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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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4 5

thigh zip pocket finicky

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 7"
    Weight: 145 lbs
    Size Purchased: small

The stretch material is great for climbing and hiking. I'm mainly climbing sports routes at the moment (top rope and lead) and can heel hook without issues. It's reasonably streamline to sit under a harness, without too much excess material (FYI I bought a size small, and I'm 5'7", ~145lbs, size 30" waist, w/broad shoulders and thighs). Waist is a touch loose.

The thigh zip pocket is a bit finicky though. Concept is good enough, i.e. having a zip at the top to access it when you are standing, and a zip at the side (inside facing) when you are seated and need to access it that way. However, the pocket itself is barely big enough for my wallet (and my wallet isn't that big!), so having 2 zips, with all the extra material, doesn't lend itself to being very useful in the end (i.e. I would have been happy with 1 zip, and 2 thigh pockets instead of 1, as with the older zion pants I have)

5 5

Big scratch on my butt, but . . .

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 1"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: large ( 34's)

I barely work. I barely have any money. I have been paying attention to the Prana Stretch Zion shorts since someone mentioned them on a JMT page a while ago, but have been laughing at the price.

And then one day, at my local Goodwill I found a pair, Khaki, barely touched, still smelling of the box they came in. I thought about the few things I have bought, new, that still smell and look, new. I could only think of a pair of shoes, which ended up in the goodwill after spending months in my closet. This had to be karma, or a rich guy that got a little too hefty.

Instead of paying over seventy-dollars, I got them for a mere five bucks, if that, but having worn them now for a few months, not to mention fourteen days on the very rugged, unforgiving granite of the Sierra HIgh Route, I would gladly plastic these and drive myself into further debt.

Yes, the Sierra High Route, which is full of granite, big happy slabs and boulders, all dying to send you tumbling, unless you chicken out and do a lot of butt sliding from one scary precipice to another, which I ended up doing more than a few times, all the while thinking, 'poor shorts gonna eat it on this one,' but no. Amazingly not.

While my other less than nimble partner succeeded in shredding his pants within the first day, the Prana Zions barely, in fact, not at all showed any wear and tear.

The only blemish I've managed is probably a bit of sap that's decided to stay around, but otherwise, these shorts, which I was sure I'd demolish, have survived like no other short I've had--and I am always in shorts.

Before I forget, the reason I first considered these shorts is the belt/cinching system, which someone noted doesn't interefer with your backpack, like a regular belt might---and they were/are very right. I've owned about four pairs of Prana shorts, all very durable and comfortable and these have not disappointed.

p.s. about that butt scratch. who knows where I got it, but aside from whatever giving me a nice scratch, the pants show no sign of anything.

Big scratch on my butt, but . . .
4 5

Great adventure shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 180 lbs

These are great shorts. Well made, nice material, solid features and function. I haven't traveled in them yet, but I can tell these are the types of shorts I could wear for a week and not completely disgust my wife w/ the smell/look! Size "L" was way too big and long, but the "M" fits almost just right. My thighs are bigger than the average Joe, but the "M" is comfortable.

5 5

nice

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6'
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: 32

I never thought I'd wear stretchy clothes. These rock.

Unanswered Question

Are any of the pockets zippered and if so, which ones? Is the belt removable?

5 5

His favorite shorts

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: Small

My husband has 2 pair of the Zion long pants and decided to try the shorts. He bought them for travel and hiking but now wears them all the time. They look and fit great, and he says they are the most comfortable shorts he owns. The fabric is sturdy and practical; easy to wash, quick-drying and quiet (no nylon

5 5

prAna never disappoints

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

These shorts are great for hiking, traveling or just for casual use. They not only look great but are comfortable as well. Light weight, durable and have a nice stretch to them.

5 5

Best shorts I have ever owned.

So far, I have done some hiking, backpacking, cycling and yoga in these and they have been great. The stretchability is awesome for an active lifestyle, but they are classy enough to wear around town also. Check out the prAna Stretch Zion Pants too... Those are my go-tos for the mountains.

5 5

Run a little large.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 155 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

I've only used these a few times climbing inside and out. They are as great as they sound and exactly what you're looking for in a pair of shorts for climbing (pockets, flexibility, durability). I usually wear a 31/32 in dress pants and jeans, and the medium was definitely too big even with the strap.

Responded on

I'm a 33 inch waist and the Mediums are what I'd put as more in line with a 34" waist.

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

5 5

Best Shorts I've Ever Had!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 4"
    Weight: 240 lbs
    Size Purchased: XL

Fit Great, Long Enough to Fit My Style, and they take pretty brutal wear conditions like a champ. I have 4 pair, different colors, all taken a beating and still look brand new. (I even swim in the river with them frequently, great dual purpose shorts!

5 5

Girlfriend loves the fit, so do I

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 195 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

Comfy and nice looking

5 5

Best shorts I own

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 6' 1"
    Weight: 240 lbs
    Size Purchased: Xxl

These shorts are very comfortable and practical. My wife gets on me about wearing them too much. I wear them for everything from weekend long backpacking trips to church.

5 5

awesome shorts

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 6'
    Weight: 210 lbs
    Size Purchased: M

These are great shorts like all the products from Prana. They are comfortable and look good. they are a little long for my normal taste but the comfort more than makes up. Teh cargo pocket doesn't bulge out which is great. Size as always runs a little big. I got a M just to see and they fit great though i usually where a 36 these fit perfectly.

5 5

Husband wears these all summer!

My husband loves how lightweight, quick drying, and comfortable these shorts are. I think they are a lot more flattering than other khaki type shorts. Win-win!

Can an iPhone 6 plus fit in the lower leg pocket?

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Assuming that the patterns here pretty much match the Zion pants, I'd say no. The leg pocket isn't like a cargo pocket, but rather just a little bigger than wallet size.

5 5

My favorite pants/ shorts of all time!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 7"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

Whatever your adventure, camping, hiking, climbing, ..etc, the zion stretch products will withstand the elements. I have like 3 pairs, and they're nearly all I wear!

5 5

I wear them all the time!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: medium

Great fit, stretchy material. Wore my first pair so much that I bought two more pairs! Love the secure cargo pocket for my wallet while traveling.

5 5

My favorite shorts!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: medium

Great fit and comfort. Love them!

5 5

Perfect travel shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 11"
    Weight: 170 lbs
    Size Purchased: small

Perfect shorts to take on vacation if you only take one pair

5 5

Great shorts

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

Shorts are very lightweight and comfortable.