Rated 4 out of 5
by JanBarry Pocket Problem
My husband loves his two pair of these shorts except for the pocket pleats that like to grab door knobs and table corners. Yesterday my husband almost upended someone's lunch while going between two close tables in a restaurant. The pleat caught the corner of the next table and quickly gave it about a quarter turn. Luckily the food was saved. Last night I spent a couple hours carefully sewing all eight pleats shut with a blind stitch. Two pleats have a small 1/4" tear in the fabric that I could not hide but they don't show too much. Eliminating these pleats would be a big improvement in these shorts. As the wife, I wish the fabric was wrinkle free!
August 30, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by jenniferfg Great fit!
These shorts are an exact fit at my husband's waist. The material is good - its weight and texture satisfactory. However. they would be very much improved if the pockets had velcro not fiddly, very-hard-to-open buttons.
But it's the size that matters most. These shorts are available in a 31" waist. Many others, at LL Bean and elsewhere, are available only at 32", 34" etc. The sizing called Small, Medium etc. is even worse- what is a man with a 31" waist to choose when small is 28-30" waist, medium 32-34" waist?
I only wish more LL Bean men's products (such as BeanTrail Shorts) were available in 31" waist.
August 18, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer Great look. Great fit. Fatal flaw.
I loved the fit, the color and the fabric. The construction appeared to be classic LL Bean. Then a few days ago I was walking through my garage between the car and the tool cupboards and wham, the vertical pleat on the left pocket caught the cupboard doorknob and ripped it a little. I thought it was a freak accident until today when I was dashing through the kitchen and the vertical pleat on the right pocket caught a doorknob and not only ripped a tear in the pocket, it also ripped the door off the hinge. Other reviewers have had this same problem, so LL Bean should address it. I liked the shorts so much was going to return them and order another pair even if I had to glue the pleat shut, but the color I liked, British Khaki, is out of stock. Drat!~
August 15, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bots Stitching needs to be beefed up
They fit well and look good, but if you catch the pleat of the cargo pocket on, say, a doorknob, (I've done this twice), it doesn't take much to rip the stitching. I've done this twice, one on each side, and have repaired the tear myself, even though I've only had the shorts for a month. Next time, I'll be returning them.
August 2, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by AltoonaBound Poor button attachment
Had a pair of these for about 4 months now and BOTH buttons on the back pockets have torn loose. Otherwise they are quite comfortable.
July 27, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by van44m Dislike the pocket flaps
I love the shorts and would buy them again but I hate the 2 pocket flaps. Each have 2 buttons to keep the flaps closed which I will never use. Too hard to button and unbutton. If you replaced the buttons with velcro closures the shorts would be perfect.
July 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by reader256 Great shorts
I got 2 pairs of these for my husband - great length and fit. They look crisp and not sloppy - Perfect for summer!
July 13, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5
by FlyingFish27 Problem with pocket pleats
I love these shorts except for a fatal flaw. The pocket pleats will grab cabinet door knobs, desk corners, etc. and rip. I have two pairs and all four pockets were torn this way. Otherwise they are comfortable and fit well.
July 11, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by beachcustomer wrong color in picture!
ordered the lovely 'Sea Blue' color, which on the picture is a grey blue. Received the shorts today and the actual color is a turquoise blue. So, I looked up last year's shorts order (the same Tropic weight cargo shorts) and had ordered (and received) 'turquoise sea'. Turns out old Turquoise Sea = new Sea Blue --- product code is even the same. Not cool LLBean.
So, I'll be returning them, a task I strive to avoid.
June 17, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Desker Color wrong
I ordered these in "stone." What I got is a white color suitable for the tennis shorts of the 1970s.
Not my idea of what I think of when I think of stone, nor do these shorts match the photo online.
June 14, 2016