I like short shorts (we all like short shorts), especially when it comes to running. As I prepare to start my ultra training in a few weeks, I'm really taking a closer look for shorts that provide ultimate comfort. The Patagonia Long Haulers do just that.
|I'll be the first to tell you |
that bright colors are in this year!
The Patagonia Men's Long Haulers are 'a throwback to the runner short-shorts of the 80s, the Men's Long Haulers from Patagonia go retro, but feature 21st-century fabric technology. They're made of ultralight 2.3-oz 100% 50-denier polyester (50% recycled) with a built-in, moisture-wicking liner. The elasticized waistband also wicks moisture, and has an internal drawcord and three external loops for attaching gel packs on long runs. Small slits on the sides add extra mobility. A rear center-back envelope pocket has an internal loop for threading a key. With a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish and Gladiodor® odor control for the garment. Reflective heat-transfer logo on front and back. Inseam (size M) is 4". Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.'
These shorts feel like I have nothing on (though no one wants to see that), and never feel wet, clingy, or droopy. The short inseam keeps the air flowing and my nether regions comfy and dry feeling. The one drawback to me is the lack of front pockets - while the rear pocket makes sense from a design and functionality standpoint, it would be nice to have some front pockets to tuck away gloves or a headband when a run starts cold and then warms up. Oddly enough, my shorts have neither the external gel pack loops or the internal key loop, but maybe they are an earlier iteration than those described above or perhaps a collector's item that will get my kids through college (I'm thinking the vibrant color might be attractive to collectors as well). Apart from the lack of front pockets, these seem like a great option for ultrarunning (or non-ultrarunning when you get right down to it). Unfortunately, it appears that Patagonia has discontinued the Long Haulers, so you may have to search around if you want to try a pair.
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