From the mountains of Maine to the jungle ruins of the Yucatan, the Patagonia Men's Quandary Short offers uncompromising versatility for just about any situation you find yourself in. Stretch-woven fabric is both tough-wearing and stretchy, with a gusseted crotch promoting full range of movement for adventurous pursuits. It's finished with a DWR treatment that repels light showers from ruining your fun outdoors.
Seeing that you'll be dabbling in everything from sport climbs to urban commutes, the Quandary features a classic 5-pocket design that's upgraded with a zippered thigh pocket for extra security. Its movement-friendly fit provides ample room to hop, bend, and stretch when you're hiking, climbing, and playing pick-up games at the park. Following suit, the curved waistband wraps around your hips with a contoured feel that's surprisingly sturdy.
- Versatility for outdoor endeavors and casual wear
- Stretch-woven fabric is tough-wearing and stretchy
- DWR finish repels light showers from soaking through
- Curved waistband wraps your hips with a contoured fit
- Gusseted crotch maximizes range of motion
- UPF 50+ offers protection from bright sun
- Zippered thigh pocket secures essentials
- Item #PAT01U6
What do you think about this product?
December 25, 2019
Just about perfect.
I tried these shorts on today. I have no reason--none--to expect disappointment here. The fit was great. The style is there. The comfort is totally functional. I am simply excited about using these in the field, as they say. I've had similar shorts in the past (not Patagonia) that have been solid, but the initial quality and satisfaction is near the top.
July 16, 2019
Do'n it all !
From hiking and biking to the water, these are a great all arounder. Water, you say? Yep! With mesh-backed pockets I've used these at the lake and on the river with no issue at all. And as to your next question, yes they are perfectly comfortable going comando. The stretch in the fabric affords excellent comfort while keeping a trim profile too. I'm getting the pants next.
June 11, 2019
The stretch fabric, the fit and feel all make these shorts hard to take off. The zippered pockets are handy too.
May 12, 2019
Great climbing pant
I bought these pants with the expectation to climb cruiser rock climbing routes and go on runs. I had heard good things about these shorts from customers and wanted to check them out. The results were amazing, I love using these pants at the rock climbing gym, out door crags, on runs, and bike rides as well. Some of the pockets have zippers, it makes for a really convenient exercise pant if you have to keep your keys in your pocket. I'd recommend anyone these pants even if you don't use them as active wear, they are simply great shorts.
May 11, 2019
These are great fitting shorts that easily transition from wearing out and about during your, as well as for hitting the trail and hiking for miles in short worthy weather. They appear to be durable enough to last a while and put up with some basic wear and tear, but they're also light and stretchy enough to move with you, not against you. They fit true to size for me, and are very comfortable.
April 6, 2019
Just being honest about them
If you have muscular thighs these aren’t for you. If you have a very flexible reach(with your legs) that’s fine but if you have thick thighs and need pocket space these have no help. I was going to wear these shorts for my job... they don’t have the flex capacity I thought they’d have. Phone in my cheek pocket is a no... folded paper work in my right cheek pocket. Patagonia is made for naturally skinny people... if I actually tried these shorts at work... I’d be dealing with thigh to crouched area tears. I need utility styled shorts... and these are not it... if you have skinny thighs it’s yours for the taking... I put these through my daily exercises away from work and had to cut it off to be able to return them....
March 1, 2019
A little short, great features & fabric
I bought these as a gift for my BF, and he really likes them, although he thinks they're a little tight through the thigh and a little short (he's 5'8'', 140lbs with a 29'' waist and I got him a 30), but pocketing is great (2 zip pockets, yes!) and the fabric has really great stretch and weight.
October 11, 2018
Quickdry and lightweight
These are great hiking shorts.
September 11, 2018
These shorts are stretchy and dry quick. Great for hiking.
August 5, 2018
Solid pair of shorts
The Patagonia Quandry shorts are solid! Great for using outdoors or just wearing them around town. Perfect!
July 2, 2018
First day of owning the Patagonia Quandary they ripped in the front bouldering indoors. I typically associate Patagonia with paying a premium to get lasting softgoods. In this case I wasn't right.
June 4, 2018
Great for summer or travel
I bought these for my boyfriend and he has feedback to share: "These are very comfortable. The material is breathable and stretchy. I also like the fact that these have belt loops. These are great for hiking, biking, travel, and for everyday casual wear. Fit true to size.
April 26, 2018
Another great pair of shorts
I ordered these for my dad and he really likes them. They run a little small, we had to return the first pair and order a size up. He says they are lightweight and comfortable. He especially likes how deep the pockets are and having the zipper pockets so he doesn't have to worry about losing things while he is hiking.
August 31, 2017
A few annoyances, otherwise good.
One feature that this short has but is not mentioned in the description, even on the Patagonia site, is that it has a draw string in the inside waist band like some swimming trunks have. This string (both ends) gets in the way of the zipper when you are putting it on, so you always have to fiddle with it to get it out of the way. It might be useful if you wanted to go for a swim. Swim trunks have a way of slipping down when they are wet. Had I known this string was going to be the pain that it is, I would not have purchased them. Also, the waist band material is a mesh of sorts that is rather rough and chafes when I do not have a shirt tucked in. But how often do you do that? Most of the time I am wearing a t-shirt outside of the short. On the plus side, and the thing that attracted me to the short in the first place, is the gusset, which is not easy to find. The cut of the short is good, the placement of the pockets is, for me, excellent. I like to put my wallet in my left hip pocket and that is the side that has a zipper. And the cell phone pocket, too, has a zipper, which is great, though it would be better if the pocket were narrower. As it is, the phone can go horizontal and it can be difficult to retrieve in that position, especially when seated. Note that the catalog photo of the pant gives the impression that this cell phone zipper pocket is narrow when, in fact, it is twice as wide. With some refinement, this short could be perfect.
July 20, 2017
wet wade like a champ.
I primarily use these shorts for well everything. From mountain to city these shorts are the perfect addition to a summer wardrobe. I bought a 33 waist as I usually do but wish I had bought a 32. The material stretches a bit while using. Love the shorts!
July 11, 2017
Great shorts except drawstring!
So the shorts themselves are excellent. Great look, great fit and they stretch really well while climbing. My one knock, and it's actually a big knock, is the drawstring! Bad idea to place it on the inside and so small and flimsy. PrAna has same idea but it is a sinch cord on exterior and NOT across the opening of the shorts. I still wear them but I get annoyed by it the whole time.
June 25, 2017
I bought 1 pair of these shorts and I loved them so much I ordered every color! I wear many different Patagonia shorts and these are my favorite! The length, color and stretch are perfect!
May 30, 2017
The shorts of all shorts
I have a lot of Patagonia apparel and really love what they stand for as a company. These shorts fit great true to size, and have been really durable! I love that they have some stretch to the fabric. Definitely recommend
May 21, 2017
Perfect shorts for all occasions
These are great for any occasion, going on a hike with the wife or a ride with some buddies, they get the job done! Definitely going to pick up another pair for the summer now that the weather is starting to shift to the warmer months.
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