Patagonia Baggies Shorts
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $49
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 made for babies on up to men's and women's.
- Durable (abrasion-resistant)
- Lightweight (4.8 oz)
- Quick draining pockets
- DWR treated (water-resistant)
- Nice length (5")
- Available in a variety of colors and patterns
- Come with a lifetime warranty
- Flattering fit
- No zippered pocket
- Pricey (but worth it)
My Patagonia Baggies have been through it all. I love these shorts! I would literally wear them every day if I could. I bought them primarily for hiking because I had heard so many great things about them. They are perfect for hiking because they have pockets (but they are not big baggy cargo pockets), they resist abrasion and water, they are breathable and comfortable, and they do not chafe. Nowadays, ladies' shorts tend to be rather short (3" inseam), but the 5" inseam in these is the perfect length for me. They are great for any water sport.
Fit and Comfort:
I think Patagonia has nailed the perfect fit with their Baggies. I wear a medium and the length falls just past my finger tips. They have more than enough room to move and perform active sports, but they still maintain a flattering fit. The bottom leg openings are cut very wide and sometimes do flare out at the bottom. I have large quads/hamstrings and these accomodate them with extra room. The elastic waistband and drawcord make the fit adjustable. The waistband also stays in place when you have a pack on. The supple nylon is very soft and feels very nice.
Baggies are water-resistant, but not waterproof. They do very well in a drizzle, but in a hard rain they will soak. This is no problem though because they dry in a flash. I used them while hiking The Mist Trail in Yosemite. I was completely drenched by Vernal Fall, but the Baggies dried so quickly that it was no problem at all.
Baggies hot tubbing in Mammoth Lakes, CA
Baggies are very breathable. In fact, I wish that Patagonia made Baggies pants that I could hike in. The supple nylon fabric reminds me of softshell material. I think another key to their breathability is the width of the bottoms.
Baggies are very abrasion-resistant. I hike through rough terrain constantly with these and have no problem with them tearing on branches. I have also slid down a rock waterslide with them and they didn't tear up at all. The nylon is actually pretty thick and is very durable. My dogs also jump on me all the time and they haven't even torn them.
I have really addressed all of the functions already, but I do wish that Patagonia would include a zippered security pocket somewhere. That is the only thing that I would change about them.
Baggies do not have any rear pockets.
I have had these shorts for three years now and have worn them all over the place through a range of activities. They have held up exceptionally well and still look as good as they did when I bought them. If I am going anywhere spring, summer, or fall, you can bet that my baggies are going with me. If you don't have a pair, you are missing out!
**To all you guys out there, Baggies are also the perfect swim trunks.**
These are the ultimate shorts. They will go everywhere, do anything with you. As long as it's warm, and you don't mind looking like you're wearing baggies, the baggies will do the trick. They are fantastically quick drying, and cool for those hot days.
I wear them kayaking when I am in and out of the water, and they are awesome.
Where to Buy
Here's what other sites are saying:
Patagonia's Baggies Shorts have been up for anything or nothing for decades; made of 100% nylon with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish If it's been done, it's been done in Baggies They are made from a quick-drying nylon with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish, and have a casual fit and an elasticized waistband with internal drawstring Other features include a polyester mesh lining, a rear snap pocket and front pockets (with self-draining mesh corners) that are positioned to reduce drag in the water Inseam is 5"
- SunnySports refers to the men's version
Patagonia Men's Baggies 5IN Short FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Baggies 5IN Short Made of quick-drying Supplex nylon, with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish and 50+ UPF sun protection Elasticized waistband with internal drawstring; quick-drying black mesh liner Vertical side pockets reduce drag in water; pocket bags with drain-and-dry mesh corners; rear snap pocket SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Men's Baggies 5IN Short Weight: 8.1 oz / 230 g Inseam: 5in. Relaxed fit 4.2-oz 100% nylon, with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish and 50+ UPF sun protection Lining: 2.2-oz 100% polyester tricot mesh This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
If it's been done, it's been done in Baggies?. They are made from a quick-drying nylon with a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish and have a casual fit and an elasticized waistband with internal drawstring. Other features include a polyester mesh lining, a rear snap pocket and front pockets (with self-draining mesh corners) that are positioned to reduce drag in the water. Inseam is 5".
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version
A Patagonia classic, the Men's Baggies Shorts are at home in the water, on the trail, and anywhere in between. A DWR coated nylon body lined with comfortable mesh dries quickly and breathes well. The elastic waistband with internal drawcord gives you a casual fit with the ability to tighten when the going gets a little more serious. Patagonia designers have integrated a snap back pocket to secure valuables when you get to bushwhacking.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version