For weekends on the water.
Looking for a versatile short for spending serious time on the water? Slip into the ExOfficio Men's Amphi Short for lightweight, quick-drying performance when you're earning your limit at the local fishing hole. This cargo short blocks the sun from frying your upper thighs with its UPF 30+ rated fabric. It's treated with a Teflon finish to repel stains and moisture from soaking through, keeping you dry when you encounter a mid-summer shower or drag your kayak onto shore.
Keeping these shorts from riding up, the built-in belt provides a secure, comfortable fit. Another water-friendly feature you'll find are the adjustable thigh cinches that allow you to lift up the hems when you're wading in the shallows and crossing streams. Other features include a full inseam gusset for increased range of motion, as well as an assortment of cargo, gadget, and secure-zip pockets for stashing tools, snacks, and everyday essentials.
- Nycott (100% nylon)
- Teflon finish
- UPF 30+
- Full inseam gusset
- Built-in removable belt
- Tricot-lined waistband
- Adjustable thigh cinches
- Side cargo pockets
- Drop-in gadget pocket
- Secure-zip back pockets
- Item #EXO006I
- Q & A
Ultimate Outdoor Utility Shorts
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 32
Big thanks to ExOfficio and Backcountry.com for hand-selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the BC community.
I've never owned a pair of shorts that made me think, "you know what, these shorts are really friggin' handy!" But that was my first impression after pulling them on. Mine are 32" waist & 8.5" length in Dark Charcoal.
Belt: Starting from the top, these shorts come with a removable belt with a snap closure--the belt has a minimalist design, which is great because a typical belt buckle can snag on rock or gear when you're scrambling or maneuvering in close quarters. You don't have to worry about snagging anything on this low-profile buckle, and unlike an integrated belt, this one uses a normal belt-loop system can be put on/off without having to fish it through large sections of closed fabric.
Design: The material is lightweight nylon so it won't overheat and it's durable. On the inside of the belt line, there is a soft fabric liner to add a comfy buffer between the shorts and your skin. This is a very welcomed feature, particularly after a long day of hiking or backpacking as it'll save your skin from the brunt of typical waistband irritation. --A really nice feature for those who spend long days outdoors or planning extended trips, especially thru-hikes.
Hardware: The button clasp is nicer than most because of the way it's fastened to the material, it's a touch longer than most button closures, and the added length makes it's easier to fasten the waist--a small detail, but a noticeably nice touch. The zippers are fairly solid, light-weight, and low profile (you won't find gnarly steel teeth on these shorts' zippers, ouch).
Pockets: On the back there are two zippered pockets (Yes!), each side has a cargo pocket with Velcro closure, and the right cargo pocket has a top slide pocket that nicely fits an iPhone 6 for quick-n-easy retrieval--something that is super handy when you spot a moose moving through the woods and need to silently pull out your camera without startling it (I'm looking at you Velcro!). The top hand pockets are modestly deep, are mesh lined, and the right pocket has a change divider sewn into the bottom, again, a nice touch.
Overall: These are truly rad hiking shorts if utility is of any importance: Having two back-zippered pockets, two cargo pockets, a phone slide pocket and two hand pockets is really amazing, and they did all that while keeping the shorts lightweight and sleek so that you can still rally up boulders and bring your legs high without them bunching.
Sizing: Being able to choose your length is awesome: I avoid longer shorts for hiking since going up hills in longer shorts can cause knee abrasion against the fabric. These in 8.5" are perfect for me. Waist is spot on, and if not, you can dial it in with the belt.
Liked the shorts, but....
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 32 x 8.5
Just got these yesterday and liked the styling, material, etc. but the waistband (see question) was way too large. I am a female backpacker but sometimes the men's shorts fit me better. I ordered my usual size, but have not bought this brand before. I don't know if the large waist is typical of Ex Officio's cut or if I just got a strange pair. I will return them and maybe try the smaller size. Too bad, because the features would be perfect for backpacking.
Do it all short!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I have worn the Amphi for years! Fishing, hiking, backpacking and just around the town!! What I like? The material is a really soft nylon it doesn't feel like nylon more like cotton, it is treated with stain resistance this helps it not get dirty which is super helpful to me, the Amphi waist band has a brushed interior lining as well that is really comfortable. Probably #1 is how light the short is, on those really hot days it is just really comfortable. Can't say enough good about it! And I like the belt, low profile easy to use and it is removeable and there are belt loops that fit other wider belts so you can use your own or put things on the belt like multiTools, pliers (salt water fishing) other pouches etc. Just a great short!
I just bought these in a 32 waist which usually fits but the waist is huge. Anyone else have this experience? Considering exchange for a 30, but don't know if the rest of the short would be too small then. Advice?
This should work, yes ExO can run a bit generous.