Is a pair of shorts ever worth more than a C-note? We were skeptical, but when you wear them nearly every day for three weeks straight, you start seeing the value. “I never washed the Arc'teryx Psiphon FL Short, but they retained their shape from our first day on the trail through the plane ride home,” said our tester after an extended trip through New Zealand’s South Island. The toughness comes from a nylon/elastane blend. Two zippered pockets in front also easily stash maps and snacks without feeling ungainly. The integrated belt helps maintain a slim, comfortable profile. “I never had extra material bunching up under my hipbelt,” our tester reports. Ding: They still cost more than a C-note.