I own multiple pairs of the Rhone Mako and I wanted to give this version a try given how much I like the Makos. I also wanted to understand the difference. Basically, the Bullit's ripstop material is a tad more substantial than the Mako's. The Mako is an ultralight weight nylon that barely feels like it is on. Whereas the Bullit is ripstop which is slightly more substantial and weighs a bit more. Frankly, I like both shorts and now own both so when deciding, it comes down to personal preference. My only constructive feedback is the lack of a rear (butt) pocket on these shorts. I end up wearing both sets of shorts during physical activities as well as casually and a rear pocket would be nice. The fit is very modern with the inseam hitting about an inch above my knee (perfect for me).