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Prepare your mountainous adventures with The North Face Men's Paramount II Utility Short this summer whether you're hiking or climbing. Its abrasion-resistant, 50 UPF-rated nylon shell has a hydrophobic QuickDry treatment to enhance moisture management and quicken dry time, and a DWR coating helps protect you from unforeseen rainy conditions. A relaxed fit makes sure you can high-step through cruxes or sprint down trails without a problem. Secure your valuables in the hidden zippered pocket and slide your phone in the side pocket so you don't lose them somewhere on the mountain.

  • Nylon shell with DWR coating
  • QuickDry treatment
  • Relaxed fit
  • Hidden secure-zip pocket
  • Side cell phone pocket
  • UPF 50
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The ideal all-around shorts!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I have been really impressed with these shorts. I got them for a trip to Africa, and have put them to the test since. They are ideal for traveling and camping. Also just a great all around short for any situation.


They don't get dirty very easily due to the quality nylon fabric. Dirt mostly just wipes off.

They dry very fast.

The pockets are well placed and nearly invisible.

The waist snap is durable and so far fail safe.

Great fit.


If I had them tailored for me I would have had them a half in longer and less flair on the leg. But the cut is still near perfect as is.

They did shrink a tad in the first wash, but not a great deal. But worth a mention.

I wish they came in more colors.



nice fitting shorts

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small
  • Size Bought: 32

these pants run a little small. I don't know if it my legs but they are not very comfortable but for chilling and not doing much shorts there good. And it is very hard to get stuff out of your pockets!

Built for the active individual

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

The Paramounts have been my standard summer short for a while now. I've used them on river trips down the Yampa and Green, backpacking trips in the Tetons, and mountain biking around Tahoe. So far these have held up to all of my clumsy maneuvers and still look great.

The pockets keep my stuff safe. They are light and have enough stretch to move freely. And, they are super versatile.

I would say that they do not dry quite as fast as some shorts out there, and they are shorter than my average short. So beware my pasty white thighs.

Built for the active individual