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Patagonia Stand Up Short- Women's Review

A high-waisted, cotton short for casual activities.
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Price:  $60 List | $40.97 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Comfortable, stylish, deep pockets
Cons:  Short inseam, not moisture wicking
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 21, 2019
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  • Comfort and Mobility - 35% 7
  • Venting and Breathability - 20% 4
  • Versatility - 15% 4
  • Water Resistance - 15% 6
  • Features - 15% 5

Our Verdict

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.


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Pros Comfortable, stylish, deep pocketsTrendy, comfortable, lightweightComfortable, breathable, versatileComfortable, stretchy, longAffordable, water resistant, breathable
Cons Short inseam, not moisture wickingShorter inseam, no water resistanceStretches out, wrinkles easilyOnly one pocket, not the most flatteringUnnecessary belt, small cargo pockets
Bottom Line A high-waisted, cotton short for casual activities.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 Stand Up Short- Women's Aphrodite 2.0 Short Prana Revenna Back Beauty Long Sport Sandy River Cargo
Comfort And Mobility (35%)
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Specs Stand Up Short-... Aphrodite 2.0 Short Prana Revenna Back Beauty Long... Sandy River Cargo
Weight (in oz) 8.3 oz 4.4 oz 5.2 oz 5.4 oz 5.1 oz
Material 97% organic cotton, 3% spandex canvas 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 Minimal None (Flashdry-XD quick-dry) DWR treatment Omni-Shield repellency Perfecta Plus II quick-dry
Sizing (waist, length options) 0 - 14, 3" inseam 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
Pockets 4 3 4 1 4
Waist Strap/Fasten Metal button and zipper fly 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 Cresent-shaped back pockets with velcro, double needle top-stitching, Fair Trade Certified sewing, belt loops 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 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.

Performance Comparison


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.

The Stand Up from Patagonia is a cute pair of shorts made out of a cotton and spandex blend.
The Stand Up from Patagonia is a cute pair of shorts made out of a cotton and spandex blend.

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.

With a short inseam  these shorts tended to bunch up on us.
With a short inseam, these shorts tended to bunch up on us.

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.

Versatility


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.

With no added water resistance  the cotton absorbs liquids and takes longer to dry as compared to the synthetic shorts.
With no added water resistance, the cotton absorbs liquids and takes longer to dry as compared to the synthetic shorts.

Water Resistance


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.

The results of our water resistance test. These shorts absorbed water gradually.
The results of our water resistance test. These shorts absorbed water gradually.

Features


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.

A closer look at the Stand Up's crescent-shaped rear pockets with velcro closure.
A closer look at the Stand Up's crescent-shaped rear pockets with velcro closure.

Value


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.

Made with a sturdy metal button and zip fly closure  these shorts have a jean-like design.
Made with a sturdy metal button and zip fly closure, these shorts have a jean-like design.

Conclusion


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