Andrew Philpwrote a review of Norrøna /29 flex1 Short - Men's on June 6, 2012
These are not just shorts; they are a work of art. The more I wear these, the more I notice the attention to detail that was given. The stitching is flawless, which is critical on the Nabbi color to prevent them from looking too clown like. I went with a size large and the fit for me is excellent. I'm 6'3", 195 lbs. and have a true 36" waist but usually wear a 34" or 35" waist (I guess most manufacturers are adding inches onto the listed size nowadays to make us feel less fat). The waist has a good amount of stretch built in as well as velcro straps to adjust the waist. Luckily, the waist is perfect for me as the velcro straps are basically useless. Unlike other Norrona shorts and pants that have an elastic band in the waist, these simply require that you bunch up the waist fabric and secure it in place with the velcro strap. The front of the waist is also secured by velcro, which is nice as it gives you some micro adjustment of the waist sizing. Overall, these have a slim but loose fit. The fabric has a decent amount of stretch and a soft, brushed lining. I have large, muscular thighs and these shorts are a little snug around the upper portion, but the zippered hand pockets really give you some extra room when unzipped. The inseam in a size large is 12.5" and they fall just below the base of the kneecap on me. The pockets are all mesh lined which allows for nice ventilation when they are unzipped. The cargo pocket was well thought out as it is backed with the flex1 fabric to prevent larger items from rubbing against your leg, but still has a small section of mesh at the bottom that allows for air flow. It also has a hidden key clip (it took me almost a dozen wears before finding it) inside the cargo pocket that prevents them from sinking to the bottom or accidentally bouncing out if left unzipped. As I mentioned earlier, I usually keep the front hand pockets unzipped to allow for a little more room. These pockets also have a thin strip of the flex1 fabric just behind the zipper to give them a nice seamless look and prevent people from seeing your underwear through the mesh pockets. It also has one rear pocket that is ridiculously deep (fortunate, as youll need deep pockets to afford these shorts at retail price). This allows a wallet or other object to sit below your butt and prevents you from sitting directly on whatever is in the pocket. The zipper pull on this pocket is nicely designed to rest on the side of your thigh when zipped closed, but I have had it scratch up my leather car seats if left open. The only other minor quibble I have with these is that the fabric is a little noisy when it rubs against itself or other objects as it has a very fine corduroy pattern. Also, the technical fabric is water resistant, but to maintain it, youll likely want to wash and treat it with Nikwax occasionally. Overall, these are amazing shorts, but unless you can swallow the hefty price (or find them on sale) and the fit is just perfect, they probably wont be for you.