Brand: Royal Robbins
Model: Coast Short
If your hike includes as much time in the water as on land, don these quick-dry shorts to avoid chafing. “These dried almost instantly despite the fact we were constantly wading in and out of streams and rivers on our weekend hike through Escalante,” says our tester. Credit the ultralight polyester blend paired with a DWR coating. Testers also lauded the Coast Short’s impressive stretch, which is much better than most other apparel we tested thanks to a 12 percent spandex content. (Most shorts we tested contained around 5 percent.) Extra credit: These shorts are eco-friendly, as their poly blend is partially made from plant byproducts.