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 scored high in comfort and mobility.
Patagonia Stand Up Short- Women's Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Comfortable, stylish, deep pockets
Cons: Short inseam, not moisture wicking
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|Pros||Comfortable, stylish, deep pockets||Trendy, comfortable, lightweight||Comfortable, stretchy, long||Affordable, water resistant, breathable||Lightweight, water resistant, versatile|
|Cons||Short inseam, not moisture wicking||Shorter inseam, no water resistance||Only one pocket, not the most flattering||Unnecessary belt, small cargo pockets||Runs big, abrasive waistband|
|Bottom Line||A high-waisted, cotton short for casual activities.||A highly comfortable, performance-based hiking short.||Boldly athletic, these shorts are lengthy and comfortable.||Functional and fun, these shorts cover all the basics.||For water sports or hiking, these classic baggies are light and casual.|
|Rating Categories||Stand Up Short- Women's||Aphrodite 2.0 Short||Back Beauty Long Sport||Sandy River Cargo||Baggies 5"|
|Comfort And Mobility (35%)|
|Venting And Breathability (20%)|
|Water Resistance (15%)|
|Specs||Stand Up Short-...||Aphrodite 2.0 Short||Back Beauty Long...||Sandy River Cargo||Baggies 5"|
|Weight (in oz)||8.3 oz||4.4 oz||5.4 oz||5.1 oz||5.2 oz|
|Material||97% organic cotton/3% spandex canvas||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 (92% recycled)|
|Water Resistance||Minimal||None (Flashdry™-XD quick-dry)||Omni-Shield repellancy||Perfecta Plus II quick-dry||DWR coating|
|Sizing (waist, length options)||0 - 14, 3" inseam||XS - XXL, 4" or 6" inseam||XS - XL||XS - XL||XXS,XS, S, M, L, XL|
|Sun Protection||No||No||Yes, UPF 50||Yes, UPF 30||No|
|Convertible, or option available?||No||No||No||No||No|
|Waist Strap/Fasten||Metal button and zipper fly||Elastic waistband with drawstring||Elastic waistband||Elastic waistband with plastic snap and zipper fly, optional belt||Elastic waistband with drawstring|
|Other Features||Cresent-shaped back pockets with velcro, double needle top-stitching, 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||Fair Trade Certified sewing|
|Warranty||Ironclad Guarantee||Limited Lifetime Warranty||One Year Good Faith Guarantee||One Year Good Faith Guarantee||Ironclad Guarantee|
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 3 inches. Durable, they do lack technicality as a hiking short, unfortunately. Still, comfort and versatility are their most notable qualities. Depending on what you're looking for, this youthful option might be all you need.
Comfort and Mobility
The Stand Up was a top performer in comfort due to their soft cotton construction and ease of mobility. While the length allows for ample leg room and stride, the 3-inch inseam might be too youthful for some. We found that the high waist isn't abrasive or cumbersome, and the fit was true to size. Trekking up an incline was relatively easy when it came to high-stepping, and the back of the shorts are just long enough so we didn't expose anything. There was only a slight bunching of material while hiking uphill, and stretching or using a foam roller was also easy to do. The more we wore them, however, we found ourselves pulling the shorts down every once in a while to prevent them from riding up.
Venting and Breathability
Venting was the biggest drawback for these shorts. Made out of cotton, the retention of heat and sweat was notable due to the thicker material. Though they've been designed without moisture wicking advantages, they still aired out well enough for our standards. Due do their high waist, the most heat retention took place around the lower abdomen, particularly when wearing a pack with a hip belt. Compared to the Patagonia Baggies, 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. From day hiking to the casual outing, they are a unique alternative to traditional athletic wear.
This metric is important when it comes to more technical and intermediate hiking adventures, as having excellent water resistance would benefit us for those unpredictable summer thunderstorms. These shorts are not water resistant, however, and being mostly cotton, they absorb water rather easily. Similar to the OR Wadi Rum, the water beaded initially during our test but then began to soak in.
With four deep pockets, we enjoyed the practicality of these shorts, though the front pocket openings are slanted in a direction that made 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," which were a tad abrasive against our hands. We appreciated 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 make them a fairly average scorer for this category.
The Stand Up is best suited for warm, summer temperatures and casual day hikes. Non-technical, their cotton design weighs in 8.3 ounces for the size we tested. Easily dressed up, these shorts are a great, albeit youthful, balance between the urban and outdoor world.
Made in Sri Lanka, they retail for $60 and 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 better deals out there.
Overall these shorts have their unique design but perform rather average when compared to the others we tested. Comfort and mobility were their best feature. Still, they are a fun, modern-inspired option with all the basics of a hiking short.
— Sara Aranda