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Men's Nine Trails Shorts - 8" Reviews

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Ms Nine Trails Shorts - 8

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October 30, 2023

Best Shorts on the Market, but One Problem

I purchased my first pair of these ~2019 and 6 more over the last four years. My first pair had a solid-looking liner that hasn't worn out yet. The other pairs have a mesh/grid-looking liner that wear out very fast and get holes in them. Patagonia needs to bring back the solid-looking liner from ~2019. It is far more durable, especially if you... Read More believe in being environmentally friendly.

Response from Patagonia
November 2, 2023

Hello Andrew, thank you for your review on the Men's Nine Trails Shorts. We are sorry to hear that the short liner is not as durable as you have experienced previously. If you are not satisfied, you are definitely welcome to send them in for a warranty return under our Ironclad Guarantee! We also revised this short in Spring 2023, these have a different liner - a boxer-brief liner. Check out the [Men's Multi Trails Shorts - 8"](

August 29, 2023

Great fit with a fatal flaw!

I purchased one pair and loved the liner fit so much immediately purchased another pair in another color, about that time the original liner started to tear at the crotch/bottom, figured it was a one off so sent back for repair and they told me they cannot be repaired? About that time the other pair started to tear- neither of these were even one y... Read Moreear old at this point - on the John Muir trail, ended up using knife to just cut the liner out completely and wear with separate underwear (defeating the purpose), cut the liner out of the original pair and so now have 2 great looking shorts that don't really work..

August 22, 2023

Great running short

I have bought numerous pairs of these shorts and keep coming back for more. Great fit, true to size, and just the right amount of room in the leg. The liner is very comfortable.

August 16, 2023

My favorite shorts for any activity!

These shorts fit perfectly and work well for an active outdoor lifestyle. I own several pairs and wear them almost every day. They are light and quick drying. Super bummed that these are discontinued. The multi trails shorts are ok, but fit a bit looser and no back pocket zip. Please bring the 9 trails back!

July 21, 2023

If I could only have one pair of shorts..

These would be the ones! Honestly the most comfortable pair of shorts I own. They get used for daily wear, walking, hiking, swimming, etc. if I could get away with it, I would live in these during the summer season! The side pockets hold my keys and phone on walks and hikes. The outer short is lightweight but still seems tough enough to stand up to... Read More daily abuse. The liner is more comfortable than most of my underwear and does a great job of keeping things in place down there! Finally the length is just right for an average build - not too long or too short (about mid thigh on my 32 inch inseam). Too bad it looks like these are discontinued - hopefully the replacement style is just as good. Would love some other neutral color options. Maybe a navy blue? Nice job on these shorts Patagonia!

July 21, 2023

lasted less than 40 miles

The liner ripped the third time running in them. They are perfect except the liner is terrible.

Response from Patagonia
July 21, 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review Eric! We are incredibly sorry to hear about how quickly your shorts liners ripped. We will be reaching out privately so we can go over options to replace these for you.

July 19, 2023

My favorite shorts

I own 12 pairs of these in different colors. I wear them everyday. I live in hot humid climate and theses perform great. Fit is perfect for me. I live the 3 zippered pockets. Sad to see them being discontinued.

July 18, 2023

The Goldilocks of shorts

Running shorts are variable- some are too long, some too short, some too sloppy and some are just indecent. I now have 4 of these as they are comfortable, wick away moisture & dont make you look like a sweaty hobo when youre done running.

July 1, 2023

Nice shorts for walking/running

These are great, light and make moving easy. Pockets are huge as well. I have the iPhone 6.7 inch and it fits with room to spare. I would recommend if you can find them on sale.

June 27, 2023

Nice feel, fit is not the best

Overall very good. Liner is comfortable, but if I try to pull the shorts up high enough to keep the crotch of the shorts from hanging too low, then liner is too tight. Basically, either more room in the liner or move the outer fabric up closer to the liner.

June 17, 2023

Very comfortable

I like everything about these shorts - the fit is good, fabric stretches but is not too tight, liner is comfortable, nice pockets. Good for a variety of activities. I'll use them a lot while traveling.

June 14, 2023

Lose the liner!

Had to return - no way can I wear shorts with a liner for any activity that involves leg movement (unless Im trying to win a chafing contest). Why do most running shorts have to be made with a liner these days? Booo! Otherwise, durable and lightweight and well fitted. I suspect a survey of the male population would support this sentiment. Please lo... Read Morese the liners!

June 8, 2023

My go to

Absolutely the best shorts Ive ever bought a great fit for a true adult male. one of the only shorts Ive bought that Im truly happy with so much so that I bought 4

May 8, 2023

Great fit

This product has just about everything I need. It dries very fast, the fabric is very soft, and the inner lining has a good length to it to prevent rubbing. I love that the pockets zip completely to prevent items from falling out during exercise. My only wish would be to make the front pockets slightly larger (or at least one of them) so that my ph... Read Moreone can fit better. With the current pocket size and a 6.1" phone with a slim case, it barely fits into the pocket. If you had a larger sized phone or thicker case it would be very difficult to get in and out of the pocket and nearly impossible to zip up. Otherwise, steller product!

Response from Patagonia
May 10, 2023

We're glad to hear the shorts are working well for you overall! As these were designed for trail running, you might prefer to carry your phone in an arm band, hip bag or running vest. Alternatively, you could see if the pockets on our [Multi Trails Shorts]( are a better fit and contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for the review, Donald!

May 3, 2023

I like the build in

I like the build in liner quite a bit. It's more of a boxer brief fit than standard briefs. The pockets are a nice addition as well that is often missing from running shorts.

May 2, 2023

Zip Pockets!!!

Quality and fit are what you expect from Patagonia. Thats a given. The zip pockets are exactly what I want in a trail short!

May 2, 2023

Perfect Shorts

Perfect athletic shorts, the attached full length compression underwear is just as comfortable as any standalone underwear. Good length, don't get turned away by the 8in inseam. they are not too long

April 26, 2023

Best Shorts

These are the best active wear shorts I could ever ask for! Great for all day outdoor use and comfy enough that you could wear them around the house.

April 16, 2023

Im 205lbs athletic. Love these

Im 205lbs athletic. Love these shorts. The built in boxer briefs fit perfectly snug will the fabric lets you breath. The length and fit are all perfect and the best part is the zipper pockets!!

April 13, 2023

I love these shorts. Use

I love these shorts. Use them for working out and running. The liner is very comfortable. I originally ordered size Large, which I wear in all other brands. Patagonia's was too small. Patagonia made it easy to exchange. The XL is perfect.

April 11, 2023

Great shorts

I have used for running the past month. Love the pockets and fit. The boxer briefs liner is comfortable and great support as underwear. Highly recommend and will purchase more in the future.

April 7, 2023

Awesome Shorts

Lightweight, comfy, loose on waist, perfect for hot weather.

April 5, 2023

I love these shorts but

I love these shorts but it doesnt leave much room for the imagination. A little tight in the crotch area. 6-1 230 should use xl

April 4, 2023

Wanted to like these more

Don't get me wrong, these shorts are decent. They're almost bathing suit quality and will probably be used for that. I bought two pair. The lining kinda rides up and can feel like it bunches up. Im a large and wear large with most other shorts and pants. These feel a bit tight- so much so that I though about getting then in XL. Solidl... Read Morey made but seem a bit small.

April 2, 2023

Great Quality

Amazing quality and great fit. I wear these for working out, hiking and casual wear.

March 30, 2023

Versatile and comfortable

Great shorts for being active. Comfortable, durable, quick drying, and easy moving. I bought 1 pair for recent hiking and trail running excursions and liked them so much I bought another pair.

March 29, 2023

Bought these running shorts as

Bought these running shorts as I started to build up my mileage, love the comfort and fit, length prevents chafing. The pockets are well placed and holds just the essentials. Quite surprised at the versatility, back them on trip and used them for swimming and climbing. Quite durable and dries quickly!

March 23, 2023

Well designed

I first got size M which was supposed to match my waist size, but exchanged it for L which fits. I somehow missed that these pants have a lining, and am pleasantly surprised by its comfort and functionality. The pockets are made well and the fabric is very serviceable. My wife loves the color and pattern as well.

March 23, 2023

Great shorts for running

Great shorts for running. No bounce anywhere and the fit is true to size. Bought them on sale which is even better. Will buy another pair soon.

March 21, 2023

Solid shorts, wish they were a lil longer

Title basically, i love the shorts but i have a longer legs so i wish theyd make a 9 or 10 inch inseam in this style but otherwise great shorts, dont even need underwear lol

March 20, 2023

Fantastic Shorts

Bought a pair from REI, made me want to come by two more pairs from Patagonia. Shorts that are truly good for everything from swimming to hiking. Would go so far as to call it a Swiss Army knife for shorts.

March 15, 2023

Seems the material is different

So I own 7 pair of these nine trail shorts. Love em, use them for gym and hiking. But the pair I just order stays wrinkled all the time unlike my others. The material seems thinner/ softer. I had to actually iron these shorts with starch to get the wrinkles out. I already own a pair of the gray. The same color I just ordered on sale. I like the gra... Read Morey so I figured Ill buy another of the same color to have. So comparing the two side by side you can tell the difference in the material and color. Unfortunate because I think these are the best active short Ive ever owned. I Hope Patagonia is not trying to save money by using cheaper materials because the price point is still the same for the consumer.

March 14, 2023

New favorite running shorts

Love the everything about these shorts from the brief liner to the zipper pockets. I took the advice of some of the other reviews and bought a size larger than my baggie shorts and it worked out great. 10 out of 10, would recommend.

March 13, 2023

Great Trail Shorts!

Super comfortable and great length for the cooler days out trail running, built in liner is perfect fit, not too tight or too loose.

March 12, 2023

Incredible running shorts

The best running / active shorts I've found yet. Incredibly good fit, very breathable, and the zipper pockets and liner make it perfect for things not bouncing out of pockets and keeping your loins not sweaty when exerting yourself.

March 7, 2023

Durable, quick drying, love the zipper pockets

I'm 6'0" 170lbs. Medium is great. This is my second pair of the 9 trails. They're useful for everything. I love the zipper pocket for hikes to ensure things don't fall out of my pockets. Mostly my phone which I take in and out for photos and to check mileage and maps regularly. Very comfortable, breathable, and durable. I&#... Read Morex27;ve done some rock scrambling in them on abrasive granite, and they hold up. They also dry very quickly, which has been great while I'm camping or backpacking.

March 5, 2023

Light and Comfortable

These shorts are light and comfortable. The liner is comfortable and supportive. I I am not sure I like how the material hangs off the thighs. Seems like excess material, but it does give your legs more freedom on those reaching climbs.

March 3, 2023

Great trail running shorts.

Just what I was looking for. Good pockets, good liner. Moves well.

March 3, 2023

Great lined running shorts

Love the short liner, print, and material. I had these shorts several years ago and the drawstrings were too short to tie a good knot. Great to see the new version has longer drawstring. One wish: wish the back pocket was big enough for a phone or there was a centered pocket for more balanced running.

March 3, 2023

Lighter weight than previous editions

I love the Nine Trails running shorts because they have a full boxer brief liner rather than a traditional running short liner. I haven't put these through the miles yet, but my only concern is that the liner is much lighter weight than the previous edition. Patagonia seems to have switched to a material similar to their silk/lightweight style... Read More capiliene, which I have had problems with in the past developing holes in the friction points. Otherwise, the fit, finish, and feel is great.

Response from Patagonia
March 9, 2023

Hi Kevin, thank you for taking the time to write a review. If you ever to have trouble with the liner, please feel free to reach out for help with a [complimentary repair or warranty return](

March 3, 2023

Favorite trail running shorts

These are my favorite pair of trail shorts, so much so that I now have 4 of them! The boxer brief liner is very comfortable and doesn't ride up. The zipper pockets make them great for causal use too, as it is easy to store keys and a phone.

March 2, 2023

My favorite workout hiking shorts!

The best features of these shorts are- they are true to size, light , has nice inner compression . Look good and well made. First time owning Patagonia shorts. I will be a repeat customer for sure of this great brand!

March 2, 2023

Long term-fast pace traveler

I just bought my 3rd pair to take with me on another long travel trip. I absolutely love these shorts. They have zipper pockets, packs small, lightweight, quick drying, nicely fitted. These are my shorts that I go to for traveling and even for the gym.

March 2, 2023

Best shorts

I bought larges in the past and they fit. Their newer version seems tighter and I had to go up to XL. I'm 6'3" 195lbs.

March 1, 2023

Nothing Shorts of Perfection

These shorts check all the boxes. Light weight, stylish and perfect pockets. The rear pocket is the perfect size to store your phone when running without bouncing around. Loved these shorts so much I bought a pair for my running buddy for Christmas last year.

February 28, 2023

Trail tested!

Great trail running shorts! Liners stay in place and wick well. Good pockets. Just what I was looking for.

February 27, 2023

I bought it for travel

I bought it for travel and I have not worn it yet. Quality seems first rate.

February 26, 2023

Best shorts for everything

Best liner , best pockets, best versatility, most comfortable , 100% worth the price. I have 3 pairs and buying more. The 2 older pairs look as good as the day I bought them 4 years ago. You seriously cannot kill these shorts. Believe me I have tried. Just buy em.

February 25, 2023

My go to running shorts

My go to running shorts with temperatures 40 degrees F and up. There is an inner liner . Pockets are useful without being obtrusive. Good for training and trail runs. Not a racing short. Easily doubles as a swim suit.

February 25, 2023

Awesome Shorts

I really like the material and feel of the shorts. They are light and breathe well for intense outdoor activity. They do seem to run slightly larger than I imagined so you may go with a large if you between a L or XL size.

February 24, 2023

Work out gear

Use these in my gym workouts, love the liners in these shorts, keeps everything where its suppose to be kept

February 24, 2023

Never take them off

Bought my first pair for trail runs but now have 4 pairs that I wear everywhere. The 3 zip pockets make them great travel shorts. The fit and length make them great at kids soccer games. And of course I run in them all the time.

February 23, 2023

Strange fit

The fit of these shorts was very strange for me. I happily wear a medium in the excellent Terrebonne shorts. These shorts had an odd baggy fit between the hip bones and waist band and the rise from crotch to navel was short so I had to return them.

February 20, 2023

Perfect running shorts

These are the perfect running shorts. Light, breathable, and comfortable. I have a few pairs and use them train running, hiking, bouldering in the gym. Perfect for and athletic occasion!

February 18, 2023

Its okay

The shorts feel and look amazing, they feel slightly too tight in the crotch area, but nothing too bad. My biggest gripe is the drawstring is incredibly thin and has no elasticity to it which means it barely holds a tie, so the fear of these falling is a definite down side. Other than that great pair of shorts look and material is amazing.

February 18, 2023

best running shorts ever

I cant say enough good things about these shorts; the fit, the materials, breathability, comfort, and security of having zippered shorts on the trail. These are my favorites to run in and I've been at it for over 30 years; marathons, IronMan, Ultras, you name it. Its just validation that they got it right with these. I've worn lots of oth... Read Moreer brands from major running companies too. Very light and the under liner is supportive without being restrictive and doesn't bunch up.

February 17, 2023

Great fit and length

Another solid ht by PATAGONIA. Fit so well I bought two more, in different colors. Use as my general fitness training shorts.

February 16, 2023

Owned these for years

Incremental improvements over the years, keep making these shorts better and more comfortable and utilitarian. I live in these most days.

February 15, 2023

Great fit. Super light and comfortable!

Sized up to large as the last pair were medium and were too tight in the thighs and waist. Dry quickly and have plenty of secure pockets. The length isnt too short or too long. My favorite pair of shorts to trail run and casually lounge.

February 15, 2023

OCR Shorts

I love this short. I bought a pair several years ago. The zip up pockets are ideal for storing during OCR's or long training runs. After a great deal of wear and tear I decided I should replace them. They ran a little larger for the same size than previous purchase.

February 15, 2023


Bought the largest size and was tight through the butt. The liner was even worse.

February 11, 2023

Good Quality

Perfect fit. Love them!

February 10, 2023

Excellent All Around Shorts

I really love these shorts for a few reasons. First, they have a nice liner that fits me just right and is comfortable. Second, the shorts look nice so I can wear them running, hiking, or even doing errands around town. Third, these shorts are light, they dry quickly, and the zippered pockets are useful for me. Five stars!

February 10, 2023

Best running shorts

I have six pairs, enough said. They wash well. You really can't do better.

February 10, 2023

Great shorts

Good fit, high quality, comfortable.

February 9, 2023

Great product

Great product as expected. The legs a little on the tight size, but not too tight and not baggy.

February 9, 2023

Perfect Running Shorts

Most expensive running shirts I have bought, but totally worth it. Will buy more next time they are on sale. The integrated compression shorts are so nice for long runs. Barely know they are there. Pockets are very useful when carrying keys, wallet, etc. Buy them, you will not regret it.

February 9, 2023

My go to trail running shorts

The fit of these shorts is great. Im 5 nine about 190lbs and the large fit perfect. I love that the drawstring is in the front and easy to tie. Zippered pockets are awesome and add piece of mind that anything you put in them wont get lost. The liner is comfortable and doesn't ride up. I have worn these on three runs so far and they are quickly... Read More becoming one of my favorite pairs of running shorts.

February 8, 2023

Too Small

Like the bike shorts and jeans, Patagonia's sizing has shrunk. I was a medium in new gear I purchased two years ago. Couldn't these above my quads.

Response from Patagonia
February 15, 2023

Hey Matt, thanks for the review. We're sorry to hear these ran small for you. If you'd like to exchange for a size up, you can begin the process [here](

January 29, 2023

Baggy if you have muscular legs

I have muscular legs and am 5 foot 8 inches, so had to get a medium to fit in the shorts, but with my height, these are too baggy looking, and long, so they weren't flattering. Had to return. Was not the fit for me.

January 23, 2023

Comfy! Love the zippers!

Comfy! Love the zippers!

January 10, 2023


These are very comfy. They run true and are lightweight.

December 31, 2022

Great short, runs small

Our family loves the nine trails line, though I'd also recommend sizing up. My husband is consistently a large in all Patagonia bottoms, except these which he sizes up to an xl for a roomier, more comfortable fit.

December 25, 2022

The perfect fit

The nine trails running shorts are perfect for any distance run. The zippered pockets are great for car keys or nutrition. The shorts are also perfect for visits to the gym and for my new sport, pickleball!

December 18, 2022

All size run small but greate product

The only downside to this short is the pocket zippers. If you are training on a trail mill you can hit the cords.

December 18, 2022

The only shorts to run in.

Ive worn the same shorts for 20 years as an avid runner. These trail 9 shorts have won me over though and Ive recently replaced my entire stock of running shorts with these exclusively. All the quality and worldly commitment youd expect from Patagonia and their products. Excellent choice.

December 5, 2022

Still the best

The Nine Trails have been my go-to running shorts for a few years now. The liner is the best I have found in running shorts from any brand so far and the zip pockets are a welcome change from most competing options. For daily runs or marathons or long days on the trail, these are the best. If I could change one thing, I would opt for a bit less len... Read Moregth, maybe a 5 or 6-inch version.

November 29, 2022

Great shorts

Great shorts for trail running. Sizing kind of runs small. Over-all very happy with them!

November 22, 2022

Great Athletic shorts

Ease of movement, look great, perfect inseam length, best liner Ive ever worn, perfect for running any distance or any workout, from HIIT to weight training to 10ks , yall nailed this one, temp. Range from 55f to above, leggings fit easily underneath for lower temps, thanks

November 21, 2022

Favorite gym short

Nine Trails Running Shorts are my favorite shorts for both gym and running. They are very comfortable to wear and have lasted surprisingly well with a gym routine that includes a lot of rowing.

November 18, 2022

a little tight

they run a little tight

November 13, 2022

Best shorts I own

I love these shorts, they are my go to running/trail short I have bought numerous pairs. The zippered side pockets and back pocket work great. Fabric dries fast and the colors/patterns are original. I cut the brief liner out of them when I get them which gives me more freedom of motion.

November 8, 2022

Easy Choice

The Nine Trails Running Shorts have been my go-to running shorts for years now. The built-in liner is amazing the materials hold up to years of continuous use. It's nice to have a pair of shorts that aren't overly minimalistic, with 3 zippered pockets these shorts work great for backpacking, casual hikes, and long trail runs.

October 22, 2022

Runs tight

These are great shorts except they run small.

Response from Patagonia
October 25, 2022

Hey Tim, thank you for the review. If you'd like to exchange for a size up, you can begin that process [here](

October 19, 2022

Excellent fit

I have two pairs of these shorts and I love how perfectly they fit. They're not as loose as some shorts, and I appreciate the slimmer fit. The external material is very strong, as I've taken them off trail through scrub oak forests with very little signs of wear and tear. I don't like to carry items in my pockets when I'm runn... Read Moreing, so those feel a little superfluous to me, but they definitely don't get in the way. I know there's some debate about the brief v. boxer brief liner, and I don't have a dog in that fight, because I use and appreciate both. I find these shorts create very little chafing, and the liners distribute moisture quickly. Bottom line is that these are excellent shorts, and I'll get another pair when these inevitably wear out in a few years.

October 16, 2022

Almost Perfect

I'm an ultra runner and I love these shorts: 1. they keep chafing to a minimum 2. have a perfect zippered pocket large enough for a big phone 3. they keep you cool enough The only thing is that the boxer brief liner started ripping. I realize that there are important pros of having a thin liner such as the chafing-free experience and staying ... Read Morecool, so I don't know if there is a good solution.

October 14, 2022


I like the inner layer. Very comfortable and not to hot on warm days

October 12, 2022

My every day, do-it-all short

These are absolutely incredible, the best shorts I've ever had. These are multifunctional and incredibly durable. I used to go to the gym wearing Nike compression shorts and Nike running shorts over them, legacy clothing I've had for 8+ years. Then when I went hiking or backpacking, I'd wear a combination of my Nike compression sho... Read Morerts or Patagonia capilene shorts under my Patagonia Quandaries. Well, my Nikes finally fell apart, and my quandaries were worn to the ground, and I wanted something to simplify my options, eliminate the need for excess, and be multipurpose. So, I picked up my first pair of Nine trails over a year ago, and I wear them literally every day. Daily walks or running, gym, hiking, camping, yoga, backpacking. They're easily one of my most worn clothing items. I originally wanted them to be my dedicated hiking/ camping shorts, but they're so incredibly comfortable and so functional I wanted to get more use out of them. Integrated capilene shorts with super efficient moisture wicking ability (no more need to buy separate compression shorts now), stretch material, and a variety of zipper pockets. These things have been through the ringer. Daily use, rough backcountry exploits (lots of scrapping on rock), and way too many washes. These shorts still look and feel brand new. Strech band is solid, drawstring is intact, no stitching fraying or coming undone. Just so well made. I recently got a second pair to rotate out, and between these two, I eliminated a need for hiking shorts, hiking compression shorts, gym shorts, and gym compression shorts. Literally halved my apparel. Stoked on that. 11/10 recommend

October 5, 2022

great for hot days

During hot weather runs these shorts will dry quickly. The liner is what makes the difference in keeping dry, you wont notice it and it provides good support. I dont have runs that go further than 10 miles but these shorts have been great. I bought both the small and medium size. The small is snug with a 31' waist. Medium is a much better fit... Read More.

October 3, 2022

Great shorts for workout gear

The fit is great, like the liner in these shorts, works great for me.

September 30, 2022

Fit is small.

Fit is small.

September 30, 2022

Very Comfortable and Cool temp when running

I love these shorts, they are comfortable to always wear them. The liner is great and you forget the liner is there because its so comfortable

September 29, 2022

Awesome Trail Short

Fits perfectly, different pockets to place items

September 28, 2022

Fantastic Shorts!

Fit great and look amazing. Had to get used to the liner but, once you do, it's heaven. Wear them during workouts or just casual wear!

September 26, 2022

Great trail running shorts

These shorts are perfect for trail running, keeping pocketed objects secure, while providing the right stretch so as not to feel constricted. Great liner, no chafing. I love em!

September 24, 2022

Good design but disappointing fit

Sizing on this short is tricky. I need a med waist but there is not enough room thru the butt and thighs. Would prefer a roomier fit. Having said that .materials and pocket design are excellent

September 24, 2022

The best running shorts

These fit great, wear well and have tons of standard pockets. Buy them on sale and bask in great happiness!

September 24, 2022

Ultimate Trail Backpacking Short

I found these shorts to be perfect for backpacking on trails. Not too long, very comfy stretchy liner, four zippered pockets, comfortable waistband, nice cord to hold them up. All this, and they weren't stinky after four days of backpacking. Highly recommend over heavier shorts with mesh liners.

September 24, 2022

Spot on

One of my go to shorts for running. The material and construct is top quality as usual and the length suits my style.

September 23, 2022

Simply the best

I have been running for about 20 yrs. and used lots of different shorts. But, these are hands down my favorite. The interior boxer is super comfy and the back pocket is big enough for an iPhone. I have 3 pairs and just ordered another pair on sale. I also wear these shorts to the gym for weight training. Patagonia, do NOT change the design. Theyre ... Read Moreperfect!

September 22, 2022

Great fit

I wear these working out, in the pool, hiking and just casual around the house. They are very durable and comfortable. Highly recommend as an everyday short.

September 22, 2022

Great fit

Great fit, not too baggy and the perfect length for running up/down mountains!

September 20, 2022

They need more room, Im

They need more room, Im a big person and do not like tight fitting clothes. Give more room to the groin and hip areas

September 17, 2022

Hard not to make these your daily trunks

Lightweight with plenty of pockets and zippers. What else can I ask for. Not into lined shorts - I'm in the water a lot. I could see these manifesting into a performance surf trunk in the near future. Please!

September 17, 2022

Great shorts!

These are great! I use them for running and the are lightweight and you barely feel them. They still have pockets if you need to secure something while you are running the trails! I will be getting another pair for the rotation!

September 15, 2022

Versatile & comfy

Longer than most running shorts, great inside liner that isn't too tight or pinches. Theres a nice give yet supports too. Love the zippered pockets large enough for phones & keys. My new fav running shorts. Only recommendation is making the waistband a bit wider.

September 13, 2022

So everything running short

Decided to try something different from my regular running shorts and now I will never go back. I have worn for easy morning runs and longer trail runs and love then every time. Comfortable (liner fits perfect with no chafing), the right length and with three zipper pockets when needed. Will be getting more colors.

September 12, 2022

Prints are deceivingly great

I have both prints in the 9 trails shorts and they both match a lot of colored shirts with the colors within the prints. Fit great....Look Great!

September 9, 2022

Perfect Lightweight Hiking/Activity Shorts

Wear these shorts for my activities and especially thru-treks in hotter climates. Lightweight, comfortable, stretchable, breathable, and never have to wear underwear again! I own these shorts in three different varieties - which I adopted from a friend who does the same thing. Have a pair for every occasion!

September 7, 2022

Workout Shorts

Love these! Fit is perfect (Medium and I'm 6' and 165lbs). Quality materials that are appropriately snug on inner layer and loose on the actual shorts. zipper pockets are great. Should have purchased more in different colors, but love the light blue I bought.

September 7, 2022

overall 4 out of 5

overall 4 out of 5 rating. I have been trying to duplicate a >30 year old product of yours (also long distance running shorts) called "Century" shorts. This comes close. All is good except the waist band elastic: it's really not elastic. Thanks for the drawstring, otherwise the waist would just fall to my hips. I should preface : ... Read MoreI am fit, but short and stocky. The size / FIT of your products has always been a chess game for me. (it seems most of your clients are built like gazelles: tall sinu-ey, lithe, "slim fit". I fit well into your midlayers and shells in size Medium, but T-shirts, shorts, underwear, baselayers, exercise in size Large.. I have muscular thighs.

September 7, 2022

The bomb

Great product with multiple potential uses. I love to hike paddle and workout in these babies.

September 6, 2022

No more chafing!

Sick and tired of chafing nonstop during long runs, someone recommended these and i havent chafed since, so happy to finally find an everyday running short!

September 6, 2022

lite weight

I like the weight and feel of these shorts. They dry quickly

September 6, 2022

nice comfortable fit

These trail running shorts are are as advertised - comfortable with ample pockets and ready for long days on the trail. The inner boxer lining is quite snug, which was little alarming at first. However, after wearing these shorts a few times I realize the lining is just right. Rear pocket is perfect fit to hold a phone without too much bounce. Only... Read More complaint is the front pockets are a little small - can barely fit my hands in them.

September 6, 2022

Too tight

I bought these shorts for back packing because it was light weight, had a draw string waist band, and had zippered pockets. But the fit was too tight in the butt and the pockets were too shallow. It is light weight.

September 5, 2022

Very comfortable

Excellent quality and very soft. Highly recommend

September 1, 2022

Great workout shorts

These shorts are great for working out because they have zippered pockets (no phones will fall out if you're going to listen to music or podcasts). They also have almost a compression inner layer that is like long boxer briefs, which I like. They're a little tight, but then again maybe I just need to spend more time in the gym.

September 1, 2022

Somewhat disappointed

I had three pair of these best running shorts back about 5-6 years ago They were perfect and the most comfortable ever. However need to add a few more and these updated models are not the same. The brief liner is small tight and I had to cut it out and wear a brief under them. Was not comfortable as well as the material was different. The outside m... Read Moreaterial is not as soft and comfy as the older pairs I had. The huge slits in the legs. Dont know what purpose they serve? My old ones never had them Still a quality product but not like before models. Maybe someday the old models will be available again.

Response from Patagonia
September 8, 2022

Hi David! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the changes made throughout the years. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team.

August 29, 2022

Looks Great and Feels Great

I love the design of these shorts. They do run a bit small and the draw string on mine is hard to tie because it is not long enough. One spot on the shorts had a thread pull, which was a bummer for as much as these cost.

August 26, 2022

Updated Cut Doesn't Fit As Well As Before

Love(d) these zippered & packable running shorts for workouts, casual wear, & even swimming... But, I have 2 pair from ~2018-19 which fit great. However, just picked up a 2021-22 Tropical Ecuador: New Navy size Medium & noted the cut in the crotch area is different. Compared side-by-side/layer-on-layer to the 2018-19 styles & it&#x2... Read More7;s definitely a revised cut, which fits less well for me (your experience may differ). Unfortunately had to return newest pair. Your mileage/sizing may vary. Overall these shorts are great, just hope the older version cut returns or that the pair I got was just a factory fluke. Also, the "Patagonia" reflective lettering on front begins peeling off after a few months. No big deal, just a note.

August 21, 2022

These could be great

After a few hikes, I can say I wouldnt buy another pair. The liner is comfortable but already showing signs of wear. The real problem is the shorts ride down in the rear, especially if you bend over. Im constantly pulling them up. They are being retired as hiking shorts for me. May even cut the liner out and see what happens. Ive got nothing to los... Read Moree at this point. Usually very satisfied with Patagonia in general, these were a miss for me.

Response from Patagonia
August 25, 2022

Thank you for sharing this feedback, Matthew. We're really sorry to hear these shorts haven't worked well for you for hiking. We appreciate this kind of feedback as it's crucial for improving products for future seasons. Please know you are always welcome to [return]( anything that doesn’t work out for you, or you can contact us about return options.

August 4, 2022

Waist Band

The shorts were a great length and the compression underlining was great. However, the waste-band is very tight for the perspective size. I have no issues with other major brands in this size range.

Response from Patagonia
August 9, 2022

Hi Kevin! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the waistband ran too small. Feedback like this is crucial to improving products for future seasons. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

August 3, 2022

I dig these shorts!

I really love these shorts! I don't love the inseam length 8" is a little too long for me. Material feels durable and nearly indestructable. The inner lining however, not so much. I think some pricker bushes in Alaska tore up my inner lining real easy. Even with a bunch of little holes in the inner lining it is still super comfortable! ... Read MoreLove the zippered pockets on the sides and back! All around reliable solid shorts for whatever activity! In my experience: running, hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, and more! The side pockets are great, but I think they could be slightly moved towards the sides and it would make them feel more spacious and bulge against quads less.

August 3, 2022

Great Running shorts

These are great running shorts. I like the liner, the zip pockets, and that they're a little longer than your average running short.

July 27, 2022

Running shorts for all day

These shorts are the utility player in my wardrobe. As a guide I can use these in the mountains, and then they have enough pockets and are long enough to wear all afternoon when I am running errands, cooking or just chilling.

July 24, 2022

Great Overall Shorts

Absolutely love this product from Patagonia (currently own four of them in various colors). Zipper pockets all work great for storing small items. I find the inner briefs the most comfortable of any running/workout short that I've found, minimizing chafing and maximizing comfort. From hiking to running to every day wear, they work great. The o... Read Morenly reason that I give them four stars is that I do find the inner brief develops holes/rips over a shorter time period (six to nine months) compared to other lined briefs I've owned. Outside of this issue, I highly recommend these shorts.

Response from Patagonia
July 27, 2022

Hi Bradley! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the inner liner has started to develop some holes. We definitely expect greater durability out of our gear so this is disappointing. We're sorry to say that we cannot complete repairs on undergarments and the liner would be considered such. That said, your satisfaction is always guaranteed under our warranty so you're welcome to [return](

July 24, 2022

Expected durability

Inside pocket tore within a day of using the shorts. Really unexpected to see these come apart so quickly.

Response from Patagonia
July 27, 2022

Hi Nathaniel, what a bummer! We'd be happy to help out with a [complimentary repair or warranty return]( Please feel free to begin either of those processes at any time.

July 21, 2022

Perfect running shorts

Not too long, not too short. The built-in liner actually fits, unlike a lot of liners. What really sets these shorts apart is that all three pockets have zippers, so there's no chance of anything flying out.

July 18, 2022

Little to form fitting

Just a little to form fitting for an old guy.

July 17, 2022

Super for working out

Fittest true to size. Terrific for working out in. Also for hiking.

July 15, 2022

These fit way too tight

I'm 5'8, 145 lbs, 30" waist, and typically wear a size small in most clothing, including a different pair of shorts I have from Patagonia. These shorts however, fit way too small, almost like an extra small. The lining is also very restrictive down there with the shorts being a bit too revealing for me to wear these in public. Size u... Read Morep if you're getting these.

July 11, 2022

These shorts are great (with one exception)

I own several pairs of the Nine Trails shorts. One of those pairs I just purchased this spring from REI -- so my review has to do with that recent pair. Overall, I absolutely love these shorts. They work great for running, biking (at least shorter distances), hiking, and casual wear. The zip pockets are great and very useful. The length and fit of ... Read Morethe outer shell is great. My only complaint has to do with the liner on this new pair. It appears to me that Patagonia downsized ever-so slightly on the liner, making them just a bit snugger than the prior versions. I strongly dislike this new fit -- although I appreciate a liner, I don't want it to be overly constrictive -- and in fact I don't want to notice it at all during activities. Patagonia - please go back to the original cut of the liner!

Response from Patagonia
July 14, 2022

We'll be sure to pass along your feedback to our design team. The Men's Nine Trails Shorts design was revised in 2018 so that the liner material is lighter weight. In the past it was a blend of polyester and spandex, while it's now 100% recycled polyester. Thanks for the review, Trey!

July 11, 2022

Perfect Running Shorts

I've now enjoyed several pairs of these wonderful shorts and logged many miles. They have become my go-to for training miles as well as races. They are comfortable without being too loose or tight and the pockets are perfect for my phone and fuel. The zippers give me peace of mind knowing when I get home, my key is still secure as well. This m... Read Moreay seem counterintuitive to say in a review, but these shorts are my favorite because when I have them on, I don't have to think about them and can just focus on the run.

July 9, 2022

Protect Your Drawstrings. Otherwise Wonderful.

These are by far the best running shorts I have ever utilized. I am predominately a recreational runner who does track workouts and weekend long runs routinely. No matter the agenda, these shorts literally kill it, thereby giving me one less thing to concern myself over with my body and gear. The things I am especially thankful for in these are: - ... Read MoreZipper pockets. You'll never lose any accessories in these. The back pocket fits my iphone SE without it bouncing around. Idk about bigger phones though. - Moisture wicking. Everything athletic nowadays excels at this feature; but these never get "drenched" per se. I can't say that about most shorts I've worn in the past. - No chafing. This one is more subjective, obviously. No guarantee that this will apply to everyone, but I think that the briefs underneath do a good job at preventing rubbing, if that's a problem for anyone considering these. - Not too long, not too short. Their length doesn't hinder their cooling properties. For my height too, they are a perfect fit. The only issue I have with these, which is a major one, is the drawstrings. If you carry stuff like your phone, or anything else, these will sag unless you tie them tightly. With how dependent the security these shorts rely on them, if they were to break, they become completely obsolete. They are susceptible to getting stuck in one of those accidental "tight rock knots" you occasionally get plighted with if you accidentally untie them improperly. Akin to the way your shoes can get stuck in this frustrating unpickable knot, you end up picking at them for minutes on end with your fingernails to no avail. Long story short, one of these knots occurred with my drawstrings, and it resulted into their fate. I managed to cut into the shorts using some scissors to reattach the broken end, saving their functionality; but maybe for future models, make them a little thicker so that this issue is less likely to occur. I hate having the lifespan of my clothing reduced because of needing to make improvised repairs. Otherwise, fantastic shorts. I will continue to use them despite their state of disrepair, along with the other 4 pairs that elevate my running experience. :D

Response from Patagonia
July 12, 2022

We appreciate your detailed and thoughtful feedback, Johnny! Your purchase is covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](, so if you need a repair or return, we will be happy to help, so don't hesitate to reach out.

July 8, 2022

Amazing liners

I was surprised by the size of the liner in these shorts, initially thinking that the boxer-brief style would be excessive. Now that I've used them on several long runs, including ones with significant creek crossings, I couldn't be happier! The pockets seemed to be a little small at first, but they hold everything I'd want to put in... Read More them on a run. The only downside I encountered was that if the drawstring gets tied into a knot, it's challenging to untie!

June 30, 2022

Shorts for any occasion

These shorts are super breathable and are perfect for pretty much any kind of circumstance. I've worn these at the gym doing squats, deadlifts, and other straining exercises that might rip other lesser quality shorts. I have also worn these on longer distance runs and its risen to every challenge. I'm 6'3, about 200lbs, and have a 3... Read More2'' waist. I recommend going a size up if you're on the border between sizes and especially if you have larger legs. I have a M that fits really well, but the most recent pair I bought (also M) was just too small.

June 18, 2022

My favorite running shorts

I found these shorts to be well designed and well made. I feel like the pocket size is well thought out. I cant feel the car key when I put it in my pocket while Im running. The liner is the right size and the fit is not too lose to flop around or too tight to be restrictive on the trails when running up. Will buy another one for sure. The material... Read More feels great as well.

June 17, 2022

Go to WFH/Active shorts

I just bought my fourth pair. Ive worn running shorts daily from many different brands since I was 12- these are the best Ive ever found. I base my laundry cycle around these shorts- when I dont have a clean pair to reach for, its time to do a load. Fresh out of the shower, I throw on a pair of 9 trails and a polo shirt for zoom meetings every ... Read Moreday. After 2 wears, they rotate to yoga, road biking, the climbing gym, to swing my kettlebells, volley ball, etc. i can usually wear them for 2 or 3 active outings before they need a wash. Only activity they dont participate in is rafting/kayaking/swimming in the river and lounging on rocks- the fabric is not as durable as Baggies. Between these, and baggies, Im wearing Patagonia shorts every day of the summer. The liner is great, and it means I never run out of underwear in the summer before doing laundry. I will say, the high performance of the liner is a trade off, as they will wear out long before the shorts do- thats fine, Ill cut out the liner and order another pair. 3 Zippered pockets were the main feature that sold me originally. I never lose anything, whether Im running, on a bike, or laying on the couch- everything stays where it needs to. You wont regret picking up a pair if youre thin, athletic, and like shorts with zippered pockets and a liner.

June 14, 2022

New Favorite Trail Shorts

These are definitely my new favorite running shorts. I typically dont like slash pockets and was skeptical of the liner shorts, but these are awesome. The zippered pockets are handy and the zippers keep the pockets from flaring out. Love the fit and length of the shorts too.

June 9, 2022

Fits good, but slides down as you bend over

I really like the fit, style, and comfort. Unfortunately, the pants tend to slide down if you bend over or squat.

May 31, 2022


I have a hard time finding good road/trail running shorts that dont chafe my inner thighs. These do the trick and they are comfortable and look cool! Perfect length for me. Im 59, weight 165 and have a 30in inseam.

May 25, 2022

Great short bad liner

These shorts are great but the liners are holding them back. The liners wear out much faster than I would expect out of a Patagonia product. These are by far the worst liner I had from Patagonia running short and I have been using this short or its equivalent for more than 15 years.

May 21, 2022

Fits Perfect as Usual

Have been buying from Patagonia for some time now and all the clothes fit perfect. I am 6 ft 173 lbs.

May 20, 2022

Good shorts, give the liner a try

I was skeptical about these. I've never been a fan of liners in shorts. These are incredibly comfortable though. The liner doesn't ride up at all. If you're on the thicc side, I'd size up. I have a slightly more athletic build and the medium fits, but feels tight getting into, the large feels great

May 16, 2022


After I read the review of Donald Buraglio on his article ULTRA GEAR 101 published by ULTRARUNNING MAGAZINE from September 2020 I bought one to give a try. It worked very well. I used it for my ultrarunning races and so far, so good. On April 2022 I bought two Nine Trails shorts. But in this opportunity, something was different. The boxer brief li... Read Morener was perfect. But the exterior panels did not shed the moisture at all. All the body sweat goes down directly to the foot, causing feet and socks to quickly become damp. For ultrarunners this is a problem as it is particularly important to be able to keep your feet dry as much as possible. I guess that the reason for this change is that they have used another type of fabric for the exterior panels, which is not suitable. I must clarify that my place of running is in Puerto Rico and temperatures can be between 80 to 90 degrees, which is why you perspire a lot and the humidity that your feet receive is abundant. With this new short, after running for 80 to 90 minutes, the shoes, the socks and the feet are wet. With the first Nine trail short I bought it is different. Perspiration comes out easily to the outside and thus prevents it from falling to the feet.

Response from Patagonia
May 26, 2022

We're sorry to hear that these shorts have been a disappointment. The last time that we made any changes to this style was in Spring 2018, so we're not sure what is different from the pair you purchased in 2020. We'll reach out to you privately to find a solution. Thanks for the review Gustavo!

May 13, 2022

Definitely on the small side...

Love the shorts. the materials are great! The color choices, simple and classic, but man.... The sizing got me. Im a 32 in waist and 5'11... But the medium was REALLY tight on the interior lining. Im a pretty thin guy but that was a no go. will be returning...and possibly exchanging? word to those interested *Size Up*

May 11, 2022

i like them

it is good quality. comes w liner so no need to wear underpants w shorts.

May 5, 2022

quality shorts

In my opinion the size runs a bit small

April 30, 2022

Very versatile!!

What can I say, I virtually live in these very versatile shorts and have for quite awhile now! Of course, most of the time in pretty fair whether. One complaint: I like to keep my keys in the back pocket and, alas, I get holes there!! Also the butt area wears out too quickly; maybe reinforce!? That's two complaints. I won't stop using the... Read Morem regardless & Portland Patagonia graciously repairs them. What's not to love!

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