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For a short truly designed with backcountry and desert wanderers in mind, look no further than the Mountain Hardwear Men's Canyon Short. The rotated hip seams eliminate uncomfortable rub points when you're carrying a pack with a hipbelt, and the mesh drain panels in the pockets keep the shorts light when you're wading through water-filled slot canyons. Plus, a DWR finish allows the shorts to dry quickly after you get back on the trail.

  • Canyon Twill 100% nylon fabric is light, soft, and has a DWR finish for quick dry times
  • Relaxed fit allows you to move freely and increases comfort in warm weather
  • Integrated webbing belt with a buckle closure provides a snug fit
  • Rotated seams at the hips increase comfort while wearing a pack
  • Mesh drain panels in the pockets allow the shorts to perform when you cool off in the river
  • Hidden zippered security pocket inside the the front right pocket keeps valuable safely stowed

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2 5

Could be improved

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

I have a pair of MH Canyon shorts that are over 10 years old that I love, but these just don't compare. I went through the hassle of ordering the 32x7 and 30x7 because I normally wear a 31 or 32 in blue jeans or slacks. Both were way too large in the waist, and since I do a lot of backpacking and don't trust the belt to do it's job with a hip belt pulling down on them I sent them back for the 28x7. The problem with the 28x7 is that while the waist size was perfect, they're way too tight in the thighs to hike in without significant binding and chafing. Since I bought these for being active in they simply weren't going to cut it. They're not as functional as my old Canyon shorts (also with 7" inseam), which flare at the bottom and allow for much freer movement.

Maybe the 9" inseam shorts are different, but I like my hiking shorts short.

I should probably add that I'm a slim guy at 5'-8" and 140 lbs so I'm not packing huge thighs...

2 5

Much better shorts out there for the $

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

The waist size (34) was a little bigger than other brands but I could deal with that with the built in belt but the shallow front pockets are a deal breaker. A good functional pair of shorts shouldn't make you worry about the contents of your pockets falling out. I am sending these back for another pair of outdoor research equinox shorts which are a little more expensive but far superior in my opinion. I am a mountain hardwear fan but I think they missed the mark with these.

4 5

Nice material

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I find these great for hiking and wading small streams

The canyon material always impresses, dries quickly, is light, sheds moisture and brush pretty well

5 5

Light weight

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

Very light weight, proportions are good, belt works well. These are actual shorts and as such are cooler than the half-pants that are mostly sold as shorts, but they are not hot pants either. For someone of average height, they are the perfect length.

Front pockets are shallow as others have mentioned, back pockets are good, would be nice if one had a zipper. I ordered these in the midst of a heat wave and have worn them every day for about a week and have no complaints.

3 5

Too short

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

Like all Mountain Hardwear clothes, the Canyon shorts are well made and functional in a lot of ways. But they fall short in a couple of crucial ways: (1) The 7" legs are just too darn short, and this shortness felt accentuated because the legs taper inward. They were so high & tight that I felt like it was Halloween and I was going as a German tourist. (2) The pockets are too shallow and narrow.

4 5

Excellent Shorts

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These lightweight shorts are great in the hot, humid weather and dry quickly. They fit well and will stretch just enough to make them nice and comfortable. The only issue with them is that the pockets could be a little deeper; as I lay in my tent, all the change and my keys promptly fell out of the side pocket! Still a good buy.

5 5

Mountain Hardwear Canyon Shorts Rock!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased these shorts several years ago, mostly for backpacking. They fit and look great and don't restrict motion in the backcountry (or around town).

These shorts don't have cargo pockets - perhaps a problem for some, but not for me because I like to travel on the trim side. The "Canyon Twill" fabric (aka nylon) has a nice cotton feel. My older pair has a "micro-chamois-lined seamless conical waist" that feels "seamless" under a cinched-down pack belt. The integrated webbing belt is nice, though it does get twisted inside the belt "sleeve"... not enough of an annoyance for a star deduction in this review.

I don't bring these shorts on backpack trips anymore because I liked them so much that I bought MH's Mesa Convertible Pants (similar fit, construction and features, but with convertible functionality) - see my separate 10/4/12 review of those excellent pants.

Pic below shows Canyon Shorts paired with my new Life Aquatic tee (thanks Paul).

Mountain Hardwear Canyon Shorts Rock!
4 5

Great for hiking.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I own two pair of these shorts, I absolutely love how fast they dry and how good they look in all situations. The mesh pockets aren't flimsy at all. The crotch is a little longer than what I would like; a little more mobility would be very appreciated. Be careful around fire, a small ember burnt right through mine. I've put hundreds of miles onto mine (which I know is weird to say about shorts) and used them while working as a landscaper, very tough, they don't hold smell and easy to wash. Did I mention I look good in them? Not your average dorky looking hiking shorts.

5 5

Bringing the 80s back

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased the 30x7. I am 5'10'' 165lb. 7 inch shorts took a few days to get use to (and get my white legs tan enough to show in public). After wearing them everyday for the past few weeks I have begun to question the reason shorts have become longer in the past decade or so. I really dig the moderately short length and the freedom it gives me in movement.

For the shorts themselves the fabric dries really quickly and there are no stress points of friction for rashes. Those two factors were my biggest concern since I hike with these shorts in 100 F weather in the high deserts of northern Arizona. One pocket has a quasi-lanyard clip and the other a zippered mini pocket. Other than that its a pretty standard pair of shorts.