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Recent Active Short Reviews

The North Face Class V Trunk

rated 5 of 5 stars I own four pairs of these shorts. I'm a big fan. These shorts fit true to size and have a nice built-in liner. It's nice and comfortable, unlike the liners of shorts from some other brands that I've worn. The shorts rest a couple of inches above the knee, and they are comfortable when moving. They work well in activities ranging from running to swimming. A drawstring helps keep the shorts tight in the water. The shorts dry pretty quickly—maybe 15 minutes in the sun or 30-45 outside of the sun. Full review

Patagonia Men's Strider Pro Short

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Light but protective short that gets out of the way, yet lets you carry tons of stuff. Fit I will say it up front, I love the Strider Pro shorts. When trail running or hiking up steep hills I love the fit of them. The 5" inseam means they do not pull on your quads when going up steep terrain. They have a split on the side to give you extra freedom of movement while covering you up well enough. For me a 5" inseam is perfect. The waistband is a good elastic, but also has a lace that you can tie in… Full review

Columbia Whidbey II Water Short

rated 4 of 5 stars The Columbia Whidbey II shorts are a fantastic pair of shorts that are quite versatile. Whether you are hiking, swimming, or playing a sport, these shorts will keep you going and keep you cool! I bought these shorts this past spring and have worn them A LOT this spring and summer! These shorts are a well-fitting and relaxed pair of shorts with an elastic waist and built-in belt. You can keep them comfortably fitting or cinch them down if the trail gets rugged or you need to dive into a swimming… Full review

Salomon Men's EXO Motion Short

rated 4 of 5 stars Great pair of shorts for running or even swimming. These are the most comfortable pair of shorts that I've ever worn for running on the trails. So light it's incredible and well designed with the pockets for gels and keys. I highly recommend getting a pair of these. Full review

Patagonia Women's Baggies Shorts

rated 5 of 5 stars These are the perfect pants for a day on the trails. I bought a pair of these to wear on one of my backpacking trips. They were a bit pricey, but so worth the price, because it was about the only shorts I wore. They are so comfortable and you don't have to worry about getting them wet because they dry pretty quick. I love these shorts!! Full review

Patagonia Men's Baggies Shorts

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These are great swim shorts. They look great and they can also be worn as regular shorts. I love my baggies. I have 4 pairs and wear them daily. They are great casual shorts and come in so many different colors. I also use them when I swim because of the convenience of them. The only issue I have with them is they do have a netting in them, but I just cut that out so I could wear underwear and be more comfortable. Full review

Patagonia Men's Strider Pro Short

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The first running shorts I've owned in a long, long time that don't stink after 10 minutes of use. They're cool, comfortable, and the pockets on the sides and back are great. First, the fit.... when I ordered these shorts from Patagonia Germany, I took a shot in the dark and ordered Large as that's what I normally wear but it's always hard to tell in American sizing. In any case, they fit great! I'm primarily an endurance mountain biker, therefore I have big legs and a rather muscular butt. Often,… Full review

Patagonia Women's Baggies Shorts

rated 5 of 5 stars Patagonia's Baggies are my go-to, do it all shorts. They are lightweight, breathable, packable, abrasion-resistant, water-resistant, quick drying nylon shorts. The DWR treated Baggies sport a 5" inseam, two quick drain pockets with mesh in the bottom, and a stretchy elastic waistband with tie. I hike, kayak, wakeboard, play tennis, jog, work out and do just about everything in these shorts! If I had only one pair of shorts, these would be the ones. Patagonia has been making these for years and are… Full review

Patagonia Women's Strider Shorts

rated 3 of 5 stars Great material, but for women with bigger buns this may sit too low. I know they advertise the inseam with this short, but the rise in the back isn't as high as I'd prefer. I'm a 10-12 and this felt like I wanted to pull them up or they'd ride down when running. I really like the material, but for curvy women, this may not be the best fit.  Full review

Top-Rated Active Shorts

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The North Face NFP Shorts
Marmot Zephyr Short
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Whidbey II Water Short
$11 - $24
The North Face Moksha Performance Shorts
EMS Excel Run Short
Tasc Performance Verve Short
$13 - $50
Columbia Sandy River Cargo Short
$13 - $19
The North Face Dogpatch Water Shorts
$13 - $14
The North Face Reflex Core Short
$15 - $32
Columbia Endless Trail Short
Under Armour Shorty Ultra 2'' Compression Short
$15 MSRP
Under Armour Team Girl Short
The North Face Reactor Shorts
prAna Sediment Board Short
$16 - $65
Patagonia Costa Rica Baggies Short
$17 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Baggies Shorts
$17 - $49
Columbia Snake River II Water Short
Gore Sunlight 3.0 Short
prAna Mountain Shorts
Marmot Ascend Shorts
Campmor Trekmor Sport Shorts
$17 MSRP
prAna Seaton Short
$17 - $26
prAna Beacon Short
$17 - $34
The North Face Class V Water Trunks
The North Face Class V Water Short
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Class V Trunk
$17 - $35
Columbia Coral Point II Short
$17 - $35
White Sierra Crystal Cove River Shorts
$18 - $19
The North Face Kicker Water Short
$18 MSRP
The North Face Camfly Water Shorts
Patagonia Forries Shorey Board Short
$19 - $31
The North Face NSR Short
Under Armour Flex Short
Under Armour Tech Short
$19 - $24
Under Armour Microshort
Under Armour HeatGear Compression Short
$19 - $25
The North Face GTD Running Short
$19 - $32
O'Neill Axia Board Short
Columbia Cross On Over Cargo Short
EMS Excel Short, 6 in.
Columbia Mix Master Short
Outdoor Research Expressa Shorts
Columbia Cool Jewels Short
Marmot Propel Short
$20 - $58
The North Face Mak Voltage Short
The North Face Class V Short
$20 - $23
Under Armour Attack II Short
Under Armour Repeat 10" Short
$20 - $24
Campmor Trekmor Water Sports Shorts
$20 MSRP
EMS Core River Shorts
$21 - $24
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