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How to choose hiking shorts

For warm, sunny days on the trail where hiking pants might get a little too warm for your liking, there’s hiking shorts to keep you comfy and protect your skin from all the outdoors has to offer.

The hiking shorts you choose are going to depend on where you’re headed with your new hiking shorts and some personal preferences:

  • Material: Look out for hiking shorts with lightweight, quick-drying and durable materials; your best hiking shorts are going to be breathable and wick away moisture to keep you moving freely with each step in the summer air

  • Weather and terrain: If you’re going to be under little tree cover, hiking shorts with UPF protection will keep you protected in addition to your sunscreen; and if you find yourself hiking through brush or on some tricky terrain, longer shorts can provide more protection to your skin.

  • Comfort and durability: Comfort is crucial on the trail, don’t cut your day short because of uncomfortable rubbing by keeping an eye out for hiking shorts with an adjustable waistband and any seams that are placed in areas you’re not keen on.

In addition, look out for features that will come in handy on your hike like pockets and ventilation. Shop light yet tough hiking shorts from brands like MEC, Black Diamond, The North Face, Patagonia, Indyeva and Prana.