Patagonia Guidewater Shorts - Men's


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Everything we love about the Guidewater Pants, and less. The shorts version has all the same water-specific features, including zippered side-leg pocket, mesh drainage on all pockets and remarkably fast dry time that make these the fishing shorts of choice for anglers. And, like the pants, the comfortable fit, zippered fly and constructed waist with stretch sections and belt loops make the Guidewater Shorts ideal for pretty much any activity. Which is to say, you may find yourself wearing 'em everywhere -we do. Made from lightweight, recylable, woven nylon fabric with 50+ UPF sun protection. Recyclable through Patagonia’s Common Threads Recycling Program.


  • Bomber, fast-drying nylon shorts with 50+ UPF sun protection and a partial stretch waist for exceptional fit and comfort
  • 4.3-oz 100% woven nylon with DWR (durable water repellent) finish and 50+ UPF protection. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
  • Recyclable, lightweight, woven nylon fabric is durable and quick drying and provides 50+ UPF sun protection
  • Front pockets, zippered side-leg and rear pocket all have mesh drainage
  • Constructed waist with two stretch sections and zip fly for maximum comfort
  • Regular fit, 10" inseam
  • Ideal Uses: Salmonfly Hatch Canyoneering, Shorebreak Rooster Gambling, Summer Striper Sabaticals
  • Regular fit
  • 255 g (9 oz)

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

7 Reviews

  • Build quality: 3
  • Performance: 2
  • Ease of use: 1
  • Great design: 1

  • Cost: 1
  • fit baggy: 1
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Comfort: 4.7 / 5
Fit: 4 / 5

7 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5

from virginia
35-44 yrs

loving these shorts
July 17, 2011

These are my "go to" shorts in warmer weather. Very lightweight, they look good weather I am hiking or running out to the store or dinner. Durable and very comfortable. Built in belt is a plus. I highly recommend.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

good buy!
May 03, 2010

Light weight and dries quickly.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5
from Arkansas
25-34 yrs

Great, like the Guidewater Pants...
February 25, 2011

I bought the pants a month ago and like them so much I decided to get me some of them short pants just like them. Very comfortable, light, nice length. Can't wait to fish in 'em.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost

Light weight
June 30, 2009

This shorts are perfect for all activities. They are light weight and feel good on. I'd buy them again.


Great shorts
June 10, 2009

Another outstanding patagonia item. Excellent fabric and construction, very tough and durable. These run a little snug so you may want to try one size larger if you like a relaxed fit. Highly recommended.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 4 / 5

Mens Guidewater Shorts - baggy
May 11, 2012

Ordered a pair of these with some Patagonia shirts and the Roving Cargo short. While quality was all you would expect from Patagonia, the fit of the Guidewater was unexpectedly baggy compared to the Roving short which was spot on. Guide water short had a longer inseam and the diameter of the legs was much larger. So, back it want. And that part was unexpectedly simple. No questions asked by Altrec. Punch a few buttons on the computer, box it up, post it. Bravo Altrec for making that part easy and guilt free.

Pros: Build quality, Cons: fit baggy

The perfect pair of shorts
April 15, 2010

I bought this as a surprise gift for my fiance.He wears them nonstop.

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs, size small, size medium, size large, size extra large and size extra extra large: xs, s, m, l, xl, xxl.

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