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Feather light, ergonomically cut, and seriously breathable, the Stoic Thrive Short keeps you cool whether you're backpacking through the desert or nailing heel hooks on a ferocious boulder problem. The Thrive's welded construction makes your chafe-inducing cotton shorts seem straight lame, and their DWR treatment has you covered when you decide it's a good idea to try a handstand with an open beer in your pocket.

  • Polyester/spandex blend
  • DWR coating
  • Ergonomic fit
  • Welded construction
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Terrible downgrade.

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

I got a pair of these off of Steep and Cheap years ago and LOVE them. Tough, flexy, versatile, reasonably stylish and incomprehensibly waterproof. I finally put a few small holes in them after a ton of climbing, and decided to snag another pair. Big mistake. The new version of these shorts are straight up fugaise. Plastic buttons instead of metal, no cargo/leg pocket., and just generally way shoddier workmanship. The heat-sealed seam inside one pocket ripped asunder, rendering it completely useless. One star because the OG version of these shorts rocked. Shame shame, Stoic. This will be my last purchase.

Keeps your junk fresh

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

Yeah, as others have said, almost like wearing nothing at all.
The photo doesn't really portray them as they really look. When I look at the image above, they look like"Coach Pants" The tight ass shorts the gym teachers and coaches back in the 70's and early 80's used to style in.

I'm 6' 1", #220 and the XLs fit like board shorts. I may go with the Ls next time to go for that middle school athletic instructor look next time.

The construction and material seems solid. The welded seams give it a unique feel. It'll be interesting to see how they hold up over time, but for the price they are going for, it's hard to go wrong.

So far my only concern is the ability for the side tabs to keep them up. When you're freeballing it, having that kind of wardrobe failure can be kind of embarrassing. Belt loops would be nice for added confidence. The snaps and pockets have yet to win my confidence too.

But other than that, they rock.

Great shorts, questionable color

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

These shorts fit great and really move with me - love the length, super light... my daughter won't let me wear them with her because of the color but I can use them with my son.

Oh God - I love everything but the color

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

Please Stoic, make more of these... but in different colors. I ordered the horrid Gold Khaki/Canyon Brown (only color left), and even though everyone stares at me like I'm wearing puke baby food, I don't give a sh#t because they feel so good. Lightweight, stretchy, breathable, & good slim fit.

Telling everyone to buy a pair

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

Got these shorts on clearance while buying some other clothes, wasn't really sure what to expect. Got them in and I can't stop wearing them. Super light, comfortable and dry extremely fast. I wear them to the climbing gym and the extra range of motion, light weight and toughness of them is a trifecta.

For the next run I'd ask for some slightly deeper pockets and perhaps a pocket on the rear with the overlap layers style (no velcro/button) like patagonia shorts. And look into a tighter fasten on the side adjustments.

I'll buy every color you have.

Fantastic

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

Great short,very comfortable, light weight and the material feel great. Perfect fit. The side buckles are nice to adjust waist size as necessary.

Glorious!

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

These are the most comfortable shorts I have EVER worn. I almost own two of the roam shirts (same material) and they make a great hiking combo. These are my go to hiking, swimming, lounging, workout, anything scenario shorts. They breath, they stretch, they are super lightweight. As in they feel like you aren't even wearing shorts. Used them on a jaunt through the narrows and they had dried off before I could even make it half way back to the shuttle pickup. If you have a chance to buy these, do it. DO IT NOW!!!

Stoked!

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

Someone walked off with my decade old pair of BDV shorts and left me severely bummed. Then I picked these up on deep discount. I was skeptical about the side buckles but they've stayed out of the way while climbing in a harness and I can't seem to wear a hold in them no matter how I try. They're a great color and super light and quick to dry, and at a C-note less than replacing my old Schoeller shorts I'd say they're a steal.

Awesome outdoors shorts

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

These shorts have been through everything. The water resistance is awesome and they are resistant to thread pulls and rips/tears as well as staining. The only downside I can see is that for backpacking, the waist adjustments sit right on my hip and of course that's also where my pads sit for my backpack. This cause some bruising because there was no way around this besides hiking the shorts up real high which is rather uncomfortable. Other than that, great purchase and I still use them for all my other outdoor activities

Awesome outdoors shorts

Great shorts but needs better buckles

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

These are great for running and multi-day hiking trips. Great material and really good pockets - I run with my iPhone in my pocket and don't even notice it. The only improvement I'd make is improving the strap buckles on the sides. I've lost some weight since I bought these and now at the lower end of the size range and have to tighten up the sides to keep them up. The buckles don't grasp the straps well so I'm a little concerned my pants are going to fall down when I'm running. The straps needs adjusting at least once every mile when they become completely loose again. If you are at the lowest end of a size range, I'd recommend either going smaller size or choosing a different option.

Classic Success.

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

I also wear the SUP version of these shorts, and love the fabric and super-flat welded seams. Durable, stylish, good sizing, and really comfortable. Warning: the gold khaki is very puke green/gold. I am a 30 waist and wear a small, and it is snug. The little waist tighteners are next to useless, so be sure you're at the upper end of the size you're looking at getting. Tip: get these for ~10 bucks cheaper on steepandcheap.com, a bc-run deal site.

I love these shorts

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

After owning a pair for a year, I picked up a second on SAC this summer. Lightweight and comfortable, they are great for just about any activity like biking, or hiking. They are surprisingly durable for how thin they are, mostly because of the stretchiness, and the fit is good too.



I was a little bummed about the second pair I bought because the buttons switched from metal to plastic snaps which don't seem as high quality, but they work okay. And the lack of back pockets is both a pro and a con. Sometimes forcing you to carry less stuff, but then again when you are doing something active, you don't necessarily want bulky stuff in your pockets.

Great Light Short

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

Bought a pair on SAC a while back and love them for warm/hot days. As Willie mentioned, you hardly feel them they're so light.



Yes, the pockets are small. They are fine for upright activities (I carry my iPhone in it while skating), but aren't deep enough to hold things when climbing. I wouldn't expect the phone to stay in the pocket just sitting.



Just picked up a second pair and figured I'd write the review ...



... anything similar on the women's side? The wife loves it as well.

I like the shallow pockets as i use the shorts for running. A deeper pocket would mean my phone (galaxy s5) would be constantly banging against my leg, whereas the shallow pocket is perfect for keeping the phone steady against my body, and it's a big phone.



I have a few pairs of the SUP shorts too which are even better since they have a zippered cargo pocket that is great for holding my phone beside my body low on my leg for weightlifting.

Great shorts but the pockets are a joke

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

These shorts are awesome. They feel so light you hardly feel them. I mainly use them for bouldering and gym climbing and they work great, never cause any restricted movement. The pockets are really small but since the shorts are made for active use you probably wont have too much in you pockets anyways. This is my second pair and ill probably get another in the future. One complaint is they raised the price first pair I bought was $40 now they want $60 with is pretty steep unless you get them on SAC.

What's the difference between these and...

What's the difference between these and the Thrive SUP shorts?