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Patagonia Women's Strider Running Shorts - 3½"

April 13, 2021

Distance runner's dream

Currently on my third pair. I'm a marathon runner who trains year-round. 5'3", 125lbs with muscular legs. I adore these shorts. I've only had them chafe once in 80 degree heat and love that the waistband is flattering enough to just run in a sports bra. Back pocket fits my iPhone touch but not iPhone 8 with a Lifeproof case (whi... Read Morech is fine for me).

April 12, 2021

Love the yellow!!

I have been looking forward to some new bright colors and this short fits the bill!! Great fit as always, at 5'1" and 102 ish I wear the xxs and it is perfect. The yellow is my new fav short!

April 5, 2021

Absolutely love these!

These are by far the best running shorts I've ever purchased. The material is light weight, breathable, and soft. I have done short and long runs in these, hot and cold environments. They continue to be my go to shorts! If I could give more than five stars I would!

April 4, 2021

The BEST pair of Shorts!!!

I exercise everyday by walking a long distance. I got the black shorts. They are very LIGHT and COOL. After washing the shorts in cold water, I laid them to dry. They dried too quickly that I have worn these shorts to exercise some more. I recommend to others to buy this pair of shorts. Thank you and the Excellent Customer Service. I ... Read Moremay get another pair of shorts.

March 29, 2021

Very comfortable

Great fit, comfortable and practical.

March 28, 2021

Favorite Patagonia Shorts

Tried these shorts for the first time this year and am in love! My thick thighs dont work well with the baggies (even though they are adorable!) and these were exactly what I was looking for! Love the waistband and pockets in the back!

March 28, 2021

The Best Shorts in the World.

I exercise a lot and needed a pair of shorts for HOT Oklahoma Summer. I wear this pair of shorts for walking. These shorts are very LIGHT and COOL. I have other shorts of different brands but this pair of shorts from Patagonia is the best. I recommend others to buy this pair of shorts. Thank you and the excellent customer service.

March 26, 2021

Best shorts Ive found

Love these shorts so much for hot Texas weather. I spend a lot of time outdoors and these shorts are perfect. Dry quickly, fit well (loose on me but thats how I like them - 58 about 150lbs), and the pocket in the back fits small essentials like keys and chapstick. I have three pairs already and cant wait for more colors!

March 12, 2021

Size up

I'm 5'7 and 135lbs and I normally order a size small in shorts/pants. I got a medium in these and I'm glad I did. They fit me okay in the butt but the waist is a bit large (can be fixed with drawstring). Wish they had a zipper pocket but glad they have a loop to attach a keyring to. In the future, I'll be ordering shorts with a ... Read Morelonger inseam and perhaps a higher rise. One nice thing is that these shorts are super lightweight and dry quickly. Overall, the product could be improved in sizing but I would still recommend these to a runner (if they don't struggle with thigh rub).

February 28, 2021

perfect running shorts

These are my favorite running shorts! I used to only wear lululemon shorts (comparable size 2 lululemon to xxs patagonia) and then I got these shorts and they are now my favorite and have been wearing them for 6 months. Perfect length, lots of pocket space in the back waistband for GU gels or keys and don't notice. I run a lot and could wear t... Read Morehese everyday. Get a pair, you won't regret it!

February 14, 2021

Great pair of workout shorts

Very comfortable and attractive. Wide waist band keeps them in place. Short length is flattering and allows free movement during physical activity. Fitted around waist and upper hips and loose fit at bottom. I'm 5'3 and 122 lbs (usually size 2-4) with slightly wider hips and curvy bottom and XS was way too tight. Small is perfect.

November 19, 2020

Easily my favorite running shorts

These are the shorts I reach for first- in a drawer filled with many others. Why? They are light, dry fast, and never cling, chafe or ride up. I am in-between a size small and medium, and went for the medium- they are ever so slightly large which is perfect and comfortable. Good waistband, nice styling and all around great running short. Would love... Read More a small zip pocket for my key.

November 15, 2020

Love these for long trail runs!

Needed a reliable running short with a good fitting liner for my really long runs. This one is it!!!! No rubbing, even in humid Florida.

November 13, 2020

Easy breezy running shorts

Perfect length and I love the style. I like the waist band feels secure while you are running.

October 16, 2020

Fashionable, light, packable

I am 135lbs, athletic curvy, 5'4", 28 waist, 38 hips/ mostly size 6 in pants. The Med fits perfect! Not tight around the waist, short but decent, thigh area lose enough, simply comfortable for full day activities. They breathe well and dry quickly. I got the red/orange color and it looks quite fashionable. Last used in 5 day backpacking/ ... Read Moretrail running trip in Escalante, and it was perfect coming in and out of river, 12 mile hikes, hot weather. My favorite outdoor go to shorts. Ready to get my second pair.

October 2, 2020

Cute & Comfortable

My go to shorts. I have them in three different colors. Im 123 lbs. I have a bubble butt so some of Patagonias stuff doesnt always fit me back there. The fit on these is perfect and they look adorable. Also perfect for days when Im in and out of the water, they dry very quickly.

September 23, 2020

So comfortable!

I love these shorts - this is the 4th color/pair that Ive purchased. Theyre probably the most comfortable shorts I own & I reach for them a lot. Not too short & I appreciate the liner. Easy to run in. I love the hidden pocket in the waitlist for beach runs.

September 20, 2020

So nice, I bought it twice

These are my second Strider shorts, they're that great. I love the way they fit and the way they're cut athletic and still flattering. Mostly used while rafting on multi-day trips.

September 18, 2020

Low riding

Not made for a curvey woman.

September 14, 2020


Excellent shorts! Highly recommended them!!

September 12, 2020

Best running shorts!

I have never found a pair of running shorts that are both comfy and cute...until now! I am in love with these shorts. The fabric is so light you barely feel them. They fit perfectly and look great! I'm ordering another pair now.

September 7, 2020

Love them!

Just what I wanted. Fabric is perfect. Not clingy at all. The small pocket is just right for keys and gels. and a loop too to attach my key! Want another pair!

September 6, 2020

Good shorts

I run and work in these shorts. I prefer all the waist pockets of my older strider pros but these are great 2nd bests. And yes I would buy them again.

September 3, 2020

Needs more/better pockets

Love the feel and fit of these shorts for running and I wear them all the time (though I might get an XS next time). My only complaint is the pocket system, which is a little sketchy. I would love a secure pocket to put my car key in and an extra pocket or two would also be appreciated. The current pocket is large but floppy and open, so nothing fe... Read Moreels very safe back there. Otherwise, theyre one of my favorite shorts!

September 1, 2020

Slightly disappointed

Good quality shorts; bought two pair Unfortunately , they ride up in the front when I run not too noticeable because they are so short but Im aware. Back to the drawing board.

August 24, 2020

Best Running Shorts

The best running shorts I've ever had. Very happy with my purchase! These are the most comfortable shorts I own, and I wear them every week. Extremely soft and fits perfectly. I'm 5' 5'' and 125 pounds.

August 18, 2020

Horrible fit

I have worn many items from Patagonia, and I feel these were the worst. If you have any butt at all, they will not fit. I even ordered a size up and they were so small and rather uncomfortable. I find that your clothes are increasingly being made for those without any shape.

Response from Patagonia
October 22, 2020

Hi Beth, thank you so much for your review. We're so sorry the fit didn't work out. In the future we're always happy to provide the exact garment measurements so you can feel confident in your purchase.

August 8, 2020

Perfect fit shorts

Love love love these shorts. Comfy, lightweight, and dont ride up! I like mine a little loose so I got a large instead of a medium and glad I did.

August 7, 2020

The perfect active shorts for this Mum!

I have these shorts in 4 colours, would buy more if available! I wear them bike riding and hiking, and they keep me cool and comfortable. Shortest shorts I have ever owned, but still flattering. I am a challenging shape to buy bottoms for - thick waist and a tummy, but not big hips and thighs. So its hard to find something that fits my waist, witho... Read Moreut being huge everywhere else. These are perfect for me. Stay in place, don't roll down or cut in. Im 5 8 and 165lbs, with a long torso.

August 3, 2020

Great running short but...

I LOVE these running shorts. They are super lightweight and comfortable. My only critique is that the liner in the shorts fits like bikini underwear and is kind of tight for me so it rides up a bit when I run. I wish the liner was more like full coverage underwear so that it could stay below my bum while I run/or maybe if it was just a little loose... Read Morer? I'm not sure. (I always wear a thong underneath so this the liner is not used for my underwear). Other than that, they're great. However, if you have a bigger bum, definitely give them a try on before!

August 2, 2020

Great waistband, terrible pocket

These shorts have a fantastic waistband (the best I've tried from Patagonia, and I've tried them all), great material, nice length, great fit. Very comfy. The only (huge) drawback is that the "pocket" is terrible (like all Patagonia's women's shorts). "Semi-secure"? Why would anyone want anything to be "... Read Moresemi-secure"? That just means it isn't secure. Huge design fail that I can't believe was passed - why would I put a phone or credit/ID card in an open unsecured pocket where they will just fall out? It's also too small for a phone and is awkwardly placed on the waistband and at the back. The older version apparently used to have side pockets that were secure and big enough to hold both a wallet and phone. These running shorts redesigned with two functional, side, secure (zippered!) pockets that are big enough to hold a phone would be perfect.

July 18, 2020

Perfect for Running in the Heat

These are light weight and great for running in the hot weather. Fit my waist perfectly and not too short (I am 120 lbs and 5'6").

July 13, 2020

Just didnt do it for me

The shorts looked better on the model than in real life. They sat much lower on the hips than I expected and the slit also seemed more forward-facing in real life. These also have built-in underwear which wasnt apparent to me from the product description. However Patagonia returns are wonderful and I was able to exchange for another pair that I lov... Read Moreed.

July 13, 2020

Great running shorts, perfect fit

The title says it all! The material is soft and comfortable, doesnt chafe. The length is spot on. And the fit ideal. I bought two pairs, tempted to get one more in a different color.

July 9, 2020

Great running shorts, perfect fit

The title says it all! The material is soft and comfortable, doesnt chafe. The length is spot on. And the fit ideal. I bought two pairs, tempted to get one more in a different color.

July 4, 2020

Big improvement

This short is a big improvement over Patagonias previous womens running shorts.

June 30, 2020

Love These Shorts!

I love these shorts! They dry super fast, are very lightweight and super comfortable. The material is soft and moves with my body. The fit covers me nicely while leaving room to move easily in them. I usually run, swim and hike in them.

June 29, 2020

Love These Shorts!

I love these shorts! They dry super fast, are very lightweight and super comfortable. The material is soft and moves with my body. The fit covers me nicely while leaving room to move easily in them. I usually run, swim and hike in them.

June 26, 2020


I bought these shorts in all of the colors. The fit and quality are great!

June 24, 2020

Sweet shorts

I originally ordered these in a size small (that's what I usually am in Patagonia) but they were too tight. The medium is just right. For reference, I'm 5'6" and 135lbs. I love how light and comfortable they are, and how they move with you and stay put no matter what you're doing. So far, I've used them for running, ha... Read Morenging out, hiking, strength workouts, and yoga. These are the perfect, do-almost-everything short; you won't be disappointed.

June 22, 2020

Love these shorts!

Super comfy, looked small at first but they fit perfect and not too short! Love them!

June 22, 2020

No complaints

I am a repeat customer of the Strider shorts. I would wear these everyday if I had enough pairs. I'm 5'3'', 115 lbs and had to size up to a Small as opposed to my usual XS for this model, but still love them and would buy again!

June 21, 2020

Love these running shorts!

I've searched high and low for a good everyday running short....and I've finally found them! The thicker waist is perfect, great length, sweet little stash pocket for snack or key (without zipper fyi). I ordered 4 pairs and love them!

June 19, 2020

Love the colors

I got the red shorts, and I really like the color contrast. They have a lot of stretch which is nice. Unfortunately, Patagonias typical lack of consideration for womens curves is definitely present, as they are very narrow in the hip thigh area. I would also like to see a small waistband key pocket in the front, and a zip on the back pocket so I... Read More wouldnt have to cram my phone and key all in the same open back pocket when I run. These critiques aside, I do like the shorts enough that I would consider buying them in another color. Just buy them on the larger end of your size range if you have a butt.

June 19, 2020

Love these!

Great material, super lightweight and quick to dry. They are a good length too.

June 17, 2020


Comfortable and easy to wear.

June 17, 2020

Love these shorts

The material of these shorts are great and I usually cant find shorts with a liner that I like but these ones are comfortable. I will definitely be ordering another pair soon as they are a favorite for all my outdoor activities, primarily paddle boarding and some upcoming white water rafting and hiking trips. For reference, Im 510 and weigh around ... Read More135lbs.

June 17, 2020

Perfect running shorts

I love these shorts for my runs or even on hot days chasing my kids around the yard! Perfect for any active mom!

June 17, 2020

Súper comfortable

Light, fast dry on long runs, lovely colors. Love it!!!

June 17, 2020

Comfy hiking shorts

I love these shorts for hiking in hot weather! I will most likely order another pair! I do miss the adjustable draw string and zipper pocket that the older version had. The older version fit much better. More adjustable. All in all, still happy with these shorts.

June 17, 2020

Best. Shorts. Ever.

I don't think you understand, I hate shorts. I really hate short shorts. These, however, are incredible. They fit perfectly *everywhere.* They don't ride up. They don't fall down. The material is lush. I will be buying more without a doubt.

June 17, 2020

Not the best for women with thick thighs

I often feel that Patagonia's bottoms don't usually fit women with bigger thighs that touch, or larger butts, or wider hips. However, I love the material, the color options, and what the brand stands for. Thanks, Filipino girl with nice curves.

June 17, 2020

Love these shorts And..

I love these shorts. My sizing is kind of weird though: I have a medium pair for running because they best stay in place when they are a bit snug. I also have a large for lounging and less strenuous activities where having them be loose is more comfortable.

June 17, 2020

Perfect material and size

The shorts are a perfect fit, color is great and true to size. The material is light and feels good.

June 17, 2020

Pretty cool!

Really like the waistband on these shorts. I bought these for running but I have larger than average thighs that are muscular. When I lift my leg or try to run in them they are a little tight and/or not stretchy enough for the motion.

June 17, 2020

Easy and comfy

I am 55 and 135-140lb (thicker in the middle) and the mediums fit well. The waistband is soft and forgiving but stay up well. The first pair I had bought on sale and I loved them so much that I bought a second pair after the sale. I use these To run on trails and recently slipped in the creek. They dried quick and seem pretty durable. I would defin... Read Moreitely recommend and will likely buy a third pair.

June 17, 2020

Love these running shorts!

I've searched high and low for a good everyday running short....and I've finally found them! The thicker waist is perfect, great length, sweet little stash pocket for snack or key (without zipper fyi). I ordered 4 pairs and love them!

May 26, 2020

Almost great

I run 6-7 days per week, some trails, mostly roads. I mostly love these running shorts, with just a couple drawbacks. I love that they are very lightweight (especially compared to similarly styled running shorts I own by a big name running company). They're nice and short and allow for great range of motion. The first downside is that the line... Read Morer is pretty skimpy, so I don't feel very covered in them; I wouldn't do any crazy stretches in public wearing these. And the second negative is that the pocket in the waistband does not have a zipper. I often drive somewhere to run and like to have a zippered pocket so I know I won't lose my key. If these had a little more liner coverage and a zippered pocket they would be perfect. I did have to return and size up one size and customer service was great.

May 24, 2020

Amazing workout shorts!

I own two pairs of these already, but I would definitely buy them in every color if I could! Perfect short for the gym or any other fitness activity. I'm 5'8", 140lb, slim/athletic build with average hip width and decent butt and I find the size medium to be PERFECT. I usually wear a size small in all other athletic brands or shorts,... Read More and for jeans I'm a size 2 or 26, but the small in these would definitely be a bit more snug - so size up if you're unsure!!! So worth it.

May 15, 2020

Miss the zippered pockets

They're still mostly great shorts, but I miss the zippered pockets that the older version had. The waistband pocket is lousy at holding keys or gels- I've had mine fall out twice during the same run!

January 24, 2020

Great, Versatile Short

I specifically bought these shorts for a vacation to Texas in the summer. I wanted a lightweight, durable short that could dry easily if got wet from the water park or ocean. I love the lilac color! They could replace a pair of bottoms if you forgot your swimsuit, as I used them at the beach while wading in the water. Also, I am not usually a fan o... Read Moref build-in underwear, but these were very comfortable. There is a pocket in the waistband, which is great. Also, there is an adjustable waistband if you need to make more snug. They run a tad on the small size and are short shorts. I am 5'3" and 125 lbs and purchased the size small. I was a bit hesitant to purchase these since they were a bit expensive. However, they turned out to be a great purchase. Overall, great purchase and I recommend!

January 4, 2020

love them

these are my favorite pair of shorts, love that you can adjust the waist. perfect length, have had them for a few months and no wear at all

December 20, 2019

Low waisted for tall women

The small fit snugly on me and sat a little too low for what I needed the shorts for, which isn’t running so for running shorts they might be perfect. I am 5’9.5” and 130 pound and the small was snug enough that I could wear them as a swimsuit bottom in calm waters.

December 17, 2019

like the color and fit

like the color and fit

November 22, 2019

Short and light

It can be hard for me to tell if I should get the XS or S in Patagonia's clothes. I went with XS and probably should've sized up to S. I tend feel a little self-conscious in these short shorts but they're light and comfortable on hot days. They were the right choice for the day I ran up a 2 mile 8% grade hill in 80 degree weather. Th... Read Moreey're not my favorite choice for the University gym I belong to as an employee.

November 6, 2019

Good, but weird cut

So, these shorts are comfy as heck as soon as you’ve worn them once. They fit snugly, but not too tight. However, they look a lot shorter than your typical 3.5 shirts due to the way they’re cut. If you do not have super skinny thighs (I don’t) they will definitely ride up while running. They do go up QUITE a bit while sitting. Overall I give them a... Read More 4 because they make me feel great, but I feel like I have to lose some weight to wear them on a run.

October 25, 2019


I have these in 4 colors total! So comfy! I wear them to my HIIT work out classes, walking, or just running errands! True to size and great quality

September 9, 2019

Good lightweight shorts

Lightweight shorts; they bunch a bit while running and the pocket is small and awkwardly located in the back. Think I’ll end up using them more for hiking. A large fit well (5’7”, 160lbs).

September 4, 2019

Cute Pattern, But Different Design Than 2017

I love the pattern of these shorts, but there are a couple things to note. 1) The pocket on the older design had a zip closure. This one just has a waist tuck pocket, which makes it difficult to carry something heavier like a key without losing. 2) Built in briefs on older version were double-lined. These ones are lighter weight single-lined. Not s... Read Moreure if this a good or bad thing, but they do feel a little lower quality. 3) Older version had an exterior waist tie. This version has eliminated this, which I like.

August 31, 2019

Best shorts I have ever put on

These are the most comfortable shorts I have ever worn. The side pockets are amazing and secure so I can hold both my wallet and phone and I still have plenty of room for other stuff. I would buy multiple pairs if I were you.

August 29, 2019

Love these, but they run small

Definitely size up, they run very short, but the fabric is great. Not clingy at all.

August 25, 2019

Good quality, a little small for me

Really good quality, I like them a lot but I bought them to wear at home and I’m unlikely to wear them out of the house. I’m a little extra curvy on the bottom so these ride up on me when I walk around, but they're great great for home!

August 19, 2019

New model, No new features

This shorts runs really small compared to the last model. Additionally, the fit is more like lululemon speed up short. These no longer have a tie, but have an inner elastic band (don't like) and not does not have a zippered pocket (don't like). I liked the older model because it had a looser fit than the current redesign; the waistband is... Read More stretchy, but not the relaxed fit. The leg are really form fitting, and not as comfortable as the last model. Most distressing is the new pocket design; not zippered and on the waist band. The zippered pocket really made sure that loose keys stayed in place. I also miss the tie waist, really kept the shorts in place when wet or moist.

Response from Patagonia
August 30, 2019

We're sorry to hear you're disappointed with this new design. Please feel free to [return]( it back to us and let us know if you have any questions.

August 15, 2019

Disappointing sizing

I have 3 pair of these shorts - love them for running. But all 3 are size smalls (purchased several months apart) and the latest pair (small) are tiny compared to the others. Unfortunately I live overseas and the return process is too arduous or I would send them back.

August 10, 2019

Great shorts, but...

I like everything about them - waistband, length, colors - except for the limited pockets. There is only one and it’s envelope, not zippered. Otherwise, these are great!

August 10, 2019

Great shorts

Love the fit. Nice pocket in the back to carry essentials during a run.

August 2, 2019

Cute but small-ish

This is my first pair of non-baggie/barely baggie shorts from Patagonia. I love the color of the lavender/grey short- and the length is what I expected. The shorts are tightest across the crotch area, like another reviewer mentioned. If you are looking for a looser fit, or in between sizes, I would suggest sizing up. (There is an adjustable waistba... Read Morend (; ). Overall, I am excited to take these out running.

June 14, 2019

Pocket issues

Hey! I picked these because these seemed to be the longer of the two shorts. These are great but they still feel a little short to me and I really wish there was bigger and better pockets. The one pocket in the back barely holds a phone. I am a bit pocket obsessed, I'll admit but I really wish folks made women's clothing with multiple and... Read More practicle pockets.

May 29, 2019


I just returned from completing the 5 day Salkantay Trek in Peru. I lived in these shorts for the jungle portion of the hike. Very comfortable and flattering! No chafing or moisture issues and the built in lining fit me just right.

April 9, 2019

Too small in crotch

Fits perfectly in the waist, but the crotch where the underwear connects is too small.

April 4, 2019

perfect everyday running shorts

I am an avid trail/ultra runner so I am out running 5+ days a week and these are perfect for the shorter/medium runs when I don't need all the pockets that the Strider Pros have. I love the wide waist band, so comfy! They are very flattering too. They stay in place perfectly and don't ride up or fall down on me. Overall I feel like Patago... Read Morenia trail running stuff runs a bit small. I'm normally a size small in most everything else Patagonia, I'm 5'6" 135 lbs and went with a medium.

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