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Women's Barely Baggies™ Shorts - 2½" Reviews

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September 12, 2023

Comfortable well made shorts

Got this pair of shorts as a gift from my MIL. Im very petite and normally wear a kids size 10 or 12, but when she saw women XXS immediately bought this as a birthday present for me. Im very glad she did, cause its comfortable, pretty color and its got pockets! I wear it casual at home, working around the garden and going for my daily walks. Even t... Read Morehough they fit a bit large on me, it is loose and comfortable.

September 9, 2023

Like the medium rise.

Am a fit 65 year old, didn't know if I could pull off the 2.5 inch length but went for it when they went on sale. Would rather they were a bit longer, but really like the medium rise. The lower rise is more comfortable and also means less bulk at waist and so more flattering.

September 8, 2023

Funny fit

Funny fit

Response from Patagonia
September 13, 2023

Hey Sarah, thanks for the review. We're sorry to hear the fit was less than ideal with these shorts. You're welcome to send them back to us for a refund or credit. You can check out our other short options on [this page](

September 4, 2023

cute and comfortable

I got these in the mint green and love the color and the length. I did try a larger size due to reviewers' notes that they were hard to pull over the hips, but then they gapped out and seemed too big. So I went back to the XS. They take a minute to pull over the hips but once there are terrific. Beautiful, comfortable, wearable, good for runni... Read Moreng, sailing, anything where you might get wet.

September 4, 2023

Love the color, love the

Love the color, love the fit. Wasn’t sure if I should buy a small or medium cut Esma res then to be a tad big to be able to have them ride lower on my hips (I’m 5’5, 126) and the medium is perfect.

September 3, 2023

Favorite shorts

I love these shorts! They are really comfortable and durable ( when chasing grandkids) and I love that they are quick drying

September 2, 2023

Chub rub

I am 5’2 and 138lbs. I think the length is just short enough to not sit right between my legs. One inch longer and I think I would be fine.

Response from Patagonia
September 5, 2023

Thank you for the review, Laura! This is our shortest option for the Baggies line, we recommend checking out the [Women's Baggies Shorts - 5"]( if you're having any issues with comfort with this inseam length.

August 31, 2023

Really nice pants, run a bit too big

Very comfortable shorts and feel like good quality, unfortunately they run too big on me and I had to return them. I usually use an M being 58kg 165cm.

August 25, 2023


Comfortably and extremely breathable. They dry in no time at all!

August 23, 2023

Good pair of shorts but not for me

I have too pale a complexion for this kind of colour and I thought these were a bit too short, but that's just personal preference. So had to be sent back, otherwise these were of good quality and well made.

August 22, 2023

Baggies never get ild

Baggies never get ild

August 20, 2023


very lightweight, comfortable, great pockets

August 19, 2023

Really enjoy!

After wearing the mens baggies for a while and loving them, I decided to finally try the womens version. They are super comfy and cute, but there are certainly a few improvements to be made. For example, there is no back pocket! I also have found the waistband to be pretty tight and it does not stretch super well, which makes them difficult to get ... Read Moreon (especially if you have wider hips like I do). Despite these things, I do really enjoy them and they can handle whatever I put them through!

August 18, 2023

Not for curvy folks...

I love baggies (the colors, fabric, etc.), but the sizing is always a bit tricky for me. I'm in-between the medium and large sizes (M too tight, L too big), but usually just order the L in the 5" inseam and roll the waistband once. I wanted a pair of the barely baggies, but the sizing is worse than the 5" inseams. The L was HUGE on m... Read Moree, but the M was way too small. Maybe Patagonia should consider adding intermediate sizes, or even a curvy baggies version for people without a more boxy figure...

Response from Patagonia
August 21, 2023

Hi Valen, thank you for this feedback on the fit of these shorts; we are passing it along to our design team. If you still have the 2 1/2" shorts you are welcome to [return]( them if you wish. Please let us know if we can help!

August 13, 2023

My favorite shorts!

I wear these literally every day for everything. They are so good for just doing nothing in but also running and swimming and hiking. They fit me so well and they never wear out either!

August 13, 2023

a favorite!

These are one of my favorites! I now have them in 4 colors. They are perfect for everyday casual wear, hiking, wearing to the beach/pool. Love them!

August 4, 2023

I love these they fit almost perfectly.

I would have given 5 if they would make these just a little longer and bigger in the butt. I love these for swimming and water sports. Fishing or going to the beach. Especially when I am with family but wanna run around in my cute swimsuits but dont want my whole butt out, these are great. If they would make the regular baggies with this waist band... Read More I would buy all the colors! Unfortunately they are too short for work and thats why I want the baggies to fit like these so badly because they would be my go to work/hiking shorts.

July 30, 2023

Love them

I love these shorts. Wore them every day on vacation!

July 24, 2023

My go-to shorts!

If I could say one thing about baggies, it would be get them! As a long legged girl I was a bit nervous about how the length would look on me but they are PERFECT. I'm on my forth pair and I already want more. They are a bit stiff when you first get them but they soften with wear, and I wear mine a lot. Great for everything from working to fly... Read More fishing. Love em

July 12, 2023

thumbs up for updated version!

I like the updated fit! Previous barely baggies I wore a M. New baggies I'm between a S and M (the Small is more form fitting/flattering, the M is more comfortable). I kept them both but reach for the M more. The previous inseam felt like "hot pants" on me (I mostly wore at beach, with swim suit). The updated fit has the same inseam,... Read More but doesn't feel as short. I prefer the higher rise of the new fit. Can't wait for more prints!

July 11, 2023

Super Comfy!

I listened to reviews and sized up from where the sizing chart would have me (Im normally a size 4/6, which would be a small, but my butt is on the bigger end so I ordered a medium). Super glad I did! Pulling a M over my rear end was a smidge tight but it fit a little loose around my waist. Luckily the shorts come with a drawstring to tighten them.... Read More Im glad I didnt go with my normal size. Theyre definitely baggy and more comfortable being a size larger, especially for curvier women. I bought them in three colors and all three fit exactly the same. My only wish is that the 2.5 inch shorts came in all the same colors as the longer ones! Love them.

July 6, 2023

Purchased 4 colors!

I absolutely love these shorts!! The fit is great and the material is great for water sports. I wear these everywhere!!

June 29, 2023

They're great once you get them on, hard to put on and take off though

These are fantastic shorts, but I'm not giving them 5 stars on account that there is no elastic (or any give) in the waist whatsoever. Once they're on, it's fine, but these are really difficult to put on and take off, and I'm not an hourglass shape at all.

June 22, 2023

Well rounded!

I LOVE these shorts! I purchased a pair of bright pink shorts about 2 years ago and used them for running, hiking, yoga, swimming, casual wear, etc. and they still look amazing and are comfortable! I wanted to get a few more colors so I picked up the black and light blue options and the fit has changed slightly but it was a welcome surprise. I have... Read More muscular legs and a bigger butt so my pink shorts were a tiny bit tight when squatting but these new ones have a slightly wider leg opening so they feel a lot better overall. I also recently had a baby and the new shorts and the pink shorts are still really comfortable and fit around my waist so overall these shorts are great!

Response from Patagonia
June 23, 2023

We're glad to hear these are working for you! There were some small revisions to this style in Spring 2018 and Spring 2022, so you may have an older pair from before the most recent design. Thanks for sending a thoughtful review, Stephanie!

June 19, 2023

Perfect hiking short!

Ive tried baggies in the past and the fit was always off for me personally. The updates to the fit this season are AMAZING. They fit me so well, didnt ride up, wick sweat and are durable. I have smaller legs and wider hips and these are perfect. Will certainly be buying more!!!

June 4, 2023

Good quality

The overall design is really nice and the selection of colors is great. For me its just the size. I am between a small and a medium. The sizes run either a little too small or a little too big but other than that they are great.

May 7, 2023

Love the new fit!

I have been a baggies fan for years. However, the new fit of the barely baggies this year is awesome! I like my new pair way better than my two other pairs purchased within the last few years. The higher rise is more comfortable and the shorts in general fit better and look better, I think. They dont feel *so* short despite being same 2.5 inch inse... Read Moream. Im a fan and am sad I wont be reaching for my old pairs nearly as often.

April 20, 2023

They fit!

I dont like things snug but neither too baggy and these are perfect! Im trim and have a boyish, straight build: 27.5 waist and 36 hips. Oddly, the same size (small) in the regular Baggies didnt fit right at all. Im so happy to finally have a pair of these shorts which I hope will last a lifetime. I dont expect I will wear much else this summer, in ... Read Morethe garden, in the canoe, on hikes, etc because they are so comfortable. I think the only thing that would improve them would be a zippered back pocket. Thanks Patagonia!

April 20, 2023

Sized incorrectly until washed

I own two other pairs of these shorts and these were far bigger. I put them in the dryer and they are normal now. Glad we normalized the fit. After shrinkage they are a true xs prior to shrinkage I would say a small.

April 19, 2023

Major Wedgie :/

So let me start off by saying I absolutely LOVE my 5" Baggies. I wear them everywhere, all. the. time. They are Amazing. The 2 1/2", HOWEVER, are an awful awful fit, even in the same size. I have an athletic build with larger thighs and a small waist. The 2.5" baggies are a good fit sitting on my hips but as soon as I starting movi... Read Moreng, walking, exercising, whatever it might be, these shorts will ride WAY up and give a major wedgie. They really do not stay put. The waist band is also way tighter and more uncomfortable than the 5". I would recommend the 5" baggies but definitely not the 2.5" baggies.

April 14, 2023


Ive tried these on before in an XL but they run too small. My only wish is for an XXL in the barely baggies!! Please!!!!!

April 11, 2023

Best shorts ever! Very comfortable

Best shorts ever! Very comfortable and durable. I would love if they had built-in underwear though.

March 11, 2023

Size chart is off

I wear a size four or 26-27 inch waist. The size chart has me at an xs. Bought an xs can put them on but not comfortable. Tight. I just ordered the small, Im sure they will fit perfect.

Response from Patagonia
March 15, 2023

We're sorry to hear that our size chart steered you to order the wrong size and we appreciate that detailed feedback. We hope the free online exchange portal worked well. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our [Customer Service]( team if you have any issues with the size small, or any other questions or concerns. We'll be happy to help!

March 2, 2023

Not my favorite

I don't love these shorts, the material is just a little stiff. They seem extremely durable but not very comfortable in my opinion. The waistband is tight and stiff. Sadly, I had to return because I wanted to wear these for backpacking/hiking but they are too uncomfortable to wear for an extended amount of time.

Response from Patagonia
March 8, 2023

Hi Darian, we're very sorry to hear that the Barely Baggies didn't meet your needs regarding comfort while hiking. We do have a great selection of [hiking shorts]( available right now. Feel free to check those out when you have an extra moment.

February 24, 2023

I will buy more pairs in future

I purchased these short to wear casually when I travel in summer. I was looking for something casual, but doesn't look too casual. I got a persimmon colour with patterns which is the same as my synchilla. They are funky and unique and look nice with any other colours of t-shirts I own. XXS is perfect for my petite body (23 - 24 inches) and I w... Read Moreill purchase more when they are on sale again.

February 9, 2023

Durable and Great for Adventure

In the past, Patagonia shorts have not fit me well. I am a tall female in her 20s with an athletic build, and the shorts never used to sit right on my muscular thighs or waist. With the updated version of baggies, these fit me perfectly. I will be using them for exercise, hiking, paddle boarding and more. Since the material is thick, they do tend t... Read Moreo ride up and seem shorter than they really are. I would opt for the 5in if you need something more conservative. Otherwise these will be my go-to shorts for many years to come.

February 9, 2023

Very wrinkly fabric!

I was surprised at how incredibly wrinkled the shorts were when I took them out of the package. Makes me think they wont travel well. The shorts fit well. I wish they made made them in 3-4in! Seems like shorts are either super short or super long now.

Response from Patagonia
February 16, 2023

Hello Leto! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear how wrinkled the shorts arrived. We appreciate this feedback and we'll share this with our design team. If you don't think the shorts will travel well you're always welcome to [return](

February 8, 2023


Nice fit!

January 25, 2023

Pockets are an issue - No where for your phone

While the front pockets are large enough for a 14 pro, the phone gets in the way of your leg when walking. These would be fabulous if they had a back pocket for your phone. The leg holes are very wide relative to the waist size so they sort of flair out and look like a skirt.

January 19, 2023

Stylish shorts you can feel good about buying

I chose this product because it fits and performs well and is made from recycled materials.

December 29, 2022

Cute and Functional

Love this product they are cute and dont ride up too much when working out!

October 10, 2022

Almost perfect

I love these shorts, and they are almost perfect. The pockets are deep enough for my phone, and theres a key loop inside the pocket so you feel secure. They breathe well, are a great length & travel well because they dry quickly and don't wrinkle. My only problem is with the waist band. The gathered band is not very comfortable even though... Read More it fits well. It feels almost itchy. I find myself wishing it had a smooth band like their running shorts.

October 6, 2022

First design I can wear

The new style baggies with a slightly higher waist are great for me. I gave away the old style ones that I bought because they were SO unflattering. I did buy M in these instead of my usual S. I bought a couple pairs in longer length which seem to run a bit larger, but I neglected to try the S. I think the new style can look great on women with bot... Read Moreh perfect or not so perfect figures. 53 130. Love the patterns and colors.

October 3, 2022

Recycled Fishing Nets!!!! LOVE

I bought these shorts because they fit well, the style is cutie but primarily because of what they are made from. I loved that they were made from recycled fishing nets. I care about this world and doing things that take care of our environment. The shorts were a bit pricey but because of what they were made from, I bought them. If they were not ma... Read Morede for a purpose like this, I would not have spent the money on them.

September 26, 2022

Be aware of the updated fit

If you like the "old" 2 1/2 inch baggies, be aware of the updated fit. The new ones fit completely different--longer, larger (had to size down), and a different profile through the hips and leg as well. I sized down thinking that would fix the issues, but it didn't. The waist was small, but the legs were still long and weird. Please ... Read Morebring back the old baggies style!!!!!!!!

Response from Patagonia
October 4, 2022

Thank you for this feedback, Amanda; we're sharing it with our product design team. We're sorry this revised fit wasn't suitable for you, and we're glad to see you've returned shorts that aren't going to work for you. Please reach out if we can be of any help!

September 22, 2022

Cute shorts

These shorts are cute and comfy. You can just throw them on with a t-shirt and be ready to work out in yard, run to store, do whatever. Even though They are 2.5 inch inseam, they don't look too short.

September 19, 2022

Not cut for curvy figures

I bought a pair of these shorts after a friend raved about hers, but they are not cut for curvy women. The shorts were too tight in the hips/butt area and there is not much stretch at all in the fabric, while there was gapping at the waist (even with the elastic). I wish these had worked because they look so nice and seemed like they had the potent... Read Moreial to be the perfect summer short!

September 18, 2022

New favorite go-to shorts

Love these shorts. My new favorite go-to pair for every day things and hiking. Held up well with a constant drizzle of rain, kept me dry. Great for hiking. Only thing thats different between these shorts and my usual choice of athletic shorts (ie nike, lululemon) is that there is no lining on the inside, so these wont be the choice of shorts if you... Read More were to go bouldering.

September 18, 2022

Comfortable, functional and good-looking

Purchased these for my wife, and she loves them. They're a short length, but the design of the pockets make them fully functional. The fabric is comfortable, the color fantastic, and the fit is relaxed. These shorts have quickly become her summertime favorite.

September 3, 2022

Love the waist band of 2.5in

Ws Barely Baggies 2.5in shorter length is great for activities with lots of movement. The inner waist band is covered with material so it is a little thicker, but NOT noticeable. The waist is really comfortable and more stretchy than the Ws Baggies 5in(inner elastic exposed). Both Barely Baggies and Baggies really takes a beating with NO no fading... Read More. Note the lengths differ in Fit so here are my sizes: 2.5in Regular fit size =S Barely Baggies 5in is Relaxed fit size =XS Baggies

September 2, 2022

Love the new fit - Pay attention to sizing

Baggies, the ultimate short of the summer that makes me feel like Im at summer camp. I got a second pair of the barely baggies, but ended up sizing down. The medium worked for me before (am interestingly a small in the 5 inch baggies). Heed the heads up about the new sizing this year! I followed the sizing guide and they fit true to size. The highe... Read Morer waistband is also a welcome change. I am 5 ft 6 inches, 142 lbs, 29 in waist, and 38 in hip. The small was definitely the better fit for me.

September 1, 2022


im 5'3" 135 lbs . I got a Small and probably could have gotten a XS but I like a loose fit. These shorts are awesome. Make you feel super put together and great for hiking, walking, or running errands. They are pricey but you will wear them all the time!! I've recommended them to multiple people who have all loved them. Get them!

August 31, 2022

Nice Casual Fit

My first baggies and bought the Green on sale. Fit great and exactly what I expected (i.e. a little loose but not crazy loose). My only issue is that the Green looks **much** darker in the photo. When it arrived, it's actually much lighter and more of a light green. It is definitely not an olive green.

August 30, 2022

Finally a pair of shorts for my body

I couldn't be happier with the updated fit. Barely baggies never fit me properly before, and I hated the low-cut fit. The updated cut has a higher waist and more of a vintage look while still being short (but not too short). I have a small waist and wider hips and these are my new favorite shorts. So flattering. I will promptly buy all the col... Read Moreors. For reference, I'm 5 ft. 10, 155 - 160 pounds, athletic build and usually wear an 8. The mediums are perfect. I can understand how those who loved the old version might not like these, but sometimes change is good.

August 29, 2022

Sizing is SO off

Super bummed on the sought after baggies. The sizing feels so inconsistent size to size, like there is too big of a jump. Im typically a small in all patagonia, and the small size was so oversized I was swimming in them, at least 2-3 inches extra room at the waist. Xs fit okay at the waist, and was sooo tight around the hips and groin. With the no ... Read Morestretch fabric theres No way I could have done anything besides standing in them. Super bummed bc they seem like the perfect short!

Response from Patagonia
September 2, 2022

Hi Emily, thank you for sharing this feedback; we will pass it on to our product designers. We're so sorry this fit wasn't right for you, and we will reach out to you about returning them.

August 28, 2022

Cute but not for Hispanics

I was just received this product as a gift, that I requested. I read and read reviews trying to decide on the perfect size. Patagonia has never really fit me right so when I read they are bigger then normal then thought my normal size would work. I decided on a small. In the past small never fit my butt and meds were always to big. Being an Hispani... Read Morec outdoors person is hard because nothing seems to fit right. Hope that changes. Im going to try and stretch the shorts because they are soooo cute.

Response from Patagonia
September 1, 2022

Hi Theresa, thank you for sharing this feedback about the fit of these shorts; we are passing it along to our design team. We are working on more inclusive sizing and fit across the board. If the Small won't work for you, please remember you are always welcome to [return or exchange]( them.

August 27, 2022

Great for short people

I am so happy with this purchase! I already have two pairs of 5" baggies (the OLD style), and I love those so much. I went to buy a 3rd pair of 5" a few weeks ago, but realized with the updated style they no longer fit right. I am 5'2", 115 lbs, and have a short torso. The new style of 5" baggies went way too high up on my ... Read Morewaist, and were too...well...baggy for my preference. So, I returned those (Patagonia has excellent customer service!) and decided to give the barely baggies a try. They are great! The waistband sits right at my belly button, and the length of them still gives good coverage. Only downside is the pockets aren't as deep as the 5", but that is expected due to the shorter inseam. They are still larger pockets than 90% of the other shorts I own! Overall, I am super stoked about this updated style of barely baggies, they fit great. I never had a pair of the old style so I can't reference them, but I am very, very happy with the new.

August 19, 2022

Yay for more inclusive fit/sizing!

I was actually really happy to read the reviews saying the new fit on these shorts is running large as I am a curvy hiker and struggle to find any outdoor clothing companies that I can fit into to. In fact I had become really upset and frustrated after going to 6 different sports/high st retailers and not finding anything that fit me. For ref I am ... Read Morea UK 14 on top and a UK 18 on bottoms and I ordered these in a large. Anyway onto the features, the looser leg openings are really comfortable even when riding a bike, the fabric is soft and they feel light weight but sturdy and well made. Im also incredibly happy that these are water repellent without containing any forever chemicals!

August 18, 2022

Too big

I find the sizing a bit inconsistent with Patagonia. Im normally about a size 12 but ordered XL based on my previous experience with Patagonia shorts. They were too big. I wouldve ordered a new pair but didnt have time to receive them and live overseas.

Response from Patagonia
August 19, 2022

We're truly sorry to hear this sizing issue, Letha. We went ahead and reached out to you via email to offer some advice about how to return items from other countries. We also passed your thoughts along to our Design Team. Thank you so much for your feedback.

August 8, 2022

Forever a favorite!

I love barely baggies they are so comfy and versatile but I will say that there is a big size difference in the new design compared to the old one. I used to wear size small (Im 5 foot and 115lbs and prefer a little looser fit) but with the new design I had to size down to an xs. Hope this helps someone!

August 8, 2022


I bought my first pair about a year ago and now I have almost all of the colors. I am addicted. I have used them for everyday wear, camping, backpacking, biking, hiking, traveling, just everything really. Keeps you dry in the serious heat and/or humidity. I usually wear a size small with Patagonia bottoms but I sized up for the *baggy* look.

August 6, 2022


Barely baggies have been my go to shorts for years (kayaking, hiking, post-swimming, casual) and the new sizing is VERY different! Although the sizing has been steadily getting larger over the last few years (2016 fit is my favorite!), I should have read the description and reviews before purchasing new colors because I look like a child playing dr... Read Moreess up w/ the updated sizing and higher waist of the 2022 version (why not just add additional sizes to accommodate more people rather than succumbing to vanity sizing???). I reordered in a size down, but I'm not optimistic because I'll likely have to roll the waist band or end up w/ a saggy crotch.

Response from Patagonia
August 10, 2022

We're truly sorry to hear that our revision of the Barely Baggies missed the mark for you. If you have any questions regarding your exchange or return please let us know. You can reach us [here]( We also passed your thoughts along to our Design Team. Thank you so much for your feedback.

August 3, 2022

Super comfortable!

Absolutely love these shorts! I want them in every color!! I love that they have a tie since my thighs are larger than my waist so I don't have to be pulling them up while I wear them! I bought a size that I would wear for my running shorts and they fit perfect.

August 1, 2022

A bit disappointed.

I have baggies from a few years ago, which fit perfectly. Unfortunately, it looks like theyve changed the baggies around because the fit is way off. I am normally a M but had to return them because they were huge. Got a S and now its a bit too small. Wish they would have kept the old ones.

Response from Patagonia
August 5, 2022

We appreciate your feedback! We did revise the fit on our Women's Baggies for Spring 2022 and we're sorry the new design didn't work out for you. Please reach out to our [Patagonia-owned store nearest you]( to return the shorts if they're too small. We'll be happy to help!

July 27, 2022

Love these

Dry super quick, so comfy, good length, do shrink in the dryer though.

July 21, 2022

Different fit from previous model

I have the same shorts from years ago in the same size. This new pair fits so differently: tighter in the waist, the legs stick out more. A size small is too large for me, with the legs being comically loose (I cant sit down without feeling like Im flashing people). Disappointed with the change and wish the old model would be brought back! For refe... Read Morerence, Im 5feet3, 116lbs, athletic build

Response from Patagonia
July 26, 2022

Hi Tianlin, thank you for submitting this review. This feedback is very helpful to our designers in considering revisions, and to other customers as well. We're sorry this update wasn't a hit for you! Thank you for returning something that you weren't going to be happy with. Please keep in mind you are welcome to do that with any of our products in the future, as well.

July 12, 2022

Love the product. I'm 5

Love the product. I'm 5 ft with a small waist and wide hip. I wish that the waist is a bit smaller and the length just a bit shorter like the pair I bought the year before. The cut overall seems bigger than last year. The colors are very cute and they dried really fast!

July 10, 2022

Yassssss Patagonia!!!

FINALLY a barely baggies that actually comes to my waist! For years I have wanted to wear my baggies, but have struggled with poor fit of previous models. Thankfully, these are higher rise so are more comfortable and feel like they are holding me in where it matters most. The legs are quite wide, which is great for ease of movement, but they do fla... Read Morere out weirdly in the back if you have any kind of butt. Still, these are SO much better than other years styles. My biggest complaint: please, please, please make the pockets large enough for a cell phone. A back zipper pocket would also be appreciated! Ladies need FUNCTIONAL pockets.

July 5, 2022

So comfortable and light!

My daughter loved her baggies so much that I had to try them. They are so light and comfortable! Love the fit. They dry quickly and are great for hot weather. Haven't had a chance to hike in them yet so cannot speak to that but for casual wear I now have 3 pair that are my go-to weekend wear. Highly recommend.

July 4, 2022

very durable

these are great shorts for hiking! i love the pockets and how cool the fabric keeps me. the only problem i had was the are tight to get over my hips, but i have a small waist and wideish hips so thats probably not a common problem. other than that these are amazing shorts!

June 26, 2022

A little short.

I know, I know. Why get such short shorts if you're just going to complain about how short they are? But my problem isn't that the shorts are too short; it's that they ride up as I'm walking for a hot minute. I definitely would say if you've got bigger thighs like me to opt for the 5'' baggies.

Response from Patagonia
June 28, 2022

Hi Cristina, thank you for sharing this feedback on the Barely Baggies Shorts. This is bound to be helpful both to other customers and to our design team. As you probably know, if that riding up issue is a deal breaker we'll be happy to help you [return]( them!

June 25, 2022

The smallest size of baggies no longer fit me.

Unfortunately, I purchased a pair of Barely Baggies in XXS and they were really loose. There are draw strings on them however I have to pull pretty significantly to get them to the correct tightness- and in doing so makes them flare out quite significantly. I have a pair of baggies from about 2 or 3 years ago and the fit on them are lovely, no draw... Read Morestrings required. I will be returning these pair and will be (im)patiently waiting next year to see if the sizing will change.

Response from Patagonia
June 28, 2022

We're so sorry to hear the fit is disappointing. We redesigned our current Baggies and it sounds like the previous 2018-2021 design was a better fit for you. We'll be happy to [help]( you return the current pair, or you may take those to your local Patagonia-owned retail store. You may wish to check out our Stretch Planing Micro Shorts, Nine Trails Shorts, Tech Shorts or Outdoor Everyday Shorts. Please reach out if you have any additional questions!

June 13, 2022

These shorts are amazing

Absolutely love these shorts. Very comfortable for hiking and other active pursuits, but also great for casual wear. I also love that they have good sized pockets!!

June 12, 2022

Great casual short

I like these shorts for casual wear, but a little bit of extra length in the inseam wouldnt hurt. The fabric bunches a bit, so I find myself having to flatten them out when I stand up so theyre not super revealing. I still like them though. I will say, the borealis green looks much darker in person.

Response from Patagonia
June 15, 2022

Hi Crystal! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We greatly appreciate this feedback as it helps us to improve things for future seasons. We do offer a slightly longer version called the [Women's Baggies Shorts - 5"]( We'd encourage you to take a look as you might find them to be more comfortable.

June 9, 2022

No longer Barely Baggies, Just BAGGY

This new fit is a disappointment. I have the previous iteration of the baggies (where the logo tag was on the side of the short instead of on the pant leg), and they have a much more flattering fit. This new cut flares out, and is now too long. These went from being Perfectly Barely Baggies to Just Baggy. I'll have to cut off the logo patch a... Read Morend hem these so they fit properly. Bring the old fit back!

Response from Patagonia
June 13, 2022

Hi Stephanie, thank you for sharing this feedback on the revision of these shorts. We're so sorry these changes weren't a hit with you! You are absolutely welcome to return them for a refund, and we'll reach out to you about options.

May 31, 2022

Inconsistent Sizing But Great Product

I sit right in between sizes for XL and XXL depending on the brand. Last year I purchased the 5 in. baggies in a XXL (expecting that outdoor industry sizes usually run a little smaller) because the barely baggies stop at an XL. They were HUGE. Legs, waist, everything was comically large. This year I decided to purchase the barely baggies in an XL s... Read Moreince the XXL was so large. There is a HUGE difference between the XL and XXL (I know they are 2 different product's but both are still baggies and I have issues with this with almost all other patagonia items). The XL fits but is much tighter through the hips and waist. When I first put them on the waistband is almost taught and is noticeable taking on and off. The nature of the fabric doesn't allow for much give but become very comfy/relaxed after some wear. Leg width is perfect. I really like the length of the short (hits at mid thigh vs above the knee) and was a large part of why I bought these shorts. I was pleasantly surprised with the rise. Based on the pictures I expected them to sit a lot lower. The fabric is a little "crunchy" at first but softens with wear and dries relatively quickly (great for the river). Love the key loop. Overall it is a really great short to get outdoors in. I love Patagonia, their story, and environmental commitment and is why I continue to support them (plus pieces last FOREVER). I really appreciate that they are slowly integrating more size inclusivity but I would love to see the barelys in an XXL. On the bright side these shorts have single handedly motivated me to hit the trails harder so that these fit perfectly!

Response from Patagonia
June 3, 2022

Hi Tay! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're truly appreciate all this feedback. We're sorry to hear that our sizing has been inconsistent for you. We rely on feedback like this to improve things for future seasons. We'll share this with our design crew.

May 15, 2022

Super comfy

These shorts not only look great, but are also comfortable. The only downside are pockets. They are fine for carrying a bar or some spare change, but I wouldnt carry a phone, because I would feel anxious it would fall out.

April 23, 2022

Super Fit and Quailty

These shorts are made to go all summer, year after year. They fit both at the waist and hip in a comfortable way. Pockets are roomy. I'm in my fifties, 110 lbs. I'll purchase more!

April 19, 2022

Awesome Shorts

Comfy, durable, versatile!

April 12, 2022

Just perfect

These are amazing and know I just order them in all the colors. They are comfortable and perfect material for anywhere but especially in Hawaii.

April 5, 2022

Finally, the perfect fit!

THESE SHORTS ARE PERFECT! After years of baggies (barely and regular) never fitting me quite right, these ones are perfect. Rise is not too low, not too high. Legs are loose enough to accommodate hearty ski butt and thighs. They seem slightly longer than the old barelies, making them the perfect length on my longer frame. Please keep making these, ... Read Moredefinitely going to order a second color. Ill be living in them all summer.

March 21, 2022

Not the same as the original Barely Baggies

These are kind of a cross between the 5" baggies and the barely's. The higher rise is why I dislike the 5" and have bought several pair of the original design of the barely's. This new design is a disappointment, I bought 2 colors, Tidepool Blue and Monkey Flower Current Blue and the fit is inconsistent. One (Tidepool Blue) is m... Read Moreuch tighter in the waist and hips and very unforgiving trying to pull on and off. The higher waist causes bunching at the waist in the back and the legs feel wider as well. I won't be back for more and am disappointed they changed the design.

March 21, 2022

Fit better when I was more fit!

I love baggies and always will (and all Patagonia clothing) but as I get older and am not super slim/ hardcore athletic anymore, I have so much trouble with the sizing. In order to fit my thighs and bum in these I have to get a large which are quite wide at the waste. Id love to see higher-waisted and curvy fitting clothing in the future from Patag... Read Moreonia! I end up wearing most of my husbands Patagonia clothing because theres more room and more pockets!

March 11, 2022

An Updated Style & Fit?

Last season, there was a pattern printed in the Barely Baggies that I loved! However, when I went to try them on, these felt WAY short!! Too short for my personal taste. This season, I tried the Barely Baggies again and I swear they fit differently a little more low-riding and a touch baggier, which works great for me. I love these!

March 5, 2022

It's baggie awesome

I'm a bit more on the thicker side when it comes to the needs of my bottom half. I got a booty and finding shorts that fit has always been a challenge particularly when it comes to more outdoor instead of pure "athletic" or athlesuire brands that are usually more slim fit. Thank goodness for baggies which do accommodate a bigger rump... Read More roast and are super comfortable. Also prefer the barely baggies that prevent me from looking like a solid stump due to the shorter inseam.

March 4, 2022

Do not wash

Perfect fit, true to size, great for fishing, paddle boarding, hiking. Washed them once and they shrunk so small I can't wear them out of the house. Sad to see this happen, as I loved them so much. But I can't justify spending this much money for something that shrinks that much.

Response from Patagonia
March 14, 2022

Hey Joanna, thank you for the feedback on the Barely Baggies. We have not encountered this shrinking issue before, could it be that it was dried on high rather than low, or washed with warm/hot water? See the care instructions below. If you followed the care instructions and still had this issue, you're welcome to [send it in]( for a warranty evaluation. Machine wash cold, do not bleach, tumble dry low, do not iron.

March 3, 2022

I LIVE in these shorts!

I love these shorts so much, I have a pair in every color. Though I do prefer the old design of the Barely Baggies more, I still love the new ones just as much. The old version was slim fit; these puppies are regular fit, so I recommend sizing down for a perfect fit.

February 27, 2022

Great For Men Too!

I've been wearing baggies for well over a decade and have always loved their durability. My search for a pair of shorts that was shorter than the Men's 5" led me to the Barely Baggies and I couldn't be happier. The same durability and quality that I'm accustomed to with a shorter leg to fit my current taste. I have a 31&quo... Read Moret; waist and sized up from a small in the M5's to a medium in the BB's.

February 18, 2022


These shorts are baggy like the description states but the models make the shorts look more fitted. I bought a large and the fit is ok in the waist but too large in the leg opening for me to love them. I havent tried washing them yet to see if the shape might change from poking out at the bottoms to a more relaxed drape. I dont think the waist woul... Read Mored have fit me in a medium but I bet the leg holes would have been tighter. They have a cool feel to them and am looking forward to wearing them on hot summer days.

Response from Patagonia
February 23, 2022

Thank you for sharing this review, Sara! We wouldn't expect the shape to change with washing, due to the nature of this fabric. Please do let us know if you decide the shape won't work for you, and we'll be happy to help you [return]( them.

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