User Review: The North Face Men's Paramount Cargo Short
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45
Bought an earlier version of these shorts in 2002. Have put them through all kinds of abuse since then. They are still going strong and the Velcro is only now starting to lose its grip. Great all around hiking shorts that will stand up to briers and scrapes that would send lessor shorts to the rag bag.
- Extremely durable
- A shorter, 10" in seam that's getting harder to find
- Dries overnight
- Velcro started to wear out after 11 years (is that a con?)
- One Velcro patch had to be re-sewn on after 3 years
I bought these shorts on sale at Macy's of all places in 2002 for $45; not realizing I would still be stuck with them 11 years later. Fortunately I chose a color I like, grey, and my size, medium, has stayed the same. They fit me very well and are not overly long in the inseam.
I grew up in the 70s and 80s when guys wore short shorts, so it's hard for me to like many of the knicker length "shorts" sold today. The waist band has some elastic and there is a built-in web belt.
The material is basically the same nylon that is used in the 2013 Paramount shorts and pants, meaning it's a bit heavier than many shorts offered, but the increase in thickness provides a bunch more durability. For me, the material breathes well, gets plenty of ventilation through the legs, and dries overnight from a late day creek washing.
On a hot day anything I have in the pockets will lock sweat against your skin so you have to watch out for that. The only areas of wear I notices are a little shining in the bottom area along with a little piling. About 3 years into wear, one of the Velcro squares came off of one cargo pocket and had to be sewn back on. Other than that, the Velcro on the cargo pockets and one back pocket are starting to wear out, but I didn't notice that until last year (10 years into wear).
My shorts have front and rear slash pockets versus the square cut rear pockets that most pants have these days. I like them better as I can get into the pockets with a waist pack on when I want to. Lastly, the shorts are cut close enough that it's easy to put on rain gear without them riding up.