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Prana Revenna Review

Pure comfort and high function with subtle style
Prana Revenna
Photo: Prana
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $70 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Comfortable, breathable, versatile
Cons:  Stretches out, wrinkles easily
Manufacturer:   Prana
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 7, 2020
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SCORE
  • Comfort and Mobility - 35% 9
  • Venting and Breathability - 20% 8
  • Versatility - 15% 8
  • Water Resistance - 15% 5
  • Features - 15% 7

Our Verdict

Our Editors' Choice pick, the Prana Revenna, is versatile, has a longer inseam, and is incredibly comfortable. Our ability to move around in this pair is high, but the fit changes over time due to the fabric stretching out a bit. Wrinkling easily, the style aspect isn't as strong as we think it could be, but the lowest mark this pair earned is actually for its lack of water-resistance. The bottom line is, the comfort they provide is outstanding. Best suited for all kinds of adventure, the versatility is much more intuitive than the majority of the others tested. The Ravenna is a well-designed piece of apparel.

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Revenna is made mostly out of nylon with a touch of spandex, labeled as ripstop by the manufacturer. They have four standard but deep pockets, all mesh-lined. The front, right pocket has a zipper for added security. In addition to the two metal snaps and zipper combination for waist closure, they also have an internal drawstring (which we found ourselves never using, actually). The inseam is 7 inches, and the waist is mid-rise.

Performance Comparison


One of the most comfortable pairs, the Revenna fabric is light and...
One of the most comfortable pairs, the Revenna fabric is light and soft.
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Comfort and Mobility


The fabric on these shorts is very comfortable, flexible, and soft. The length does not restrict our movement whatsoever, and we appreciate how large the four pockets are - and how one of them has a concealed zipper (a highlight in the features category). We tested this pair in a size 2, which weighed 5.2 oz.


The main setback is in the overall fit. While true to size after a fresh wash, the material stretches and wrinkles much more readily than the others in the group. Stretching out over time, we are left with a baggier feeling and fit, which for us detracts from the comfort as we find ourselves adjusting the shorts more and more. This is possibly why there exists an internal drawstring.

Despite the longer inseam, these shorts breathe well and provide...
Despite the longer inseam, these shorts breathe well and provide all-day comfort.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Venting and Breathability


Scoring well above average in this metric, the soft fabric breathes well. Despite being a little longer than some shorts we tested, we feel that these shorts handle heat well. We find the moisture-wicking nylon to be effective even on the hottest days here in Colorado.


The thin waistband does not trap heat around our abdomen, which we really appreciated on hot hikes. For venting, there isn't anything extra, save for the mesh-lined pockets. Having a longer inseam will also hinder venting, but the circumference of the leg openings are plenty wide and not too fitted around the leg.

Flexible, utilitarian, and simple, the versatility is high.
Flexible, utilitarian, and simple, the versatility is high.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Versatility


Another high mark for the Prana, the ability to use these shorts for activities other than hiking is a no-brainer. From bike rides to dog walks to even climbing, we felt that these shorts perform well. From gardeners to summer camp counselors, these shorts work well in many outdoor, non-hiking settings, too.

With simple, subtle styling, they aren't necessarily something we'd consider as trendy, especially when they wrinkle and stay wrinkled (which is easily done from merely sitting in them). Though great for many outdoor activities, we don't think these are the best for urban settings.

The material wrinkles a lot, which detracts from the styling.
The material wrinkles a lot, which detracts from the styling.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Water Resistance


According to the manufacturer's description, the fabric also has a DWR (durable water repellant) treatment. During our testing, however, we were unable to determine exactly how the DWR treatment plays a role in water resistance. The pair absorbs water instantly and does not classically bead as the other repellant shorts do.


Having little resistance inevitably lands them right along with any other average pair in this sense. It is very fortunate that the material isn't cotton, however, as being able to dry fairly quickly can make up for lacking water resistance. We score drying time under the Features category, though, so read on to see how they fared.

Water soaks in quickly for this pair.
Water soaks in quickly for this pair.
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Features


This model sure doesn't look super technical, but we appreciate the added perks of mesh-lined (and deep) pockets, UPF 50, and belt loops. The nylon dries fast enough for our expectations, but not as impressively as some of the others that are thinner and made up of more synthetic blends.


Regardless, we still consider them to be technical and more than sufficient for summer day-hiking and even backpacking, even if they are on the near-minimal side of the spectrum when it comes to added design features and fabric technology.

All four pockets are mesh-lined and are big enough for phones. The...
All four pockets are mesh-lined and are big enough for phones. The front right pocket also has a zipper.
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Value


With best in class performance, these shorts present high value. We definitely recommend owning a pair of these. However, if the price is more than you want to spend for a pair of hiking shorts, there are completely functional options that cost considerably less.

Conclusion


With only a few minor drawbacks, the Prana Revenna is otherwise one of the most outstanding pairs of shorts we've recently tested. Comfortable and versatile for many outdoor scenarios, these shorts quickly became a favorite among our team. If only they didn't wrinkle so much and if only they were a tad more technical when it comes to water-resistance, they'd be perfect. But they are casual, practical, and feel amazing.

More practical than fashionable, the Revenna is still one of the...
More practical than fashionable, the Revenna is still one of the best we've recently tested.
Photo: Sara Aranda

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