Vintage looking and highly casual, the Patagonia Baggies have summer written all over them. The main drawbacks are the fit and unlined waistband, which can be irritating when worn for more extended periods of time. While some like the baggy look, the bagginess sometimes lends itself to an unflattering bunching of material; it seems to be a hit or miss with the fit. Regardless, being lightweight and versatile make the Baggies a popular short. Best suited for warm-weather hiking and the casual activity, we did run and cycle in them, too. Despite the old-school look, they are a relatively technical pair of shorts.
Patagonia Baggies 5" - Women's Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Lightweight, water resistant, versatile
Cons: Runs big, abrasive waistband
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|Pros||Lightweight, water resistant, versatile||Trendy, comfortable, lightweight||Comfortable, breathable, versatile||Comfortable, stretchy, long||Affordable, water resistant, breathable|
|Cons||Runs big, abrasive waistband||Shorter inseam, no water resistance||Stretches out, wrinkles easily||Only one pocket, not the most flattering||Unnecessary belt, small cargo pockets|
|Bottom Line||For water sports or hiking, these classic baggies are light and casual.||A highly comfortable, performance-based hiking short.||Pure comfort and high function with subtle style.||Boldly athletic, these shorts are lengthy and comfortable.||Functional and fun, these shorts cover all the basics.|
|Rating Categories||Baggies 5"||Aphrodite 2.0 Short||Prana Revenna||Back Beauty Long Sport||Sandy River Cargo|
|Comfort And Mobility (35%)|
|Venting And Breathability (20%)|
|Water Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Baggies 5"||Aphrodite 2.0 Short||Prana Revenna||Back Beauty Long...||Sandy River Cargo|
|Weight (in oz)||5.2 oz||4.4 oz||5.2 oz||5.4 oz||5.1 oz|
|Material||100% nylon (92% recycled)||95% nylon, 5% elastane||95% Nylon, 5% Spandex||OMNI-SHADE and OMNI-SHIELD 89% polyester, 11% elastane Max Lite double weave||OMNI SHADE 100% nylon Perfecta Plus II|
|Water Resistance||DWR coating||None (Flashdry-XD quick-dry)||DWR treatment||Omni-Shield repellency||Perfecta Plus II quick-dry|
|Sizing (waist, length options)||XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL||XS - XXL, 4" or 6" inseam||0 - 14, 5" or 7" inseam||XS - XL||XS - XL|
|Sun Protection||No||No||Yes, UPF 50||Yes, UPF 50||Yes, UPF 30|
|Convertible, or option available?||No||No||No||No||No|
|Waist Strap/Fasten||Elastic waistband with drawstring||Elastic waistband with drawstring||Two metal snaps, zipper fly, internal drawstring||Elastic waistband||Elastic waistband with plastic snap and zipper fly, optional belt|
|Other Features||Fair Trade Certified sewing||Flashdry-XD quick-dry fabric, triple needle stitch for durability, zip stash pocket||Ripstop fabric, one pocket with zipper, belt loops||Elastic, athetic, contoured fit, one stash pocket||Zip cargo stash-pocket, quick-dry nylon fabric|
|Warranty||Ironclad Guarantee||Limited Lifetime Warranty||One Year Warranty||One Year Good Faith Guarantee||One Year Good Faith Guarantee|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Patagonia Baggies are known for their old-school style, yet as we move forward as an industry, these shorts are now made with recycled nylon and Fair Trade sewing practices. With this modern take, the material is lightweight and thin, yet still water-resistant and durable. The sizing runs large for this model, which can easily contribute to a "too baggy" and unflattering silhouette. Being unlined and having wide leg openings can also be an issue despite the five-inch inseam, particularly when stretching out or doing an activity on the floor or on a boat (if you're not wearing a swimsuit, for example.) Still, the classic and casual style is hard to ignore.
With average marks in some metrics and high marks in others, the overall ranking lands this pair well below the top competitors.
Comfort and Mobility
With ample legroom, mobility is of no concern with these shorts. We found that high-stepping, stretching, and even all-day casual wear can be done effortlessly. The nylon is light and relatively soft but wrinkles easily. The main drawback is the comfort of the waistband, which is an unlined elastic band with a drawcord. Over long periods, the stitching along the waistband becomes abrasive against the skin. The high waist itself can also be uncomfortable for those who are used to wearing mid to low-rise bottoms.
Venting and Breathability
The Baggies are airy and vent well. The nylon is treated with a water-resistant finish, however, which might diminish breathability a tad, particularly on sweaty hikes. Still, having a five-inch inseam and wide legs make it super easy to air out. This is one of the metrics this pair scores high.
Write a list of all the stereotypical summer activities, and these shorts will likely apply to all of them. From water sports to a picnic in the woods, these shorts take casual to a whole new level. They have mesh pockets for activities that will benefit from the easy draining of water. We can pull them on easily, and we found that they are decent for short runs, spin class, or for rock climbing (maybe wear some spandex shorts underneath?).
Versatile from activity to activity, they also fare well in town. "Vintage" is trendy, and they fit the old-timey bill. Our lead tester wore them to the movies and happily received compliments. A potential drawback is just how ideal they are for summer, actually, meaning they aren't very practical for colder temperatures or the shoulder seasons.
Coated with DWR (durable water repellent), water beads incredibly well when it's lightly raining out, or you splash across a creek. During testing, we sprinkled water, and the droplets stayed until we brushed them off five minutes later. With what little water did absorb, the nylon dried within minutes. This is a neat feature for summer shorts, and this pair earns one of the highest scores for water-resistance.
Minimally designed, there are only two pockets in the front. These pockets are spacious enough for an iPhone, keys, and little knick-knacks, and we appreciate how deep they are. With no added sun protection or other accessory features, this model scores fairly average when compared to the others we recently tested.
On the cheaper side, relative to the others, the Baggies are affordable and are made in Vietnam. Backed by Patagonia's Ironclad Guarantee, we feel that, for the brand and their growing sustainability practices, this is a great value.
Overall, these shorts are fun, airy, and comfortable enough for the casual outing or day hike. The baggy style is a turn off for some, but if the fit works for you, then these shorts will surely become a wardrobe staple.
— Sara Aranda