Royal Robbins Backcountry Short - Women's


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Great for hiking, walking, backpacking and getting around in the backyard garden, the Women's Royal Robbins Backcountry Short is the soft, protective, quick-drying and lightweight shorts answer to all you warm-weather needs. A natural fit and classic rise give the Backcountry its comfortable fit and classic style, while features like wrinkle-resistant fabric (that won't retain odors) and UPF 50+ sun protection help ensure you look good while traveling and vacationing, and keep your skin protected throughout. An adjustable button tab at the waist offers a customizable fit, while a hook-and-loop secured pocket know show to keep your valuables safe. Plus, with a double-layer seat, cargo pockets, a zip-secured pocket and running gusset, the Royal Robbins Backcountry Short for women is unrivaled durability and utility for all your hikes, walks, backpacking trips, camping outing and days in the garden.


  • Material: 100% 3-ply laundered Supplex® nylon
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Lightweight
  • Quick-drying
  • Wrinkle-resistant
  • Won't retain odor
  • Zip-secured pocket
  • Hook-and-loop secured pocket
  • Cargo pockets
  • Back patch pockets
  • Double layer seat
  • Adjustable button tab at waist
  • Running gusset
  • Natural fit
  • Classic rise
  • Inseam: 5

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Review Summary

5 out of 5

26 Reviews

  • Performance: 9
  • Ease of use: 5
  • Lasts forever: 5
  • Great value: 4

  • color selection: 1
  • Cost: 1
  • noisy: 1
Durability: 4.8 / 5
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Comfort: 4.8 / 5
Fit: 2.7 / 5

26 Ratings & Reviews


Great shorts!
August 10, 2010

Best shorts ever! Perfect length and weight of the fabric. Purchased another pair last week!

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

from Lawrence, KS
45-54 yrs

Wife's Favorite Summer Short
June 26, 2011

I recently purchased a pair of Royal Robbins Backcountry Shorts for my wife. She absolutely loves them. She has requested that I purchase another pair in a different color. They are lightweight, comfortable, versitile, quick drying and very well crafted. All this and the security pocket make them a great summer travel short.

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

Love these shorts!
September 01, 2004

These shorts are great. They are made with a nice lightweight fabric, plenty of pockets, and they fit great on my slim body! They will be a staple.

Love them!
May 18, 2010

Very lightweight and comfortable. My favorite shorts. I will be getting more colors.

Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from Phoenix, az
35-44 yrs

Love these shorts
September 21, 2011

These are my favorite day and hiking shorts by far. Have been wearing them for years. I especially love them for hiking the AZ mountains because of their lightweight but rugged fabric. The nylon allows me to slide on the rocks. Also the length of the shorts (mid to high thigh) gives my legs freedom to move. Lots of deep pockets but since the shorts seem to run tight for the size, i cant stuff too many things inside. If i do, the shorts buldge and tend to ride up in the inside thigh. Another reason i really like these shorts is that they are more slimming than other most shorts for curvy women. I wear siz 12-14, for instance. The fabric and cut of the pockets help in this area. I hate paying so much for shorts but the shorts are so great that i find the cost worth the investment.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from Washington
45-54 yrs

August 29, 2011

I love these shorts! Very comfortable and the quality is obvious. In my opinion they tend to run a bit small. I wish they had my size in more colors. I wore these to a amusement/water park and they kept me cool but also dried very quickly. Great purchase!

Pros: Great design, Build quality

Great shorts
October 15, 2004

I like the shorts a lot. In fact, I have them on right now. I would probably buy them from REI next time, as the shipping costs bring the cost up several dollars when I order from you.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
from North Carolina
45-54 yrs

Perfect length, flattering fit
July 27, 2011

I love these shorts! I have three pairs and may order a fourth color. They are well made, very light-weight, come out of the wash beautifully, and air dry quickly. (I haven't put them in the dryer but I'm sure you could.) They are perfect for being active (read sweaty) outdoors in hot weather and will be great for for traveling. I really dislike pockets with flaps and buttons, so I love the angled pockets with velcro and zip closures. I'm a 49 year old grandmother, 5'4", size 6. Most shorts are too long and look ridiculous on me, as do really short shorts or ones that are low slung on the hips. These are perfect.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

Excellent Sale
April 11, 2005

Great versatile pair of outdoor shorts for all of your activities.

Simply the best!
July 21, 2009

I love these shorts! They are great to wear when it's hot, dry quickly and as they are so light weight, are perfect for travel.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Denver, CO
45-54 yrs

My go-to shorts
July 09, 2011

I love these shorts and have nearly every color. They travel well, they always look great, they wash out and dry quickly, and they are super-comfortable. I am 5'5" and roughly 125 lbs. These shorts fit curves. Like many females, my waist is smaller than my backside. Typically, I find clothes that fit one or the other. These shorts adjust at the waist and fit well through hips and thighs--no gaps. The pocket detailing works at an angle and creates a slimming effect. Wear these shorts to be active, runs errands or relax. Expect plenty of compliments!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: color selection

Comfortable and quick drying
November 15, 2003

Even in the hot sun of Arizona, these shorts never felt sticky or clammy on intense hikes. Lots of pockets to store items w/o fear of them falling out. Great value for the price, too.


These shorts are long on versatility!
May 30, 2012

These shorts are really fantastic! They are comfortable, stylish, lightweight, and practical. They have tons of pockets for carrying stuff. They are quite versatile: I've shopped downtown, watched baseball games, and hiked to Hawaiian waterfalls in them. They dry quickly. The fabric doesn't rip, tear, or pill. I already have many pairs in different colors and I'm ordering more today! This short is the only one I've worn for 3 years now. After lots of wearing and washing, each pair still looks and feels brand new. I'm hard to fit for shorts and pants because of a long distance from waist to crotch, but these shorts do the trick!

September 02, 2003

My all time favorite shorts, just great all the way around

Best shorts I have ever owned!
July 21, 2009

I saw the Backcountry shorts at a local sporting goods store and loved the way they looked and felt on. Unfortunately they did not have my size in the color that I wanted so I went online and found them at Altrec. I was so excited that I found what I wanted that I ordered 3 pair in different colors and I wear them on the time. Every time I wear them I get compliments and comments on how great they look. They were shipped and I received them just like they said I would!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from MI
55-64 yrs

royal robbins
November 12, 2010

I have purchased several pairs of royal robbins backcountry style and I love them. They are the best fitting shorts I have ever owned. They were delivered within a week of placing the order. Great!

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

Love them!
April 01, 2010

I bought these shorts to hike in and I love them! The pockets are everywhere! and deep too! The fit is very flattering and the fabric dries quickly.

wonderful fit, comfortable, wash up easy, ordering more.
May 27, 2010

Like my Horizon Utility shorts, I needed to buy a size smaller then I normally wear. But I absolutely love these shorts and the way they fit. There's no gap in the back of the waist, and the length is perfect for me.

My Favorite Summer Shorts!
July 24, 2009

I found these shorts a few years back at a local Sporting Goods shop & they are the best for camping and around water. They are lightweight & dry quickly. I buy them every year, only because I've been losing weight. The ones from last year still look new, (even after a lot of use), but were too big to wear this year. I found these were the best price online. The fit and length are also quite flattering, which is a big plus!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
from Bellingham, WA
35-44 yrs

Great Shorts
January 22, 2012

I love these shorts. They are lightweight and travel well. Perfect for hiking and DisneyWorld. I love all of the pockets and the zipper pocket is perfect for holding a credit card, ticket, and a fast pass or two. They wash well and air-dry quickly. They fit nicely, but if you are between sizes and plan to use the pockets, go for the bigger size. Mine were a little snug with my phone in the pocket (I wear size 2-4 and my shorts are a 2).

Pros: Great design, Performance

Great Shorts
April 12, 2010

Great shorts! Great fit, light weight, fast drying, I bought 2 pair!

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

Excellent quality
November 08, 2010

Love all the pockets and the good workmanship. Very comfortable, but wish the shorts were a little longer.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
from Minnesota
55-64 yrs

Best Shorts Ever.
November 12, 2012

I love these shorts. I have every color and they're the only short and style that I wear. They're comfortable, wear well. fit great, and look kind of sporty which is what I like. They have an outdoors , atheltic type of a person look to them and that's what I'm like. Not the run of the mill short. Love the pockets. Especially the ones in the back..They're the only shorts I wear. I'm glad they come in several different colors. They're the greatest.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, they look great, they wear like iron, wash nice
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Nassawadox, VA
Over 65 yrs

Perfect Shorts
July 10, 2013

These shorts are perfect for any summer activity. They fit well and wear well. I'm a size 6 (104 lbs.) I am finding that these are the only shorts I want to wear and leave all others lanquishing in the drawer. They wash beautifully too.

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

from WNC
45-54 yrs

Great shorts!
March 14, 2011

I love these shorts. The multiple pockets, including a zippered security pocket, are perfect. The shorts are super-light but durable, very cool and comfortable. The only negative is the cut of the legs makes them swish a bit between the thighs when walking.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: noisy

The greatest short ever!!
August 30, 2004

I have been wearing these shorts for the last 6 years! They fit, feel, hang, dry, wick and are the most durable pant or short I have ever seen! I own 8 pairs of these. Apparently I cannot get enough of them & hope they will not stop making them!!

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