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These shorts are awesome! The fabric is so light you can barely feel them. They don't bunch up, which is a problem for me with similar styles. I did have to go one size up, but happy with the fit. They also dry really quickly if you're walking in the surf or paddling.
Runs small/liner not intact
Not super comfy. The inner liner needs more elastic to secure to the body while running.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 24, 2023
Thank you so much for writing this review, Jennifer! We are incredibly sorry to hear about the difficulties you've experienced with these shorts. Please feel free to start your [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time as we want you to be completely satisfied with all of your Patagonia products.
I already own 2 pairs - so light!! hiking , running, swimming, beach, and just around the house - dry up super quickly . Ride low at the waste but I like that. Only thing I would add is a zipper pocket - to secure an ID and a key while running - I sewed the 1/2 top edge of back pocket and I slide my ID in there . So almost perfect :)
My favorite running shorts
These are my favorite running shorts and have accumulated several pairs over the past few years. They're lightweight, breathable, comfortable, and don't ride or bunch. They last a long time, too. Haven't had any issues with them, and I run almost every day. Highly recommend them!
Comfy and durable
So far I'm loving these shorts -- I initially bought an XXS, but it was way too small so I sized up and it's perfect. I'm liking the lined undies inside and they're great for running and hiking. I'm also quite short so these are a good length for shorties like me.
The best shorts I have
The best shorts I have ever worn! Extremely flattering cut, soft fabric that does not rub even on a very long run. They stay in place while hiking and dry very quickly. I have hand washed them multiple times because I wanted to wear them again and they come clean very easily. Excellent product! I need to order another pair!
Not as thrilled w these!
Not as thrilled w these! They seem a little short and small for a small size! F he Ave not worn trying to figure if I going to return or not!
Response from PatagoniaJune 22, 2022
Sounds like we missed the mark on that one! Please let us know if you need any assistance with sending in a return. We also passed your thoughts along to our Design Team. Thank you so much for your feedback.
I am 510, athletic, weigh approximately 140lbs and a medium fits perfect (28 waist in most jeans). I absolutely love these shorts and the liner inside fits perfect, usually I cant stand shorts with a liner because they are baggy in the butt and feel like they are cutting off the circulation in my legs but not with these shorts. Only thing I would m... Read Moreaybe add or change is make the little pocket on the back with a zipper closure but definitely not a deal breaker for me as I have 4 pair and waiting for more colors to become available.
Perfect Short for Summer!!
To note, I am 5'4" 190 lbs and ordered an XL - which fit PERFECT! not tight at all and not big - pure perfection! The length is perfect! All around, an amazing short. I will be ordering more colors. The weight of the short is perfect for summer and washes/dries quickly!!
ABSOLUTE STAPLE ITEM
I have these shorts in almost every color, and I order several new pairs each year. They are my all-time favorite running shorts! I wear them hiking, running, kayaking, walking the dog, and even just doing chores around the house. They are incredibly comfortable and versatile, but the real bonus is that they have such a flattering profile. My husba... Read Morend loves me in these shorts even more than I do!!!!! Win Win, folks.
This is a great short for walking/running and summer activities. I fell between XS & S sizes and ended up going with the small. The liner shorts are just a little too loose but Id rather that than the overall snug fit of the XS. For reference Im 56, 120lbs and wear a 26 in denim.
Comfortable, good-looking shorts!
I've got a pair of these shorts in blue, and they're my new favorites!! Great for running and working out, and just a hot summer day. They fit perfectly and are soo comfortable, and I love that they have a zippered pocket! Excellent shorts all around, highly recommend!
It's like I'm not Wearing Shorts at All
My friend recommended these shorts to me after we met up for the day and suggested I get a size up. I'm usually a small in shorts, but the mediums I fit perfectly and feel like I'm not even wearing them. I can move freely, they breathe well and I look forward to wearing them.
Liner elastic was stretched out
I got these in the mail today. Was super psyched until I noticed that the elastic on the liner leg holes were all stretched out. There is no elasticity at all. Why would the elastic be stretched out? The shorts fit great, but the liner looks like saggy underpants. Tried them on a run and kept getting wedgies.
Response from PatagoniaJuly 30, 2021
Hi Natalie, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the liner. We appreciate this feedback as its how we improve things for future seasons. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) the shorts to us.
Prefer the older version!
The length is fine, but the internal elastic makes these super snug. I have XS in the previous version a few years back. Those ones are a perfect fit. The current version I have XS and they are almost uncomfortable - especially if I tuck in a base layer top. I definitely recommend they either make the internal elastic looser so the fit is the same ... Read Moreas previous version. OR go back to the tie waist. The one plus with the internal elastic is less bulk and smaller to pack. But I much prefer a happy tummy! Otherwise - great short, super light weight and breathable.
Smalls are a little large; extra-smalls a little small
I love these shorts, and will keep the size small I originally ordered. However, for long-distance runners w/my body type (5'8"; 120lbs), they run a bit big. I love the light fabric and the short inseam, though, so I plan to run them into the ground. (FYI: If you sweat a lot [like I do], try to remember [like I forgot to do] that the colo... Read Morer grey does its very best to announce that fact as widely as possible.)
I love Baggies but These are Better!
I think I bought these 2 weeks ago, they have been washed twice and I have worn them every day. They wash really well, they have become my go-to short. I workout in them (no restrictions while doing a squat), I backpack in them (great under a backpacking waistbelt and don't ride up), I garden in them (they stay put). These shorts are extremely... Read More comfy. One other thing, I don't run but I do walk and hike, when I am doing a neighborhood walk of a couple miles I am able to store my iphone 10 (in a clunky, Lifeproof case) upright in the back pocket, no problem. I am walking or hiking without a pack for 3-4 miles at a time, my shorts don't move and neither does my phone.
I love these!
Overall these shorts are good. I am always looking for shorts that won't ride up while on short runs (~ 2miles) or long hikes. These generally stay where they should during short runs and while walking, however they do run just a tad small I think. I wear a size 6 shorts and sometimes an 8, so I got the medium - I wouldn't say they'r... Read Moree too small, but I certainly wouldn't recommend going down a size. They fit a little more snug in the crotch than I was hoping. Overall, they don't ride up too badly so I can avoid thigh chaffing and they look nice.
I'm usually a pants size 27 (depending on the brand a size 4 or 6), 135lbs, 5'3" and I ordered a medium. A small would have definitely been tight all around, and these are perfect on me with just a little bit of room which I prefer. Overall super light and comfortable!
Love the fit!
These shorts fit like a glove. The cut and style of this shorts waistband is the best. No drawstring needed! On long walks or long runs, they stay nicely in place. The liner is light and airy, and while these are short shorts, I never feel like anything but my legs are showing. Im a little modest so yup, I checked to make sure no cheeks or any othe... Read Morer bits show. These shorts? My comfort zone. Im 5ft 2, about 103lbs
I am 56, 120 lbs and I usually wear a size small. I ordered these thinking they would be great for running and hiking in the summer, but when I received them in the mail, they were enormous. Too short, yet way too baggy. They looked like balloon shorts. I did like the material and design though. However, they justdidnt work for me, sadly I will hav... Read Moree to be returning these. If you are wondering what size to get, size down!
Distance runner's dream
Currently on my third pair. I'm a marathon runner who trains year-round. 5'3", 125lbs with muscular legs. I adore these shorts. I've only had them chafe once in 80 degree heat and love that the waistband is flattering enough to just run in a sports bra. Back pocket fits my iPhone touch but not iPhone 8 with a Lifeproof case (whi... Read Morech is fine for me).
Absolutely love these!
These are by far the best running shorts I've ever purchased. The material is light weight, breathable, and soft. I have done short and long runs in these, hot and cold environments. They continue to be my go to shorts! If I could give more than five stars I would!
The BEST pair of Shorts!!!
I exercise everyday by walking a long distance. I got the black shorts. They are very LIGHT and COOL. After washing the shorts in cold water, I laid them to dry. They dried too quickly that I have worn these shorts to exercise some more. I recommend to others to buy this pair of shorts. Thank you patagonia.com and the Excellent Customer Service. I ... Read Moremay get another pair of shorts.
The Best Shorts in the World.
I exercise a lot and needed a pair of shorts for HOT Oklahoma Summer. I wear this pair of shorts for walking. These shorts are very LIGHT and COOL. I have other shorts of different brands but this pair of shorts from Patagonia is the best. I recommend others to buy this pair of shorts. Thank you patagonia.com and the excellent customer service.
Best shorts Ive found
Love these shorts so much for hot Texas weather. I spend a lot of time outdoors and these shorts are perfect. Dry quickly, fit well (loose on me but thats how I like them - 58 about 150lbs), and the pocket in the back fits small essentials like keys and chapstick. I have three pairs already and cant wait for more colors!
I'm 5'7 and 135lbs and I normally order a size small in shorts/pants. I got a medium in these and I'm glad I did. They fit me okay in the butt but the waist is a bit large (can be fixed with drawstring). Wish they had a zipper pocket but glad they have a loop to attach a keyring to. In the future, I'll be ordering shorts with a ... Read Morelonger inseam and perhaps a higher rise. One nice thing is that these shorts are super lightweight and dry quickly. Overall, the product could be improved in sizing but I would still recommend these to a runner (if they don't struggle with thigh rub).
perfect running shorts
These are my favorite running shorts! I used to only wear lululemon shorts (comparable size 2 lululemon to xxs patagonia) and then I got these shorts and they are now my favorite and have been wearing them for 6 months. Perfect length, lots of pocket space in the back waistband for GU gels or keys and don't notice. I run a lot and could wear t... Read Morehese everyday. Get a pair, you won't regret it!
Great pair of workout shorts
Very comfortable and attractive. Wide waist band keeps them in place. Short length is flattering and allows free movement during physical activity. Fitted around waist and upper hips and loose fit at bottom. I'm 5'3 and 122 lbs (usually size 2-4) with slightly wider hips and curvy bottom and XS was way too tight. Small is perfect.
Easily my favorite running shorts
These are the shorts I reach for first- in a drawer filled with many others. Why? They are light, dry fast, and never cling, chafe or ride up. I am in-between a size small and medium, and went for the medium- they are ever so slightly large which is perfect and comfortable. Good waistband, nice styling and all around great running short. Would love... Read More a small zip pocket for my key.
Fashionable, light, packable
I am 135lbs, athletic curvy, 5'4", 28 waist, 38 hips/ mostly size 6 in pants. The Med fits perfect! Not tight around the waist, short but decent, thigh area lose enough, simply comfortable for full day activities. They breathe well and dry quickly. I got the red/orange color and it looks quite fashionable. Last used in 5 day backpacking/ ... Read Moretrail running trip in Escalante, and it was perfect coming in and out of river, 12 mile hikes, hot weather. My favorite outdoor go to shorts. Ready to get my second pair.
Cute & Comfortable
My go to shorts. I have them in three different colors. Im 123 lbs. I have a bubble butt so some of Patagonias stuff doesnt always fit me back there. The fit on these is perfect and they look adorable. Also perfect for days when Im in and out of the water, they dry very quickly.
Needs more/better pockets
Love the feel and fit of these shorts for running and I wear them all the time (though I might get an XS next time). My only complaint is the pocket system, which is a little sketchy. I would love a secure pocket to put my car key in and an extra pocket or two would also be appreciated. The current pocket is large but floppy and open, so nothing fe... Read Moreels very safe back there. Otherwise, theyre one of my favorite shorts!
I have worn many items from Patagonia, and I feel these were the worst. If you have any butt at all, they will not fit. I even ordered a size up and they were so small and rather uncomfortable. I find that your clothes are increasingly being made for those without any shape.
Response from PatagoniaOctober 22, 2020
Hi Beth, thank you so much for your review. We're so sorry the fit didn't work out. In the future we're always happy to provide the exact garment measurements so you can feel confident in your purchase.
The perfect active shorts for this Mum!
I have these shorts in 4 colours, would buy more if available! I wear them bike riding and hiking, and they keep me cool and comfortable. Shortest shorts I have ever owned, but still flattering. I am a challenging shape to buy bottoms for - thick waist and a tummy, but not big hips and thighs. So its hard to find something that fits my waist, witho... Read Moreut being huge everywhere else. These are perfect for me. Stay in place, don't roll down or cut in. Im 5 8 and 165lbs, with a long torso.
Great running short but...
I LOVE these running shorts. They are super lightweight and comfortable. My only critique is that the liner in the shorts fits like bikini underwear and is kind of tight for me so it rides up a bit when I run. I wish the liner was more like full coverage underwear so that it could stay below my bum while I run/or maybe if it was just a little loose... Read Morer? I'm not sure. (I always wear a thong underneath so this the liner is not used for my underwear). Other than that, they're great. However, if you have a bigger bum, definitely give them a try on before!
Just didnt do it for me
The shorts looked better on the model than in real life. They sat much lower on the hips than I expected and the slit also seemed more forward-facing in real life. These also have built-in underwear which wasnt apparent to me from the product description. However Patagonia returns are wonderful and I was able to exchange for another pair that I lov... Read Moreed.
I originally ordered these in a size small (that's what I usually am in Patagonia) but they were too tight. The medium is just right. For reference, I'm 5'6" and 135lbs. I love how light and comfortable they are, and how they move with you and stay put no matter what you're doing. So far, I've used them for running, ha... Read Morenging out, hiking, strength workouts, and yoga. These are the perfect, do-almost-everything short; you won't be disappointed.
Love the colors
I got the red shorts, and I really like the color contrast. They have a lot of stretch which is nice. Unfortunately, Patagonias typical lack of consideration for womens curves is definitely present, as they are very narrow in the hip thigh area. I would also like to see a small waistband key pocket in the front, and a zip on the back pocket so I... Read More wouldnt have to cram my phone and key all in the same open back pocket when I run. These critiques aside, I do like the shorts enough that I would consider buying them in another color. Just buy them on the larger end of your size range if you have a butt.
Love these shorts
The material of these shorts are great and I usually cant find shorts with a liner that I like but these ones are comfortable. I will definitely be ordering another pair soon as they are a favorite for all my outdoor activities, primarily paddle boarding and some upcoming white water rafting and hiking trips. For reference, Im 510 and weigh around ... Read More135lbs.
Comfy hiking shorts
I love these shorts for hiking in hot weather! I will most likely order another pair! I do miss the adjustable draw string and zipper pocket that the older version had. The older version fit much better. More adjustable. All in all, still happy with these shorts.
Not the best for women with thick thighs
I often feel that Patagonia's bottoms don't usually fit women with bigger thighs that touch, or larger butts, or wider hips. However, I love the material, the color options, and what the brand stands for. Thanks, Filipino girl with nice curves.
Easy and comfy
I am 55 and 135-140lb (thicker in the middle) and the mediums fit well. The waistband is soft and forgiving but stay up well. The first pair I had bought on sale and I loved them so much that I bought a second pair after the sale. I use these To run on trails and recently slipped in the creek. They dried quick and seem pretty durable. I would defin... Read Moreitely recommend and will likely buy a third pair.
I run 6-7 days per week, some trails, mostly roads. I mostly love these running shorts, with just a couple drawbacks. I love that they are very lightweight (especially compared to similarly styled running shorts I own by a big name running company). They're nice and short and allow for great range of motion. The first downside is that the line... Read Morer is pretty skimpy, so I don't feel very covered in them; I wouldn't do any crazy stretches in public wearing these. And the second negative is that the pocket in the waistband does not have a zipper. I often drive somewhere to run and like to have a zippered pocket so I know I won't lose my key. If these had a little more liner coverage and a zippered pocket they would be perfect. I did have to return and size up one size and customer service was great.
Amazing workout shorts!
I own two pairs of these already, but I would definitely buy them in every color if I could! Perfect short for the gym or any other fitness activity. I'm 5'8", 140lb, slim/athletic build with average hip width and decent butt and I find the size medium to be PERFECT. I usually wear a size small in all other athletic brands or shorts,... Read More and for jeans I'm a size 2 or 26, but the small in these would definitely be a bit more snug - so size up if you're unsure!!! So worth it.
Great, Versatile Short
I specifically bought these shorts for a vacation to Texas in the summer. I wanted a lightweight, durable short that could dry easily if got wet from the water park or ocean. I love the lilac color! They could replace a pair of bottoms if you forgot your swimsuit, as I used them at the beach while wading in the water. Also, I am not usually a fan o... Read Moref build-in underwear, but these were very comfortable. There is a pocket in the waistband, which is great. Also, there is an adjustable waistband if you need to make more snug. They run a tad on the small size and are short shorts. I am 5'3" and 125 lbs and purchased the size small. I was a bit hesitant to purchase these since they were a bit expensive. However, they turned out to be a great purchase. Overall, great purchase and I recommend!
Low waisted for tall women
The small fit snugly on me and sat a little too low for what I needed the shorts for, which isn’t running so for running shorts they might be perfect. I am 5’9.5” and 130 pound and the small was snug enough that I could wear them as a swimsuit bottom in calm waters.
Short and light
It can be hard for me to tell if I should get the XS or S in Patagonia's clothes. I went with XS and probably should've sized up to S. I tend feel a little self-conscious in these short shorts but they're light and comfortable on hot days. They were the right choice for the day I ran up a 2 mile 8% grade hill in 80 degree weather. Th... Read Moreey're not my favorite choice for the University gym I belong to as an employee.
Good, but weird cut
So, these shorts are comfy as heck as soon as you’ve worn them once. They fit snugly, but not too tight. However, they look a lot shorter than your typical 3.5 shirts due to the way they’re cut. If you do not have super skinny thighs (I don’t) they will definitely ride up while running. They do go up QUITE a bit while sitting. Overall I give them a... Read More 4 because they make me feel great, but I feel like I have to lose some weight to wear them on a run.
Like wearing nothing
These shorts feel like you are not wearing anything when on. I prefer to wear these for hiking and not so much running, because it seems like they are built for ladies with smaller butts. Personally, the lining doesn't stay in place; not to a point where it gives a wedgie but enough for it to be awkward. Despite this, I really love them!
Cute Pattern, But Different Design Than 2017
I love the pattern of these shorts, but there are a couple things to note. 1) The pocket on the older design had a zip closure. This one just has a waist tuck pocket, which makes it difficult to carry something heavier like a key without losing. 2) Built in briefs on older version were double-lined. These ones are lighter weight single-lined. Not s... Read Moreure if this a good or bad thing, but they do feel a little lower quality. 3) Older version had an exterior waist tie. This version has eliminated this, which I like.
New model, No new features
This shorts runs really small compared to the last model. Additionally, the fit is more like lululemon speed up short. These no longer have a tie, but have an inner elastic band (don't like) and not does not have a zippered pocket (don't like). I liked the older model because it had a looser fit than the current redesign; the waistband is... Read More stretchy, but not the relaxed fit. The leg are really form fitting, and not as comfortable as the last model. Most distressing is the new pocket design; not zippered and on the waist band. The zippered pocket really made sure that loose keys stayed in place. I also miss the tie waist, really kept the shorts in place when wet or moist.
Response from PatagoniaAugust 30, 2019
We're sorry to hear you're disappointed with this new design. Please feel free to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) it back to us and let us know if you have any questions.
I have 3 pair of these shorts - love them for running. But all 3 are size smalls (purchased several months apart) and the latest pair (small) are tiny compared to the others. Unfortunately I live overseas and the return process is too arduous or I would send them back.
Cute but small-ish
This is my first pair of non-baggie/barely baggie shorts from Patagonia. I love the color of the lavender/grey short- and the length is what I expected. The shorts are tightest across the crotch area, like another reviewer mentioned. If you are looking for a looser fit, or in between sizes, I would suggest sizing up. (There is an adjustable waistba... Read Morend (; ). Overall, I am excited to take these out running.
Hey! I picked these because these seemed to be the longer of the two shorts. These are great but they still feel a little short to me and I really wish there was bigger and better pockets. The one pocket in the back barely holds a phone. I am a bit pocket obsessed, I'll admit but I really wish folks made women's clothing with multiple and... Read More practicle pockets.
perfect everyday running shorts
I am an avid trail/ultra runner so I am out running 5+ days a week and these are perfect for the shorter/medium runs when I don't need all the pockets that the Strider Pros have. I love the wide waist band, so comfy! They are very flattering too. They stay in place perfectly and don't ride up or fall down on me. Overall I feel like Patago... Read Morenia trail running stuff runs a bit small. I'm normally a size small in most everything else Patagonia, I'm 5'6" 135 lbs and went with a medium.
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