Royal Robbins Backcountry Short - Men's


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Because you love to hike, backpack, travel and walk the trails of this earth there's exactly the piece of outdoor gear designed for you, and it's the Men's Royal Robbins Backcountry Short. Wrinkle-resistant, these shorts will keep you looking good no matter the occasion and even after a lengthy bus ride from New Mexico or days of backpacking travel. Lightweight and quick-drying, the Backcountry won't let you down when it comes to comfort, breathability and dryness. And for the sunniest of days, built-in UPF 50+ sun protections helps keep your hiking legs blocked from the rays above. Not to mention, a full elastic waist, gusseted crotch, relaxed fit and double-layer seat all come together to make the Royal Robbins Backcountry Short for men one of the most comfortable pair of rugged outdoor shorts you can hike, walk or travel in any day.


  • Material: 100% 3-ply laundered Supplex® nylon
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Lightweight
  • Quick-drying
  • Wrinkle-resistant
  • Won't retain odor
  • Full elastic waist
  • Web belt with quick-release buckle
  • Hook-and-loop secured front and back pockets
  • Gusseted crotch
  • Double layer seat
  • Zip-secured front pocket
  • Relaxed fit
  • Short inseam: 8 in

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Review Summary

4.6 out of 5

8 Reviews

  • Build quality: 4
  • Great design: 4
  • Ease of use: 2
  • Great value: 2

  • i found the fit a bit small: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Fit: 2.3 / 5

8 Ratings & Reviews

Great Shorts!!
November 29, 2009

I am retired in Costa Rica and wear shorts 360 days a year. The Backcountry Shorts wears so well I've had mine for 6 years and they show little wear. I have 3 other cotton shorts which have worn out.

Awesome shorts!
July 15, 2004

I love these shorts. I wanted some shorts for traveling and hiking in warm climates. We go hiking in the four corners area (escalante, grand canyon, moab) quite often. These are great. Wore them for 4 straight days last month in Utah, and they hardly looked worn. Highly recommend!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great Short
February 20, 2012

This short is very comfortable and has great features. One of the best things about this short is that the design and consistency of fit has not changed year after year.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
from Northwest corner of Connecticut
45-54 yrs

Great Quality Short
December 02, 2013

I use the shorts over the top of my padded bike shorts for Mountain Bike riding. The shorts fit snug in the rear crotch area which allows for great maneuverability on and around the saddle without getting snagged on the nose of the saddle. Other Pluses: Great pocket length front and rear Fabric doesn't stain easily Fabric dries quickly when wet Material wears like Iron Negative: Wish the belt was longer Getting ready to place another order for more,, don't want to be without!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from Laramie, WY
55-64 yrs

Great purchase
August 30, 2011

I like the fit and comfort, they are great for walking, hiking, and just wearing around town. One of the features that adds to the comfort is the elastic stretch belt that is sown into the shorts. I wish there was a hanging loop on the shorts to “tuck” the excess belt through when you are tightening the belt, so the excess would not just hang down across your crotch. I really like the diagonal design of the rear pockets for ease of retrieving a wallet and I like the 8” inseam that leaves the shorts above the knee rather than on or below the knee like a pair of basketball shorts. The material is breathable and it dries quickly. After less than a month of wearing my two new pairs, I really cannot address the durability.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: i found the fit a bit small

Nice shorts
July 27, 2009

Very comfortable shorts. Good for kicking back, walking, hiking. I wear them to work. No complaints.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from Akron, Oh
25-34 yrs

Exactly what they say is true!
June 21, 2012

This is exactly the product I was looking for! My boyfriend needed new shorts and I looked through every website and found these! They do run a little small so i recommend getting one size larger than normal. Very comfortable and fast drying material! Would recommend to anyone!

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

comfortable and cool
July 12, 2004

very comfortable..... just wish they had put regular belt loops and not bothered with the belt they put on the shorts.

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 30, size 32, size 34, size 36, size 38, size 40, size 42, size small, size medium, size large, size extra large and size extra extra large: 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, s, m, l, xl, xxl.

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