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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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5 5

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.

5 5

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.

4 5

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.