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Backcountry Olympus Lightweight Short - Men's

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Why We Built The Olympus Lightweight Short

A perfect companion for desert trails and dusty crags, our Olympus Lightweight Short features everything we need for warm-weather outings. We built it with lightweight, quick-drying fabric, and it keeps us cool and dry during tricky ascents. Built-in stretch guarantees full mobility with every step.

  • Backcountry Exclusive
  • Lightweight technical shorts for desert hikes and summer climbs
  • Quick-wicking material keeps you cool and dry in the heat
  • Gusseted crotch and stretch construction offer unrestricted mobility
  • Reflective hits add an element of safety when you're out late
  • Zippered pocket keeps smaller valuables from getting lost
  • Internal drawcord provides a secure, adjustable fit
  • Item #BCCZ229

Material
80% nylon, 20% spandex
Fit
regular
Length
knee
Inseam
9in
Pockets
2 hand, 1 zippered stash
Waist
elastic, adjustable
Gusseted Crotch
yes
Claimed Weight
[medium] 5oz
Recommended Use
bouldering, casual, hiking, sport climbing, trad climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 3

3rd version, not getting better

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
L
Height
5` 11"
Weight
170 lbs

I bought a couple pairs of these shorts a few years ago. They are real comfortable and still holding up. The sizing changed for the 2nd version and I had to size up. Decided to get a couple more pairs of this version. The material has changed but still does a great job shedding water. Big negative changes though are the very shallow pockets including the zipper pocket on the right side. The hand pockets can really be used to store anything and the zipper pocket at best could hold a car key. Don't know why Backcountry made these changes. All and all they are good shorts for being active and are very lightweight. Would only buy when on sale.

>Rating: 1

Fall apart quickly

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 8"
Weight
165 lbs

After a long break from Backcountry-branded gear, I wanted to try these shorts out as they were on sale and had pretty good reviews. My initial reaction to these shorts was really positive and I contemplated buying a second pair. Unfortunately, after three washes on delicate (and hang drying), the bottom seams have become unglued.

>Rating: 4

Great, except pockets

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

Lightweight, comfortable, great fit. However, there’s no back pocket and the front pockets are really small.

>Rating: 5

A+ Shorts

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

These shorts are the bee's knees! They're great for literally almost any summer adventure. They're lightweight, pretty darn durable, dry out very quickly, and super comfortable. If you don't own a pair, I highly suggest you change that.

>Rating: 5

Great Shorts

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
180 lbs

I was hesitant to buy these given the price, but I am so glad that I did. I even bought a 2nd pair in a different color. These are way more than just typical "gym style shorts." They are lightweight but seem to be very durable. They are not baggy but they aren't restrictive. They are perfect for lounging, working out, hiking, or whatever. Highly recommended.

>Rating: 4

Nice light material

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 8"
Weight
150 lbs

Overall, I like this short. This is my second pair. My first pair was 1-2 years older. I like the updates to the waste band that make it a bit more substantial. The update that I don't care for as much is the zippered "secret" pocket on the size shrunk in size. Whereas previously my iPhoneX fit comfortably (but securely), I really have to finagle the phone to get it in that pocket now. The hand pockets also feel shallower, which gives me concern about putting valuables in there because they could fall out. Personally, I'd prefer this short be about 1" shorter, but that's personal preference and less objective than my pocket concerns.

>Rating: 5

Great all-around active short

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 9"
Weight
175 lbs

I bought these a while back looking for a good pair of versatile shorts that could be used in a number of situations. These have become my go to short for most any active occasion. They are trim against the leg so you don’t get much material flapping around. They are great for hiking, climbing, camping, slacklinning, gym/exercising, the list goes on.. Awesome short. Been pleased so far.

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>Rating: 5

Great all-around active short

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 9"
Weight
175 lbs

I bought these a while back looking for a good pair of versatile shorts that could be used in a number of situations. These have become my go to short for most any active occasion. They get well and trim against the leg so you don’t get much material flapping around. They are great for hiking, climbing, camping, slacklinning, gym/exercising, the list goes on.. Awesome short. Been pleased so far.

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>Rating: 5

Almost perfect

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 11"
Weight
165 lbs

Pretty awesome shorts. Light weight, stretchy, hardly feels like you're wearing anything. I've worn them for running, working out, and at the climbing gym, and they function quite well for those activities. As others have noted the pockets aren't very spacious, but it's not a concern for me. They're on the small side but I like that - the waistband is snug enough so that the shorts stay on without the drawstring tied, even while running. The only complaint I have is that the leg openings seem to be reinforced with some rigid material that barely stretches. It annoyed me at first but I've gotten used to it. Odd design choice.

Thanks for the great review, Matt!

>Rating: 5

"The Perfect Short"

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

I bought these for my husband to wear under his work coverall uniform and also to use as around-the-house, running, and gym shorts. He was super stoked on these the moment he put them on—super lightweight, incredible range of motion, and fit perfectly. They look great on him, too. Going to order him another pair!

>Rating: 5

Awesome do it all shorts

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 11"
Weight
175 lbs

Great pair of shorts for many activities. I wore these shorts on a backpacking trip on the AT this summer and never took them off. The material at first seemed a bit thin, but stood up to the rigors of backpacking. Super stretchy with a slim fit, hardly knew they were there. A very comfy pair of shorts for any activity. My only advice would be for the front pockets to be a bit deeper. But overall, I would highly recommend.

>Rating: 5

Best Shorts I Own!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
160 lbs

I was given this product by Backcountry, but this review Is my personal opinion. These shorts are by far the most comfortable shorts I own. They are incredibly lightweight and stretchy enough to make them insanely comfortable. The seams are small and well constructed and the material of the shorts dries quickly making them perfect for any outdoor summer activity. I have worn them hiking, running, and kayaking and they have been exactly what I needed. The only thing that I wish they had was a back pocket. They have a nice zipper pocket in the front in addition to two normal front pockets. The small zippered one is great for keeping a Chapstick, some cash, or a car key but I do miss having a back pocket for something like my wallet. The shorts are extremely comfortable around the waist and are adjusted with a drawstring. I haven’t had any issues with the drawstring being pulled into the waistband while washing and the drawstring itself has some stretch to it which makes it comfortable even when tightened during activities. All in all, the shorts are perfect for a casual afternoon out, an intense day of hiking, or a float in a kayak. I have been nothing but happy with them and hope to add more pairs to my wardrobe.

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>Rating: 5

Love'em

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
6` 0"
Weight
175 lbs

Great multi-use shorts. Gym, hiking, lounging, even swimming if you had briefs, etc. I haven't worn them running yet because they're comfortable and have a nice stylish cut to wear for relaxing afterwards but could see them being a solid pair of running shorts. The pockets could be slightly larger but I really like the cut of these shorts as is and wouldn't want that to interfere with anything.

>Rating: 4

Great shorts

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 9"
Weight
170 lbs

These shorts fit great and are very comfortable. Unfortunately as others mentioned, the pockets are a little bit shallow but other than that they are awesome!

>Rating: 5

Someone Pinch Me... I Must Be Dreaming

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
large
Height
6` 3"
Weight
170 lbs

I absolutely love these shorts. They are incredibly lightweight, versatile, dry quickly and best of all.... somehow never seem to smell. I have used them all summer in lakes, on trail runs, chilling at camp and playing desk jockey, and can not speak highly enough of them. If I had to suggest one improvement it would be to make the pockets slightly more closed so that my bulky iPhone 11 with a massive case on it doesn't fall out... on second thought, maybe I should just start leaving the phone at home more 🤣 10/10

>Rating: 5

One Of The Best Summer Hiking Short

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

I bought several pair of shorts (including all the other best-reviewed shorts) to see which one best meets my needs. Among all of them, I kept only this one. I liked it so much that I ordered another one. I hike in the White Mountains, NH and I bought them for summer hiking. Material quality is really good. If Backcountry wants to improve anything, then it would be the size of the zip pocket. I can barely fit my iPhone-7 in it.

>Rating: 3

Disappointed

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
M
Height
6` 1"
Weight
185 lbs

Bought a couple pairs last summer but the colors were limited to only gray and red. I was excited to hear that new colors were added since I loved the overall fit and style. Unfortunately they are not the same shorts I had expected them to be. They changed the waist band and the drawstring. The snug fitting elastic waist band is uncomfortable and instead of a single string drawstring it now has two elastic/stretch drawstrings. The extra zip pocket is now much smaller and will no longer fit my phone now. Maybe a small set of keys or gum. Come on! Why would you do that? I loved knowing my phone wouldn't fall out when I'm at the gym, on a hike or simply out and about. The legs are tighter as well. I don't have big thighs and these are tight. I'm surprised since I ordered a medium size last time and these are mediums as well. The fit is definitely not the same. I don't want to get all negative on this review and might have given them a 4 star review if I didn't have something to compare them to. The material and stitching are top notch but please take the last year pattern/style and add more colors because I won't be buying more of these. Unfortunately I can't return them because I took the tags off before trying them on because I was so excited to wear them once they arrived. My bad.

>Rating: 5

Bought 2 pair - love them

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
6` 0"
Weight
185 lbs

I bought 2 pair of these shorts for AZ weather. They are perfect for just about everything. Hiking, lounging, running errands. I drove back to Chicago from AZ and even wore them most of the beginning of the trip when it was warm out! I only switched them out because it got chilly and pants were necessary. They run a bit snug but I'd say they are true to size. I even got a compliment on them last week. I highly recommend them.

Thanks for the great review, JT! Glad to hear you're loving your shorts!

>Rating: 5

BEST SHORTS EVER.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Md
Height
5` 9"
Weight
175 lbs

Great shorts from a great company. I don't know how I lived without them for so long?!?! Perfect length and flex for all activities including global pandemics! Perfect chill around the house, go to the gym, or hit the trail. I can not emphasize enough as to how much I adore these shorts. That is all

>Rating: 4

Great shorts, just haven’t received them

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
5` 10"
Weight
180 lbs

Love how they look online but haven’t received them yet. I have the red colored pair and love them. Would love to get the black and grey pair to go with it.

>Rating:

Will the zippered pocket fit an iphone 11 ?

Hey Tj, That should fit an iphone 11 fine in the pocket! feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions.

>Rating:

What is the inseam length of these shorts?

Hey William, Thank you for the question. The inseam is 9.25in!