool my core.
A dip into the reservoir was in order, but the recent algae blooms said otherwise. Despite the heat, and the lack of swimmable water, I stayed relatively cool. Not to mention, the HeiQ Fresh odor control that’s worked into the Flare Half Tight Shorts kept me from smelling like a swamp rat after this, and all of the other sweaty adventures I wore them during.
Additionally, I’m glad that Rockay decided to add reflective strips and branding to these shorts as that makes them all the better for running in the dark.
Comfort – 4.5 Stars
The Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts are supremely comfortable. Since they’re tights, they’re form-fitting, so you’ll have to get used to that if you’re not already, but these shorts do it right. There’s no bunching or chafing.
Also, the wide elastic band at the waist spreads out the contact area so that there is no tight elastic “pinch” which can happen with thin elastic bands. All in all, as Ned Flanders would say, it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all! Nothing at all…nothing at all…
Pockets – 4 Stars
The two mesh side pockets are a surprisingly functional addition. Usually, tights have no pockets, and if they do they’re often too small to use or so tight that it hurts to have anything in them.
Not so with the Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts. These pockets can easily fit your smartphone or some on-the-go snack bars. And, because the mesh exterior has plenty of stretch, the items won’t poke painfully into your thigh. Each pocket also has a fabric flap covering the opening so that your items won’t easily bounce out while you’re on the move.
Stretch – 5 Stars
As already stated, these shorts are nigh unnoticeable. The recycled nylon and lycra fabric blend not only feels good against your skin but also moves with you and never feels as if it has reached its stretchable limit.
Durability – 5 Stars
Though I can’t yet speak for long-term durability, based upon the miles of running and hiking I’ve put these shorts through so far, they appear to be indestructible. There’s no sign of wear at all. The elastic feels as tight and stretchy as it did on day one, and there is no pilling or a loose thread to be found.
Side note: This is where the Tech Tee seemed to fall short. After a single hike with a day pack, the Tech Tee showed noticeable signs of wear at points where the straps contacted the shirt. However, the Tech Tee proved to be durable in all instances without a backpack.
Dry Time – 3.5 Stars
Overall, the sweat-wicking fabric of the Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts did its job. That wide waistband that I praised only a moment ago, however, proved to be quite the sweat factory. Likewise, the other double-layered portions of the shorts (the thigh cuffs and pocket covers) also weren’t as efficient at expelling moisture as the rest of the shorts.
Side note: This is where the Tech Tee excelled. The fabric was remarkably light and well-ventilated.
Breathability – 4 Stars
This falls in line with much of what was said in the prior section, though the breathability of the butt and crotch is vastly more important than that of the waistband, and those areas are, fortunately, quite breathable. As such, the Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts scored slightly higher in this category.
These shorts have a great fit all around. Rockay has even gone the extra mile to provide a wide and comfortable waistband as well as grippy silicone dots inside the hems of the thighs to prevent the shorts from riding up—how thoughtful is that?
You may want to consider ordering a size up, though. based upon Rockay’s sizing guide, I fell near the upper portion of the ‘small’ size range. Thus, I ordered and received a size small, but the shorts are a hair too tight for my liking. I think I would have been better off with a medium.
For what they are, I don’t think I’d change a single thing about the Flare Half Tight Shorts.
Sure, the waistband can get a bit sweaty, but to fix that you’d have to sacrifice the excellent comfort and fit of the wide elastic waistband, and I don’t want to make that sacrifice.
As for the Tech Tee, I was surprised that the pack strap damaged it so quickly. That may be the price that must be paid for the shirt to be as featherlight as it is, though.
The Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts are form-fitting multisport performance shorts that are eco-friendly, wonderfully comfortable, and chafe-proof.
Where to Buy the Rockay Flare Half Tight Shorts and Tech Tee
Rockay offers men’s and women’s versions of the Flare Half Tight Shorts as well as the Tech Tee with no noteworthy differences between the gendered styles besides the cut and fit.
View these and more Rockay products at Rockay.com.
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