Will Renwick looks at Castore’s high-end technical shorts 


One of the main things to note about these shorts by Castore is their incorporation of Polygiene’s anti-odour treatment. Does this stuff really work? I’ve tested it out in a number of garments and can say that it certainly does.

Polygiene is a highly-effective and naturally-occurring anti-bacterial treatment that’s applied to fabric during the finishing stages of production, and it’s permanent – it doesn’t wash out so there’s no need for reapplying.

I’ll admit, I tend to forget to wash my running shorts and end up throwing on a dirty pair. While I can normally tolerate this, it can be harder for people in my general vicinity to. Polygiene gets around this.

The shorts themselves are made from a stretchy fabric that creates an athletic fit without being too close to the skin, so movement isn’t hindered at all. The fabric is also quick drying.

What I really like about them is the attention to detail. They have subtle meshed ventilation in the crotch area, covered zipped hand pockets and one on the backside as well, and there’s seamless bonding to save rubbing in certain areas. The waist is elasticated but there’s also a drawcord as well, and there’s even a hoop on the waist to hang a towel from.

But as often is the case, attention to details can mean a high price, and these come in at a hefty £95.