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Ridiculously Deep Pockets
I love the shorts; they are extremely durable and well made. My only issue is the pockets! I can legitimately fit my entire arm up to my elbow in the front two pockets. It makes it almost impossible to get anything out of them when you're slighty sweaty. On top of that being work pants I constantly have nicks and cuts on my hands which are exa... Read Morecerbated by having to put my hands into pockets that I assume had to be made using underground tunneling machinery. Other than that though they're fantastic. Would be 5 stars.
Excellent shorts, one flaw
I love these shorts, i have several pair and i wear them daily. They fit great, are comfortable and very well made. The single issue i have with them is the depth of the angled side pockets; you have to reach down to about your kneecaps to reach whatever has settled to the bottom, and on the way down you catch your watch or coat sleeve on the the o... Read Moreuter edge of the pocket and then jam your fingers on the thick seam of the outer cargo pocket which intrudes through the thin liner. If there were a nested shallow pocket in addition to the deep one that would solve the issue.
I am short with heavy muscular legs yet these pants had enough material below the waist to make another pair. I returned them to the local store and the 34 inch was tight in the waist but the rest of the pant fit extremely well. I use to only buy Patagonia but you no longer make clothes that fit my body type. Disappointing!
Hello Geoffrey, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that you're having trouble finding a good fit with our gear. If you come across any other items of interest, feel free to connect with [customer service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/?_gl=1*cipqiv*_ga*NjQ4MDAzMDY0LjE2ODI5NTAxOTA.*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY4NjI0NDY4NC45Ni4wLjE2ODYyNDQ2ODQuNjAuMC4w) and we'd be happy to send some measurements over to help you decide what size would work best.
Made on the Mark!
This is my first pair of hemp shorts from Patagonia. That being said, I have been wearing the Stand-Up shorts since the early days and have managed to get many, many years out of the standard duck canvas. These are Heavy Duty! Burly in the hand and on the hips (in a good way) They are tailored perfectly and the details are spot on. Belt loops perfe... Read Morectly placed, gusseted crotch, bar tacking in the critical areas, and the drop-in pockets are perfect for edc knives/tools. Ordering a second pair in the Clove, just wish they were available in more than 2 color options. As always, very satisfied with Patagonias mission and quality. Over 40 years of satisfaction for me and will continue to recommend in the future!
Worst alpine shorts
Returned immediately. Too heavy, ugly material. Missing center snaplink.
Hey Joe, we're sorry these didn't work out. These shorts are made for work wear endeavors, not the alpine per se; just a small detail we wanted to point out! You can check out our other short options [here](https://www.patagonia.com/shop/mens-shorts).
Unbelievably heavy. Odd fabric, I describe it as a cross between homespun and an upholstery fabric. Definitely wouldn't work for hiking or running.
Hi Darlene! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear about the disapointment with the shorts. These are designed as work shorts so they're built for durability. If you're interested in a hiking short we'd recommend taking a look at our [Men's Outdoor Everyday Shorts](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-outdoor-everyday-shorts-7-inch/57436.html?dwvar_57436_color=SKA).
Love the DeeP pockets
Hemp is the way to go! These are very comfortable and hardy shorts. I love the deep pockets compared to the shallow ones on other brands. At first I questioned that lack of snaps, buttons or velcro closure for the cargo pockets, but I have yet to make a final decision. So if you are considering these shorts, I suggest buying them. I Especially appr... Read Moreeciate the roomy fit. I dislike the tight (i.e., modern) fit. Let me breathe!
Perfect shorts for me, just bought 2 more
I wear these shorts for hiking while the weather is warm, about 8 months per year here in So. California. They are perfect for hiking with my dog, as I carry a lot of junk and I don't like packs unless absolutely necessary. I have never had anything fall out of any pocket (as opposed to competitors shorts). The flaps are adequate to keep thing... Read Mores in the cargo pockets and the long pockets keep things in the main front pockets. They may not a sleek and stylish, but I don't care since I'm 70 and I want things to work above everything else. I just hope Patagonia keeps making them, and the pants too. I've been a Patagonia customer for about 45 years and have continued to be amazed at the quality of all their products.
Needs Some Tweaks
I bought these because I like having a pair of heavy duty shorts and my favorite style from a different brand has been discontinued. I liked the fit and color, but ended up returning mine. The cargo pockets need velcro to be usable and the other front pockets are way too deep to be usable. The fabric looks durable, but seemed too heavy and given th... Read Moree insulating qualities of hemp, I figured they would get too warm in DC's hot, muggy summers. Fix the pockets, keep the fit and come up with a weight that works in more climes and I'll buy a couple pairs.
We appreciate your thoughtful and detailed feedback! You may prefer the lighter weight fabric of our [Men's All Seasons Hemp Canvas Shorts](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-all-seasons-hemp-canvas-5-pocket-work-shorts-11-inch/57125.html), but they're still a blend of hemp, polyester and cotton. Thanks for the review, Rich!
Best shorts my husbands ever worn!
Got these for my hubby after a recommendation and they live up to their rave reviews. He loves the fit, super sturdy material and loves the deep pockets, the stuff he keeps in them is astounding!! He uses them for work, home and hiking. So I ordered him the other color and pants for Xmas.
Solid, heavy, but great
These are heavy, like so heavy they get hot in the summer and tend to fall off me. Also, the sizing is generous. I measure about 2" larger than the size I'm wearing and they're still a bit big. The pockets are enormous, but the flaps could really use some form of button or snap.
Very fine fit, of very
Very fine fit, of very high quality. I found the ordering process to be simple, delivery was on time and the quality of the two pairs of shorts are excellent. I like the piping that adds to the beauty and style of the shorts, I would certainly recommend Patagonia to others.
Favorite Work Shorts
I garden professionally and as a hobby. My favorite go-to wear is cargo shorts. Ive tried many brands and was pleasantly surprised by the Iron Forge Hemp Canvas Cargo shorts. After one washing, these shorts were broken in and comfortable to wear all day. I like that the flaps on the cargo pockets do not have Velcro or a snap, as I want easy access.... Read More They are plenty long to cover my thighs with plenty of leg room. I was a little concern about the mustard color, but have warmed up to this unique tone too. I was so happy with these shorts that I bought a second pair a month later.
Sizing way off
Ordered in size 34 but way too small
Hi Peter, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the shorts didn't fit properly. We'll share this feedback with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
The Perfect Shorts
Ive had these for a few years and they are always my go to shorts. They are comfortable and durable. They look good both casual and with a nicer button down shirt. The pockets are huge so theyre great for traveling. I spray them with scotch guard and wash them about twice a year and they never look dirty. Theyve held up well no tears. I would highl... Read Morey recommend!!
Canvas cargo shorts
These were the exact shorts I was looking for for casual wear and especially hiking. Super comfortable, nice deep pockets at the waist level. Useful cargo pockets but would not mind a button to secure the flap. The construction seems very durable- and I expect them to last a long time.
Not for hard work use
Fabric material feels tough, fit is good. Interior of pockets for too wimpy for tools, knives or hardware. Belt loops are lacking in numbers, strength, width and support. Overall, perfect shorts if you want to look like you work, not so great if you actually do work.
Hi Rob, thank you for the feedback and we are sorry to hear that these didn't work well for you. We appreciate your feedback. We guarantee everything we make so please feel feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) this.
GREAT! (Improve front pockets. All season weight?)
Agreeing with all reviews that call out the front pockets as small. My watch hangs up every time, and they are too narrow at the opening. I would also love to see these in the all season weight hemp fabric. Otherwise these are GREAT if kinda small in the waist - just an inch or so.
Heavy but tough, some design improvements
Overall I love these shorts. They felt heavy from the start but were just fine working out in 90+ degree heat. All the pockets are great to have when working but the front pocket holes could be much bigger. You need small hands to comfortable get things in and out of the front pockets which made wearing these a nuisance over my other shorts.
love these shorts, feel like they'll last forever. however, I think they're heavier than they need to be. I find the pair of cargo pockets to be overkill, unnecessary. My advice - make a workwear version of your old tenpenny design. Skip the cargo pockets, put a slash pocket along right leg for a phone. I'll buy a bunch of these!
Coming across Patagonia, I started to read more about the company. Really impressed with their mission, vision, and goals. I had never owned any Patagonia products in the past, but was intrigued by their cargo shorts. Always been a fan of cargo shorts and decided to give these a shot. Glad I did! Before purchased I read the various reviews. My take... Read More away is that they are a solid product. Comfortable. Great material. Solid warranty and guarantee. Love the fair trade initiative associated with the product and company. The pockets run deep, but deep enough to were things stay steadily in your pockets and you dont have to worry about anything falling out. No gripes at all. I do wish that there were more colors to choose from. But overall, a very solid product!!!
Bombproof but heavy and long
I have the iron forge hemp overalls and love them, so thought I'd get the shorts for warmer days. Same bombproof fabric, but the weight of these shorts makes a belt or suspenders a must. Also they are so long, the back hem rubs the inside of my knee on every crouch, which is annoying. They have the cargo pockets that go all the way to the hem ... Read Moreline, so not much ability to shorten them up. Also, Id like a small cell phone pocket on the left side.
A Man's Cargo Short
But soft enough for a woman. This is a seriously well thought out and executed piece of kit. The fit is worthy of the name "Patagonia" (functional but not without style). The fabric is Robust (Like I Like it) and is a blend of mostly hemp which is a wise choice. Unless your looking for something on the thin (read labile) side that does no... Read Moret fit well then don't bother but If you are of opposite ilk then by all means...Bother !!
Like these a lot, haven't taken them off since they came except to throw them in the wash. Run a little big, thought I'd be a 35 waist, which they unfortunately don't make , but lucky for me the 34s fit great, no need for a belt. Like the deep pockets, keeps things lower on my thigh so they don't bind up while squatting down or ... Read Morefalling out. Thanks for putting them on sale at the end of the season, being a blue collar guy I appreciate that! Love all my patagonia stuff cuz it's so well made, keep it up.
I bought some of these shorts at an outlet, and they felt really heavy, but once you put them on, I fell in love with them. They have extremely tough fabric (both the pants and shorts) I own two pairs of pants, and two pairs of shorts. My absolute favorite. I get bummed when I have to wear anything else
No Velcro, gotta love it
I love the fact Patagonia offers inch increments for waist sizes. I detest belts and am an odd number sized person. The fit and the fabric are just what I hoped for. The pocket flaps having no Velcro or other fasteners is great, the flap keeps the stuff in and the debris out. I will be buying more of these.
Overall solid work shorts. I love the hemp fabric. Really comfortable. The only drawbacks are length (on knees) and the v stitch on side pockets. Im sure length might be a plus in colder conditions. The stitch provides a place for a clip on knife or something, but it is difficult already to get hand in pocket with the stitch alone.
Your favorite work pants in shorts
These shorts are great. Deep front pockets to keep things from falling out. Side pockets perfect for dropping the tool in for quick retrieval. Back pockets for those tweener items that you need before you sit down. These shorts are meant to be worn and used just like the Workwear line.
Perfect shorts except the pockets
I absolutely love these shorts. Their quality is exceptional. They are heavy, but once theyre on it feels just like a sturdy pair of casual work shorts and you forget about the weight. My only complaint is the two front pockets are so tight you can barely get your hands in them. I usually carry a pocket knife clipped to the pocket as well and once ... Read MoreI slide my phone in the same pocket, its almost impossible to jam my hand into the unusually deep pocket to retrieve my phone. The quality overrides my complaint about the pockets so Im still more than happy with the shorts. Its hard to find shorts that are this sturdy yet still so comfortable. Ill most likely buy the other color at some point.
Built to last
These are my go to shorts for all outdoor work pursuits. Long enough to protect thighs and short enough not to bind up while kneeling. Tough fabric Has proven & insures that I will be getting many days out of these shorts. I tuck the side pocket flaps into the pockets for the ease of multiple access moments.
I wear shorts regulary 10 months out of the year in a humid tropical climate and I own 8 pairs total; two of them are these Forge Hemp Cargo Shorts. Now, I'd probably own more if they came in more than two colors. I don't hike with these as they are pretty heavy but I do like the heaviness of the material, the durability after a year and ... Read Morea half has been remarkable. They are long on my lean/athletic frame which is desirable, hang right down the mid point of my knees and as a result, creates the only problem with these shorts; the hand pockets are like black holes, hard to fetch items that squirrel down to the bottom of my pockets especially while sitting.
First feel, these are heavyweight, really solid fabric. You probably won't be wearing them in hot weather. Also, the cargo and back pockets have no way to secure themselves, which I find a bit difficult. I put Kinda Large on the sizing, even that may be a slight exaggeration,; I think they're pretty close to what I'd expect as I'... Read More;m between sizes and ordered up. I think I'll like them, but will probably have to wait until fall to find out.
These shorts are great. Rugged as hell, fits true to size, cargo pockets are capacious without being billowy. The pockets are deep, but unlike some reviewers here I've found no trouble getting in them and appreciate that change etc doesn't fall out when working (even in the occasional inverted position). The abrasion resistance of the mat... Read Moreerial is A++, yet through some voodoo manages to feel supple/comfortable/easy- to- move in. The only bad thing: limited colors (not to my taste, though I'll wear 'em anyway). Tighten up on that Patagonia, please!
***Pros*** - Durable materials & construction that will last a super long time - Enough room to move freely - Comfortable - Accurate sizing - Nice looking...like the orange materials used inside that stand out ***Cons*** - Heavy, but expected - Front pockets a little deeper than expected
Limited uses as with any short cargo pockets handy
Hopefully you have more technical gear as this is utilitarian through and through. I like the fabric and think the blend will hold up no matter what. As far as biking with these i think your skin would wear before the shorts so that's a no go. Got a pair of bike shorts here way lighter (these are heavy). If a pant these would be almost restric... Read Moretively heavy from a wardrobe standpoint. Best pair of shorts I've ever owned.
Front pockets too deep and too tight for easy access
The canvas feels stiff and hardy, and I'm sure it will soften with further wear. The waist is the size I ordered and fits my hips well, but I can't use the front pockets as I'd like to. The pockets are extremely deep, going almost all the way to my knees, but because the shorts are fitted to my hips, I can't easily access things... Read More I put in the front pockets. I have to be standing and wriggle my hand down my leg to access my keys or phone. I may actually end up trying to shorten the front pockets so they're actually usable. The lower pockets are roomy, and just fine. The main reason I bought these shorts was their fabric and fair trade workmanship, and the front pocket issue definitely doesn't override those benefits.
New Favorite Short
All I wear all summer is cargo shorts. No reason to wear anything but in my opinion. Adding the Forge Hemp short to my collection is a plus. I’ve got two pairs of the pants and love the fit, and shorts also fit perfectly. The heavy weight fabric always looks fresh and never wrinkles so I can wear them to dinner without catching hell from my Wife to... Read More iron my shorts.
These are awesome pants
I’ve been buying Patagonia gear for years, so it’s a brand I really trust. I work for a roofing company and these shorts are great! The take plenty of abuse, I can move in these no problem, the extra long pockets fit a full hammer and everything else and the fit is great. Is it sad that I haven’t washed these in three weeks? To the design team, wel... Read Morel done!
I own 3 pairs of the pants and decided to get a pair of the shorts for the warmer days. Love everything about the pants but for some reason the front right and left pockets are way longer. I can’t reach the bottom of the standing straight up and it’s a problem because I like to utilize those pockets. Everything else about these however are the same... Read More that I have found and are great!
Durable,comfortable,practical & lloks good,too!
Happened to be in Portland,Oregon for a family event and slipped into the downtown Patagonia store for a quick look. These caught my eye immediately: nice burly texture but not over-stiff,well-shaped,and not that shambly all over the place thing of so many cargo shorts. I'd been looking for something like this for a while -- need the extra poc... Read Morekets in the summer when my shirts are either pocketless or too thin to hold up to my everyday work carry (pocket notebooks,metal pens,mobile phone -- takes a heavy canvas shirt to handle these). And these do that job just beautifully. A perfect close to the body fit,yet with room to maneuver. The material blend is wonderful for holding shape,yet keeping cool enough (it's a humid 92 degrees out here in the midwest today and I feel fine with these shorts & a back step shirt). I have machine-washed and machine-dried these twice now (more to experiment -- cold wash & regular dry temp) and there has been NO shrinkage! I'm 6'3" & 192 lbs and got the 32" waist -- fits perfect,shorts come down to right at the top of my knee (so maybe longer for shorter people),not baggy but not tight either. These are the perfect work and hang-out short for the summer! I'm getting another pair to be set for the coming hot months.
Cargo shorts are the worst. But these are amazing
Okay,I like my hemp jacket from Patagonia but I think the really clever idea was in making cargo shorts out of this blend. It makes for cargo shorts that aren't baggy and terrible. They hold their shape but not stiffly like duck canvas. They breathe. They're tough as nails. They're... pretty cool cargo shorts. Leave it to Patagonia... Read More's R&D department to figure out how to make that one happen.
Lots of great things going for them
Pros -durable fabric -soft touch for canvas -deep pockets,both hand and cargo - long ,loose fit (my preference),not too baggy or narrow -no velcro (can't stand it) - feel of quality materials very apparent -felt breathable in warm weather Cons -very heavy,strange getting used to the weight -slight pilling on the fabric pretty quickly after ... Read More wearing I love these shorts. I think they will only get better with age. Other than the cons listed,I think these will be my go to cargo shorts for years to come,maybe decades,considering how burly these are... Fitment note: I do think the shorts fit on the baggie and long side,especially for Patagonia but the waist runs slightly small/ tight,in my opinion. I wear a 32 easy in the Patagonia board shorts but I ordered these in 33 and I am glad I did. Definitely not too loose in the waist. They hit slightly below the knee in length. I am 6ft 175lbs for reference...
Way nicer in person
I was pleasantly surprised at how nice they were when they came in the mail. They aren't kidding when they say the pockets are deep. Goes up to my elbow almost when I reach down to the bottom. Also they feel amazing. The fabric is crazy soft. I got these to wear to work cus I live in a warm climate and work outdoors. They feel tough enough to ... Read Moretake on alot of abuse so that's cool. Only issue I have with them,which isn't that big of a deal,is how heavy they are. These are seriously heavy shorts. I've never really held a pair of pants or shorts that are as heavy as these. They got alot of weight to them. And being so thick they might be warmer than,say,running shorts or something. But being shorts they're alot more comfortable to wear during hot months than pants that's for darn sure. So yeah. I give these 4 and a half out of five. Definetly buying another pair.
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