2019 Patagonia Operating Shorts and Shirt Assessment


Patagonia Nine Trails Shorts

The typical match Nine Trails shorts from Patagonia are made for trail operating, but do not let that quit you from applying them on the streets or track.  They immediately became my go-to shorts in my rotation right after just a couple workouts in the hottest and most humid month of the year.  The differentiating function is the pockets: two significant front pockets and one particular significant correct rear pocket all secured with zippers.  The rear pocket is just significant adequate to accommodate an iPhone X in a minimal case (vertically) although nonetheless becoming in a position to close the zipper – having said that, this is not a terribly comfy solution on extended runs.  The front pockets are also deep and will hold all the usual operating accoutrement: keys, money, credit cards, gels, bandana, or even a light jacket stuffsack.  Even if I’m not using the pockets at the starting of a run, I uncover it reassuring to have them out there numerous instances throughout longer/hotter runs I uncover myself wanting to get rid of my wedding band or ear buds, and these shorts present a protected spot to slip them in, zip up, and retain moving with out breaking stride.

The integrated boxer-short liner is one more plus with these shorts.  I personally favor the boxer-short to the normal short liner, and the liner in these Patagonia Nine Trails shorts is superior to other individuals I’ve skilled.  Merely place, they are pretty lightweight, not as well loose or tight, wicking, and breathable.  Boxer-short liners in other shorts can normally be “suffocating”: as well thick, as well tight, and come to be heavy with moisture right after a couple of miles – which in turn causes chaffing.  None of these are problems with the Patagonia Nine Trails shorts.  The shorts have a slight stretch to them due to the recycled polyester and spandex building, have a DWR finish on the exterior to shed light precipitation and sweat, and are treated with HeIQ Fresh for odor manage.  I tested the latter by applying the shorts for many summer time workouts more than the course of a week with out washing, and the odor manage worked about as properly as could be anticipated.  As its name implies, it aids manage odors – not do away with them.

I was initially apprehensive about the comparatively longer inseam of the Patagonia Nine Trails shorts becoming an annoyance, but the supplies are so comfy I in no way even noticed it.  I’m 6’1” with a 33” waist, and the size significant hits correct above the knee.  The drawstring cinches on the outdoors of the waistband (one more private preference).

These shorts are advised for these longer and/or less complicated runs when you could use some added cargo space and do not thoughts the (slightly) added weight.  I’ll unquestionably be getting much more of these shorts in the coming years.  MSRP $65

Patagonia Strider Shorts

The typical match Patagonia Strider shorts are produced for days when you want to run quickly or extended.  These ultra-light shorts have a 7” inseam, weigh in at a mere three.7oz and are a breeze to run in.  Like the Nine Trails shorts, the Strider shorts are also constructed of recycled polyester and treated with each HeIQ Fresh (odor manage) and DWR for water resistance.  Each left and correct sides of the shorts have complete-length panels of lighter and much more breathable polyester/spandex material to let for much better ventilation and comfort on hot days.  The integrated drawstring secures on the inside of the waistband.  Although this is not my private preference, it is not an concern on these shorts as I skilled no discomfort or irritation.  I’m 6’1” with a 33” waist, and the significant size fits me completely.

I’ve been applying the spring 2017 model of the Patagonia Strider shorts for a couple years now, and as you would anticipate, the 2019 version has been updated.  The liner has been changed from a classic short to a boxer-short.  The new liner feels much more supportive and surely much more breathable.  The pocket place remains the very same, but exactly where the 2017 pocket had a classic zipper closure and the pocket material was the very same as rest of the shorts, the 2019 Patagonia Strider shorts have a semi-safe closure (study: no zipper, only stitching at the upper midpoint of the pocket) and the pocket itself is a lighter mesh material stitched to the exterior of the shorts.

Seemingly carried out to do away with weight from the solution, I was initially concerned about the modified functionality of the pocket – specifically when attempting to manipulate contents mid-run.  As life teaches us to do, even though, I was in a position to immediately adapt to the alter and came to basically favor this new pocket design and style.  I can squeeze in my iPhone X with minimal case, and it sits fairly comfortably against the waist with out a great deal excess movement (specifically at quicker paces).  1 caveat is that it is slightly much more complicated to get rid of the telephone when it is inside the pocket – you will want two hands and possibly will not want to do it although on the move.  I pushed the limits of the pocket throughout a 10K race cramming in my telephone, auto important fob, Clif Bloks, and money. The 2017 version of these shorts would not even hold the telephone.  Although I was nonetheless in a position to PR although carrying all these contents, it apparently did stretch and/or irritate the mesh fabric beyond its limits and left a smallish hole in the material.  The following image shows each the liner as properly as the rear pocket (white paper inserted to highlight the distinction in material).

So, my verdict on the 2019 Patagonia Strider shorts pocket redesign is “nice improvement with much better capacity…to a point”.

I’ve come to attain for the Patagonia Strider shorts on my quickly days: track workouts, tempo runs, and surely on race day.  The lightweight supplies, the ventilation and wicking potential of the shorts and liner, the flexibility of the pocket, and an updated contemporary reduce all add up to a superior solution best for speed and endurance events alike.  MSRP $59

Patagonia Lengthy-Sleeved Capilene Cool Lightweight Shirt

The slim match Patagonia Lengthy-Sleeved Capilene Cool Lightweight shirt is a versatile technical tee made for performing in a variety of situations from cool to hot.  Like numerous Patagonia goods, this tee is constructed of recycled polyester and is treated with HeIQ Fresh for odor manage.  It weighs a scant three.3oz, so light that you will overlook you are wearing a extended-sleeved shirt.  Other fundamental options involve crew neck design and style, longer than typical sleeves, and a slightly dropped tail to deliver added coverage in the rear.

Cool, breezy mornings or evenings are best instances for me to pull the Patagonia Lengthy-Sleeved Capilene Cool Lightweight shirt on for a run.  The sleeves deliver a tiny added warmth and reduce down on the wind just adequate.  If the sun unexpectedly pops out and you get as well hot, just push up the sleeves – they stay in spot even throughout strenuous movement thanks to the stretch in the wrist &amp fabric.  Honestly, even though, the superior wicking potential of the Patagonia Lengthy-Sleeved Capilene Cool Lightweight shirt aids to retain you cool even on these hot, sunny days.  You may possibly be just as comfy leaving the sleeves down…plus it gives some added protection from the sun.

Along with quite a few mundane workouts, I tested the Patagonia Lengthy-Sleeved Capilene Cool Lightweight shirt in higher-output road race situations.  This was the 1st time I ran an August race in extended sleeves, and I had zero complaints with this gear: the shirt kept me cool and comfy at peak output for 45 minutes.  Surprisingly I was not drenched with sweat at the finish line as the shirt helped wick and evaporate a great deal of it throughout the activity.  I have quite a few brief-sleeved technical tees that do not carry out to that degree.  In addition to applying it for workouts, I discovered the Patagonia Lengthy-Sleeved Capilene Cool Lightweight shirt to be a refreshing leading to alter into post-exercise its superb wicking potential aids cool you down that a great deal quicker.

If you are searching to add a extended-sleeved shirt to your gear rotation, appear no additional than the Patagonia Lengthy-Sleeved Capilene Cool Lightweight shirt – it will serve you properly in numerous situations.  MSRP $55

For much more details on any of these goods please pay a visit to www.patagonia.com.


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