We Fought About Jean Shorts. Here’s the Transcript.

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Kitting yourself up for any outdoor sport is a game of careful consideration. Many runners, hikers, mountain bikers, and skiers are likely familiar with the balancing act: wearing all the technical gear you need to stay comfortable, protected, warm, and dry, while channeling just enough nonchalance to let people know that you don't really care. Enter: jorts. Once a homegrown cultural phenomenon, the denim-shorts trend has recently gone mainstream. This got our gear editors into a heated instant message debate: are jorts really jorts if they're performance-tuned specifically for outdoor sports?

Will Taylor, gear director: What is the perfect length of short?

Kelly Klein, associate gear editor: Like right now?

WT: Whenever you're ready, Kelly

KK: ^5-inch inseam for women, debate settled

WT: OK, I love a 5-inch inseam but inappropriate for guys at work?

Ben Tepler, gear editor: I'm an advocate for outrageous fashion choices, so I say totally appropriate. Except when it's Micah wearing jorts

WT:"Why I Hate Jorts," by Ben Tepler. Why DO you hate Jorts, Ben?

BT: Look, I will admit that I have a grudge against jorts

KK: Maybe you're not wearing the right jorts Ben!!! Have you taken the Riptons for a spin?

Ariella Gintzler, associate gear director: Hot take: Riptons are not jorts

[ed. note: Many Outside editors swear by Riptons, which are in fact performance denim, though the act of buying a pair of bespoke jorts has a different energy than ripping the legs off of a pair of thrifted jeans in a parking lot. ]

BT: I think I watched Wet Hot American Summer one too many times in high school

WT:

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Wet Hot American Summer is an argument FOR jorts

Micah Abrams, VP of content, adventure sports: Riptons are for posers

WT: Shots fired

KK:

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hahaha

WT: Have we tried Riptons, Micah?

MA: My only shorts are cutoffs. End stop. I would turn Riptons into cutoffs

[ed note: Many Riptons are, in fact, cutoffs.]

WT: They haven't tried Riptons, Kelly. That’s all I'm hearing

KK: I am 100% pro Riptons!!! Look good, feel good

BT:

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WT: Just reinforcing Kelly's point. Paul Rudd deserved an Oscar for that role

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BT: Jorts are tearing this family apart

AG: Jorts is a way of being you guys. If they didn't come from your old jeans from 11th grade, or from a thrift store, they're not jorts.

KK: OK fair point, BUT. What if you want to participate in this way of life but you can't because you have terrible sweating issues???

WT: … and like being comfortable while you PERFORM

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:pray:

KK: (no i don't have terrible sweating issues………)

AG: OK I hear that. To be clear, I think performance denim shorts are a great thing. I'd probably wear them all the time if I had them! I just wouldn't call them jorts

KK: They're fjorts. fake jorts

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WT: So bound by the rules

BT: Open your MIND

WT: #ifjort

KK: hahaha

WT: fin

MA: Levis worked for cowboys -- THE ORIGINAL EXTREME ATHLETES

BT: He said "fin," Micah

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