There was a time not that long ago that outdoor adventure gear and normal everyday apparel were two different categories of clothing. However, as time has gone by, it’s become more and more apparent that – for some of us, at least – outdoor adventure is a part of everyday life. And that means our garments need to be a bit more versatile.
We’ve seen lots of jackets over the years that perform well both in the city and the backcountry. Same goes for pants, especially recently. But now – finally – hybrid shorts appear to be a part of the norm. And that’s a wonderful thing for any guy that wants to go from a waterfall hike straight into running errands or even just hanging out with friends. If you happen to be one such guy, then you’re in the right place, because we’ve rounded up the 12 best hybrid adventure shorts for men on the following list.
Columbia Silver Ridge Shorts
Featuring the brand’s Omni-Shield and Omni-Shade technologies, these go-anywhere shorts offer up a sun-protection rating of UFP 50 and both water- and stain-resistance. And while that would likely be enough to earn them a spot on our list, they’re also stretchy – lending even more versatility to the overall package. Whether you’re just running errands around town or hiking up your favorite trail, these shorts will get the job done right.
Material: 96% Polyester, 4% Elastane
Notable Feature: Stain-Repellant Fabric
The North Face Rolling Sun Hybrid Shorts
Made from a version of the same fabric used in their board shorts, The North Face has created these superb hybrid shorts that are both quick drying (for use in water-based activities), but without any wacky prints that might look out of place when you’re not at the beach. These shorts also boast a discreet zippered pocket (a far less gaudy option than, say, cargo shorts), good breathability, and even a bit of stretch for all-day comfort.
Material: 90% Polyester, 10% Elastane
Notable Feature: FlashDry Quick Drying Technology
United By Blue Berkshire Short
While UBB’s Berkshire Shorts offer up a button waist and zippered fly, they also have built-in elastic on the waistband – making for excellent comfort whether you’re taking a dip in the ocean or chowing down on a hot dog during a barbecue afterward. They also feature zippered pockets for extra security for more rigorous activities – like hiking during a camping trip – and are made from a quick-drying water-resistant material.
Material: 60% Recycled Polyester, 36% Organic Cotton, 4% Spandex
Notable Feature: Sweat-Wicking Fabric
Roark Revival Layover Short
Made to be the ultimate pair of travel shorts, Roark Revival’s Layover Shorts are some of the most comfortable ever built. But don’t go thinking they’re only for the times when you have to face off with the TSA, as they’re also water-resistant, stretchy (great for hiking), and have a number of different pockets for all your everyday carry gear. We’re not saying these are the best shorts ever made – but we’re also not saying that they aren’t.
Material: 53% Cotton, 44% Nylon, 3% Spandex
Notable Feature: Cellphone Stash Pocket
Olivers All Over Short
Perfect for the beach, bar, or even the gym, these hybrid adventure shorts from Olivers are one of the most versatile out there. Not only are they made from a water-resistant durable fabric, but they’re also sweat-wicking – so they’ll help keep you cool even when you’re working hard. They also have a comfortable elastic waistband and a discreet interior pocket in case you need to stash some cards, cash, or a minimalist wallet.
Material: All Over Stretch Weave
Notable Feature: Secure Inner Hideaway Pocket
Howler Brothers Horizon Hybrid Shorts
Streamlined, stylish, and versatile – the Howler Brothers Horizon Hybrid shorts are a lot like your favorite board shorts, except not limited on pocket space or style. They’re built from a ripstop nylon, for superb durability and water-resistance, and feature a button-fly closure with a sturdy YKK zipper. Our favorite thing about these shorts, however, is that they have a reinforced pliers pocket – perfect for a multi-tool or EDC knife.
Material: Ripstop Nylon
Notable Feature: Reinforced Pliers Pocket
Patagonia All-Wear Hybrid Shorts
Based off the brand’s Wavefarer Board Short, these hybrid shorts are a superb balance of water-resistant and quick-drying materials paired with a smart style that wouldn’t look out of place at your local watering hole or on the patio in warm weather. They’re lightweight, breathable, stretchy, have multiple pockets for all your EDC gear, and feature a three-piece waistband for the ultimate comfortable fit.
Material: 98% Organic Cotton, 2% Spandex
Notable Feature: Three-Piece Waist Band For Extra Comfort
Coalatree Trailhead Adventure Shorts
The logical next step in their line of Trailhead apparel, Coalatree’s Trailhead Adventure Shorts are the more summer-friendly version of the adventure pants of the same name. With the exception of their length, their built to the same rigorous standards – with a stretchy, waterproof blend of ripstop nylon. They’re comfortable (thanks in part to a stretchy elastic waistband), durable, and look great. Put these on when the weather gets warm and we bet you won’t want to wear anything else.
Material: Ripstop Nylon & 4-Way Stretch
Notable Feature: Super Packable Format
Filson Outdoorsman Shorts
One of our favorite American brands that offers a lifetime warranty, Filson is well-known amongst outdoorsmen that appreciate unmistakable style. So it should come as no surprise that they offer up an excellent pair of hybrid shorts, too. Built from nylon with integrated stretch material, these shorts are durable, comfortable, water-resistant, and quick-drying. They’ve also got a UFP rating of 50+, a comfortable elastic waist, and an interior zippered pocket for discreet carry.
Material: Nylon & Spandex
Notable Feature: 50+ UFP Rating
Aether Boardwalk Swim Shorts
Named to exemplify their versatility, Aether’s Boardwalk Swim shorts were made for just about all the warm-weather activities you can throw at them. And, as the brand is known to do, that was managed with innovation, in the creation of a unique and water-resistant heathered stretchy poplin fabric. They’ll dry quickly if you take a dip, but they also look good enough to wear when heading into the city nowhere near water.
Material: Heathered Textured Stretch Poplin
Notable Feature: Angled Back Pocket With Laser-Cut Drain Hole
GoRuck Challenge Shorts
GoRuck’s rucking challenges are nothing if not intensely rigorous. And that means the kind of apparel necessary to make it through also has to be incredibly tough and versatile. Since they couldn’t find anything that made the cut, GoRuck built some themselves. Their Challenge Shorts are quick-drying, durable as hell, feature sturdy integrated zippered cargo pockets for easy gear-hauling, and are available in a number of styles.
Material: ToughDry 2-Way Stretch Fabric
Notable Feature: Diamond Gusset Crotch For Extra Flexibility
Klattermusen Magne Trail Shorts
Don’t let the slim cut of the legs of these shorts fool you – they’re plenty versatile when it comes to outdoor activities. Which is largely thanks to their comfortable softshell WindStretch material – a bluesign-approved fabric that’s both breathable and sturdy, as well as stretchy and quick-drying. They also come with secure zippered pockets to keep all your everyday carry safe, and they’re shockingly lightweight – which is great if you’re packing them for a longer trip.
Material: 70% Ultramid Bio-Mass Balanced Polyamide, 20% Polyester, 10% Elastane
Notable Feature: bluesign-Approved WindStretch Material
12 Best Board Shorts For Men
If you’ve got your dry land apparel covered, you might still want to get yourself a solid pair of swim trunks. In that case, you’ll want to give our best board shorts for men guide a gander.