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Wadi Rum Short - Women's

4.142857142857143 out of 5 stars
14 Reviews
Current price: $34.48 Original price: $68.95
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Wadi Rum Short

Your Outdoor Research Women's Wadi Rum Shorts are exactly what you'll want on when you're projecting a route in the hot summer sun or strolling through lush forests on a leisurely Saturday hike. The cotton blend offers a soft and lightweight feel, while Cordura nylon adds abrasion resistance and a hint of spandex maintains a comfortable stretch. Waist loops let you slide in your favorite belt and the gusseted crotch allows full mobility while you're maneuvering through a tricky move.


  • Comfortable shorts for hiking and climbing
  • Cotton blend is soft against your skin
  • Cordura adds durability
  • Hint of spandex for a comfy stretch
  • Gusseted crotch for unimpeded mobility
  • Item #ODRZ89C
68% cotton, 29% Cordura nylon, 3% spandex
2 drop-in hand, 1 back drop-in, 1 back brush
internal drawcord
UPF Rating
Claimed Weight
bouldering, sport climbing, trad climbing
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Overall Rating

4 based on 14 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 0 reviews
2 Stars - 2 reviews
3 Stars - 2 reviews
4 Stars - 2 reviews
5 Stars - 8 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

September 4, 2023

comfort and great fit

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] love them


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5 out of 5 stars

August 1, 2023

Rugged Shorts

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I love these shorts. They're a sturdy cotton that holds up to scrambling over rocks and hiking through brush on trails. I liked my gold pair so much, I bought the navy.


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5 out of 5 stars

July 15, 2023

Look Good, Feel Good!

Size Bought:
5' 9"

Just got these puppies and I think they look great! Nice, true fit. I'm a size 8/10 and I ordered the 10. The fabric does provide flexibility. The cut is great on me. They aren't too short either. Tapenade is a nice khaki color. Highly recommend!

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5 out of 5 stars

July 4, 2023

My go-to shorts

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] So pleased with these shorts. They're durable and comfortable.


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5 out of 5 stars

June 20, 2023

Comfortable and breathable

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Great fit, extra comfortable after a couple hours of wear. Great outdoor shorts especially for someone with muscular thighs.


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5 out of 5 stars

June 10, 2023


[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Wearing them right now! Hit my waist nicely, good pockets and hem length. Highly recommend!


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3 out of 5 stars

May 5, 2023

Loved the material, but poor fit

I loved the material of these shorts and how they fit in the waist, however they were really tight in the thighs and created a weird pleating around the crotch. I am 5'7", 135 pounds with a muscular build and ordered a size 6 (my usual size). It's a shame because I want to return these shorts and order a size up, but know they will be big in the waist if I size up.


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5 out of 5 stars

November 3, 2022

Heavy duty, Great fit/ length, Ordered more

I've had precious seasons and same great heavy material but not so thick it doesn't move. Love the style and length -not too short or too long - so ordered more. True to fit. Flint is like a gray but on the green side.


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4 out of 5 stars

August 1, 2022

Cute and durable

These shorts are great for climbing in the summer. A lot of my shorts have torn while climbing on granite, but not these. The only con is the weird pockets. I can't really fit my phone in the back pockets - or anything really. Though, I liked them enough that I bought them in another color. These shorts now have a soft spot in my heart because one of the first things my Mom said when she woke up one day in the ICU was, "Cute shorts, Joanie," then later said, "tell me about those shorts." So, thank you OR.

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5 out of 5 stars

July 18, 2022

Comfy and durable

I got my first pair of Wadi Rums in 2020, only the second time I had purchased shorts in 20 years, and am thinking about a second pair. I love these shorts because they are a little heavier material, which makes them feel durable and capable of holding up while I'm scrambling around on hikes or if I wear them climbing. The gusseted crotch makes them super flexible and the length provides just the right amount of coverage for outdoor activities, but also allows your legs to get plenty of air. I love that the pockets are actually big enough to put a phone or wallet in on casual days when you don't want/need to carry around a bag. Since other reviews mention fit as an issue, I'll add that I am 5'4" and 125 lbs. I'm pretty lean, not very curvy, and do not have particularly muscular thighs. I w fluctuate between a 2 and 4 depending on brand for pants. With the Wadi Rums I wear a 4.

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