Great to take along as a just in case shell. Not waterproof enough or breathable to wear for long hikes. Between the water seeping through and sweat building up over long periods of time with a pack on, you might as well hike without it. Go spend the extra money to get Gore-Tex, you'll be glad you did.
They dry faster than my boardshorts. What else do you need to know?
I only have one pair and want to wear them EVERYDAY. Held up wonderfully on an extended backpacking trip. A little short on me (6'0" 155) but I'm not complaining. Have a nice fleece-like waist line on the inside which makes for a comfortable fit.
They're okay, nothing special. VERY lightweight which is great for packing if you're gonna be in a few quick showers they work. I was pretty damp after extensive periods of rain exposure. If you're going to be in an environment where it rains for more than 20 minutes, go with anything that has Gore-Tex!
West Texas winds are pretty rough, Gore-Tex windstopper blocks every gust. Its a little baggier than the normal "athletic" fit but it makes for great layering. The water resistance kept me dry in light to moderate rain but haven't worn it in anything heavier. Overall a great buy.
Love the scuba hood. Wicks moisture like crazy but takes a while to dry if it gets soaked. Lightweight but keeps you much warmer than you initially think.
Patagonia R1 backpacking in the North Cascades for a month.