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Hiking season may put extra pep in your step, but the KUHL Women's Splash 5.5 Short helps to keep you cool during the hot, rocky switchbacks in your high desert playground.

  • Strong Uberkuhl fabric (a stretchy nylon-cotton blend) breathes, dries quickly, and ensures easy mobility on steeps trails and climbing routes
  • 5.5-inch inseam aids your strenuous hikes and provides just enough stylish coverage for days in town
  • Two front, two rear, and two hidden security pockets store essentials and valuables
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Love these Shorts!!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 4

These shorts are perfect for me. I'm 5'2", 122#, and the 4 fits perfectly. I usually wear a 4, but other reviews stated they run small so I ordered a 6. The 6 was way too big, so I returned them for my usual 4. The 6 1/2" length is just right also. 5" length always feels too short for me. The waist is not too high either. Not too high, not too low. Will definitely buy again even though they are a bit pricey!

"Edgy" shorts ;)

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

I like these shorts for hiking. At a Moab, Utah yoga retreat I wore them on a hike and when we stopped for a little impromptu yoga photo shoot, the shorts did just fine.

They do run a little small so get over yourself and just buy a size up.

KUHL is a "cool" company. I just love the story of how they came to be and always feel happy to support them.

"Edgy" shorts ;)

Great shorts

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

My go to shorts for just about everything outdoors. I already had a pair of these and was looking for more and found them here. These are a great length (6" inseam ). You also get 2 front pockets that lay flat, 2 back pockets and a zippered lower leg front pocket to stash a credit card or cash or whatever ! Fabric is perfect weight as it is not too thick or too thin; it has some body to it. Feels like cotton, but is cotton, nylon and a little Lycra. Great combo! As far as size, I am usually a 6, but I buy size 8 in these and they are perfect. Will buy them as long as they make them!

Sizing is off, No Stretch

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

We purchased these shorts for our crew that traveled with the 2013 Tour of Utah, all the ladies wore these shorts, and the overall problems were that they are too tight in our normal sizes, and then the next size up is too big. So the sizing is off. The length was perfect and I still wear them because I love the length, but the fabric used was not stretchy at all, so for a short you want to be able to hike and even bike in, its just not that great. simple fixes could save this piece.

Great Shorts

    Shorts fit well and wash up nicely. Size...I think they are the "real" size - meaning BEFORE sizes were made bigger to make you think you were smaller. So they are true to size. I love the length and the extra pocket on the leg. They're comfortable in warmer weather, too. These are a keeper and I'm happy I bought 2 pair!

    Nice fabric, needed petite sizes

      I was looking for hiking shorts for a trip to Costa Rica and to use in my usual stomping grounds of Utah and Colorado. Loved the 2-day shipping from Backcountry. I'm 5'4" and 118: the size 4 was uncomfortably snug and the size 6 too big. I can usually wear a 6 petite and, if not available, a regular 4. But in this particular style short, a 6 petite would have been great, but I didn't see these shorts in petite sizes. The fabric was cotton-like with stretch. They seemed sturdy, but light at the same time and had bunches of cool pockets. Nice colors, too. (I liked the charcoal, black and even the brighter splash color) The waist fit well on these shorts without any gapping. Besides needing petite sizing in this short, I thought the short was cut a little "square"-- but mostly my body type can't handle square cut because I have shorter legs. Besides needing petite sizing, everything else about these shorts is fantastic.