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5in River Short - Men's

4.4 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews

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Why We Built The River Short

On sweltering summer hikes that culminate in pristine alpine lakes, the River Shorts help us cool off without the need to change our gear. We made these stretchy hybrid shorts to move freely on the trail with us, while also drying quickly and remaining lightweight if we want to take a quick dip in the refreshing water.


  • Technical hybrid shorts for hikes, paddling, and more
  • Stretchy fabric provides a natural range of motion
  • Quick-drying, lightweight design provides airy comfort
  • Regular fit offers a modern profile and easy movement
  • Mesh basket liner delivers breathable comfort
  • Item #BCCZ2J1
96% nylon, 4% spandex
[medium] 15in
[medium] 5in
2 side mesh, 1 draining zippered rear
elastic, drawstring
Gusseted Crotch
Claimed Weight
paddling, beachwear, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 5 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

May 22, 2023

love the feel

I've used it several times

Purchased the fossil print version of these shorts and love them, great sizing and a cool print. the false crotch flap threw me off at first but isn't really an issue at all.

Sean M
5 out of 5 stars

August 19, 2022

Great Swim Short!

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

I was given this product by Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion. I used these shorts a bunch this summer. I took them on rafting trips, hiked to waterfalls in them, swam, floated our local river, and even did some cliff jumping. They’re a great all around short. As far as features, I found the shorts quite comfortable and appreciated the stretchiness of the fabric. I felt like I was able to move well in them without being constricted. The zippered back pocket was a great touch to have a place to keep my keys secured while in the water. My one gripe with the shorts was that they didn’t dry as fast as I’d have liked. It seemed like they would stay slightly damp for a while. Most really quick drying shorts that I’ve worn have had a rougher feel and been less flexible. In most cases, I’m willing to make the trade to have the comfort. The one sport where I didn’t enjoy that was rafting. It seemed that I was just consistently getting wet and sitting in wet shorts all day. On other activities I could take them off as I needed and it wasn’t an issue. I’m 6”0” 180lbs with a 32-34 waist and very large butt. I got these shorts in a size L. That seemed to fit well. To me the seemed to run slightly longer than I’d expect from a 5” short.

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Ben K
2 out of 5 stars

August 15, 2022

Fake crotch flap

I returned this product before using it
Size Bought:
5' 7"

The crotch flap is purely for looks and does not provide access.

Leland B
5 out of 5 stars

July 29, 2022

Great shorts!

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought:
5' 8"

These shorts are great! They fit well and I love how the pockets aren't too big compared to other similar shorts.

Patrick W
5 out of 5 stars

May 30, 2022

Excellent all-purpose short

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought:

If you are a fan of Baggies, these are the perfect substitute at a more affordable price point. Immediately took them on a 7 mile hike in South Mountains State Park in NC and they held up through water, mud, and rock climbing. Highly recommend for hiking, swimming, running, or lounging.

Cody M