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    20 Reviews


    ...or you can take your chances with the drenched oversized denim pants with jars of mayonnaise in the pockets.

    With any activity like backpacking, hiking, climbing, or even casual use really, a heavy short that feels like a pair of drenched oversized denim pants with jars of mayonnaise in the pockets is less than ideal. Move easily and wear a stylish and durable short like the Kavu Chilli Lite Short.
    • Item #KAV0165

    Tech Specs

    Force 6 cotton
    integrated nylon belt with elastic waist
    2 front, 2 back
    Recommended Use
    climbing, hiking, running, backpacking

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    • Size Bought: XXL

    Was super bummed that these shorts didn't work out for me. The waist was a perfect fit for me (a little loose), but the thighs were much too tight. I have tree trunks for legs from powerlifting, so I run into this problem a lot. Everything else about the shorts were money, but unfortunately have to return .


    Founded in the Pacific Northwest in 1993, KAVU stands for Klear Above Visibility Unlimited. KAVU is much more than just the name of our company. KAVU is a philosophy, a perspective, and a way of life that revolves around doing what you love in nature’s playgrounds. From deep wilderness to your neighborhood park, KAVU is “true outdoor wear” crafted to be your go-to favorite, the first item you throw on when adventure calls - which is ridiculously often.

    Favoritest Shorts

      I bought these a year ago, then bought two more this year. ONLY shorts I wear day-to-day (other than some sportier shorts for specific activities and water).

      sized large

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: Medium

      love the cut, style, and material, but disappointed that I have to return them because they are sized so large. I'm a strong medium and even have other Kavu's in medium that fit me well. However, these things fit me like they are a large. Be aware and order down a size if you aren't at the top end of your size.

      Comfy shorts

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Size Bought: Medium

      These are great. The material is butter soft. Seams are out of the way so no chafing. They are the perfect length. I love the oversized pockets. I will be buying a few more pairs.

      All day, Every day

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

      I have been wearing these bad boys for every occasion, every time. They are made of a very durable material and they break in wonderfully. They sit just above my knee, which allows quite a large amount of freedom.

      Great shorts for all activities

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

      I was apprehensive to buy these shorts at first, since I've never tried on a pair myself. But they were true to size with plenty of room in the legs for bigger thighs, such as a man like myself. I've worn them nonstop around the house and out on the town, and I can't wait to take them on the trail in the spring! The built-in belt makes it convenient to ensure you don't show your back side to innocent bystanders. The spacious back pockets allow your wallet and other belongings to fall below your bottom, that way they do not bother you while you're sitting on long drives or out on the town.

      Great buy! I recommend these to anyone looking for a lightweight hiking short that has multiple uses.

      Great comfortable shorts

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

      I love theses shorts! They are cut well above to knee to show off your glorious thighs. I love the built in belt, so you can do all of the activities without getting pants-ed in the process. Well done Kavu!

      Great All-Around Shorts

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

      These shorts are great. Integrated belt, very soft to the touch, deep roomy pockets and a solid fit. So far, they have proven to be very durable and show no signs of wear after a year of abuse.

      Glorious Guy Thighs

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

      Bought two pairs of these shorts for myself, and now consider them a staple of my backpacking/climbing attire. Heres the down-low:

      - These puppies are shorter than your average male shorts, and I am super happy about this. Men, your ridiculous cargo shorts dont need to be flopping around below your knees, ever.. You are presumably grown adults, step the classiness up a tad. I dont have to worry about the weight of these shorts pulling themselves down off my hip where they should sit, and I am able to hike, and climb without restraint from my clothing. very handy. Getting some sun on those thighs I work so hard for is nice as well. My girlfriend, and her friends approve of the length on these.

      - The material is actually super tough, but the fit is so good that it isnt a knock on comfort. The material almost resembles tough canvas, but maybe a little more giving. Wipe climbing chalk on em, dry your hands on em, whatever... they wont degrade anytime soon, thats for sure.

      - The Pockets are very deep, and the way they are integrated into the structure creates a secure pocket as well. I have been upside down climbing over hanging boulders and not lost my phone to gravity from my pockets.

      - the fit is SUPERB: im 5'10", 170lbs, and the smalls fit me like a classy white glove you'd put on before handling fine art.

      Conclusion? Let your legs step out of the deep dark cave you call shorts now0-a-days and put on some real shorts. The world deserves better than your 19 inch inseam..

      Glorious Guy Thighs

      Can you dig it?

        Love these shorts so much I bought three pairs. The half moon moon pockets are deep and accessible, the built in belt helps you stay classy, and the fabric is really comfortable and soft after a short break in period. I like them a lot better than the pair of Patagonia stand up shorts that I have, and they are the perfect length-above the knees but not flashy. These shorts are everything a pair of shorts should be.

        I like my chilli spicy

          i have two pairs of these bad boys and they're some of my favorite summer time wear. yeah they're a little short, but who doesn't like some guy thighs and/or bike spandex tan lines. super comfortable and once they break they're buttery soft!

          Comfortable Shorts

            Very comfortable shorts, but as other reviewers have mentioned, they are rather short. If I'm not doing something outdoors like hiking/climbing, I feel a little sheepish in these due to the length. Not so short that you feel like Lt. Dangle, but definitely shorter than most on the market.

            I also got one of those pairs were the fly-flap has a hard time staying flat. Very annoying, but fixable with some ironing.

            I'm 5'8", 130 lbs. I know I should get a size small, but how would these shorts fit? Would they flare out, be fairly close to the leg, etc

            What is the length of the inseam on a...

            What is the length of the inseam on a medium? I generally run into the problem of shorts being too long, so hoping these would fit the bill for me. 5'8", 170lb, 34-35ish waist. Have some Columbia shorts that I like that seem to have a shorter inseam...

            I am 6'1" weigh around 175 and generally...

            I am 6'1" weigh around 175 and generally wear a 34 waist. Does anyone know if I should get a medium or a large?

            Are Kavu shorts cut large small or just...

            Are Kavu shorts cut large small or just rite ?

            Im just starting to get into backpacking...

            Im just starting to get into backpacking and outdoors etc. and I am considering buying the Chilli Lite's or Patagonia Stand-Up shorts. What would be best to buy for everyday use, and use on the trails?


            Either of these pants would be just fine for general/light trail use. When you start talking about backpacking, you may want to look at a more technical fabric then cotton. Here is a link to our hiking and climbing shorts pages.