User Review: The North Face Men's Paramount Cargo Short
Source: received it as a personal gift
Quick dry nylon shorts are good for a wide variety of outdoor activities. I like the lightweight material, the pockets, and the belt and belt loops that comes with these. The fabric does a nice job repelling light rain and spray, and the front pockets have mesh so they drain quickly. A nice pair of shorts from The North Face
- great nylon fabric
- usable pockets
- belt loops and included belt
- comfortable fit
- pockets close with velcro
- no drain holes for cargo and back pockets
These shorts were a birthday gift that I have worn quite a bit this summer. I was looking for an alternative to the running shorts I usually wear for hiking, and my wife found these. Well done! i cannot yet comment on durability, but these are my impressions after wearing them a number of times on day hikes.
FIT AND FINISH IS VERY GOOD
The shorts have a loose fit and are medium length, about knee length for me. By loose, i mean that there is plenty of room in the legs and seat, and they don't bind or constrict your movement at all. You don't need to be skinny to wear them comfortably. the waist has elastic on either side (but not in the back), and the shorts have belt loops and an included belt to keep them from riding down. Note that the belt is narrow but the belt loops are wide - you could replace the included belt with something wider or more robust if you want. At the same time, there isn't so much fabric that you're at risk of snagging them on branches.
As you can see, the shorts snap shut and have a quick release belt bucket; they have a lightweight zipper. i like that the buckle is low profile, so it does not interfere with a hip belt when I'm hiking. also, note that the stitching is consistent and even - no manufacturing flaws that i could find. i like the included belt but could envision situations where the wider belt loops would be useful.
the shorts have cargo pockets on each side, with some gussets so they can expand a little, and velcro closures. i assume the velcro will wear out over time, as that has been my experience with other shorts. Though it isn't easy to see here, the front pockets both have partial mesh, so they drain; the cargo pockets and back pocket don't have drain holes, which I would have appreciated. note the back pocket and the location of the elastic in the photo below.
THE NORTH FACE CHOSE A GREAT FABRIC
They just got it right. The nylon has some texture and 'hand' to it. It is not ultralight material. As a result, I have no fear about snagging, tearing, abrasions, and they don't have any signs of wear despite quite a bit of use. we'll see how they fare as the months turn into years. The material has DWR and sheds light rain really nicely, and the material dries pretty quickly, except for the insides of the cargo pockets and the elastic parts at the waist. To the extent you care for a pair of shorts, these are also UPF 30. I liked how they dried fairly quickly after rain showers.
I REACH FOR THESE SHORTS OFTEN
I have worn these shorts on several day hikes, almost always while wearing a mid-sized backpack (40-60 liters). most of my hiking is near the Potomac River or adjacent woods, so i do a fair bit of rock-scrambling and end up in the water a fair bit to check things out or chase my dog. These shorts are comfortable to hike in, apparently sturdy in terms of handling abrasion, reasonably lightweight, and very capable for wet conditions. on a few hikes, they mostly dried out after i pushed forward through steady rain; they repel water well. The loose fit and mid-weight nylon is comfortable for hiking in very warm mid-atlantic summer weather.
Though I have minor quibbles with the design, I am basically very happy with these shorts.