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  • M's Quandary Shorts - 12",
  • M's Quandary Shorts - 12",

Patagonia Men's Quandary Shorts - 12"

C$ 79.00
C$ 79.00
57839 #57839
  • Ash Tan
    C$ 79.00 ASHT
    Ash Tan (ASHT)
  • Forge Grey
    C$ 79.00 FGE
    Forge Grey (FGE)
  • Dolomite Blue
    C$ 79.00 DLMB
    Dolomite Blue (DLMB)
  • El Cap Khaki
    C$ 79.00 ELKH
    El Cap Khaki (ELKH)
  • Industrial Green
    C$ 79.00 INDG
    Industrial Green (INDG)
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M's Quandary Shorts - 12", Ash Tan (ASHT)
M's Quandary Shorts - 12", Forge Grey (FGE)
M's Quandary Shorts - 12", Dolomite Blue (DLMB)
M's Quandary Shorts - 12", El Cap Khaki (ELKH)
M's Quandary Shorts - 12", Industrial Green (INDG)
M's Quandary Shorts - 12",
M's Quandary Shorts - 12",
Additional Information

Lightweight, everyday shorts for traveling, trail and around-town adventures made of recycled stretch nylon with 50+ UPF sun protection and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.

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Our lightweight Quandary Shorts are built with a quick-drying blend of 94% stretch-woven nylon (62% recycled to lessen our environmental impact) and 6% spandex that takes hard use and bounces back for more. Made for the kinetics of backpacking and travel, the versatile fabric stretches, resists moisture with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish and provides 50+ UPF sun protection. The curved waistband provides a contoured fit at the hips and a gusseted crotch lets you move without restraint. They have two front pockets, two in back, a stealth coin pocket and a zippered right-thigh pocket for security. 12" inseam.
  • Comfortable, multifunctional shorts made of a lightweight, stretch-woven 94% nylon (62% recycled)/6% spandex fabric with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish and 50+ UPF sun protection
  • Classic performance fit that’s not too loose or too tight, with room to move comfortably in any work or play activity
  • Curved waistband follows the natural shape of the hips and provides a contoured fit to help keep shorts in place during movement; metal button closure with zip fly
  • Two handwarmer pockets, right coin pocket and two rear pockets; right-thigh pocket with zipper closure
  • Gusseted crotch allows full range of motion
  • Available in 10" and 12" inseams
  • 213 g (7.5 oz)
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Size & Fit
Model is 6'0" and wearing a size 32 Slim Fit Size Chart

4.2-oz 94% nylon (62% recycled)/6% spandex with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish and 50+ UPF sun protection

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Water Resistant

DWR (durable water repellent) fabric finish repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. When DWR is used in conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job.

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UPF Fabric

Lacking fur, feathers or scales, we humans have to think up clever ways to protect ourselves from the sun. Products with the UPF designation provide built-in sun protection that won’t wear off.

To achieve sun protection, Patagonia takes a varied approach, depending on the degree of protection desired and the fabric used. Elements of the strategy can range from yarn selection to fabric construction to the use of special finishes (especially for light colors which generally provide less protection).

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Men's Quandary Shorts - 12" is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not quite the same as before, but still smashing I now have three pair of these shorts and they are comfortable and fit well. I need the 35" inch waist, glad they are available in my size. Compared to previous model, the zipper on the rear left pocket is a plus...but the extra leg pocket is now too big. The old model's pocket was perfect for my iPhone SE, but it gets lost in the new pocket....perhaps they made the pocket larger to accommodate bigger phones?
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much Improved 6'3" 175 Size 31 I had the previous version with many issues, specifically with the fly area. The waistband and fly button make these shorts much better. The side pocket is now a little more stealth with the pocket not being seen to the shorts. I use these shorts for literally everything: going out to the bar, fishing, hiking, trail running, rock climbing, casual, and even as board shorts. While there are faster-drying shorts out there, the Quandary's strike that balance that make sure them the Swiss Army knife of shorts. I usually wear 32" waist.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go-to Comfort Got these on a whim and I'm so glad I did. I'm 5'10" and around 155lbs. They are incredibly comfortable, super versatile, and seem to hold up well to all manner of use. I've worn them for hiking, scrambling, biking, and around town maneuvering. I bought a 31 and the sizing is spot on. Due to the 'give' of the material the shorts will tend to stretch the longer you use them. However, that is why Patagonia sewed elastic ties into the waistband—brilliant idea! Great shorts.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hardworking and comfortable These are truly multipurpose shorts that can serve several purposes well. They have just the right amount of stretch to fit comfortably and can pass muster for looks in lots of places. I really feel like these were worth the price!
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Veraatile Shorts I got these shorts before I went to hike/camp Havasu Falls and they turned out to be the best shorts around! I wear them for hiking, running, golf and being on the go! I want to get every color.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get a a pair (or two) of these shorts! I bought a pair of these a month ago. They fit great, are REALLY comfortable and dry quickly. I'll take these over cotton shorts every time. They work well for hiking, paddling my kayak or dressed up with a nice shirt. I normally wear 34 waist but got a 33 on the advice of previous reviewers. Glad I did because they run a little big. I'm very happy with these shorts.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best short ever! Love these guys. Wear then for almost everything I do...casual wear, running, lifting, yoga, racquetball, wakeboarding, surfing, swimming, etc. they fit my skinny legs great (not too baggie) and they dry quick. The synthetic material is something I normally don't like but this stuff is nice. Thinking about buying more colors.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts The shorts are very comfortable. Look great and have a good selection of pockets.
Date published: 2017-04-25
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