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Men's Iron Forge Hemp® Canvas Cargo Shorts - 11" Reviews

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Ms Iron Forge Hemp® Canvas Cargo Shorts - 11

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September 5, 2023

Durable comfort

Heavy hemp fabric in a comfortable fit and functional style. Love these shorts.

August 12, 2023

Met expectations! Had another pair for years. Similar design and fabric. They are next to "bullet proof".

See title!

August 11, 2023

Great work shorts

I wear these working in the garden and around the yard. They're rugged and comfortable.

July 25, 2023

Excellent shorts, one flaw

I love these shorts, i have several pair and i wear them daily. They fit great, are comfortable and very well made. The single issue i have with them is the depth of the angled side pockets; you have to reach down to about your kneecaps to reach whatever has settled to the bottom, and on the way down you catch your watch or coat sleeve on the the o... Read Moreuter edge of the pocket and then jam your fingers on the thick seam of the outer cargo pocket which intrudes through the thin liner. If there were a nested shallow pocket in addition to the deep one that would solve the issue.

July 11, 2023

Perfect summer shorts!

Excellent product; as advertised; fits fine and very durable looking; good job!

July 6, 2023

Very comfortable

These are the most comfortable and durable shorts I have ever owned. I prefer longer shorts and these go to just above my knees. Great quality, they are nice and thick and should last a very long time. I may buy another pair in the other color.

June 5, 2023

Too big

I am short with heavy muscular legs yet these pants had enough material below the waist to make another pair. I returned them to the local store and the 34 inch was tight in the waist but the rest of the pant fit extremely well. I use to only buy Patagonia but you no longer make clothes that fit my body type. Disappointing!

Response from Patagonia
June 8, 2023

Hello Geoffrey, thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that you're having trouble finding a good fit with our gear. If you come across any other items of interest, feel free to connect with [customer service](*cipqiv*_ga*NjQ4MDAzMDY0LjE2ODI5NTAxOTA.*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY4NjI0NDY4NC45Ni4wLjE2ODYyNDQ2ODQuNjAuMC4w) and we'd be happy to send some measurements over to help you decide what size would work best.

May 30, 2023

Made on the Mark!

This is my first pair of hemp shorts from Patagonia. That being said, I have been wearing the Stand-Up shorts since the early days and have managed to get many, many years out of the standard duck canvas. These are Heavy Duty! Burly in the hand and on the hips (in a good way) They are tailored perfectly and the details are spot on. Belt loops perfe... Read Morectly placed, gusseted crotch, bar tacking in the critical areas, and the drop-in pockets are perfect for edc knives/tools. Ordering a second pair in the Clove, just wish they were available in more than 2 color options. As always, very satisfied with Patagonias mission and quality. Over 40 years of satisfaction for me and will continue to recommend in the future!

May 8, 2023

Worst alpine shorts

Returned immediately. Too heavy, ugly material. Missing center snaplink.

Response from Patagonia
May 9, 2023

Hey Joe, we're sorry these didn't work out. These shorts are made for work wear endeavors, not the alpine per se; just a small detail we wanted to point out! You can check out our other short options [here](

May 8, 2023

Strange Fabric

Unbelievably heavy. Odd fabric, I describe it as a cross between homespun and an upholstery fabric. Definitely wouldn't work for hiking or running.

Response from Patagonia
May 17, 2023

Hi Darlene! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear about the disapointment with the shorts. These are designed as work shorts so they're built for durability. If you're interested in a hiking short we'd recommend taking a look at our [Men's Outdoor Everyday Shorts](

May 8, 2023

My new go to shorts.

I lived my life in baggies, now I am seriously retired but still spent a lot of time outside. Did not know that these were what I needed. Two of my former canyon buddies also bought a pair. Hate when they are in laundry cycle-might have to use a gift card for a second pair.

May 6, 2023

My husband loves them!

The color is great, he really likes the way they fit him, the pockets are deep, which he really enjoys, he is very happy with them!

May 6, 2023

My husband loves them!

We got two pairs! They fit great, dry really fast, a bit heavy in my opinion, but I am not the one wearing them! He is very happy with them!

May 3, 2023

My go to.

I love these shorts! Ive got three pairs and rotate them constantly. They dont wear out! My only issue is that they need more colors available. Thanks

April 29, 2023

Love the DeeP pockets

Hemp is the way to go! These are very comfortable and hardy shorts. I love the deep pockets compared to the shallow ones on other brands. At first I questioned that lack of snaps, buttons or velcro closure for the cargo pockets, but I have yet to make a final decision. So if you are considering these shorts, I suggest buying them. I Especially appr... Read Moreeciate the roomy fit. I dislike the tight (i.e., modern) fit. Let me breathe!

April 22, 2023

Perfect shorts for me, just bought 2 more

I wear these shorts for hiking while the weather is warm, about 8 months per year here in So. California. They are perfect for hiking with my dog, as I carry a lot of junk and I don't like packs unless absolutely necessary. I have never had anything fall out of any pocket (as opposed to competitors shorts). The flaps are adequate to keep thing... Read Mores in the cargo pockets and the long pockets keep things in the main front pockets. They may not a sleek and stylish, but I don't care since I'm 70 and I want things to work above everything else. I just hope Patagonia keeps making them, and the pants too. I've been a Patagonia customer for about 45 years and have continued to be amazed at the quality of all their products.

April 19, 2023

Great shorts for getting stuff done

Durable hemp fabric, great cargo pockets. I wear them working in the garden, camping, and out to the pub. They clean up great.

April 15, 2023

Needs Some Tweaks

I bought these because I like having a pair of heavy duty shorts and my favorite style from a different brand has been discontinued. I liked the fit and color, but ended up returning mine. The cargo pockets need velcro to be usable and the other front pockets are way too deep to be usable. The fabric looks durable, but seemed too heavy and given th... Read Moree insulating qualities of hemp, I figured they would get too warm in DC's hot, muggy summers. Fix the pockets, keep the fit and come up with a weight that works in more climes and I'll buy a couple pairs.

Response from Patagonia
April 17, 2023

We appreciate your thoughtful and detailed feedback! You may prefer the lighter weight fabric of our [Men's All Seasons Hemp Canvas Shorts](, but they're still a blend of hemp, polyester and cotton. Thanks for the review, Rich!

March 10, 2023

Great shorts!

I cant say enough good things about these shorts. They wear like iron but are soft enough to have on all the time. I only wish they came in more colors. Actually the whole workwear line is great. Maybe I should be on the pro care program?

December 21, 2022

Best shorts my husbands ever worn!

Got these for my hubby after a recommendation and they live up to their rave reviews. He loves the fit, super sturdy material and loves the deep pockets, the stuff he keeps in them is astounding!! He uses them for work, home and hiking. So I ordered him the other color and pants for Xmas.

November 17, 2022

Apres Ski Short

Heavy duty shorts. Great for changing into after a day of work on the mountain.

November 8, 2022

awesome shorts

I have been wearing Patagonia for decades and like so many of their products I feel these will last for years of use while being comfortable the whole time

September 15, 2022

Built to last

These are the sturdiest shorts I own. Yet are comfortable and have a lot of room in the pockets.

September 14, 2022

Well made and versatile

Good looking short, fits well and plenty of storage. Great for casual wear, work and hiking

August 26, 2022

Solid, heavy, but great

These are heavy, like so heavy they get hot in the summer and tend to fall off me. Also, the sizing is generous. I measure about 2" larger than the size I'm wearing and they're still a bit big. The pockets are enormous, but the flaps could really use some form of button or snap.

August 1, 2022

90s are back!!

Miss your JNCO jeans? The fit of these shorts will cure your nostalgia. The waist is true to size but the rest will have you looking for your Limp Bizkit CD and old Sony Walkman. Still the superb quality materials expected from Patagonia! Little baggy but still great shorts

July 25, 2022

Very fine fit, of very

Very fine fit, of very high quality. I found the ordering process to be simple, delivery was on time and the quality of the two pairs of shorts are excellent. I like the piping that adds to the beauty and style of the shorts, I would certainly recommend Patagonia to others.

July 23, 2022

Very happy with the product.

Very happy with the product. I think one of Patagonia's successes. The usual Patagonia quality and attention to detail throughout. I especially like the fabric - thick and durable yet soft and supple.

July 13, 2022

Love the shorts and will

Love the shorts and will even wear in winter

June 27, 2022

Favorite Work Shorts

I garden professionally and as a hobby. My favorite go-to wear is cargo shorts. Ive tried many brands and was pleasantly surprised by the Iron Forge Hemp Canvas Cargo shorts. After one washing, these shorts were broken in and comfortable to wear all day. I like that the flaps on the cargo pockets do not have Velcro or a snap, as I want easy access.... Read More They are plenty long to cover my thighs with plenty of leg room. I was a little concern about the mustard color, but have warmed up to this unique tone too. I was so happy with these shorts that I bought a second pair a month later.

June 6, 2022

Just needs a few tweaks!

The cloth these shorts are made from is incredible! Unfortunately, the overall effect is marred by a few design defects: 1) you need to offer them in 9 inseam 2) the front pockets are 6 too deep 3) you need flaps on rear pockets 4) you need Velcro on all pocket flaps

June 3, 2022

Well made.

These things might outlast me. Very well made. Love the way they look and feel. 10/10

June 3, 2022

Sizing way off

Ordered in size 34 but way too small

Response from Patagonia
June 7, 2022

Hi Peter, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the shorts didn't fit properly. We'll share this feedback with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

May 18, 2022

Heavy duty material

The cloth is 12.9 oz and offers good protection. Pockets are solid and deep which keeps a wallet and car keys safe. Side pocket flaps are long and thick and so stay flat after washings leaving no need to iron. The fit in the legs looks good, not baggy and not too tight.

May 14, 2022

So Comfortable

These shorts are awesome and so, so comfortable. I only wish they were available in the Ink black and other colors..hint hint.

May 3, 2022

Best shorts out there!!!

For a man who is doing real work but still wanting something clean looking, these are it. Gussited crotch keeps you comfortable when squatting and driving. Tough material holds up to the abuse of chores, kids, and does not stain easy. Overall great deal!

April 10, 2022

Heavy weight, runs large

These are really nice shorts. Purchased for my husband. We live in a warm climate and he felt the fabric was too bulky. Size 32 was large

March 25, 2022

Cargo shorts/hemp

Great product..started with the pants..2 pair! Rugged yet have good feel. Now Im into the shortstrue fit and the giant pockets keep from running back to the truck/shop for tools.More colors!!

March 18, 2022

Super comfy

Bought two pair use for work. Comfortable from the get go, soft, wash well, looks like I'll have these for several years....

March 9, 2022

Very sturdy & durable

Love the shorts but they were a little tight compared to other Patagonia 34's. Time to lose some weight!

March 8, 2022

Like the material. Very "substantial" and warm.

This product/size was out of stock for quite awhile. When it became available, I ordered 2 pair. Very satisfied and expect them to last for years.

March 6, 2022

Comfortable & Huge Pockets

These have quickly become a go to pair of shorts. They fit well, are sturdily made, have sizable pockets, and look great

February 11, 2022

The Perfect Shorts

Ive had these for a few years and they are always my go to shorts. They are comfortable and durable. They look good both casual and with a nicer button down shirt. The pockets are huge so theyre great for traveling. I spray them with scotch guard and wash them about twice a year and they never look dirty. Theyve held up well no tears. I would highl... Read Morey recommend!!

December 11, 2021

sturdy and rugged

love the sturdiness feel of the work wear cargos! the deep pockets are perfect for tool carry and use and I don't worry about them wearing holes in them due to tool carry. great for work if a rugged work short is needed

November 19, 2021

Heavy duty shorts

I really appreciate the quality of the Patagonia products. These shorts are a good example of what I call old school craftsmanship. Not many clothing manufacturers still make clothes that last, cheers to Patagonia!!

November 13, 2021

Great shorts

These are sturdy but comfortable

November 8, 2021

Heavy duty shorts

Durable construction, albeit they are a heavy pair of shorts for everyday wear. Felt broken in from the beginning.

November 1, 2021

Canvas cargo shorts

These were the exact shorts I was looking for for casual wear and especially hiking. Super comfortable, nice deep pockets at the waist level. Useful cargo pockets but would not mind a button to secure the flap. The construction seems very durable- and I expect them to last a long time.

October 8, 2021

Perfect Shorts, Need Better Colors

Been wearing two pairs of these shorts through the pandemic. They fit just a little loose/large, but that's how I like it. Great dog-walking shorts. Drawback: Why does Patagonia always foist either funky colors or limited selection of colors on customers?

October 7, 2021

Cozy shorts

I am not the world's biggest fan of cargo shorts, but I wanted something on the longer side, so these work great. they are comfortable, and you can easily wear them all day.

August 17, 2021


Seems that the pant may last a very long time.

August 8, 2021

Well made

These shorts feel indestructible. Very happy

June 18, 2021

Not for hard work use

Fabric material feels tough, fit is good. Interior of pockets for too wimpy for tools, knives or hardware. Belt loops are lacking in numbers, strength, width and support. Overall, perfect shorts if you want to look like you work, not so great if you actually do work.

Response from Patagonia
June 23, 2021

Hi Rob, thank you for the feedback and we are sorry to hear that these didn't work well for you. We appreciate your feedback. We guarantee everything we make so please feel feel free to [return]( this.

June 7, 2021

GREAT! (Improve front pockets. All season weight?)

Agreeing with all reviews that call out the front pockets as small. My watch hangs up every time, and they are too narrow at the opening. I would also love to see these in the all season weight hemp fabric. Otherwise these are GREAT if kinda small in the waist - just an inch or so.

June 1, 2021

Heavy but tough, some design improvements

Overall I love these shorts. They felt heavy from the start but were just fine working out in 90+ degree heat. All the pockets are great to have when working but the front pocket holes could be much bigger. You need small hands to comfortable get things in and out of the front pockets which made wearing these a nuisance over my other shorts.

May 24, 2021

Super Strong

Super strong material, fit for all sorts of activities!

May 17, 2021

Very comfortable

Really comfortable - seem very well made. Pockets are a little deep. Like the jackets from the same material they seem like they will be quite durable in the long run.

May 10, 2021

Great shorts

Well made and fit great!

April 29, 2021

Super durable

As expected, the shorts feel super durable. I know this shorts will last forever.

April 18, 2021

Just right warmth and feel.

I really like the shorts. Needed a size 34, was not in stock so ordered 33. Did not work, so returned. Waiting for 34s to show up. Great product, great company!

April 11, 2021

Great shorts

I love these shorts! Tough enough to handle anything and still look great! Indeed!

April 11, 2021


Enjoy wearing these sturdy and comfy shorts to work and around town. Also have a pair of hemp overalls and 2 hemp sweat shirts that I like.

February 2, 2021

design improvement

love these shorts, feel like they'll last forever. however, I think they're heavier than they need to be. I find the pair of cargo pockets to be overkill, unnecessary. My advice - make a workwear version of your old tenpenny design. Skip the cargo pockets, put a slash pocket along right leg for a phone. I'll buy a bunch of these!

January 11, 2021

Top shelf quality!

This is the second pair of hemp shorts I have purchased from Patagonia. I love them! They are comfortable and very durable. The pockets are deep, the belt loops work well. They will last for many years. Thanks

November 16, 2020

Year-Round Short

Indestructible, yet very soft! Does need a coin pocket, somewhere...other than that...I love these shorts and they need to make MORE colors, so I can buy them all!

November 8, 2020

Heavy weight shorts

Bomb-proof! Not only tough but perfect for when the temperatures fall. Perfect for anything around the garage, barn or campsite. Mild break in period but as always- worth it!

November 3, 2020

Super comfy

I just bought a second pair after a year and a half of having the first pair......the first ones are still in great shape, but I find myself constantly reaching for these all summer and being bummed when I have to wear a different pair of shorts while these are in the wash.

September 20, 2020

Solid Product!!!

Coming across Patagonia, I started to read more about the company. Really impressed with their mission, vision, and goals. I had never owned any Patagonia products in the past, but was intrigued by their cargo shorts. Always been a fan of cargo shorts and decided to give these a shot. Glad I did! Before purchased I read the various reviews. My take... Read More away is that they are a solid product. Comfortable. Great material. Solid warranty and guarantee. Love the fair trade initiative associated with the product and company. The pockets run deep, but deep enough to were things stay steadily in your pockets and you dont have to worry about anything falling out. No gripes at all. I do wish that there were more colors to choose from. But overall, a very solid product!!!

September 18, 2020

Best pair of shorts I own

I just love these shorts. There is a weight to the hemp you dont get with denim that makes it even nicer and would work great in Spring/Fall or where you have large swings in temperature.

September 17, 2020

Rugged work wear

This is the second pair I purchased.A little pricey for work but will last forever so totally worth it . Theres nothing that compares to the durability

September 17, 2020

Bombproof but heavy and long

I have the iron forge hemp overalls and love them, so thought I'd get the shorts for warmer days. Same bombproof fabric, but the weight of these shorts makes a belt or suspenders a must. Also they are so long, the back hem rubs the inside of my knee on every crouch, which is annoying. They have the cargo pockets that go all the way to the hem ... Read Moreline, so not much ability to shorten them up. Also, Id like a small cell phone pocket on the left side.

September 17, 2020

I didn't keep them.

Material is very heavy and seems like it would be hot in warm weather. Pocket flaps seem huge, heavy, and in the way. All in all I would have liked them to fit slimmer.

September 16, 2020

Awesome shorts

I bought these shorts for my husband. He lives in everything Patagonia. Need I say more? He loves them.

September 16, 2020


I get the feeling these could last for many years. Most of my cargo shorts last one summer.

September 14, 2020

Really Tough

I am hard on work clothes. Gardening is my free time consumer. These are the best work shorts I have owned. I am 6' and wish these were offered in a 10" inseam version

September 14, 2020

Heavy Duty

Runs very large. Heavy duty material. Would wear well in cooler weather. Well constructed. Made for serious hiking over rugged terrain.

September 12, 2020


These are super rugged and a bit longer in the inseam than Id like (cant seem to find any shorts of this type, let alone hemp). So, that makes these a bit heavier in weight than Im used to. But all in all a worthy purchase.

September 10, 2020

Heavy Duty

Great cargo shorts; iron forge fabric is heavy and abrasion resistant as you would expect; the cut is full. It appears they will not shrink in the wash. Use for just about anything! Very happy with these shorts.

September 10, 2020

A Man's Cargo Short

But soft enough for a woman. This is a seriously well thought out and executed piece of kit. The fit is worthy of the name "Patagonia" (functional but not without style). The fabric is Robust (Like I Like it) and is a blend of mostly hemp which is a wise choice. Unless your looking for something on the thin (read labile) side that does no... Read Moret fit well then don't bother but If you are of opposite ilk then by all means...Bother !!

September 9, 2020

Best shorts ever.

Best pair of shorts I own. Heavy duty, but dry quickly and don't wear heavy.

September 9, 2020


Like these a lot, haven't taken them off since they came except to throw them in the wash. Run a little big, thought I'd be a 35 waist, which they unfortunately don't make , but lucky for me the 34s fit great, no need for a belt. Like the deep pockets, keeps things lower on my thigh so they don't bind up while squatting down or ... Read Morefalling out. Thanks for putting them on sale at the end of the season, being a blue collar guy I appreciate that! Love all my patagonia stuff cuz it's so well made, keep it up.

September 8, 2020

Super comfortable

Comfy. Practical. Wore them ten days straight camping.

September 8, 2020

Tough and comfortable

Deep pockets,rugged material fits well for work or pleasure.

September 7, 2020

Comfortable shorts

Great shorts a little long for me but not bad enough to keep me from wearing. Pockets are great plenty deep . A 1/2 liter water bottle fits easily in lower pockets. Would like different color selection.

September 6, 2020

Great Fit

Love the fit. Love the heft of these shorts. Love their functionality. Highly recommend these shorts for work, play, and leisure.

September 5, 2020


I bought some of these shorts at an outlet, and they felt really heavy, but once you put them on, I fell in love with them. They have extremely tough fabric (both the pants and shorts) I own two pairs of pants, and two pairs of shorts. My absolute favorite. I get bummed when I have to wear anything else

September 5, 2020

Super rugged quality

My husband wears Patagonia everything! Hes been wearing these and the other pair I got him since he opened the shipping box. Thank you for such amazing quality. Hes a happy guy!

September 5, 2020

No Velcro, gotta love it

I love the fact Patagonia offers inch increments for waist sizes. I detest belts and am an odd number sized person. The fit and the fabric are just what I hoped for. The pocket flaps having no Velcro or other fasteners is great, the flap keeps the stuff in and the debris out. I will be buying more of these.

September 4, 2020

Iron Forge Shorts

I bought this for the super durability. I have a pair of the Iron Forge Pants that I use for tree climbing with topping trees on my property. The Iron Forge material wears much better that canvas duck.

September 4, 2020

Front pocket way too deep

These would get a 5 star rating, but the front pockets are so deep, I feel like the bottom of the pocket is near my knee! This is a terrible design. Other than that, I love the shorts.

September 3, 2020

Comfy material

Overall solid work shorts. I love the hemp fabric. Really comfortable. The only drawbacks are length (on knees) and the v stitch on side pockets. Im sure length might be a plus in colder conditions. The stitch provides a place for a clip on knife or something, but it is difficult already to get hand in pocket with the stitch alone.

September 3, 2020

Super warm

My only suggestion is to shorten the Mens cargo shorts to10 in. They are a little long. Othrewise they are perfect as designed!

September 3, 2020

Rugged Cargo Shorts

The material is a bit heavier than I was expecting. I imagine I will recycle them before they wear out...they''re tough. More of a work short, too heavy for extended hiking.

September 3, 2020

Love 100% cotton

New style for me. Love quality & fabric. Will wear these often! Thank you.

September 2, 2020


Very tough fabric yet still comfortable Fit true to size. NIce color

September 2, 2020

Your favorite work pants in shorts

These shorts are great. Deep front pockets to keep things from falling out. Side pockets perfect for dropping the tool in for quick retrieval. Back pockets for those tweener items that you need before you sit down. These shorts are meant to be worn and used just like the Workwear line.

September 1, 2020

Just right!

So strong, so comfortable, such useable pockets! And knowing they are made from organic cotton, recycled plastic and hemp in a workplace that takes workers rights seriously...just right!

August 31, 2020

Perfect shorts except the pockets

I absolutely love these shorts. Their quality is exceptional. They are heavy, but once theyre on it feels just like a sturdy pair of casual work shorts and you forget about the weight. My only complaint is the two front pockets are so tight you can barely get your hands in them. I usually carry a pocket knife clipped to the pocket as well and once ... Read MoreI slide my phone in the same pocket, its almost impossible to jam my hand into the unusually deep pocket to retrieve my phone. The quality overrides my complaint about the pockets so Im still more than happy with the shorts. Its hard to find shorts that are this sturdy yet still so comfortable. Ill most likely buy the other color at some point.

August 19, 2020

Built to last

These are my go to shorts for all outdoor work pursuits. Long enough to protect thighs and short enough not to bind up while kneeling. Tough fabric Has proven & insures that I will be getting many days out of these shorts. I tuck the side pocket flaps into the pockets for the ease of multiple access moments.

August 4, 2020

Favorite shorts

I wear shorts regulary 10 months out of the year in a humid tropical climate and I own 8 pairs total; two of them are these Forge Hemp Cargo Shorts. Now, I'd probably own more if they came in more than two colors. I don't hike with these as they are pretty heavy but I do like the heaviness of the material, the durability after a year and ... Read Morea half has been remarkable. They are long on my lean/athletic frame which is desirable, hang right down the mid point of my knees and as a result, creates the only problem with these shorts; the hand pockets are like black holes, hard to fetch items that squirrel down to the bottom of my pockets especially while sitting.

July 18, 2020

Too heavy.

These shorts are suitable for dry weather hiking, but these are too heavy for hiking in any place you might get wet.

July 14, 2020

Tons of room

I love the feel, look and weight. Wish they were a tad shorter in the leg but overall a great pair of shorts. I disagree with the pockets being too deep, I think they are just right!

July 14, 2020

Tough, with loads of space

Comfortable, plenty space for tools

July 13, 2020


These are the heaviest shorts I have ever seen. I'm sure they will be with me for many years. Love the dark ash color. Pockets are deep and strong. I might like snaps or buttons on the cargo side pocket flaps, there are no fasteners.

July 10, 2020


These are the heaviest shorts I have ever seen. I'm sure they will be with me for many years. Love the dark ash color. Pockets are deep and strong. I might like snaps or buttons on the cargo side pocket flaps, there are no fasteners.

June 25, 2020

Hemp shorts

Shorts are rugged. Will outlast me. Wish they came in 35 inch waist.

June 22, 2020

Good fit

Comfortable good to wear around only drawback is a little heavy

June 22, 2020


First feel, these are heavyweight, really solid fabric. You probably won't be wearing them in hot weather. Also, the cargo and back pockets have no way to secure themselves, which I find a bit difficult. I put Kinda Large on the sizing, even that may be a slight exaggeration,; I think they're pretty close to what I'd expect as I&#x27... Read More;m between sizes and ordered up. I think I'll like them, but will probably have to wait until fall to find out.

June 21, 2020

Bomber comfort

These shorts are great. Rugged as hell, fits true to size, cargo pockets are capacious without being billowy. The pockets are deep, but unlike some reviewers here I've found no trouble getting in them and appreciate that change etc doesn't fall out when working (even in the occasional inverted position). The abrasion resistance of the mat... Read Moreerial is A++, yet through some voodoo manages to feel supple/comfortable/easy- to- move in. The only bad thing: limited colors (not to my taste, though I'll wear 'em anyway). Tighten up on that Patagonia, please!

June 18, 2020

Stoke shorts

I decided to get these shorts because, dammit I needed a pair of good shorts. It turns out they are so good, I havent washed them in the month that Ive had them. That means I wear them for everything casual wear, at work, for an impromptu adventure. They are Super burly, and damn comfortable. They are heavy duty, I dont think they would be my first... Read More choice for something where Im shaving ounces, but I expect to be wearing and enjoying these shorts for years to come. Yeah, totally worth it!!!

June 17, 2020


***Pros*** - Durable materials & construction that will last a super long time - Enough room to move freely - Comfortable - Accurate sizing - Nice the orange materials used inside that stand out ***Cons*** - Heavy, but expected - Front pockets a little deeper than expected

June 17, 2020

Super comfy, solid as a rock

I tried them on but held off for months before buying a pair of the Iron Forge Hemp Canvas Cargo Shorts, thought thought they would be too burly and stiff for my tastes. I'm so glad I finally caved! This fabric is amazingly comfortable and they're durable as hell. The pockets are deep enough so your stuff is secure and the cargo pockets a... Read Morere great for holding a phone, tools, whatever. I literally wear these every day and just bought a second pair (in the other color). Just bombproof, I couldn't be happier. Patagonia did a great job with these!

May 25, 2020

Limited uses as with any short cargo pockets handy

Hopefully you have more technical gear as this is utilitarian through and through. I like the fabric and think the blend will hold up no matter what. As far as biking with these i think your skin would wear before the shorts so that's a no go. Got a pair of bike shorts here way lighter (these are heavy). If a pant these would be almost restric... Read Moretively heavy from a wardrobe standpoint. Best pair of shorts I've ever owned.

December 9, 2019

Front pockets too deep and too tight for easy access

The canvas feels stiff and hardy, and I'm sure it will soften with further wear. The waist is the size I ordered and fits my hips well, but I can't use the front pockets as I'd like to. The pockets are extremely deep, going almost all the way to my knees, but because the shorts are fitted to my hips, I can't easily access things... Read More I put in the front pockets. I have to be standing and wriggle my hand down my leg to access my keys or phone. I may actually end up trying to shorten the front pockets so they're actually usable. The lower pockets are roomy, and just fine. The main reason I bought these shorts was their fabric and fair trade workmanship, and the front pocket issue definitely doesn't override those benefits.

October 27, 2019

Great Cargo Shorts

Really like the Iron Forge Hemp Canvas Cargo short. Purchased a pair in the olive before the summer and though the shorts are a bit heavy, they do breathe well. So i purchased a second pair in Khaki. Great for wearing on mild Autumn days as well.

October 20, 2019

Great Shorts

These cargo shorts are a nice color and feel durable yet comfortable. They fit great, and the pockets are crazy deep! Lots of room for storage, the pockets literally go probably twice as deep as my other cargo shorts.

October 13, 2019

Great Feel

My second pair of Forge Hemp shorts I love the feel and the way they ride on your hips etc. very easy to get into the pockets. Like the fact all the pockets are deep enough to prevent items from falling out without having to use buttons, Velcro etc.

September 25, 2019

Old school baggy cargos

Love them, hard to find toughness with worn in feel first time out. I have the work pants that ran a little small these are more in line with true to size fit

September 8, 2019


Please make a hemp short with 6” or 7” length. After 16 surgeries I want to show off my knees!

August 17, 2019

Great fit, comfortable and indestructible

I like these enough that I bought a second pair. These are heavy duty and will last a long time.

August 12, 2019

New Favorite Short

All I wear all summer is cargo shorts. No reason to wear anything but in my opinion. Adding the Forge Hemp short to my collection is a plus. I’ve got two pairs of the pants and love the fit, and shorts also fit perfectly. The heavy weight fabric always looks fresh and never wrinkles so I can wear them to dinner without catching hell from my Wife to... Read More iron my shorts.

August 11, 2019

One tough pair of shorts

I am impressed with these shorts. Tough, comfortable and feel like they will be around a while. My only complaint is they are a little hot for the hot humid Virginia summer we have had this year.

August 11, 2019

Great shorts

They aren't perfect but they are sturdy as you know what, comfy and they look good

August 10, 2019

Hemp cargo shorts

The pants are very comfortable. It would help if the fabric was lighter

August 10, 2019

Go for the hemp

Iron Forge shorts: awesome. Will last forever; plenty of pockets; love the use of hemp; look cool too!

June 16, 2019

These are awesome pants

I’ve been buying Patagonia gear for years, so it’s a brand I really trust. I work for a roofing company and these shorts are great! The take plenty of abuse, I can move in these no problem, the extra long pockets fit a full hammer and everything else and the fit is great. Is it sad that I haven’t washed these in three weeks? To the design team, wel... Read Morel done!

May 8, 2019

Hemp Shorts

This is my second pair of Patagonia hemp shorts. I love them. I took my first pair to Europe last Fall and wore them for 16 days. They held-up great.

May 6, 2019

Great shorts but heavy!

Great feeling shorts, the fabric in wonderfully smooth. But the shorts are incredibly heavy, hence 4 stars.

December 15, 2018

“Rivets” fell off after 4 days

Way too pricey in light of poor durability

October 9, 2018

Long pockets

I own 3 pairs of the pants and decided to get a pair of the shorts for the warmer days. Love everything about the pants but for some reason the front right and left pockets are way longer. I can’t reach the bottom of the standing straight up and it’s a problem because I like to utilize those pockets. Everything else about these however are the same... Read More that I have found and are great!

June 18, 2018

Durable,comfortable,practical & lloks good,too!

Happened to be in Portland,Oregon for a family event and slipped into the downtown Patagonia store for a quick look. These caught my eye immediately: nice burly texture but not over-stiff,well-shaped,and not that shambly all over the place thing of so many cargo shorts. I'd been looking for something like this for a while -- need the extra poc... Read Morekets in the summer when my shirts are either pocketless or too thin to hold up to my everyday work carry (pocket notebooks,metal pens,mobile phone -- takes a heavy canvas shirt to handle these). And these do that job just beautifully. A perfect close to the body fit,yet with room to maneuver. The material blend is wonderful for holding shape,yet keeping cool enough (it's a humid 92 degrees out here in the midwest today and I feel fine with these shorts & a back step shirt). I have machine-washed and machine-dried these twice now (more to experiment -- cold wash & regular dry temp) and there has been NO shrinkage! I'm 6'3" & 192 lbs and got the 32" waist -- fits perfect,shorts come down to right at the top of my knee (so maybe longer for shorter people),not baggy but not tight either. These are the perfect work and hang-out short for the summer! I'm getting another pair to be set for the coming hot months.

June 5, 2018

Cargo shorts are the worst. But these are amazing

Okay,I like my hemp jacket from Patagonia but I think the really clever idea was in making cargo shorts out of this blend. It makes for cargo shorts that aren't baggy and terrible. They hold their shape but not stiffly like duck canvas. They breathe. They're tough as nails. They're... pretty cool cargo shorts. Leave it to Patagonia... Read More's R&D department to figure out how to make that one happen.

May 6, 2018

Lots of great things going for them

Pros -durable fabric -soft touch for canvas -deep pockets,both hand and cargo - long ,loose fit (my preference),not too baggy or narrow -no velcro (can't stand it) - feel of quality materials very apparent -felt breathable in warm weather Cons -very heavy,strange getting used to the weight -slight pilling on the fabric pretty quickly after ... Read More wearing I love these shorts. I think they will only get better with age. Other than the cons listed,I think these will be my go to cargo shorts for years to come,maybe decades,considering how burly these are... Fitment note: I do think the shorts fit on the baggie and long side,especially for Patagonia but the waist runs slightly small/ tight,in my opinion. I wear a 32 easy in the Patagonia board shorts but I ordered these in 33 and I am glad I did. Definitely not too loose in the waist. They hit slightly below the knee in length. I am 6ft 175lbs for reference...

April 11, 2018

Way nicer in person

I was pleasantly surprised at how nice they were when they came in the mail. They aren't kidding when they say the pockets are deep. Goes up to my elbow almost when I reach down to the bottom. Also they feel amazing. The fabric is crazy soft. I got these to wear to work cus I live in a warm climate and work outdoors. They feel tough enough to ... Read Moretake on alot of abuse so that's cool. Only issue I have with them,which isn't that big of a deal,is how heavy they are. These are seriously heavy shorts. I've never really held a pair of pants or shorts that are as heavy as these. They got alot of weight to them. And being so thick they might be warmer than,say,running shorts or something. But being shorts they're alot more comfortable to wear during hot months than pants that's for darn sure. So yeah. I give these 4 and a half out of five. Definetly buying another pair.

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