Patagonia Baggies Longs Shorts Review
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Patagonia Baggies Longs Shorts
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|Pros||Very breathable, deep pockets||Comfortable, stylish, water resistant||Lightweight, odor resistant, zippered pockets||Good water resistance, many pockets, inexpensive||Lightweight, elastic waist, dry quickly|
|Cons||Stiff material, very basic||A little tight when sitting down, no integrated belt||Not super stylish, liner limits versatility||Utilitarian appearance, pocket openings a little small||No rear pockets, no fly|
|Bottom Line||A simple pair of shorts with a built-in liner that makes them great for trail runs||These comfortable, functional shorts really impressed us on our adventures||A lightweight, breathable pair of shorts that are equally comfortable on a run as they are on a backpacking trip||These thin yet water resistant shorts are a great option for the practical, budget-minded hiker||These athletic, lightweight shorts come with an interior liner and ventilation holes that help you stay cool|
|Rating Categories||Patagonia Baggies L...||Patagonia Quandary...||Patagonia Nine Trai...||REI Co-op Sahara Ca...||REI Co-op Active Pu...|
|Comfort and Mobility (35%)|
|Versatility and Style (20%)|
|Venting and Breathability (10%)|
|Weather Resistance and Dry Time (10%)|
|Specs||Patagonia Baggies L...||Patagonia Quandary...||Patagonia Nine Trai...||REI Co-op Sahara Ca...||REI Co-op Active Pu...|
|Weight||7.8 oz||7.1 oz||6.6 oz||5.9 oz||5.8 oz|
|Material||100% recycled nylon||95% nylon 5% spandex||100% recycled polyester||96% recycled nylon, 4% spandex||86% polyester/14% spandex|
|Water Resistance||DWR finish||DWR coating||DWR coating||DWR finish||Not specified|
|Sizing (Waist, Length options)||W: XS - XXL
L: 5", 7"
|W: 28" - 41"
L: 8", 10", 12"
|XS - XXL||W: 30" - 44"||Size S - XL|
|Sun Protection||Not specified||UPF 50+||Not specified||UPF 50+||UPF 50|
|Convertible, or option available?||No||Pants available||No||Pants, convertible available||Pants, shorts|
|Pockets||3||5 (plus right coin)||3||6||2 hand, 1 embedded zip|
|Waist Strap/Fasten||Elastic, drawstring||Button and zip fly||Elastic/Draw string||Button and zip fly||Elastic, drawstring|
|Other Features||Pockets have dry-and-dry mesh corners, quick-drying black mesh liner||Classic fit, curved waistband, gusseted crotch||Odor control liner, waist drawcord, reflective logo||Relaxed fit, Elastic on back waist, gusseted crotch||Ventilation holes, interior liner|
Our Analysis and Test Results
These 100% recycled material shorts look fun and perform well. This model comes in a ton of different colors and patterns. These shorts are breathable and the fabric dries quickly.
Comfort and Mobility
These shorts have a mix of strong comfort features and stiff fabric. They have a built-in polyester briefs-style liner. Though we were initially skeptical, when it came down to hitting the trail, we were pleased with how supportive it ended up being. The waist is fully elastic. These shorts still come in different sizes but the elastic means they can still stay up if your waist shrinks over the course of a multi-week trip and can stretch back up when you return to the front country. The drawstring also enables you to fine-tune the fit.
The legs are also nice and wide so they don't limit mobility on scrambles. On the downside, the main nylon fabric is quite stiff. It doesn't have any meaningful amount of stretch and it can also feel a little abrasive especially if there is a backpack hip belt over the top of it.
The feature set is basic but practical. There are three pockets: two front hand warmers and one right rear. The front ones are the deepest of any model that we have tested. Though they don't have any kind of closure, even a large smartphone sinks deep into them so we were never especially worried about items falling out.
The right front pocket has an elastic loop for keys. You need another key ring or small carabiner to be able to actually attach the keys to the shorts, which makes it a little less convenient than a clip. The rear pocket has a flap and snap closure that we found to be easy to open and close with one hand.
Versatility and Style
The Baggies are made for land and sea. In fact, they are pretty much a bathing suit. They are good for hiking, running, and water sports, including swimming.
As for their style, these shorts are made for chill vibes. They are really simple — effortlessly cool. The look has its merits and disadvantages. We love them for everyday summerwear on trail and off. However, we wouldn't necessarily choose them to go out to a nice sit-down dinner.
Venting and Breathability
This model is a mixed bag when it comes to ventilation and breathability. There are no active ventilation feature built in. Even the pockets are solid nylon — no mesh.
Having said that, their breathability is excellent. The liner is super thin and airy. During testing, we also noticed that the larger leg holes really facilitated the flow of air up through the shorts to keep things cool.
Weather Resistance and Dry Time
These shorts are highly weather-resistant across the board. The nylon exterior has a DWR coating which beads water well. Even if they do start to wet through, the material dries very quickly. The liner is also super thin which means it also doesn't stay wet for long.
The tightly woven exterior is wind resistant. Having said that, the flip side to the breathability described above is that these shorts are short and the leg openings are pretty large so we definitely felt the effects of a stiff breeze on cooler days.
Should You Buy the Patagonia Baggies Longs?
These shorts are for the hiker who likes a casual style and appreciates good airflow. Their elastic waist adjusts to fit just right and the deep pockets are a big plus. If you aren't a fan of the built-in liner, then there are lots of other good options out there, but this model is a great choice for those who like their shorts to have great versatility for land and water alike.
What Other Hiking Shorts Should You Consider?
For another top-notch option with a built-in liner, take a look at the Patagonia Nine Trails. It has a compression-short-style interior and zippered pockets. For a stylish pair of shorts that look good and go well with a button-down, the Prana Brion II would be a phenomenal complement to these ones. If you like the Patagonia brand, the Patagonia Quandary offers an excellent array of features and strong functionality.
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