Of the hiking shorts fleet we tested, the Patagonia Stand Up Shorts have the most youthful vibe to them, primarily due to the 3-inch inseam and crescent-shaped rear pockets. Highly comfortable, the cotton and spandex blend is durable yet not entirely ideal for moisture-wicking. Wear them all day and around town with confidence, as they score high in comfort and mobility. The Stand Up is best suited for warm, summer temperatures and casual day-hikes. Easily dressed up, these shorts are a great, albeit youthful, balance between the urban and outdoor world.
Patagonia Stand Up Short- Women's Review
Cons: Short inseam, not moisture wicking
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Patagonia Stand Up shorts are unique for their crescent rear pockets and overall style. Made with Fair Trade sewing practices, these cotton and spandex blended shorts have an inseam of only three inches. Durable, they do lack technicality as hiking shorts when compared to the others; still, comfort and versatility are their most notable qualities. Depending on what you're looking for, this youthful option might be all you need.
Scoring a high mark for comfort, the remaining metrics are rather average for this competitor, and in the cases of venting and versatility, below average.
Comfort and Mobility
The Stand Up is well above average in comfort due to their soft cotton construction and ease of mobility. While the length allows for ample legroom and stride, the 3-inch inseam might be too youthful for some. The high waist isn't abrasive or cumbersome, and the fit is true to size. Trekking up an incline is relatively easy when it comes to high-stepping, and the back of the shorts is just long enough for us not to expose anything. There is only a slight bunching of material while hiking uphill. Stretching out in them or using a foam roller is also easy to do. The more we wear them, however, we find ourselves pulling the shorts down every once in a while to prevent them from riding up too far.
Venting and Breathability
Venting is one of the biggest drawbacks of these shorts. Non-technical, their cotton design weighs in at 8.3 ounces for the size we tested. The retention of heat and sweat is notable due to the thicker material; though they've been designed without moisture-wicking advantages, they still air out a tad. Due to their high waist, the most heat retention takes place around the lower abdomen, particularly when wearing a pack with a hip belt. Compared to the others in the review group, they are thicker, warmer, and less athletic.
Style-wise, these shorts are cute and can be easily dressed up for a casual night out with friends. Being so short, however, they aren't ideal for anything but summer temperatures, which limits their versatility when the weather turns sour. Activity-wise, their very name seems to imply water sports; while we didn't get to use them out on the water, their comfort would provide for a day at the beach or out on a paddleboard (though getting them soaked will likely make them feel very heavy). From day-hiking to the casual outing, they are a unique alternative to traditional athletic wear, but frankly not nearly as versatile as the longer inseam options.
This metric is important when it comes to more technical and intermediate hiking adventures, as having excellent water resistance benefits us for those unpredictable summer thunderstorms. These shorts are not water-resistant, however, and being that they are mostly cotton, they absorb water easily. Similar to other cotton-based materials, the water beads initially during our test but then soaks in promptly.
With four deep pockets, we enjoy the functionality of these shorts, though the front pocket openings are slanted in a direction that makes us feel like our phone, or bulkier items, might fall out. The crescent-shaped rear pockets utilize a small strip of Velcro to keep them "closed," but the velcro is abrasive against our hands. We appreciate the sturdy metal button closure and belt loops, although these features might feel cumbersome beneath a backpack. Beyond the pockets, there are no other added accessory or material perks, which gives them an average performance for this category.
Made in Sri Lanka, they retail on the higher end but are backed by Patagonia's Ironclad Guarantee. For such a trendy short, this falls right in line with other brand name apparel, but for our practical needs, there are, quite frankly, better deals and blends of fashion and function out there.
Overall, these shorts have their unique design but perform rather average when compared to the others we tested. We find that comfort and mobility are their best qualities. They are a fun, modern-inspired option but quite minimal.
— Sara Aranda