Warmer climates often make shorts much more comfortable to wear during summer treks and hikes, and since it’s such a popular time of year to head out on walks due to the uninterrupted views, warm weather, and bright days, it’s great that Webtogs have such a wide range of shorts for both men and women.
Aside from the obvious advantage of keeping legs cooler and ventilated in warm temperatures, they also add extra freedom of movement with high quality fabrics that feature UV protection, water repellency or moisture wicking properties. Even with shorts, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the ideal pair, so we’ve created our top 4 choices for 2017.
The Walking.org Best 5 Walking Shorts in 2017
Montane craft their apparel to meet Alpine trails and mountains, meaning the Terra Alpine Shorts perform during both climbing and lesiurely adventures. With a high quality Montane Granite Strettch fabric, these shorts possess 4-way stretch and impressive abrasion resistance, as well as a high lift crotch for mobility. The double-stitched seams reduce tear resistance, with and impressive abrasion resistance at the same time; an ideal factor to include if your hike involves rugged terrain. With a webbing belt to secure the fit, two zipped hand pockets and a pull-out zipped security pocket for keys, cash or your phone, these shorts aren’t short of extra features with the sport ready style.
The Craghoppers Kiwi Walking Shorts have been designed as an all-round pair of technical shorts with a low price for all levels and types of walkers. Featuring a 12″ leg length ideal for spring and summer hiking and trails, these are crafted from polyester and cotton fabric with a stain-resistant finish which is ideal for muddy trails in particular. With a gusset for unrestricted motion and a partially elasticated waist, there’s plenty of room for movement. Finally, these shorts feature 5 zipped pockets to safely store smaller essentials, and the 6th pocket makes it easy to quickly pull out of gear.
These Haglofs shorts are created as a multi-activity short, with a stretchy, lightweight and fast-drying fabric for hot and humid environments. With ergonomic patterning and a crotch panel, this combines with the fabric to create ultimate freedom of movement. These shorts come in a relaxed fit, but the stretch webbing belt to the waist creates a defined fit, and the durable water repellent fabric is ideal for warm days with changing weather. With 2 front handwarmer pockets and 1 zipped rear pocket, there’s plenty of secure room for keys and maps.
Rab’s Longitude Mens Shorts are crafted from an extremely light weight and quick drying material, with a single-weave fabric for general outdoor use in warm conditions. The shorts are tough and durable, with 30+ UPF protection which is ideal for sunny days. With a key clip inside the left pocket, 2 hand pockets and a zipped pocket, your essentials can be safely stored making this ideal for rugged terrains, and the partially elasticated waistband adds extra movement, flexibility and and a snug fit for long trails.
Our final pair of the Top 5 Walking Shorts for 2017 come in a women’s fit, with a design crafted for ladies comfort and flexibility. The softshell shorts are comfortable with their breathable fabric and elasticated waistband, and the wind and water resistant Flex Shield Lite fabric is cut to create maximum freedom of movement. The weather resistant fabric is ideal for changing conditions or long trails, and offers excellent ventilation. The flexible and stretchy design are ideal for sporty, more athletic trails, but equally comfortable on a more slow-paced hike.
The Top 5 Walking Shorts for 2017 combine simple shorts for every occasion, along with technical designs created for rugged hikes or ventilation. We’ve created 3 awards for best value, performance and appearance should you need some more information.
Best Value – Craghoppers Kiwi Shorts
Not only were the the Craghoppers Kiwi Shorts the cheapest of our selection, they also pack in features such as great movement, and plenty of pockets, making these ideal for summer hikes. However, these may not function as well in cooler or wet weather.
Best Performance – Haglofs Amfibie II Mens Shorts
We felt DWR was a particularly important factor when choosing shorts as you can never guarantee the weather. With this, the lightweight material and and stretchy fabric amongst other features, the Haglofs shorts are packed with features for a variety of terrains.
Best Looks – Montane Terra Alpine Walking Shorts
The Montane Terra Alpine Walking Shorts come in a stylish colour with bright zippers. These stand out enough for security reasons, but blend in with the environment and come in a timeless colour at the same time.