My choice of hiking bottoms changes a lot. Sometimes I’m a pants kinda lady. Sometimes it’s leggings. Right now, it’s shorts. (Maybe you can blame my thru-hiker partner, Halfway Anywhere.) I’ve hunted high and low for shorts that are flattering on my 5’ tall body, and the winner is the Vuori Clementine Shorts. Here’s my review.
I’ve written about my struggles in outdoor shorts previously. For the longest time, the Outdoor Research Contour Shorts were my go-to for hiking, backpacking, and climbing. As of Spring 2019, Arc’teryx introduced the Creston 4.5 Shorts, which replaced the Contour Shorts’ long run in my closet. Here’s how the Arc’teryx Creston 4.5 Shorts fared.
The Outdoor Research Turbine Shorts are a pair of shorts I would never pick up for myself. Probably. So when the crew at Outdoor Research sent me these as a part of #ORInsightLab, I was pretty skeptical. I mean, they have built-in underwear! And from my experience as a child with built-in underwear, it was not comfortable nor something I ever wanted to experience again.
I’m generally not a huge fan of shorts made by outdoor brands. They’re always kind of frumpy, all the wrong length, borderline capris. I mean, come on. I’m 5′ tall. Anything cut between mid-thigh and my feet will make me look at a stump. But Paulina! You are doing things outdoors and getting dirty and not showering, why does it matter if you look like a stump or not? It just does.
Cue the Outdoor Research Contour Shorts, now replaced by the Outdoor Research Ferrosi Shorts, aka the best outdoor shorts known to mankind.