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I own a pair of endless runnign shorts and they are, or must I say were, my favorourite shorts for long distance running. These shorts are richt up there and now I am thorn between the two different models. I run with two half liter soft flasks in both front pockets and they dont bounce at all. Very light and comfortabele liner. I would say for fas... Read Moreter sessions I still prefer the fit of the endless running shirts but for 80 % of the other training sessions I will use these . I will buy a second pair soon and can recommend them to anyone. Incredible product from Patagonia again!
These would be my favorite running shorts of all time if they just had a better phone pocket. These have two front pockets and one rear pocket on the right side, but neither is a good place to store anything. My favorite running shorts have a centered pocket just below the rear waistband where you can put relatively heavy items like a phone, lets, ... Read Moreor a wallet and not really notice them while running. I know these are specifically marketed as trail running shorts, so maybe Patagonia is assuming anyone wearing these will also be wearing a vest, but I dont always wear one on trail runs, and I never do on road runs. I really love everything else about these shorts, but I dont wear them that often just because they dont give me a place to carry my stuff without everything flapping around.
Hello Darin! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We really appreciate this feedback regarding the lack of a pocket adequate for your phone. We'll pass this along to our design team to keep in mind for future seasons.
Great long run shorts
These are the best running shorts patagonia currently sells. They are comfortable and very durable, but heavier than a running short needs to be, as they are made of a light softshell material rather than a typical lightweight running short fabric. This does make them warmer which can be nice in cooler weather when it's not cold enough for tig... Read Morehts. The boxer-brief liner is comfortable, not too tight, and doesn't ride up much - maybe it's the way I'm built but I have yet to find one that doesn't ride up at all, and so far this is the one that rides up the least. The liner seems to be the lightweight cap1 fabric which is comfy but not as light or stretchy as the fabric they used to use in the discontinued Strider Pro shorts with the boxer liner. These are great for long mountain runs with a lot of hiking, and cooler weather runs when a little extra warmth is nice. They are a bit hot and heavy for warm temps, though. Quick note on Durability: I got bit on the butt by a large Doberman while wearing these, ended up with 4 oozing puncture wounds on my butt cheek which took about 2 weeks to heal, but the shorts were basically unscathed - no holes in the liner or outer shorts, just a tiny pull in the outer fabric that you'd never notice unless you look really closely. 5 stars all around, will likely buy another pair or two.
Good activity shorts, bar some minor quibbles
Bought as a replacement for my x-years-old Nine Trails. Nice feel to the material, but seem a little smaller, size-wise. Or maybe I'm just fatter. On balance I think I prefer the brief-style lining and the more contained fold-over pockets of my old ones, but otherwise this new version does fine.
Great gym shorts, highly mobile and comfortable
These shorts are incredible, if you are looking for something that allows extreme mobility. The fit like a normal Large, I'm 210lb and 6'2" with large legs and they fit pretty great. I can do full range squats, yoga positions, or just go on regular walks with the dogs.. and they stay in place! Very comfortable, and they look fantas... Read Moretic.
New Go-To Shorts
These shorts are super comfortable and so far seem to be durable. I am a rough and tumble guy, so to have shorts that last is always a predicament. We also live in a rather hot climate, and these shorts keep me cool. They are versatile for going out with my bride or to go lift some weights or run. Great shorts Patagonia. I was a bit skeptical of h... Read Moreaving shorts with a liner, but it is comfortable and supportive. Side pockets and back pockets have enough space to carry my belongings.
Great shorts, a little fragile
I absolutely love these for hiking, swimming, whitewater rafting, backpacking, general excercise, anything outdoors or active. They dry incredibly quickly and remain comfortable after multiple days of wear. The only thing to be aware of is that they are not the most durable-I ripped the back of mine scrambling down a boulder in Wyoming. I would not... Read More suggest these for climbing, bushwhacking, or any heavy duty work. The inner liner did not tear so I still wear these in the backcountry by myself!
Awesome shorts/different material
I have an old pair of these shorts that have never had any problems other than the liner wearing out after a few years. But the shorts have held up for a long time through climbing, surfing, work outs - whatever! A small hole developed on the butt of them recently so I got another pair for when I have to send them to worn wear for fixing! The new p... Read Moreair certainly feels great but very different and slightly longer than the older pair. That and the fabric had already picked to wear there is a strange line in the pattern. I expect them to be just as durable, but only being a few weeks in and already having a mishap in rugged quality was a little upsetting. Still, Ill wear the shorts everyday like I did the last pair, washing when needed and wearing them hard. I hope they hold up, but we shall see!
Comfortable with great range of motion
I have used these mostly for climbing indoors and they are comfortable with no compromises in terms of range of motion. In regards to sizing, I am a 32" waist and the medium fit nicely and if anything, just slightly fitted. The zippered pockets are a nice touch, overall I would definitely recommend!
Three Zipper Pockets are Useful
These are my new favorite shorts. I wear them around the house, working in the back yard, biking, running, and in yoga. Having zippers is great for securing a phone and wallet when shopping, holding keys when running, and holding a snack when biking. I'm not used to wearing a liner in shorts, but this liner is great and it feels like boxer sho... Read Morerts. I plan to buy a second pair next spring so I can alternate shorts during the summer. Highly recommended.
Favorite do all summer shorts
I run in them, hike in them, impromptu swimming in the nearest watering hole and lounging outside when it's 90 and humid. They're light, breathable, super quick drying and really comfortable. My favorite part: no under-britches required. If I don't know what the day is going to bring, I'm wearing the 9-trails.
These shorts are as good as advertised. The spandex layer is excellent and wonderfully wicks moisture. I Initial use was 2.5 hours of Spike Ball and the second was an incredibly hot, humid small one night backpacking trip with the kiddos. These shorts were amazing in both scenarios. Will definitely be buying more pairs. Thanks!
By far the best shortsI
These are perfect in every way except the liner. I have three pair that I wear all the time. The length is great, the material is exceptional, the pockets are well placed and very functional and the style is on point. I cut the liner out of them and now they are the perfect shorts. I know this voids the warranty but I cant stand shorts with liners.... Read More The only way to improve on these would be to make a version with out a liner for a little less money.
Cool , light, and comfortable
This is my second pair (also have the grey) and I love these for hiking, backpacking and trail running. Super light and comfortable and the material does, in fact, keep the smell away. Wore these four days straight during an extended hike on the Camino del Norte in Spain last month with temps in the high 80s F. Outstanding!
If it had a dedicated phone pocket in the back tailbone area, it would be perfect. I don't understand the position of the angled pocket on the backside of the shorts. Overall still great shorts and thankfully my phone fits in the back pocket, but would bounce less with a centered pocket.
Thanks for your feedback on the features of these shorts. These details are valuable for our product designers!
Favorite running shorts for long runs
These are fantastic. They fit great, have a moisture wicking fabric and three zipper pockets for keys, snacks etc. Compared to a previous version of these shorts the liner is shorter on the legs (which I prefer) and the fabric seems more water repellent. I've run two marathons in these and never had any issue with chafing, pocket blowout or ot... Read Moreher negative experiences. I'm 5'9, 175 lbs and bought a medium.
I bought these for my husband as hiking, SUP, and casual wear shorts. He truly loved them. He loved how quickly they dried out and he loves the zipper pockets. However, after a year of pretty regular use, the inside liner has completely worn out. I understand that he wore them a lot, but I still feel like high end gear should hold up a bit better t... Read Morehan they did. It seems wasteful to buy another pair knowing they may do the same thing in a year.
Hi Katie, thank you for taking the time to let us know about the untimely wear and tear on your husband’s Men's Nine Trails Running Shorts - 8". We'd be happy to help you out with a repair, return or exchange. Please feel free to begin any of those processes here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Go-to for everyday shorts
These are close to perfect. zip-pockets each side and right side rear are deep and wide enough. Fit is just right for me. Had one pair, loved 'em enough to order two more pairs. The construction is excellent. My first pair are showing me how well they are made and how durable they are. They still look as good as the two new pair. Thanks, Patag... Read Moreonia.
A bit tight. Favored over Baggies.
I was between sizes, so I ordered up and they were still a bit tight. I favor these over the Baggies. Pros: Very comfortable, soft outer shell Comfortable, bicycle-style liner All pockets have zipper closures Cons: Undersized tight. Order up Bicycle-style liner I would prefer brief-style for lighter weight backpacking. Pockets are insanely shallow... Read More do not fit an iPhone 6s. Expensive
Thank you for your feedback on the Mens Nine Trail Shorts. We are certainly sorry to hear that they did not meet your expectations. As always, you are welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) any item that does not meet your expectations.
No adjustments needed!
I've only had these shorts for a short time but couldn't be happier so far! The fit and comfort are excellent and on the few short runs I've been on so far, I haven't needed to make a SINGLE adjustment to the shorts while running. That's a beautiful thing. The built in liners don't ride up and are (to my surprise) very... Read More comfortable; no chaffing thus far and these are bound to be the first running shorts I don't cut the liners out of! Zip pockets are awesome & appreciated. Knocked these out of the park, Patagonia!
Best shorts ever
These shorts are super comfortable and extra durable (I still wear the pair of Nine Trails that I got about 7 years ago). The inner liner is really comfy, with perfect stretch. Best part are the pockets!! It's so hard to find running shorts with zippers and/or pockets that are big enough to hold a smartphone comfortably. Note to Patagonia: P... Read MoreLEASE NEVER STOP SELLING THESE SHORTS!
Running and hiking with pockets!
Thankfully these have pockets. Its hard to find quick dry running shorts with pockets. Good looking enough to wear casually without the feel of workout gear and preforms well in stride. Theres room for improvement on the fabric durability, these have begun to fray after a few work outs. Definitely not rip stop so be mindful if you snag these while ... Read Morehiking. At this price point Id expect a bit tougher. Otherwise it would get another star.
These shorts are thin and breathable, but feel super sturdy. Ive run, biked and swam in these, and they performed great. The pockets are well placed and useful. I do have bigger thighs, so I might have been able to get away with a size large, but the mediums have enough give for me to get into. My favorite pair of workout shorts by far.
Worn out liner
Bought these to go trail running and they are awesome when they are new. I put about 45 miles on them and they wore through the inner liner...like - they disintegrated. I bought another pair at the same time and I'm not running in those, just hiking and they're great and have had no issues w a hundred or so miles on 'em. So running, ... Read Moreno. Hiking, yes.
Hi Michael, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're very sorry to hear that the liner wore out so quickly when using them for running. That is definitely disappointing considering this is what they're intended for. We really appreciate this feedback as its how we improve things for future seasons. With all that said, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Favorite workout shorts
I generally hage shorts with liners, and cut them out. These are a noted exception! Super soft and moisture wicking. Also like that they have enough pockets that I can hike in them, carrying keys, wallet, etc. But the pockets aren't so obtrusive that they get in the way during a workout.
I own 5 pairs!
This is an outstanding running short! I own 5 pairs, if something does not work I don't buy duplicates. The "boxer brief liner" is a blessing, no seam to slide up between the man-bits and your thigh. Have run in these from freezing temperatures and zero humidity up to 92 degrees and 90 percent humidity. Takes a little effort to get u... Read Moresed to tieing the outside drawstring but it is worth the effort. 3 zippered pockets? More gels for long and longer runs! Overall a slightly pricey short that is very comfortable and worth the extra money.
I Like Em
I have worn the strider pros for years and the relatively recent change to a brief liner rather than the boxer liner has been a tragedy. Anyways, enter the Nine Trails Shorts. A little longer than I usually like but I am adjusting. The zip pockets are nice. The stretch pockets on Strider Pros always wore out after 5+ years of heavy use and it will ... Read Morebe interesting to see how these hold up. I am happy with them so far.
my go to shorts, period
I love these shorts for everything from walking around, the city, hiking, swimming, everything. I cut out the liner and just wear them with my regular boxers most of them time. Great looking, comfortable and durable.
Note that altering the liner does void the warranty in that area, but we're glad that you've been happy with the shorts overall, Jason!
I really wanted to like these shorts, but they just don't work very well for me. I'm a slender 6'4", and I've finally decided it's the liners that are the problem. They seem to be undersized, so that as you pull the shorts up, they liner kind of pulls the shorts back down. To make up for this you have to cinch the draw... Read Morestrings tighter, which, due to their narrow width, don't distribute the pressure well and cut in slightly. Overall they seem to be consistently working their way down, and this is even with my skinny legs. The other features like the pockets, fabric and versatility seem great though....would be great for running, hiking and swimming. That liner just needs to be more relaxed.
One of the best pairs of shorts Ive ever had.
This is a great pair of shorts, extremely well-made, zippers work wonderfully and the positioning is flawless. The inner lining is great at keeping things secure, not too thick and also very breathable. My only criticism is that they ride a little low on my lower back but the drawstring helps keep things riding right.
Go to shorts
These are my go to shorts. Whether working in the yard, sleeping, or going for a run they are my go to short when I want to be comfy or active. Zippered pockets keep everything where they belong. The liner is comfy whether you go commando or not. String draw gets the job done, and their quick drying are nice for whatever you are doing.
won't go "commando"
Received shorts and tried them on for fit and appearance. Immediately disliked the "boxer brief liner". It felt as though I was wearing a girdle, restrictive and tight. Why in the world would anyone want "tights" under their shorts? A liner like your baggies would be better. suffice to say, I won't purchase or recommend the... Read Morem to anyone.
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to let us know your feedback on these shorts. We are so sorry to hear that you aren't loving the liner. We welcome you to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) these back to us.
Headlines for the liner
The liner grabs my thighs and keep my pants lower than I like in the back. I keep having to pull them up, or this could be that im not used to liners? Im going to see how it feels after a couple more months. Might just be that I ordered a size to small? Love the pockets with the zips and the textile. would not recommend yet, going to put it throu... Read Moregh the paces a bit more.
Thank you for the review on the Nine Trails Running Shorts. If you find that you're ultimately unsatisfied and a different size doesn't solve the problem, feel free to [send them back](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) for warranty evaluation.
I have 3 pair of these shorts and they have been through a lot of wear and they're still holding up like the day I bought them the only issue is the reflective logo is pretty much toast but that's not an big problem cause these shorts are still super comfortable to wear! Great product by Patagonia!
I can't say enough good things about these shorts. I own 4 pairs if that tells you anything. The fit is spot on and super comfy. The stretch material moves with the body. The liner keeps everything in place without feeling constricted. If you're on the fence, let me just say you get what you pay for.
Serious shorts for long runs and hikes
These have a more substantial feel than the Strider running shorts and arent as svelte. The multiple pockets serve longer journeys when you need to carry more stuff. I havent ripped through any shrubs yet but I expect theyll do just fine when I do. Still light enough for more daily road running too.
Took a sec, now Im impressed
When I opened these up I really liked the boxer style liner. When I put them on I was initially a little bummed because they felt weird, like they were too small and were pulling the shorts down. I thought maybe I needed a larger size but after wearing them for a few minutes I got used to the full liner and several miles later theyre one of the bes... Read Moret running shorts I think Ive ever owned. Theyre light weight, comfy, fit just tight enough, and have a perfect amount of support. I would say if youre buying your first pair and arent used to a full liner just give them a few minutes before you toss in the towel and make a return.
Very Good Shorts
These shorts are very good, with one drawback for me. First off, the zipper pockets allow me to securely store items while running. Phone, running gloves can be stored with no problem. I don't give these 5 stars, because they can cause some chafing on long runs. Short runs, I've never had any problems.
Great all around running short
Ive tried a lot of different brands and this is my favorite running short. I like the material and the fit. It's great for long distance running or walking around the neighborhood. The pocket set up is the best Ive found so far. Two normal sized zippered pockets o the sides and one small pocket in the back. Perfect for the cell phone and keys.... Read More I'd recommend these shorts to anyone, especially if your looking for one all-around pair.
Best trailrunning shorts so far
I’ve been using the nine trails shorts since a few years and find both function and fit the best I’ve found so far. As they are hard to get, bought 2 pairs this year. Long lasting and good moisture wicking fabric, 3 zippered pockets (good for keys, saltsticks, gels). Being lined, they can be worn without underwear, on longer runs (>40k) I prefer... Read More an extra boxer to avoid potential skin irritation. I am 190cm, 76kg and wear size M.
Great Running Short
These are the best running shorts I've found. Very comfortable liner, perfect inseam length, and great abrasion resistance/durability. Perfect fit for me (I'm 6'1", 170 lbs, 33" waist). WAY nicer than comparably priced shorts offered by other brands. I have three pairs, and will buy more if the ones I own ever wear out.
Best fitting running shorts I own.
I have owned so many running shorts over the years...and all with variable fit. I am stocky but run long distance and somehow Patagonia hit a home run for me with the inserts in these pants. To put it bluntly, these shorts have all but eliminated my need for body glide. A+ on the fit! Add in the the number and placement of the pockets and these are... Read More my new favorite shorts for long runs.
Not the same...
So I have the same shorts from a while back. It is the best workout shorts I own and I wanted to buy few more, so I got two more shorts. But sadly they arent the same quality. I could immediately tell with my skin that they used lower quality polyester. The difference is that they used 100% recycled polyester for lining. I appreciate that they recy... Read Morecle but Im not a happy customer... I rather want them to raise the price and keep the quality the same or even upgrade. What a Disappointment...
Thank you for sharing your feedback on the Nine Trails Running Shorts. We'll be sure to notify the appropriate teams about your thoughts on the recycled polyester. You might be able to find a pair from a past season that have that feel you're looking for on our [Worn Wear](https://wornwear.patagonia.com/) website, check it out! We're always adding to inventory on there so if you don't see any now, check back.
Inside crouch mesh lining was too small where is the pant on the outside was a little big and the thighs were really big for a large. Maybe that way for climbing? Patagonia was good about returning them and got a different pair of shorts which my husband like but would Love to see zipper pocket in front to put his phone in. Pocket out back of short... Read Mores it's hard to get two to unzip to get your phone and your phone will just fall out.. hence he almost lost it the phone.
Hello Lourena, thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. The Men's Nine Trails Running Shorts - 8" is a popular running short style but can certainly be used for any casual purposes. They do feature two large, zippered front pockets. Your valuable suggestion on zippered front pockets for phone storage is much appreciated for our men's bottoms.
Overall really good shorts. Love having zippers, decent cut, good length, comfortable to run in. What held it back from the fifth star is that something about the fit leaves it riding low sometimes, as if there isn't quite enough material for it always to stay in place. But I still wear them a lot. Would recommend.
Zipper shorts - life essentials, nailed by Patagonia
As a long time zipper shorts enthusiast I have naturally been on the lookout for comfortable, athletic, above knee shorts with zippered pockets. I only buy shorts/pants with zippers as its impossible to lose your phone/wallet when sitting or be pick pocketed when traveling. The zippers on these shorts are of the highest quality, you can open and c... Read Morelose them with one hand, which is not possible with my other brands of zipper shorts. Another thing thats great is they arent very revealing in front as most right athletic wear is due to the liner. My only suggestion is making a similar short without the liner. I have considered buying a second pair and cutting out the liner. Overall 10/10 shorts, would buy again.
Great fit and functionality
The fit is very nice for trail running, with an 8" inseam and lightweight fabric with a little stretch that doesn't seem to absorb water/sweat. I love the zippered pockets (2 front/thigh, 1 rear) which are essential for keeping gear stashed safely while on the move. I've run with a larger phone (Pixel 3XL) in the thigh zipper pocket ... Read Morewith surprisingly little bounce. The liner is very breathable and working okay for now, but I may buy a second pair and remove the liner to give more freedom of movement. Would also like to see more color/pattern options for this line. Overall highly recommended.
Finally! Great Shorts
Ive spent years looking for a style of shorts I really, truly enjoy, and Ive found them! Theyre amazing for runs, and perfect for travel because the pockets zip and are big enough for passport, phone, etc. The material breathes really well. The only part I was surprised by was the elastic lining (originally I was looking specifically for travel/cas... Read Moreual wear), but Ive found that makes them excellent for runs and it doesnt detract from the comfort of the fit. Perfect cut, length, material, colors...couldnt be happier! (Ive purchased 3 pairs)
I have these pants for many years personally, I know so well how good they used to fit for large size, and now where ever Patagonia contracting this out stitching is super cheap as the pant is a lot tighter for large size and the lace that ties the pant is small too. this Patagonia is way too commercialized than it used to be. another sweet company... Read More turned into a greedy bunch -- please pay the company proper money and ask them to stitch something nicer fit, or stop charging customers too much money for cheap quality like this
Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you aren't pleased. You're welcome to return them. As for where they're made you can find all that info [here](https://www.patagonia.com/our-footprint/facilites/youngone-namdinh.html)
After wearing this short for three years, the only annoyance was taking it out of service for washing. I solved that by finally buying another pair. These shorts are extremely comfortable at the gym, on a bike, on the couch, and even in the pool, although I try not to swim in them for longevity. These the only liner shorts I find comfortable, and... Read More for sure the only liners that enhance the shorts, IMO. Except for a missing zipper pull (not the zipper), which Patagonia-Cardiff replaced, zero signs of wear. Highly recommended.
Best trail running shorts in years
I had a hard time finding a good replacement for my prior favorite trail running shorts (REI's 2013 trail running shorts). I initially bought two of Patagonia's 9 Trails 8" shorts to try and loved them so much I bought another pair. The Good: - Zippered side + back right pockets--perfect for ID, keys (I put my phone in my hydration v... Read Moreest for running) - Fit: perfect--size, length - Materials: quick drying, perfect amount of stretch, very high quality, should last for years - Liner: it's a longer boxer brief style and works well at preventing chafing on longer runs (with caveats below) The Maybe Not So Good: - The external drawstring: I worry about it getting stuck in the washer and getting pulled out or stretched out; we'll see how it holds up (the elastic waistband is good enough without the drawstring) - The Liner: while good for running, it feels a little too restrictive of hip range of motion to use these for general workout shorts or mobility work (although awesome for running) The Bottom Line: Overall, I really like these shorts and will probably pick up another pair or two to replace some of my older, worn out shorts. Definitely recommend.
I have 3 pair of these now since my first purchase. I wear them everywhere and, most recently, on vacation in Mexico. Wore them zip lining, swimming in a cenote, and snorkeling in the ocean. They actually dry super fast and are extremely versatile. I need more color options but like the pattern variety better than solid.
Great shorts. Fit great, and of course Patagonia is a great company to buy from because they're ethically focused. I do wish the pockets were bigger, especially in the back. My phone can't quite fit in my back pocket. Birddogs have done a great job with the pockets. They have one on the left side and one on the right back. I wish Patagoni... Read Morea would emulate that.
i found the shorts, due to the "insert" fairly uncomfortable and not nearly as good as a pair i bought last year from you. overall, a bit disappointed.
We're sorry to hear you are a bit disappointed with these and appreciate the feedback on these compared to earlier models. Please feel welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) these back to us.
Super comfy and functional!
I bought a couple pairs of these for trail running and hiking, and they've been great for that, but they're so dang comfortable and practical that I've also been wearing them around the house, swimming, doing chores, and basically any time I don't need pants. I didn't originally expect to use the pockets (my previous trail ... Read Morerunning shorts didn't have pockets) but now that I have them I find them very useful and no longer need my running belt. I've only had them for ~6 months but they've been durable so far. I've already ordered a third pair because I'm using them so frequently (because they're so comfortable and practical). 10/10 would replace all of my shorts with these.
Best Running Shorts Ever.
These shorts are awesome! Finally a running short with boxer-brief liner that doesn't become a thong after the first mile. Lots of stretch, lots of pockets, good length, and just plain comfortable. I'm 5'8" with a 29-30" waist and the size small fits perfect. Will be purchasing another pair or two very soon.
Don't wait, these are perfect!
Working from home, running at lunch, and relaxing in the evenings are all slightly different conditions: the Nine Trails Running Short covers them all perfectly. In my life, I've never found a more comfortable and versatile garment like these...and in the hot, sticky summers of North Carolina, they absolutely make the difference!
Great short, but the fit is a little weird
This short is great for running and backpacking. I just finished a trip where I wore them for 4 days straight hiking, running, and swimming. They dry quickly after a swim and the liner prevents chaffing even when they are wet. They have also held up great and I will likely buy another pair. My only complaint is that they bunch up in the front towar... Read Mored the elastic band and it doesn't look good. I thought it was because they were a little too small, but the large is way too big and I've subsequently lost weight and it hasn't helped. Otherwise, these are really great shorts.
Overall Good Design
Overall, these are very well designed shorts. The best parts are that all three pockets are zippered--you definitely need that on the shallow front pockets or stuff will fall out when you move around and sit. The good news is that if you put stuff in there and run it doesn't bounce around as much as long-pocketed shorts. The back pocket is lar... Read Morege--easily accomodating a cell phone. The inside mesh is not a brief but more mid-quad length like compression shorts--I may cut it out of mine eventually. Finally, the bottom hem is weirdly designed in that there must be a roll of fabric inside the hem. I'm sure it's durable knowing Patagonia but it took some getting used to because when you move you can feel the hem riding up your leg. It has not chaffed my leg, fortunately. Now, I just wish there were more color choices.
I love the three pairs I have of these shorts. I'll start there. The fit is great, plenty of good pocket space and the inner lining is a nice touch for hiking, climbing and trail running. That said, it absolutely drives me crazy that Patagonia "updated" these shorts to go from a zipper with a plastic tab on the end to one with cord.... Read More I implore the gear lab to find a way to create a zipper pull that doesn't come undone after literally two washes. It is supremely annoying to essentially lose the zipper pull within weeks and then have to create your own out of spare cord. I buy a lot of Patagonia product and this oversight is out of character.
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