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Women's Multi Trails Shorts - 5½" Reviews

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Ws Multi Trails Shorts - 5½

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November 22, 2023

Perfect Short!

I wore these shorts for 4 months straight while thru hiking the PCT. Never had a problem with the fabric rubbing. I loved how fast they dried. I could rinse them in a lake or downstream a water source and start walking in them right away without a rash or discomfort from wet clothing! They are super comfortable, barely notice them touching you!

October 15, 2023

Nice shorts - awkward zipper

I like the shorts for the most part. I like the print and the fit. They're comfortable for longer hikes. The thing I don't like is the zippers on the pockets. I bought because of that feature. I sometimes run for portions of my hikes and like that I could keep things in my pockets and zip them up and not worry about items falling out. How... Read Moreever, the zippers keep getting stuck and on one hike I was worried I wouldn't even be able to easily unzip and get my keys out of my pocket without attempting to cut into the shorts.

Response from Patagonia
October 18, 2023

Hi Kayla, thank you for your review of the Women's Multi Trails Shorts. We are sorry to hear that the zippers keep getting stuck! The most common reason zippers get stuck is that dirt and debris often lodges in the zipper slider. Check out this video on how to [Lubricate a Zipper]( If the zippers continue to still get stuck, you are always welcome to do a warranty return.

September 20, 2023

I live in these shorts!

I recently added two more pairs of these shorts to my wardrobe. They are absolutely hands down my favorite "do it all" shorts. The two zippered pockets are great for stashing items on a run, the snap pocket in the back fits a phone perfectly. They dry very quickly, making them a great travel short. I do a lot of trail running in them and ... Read Morethey have proven to hold up to the abuse. My only issue is that the lighter colors show the sweat through the fabric. Not a big deal for casual wear, or if you don't care about looking sweaty.

September 18, 2023

The perfect short.

I haven't worn shorts in years to run because of chafing. I've stuck explicitly to biker shorts. A friend recommended these shorts to me, and I now swear by them. The inseam and fit are awesome. I'm 5'8" and 150ish with a small waist and athletic legs. Patagonia sizing has never really been consistent for me in the pant/sho... Read Morert department, but these are a great fit at a medium for my build. I could probably do a small for the waist, but the medium for my thighs is perfect. They've got a drawstring to make up for the give in the waist. I've gone on long hikes, runs, and alpine adventures in these shorts and have yet to chafe. They're awesome. I'll wear them forever! Do yourself a favor and get a pair!

September 15, 2023

Nearly Perfect

My new favorite! They're just the right length on the leg. Material is silky and smooth. I took one star off because I wish they sat a little bit higher on the waste. Ultimately, though, they're the most comfortable shorts I've ever owned.

September 13, 2023

Perfect Shorts

I love these shorts so much, I bought two (so far). They are forgiving in the size by having a drawstring cord. The length of the short is not too short and not ridiculously long either.

September 11, 2023

nice pockets

I originally ordered a medium and it was way too tight across the hips. I exchanged for a large and it's pretty baggy - I have to cinch the waist pretty tight. Wish there was an in between size. Otherwise they are the normal patagonia quality - soft and comfy.

Response from Patagonia
September 15, 2023

We appreciate your feedback on these Regular Fit trail running shorts. We do offer a liner-less [Trailfarer Short]( that you might wish to try. Thanks for taking a moment to send us a valuable review, Christina!

September 9, 2023

Perfect length

Fit is true and print is fun. Grateful for reasonable length shorts.

September 8, 2023

Super light and comfortable!

Love these shorts! Super light weight and incredibly comfortable! I feel they run a tad large but still fit comfortably. I got XS and still have a bit of room! Im 5-2 and 125 lbs. GREAT for packing light and travel! Would definitely buy again.

September 5, 2023

So comfortable!

These rock! so comfortable and easy to use daily!

September 5, 2023

super comfortable

These fit comfortably. I am 5'5'' and 130lbs and the size medium is perfect.

September 4, 2023

Super comfy & lightweight

Just what I was looking for to play pickleball but I find that I'm just wearing them every day because they are so comfy and cool on hot days. I'm 5'7" 130 lbs and a medium fits fine. My advice to Patagonia: keep the zippered pockets but lose the liner. Other reviewers are right about a bit of a weird puffy area in the front cro... Read Moretch. Not a game changer for me but I'm considering cutting out the liner.

September 4, 2023

Amazing shorts! Very comfortable and

Amazing shorts! Very comfortable and the pockets hold my cell Phone. Love them!

September 4, 2023

Underwear with pockets!

I thought I'd try these minimalist running shorts amd I find them exceptional as travel undies! I know, too much information.

September 4, 2023

Super comfy.

Fit great. Love the pockets. Also play pickleball in them, balls fit in pocket. Perfect!

September 4, 2023

My favorite comfy casual shorts!

I love these shorts, I wear them almost 3x a week. I did cut out the liner because I have a high waist and long torso so with them sitting on my hips so low and not wanting to give myself a weggie I felt like I had to️. And because I have to pull them up on my waist I feel it gives a little too much materiel in the crotch and poofs up a bit BUT I s... Read Moretill love them and will wear them until they fall apart. I love the pockets the most!

September 3, 2023

Trail Shorts

Comfortable, light weight, quick drying and great for travel or backpacking

September 3, 2023

Fit is terrific

Material breaths, comfortable for fit for warm weather.

September 2, 2023

Ws Multi Trail Shorts

I love these shorts. Very comfortable and light. Perfect for hot weather.

September 2, 2023

Great Pockets

The zippered pockets are perfect for carrying my keys when going for a long walk or hike. The short material flows and doesn't cling. Love the colors!

August 31, 2023

After rubbing up against these

After rubbing up against these shorts in REI for the last year, I finally bit the bullet and ordered a pair. My gosh, do I feel incredible in them. The texture is inSANE. Luxury to the max. Love the zippered front pockets, and lightweight, breathable feel. The mauve color is gorgeous, to boot.

August 31, 2023

Great fit, light weight fabric

Great fit, light weight fabric which is soft and cool. Nice deep pockets with zippers! I love these!

August 30, 2023

Butter Soft Material

I love these shorts. Sized up bc I have a booty. The fabric is so incredibly soft and comfortable. I wore them for a circuit workout and was actually able to run in them without them riding up too terribly. Dried super quick after my workup. Also comfortable for casual wear. Would definitely buy again.

August 30, 2023

Cute and comfortable

I bought a pair in green and loved them so much I bought them in mauve. The pockets are large and zip so you can put a lot in them, and the stuff won't fall out. The material is soft and comfortable. They fit true to size and look great. They fit true to size. They hit my leg just at the right spot so my legs look good in them. They have built... Read More in mesh underwear which does not allow you to pull them all the up to your waste but, they hit at a comfortable spot. They also have a drawstring if you need it. I think they are great and wish there were more solid colors. They are my new favorite shorts.

August 30, 2023

Patagonia Trail Shorts

Now own 4 pair....these are the greatest! Thay are so light (like wearing nothing), they dry super quick AND....a zipper pocketS! JH

August 29, 2023

Perfect shorts

Love the deep zippered pockets!!! Finally, shorts that don't ride up, are️️ the perfect length and dry fast. I used these for hiking in high elevation when it was unseasonably hot and they were absolute perfection. So happy with these I went back and bought another two pairs because finding good women's shorts is so hard to find. Thank yo... Read Moreu Patagonia for this great design.

August 27, 2023

Light and comfy

Super light weight and a nice length that doesnt ride up when running. The liner undies are a good full coverage which adds to the comfort, overall a great running short!

August 25, 2023


Finally lined shorts with pockets big enough to hold more than a house key. But they run big.

August 25, 2023

Like the Zip Pockets and fabric

These are great hiking/walking shorts! Like the soft light weight fabric and that the print is a pattern. They look great even when the hike involves some climbing along on dusty trails along the hike. I bought a W- Medium but I like longer roomy shorts to wear over compression shorts if needed.

August 23, 2023

Finally., shorts with liner

Shirts are great. It is very difficult to find womans shorts with liner. These are well made. Patagonia should also consider there are women who also prefer longer shorts. I am older and 5 inches is still very short. Its discriminatory on the industry as mens shorts are typically available in lengths of 7-10 inches while womens shorts are 3-5 inche... Read Mores. Theyre a large market for women for prefer a more modest short. Please consider

August 23, 2023

Incredible Quality and Fit

These shorts, really all the shorts Patagonia makes are exceptional. It's all I need in my wardrobe.

August 22, 2023

runs large

seem comfortable but the leg opening is large- so I didn't like the way they look. got my usual size tho .

August 22, 2023

Best Summer Hiking Shorts!

I just ordered a second pair of these shorts because I adore the fabric -- it's super lightweight and silky-soft, making them incredibly comfortable. I have long legs and the length of these shorts is perfect for not wanting to show off a lot of leg and having a little more coverage when hiking. They have a very lightweight built-in underwear ... Read Morewhich I didn't realize and wasn't sure I'd like, but they're not constricting in any way which I prefer in warmer months. The drawstring doesn't do much because of the elastic waistband, but being relatively slim and tall the medium made these just loose enough to be comfy but not feel like they're falling off. I also live in these shorts around the house. You can't go wrong with them!

August 22, 2023


Super comfortable and fabric offers flexibility with whatever you are doing. Fabric is exceptional for different kinds of weather especially hot and humid days. Multiple deep pockets. Nice fit.

August 22, 2023

These are nice shorts, but the Nine Trails 6" were better for running

I was hoping that these shorts would be like the Patagonia Nine Trails 6" shorts, which I love ( I also have the Nine Trails 4", and love those, too). Although the Multi Trails are somewhat similar, and probably the closest to the Nine Trails shorts that Patagonia has right now, they just don't fit as well. When running, I really pre... Read Morefer the location of the back zippered pocket of the Nine Trails which holds a phone, keys, or gels, etc. perfectly. The pocket is located in the middle upper back of the shorts so the weight of whatever you put in there isn't dragging down to one side or the other. The MultiTrails has one pocket on the back right, that is not zippered. It also has two side zippered pockets which puts the contents on top of your thighs, which in my opinion isn't the best spot for running. Even when empty, there's a lot of fabric there. I imagine this pocket location would be better for hiking/backpacking when you might have a pack on. However, when hiking/backpacking, I prefer a short without a liner, so I can choose to wear either a swim bottom or underwear. Overall, these are nice shorts, but not what I was looking for in a running short. Please bring back the Nine Trails or something similar!

August 22, 2023

Love these shorts!

I needed to replace my really old running shorts for some years now and finally bought a couple pairs of the Multi Trails Shorts. Here’s what I love about them- They are soft; they have zippered pockets; the length is perfect and the waistband is comfy and doesn’t dig into my sides! Here’s the one thing I dislike- the inseam in the front seems too ... Read Morelong which gives the shorts a frumpy look in the crotch area. This is not at all a deal breaker for me, because I purchased these for running and hiking and being active… not to look fashionable. I still give them 5 stars!

August 20, 2023

Sad to see yet again

Sad to see yet again the drop in quality in comparison to earlier versions. Specifically, the elastic around the liner is very weak, just like the latest versions of the underwear. Used to be my 'go to' but will have to find an alternative.

Response from Patagonia
August 22, 2023

Hi Margaret, we're so sorry to hear that the Multi Trails Shorts didn't meet your expectations regarding quality. If you ever to run into a problem, rest assured that failed liners would fall under our Ironclad Guarantee. In the meantime, please feel free to [return or exchange]( your gear at any time.

August 17, 2023

Best shorts

These quickly became my favorite shorts. They're so soft and light that it feels like I'm not wearing anything. I work in my shop with no ac and these are by far my coolest shorts. I just hope they continue this line and add more colors and patterns.

August 17, 2023

Love these shorts

Love these shorts, they are the perfect length. Super comfy and breathable

August 5, 2023

Home run

I haven't bought Patagonia bottoms (shorts or pants) in years as they usually were not cut for my shorter curvy stature, however I took a gamble on these and am very glad I did! They fit well, true to size and the length is perfect! Very happy to have a great pair of shorts for running and hiking in hot weather.

August 4, 2023

So comfy and functional!

These are the best shorts ever, especially for running! Best pockets, no chafing, great fabric, great fit that can be dialed in with the drawstring! I bought mens shorts for years just for the pockets until these came along. Thank you, Patagonia!

August 4, 2023

The best

I almost never write product reviews, but these shorts are too good not to. I have ran as far as a 60k in them so far and would reach for them in any distance. They are not a Shortney, but they also wont ride up your butt all day.

Response from Patagonia
August 4, 2023

We're glad to hear you felt compelled to send us your feedback on the shorts! We welcome product reviews that address any positive or negative aspects of fit, sizing, features, comfort, fabric, performance and function. Thanks for taking a moment to send us a review, Laura!

July 28, 2023

Great shorts!

Hands down, these are my favorite shorts! It's hard to find women's shorts that are not super tight or super short. These are just the perfect length and perfect material. In addition to living in them, I also use them when playing tennis. Those deep pockets are just an absolute perfection. I currently have two colors (black and blue), bu... Read Moret will likely to order more. Thank you Patagonia for these great shorts.

July 16, 2023

My go to can do everything shorts

I bought these for a trip to Southeast Asia where I had to pack super light. I used these for running, yoga, hiking waterfalls, and even surfing. I didnt have access to consistent laundry so I washed them in the sink every night and they were good to go by the next morning. Also the zippered pockets are a game changer as well as the length. Thank y... Read Moreou Patagonia for perfect shorts for my trip.

June 24, 2023

Nearly perfect!

The fabric is amazing, the pockets are *perfect* and the liner fits just right. Although the 4.5 inch inseam is bearable, as someone who is 5 feet 3 in, I would love the option for a shorter inseam. As long as it does not compromise the pockets!! I have several pairs already and would love more color/pattern options.

May 31, 2023

I love these shorts!

I know one is not supposed to love objects, but I unapologetically love these shorts. They are lightweight, long enough without being too long, and best of all they have deep pockets WITH zippers! My god, who knew womens shorts needed deep pockets with zippers? Oh wait, women did. These shorts are awesome, I wear them as often as I can, and am slow... Read Morely building my collection to have every color. Would love to see these in Navy Blue as well as some additional patterns. As someone who sweats a lot, I am usually looking for dark colors or patterns. While these shorts dry very quickly, I am still hesitant about wearing the lighter colors while running. Either way though, these shorts are awesome and I recommend them 10 out of 10. They do run a bit large, so consider that when ordering. I wear a 4 in the skyline traveler pant and am an XS in these shorts. The liner of the small fit better than the XS but they looked too baggy, so I have been buying and wearing the XSs.

Response from Patagonia
June 1, 2023

Hey Asha, thank you for sharing this detailed review of these new shorts! And we're totally okay with you loving them. Happy trails to you!

May 23, 2023

My New Favs

Wow, I love all the pockets. The front pockets come with a zipper and the back pocket has a snap. Very nice. Soft material against the skin. Cant wait to put them through the paces.

April 11, 2023

Lasted 1 Day!

At first, I was very excited about these & the fit. Love the zippered pockets. After less than 1 day of normal use (working out, casual wear) the fabric started to pill on the back. Fabric is very light & sensitive, be aware!

Response from Patagonia
April 13, 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are incredibly sorry to hear about how quickly your shorts began to pill. Please know your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you are more than welcome to [return]( your shorts at any time. In the meantime, we will be passing this feedback along to our Product Design Team so they are aware of these issues.

April 5, 2023

The perfect outdoor shorts

I purchased these along with the Trailfarer shorts and I prefer the fit of these better. The liner helps the shorts sit exactly where they're supposed to (little under the belly button). The fit on these is absolutely perfect! When I put them on I was immediately at ease. I'll be wearing these paddle boarding, trail running, and hiking al... Read Morel summer. 10/10 recommend these shorts to anyone who plays outside in the summertime.

March 31, 2023

The only shorts I need

These shorts tick all boxes for me: not too short, not too tight, sufficient pockets, neutral colors, liner, quick drying, no fuss. Will be buying all colors as my everyday running shorts.

March 23, 2023

These are nearly perfect

I traded in my baggies for these shorts. If youre tired of fighting the baggies elastic over your hips - these are THE shorts for you. They are lighter than air. They have a liner!! They have hand pockets and the waist is very easy to pull on. Nearly perfect only because I wish they were a bit shorter. They might run big - Im 63 inches, 147 lbs. Bo... Read Moreught a M and they are loose but comfy.

March 4, 2023

Review update

I wanted to update this review after a few days of backpacking. In the past I've hiked in the trail runners with the small back pocket. The new trail runners have 2 solid zip pockets and a basic backpocket. Overall the pockets are a serious upgrade! I am really impressed with the amount of stuff I can put in the pockets without having the wais... Read Moretband give way. On high mileage days, I used 2toms to prevent chafing and the short material didn't stain. I'm really excited about these shorts!

February 11, 2023

Buttery smooth

These shorts are super soft and feel really luxurious. The fit prevents thigh eating!!!! I also love the pockets. I'll be buying all colors to replace older versions of Patagonia's board shorts.

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