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Patagonia designed the Men's Strider 5in Short to help you go the distance in complete comfort whether you're running a marathon or training on the gym's treadmill. Its polyester body has a Deluge DWR treatment that repells light drizzle. Air Flow mesh panels offer the breathability you need for a sweat-free run in hotter temperatures. The polyester crepe liner prevents uncomfortable chafing, and Polygiene's permanent odor control makes sure this pair of shorts doesn't end up smelling unbearable. Stuff your keys or an energy gel in the drop-in pocket and get striding.

  • Polyester (50% recycled) body with Deluge DWR treatment
  • Air Flow mesh panels
  • Polyester crepe liner with Polygiene permanent odor control
  • Regular fit
  • Internal drop-in pocket on back hip
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low rider

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

long training runs in the LA summer leaves your shorts drenched, so i was considering these for their quick drying claims. unfortunately i never got to test out this feature. immediately, upon trying them on i realized they fit the same as the strider pro in both M and L - the liner is just not long enough. it doesn't extend down far enough to give a male's anatomy adequate space. they were only comfortable if i wore them extremely low on the hips. returned these and bought the north face better than naked, and voila! perfect fit.

Try them!

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

I've just recently gotten into running, and I am very happy I decided to purchase these after a lot of research. They feel good, look good, and I'm pretty sure they make you run faster as well. I didn't know how much I would like these short shorts!

On the run

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On the run

Thank you and you're welcome for the review. I haven't ran in the Strider Pro. I have tried them on and for myself, a bit too much going on with pockets. I'd like to see something between the Strider and the Strider Pro. Maybe like a Strider Comp with one elastic pocket on either hip. Right now, it's all or nothing. Pockets or no pockets. There needs to be a middle ground.

For anyone contemplating Strider 5in vs. Strider Pro...

The Pro uses additional Air Flow mesh for the gusset inside the legs, which makes a difference I think I can feel on really hot days, but that I can definitely feel on cool mornings! However, I do wish both would have wider side mesh panels like the Strider 7in has.

As far as pockets, the new drop-in pocket on the Strider is much nicer than the almost useless key pouch it replaces, which was, basically, the state of things for most lightweight shorts until fairly recently. Because of this, I was in the habit of running with a two-pocket SPIbelt, which gave me all the bounce-free carrying capacity I wanted.

Now, I find the pockets on the new Strider Pro hold everything the SPIbelt did, and just as securely. Nice! If one doesn't need them, they go completely unnoticed. I will add that pulling a gel pack (or other snack) from those external hip pockets is also way simpler than working the zipper on a pouch. Lastly, FWIW, a phone the size of a Samsung GS3 will fit in either the rear or side pockets of the Strider Pro.

New all-time favorite

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

I've always been a fan of Patagonia and their running shorts and these are no different. The cut is perfect. The split side really helps on the uphills to give maximum range of movement without having to go with a 3 inch inseam short. The material is lightweight and breathable - perfect for those hot days on the trail. I haven't experienced any chaffing issues, even on 20+ mile runs.

Though I do love these shorts and will actually be placing another order for a few more pairs, I do have some issues. I feel like the mesh on the side could be wider which would give greater airflow. Right now, it's only about an inch wide and there is a lot of real-estate to expand that. Also, the drop in pocket is pretty worthless for carrying nutrition. It's very small and kind of hard to access on the go. I've been using it as a trash pocket. I'd like to see an external mesh pocket on the back (Kind of a lesser Strider Pro). The back of the shorts in so empty, so I don't see why this wouldn't be done in the first place.

Overall, this has been my go-to pair of running shorts since I bought them from Backcountry. They are just so comfortable. And for the price, these are a no-brainer. I have some $60 shorts that don't function, fit, and breath as well as these.

The best running shorts, period.

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

I was gutted when Patagonia stopped carrying these shorts and have since started scouring the Internet to feed my need for quality running shorts. I've tried them all -- Nike, New Balance, Adidas -- and none of them come close to these shorts. I'm 5'9'', 180 lbs, and the size medium is a perfect fit; falls about mid-thigh being worn at the waist. They don't bunch up in the middle, they sway to and fro, they dry quickly, crepe brief fits well.. there are too many good things to say. These shorts have been put through training runs in two different countries, races, PR's, dreaded treadmill rainy nights. Pick up a pair today and you'll never go back.

Quality Running Shorts

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

A solid pair of basic running shorts. The liner felt a little tight at first but stretched out after a few uses.

I ran the Boston Marathon in these shorts and didn't have any chafing from them which is a testament to great running shorts! I can only hope they last as long as other patagonia products.