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Hiking Shorts

The best hiking shorts, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on May 13, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Hiking Short Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Shorts

Super comfortable, stretchy shorts that dry fast. Ferrosi fabric is durable but not bomb-proof. I'm a big Outdoor Research fan as much for their gear as their awesome customer service. I'm now on my second pair of OR Ferrosi Shorts and feel I've gotten my money's worth. These are made with the same material used for the Ferrosi Jacket, so they're designed to offer great stretch, a quick dry, breathability and some durability. If you've purchased OR you know the sizing can be a little hit and miss. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Patagonia Stand Up Shorts 7"

Sturdy 7-ounce organic cotton shorts build a nice bridge between casual wear and hiking/outdoorsy pursuits. They have a double fabric seat and generously-sized pockets front and back, metal zipper, belt loops. Highly abrasion-resistant, they last for years. On the downside, the fabric is heavy for people who want a lighter-weight pair of shorts, and they take a long time to dry. INTRODUCTION Patagonia’s Stand Up Shorts have been around for a long time. I bought my first pair in the mid-1980s and… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gramicci Original G-Shorts

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Arc'teryx Rampart Long Short

A comfortable, roomy pair of shorts, for long days in the mountains. Sometimes you have a piece of hiking clothing that you take for granted. That piece that is always there and you don't have to worry about them. For me, this is the Arc'teryx Rampart Long Shorts. I bought these ten years ago, and they are still going strong. (photo: Hamilton Gorge in the High Sierra Trail) The fit is true to size, and the 12.5" inseam reaches just to the (my) knees. They are roomy for those big steps up or when… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Royal Robbins Traveler Stretch Short

So many great features combined into one awesome pair of shorts. The Royal Robbins Traveler Stretch Shorts are now my go-to shorts for numerous activities. I received these shorts, along with several other items, as a prize for being Trailspace's “Reviewer of the Month”.One of the first things that I noticed when I first started inspecting these shorts was the quality. They are well made and have great stitching. Stylish enough to pair with a nice shirt and wear out in town and versatile enough… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Kühl Z Cargo Short

Pricey but very well made hiking shorts with thoughtfully designed pockets and waist size adjustment feature. You can tell the designers really did sweat the minor details of these shorts, thus the higher price. Wish list: Shorten the inseam and use a slightly heavier cloth so the fiddly inner sash button can be eliminated; add a couple more belt loops to the waist or perhaps make provisions for suspender buttons.   I like both, the hanging hook loop sewn in next to the back belt loop and the alpine… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
RailRiders Jammin' Short

Best pair of shorts I have ever owned. Still wear two pairs that are 10+ years old and have hiked 500+ miles. These are the best all-purpose shorts I have ever owned. I rarely wear anything else. They are lightweight, comfortable, and extremely rugged. I have spent months at a time hiking/bushwhacking in just a single pair and the only hole they have is from a stray ember during a summer bonfire. The elastic waist makes them comfortable and they fit nicely on a variety of waist sizes. They dry super… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Sierra Designs Dricanvas Short

These shorts have the pockets you need and the fit you want if you are serious about hiking and backpacking. They look nice, feel great, and are clearly designed with the backpacker in mind!! These shorts fit really well. They allow for a full athletic range of motion. When wearing a pack there is no abrasion or rubbing of any kind. I prefer a bottom layer to have belt loops instead of the integrated belts. I find the built in belts always get tangled and rarely remain tight. Adding my own webbing… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gramicci Original G-Shorts

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