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You've tried doing your thing in your swim trunks and your cut-off jorts. Now have a better adventure in the ever-accommodating Patagonia Men's Quandary Shorts. The lightweight Quandarys stretch with you, protect your skin against UV rays, and keep you dry with their water-repellent DWR coating. Plus, they have a super-comfy gusseted crotch and convenient, streamlined pockets for your gear.

  • Stretchy synthetic blend fabric
  • DWR coating
  • UPF 40+ sun protection
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Zip fly
  • Two hand pockets, two back pockets, and one side pocket

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Boston Basin's marmots love it

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 5'5"
    Weight: 125 lbs
    Size Purchased: 30x10

After several years of approaches, bush whacking, rock climbing and even some summer snow marching, my trusty short's life came to a curious end. Back to camp from Mt. Forbidden (North Cascades), I found the shorts (left on a rock to dry) not just ripped off but with large patches missing. My friend's non Patagonia apparel lying aside was untouched… Since the only life form in Boston Basin capable of the feat is the marmot, we could only presume I somehow have offended the local community. In addition, they must have found the fabric suitable to den lining. Needless to say I have ordered a replacement right away. Actually two, of different colours, since I have plans for another couple climbs starting Boston Basin… :)

I have the previous years version which aren't a slim fit and they fit great. Just wondering if the leg openings will fit my 24" circumference quads on a waist size 36?

Best Answer

I measured the leg opening on a size 36 at 11 inches across while the shorts are lying flat.


Great, if they stock your size.

  • Fit:True to size
  • Height: 6'1"
    Weight: 190 lbs

Just a note, and an appeal to Backcountry... I am not a 32 or a 34. I ordered two pair of the 34 hoping they'd suffice. They didn't--too big. Ended up sending them back and ordering size 33 from a different vendor. They fit perfectly. I recommend you order your size in these fantastic shorts. If Backcountry doesn't stock your size, order them somewhere else.


great short

    These shorts are awesome - a cool balance of an every day short, and something a little more technical. The fabric stretches well and dries quickly so it's a great hiking/biking short. But they still look sharp enough to wear every day. I feel like they run spot on for sizing, and have held up well even with a fair amount of abuse so far this year.

    Quandary Short video review

    Mark, men's product line manager for Patagonia, talks through the newly redesigned Quandary Short, available in a 10 or 12 inch inseam.


    They feel great and wear great.

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size
    • Height: 5'8"
      Weight: 157 lbs
      Size Purchased: 32

    I'm a size 30-32 waist and got the 32x10 and depending on the day I usually go with a belt to keep them where I want them. Maybe a 30x10 would have been perfect, actually I'll buy another just to be sure :)

    No complaints, they are a quality pair of shorts, well made and the pockets are deep and will hold your essentials safely.