Outdoor Research Expressa Shorts - Women's


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With 4-way mechanical stretch, there is no movement the Women's Outdoor Research Expressa Shorts won’t accommodate. Breathable, super light fabric provides comfort by allowing body heat to escape and sweat to evaporate quickly without ever feeling clammy. Whether a hot climb takes you high into the desert sky or mind-clearing trail run winds you through humid forest, these shorts will be so comfortable you won’t give them a second thought after putting them on.


  • Lightweight, quick-dry polyester fabric
  • Drawcord at waist
  • Gusseted fly with snap and hook/loop closure
  • Zippered cargo pocket
  • 6 in./15 cm inseam (size M)

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Review Summary

4.3 out of 5

6 Reviews

  • Ease of use: 3
  • Build quality: 2
  • Performance: 2
  • breathable: 1

  • Bad design: 1
  • snug fit in hips: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.3 / 5
Fit: 4 / 5

6 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5

Just what I wanted
August 28, 2012

I wanted a pair of lightweight shorts for hiking and casual wear, and these fit the bill. They look similar to running shorts, but they don't have a liner and have a pocket fly that fastens with velcro. I am 5 ft 8 and 130 lb, and I usually take a size small (size 4). These shorts fit perfectly with the drawstring waist cord fastened. If I leave it unfastened, the shorts sit lower (below belly button) but still look fine. The fabric is extremely lightweight and dries very fast, which is exactly what I was looking for, but it may be flimsier than some women like. The shorts are well made and very comfortable, but I can't speak to durability because they've only had a few washes so far.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from Arkansas
45-54 yrs

Snug & Different
August 12, 2011

I needed some walking shorts to keep me cool in hot, humid Arkansas summers. These shorts are a good length and style; however, the fit in the hips was a bit snug so I returned them. I am 5'3", 138 lb, and wear a size 8. I was surprised there was velcro in the fly (not a true opening just extra fabric for ease in putting shorts on) plus a cord to tighten the waist. The zippered pocket is a nice plus.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: Bad design, snug fit in hips
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
from Seattle, WA
25-34 yrs

Perfect warm weather climbing shorts
March 14, 2013

These shorts are the PERFECT hot weather climbing and backpacking short AND they're more flattering than many other women's shorts on the market! Thin yet stretchy material with a drawstring chord inside instead of belt loops means they fit smoothly under a harness or a heavy pack hip strap. Side zipper is out of the way and fits a small bar, chapstick, or some cash. The perfect length for hot-weather climbing; as short as they can be while still longer than harness leg loops. If between sizes, get the smaller size as the stretch will look better than a bunched-up waist. I should have bought pewter rather than cairn to hide the dirt a bit better, but the dirt washes out easily. My favorite short all told!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

Love these shorts
December 09, 2008

These are now my new favorite shorts. They are really comfortable and lightweight. I take a size 6, and the small was a perfect fit for me.

great fit
July 22, 2010

I really like these shorts. They don't gap in the back, and you can squat in them without cutting off circulation. I normally wear a size 2 or 4 and the extra small fits very well.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
from Tucson, AZ
35-44 yrs

super comfy and durable
August 20, 2012

I've been hiking in these shorts for several years now including some long-distance backpacking trips. The shorts are very comfortable, lightweight, and durable. I hike a lot in the desert and my hiking clothes tend not to last very long because of all the brambles and cactus, but these shorts don't have any pulls or tears at all. And they breathe super well--I never feel sticky or clammy. They clean up easily and dry in a flash. They do not stain. In fact they look as good today as when I bought them! They have just the right amount of stretch so they move with you, and coverage is good. I like the velcro in the fly, instead of a zipper, which saves a little time and weight. I love the little zipper pocket on the side which allows you to keep a car key, small amount of cash, etc. It's nice to have a secure pocket without a lot of extra weight or bulk. The only issue is that the waist runs a little large. I'm normally a medium and these shorts have a tendency to fall down, especially at the end of a long trip (I've long since lost the little string that goes around the waist). But that's more my fault than the short's. These are an excellent, lightweight, cost effective, durable, breathable hiking short.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, lightweight, breathable

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Black, Cairn, Mushroom and Pewter.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 4, size 6, size 8, size 10 and size 12: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.

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