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Patagonia Baggies Longs Shorts Review

A simple pair of shorts with a built-in liner that makes them great for trail runs
patagonia baggies longs shorts hiking short review
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Price:  $65 List
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Ben Applebaum-Bauch ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 10, 2022
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#6 of 11
  • Comfort and Mobility - 35% 6.0
  • Features - 25% 7.0
  • Versatility and Style - 20% 7.0
  • Venting and Breathability - 10% 8.0
  • Weather Resistance and Dry Time - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Patagonia Baggies Longs is a super casual pair of hiking shorts. They look very simple but they are up to the task of a full day of hiking. We love the thin and breathable but supportive interior liner that keeps things cool on a warm day. The super stretchy waistband makes them adaptable to a wide variety of body shapes and sizes. Though there are only three pockets, we really appreciate how deep the two front ones are. Though the exterior fabric is rather stiff and a little chaffy, the tightly woven nylon is water and wind-resistant. Because these shorts dry out quickly, they are a great option not only for hiking but for water sports as well.
REASONS TO BUY
Very breathable
Deep pockets
REASONS TO AVOID
Stiff material
Very basic

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Pros Very breathable, deep pocketsComfortable, stylish, water resistantLightweight, odor resistant, zippered pocketsGood water resistance, many pockets, inexpensiveLightweight, elastic waist, dry quickly
Cons Stiff material, very basicA little tight when sitting down, no integrated beltNot super stylish, liner limits versatilityUtilitarian appearance, pocket openings a little smallNo rear pockets, no fly
Bottom Line A simple pair of shorts with a built-in liner that makes them great for trail runsThese comfortable, functional shorts really impressed us on our adventuresA lightweight, breathable pair of shorts that are equally comfortable on a run as they are on a backpacking tripThese thin yet water resistant shorts are a great option for the practical, budget-minded hikerThese 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%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
Features (25%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Versatility and Style (20%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Venting and Breathability (10%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Weather Resistance and Dry Time (10%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
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.

Performance Comparison


patagonia baggies longs shorts hiking short review - the patagonia baggies longs are a practical pair of shorts for...
The Patagonia Baggies Longs are a practical pair of shorts for hiking and days on the beach.
Credit: Sarah Van Cleve

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.

patagonia baggies longs shorts hiking short review - an elastic waist and drawstring facilitate maximum adjustability.
An elastic waist and drawstring facilitate maximum adjustability.
Credit: Sarah Van Cleve

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.

Features


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.

patagonia baggies longs shorts hiking short review - a rear pocket with a snap is useful for carrying small items that...
A rear pocket with a snap is useful for carrying small items that you want to make sure stay put.
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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.

patagonia baggies longs shorts hiking short review - the baggies are equally at home on trail and on the water.
The Baggies are equally at home on trail and on the water.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

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.

patagonia baggies longs shorts hiking short review - the thin mesh liner is supportive and super breathable.
The thin mesh liner is supportive and super breathable.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

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.

patagonia baggies longs shorts hiking short review - water beads well on these shorts. they effectively behave like a...
Water beads well on these shorts. They effectively behave like a bathing suit.
Credit: Ben Applebaum-Bauch

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.

patagonia baggies longs shorts hiking short review - this basic pair of shorts is a classic go-to for hiking adventures.
This basic pair of shorts is a classic go-to for hiking adventures.
Credit: Sarah Van Cleve

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