Though originally designed for more active pursuits, climbing shorts have an ideal set of features for everyday wear. They’re durable, lightweight and comfortable, often equipped with an elastic waistband and integrated nylon cinch-belt. What’s more, they’re nondescript and compliment a range of casual, warm-weather getups.
Today, classic designs from Gramicci and Patagonia are complimented with those from lifestyle brands like Topo Designs and Pilgrim Surf Supply. But no matter the brand, they share the same core elements, collectively making for a short that will quickly become your new summer staple.
Kavu Chilli Lite Short
Cut from mid-weight cotton canvas, this short has two front pockets and two back pockets. It comes in six different colors and has an integrated nylon belt with an elastic waist.
Gramicci Original G Short
These rugged shorts are made from double-ringspun cotton twill. They feature a gusseted crotch, an elasticized waist with integrated buckle and belt, deep front pockets and a Velcro-tabbed rear pocket.
Columbia Whiskey Point Short
These nylon shorts have two front pockets, two back pockets and one thigh pocket. They’re treated with an Omni-Shield barrier that repels splashes and light rain.
The North Face Straight Paramount 3.0 Short
Made from durable-stretch nylon, these shorts feature two front pockets, two back pockets and a zip-utility pocket. The fabric has a water resistant treatment and a lifetime warranty.
Topo Designs Climb Shorts
These cotton shorts have two-percent Lycra for stretch. They feature side hand pockets, a zippered back pocket, a snap-closure back pocket and a gusseted crotch.
Black Diamond Credo Shorts
Cut from organic cotton, these shorts feature a relaxed fit and an integrated adjustable waistbelt. The design features two front pockets, two rear pockets and brush slot in right rear pocket.
Mollusk Dune Shorts
Made in the USA from 100-percent cotton. They’re garment-dyed and feature two front pockets and two rear pockets.
Patagonia Performance Gi IV Shorts
These durable shorts are made from an organic cotton–olyester twill blend. The design features a gusseted crotch, two side-entry pockets and two rear welted pockets. They’re available in four colors.
Pilgrim Salathe Twill Climbing Shorts
Made from a high-density lightweight cotton twill, these shorts have a dropped crotch with a gusset. They feature front in-seam pockets, an angled zip side pocket and back bucket pockets with snaps.
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