Patagonia Strider PRO Shorts

Reviews

3

Light but protective short that gets out of the way,…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars

Summary

Light but protective short that gets out of the way, yet lets you carry tons of stuff.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Light
  • Breathable
  • 5"
  • 5 pockets for ample storage

Cons

  • Durability of pocket area?
  • Bit pricy
  • Waistband bit thick

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 case they would sag on you. I can't speak for everybody of course, but the fit on me is great, and the adjustability makes me think it would fit most people very well..

The elastic waistband, comfortable as it is, is a bit on the thick side. So if you would wear a hydration belt or something over it, it could be a warm or irritable spot. I haven't had this issue myself though. 

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iPhone 5 in the longer, far side pocket (I think it would easily fit an iPhone 6 and bigger but haven't tried).

Pockets

This is where these shorts shine. The Strider Pro Shorts have one zippered pocket in the middle, and two additional pockets on each side for a total of 5 separate pockets. You can add your phone in the middle zippered pocket, or put it in one of the larger side pockets. Fits my iPhone 4 or 5 perfectly.

What I like is whatever I have put in there stays tight and secure, without much flapping about. That being said, I'm not one to completely overload these pockets. I can put a small camera in the larger side pockets, but this causes a slight pulling because of the weight. It is more secure in the zippered back pocket. A light but bit bulkier wind vest is fine for me in the side pockets, and I really enjoy the way these shorts allow me so much freedom to arrange a different set up.

I often speed hike or run with a vest or fastpack and I sometimes add a waist belt. Sometimes for more space, but often just for extra organisation, to make it easier to get stuff in and out of my pockets. With the Strider Shorts Pro I mostly leave a waist belt behind, unless I need to add way bigger items like an extra soft bottle or large maps.


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Centre pocket with zipper, two side pockets on either side.


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The load from the above photo: camera in centre pocket, gels in far right side pocket (nothing in other right side pocket), keys, whistle, torch, mini knife in left side pocket, wind shirt in far left pocket.

Not my typical load, but it — and more — fit easily. 

 

Material

The front and back are of a thin but strong 50d polyester. The sides and pockets are a mesh material that noticeably helps with breathability in hot weather. I love this mesh, but think it might also be the weakest link of these shorts. I have not had any issues at all - even when taking some good falls and sliding down on my bum, but the mesh part on the back might wear down before anything else.

 
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Fell and slid down on rocky trail with this pair, not a scuff mark to see. Waistband on the thick side, but is comfortable and stays on your waist.

 

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Mesh pockets and ventilation sides, 50d polyester with a DWR on front and back. 

Love

All in all I think these are amazing shorts that are super comfortable and give you a lot of ways to carry and organise your small but essential items. They're a bit pricy, but if you are out there a lot, I think they're most definitely worth it. 

Daniel Oates

Thanks for the review, Jakuchu. I have a handy little pocket like that in a dri-fit Nike shirt located on the back, along the waist. Look like a good pair. I like lightweight, dry fit shorts. The obvious trade-off is pocket storage; it keeps me going back and forth between pairs. Thanks!


18 days ago
Jakuchu

Daniel - Agree, and overall the more minimal or lighter the better! There are all kinds of conditions of usage and surroundings, and all kinds of preferences of course. For me, especially going for long mileage in the mountains, no aid stations etc. etc. I like the extra options for storing stuff. What inseam does your dry-fit shorts have? In Japan I have only found really long basketball shorts (think knee or just above) or ultra ultra short racing shorts that, don't cover all male parts.


17 days ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice review, Jakuchu! Thanks for sharing it. I'll have to consider the women's versions of these when I'm ready to replace some of my old running shorts. I personally like a small zippered pockets on shorts if I need to bring something like a key, but admit that I'm otherwise one of those who hate carrying anything bulky in pockets if possible, so I'm impressed by all you fit in there. Great review!


16 days ago
Jakuchu

Hi Alicia - that amount of kit was just an example though. I also dislike putting so much stuff in there, even though it is totally doable. I do very much like to put my phone or camera in there, have a pocket for trash, another pocket for sunscreen or something, etc. I could fit it all in one or two pockets perhaps, but I like that when I take one thing out, the other items (like trash) don't come falling out.


16 days ago
Brett Cottrell

+1 for how awesome these shorts are. I can confirm that an iPhone 6 in a rather large case will fit in the side pockets very well. However, the first couple of long runs with my phone in there left me with a bit of chafing just beneath the waist band under the top of the phone. That has since subsided and I throw a little glide on in that spot for peace of mind. Also, I'm a fairy tall guy at 6'2" and wish I had sized up in these to a large when most shorts call for a medium for me to get the waist to fit. All in all, these are absolutely as awesome as you've described. Thanks for the review!


13 days ago
bigskyrunner

if they made these in 7" inseam, I'd have a pair in my dresser now :)


13 days ago
Jakuchu

Brett, cheers. I'm roughly an inch shorter than you and I also normally take a Medium. These are Medium too, but it's the first time I felt I could also have gone with Large.


12 days ago
Jakuchu

bigskyrunners deserve short shorts. They have a non-pro version with 7", but no pockets. They're not sprint/racing short though - I'd say go up one size and give them a go!


12 days ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks, Jakuchu. I actually have started looking at the women's navy versions, based on your review. I have to wait till that color is back in stock though.


12 days ago
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The first running shorts I've owned in a long, long…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 35 Euros

Summary

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.

Pros

  • Side pockets for gels, mp3 player, etc.
  • Rear pocket for keys, money and more
  • Cool
  • Comfortable liner

Cons

  • About 1" too short

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, athletic shorts don't fit all that well because they tend to be cut for the "skinny guy with no butt". In this case, even though they seem to fit me best when I wear them a little lower than my other shorts, they fit really well and feel really good. There's a drawstring inside which I haven't, thus far, needed to use as they ride quite securely with the elastic waistband.

The fabric is a combination of mesh and a more solid fabric. On the sides and on the top portion of the rear there's a nice mesh that seems to help vent the shorts. The side pockets are an elastic mesh that expands to fit a fairly large number of gels, bars, etc.

From all indications, the shorts will last me a really long time. They're Patagonia and all my previous experiences with the company have been positive and I can't imagine that the Strider Pro Shorts will be any different.

One thing I have noticed, which seems to be 'normal' for me is that once they're sweat soaked, the inside of the legs rides up a bit. I believe that has more to do with the size of my legs and my running style than the shorts though.

After 3 or 4 runs (roughly 75 km), I can already see that these are going to become my favorite running shorts. They are more comfortable and definitely cooler than any others that I have. The only thing I'd change is to make them about 1" longer.