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The Men's Stretch Zion Short from prAna wants to spend the season hiking, climbing, and playing outside. Give this short what it wants, and in return it will give you mobility, quick-drying comfort, and abrasion resistance for long rocky scrambles and pushing through the brambles.

  • Stretch Zion Fabric is can stand up to sharp rocks and branches, and it's flexible for maximum mobility
  • DWR finish repels moisture to keep you dry if you get caught in a little rain
  • Quick drying, so it won't leave you feeling soggy after stream crossings
  • Travel-friendly design means you can take these shorts out of your bag and you won't look like you slept in them
  • Adjustable waist band gives you a great fit
  • Plenty of pocket space gives you room for essentials

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5 5

Loved them so much I bought 3 more!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

I started out with the cargo green and bought them on a closeout from another site (sorry Backcountry). I beat the Hell out of those shorts and they still look and fit new. It got so bad I wore them all the time, so I made my way to Backcountry and bought 3 more pairs in various colors during one of their sales. I couldn't be happier. These shorts feel great in the hot summers in Phoenix and while hiking throughout Arizona. They're incredibly light weight and stretch when you need it. The material drys ridiculously quick too. I couldn't be happier. The built in belt strap is outstanding and the one cargo pocket is quite handy with the double openings. I wear a 33 or 34 and the Large fits great.

5 5

Love the pants, love the shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 1"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

The stretch zion pants are my favorite pants to wear. So of course, the shorts are also amazing. Super comfortable, fit great, and stretch to allow mobility when I'm climbing. Not to mention they're made of the same material the pants are, so they're just as durable. I'm 6'1, 190lbs with a 32" waist and I wear a medium in this.

5 5

I'll take one in every color please

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

perfect shorts for any occasion - hiking, climbing, camping, just hanging out. I have to stop my sons from stealing them out of my closet.

5 5

Go to short

Perfect fit for a person with big mountain legs and gluts. Not slim cut like so many others. Patagonia used to cut this way before they went to fashion over function. After discovering the long pant version I was pleased to see the short was cut the same. Agree with others that may run a size large on slim to normal people but if you have an athletic build try the regular size you wear. I am 6', 205 lbs and the xxl fit fine cinching in the waist strap a bit. An xl would bind my quads too much.

3 5

Buy a size smaller

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large

I love the style of shorts but they run a size big. I them for a short backpacking trip. Unfortunately they piled where they touch the back pack first day in.

5 5

BEST FITTING SHORTS

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

Who ever doesn't have these shorts needs to order a pair. I purchased a pair as a gift for someone and they loved them so much the ordered themselves another pair in a different color.

All the boys here at Backcountry wear these I feel! They are stretch and comfy as can be! Quick to dry and they look sharp on!

5 5

A MUST

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

Who ever doesn't have these shorts needs to order a pair. I purchased a pair as a gift for someone and they loved them so much the ordered themselves another pair in a different color.

All the boys here at Backcountry wear these I feel! They are stretch and comfy as can be! Quick to dry and they look sharp on!

5 5

The best all around short...........

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: small

My first review on these shorts. I do these activities: boulder, run, swim, mountain bike, camp, backpack, hike, garden, and keep up with my 8 and 6 year old. I needed some shorts that were light, comfortable, durable, quick drying, stain resistant, and casual. These shorts can do all the above. If you have an active outdoor lifestyle, do one thing and give these a try. You won't be disappointed.

5 5

Awesome shorts

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 4"
    Weight: 195 lbs

These are great shorts. I got them for a backpacking trip across Spain and have been using them for hikes around my state. They're lightweight and fit great. I wear size 34 pants normally and a Large in these pants fit me great.

5 5

go-to climbing shorts

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

these are my go-to climbing shorts for the gym.

5 5

Yes, they're that good

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

There's a good reason why these shorts get so many five-star reviews. Yes, they're that good.

Like a lot of products where the design is great, there's not much to say, because mostly you only notice the defects, and these have none. They're light, durable, very breathable, and look good.

I bought the size S, and it fits me perfectly. I wear pants with a size 31 waist. Would probably be slightly snug on a 32"-waister, and slightly roomy on a 30".

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You are spot on on sizing. I'm 31" waist and S fits me so good. No more baggy hiking shorts.

5 5

Great Shorts. prAna nails it.

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

Great fit. For both relaxing and physical activities.

5 5

Best shorts ever!

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

I bought a pair of these over a year ago and they are my favorite. I just bought another pair in a different color. They are stretchy, comfy and wear like iron. I don't think they will ever wear out....at least I hope not.

4 5

The real deal

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

I bought 2 pairs of the larges and they are killer. I've hiked, climbed, traveled, etc. in them and they've held up amazingly.

I'm 5'11" and usually wear 32s. The fit on the waist is a bit large and they're a bit longer and baggier than I prefer. Luckily they're adjustable. I'd probably try the mediums time. They have tons of great features.

Just one negative I can think of. The bottom pocket has a top zipper and side zipper to access the same pocket. I've lost things by not realizing the side zipper was open. Maybe it's useful for climbing or some situations but overall I'd say the side zipper is unnecessary.

4 5

Good all-around outdoors shorts

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

Bought these on sale on an impulse and never looked back. If I pack one pair of shorts, these are it. I've worn them on week-long backpacking trips, at the crag and at the gym, these shorts seem to do it all. Great for climbing , hiking and backpacking. They are very breathable, dry quickly, have a nice range of motion and don't smell (too bad) after a week without wash.
Zippered pockets mean you don't have to worry about dropping anything while three pitches up, but I've never needed to use the side zipper of the cargo pocket. The cinch-belt is nice, but tends to need readjustment, and I broke the rear belt loop using it to attach my chalk bag.
All in all, good shorts for multiple activities, but not perfect. Definitely pick them up if they are on sale, but $70 for a pair of shorts?

5 5

BEST.DAMN.SHORTS.EVER

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

These are solid shorts, buy them, don't ask questions....
Need I say more?

I have put these things through the ringer. From Zion to Moab to Jackson to Glacier and to the bar in back. They are comfy, durable, fit great with a bit of stretch, and stylish. I honestly don't know what else you need in a pair of shorts.

BEST.DAMN.SHORTS.EVER
5 5

Where it is at!

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

Love these shorts. No longer do I need to deal with the gaggle of belt/harness/short clash. You know, tighten the harness, belt becomes loose, pants don't fit quite right. With these, not a problem. In addition, the material of the shorts is super stretchy. Comfortable for so much more than climbing.

5 5

Great Shorts

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

Got these for my trip to Costa Rica Knowing that it was going to be very warm. Can I tell you, these shorts felt great.

Top Notch Shorts!

The prAna Stretch Zion Short have become my favorite shorts. I am not a fan of overly short or long shorts and these prAna Stretch Zion Short are right in the middle. Coming down just slightly past the knees, they are perfect. Upon putting them on you will notice a high amount of mobility versus other shorts and a cool little waist tightener on the side. I have concealed carried in these prAna Stretch Zion Shorts and the best part is they stretch so they expand as needed in that situation. I do not hike or backpack in shorts, but they do make a long pant version of these shorts which I would certainly be using as I use another pRana pant for backpacking (The Bronson Pant, previously reviewed).

The simple design and layout adds to this prAna Stretch Zion Short. Having a hidden pocket here and there helps. The rear pockets have always held my wallet and papers in nicely, and I have really come to love the stretch over normal shorts. They look awesome, feel awesome and ride awesome. True to size for the most part on the sizing side of things. The only thing I have seen is some wear on the belt loops, I would like to see some upgraded material for those, but I have used my 1.75" tactical belts plenty of times over the last few months and cannot complain. I would suggest the price come down some, as these are around $68 and I do not see many places with cheaper prices. So I would wait until they are on clearance and clean them out!

I have seen barely any wear on this short, minus the belt loops. They look just the same as they did prior the my 50 times wearing them and multiple laundry trips. Color is still strong and the construction in place. These look like they will last a long time, and I look forward to them doing just that.

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5 5

My go to shorts

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

These shorts are absolutely fantastic! Lightweight, good pockets, nice stretch, great for hiking, and can even double for swim trunks in a pinch.

The built in belt is a nice touch and handy since i think these run a bit large. I typically wear 32/33 inch waist pants and purchased the mediums. At this size, the belt is cinched 1/2 - 3/4 of the way. The legs feel right though, so i wouldn't go any smaller.