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...or you can take your chances with the drenched oversized denim pants with jars of mayonnaise in the pockets.

With any activity like backpacking, hiking, climbing, or even casual use really, a heavy short that feels like a pair of drenched oversized denim pants with jars of mayonnaise in the pockets is less than ideal. Move easily and wear a stylish and durable short like the Kavu Chilli Lite Short.

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What is the length of the inseam on a...

What is the length of the inseam on a medium? I generally run into the problem of shorts being too long, so hoping these would fit the bill for me. 5'8", 170lb, 34-35ish waist. Have some Columbia shorts that I like that seem to have a shorter inseam...

5 5

cool pockets, good length

like the sturdy material, and the deep wrap-around pockets. i am on the shorter side, and the length works great for me. sadly i ordered a size too big for me, but i am wearing them anyhow.

I am 6'1" weigh around 175 and generally...

I am 6'1" weigh around 175 and generally wear a 34 waist. Does anyone know if I should get a medium or a large?

5 5

Can you dig it?

Love these shorts so much I bought three pairs. The half moon moon pockets are deep and accessible, the built in belt helps you stay classy, and the fabric is really comfortable and soft after a short break in period. I like them a lot better than the pair of Patagonia stand up shorts that I have, and they are the perfect length-above the knees but not flashy. These shorts are everything a pair of shorts should be.

5 5

I like my chilli spicy

i have two pairs of these bad boys and they're some of my favorite summer time wear. yeah they're a little short, but who doesn't like some guy thighs and/or bike spandex tan lines. super comfortable and once they break they're buttery soft!

Are Kavu shorts cut large small or just...

Are Kavu shorts cut large small or just rite ?

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Hey wally Houts,

Thanks for the question. Kavu shorts usually run pretty close to correct in the waist, but do have a slightly smaller cut for the inseam/outseam.

1 5

Not the product represented

Received the shorts and they were not the shorts that I ordered. The person on the chat said sorry, we'll change the picture. Not shopping here again. Bad customer service.

5 5

great shorts

perfect for front-country wear... would not take them backcountry for long because of cotton! great for around town or travel

4 5

Comfortable Shorts

Very comfortable shorts, but as other reviewers have mentioned, they are rather short. If I'm not doing something outdoors like hiking/climbing, I feel a little sheepish in these due to the length. Not so short that you feel like Lt. Dangle, but definitely shorter than most on the market.

I also got one of those pairs were the fly-flap has a hard time staying flat. Very annoying, but fixable with some ironing.

Im just starting to get into backpacking...

Im just starting to get into backpacking and outdoors etc. and I am considering buying the Chilli Lite's or Patagonia Stand-Up shorts. What would be best to buy for everyday use, and use on the trails?

3 5

Nice Shorts

The shorts are good quality and well made. The Cocoa is a great color. We returned them as they are very wide in the legs. They make skinny legs look even skinner.

5 5

Durable and they look good too!

I bought these for my boyfriend and we both love them. They are a really durable and comfortable material. They can go from the crag to casual wear no problem. They hit just above the knee which is good for climbing (doesn't restrict movement) but if you like shorts below the knee these may be short for you. The waste band has a belt and allows for adjustment. Overall really durable and good looking. I really like the light striping that comes with some colors. We got the brown bear stripe and I may get him another.

5 5

Love 'em

I love my Chili Lite's...
Just so you know, though, they are shorter than the average pair of shorts these days. they come up maybe 3" above my knee and i am an average 6' guy.

But please, I need a new pair, I was cleaning the bathrooms in our house, and I spilled some bleach on them. SAC, can you come to my rescue?!?!

5 5


These are now my favorite shorts. Bought 2 pair on SAC and will buy more if they come up again. I live in the deep south and its shorts weather here 11.5 mos of the year. These are cotton but it is so light it breathes well. They are a comfortable length and the cut is such that you dont flash folks if you squat down. Highly recommended.