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Recent Active Short Reviews

Patagonia Men's Strider Pro Short

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Nice running shorts with multiple pockets. When Patagonia first came out with the Strider Pro I was really excited as this was exactly what I was looking for in a running short for a long day in the mountains—that is until I saw the inseam—5", sorry that's just too short for my liking. It took a few years, but they now offer the Strider Pro in 7" inseam and I jumped. The shorts are very comfortable (multiple 20+ mile days with them); I was definitely a little iffy when I saw the liner—a long… Full review

prAna Men's Mojo Short

rated 5 of 5 stars Comfortable, versatile, light, dries fast, well made. The short is very simple, which I find to be a good thing.  One of the best buys I have made.  I use these every day in the summer. I climb with them as the elastic band is non constrictive.  Sometimes I run with them.  They have two front pockets and a back one.  They are also comfortable to wear over tights if climbing in winter.  They dry fast, but are non adjustable.  I have had them for years and they show no signs of wear.  Full review

Pearl Izumi Pursuit 7" Shorts

rated 4 of 5 stars Stretchable, breathable, transfer dry shorts are great for running, hiking, or the gym. Supportive inner liner for comfort. Whether you are running, hiking, or just working out in the gym you can't beat the comfort of Pearl Izumi Pursuit shorts. Available in 3-, 5-, and 7-inch inseam lengths, Pursuit Shorts offer a lot of comfort in a lightweight package. Constructed from polyester and elastane they have just the right amount of stretch while providing excellent breathability and the ability to… Full review

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

Top-Rated Active Shorts

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
prAna Mojo Short reviewed Dec 1, 2016
$35 - $50
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Pearl Izumi Pursuit 7" Shorts reviewed Nov 30, 2016
$55 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Class V Trunk reviewed Jan 6, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Columbia Whidbey II Water Short reviewed Aug 11, 2014
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Strider Shorts reviewed Apr 25, 2013
$39 - $65
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hind Race Day Short reviewed Apr 2, 2013
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Baggies Longs reviewed May 14, 2010
$24 - $34
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Class V Cargo Trunk reviewed Apr 20, 2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Cascade Creek II Water Short reviewed Apr 20, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Tenacitee Short reviewed Aug 25, 2009
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Pacer Advance Short reviewed Aug 18, 2009
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Slim Kickins Shorts reviewed Oct 13, 2008
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Range Short reviewed Apr 27, 2008
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Sage Burner Shorts reviewed Feb 3, 2008
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Patagonia Baggies Shorts reviewed Jun 16, 2014
$24 - $55
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Strider Pro Short reviewed Aug 26, 2017
$32 - $69
Arc'teryx Aptin Short
La Sportiva Belay Short
CW-X Pro Fit Shorts
Tasc Performance Flex
Under Armour Tech Short
$25 - $29
Marmot Pulse Short
$44 - $54
prAna Seaton Short
Marmot VIM Short
The North Face Pacific Creek 2.0 Short
Smartwool PhD Short
Mountain Hardwear Class IV Short
La Sportiva Oliana Short
$41 - $43
Tasc Performance Endorphin Short
Mammut MTR 201 Tech Shorts
Arc'teryx Incendo Long Short
$59 - $70
Arc'teryx Lyra Short
The North Face Pura Vida 2.0 Shorts
Outdoor Research Turbine Shorts
Salomon Float Shorts
Outdoor Research Amplitude Shorts
$48 - $54
The North Face Better Than Naked Long Haul Short
La Sportiva Board Short
$48 - $75
La Sportiva Flash Jumper Active Short / Tanks & Sleeveless Top
The North Face Whitecap Boardshorts
$29 - $45
Sierra Designs Stretch Trail Short
REI Bolongo Board Shorts
Columbia Coral Point II Short
$26 - $35
Mammut MTR 71 Shorts
$60 - $64
CW-X Pro Shorts
$50 - $79
White Sierra Crystal Cove River Shorts
$5 - $18
Marmot Crux Short
La Sportiva Nirvana Short
$55 - $63
La Sportiva Rapid Short
Dynafit Trail DST Short
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