Patagonia Dispatch Shorts



Really nice fabric, really well-made (as is typical…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Fabric: polyster/nylon
Fill: none
Price Paid: $50

Really nice fabric, really well-made (as is typical for Patagonia products). However, I just can't love these shorts. They are too long. 12" inseam is just too much. 10" would be perfect.

The pockets kind of suck. There are two back pockets (which is great, because most Patagonia shorts do not have 2 back pockets for some strange reason), but neither of the back pockets are secured (zip or velcro or anything) so wallets and car keys are always at risk of going missing. Instead, there is a secured mini-pocket with a zip inside the front left pocket. So, at least they provide one secure option; but it's too small for a wallet though and is very uncomfortable with the key fob for my car keys. I find this pocket arrangement frustrating and pretty inadequate.

The fit is also a bit awkward for me. I'm not 100% sure if I can get the terminology right on this, but I think these shorts don't have enough 'rise.' They ride too low on my hips. They fit like surf trunks in that respect. I understand that surf trunks are supposed to ride low. But these are not surf trunks. These are shorts that I want to be able to hike in, climb in, travel with and wear around town. These are always creeping down in back and exposing the top of my underwear. That might be cool for teenagers who want to look like a rap star, but it's a deal-killer for me.

I guess I'm just not down with the fashion scene enough for these shorts.

Where to Buy

sponsored links
Help support this site by making your next gear purchase through one of the links above. Click a link, buy what you need, and the seller will contribute a portion of the purchase price to support Trailspace's independent gear reviews.

Patagonia Dispatch Shorts


The Dispatch Shorts has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$45.50 - $65.00

The Patagonia Dispatch Shorts is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen March 10, 2010 at Moosejaw.

Recently on Trailspace

Suaoki SunPower 14W Solar Charger Review

Oboz Men's Campster Review

Outdoor Research Men's Alti Mitts Review

Renogy Portable Outdoor Water Filter Review

Toaks Titanium Backpacking Wood Burning Stove (small) Review