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Nickwrote a question about on October 2, 2019

Assuming the stated size is correct, the numbers are wonky for the volume. For example, if the small is really 8.25 x 6.4 x 3 inches, that's 158.4 cubic inches, and not the 244 given. Similarly, the dimensions of the medium result in 318 cu. in. and not the 427 given. The OR website doesn't even give numbers for dimensions or volumes.

How big are these, really?

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Nickwrote a review of on August 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: x-large

I've always like running or "gym" or "workout" shorts for hiking (as opposed to "hiking" shorts. Looser fit, lighter (faster drying) material, shorter inseam. All of which means more comfort and better function.

I generally prefer hiking shorts on the baggy side in the leg circumferance, and these are suitably roomy for me, but not billowy. I'm 6' .5", about 185 lbs., with a few of those being "extra" ones around the waist. Most 36-inch waist pants with a bit of elastic in the waist fit me fine. I got these with a 5-inch inseam in an extra-large, and the fit is spot on for me. The leg circumference and the shorter inseam means the seam doesn't drag and bind on my thighs when doing steep uphills. And the 5-inch length doesn't look silly short when just walking around.

I rated this "true to size," but i've found Patagonia sizing to sometimes be kind of wonky for me; on a given item, some dimensions are fine, others aren't. With these shorts, i'm kind of between sizes, but since i like a looser fit, i sized "up."

I'm agnostic about the pockets, as i don't really use them when i use the shorts in hiking mode. I was initially concerned the little zipper on the rear pocket might get pressed into my butt by the pack or somehow get caught up on clothing under the waist belt, but it doesn't seem to be a problem.

The material is light (and comfortable), so it dries very quickly after washing or getting wet from sweat. The waist band takes a little longer, but still not bad. Haven't butt-slided down enough rocks to comment on durability/resistance to abuse, but so far, so good. Stink-retention seems minimal.

The boys gotta swing free, so i always cut the liners out of shorts that come with a liner, so i can't say anything about the inner.

If there's a better short for hiking, i haven't found it yet. Patagonia baggies are pretty good, but they're a little bulkier in the pack, and the fabric is a bit heavier and stiffer. If there's a downside to the Strider Pro, it's the 69-dollar, regular price, but if one is patient, they do show up on sale now and then.

Update (October, 2019):

So, the review above refers to a pair of the Strider Pro shorts that i got a couple of years or so ago. Based on my experience with those, i ordered another pair (the Cave Grey with the green accents). Well, Patagonia messed with the waist band in this iteration. The previous version had a soft, comfortable material that was stable and stayed in place. The newer version has a thinner, smoother material for the waist band, and it wants to fold over on itself and kind of bunch up while the shorts are being worn. Ugh. Three stars for the new version.

Why do companies "fix" things that aren't broken? Bummed.

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Nickwrote a review of on September 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I received this as a bonus freebie with a purchase from another retailer. A few years later, i'd readily buy another.

I mostly work outside and have mainly used this to keep drinks cool in the heat of summer. Filled half with cool water, and half with ice cubes and letting it sit at warm room temperature (75–80ºF), there's still some ice almost a full day later. Water is still cool two days later. (The opening easily accommodates normal-size ice cubes.)

Probably too heavy for most backpacking use, but as a daily carry, the 20-ounce capacity is nice; not too big or heavy. When it runs low, i re-fill it from a bigger Stanley growler in the truck.

The exterior doesn't sweat at all, even on the most humid days. If the bottle is on its side, and the cap gets cool, there will be some condensation on the cap exterior. Speaking of the cap, it only takes maybe three turns to tighten or loosen. So far, it's never leaked. There's a replaceable O-ring gasket which is showing no wear or distress. I assume replacements are available from KK if needed.

The size of the opening is Goldilocks just right. Big enough to get a bottle brush in there to really scrub the interior, but easier to drink out of — for me, anyway — than some of the wider wide-mouths, especially in motion (walking or driving).

I'm not deliberately hard on gear, but this little bottle has been banged around a bit, falling out of wheelbarrows, rolling in the bed of the truck, etc., and has only a couple of minor dings and scraped-off paint to show for it.

Highly recommended.






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Nickwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 183 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I've been expanding my base layer collection from synthetics to wool and wool blends. This is my first Ibex purchase.

Generally, the fit is good. I have kind of an average build, and the fit through the body and sleeves is snug (no bagginess), but not overly tight. Overall length is nice, with the bottom of the garment falling about six or seven inches below the waist band of a typical mid-rise pant, so there's plenty of material to tuck in without worrying it will come untucked when bending over and such.

The sleeves are maybe an inch or so longer than they need to be, but my wrists definitely stay covered when reaching and extending my arms.

Being the lightest weight (Woolies 1), the fabric is fairly thin—you can easily see through it—so insulation value will be minimal, but this breathes easily and, for wool, doesn't take long to dry.

The fabric is plenty stretchy to move with you. The sleeve ends stay put when you pull the sleeves up the arm a bit, but aren't too tight. Same with the neck when it's zipped all the way up—not constricting the way some zip tops can be.

The only real downside is that the material seems a bit itchy-scratchy to me. To call the texture sandpapery or even rough overstates it, but it's not as smooth or comfortable as some other wool fabrics (Rab, Smartwool) that i've seen. Wearing another thin base layer under the Ibex—like the lightweight Patagonia Capilene—helps to mitigate this, and that's probably how i'll use these.

So, a star off for that, and another just because i haven't used it enough to say anything about durability.





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