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

Best shorts ever!

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

I love these shorts. They are extremely comfortable, durable and stylish. I am 5'8" so the 10" inseam is perfect, with the hem hitting right around my knee. The fabric is comfortable and the stretch makes them extremely abrasion resistant. The DWR is very effective, I have spilled liquids on them a number of time and it just beads up. This also keeps them from staining.
I bought these for backpacking but they have turned into my go-to shorts for everything. They are great for casual use and the stretch makes them very well suited to climbing. I have gone swimming in them as well and they dry pretty quickly. I wore them almost every day until the weather turned cold.
The closest thing I have to a complaint about these shorts has to do with the color, I got them in "Rockwall". It is great for most uses but if you are looking to use them for climbing chalk really shows up on the dark color.
They definitely do run large. Everything else I own is a 32" waist, after reading others comments on sizing I went with the 30" and they fit perfectly.

5 5

Fabulous!

  • 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

Great

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

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

4 5

Fine

  • 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.