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Proof Equator Hybrid Short

Our Favorite ‘Do All’ Summer Shorts for Travel

by , May 1, 2024

We’re firmly in spring and summer is on the horizon – and that means it’s shorts season. Whether you’re looking for dapper style with practical performance or a do-it-all design for your travel bag, we’ve scoped out our favorite 7 shorts for your warm-weather wardrobe.

Flint and Tinder 365 Short (US$78)

Flint and Tinder 365 Short

Style and performance in one? No problem for Flint and Tinder’s 365 Short, which combines a chino-like cut with the stretch of a performance short. Available in 5″, 7″, and 9″ inseams and a variety of colorways, the short is made with 2% spandex and 98% cotton, with a YKK zipper fly. Great for everyday wear, the short moves equally well between weekday pursuits and weekend adventures.

Wellen Performance Lined Swim Trunk (US$78)

Wellen Performance Lined Swim Trunk

One short to rule the land and water alike? Wellen designed their Performance Lined Swim Trunk as a multifunctional short that can tackle both land-based adventures and water pursuits. Combining Wellen’s swim trunks and active shorts in one, the short features four-way stretch, a soft DryWetDry liner, and a concealed phone pocket. Available in 5″ and 7″ inseams and a wide range of colorways, this is the perfect do-it-all short for workouts, hikes, swims, boat trips, and more.

Western Rise Evolution Short (US$98)

Our Favorite ‘Do All’ Summer Shorts for Travel

The ultimate solution for minimalist travelers, these hybrid shorts are a game-changer. Crafted with our signature Evolution fabric, featuring resilient 4-way stretch, these shorts seamlessly adapt from water to land, perfect for spontaneous urban exploration or laid-back dining. Their lightweight, quick-drying nature redefines efficiency in travel gear, ensuring you can pack light without sacrificing style or utility. 

Proof Equator Hybrid Short (US$98)

Proof Equator Hybrid Short

Designed for getting active outdoors but stylish enough for urban settings, the Proof Equator Hybrid Short is a solid everyday and travel short. Made with stretchy and breathable polyester fabric with a DWR finish, the short sheds stains and dries quickly when wet. A hidden zippered pocket provides secure storage for valuables, while mesh pocket bags drain water and dry quickly, allowing the short to double as a swim trunk too. There’s a choice of three inseams and various colorways as well, helping you pick your ideal combo.

Outlier New Way Five-Fives (US$125)

Our Favorite ‘Do All’ Summer Shorts for Travel

When you need that extra dash of class and style, Outlier is always the right choice. The New Ways are a tailored but functional short, blending meticulous craftsmanship with high-performance fabrics and poolside-ready design. With its inclusion of belt loops and a refined fly, it effortlessly transitions from casual wear to more formal occasions. Designed with drawstrings and powermesh pockets, it excels by the beach or pool, ensuring versatility in both style and functionality. Crafted from the lightweight and breathable F.Cloth, this short boasts exceptional durability and comfort for all-day wear.

Relwen Flyweight Flex Short – 8.5″ (US$158)

Our Favorite ‘Do All’ Summer Shorts for Travel

With its classic casual styling and comfy fit, Relwen’s Flyweight Flex Short will become a go-to staple in your wardrobe for warmer days and fun in the sun. Made with a blend of 97% cotton and 3% spandex, the short offers excellent comfort and stretch, enhanced by a gusseted climber’s crotch panel for freedom of movement. The short provides front and rear pockets and features an 8.5″ inseam designed to hit at the knee. You’ve also got a range of understated colorways to choose from that move easily between urban and outdoor environments.

Relwen Tropic Weave Windshort – 7.5″ (US$158)

Relwen Tropic Weave Windshort – 7.5″

With its relaxed, lightweight, and breathable fit, the Relwen Tropic Weave Windshort is ideal for warm-weather adventures. Made with 97% cotton and 3% spandex, the short offers comfort and stretch while also featuring an elastic drawcord waistband and climbing-style crotch gusset, so you can move freely wherever the day takes you. Additionally, two zippered hand pockets and a zippered rear pocket provide safe storage for valuables, so you can confidently venture forth on your travels, outdoors, and about town. 


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