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Very comfy, light material - better than board shorts!
I wore these all week at June Lake. They are so comfortable, quick drying, and flattering. I got two ( the floral pattern, and black), and I wore the floral more than black -which was surprising. These truly are so lightweight and perfect for the water.
Perfect for family beach day
I love these so much they are my favorite swim shorts! I like to wear the nano swim top and cheeky bottoms but when I wanna get on the boogy board or go shelling with the family I wear these and they are so comfy. I even have a size large when I fit medium better because I like the color and they sold out of the medium! I would like them just a bit... Read More longer but the stretch is PERFECT!
Good fit for athletic petites
Light, quick dry fabric. I am 5 foot 2 with an athletic build and shorts are often too long on me, or too tight in the leg muscle area, these are the perfect length to be flattering, and they are a great fit without being overly tight. Im normally a 4-6 in pants and bought the small so I would say they are true to size. Love the zip pocket as well!... Read More
They are not the same :/
I bought two pairs and I am probably going to return the navy blue one. This style was my absolute favorite type of shorts. I have 7 other pairs from previous years in all different colors. But this 2022 model runs really big! I dont love them. I am pretty bummed. Actually I just looked at my other shorts and they have the little pocket in the fron... Read Moret, & they are size 4. I might return both shorts b/c they are too big and I am usually size small in everything Patagonia.
5 stars! I have these
5 stars! I have these in two different colors and probably wouldn't hesitant to buy more. I typically am not in love with short shorts but the cut is so flattering and they are not tight on my midsection. I wear these for everyday use but have also worn them kayaking and hiking.
Going to need this in every color
Have worn them almost every day since I got them. Love the fit, super comfy and flattering. TTS especially if you are more athletically built. Great for casual wear around town and comfy for being home, but also looking forward to wearing them at the beach or for aquatic activities. Definitely recommend!
Great for curvier gals!
These are my new go-to's! I own 6+ pairs of Barely Baggies, and have loved them for years - but I picked these up to try and will never look back! These seem to fit wider in the seat than the Barely Baggies, and don't think that they ride up nearly as much as the BB's. I'm 5'4", and typically wear an 8 or 10 in jeans ... Read More- the large in these fit great. I wore them camping & hiking for the first adventure and found myself wishing I had others to wear throughout the trip. I hope that Patagonia comes out with more pattern options!
We're so glad to hear that the stretch fabric of these Micro Shorts is a better fit than the 100% nylon Barely Baggies. Thanks for your feedback on the fit and performance, Kaitlyn!
Bought two pairs of these for a sailing trip to French Polynesia and they were absolutely perfect. Loved the length, quick dry, and most of all the zip pocket. Latter was slightly snug for an iPhone so would love for it to be a bit bigger for a quick in/out but wouldn't deter me from recommending these.
I'm a raft guide and I purchased these shorts hoping they would be my everyday, quick drying shorts. While they do dry quickly, the fit is all wrong. Unless you wear bottoms underneath, they show everything-the first time I wore them I was super uncomfortable and aware that I was flashing my guests from time to time. While they fit ok at first... Read More, the elastic waistband shrunk after a few washes and now digs in leaving marks in my skin. I love Patagonia and their products but unfortunately this is not one I can say the same for.
Hi Sierra, sorry to hear that the Women's Stretch Planing Micro Shorts didn't work out. We have a couple options that may work better for you in the future. Try checking out the Women's Barely Baggies™ Shorts, https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-barely-baggies-shorts-2-half-inch/57043.html?dwvar_57043_color=PCDO. These shorts are awesome because they dry very quickly and have a loose fit that helps to keep you moving without feeling constricted. Another great option with a twist is the Women's Tech Skort, https://www.patagonia.com/product/womens-tech-fishing-skort/82151.html?dwvar_82151_color=BEBL. This skort has so many amazing features, is quick drying and has stretch to help with mobility. We think either of these will fit your needs and not have that see through effect when wet. You're also more than welcome to start a warranty return or exchange under our Ironclad Guarantee. You can begin your return at any time by following this link, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Should be good for kayaking
I will start by saying the ones Ive got are way too big, but they were the only size left on the sale so I took a risk. Ive worn them walking a few times and because they dont fit, they ride up in a way I dont love. I think theyll still be fine for kayaking or paddle boarding so Im keeping them, but if I buy them again, Ill definitely size down! I ... Read Morewould say the size chart is probably pretty accurate.
Love this shorts from Patagonia! Got it in black and size XS, Im 107, 51 and they fit perfect not too loose and not too tight. I hope this is helpful for people who are considering the sizing decision as I know it can be tricky at times. Otherwise, You wont regret your purchase and I am very confident for this shorts that I will be wearing them for... Read More years to come. Again, thank you Patagonia!!!
Perfect for athletic builds
Its been impossible to find shorts that fit because I have a small waist and big thighs (theyre not big but apparently my waist to thigh ratio isnt the norm). Im 55 125 lbs with an athletic/fit frame. These fit perfect on my waist and are looser around my legs. I appreciate how short they are because they dont ride up when I run or walk.
I bought these shorts for a white water rafting trip and was very impressed by the fit and quality. I wore them many times over the 14 day trip, both in the water and on hikes, and they held up great! They dried very quickly, had a perfect sized pocket, and wicked away any stains/sand. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase.
Great board / beach / swimwear shorts
I love these shorts! Unlike the W's Wavefarer boardshoarts, which fit tight, these are loose and fun to wear. I am 5'4", 125lbs, with wide hips so shopping for shorts is always difficult. These are one of the few W's Patagonia shorts that fit me well. I normally wear a size 4 or 27/28 in jeans, and the size (S) fit me perfectly.... Read More Great material, fun fit, and perfect for water activities or running.
Best Paddling Shorts
These shorts are super light-weight, comfortable, and dry in an instant (no liner). They are perfect for paddling. The length is just right for sitting in a kayak or canoe and is not too cumbersome for swimming. The best part is how quickly they dry - especially for multiple day paddling/camping trips. Highly recommend. I wish Patagonia could make ... Read Morea comparable bikini top!
Great summer short
Bought a small based on what they stated for model size compared to my height/fit, and exchanged for an xs (which I've never bought myself before), so from my perspective they run a bit big. Unless you're looking for a looser fit, I'd buy a size down. However, I highly recommend!! -- comfy, lightweight, fast-drying.
Worth the purchase!
I tried searching for months to find a pair of plain, simple, comfortable black swim shorts that fit not too loose and not too tight. FINALLY I found these, and they fit perfect! Normally I wear medium in bottoms, but for these I found the small fit best. They are light fabric, very comfy. I actually bought a 2nd pair because I lost the 1st pair wh... Read Moreen hurrying off of the beach during a storm =( they fit so great.
The best river shorts I've found to date
As a river guide, I picked up a pair of these a couple weeks ago to replace a pair of missing board shorts. Easily the best river shorts I've found to date! Super light and without a liner, they're both super comfortable and dry extremely fast. They're also the perfect length for sitting in a boat all day or swimming in the river. Lo... Read Moreved them so much I ordered another pair!
Ordered a pair of these in medium with high hopes they would fit my thunder thighs. The wavefarers in medium were so tight,I couldn't believe it. I'm 5'5 and 150 lbs,curvy butt / thighs. These shorts fit so well that I'm ordering a second pair. Will be great to surf in and they're so light,they'll be perfect for hot we... Read Moreather.
Great shorts,especially over a bathing suit
I bought these shorts to wear over my bathing suit for beach days. I do not love the little star patterns,but with the grey color,they are not very noticeable. There is no inner lining,which makes these shorts more comfortable over a bathing suit and a small zipper pocket,which is convenient. These shorts are comfortable,water resistant (dry quickl... Read Morey),and are not too tight around the waist so that if you wear them alone with a bathing suit top,it does not pinch your stomach fat. I am 5'3" 130 lbs and wear a size 2 & 4 and small in shorts/pants and the size small fit me well. They are not too short,but if anything on the slightly looser size,but look great!
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