Vintage looking and highly casual, these shorts have summer written all over them. The main drawbacks are the fit and unlined waistband, which can be irritating after long 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 fit. Regardless, being lightweight, versatile, and fairly trendy makes the Patagonia Baggies a popular short. For comparison, check out the similar yet more affordable Columbia Sandy River Cargo.
Patagonia Baggies 5" - Women's Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Lightweight, water resistant, versatile
Cons: Runs big, abrasive waistband
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|Pros||Lightweight, water resistant, versatile||Trendy, comfortable, lightweight||Comfortable, stretchy, long||Affordable, water resistant, breathable||Anti-odor, moisture wicking, quick drying|
|Cons||Runs big, abrasive waistband||Shorter inseam, no water resistance||Only one pocket, not the most flattering||Unnecessary belt, small cargo pockets||Expensive, runs large, not ideal for incline|
|Bottom Line||For water sports or hiking, these classic baggies are light and casual.||A highly comfortable, performance-based hiking short.||Boldly athletic, these shorts are lengthy and comfortable.||Functional and fun, these shorts cover all the basics.||A more conservative pair of shorts that are ideal for flat trails.|
|Rating Categories||Baggies 5"||Aphrodite 2.0 Short||Back Beauty Long Sport||Sandy River Cargo||Sol Cool Nomad Short|
|Comfort And Mobility (35%)|
|Venting And Breathability (20%)|
|Water Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Baggies 5"||Aphrodite 2.0 Short||Back Beauty Long...||Sandy River Cargo||Sol Cool Nomad Short|
|Weight (in oz)||5.2 oz||4.4 oz||5.4 oz||5.1 oz||4.9 oz|
|Material||100% nylon (92% recycled)||95% nylon, 5% elastane||OMNI-SHADE and OMNI-SHIELD 89% polyester/11% elastane Max Lite double weave||OMNI SHADE 100% nylon Perfecta Plus II||100% nylon|
|Water Resistance||DWR coating||None (Flashdry™-XD quick-dry)||Omni-Shield repellancy||Perfecta Plus II quick-dry||Sol Cool™ Jade quick-dry|
|Sizing (waist, length options)||XXS,XS, S, M, L, XL||XS - XXL, 4" or 6" inseam||XS - XL||XS - XL||2 - 16|
|Sun Protection||No||No||Yes, UPF 50||Yes, UPF 30||Yes, UPF 50|
|Convertible, or option available?||No||No||No||No||No|
|Waist Strap/Fasten||Elastic waistband with drawstring||Elastic waistband with drawstring||Elastic waistband||Elastic waistband with plastic snap and zipper fly, optional belt||Two metal snaps and zipper fly|
|Other Features||Fair Trade Certified sewing||Flashdry-XD quick-dry fabric, triple needle stitch for durability, zip stash pocket||Elastic, athetic, contoured fit, one stash pocket||Zip cargo pocket, quick-dry nylon fabric||SILVADUR coating in fabric activates silver ions to reduce odor, zip stash pockets, tricot-lined waistband|
|Warranty||Ironclad Guarantee||Limited Lifetime Warranty||One Year Good Faith Guarantee||One Year Good Faith Guarantee||1-Year Warranty|
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 fit. Being unlined and having wide leg openings can also be an issue despite the five-inch inseam, particularly when stretching 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 beat.
Comfort and Mobility
With ample leg room, 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 slightly abrasive and irritating against the skin. The high waist itself can also be uncomfortable for those who are used to wearing mid or low-rise bottoms.
Venting and Breathability
The Baggies are airy and vent fairly 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 an easy short to air out.
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 easy draining; they also pull on easily and can even be used for short runs, a 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 definitely fit the bill; our lead tester wore them to the movies and was happy to receive compliments. A potential drawback is just how ideal they are for summer, meaning they aren't very practical for colder temperatures or the shoulder seasons. If you're wanting something longer, we'd recommend the KUHL Splash.
Coated with DWR (durable water repellent), water beads incredibly well when it's lightly raining out, or you splash across a creek. We found this to be an exceptional quality in our test. During testing, we sprinkled water, and the droplets stayed as droplets until we brushed them off five minutes later. With what little water did absorb, the nylon dried within minutes.
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 scored fairly average when compared to some of the others in this category, such as the ExOfficio Sol Cool Nomad.
The Patagonia Baggies are best suited for warm weather hiking and casual activity, although we did run and cycle in them, too. Despite their old-school look, they are still a relatively technical short.
On the cheaper side, relative to the other shorts we tested, the Baggies retail for a little over $50 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 fair price to pay.
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