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Gramicci Original G-Shorts

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Gramicci Original G-Shorts hiking short

Comfiest shorts I've owned. Probably too good to waste on everyday wear—but here in the frozen north, how will I ever know?


  • Super quality materials
  • Well stitched
  • Great design, for active use
  • Roomy pockets
  • Foolproof fastening
  • Soft but durable
  • Easy care


  • Not a budget buy
  • Some folks would prefer a zipper
  • Only one secure pocket (maybe two, on the 2021 version?)

I bought my first G pants in 2005 and picked up a pair of shorts, in the sale at REI, in 2008. $22 for a pair of shorts? When there were perfectly serviceable and hardy ones, at Target, for three bucks?

Gramicci design good stuff. The shorts are made of soft touch, burly cotton, with generous and careful stitching, three roomy pockets, a diamond panel crotch insert, and simple waist adjustment, via some elastic and a webbing belt.

They don't look baggy but are roomy where it counts for climbing and other strenuous activities. They wash easily, dry reasonably quickly, and are more durable than such soft material should be. My favourite warm weather travelling, sightseeing, hiking, and paddling shorts—perhaps ever.

I wouldn't run in them (too heavy)—and they'd probably have worn out before now if they did climbing duty on abrasive Scottish crags. They are understated—the cutoff Chinos of outdoor wear. No garish colours or endless cargo pockets. I like them very much.

Still in production, without obvious modification. If the ones they sell today are anything near this quality, I should buy another pair.


Thirteen years of summer wear...occasionally;-)

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Sale! $22

It is soft and good quality material. True to size.


  • Material
  • Quick dry
  • Light

It is soft and good quality material. True to size.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $17.52

The older Gramicci shorts are so comfortable that I have literally worn them out (almost 20 years of use). The "new" ones are really bunched up along the waist and ride MUCH higher on the hips.

I pay to get the new ones modified, and then they will last another 20 years!!!!

Fabric: cotton only—the nylon ones are NOT comfortable
Price Paid: $30

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