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Patagonia Borderless Messenger Shorts (a.k.a Capris)

Are you man enough to wear man-pris? Our skeptical tester discovers that he is.


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When I think of man-pris, I think of euro-trekker girly men. When I initially put them on, I felt like I borrowed my little brother’s pants; I was thankful I would initially be testing alone so I could avoid ridicule from my testosterone-driven peers.

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The exceptional freedom of movement comes from several features: the gusseted crotch, the articulated knees, the partially elasticized waistband. The limber man-pris even made me feel obligated to stop my run once and go climbing.

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The lightweight, very breathable fabric–made of recycled ripstop nylon with 5% spandex mixed in for stretch–holds up well to abrasion, repels light moisture, and has 40-UPF protection from the sun. Plus, it dries wicked fast.

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The Specs
$69
Men’s XS-XXL
10 oz., medium on BP scales
Colors: Forge Grey, Retro Khaki
Patagonia.com
Bonus points to Patagonia for using 60% recycled nylon from their Common Threads Recycling Program.

Photos & Text by Will Rochfort