Whether you’re tackling high ledges or simply going on a distance hike, the summer months call for shorts that can stand up to the task while keeping you cool and dry. More importantly, a great pair of hiking shorts shouldn’t have to break the bank. The Columbia Men’s Silver Ridge Cargo Shorts are an excellent option for anyone who wants to take on the great outdoors without shelling out their whole paycheck. Columbia has long been known for creating quality outdoor apparel at a fair price and these shorts are far from the exception. What makes these hiking shorts some of the best around?
The Silver Ridge Cargo shorts, along with all other shorts in the Silver Ridge line, are made from a mix of 100 percent ripstop, 57 percent polyester/43 percent polyester mesh. It is a great blend that lends itself to total comfort and movability. The material also boasts a generous UPF 50 protection rating, which is ideal for those blazing mid-afternoon adventures. Omni-wick technology allows the shorts to dry quickly once exposed to water. While they can take longer to dry than similar hiking shorts if completely submerged, this is generally a non-issue when simply hiking or climbing.
Added cargo pockets provide exceptional storage for items you want close to the body, such as a smartphone or personal information. Each pocket is mesh lined and feature either zip or velcro closures, making it easy for one-handed access to any and all pockets on the shorts. Though technically a cargo short, the Silver Ridge Cargo Shorts are anything but bulky. They are slim and stylish, yet large enough for all your nutrition bars and gear. The shorts also feature a four-inch elastic section in the waistband which is intended to increase the overall comfort and fit of the shorts. While some find the band to be too firm when used with a backpacking waist belt, others love that they hold the shorts in place without the use of a belt.
Let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons of the Columbia Silver Ridge Cargo Shorts below.