Everyone Needs a Pair of Patagonia Baggies

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Do we really need to review Patagonia Baggies for you? You don't have a crunchy outdoorsperson in your life to turn to? A dad who kayaks, a brother who backpacks, an aunt with a wild garden, or an uncle that forages for morels—these are all people who wear Baggies, and they'd all recommend them to you wholeheartedly.

The beauty of Baggies is this: Once you get a pair—through gifting or your own purchase—you're kind of in it for life. Your search for the perfect shorts has been completed. Here's a rundown of why that's true.

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The thing that makes Baggies so good is how little Patagonia has iterated on its original formula. Back in the '80s, the original nylon twill fabric needed to be tough enough for a hike or climb, but it also had to be quick-drying for a swim, with deep mesh pockets that wouldn't retain water. That's about it.

The biggest change to the shorts in their 40 year existence came less than a decade ago, when Patagonia started doubling down on its Earth-friendly ethos. The company launched Worn Wear, it's second-hand and trade-in platform, and it started the process of lessening its reliance on virgin materials. Patagonia now reports that 90 percent of the nylon it uses is from either recycled pre-consumer (used industrial plastic) or post-consumer (trash, like old fishing nets). By 2025 it's hoping to be fully rid of virgin petroleum-based materials. But the Baggies lineup is already there, made with 100 percent post-consumer recycled nylon.

Has that led to a change in the quality of Baggies? Nope. In the future, there might even be a world where Baggies contain zero nylon whatsoever, as Patagonia has said its next move is to try and dump petroleum-based fabrics altogether. Whenever that happens, we trust the replacement is going to a plant-based twill with a hand feel pretty close to the original nylon.

In the meantime, when you're thinking about Baggies, you'll want to think about length. There are two options, Longs and Shorts. Shorts have a five-inch inseam, meaning they'll hit somewhere around mid and upper thigh, showing off bit of quad. Longs have a seven-inch inseam and land low-mid thigh or just above the knee.

As far as the actual fit, take a guess. They're loose, roomy, or, one might say, baggy. They work for all body types, and the elastic waistband means you can wear them even if your waist is bigger than it once was. That's important, because you can wear them for a long, long time—which is why I don't stress when the price of Baggies moves with inflation. Currently, they're $65 each, but the nylon twill handles life better than anything else I've seen. Cold wash and hang dry them, and you will be using these shorts for a decade. I'm not kidding.

Other than that, just don't overthink it. Contrary to what fashion-types might say, the appeal of Baggies isn't (only) how they look. It's how they feel. Climbing out West, whitewater rafting in Appalachia, or brown bagging in a Manhattan park—if it's warm out, I'm grabbing a pair of Baggies. No questions asked.

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