A great pair of hiking shorts should always be lightweight, breathable, and comfortable for the activity at hand. Luckily, prAna’s Stretch Zion shorts tick those boxes with ease. Consider these a great multi-purpose short built for whatever adventure you’re up for that day. These quick-drying shorts are made with a durable blend of 97 percent nylon and 3 percent spandex.

Generally, nylon is the preferred fabric on a great pair of hiking shorts. The extra bit of spandex allows the shorts to stretch with ease, even when climbing rocky ascents or scrambling. Unlike many nylon blend shorts, the stretch zion shorts are totally abrasion resistant, which makes them more durable and cool, with the ability to resist both water, tears, and unwanted stains.

Breathable and quick-drying, these shorts feature an innovative moisture-wicking outer layer along with a UPF rating of 50+. Not only will your shorts remain dry, but you won’t be privy to any nasty sun exposure on your legs. In terms of fit, the prAna shorts move with you, even when wet or damp. They do not stick to the legs, regardless of activity. Because of this, they are suitable for hiking, climbing, swimming, biking, traveling, and a myriad of other outdoor activities. The stylish and streamlined aesthetic also makes them great for casual wear around town.

When it comes to the great outdoors, pockets are a must have on great hiking shorts. Whether traveling, climbing, or hiking, pockets help to keep necessary things nearby without any added bulk. These shorts have very well-designed pockets that are deep enough to help you carry all those extras. A total of four-pockets (two front and two back) boast mesh liners and just the right depth for items as large as a cell phone. There are also two lower pockets with a handy zipper. With the added zipper, you can keep essentials close even while on a hectic climb.

An integrated adjustable waistband allows the shorts to stay in place no matter what. The waistband also has added belt loops, so if you desire, you can add your own belt. Unlike many stretch shorts, these do carry a ventilated gusset which can provide a bit of extra stability and durability. The gusset can also help to prevent overheating and maintain ideal moisture levels. No matter what activity you choose to take on that day, the prAna Men’s Stretch Zion Shorts should be of use.

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Overall, the prAna Stretch Zion Men’s Shorts are a great multi-purpose general use short that should fit whatever is on your outdoor agenda. Cool, durable, and stretchy, you can’t ask for much more in hiking shorts!


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