Baggies Shorts

There’s a secret packing weapon a lot of savvy carry-on-bag traveling men employ that can be met by today’s featured product, the Baggies Shorts from Patagonia.

Men's baggies shortsOne key packing light element is bringing items that can do more than one thing. That means, for example, a bathing suit that can also function as a pair of shorts for the gym, a run, or just staying cool. These “do it all” Baggies have long been a great default choice for that strategy. They work in the water or out, can be sink washed easily, and they dry quickly. They have a mesh lining inside so they can work for swimming or running.

Sure, Patagonia may be better known for its cold weather clothing and technical apparel, but the  Baggies have been around for decades and they’re a packing staple for a wide range of travelers, from round-the-world backpackers to business execs trying to stay in shape. They’re lightweight and comfortable, with a quick-dry nylon construction that also has a water-repelling treatment for jogs in a light drizzle. There’s UPF 50 sun protection too.

What separates these from many cheaper imitators is the years of refined design. There’s elastic plus an inside drawstring, which always makes me happy. There are three well-designed pockets, but they’re not just mesh ones that end up flopping around in the water. The back one has a snap and on the inside it’s half fabric, half mesh. The two side pockets (so you can walk along with hands in pocket like this model) are fabric with mesh in just the corners to let the water escape when needed. All three are deep enough to hold a wallet or a smart phone. There’s double stitching on the side seams and pockets.

Get the Baggies shorts for men direct from Patagonia for $45 (5-inch inseam) in eight different colors—two with patterns and six solids. They’re also in stock at Backcountry, Moosejaw, and Rock Creek. If you prefer looking like you’re wearing capris, there’s a 7-inch version too. These popular shorts come in other versions for babies, kids, and women. See the whole shebang at the Patagonia site.

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