Patagonia Strider Pro Running Short Review

It’s not easy for men to find the right gym shorts as most of them tend to be too long if not too short.

While if you’re lucky enough to find some cheap shorts that fit you well, there’s a high chance that it will not last you long. Plus, it can lead to chafing, skin irritation and other possible outcomes of wearing the wrong pair of shorts.

That makes it better to invest in high-quality workout clothes – but not all of them are worth the price tag. That’s why today we’re going to look at the Patagonia Strider Pro Running Short.

It’s one of the bestselling shorts in the market today, despite being sold at a quite expensive price point. The brand describes these shorts as “Designed and refined for the core trail runner who loves to go long.”

With a lot of features, including a body fabric treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish, I am expecting a lot from the Patagonia Strider Pro Running Short. But to make sure we’re spending our hard-earned money on the right pair, let’s take a closer look at its features.

It may appear as though these are just simple shorts, but wait till you see how much it has to offer.

Patagonia Strider Pro Running Short Detailed Review


The Patagonia Strider Pro Running Short is a regular fit. This means it’s not tight-fitting and doesn’t get stuck between your legs. The material used in these shorts are very stretchy, making them suitable for climbing up hills and doing other high-intensity activities.

What’s interesting about this short is that the upper half of its rear is made of a stretchier material. This helps the back pockets which lay flat when empty, and stretch out when you put something bulky like gels or even a pocketable jacket.

The shorts also come with supportive and moisture-wicking polyester brief liner that eliminates chafing. It’s also incorporated with Polygiene® permanent odour control. Something which the brand guarantees to prevent your garment from “smelling like a middle school locker room.”

The brief liner is also elastic-free, so it keeps you comfortable whether you’re going for a run or mountain climbing.


I like how this short looks sleek, comfortable, and at the same time functional. It features mesh panels on the sides for breathability, and two-inch side splits promote airflow for enhanced comfort.

The body fabric used in the Patagonia Strider Pro Running Short isn’t just moisture wicking, but it also dries faster than other short with its DWR (durable water repellent) finish. It also has an external drawcord so you can make sure it won’t slide down during your activity.

Aside from that, it comes with a centre-back zippered pocket and four “envelope” hip pockets – a total of five pockets.


If you’re really fussy when it comes to running shorts, the Patagonia Strider Pro Running Short will undoubtedly pass your standards. Its material is lightweight and breathable, making it suitable from low-impact to high-impact activities.

Due to the DWR (durable water repellent) finish of the short, it’s excellent in wicking away sweat and dries quickly, so it doesn’t get too heavy. The 100% polyester (42% recycled) brief liner that comes with Polygiene® permanent odour control also doesn’t chafe and keeps you worry-free all throughout.

And for extreme comfort and cooling, the side panels are made of 100% polyester highly breathable mesh. The 2-inch splits on both sides of the short also promote air flow.

The brand also boasts of using fabrics that are bluesign® approved. This means the garment is made from materials that are safe for the environment, safe for workers, and safe for the end customers.


With all of its excellent features, the Patagonia Strider Pro Running Short is offered at a great deal. If you’re not used to spending much on a pair of short, maybe this time you should. High-quality garments aren’t only more durable than cheaper options, but they also provide more comfort to help you last longer.

This particular short isn’t only a great companion when running or hiking. Its stylish appearance also makes it wearable for casual outfits on a hot summer’s day. Plus, the pockets are great for holding a lot of things. Therefore you can freely use your hands without anything getting in the way.


No exaggeration, but the Patagonia Strider Pro Running Short are one of the best shorts you could ever own. They’re very lightweight and quick drying. Therefore they won’t give you that icky-sticky feeling when you’re already soaked in your own sweat.

The breathability that the short offers is also very impressive. This is as there are only a few brands that incorporate mesh panels. Plus, the odour-resistance and stretchable envelope pockets are useful additional features.

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