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You've tried doing your thing in your swim trunks and your cut-off denims; now try to the ever-accommodating Patagonia Men's Quandary Short. The lightweight Quandary stretches with your nimble hiking, climbing legs, protects your skin against UV rays, and keeps you dry with its water-repellency. Plus, it has a super-comfy gusseted crotch and convenient, streamlined pockets for your gear.

  • Lightweight nylon and spandex with Deluge DWR finish repels wet weather and stretches as you high-step or bend low
  • Regular fit with classic flat-front styling, zip fly, and belt loops provides everyday comfort and ease
  • Gusseted crotch adds even more mobility to this stretchy short
  • Two vertical on-seam side, a zippered left-front thigh, and two welted back pockets secure essentials

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5 5


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

Great fit, fast drying and comfortable!
I wish they had more colors.
Perfect for travel and all occasions!

5 5

Excellent traveling and all around short

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

I just got back from 2 weeks in Thailand. I (accidentally) only packed 2 paris of shorts, outside of some board shorts for swimming. I ended up wearing these just about every day of the trip. Really comfortable, breath well, just the right amount of pockets.

4 5


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

Awesome travelling short. Wicks water, packs well and looks great.

4 5


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

Roomier in the waist than expected and the waist button hole is slack. Have to wear a belt. Material is good, sturdy and slightly stretchy. Not a mark on fabric after climbing and sitting on rock.

5 5

all day every day

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

The Quandary shorts are awesome, definitely my new favorite pair of shorts. They've got a nice clean design so they can function as a good looking every day short, and the fit and soft shell fabric make them a great technical short as well for hiking and climbing.

5 5

These are now my favorite shorts

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

Good for all occasions - nice classic color, a zipper pocket in back for stowing my wallet securely, mesh inside, quick drying, super comfortable material, perfect length, and high quality construction. I don't see the negatives. I've put them through everything - In fact, I used them as a swimsuit at a beach when I forgot to bring boardshorts and they worked just fine. I wear them as much as I can - in fact the material was so comfortable that I went and bought pants from Patagonia made of the same material! No regrets.