Rated 5 out of 5 by Oscar6kilo Great Shorts
Initially bought 1 pr because of some of the 1 star reviews. I had bought 6 pr of canvas cargo shorts many years ago and they were my favorite. When they became too embarrassing to wear because of all the strings hanging from frayed cuffs and holes starting in the side pockets and front pocket, I decided to go back to LL Bean for their replacement. No more canvas cargo shorts, but I did like the design and looks of these. I wear a 35 waist and ordered a 35 waist. It fit perfect and I love all the pockets. I examined the front button and it looked adequate. The left rear pocket I do not use and if you have been in and out of enough third world country airports, and even European, you will not carry your billfold in your left rear pocket, so the tearing of the corner of that pocket I cannot address. However, I do use the right rear pocket for my handkerchief and I am retrieving it often throughout the day. To date, no tears.
After wearing one pair of these shorts for one week everyday and two washing's I was very satisfied. I ordered 5 more pair and have been wearing them since. I wear a pair ever day with T-shirt (sorry LL Bean, I replaced the T-shirts with Duluth Trading). For dress I iron a pair and wear a polo. I have had no torn pockets or broken buttons.
In short (no pun intended), I love these shorts. I travel often to the Philippines and wear them every day there also. I would, and have, recommended these shorts to friends. I hope they last 10 yrs like the canvas ones.
August 31, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by RapidRC Keep Tearing in Rear
4 out 6 pair that I own have torn on the corner of the left rear pocket or with one pair, the entire back end split open. I love the design with 8 pockets. I wear them mostly to go shopping or casual wear, never for working or hiking, which would put some stress on the material. I have owned 6 pair since 2014, and as of today, I am returning or have returned 4 pair, all with the same defect. I am actually afraid to wear the remaining two pair. I would expect better quality from LL Bean.
August 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Oceanlizzie Husband's favorite shorts
Not an easy man to please with clothes, my husband really likes these shorts. I admit I bought the coral plaid because they were on sale, and was surprised at how awesome they look and fit on him! Since they're 100% cotton, I'll most likely wash in cold and hang to dry, although drying in low would probably be ok (just don't want to risk it!)
He especially likes the thickness (pretty heavy) and lots of pockets. We go to the beach often so good pockets to keep things sand-free and secure is an important feature.
I was worried the coral would appear pinkish but it does not. The offer of the odd 35" waist is nice too.
He's very pleased so more will be ordered!
July 9, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Texheavy Pocket seam torn after handful of wears
Bought these shorts to replace a pair of LL Bean cargo shorts I bought back in 2008 and wore everywhere (including multiple trips to SE Asia) with only the loss of the main button. After all those years of heavy wear, the cuffs finally started to fray and the material just wore too thin in the front thighs.
This new pair is of a different kind of material. Doesn't feel as durable. The zippered pockets have small pulls, one of which was torn off the zipper as I squeezed through a small doorway on the second or third wear. Then, a few wears later, I noticed a hole opening at the corner of one of the rear pocket seams.
Not sure what to do, since I go to LL Bean for durability, but that doesn't seem to be a factor anymore.
July 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hoosac Great fit and style
Love them. I've been looking for something like this for years.
July 4, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Goldsboro So sad...
I bought these and loved them.
Then I washed them.
Now one has an inseam of about 8 inches, and the other about 7.
Maybe my daughter can wear them...
May 30, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by desertdawg A rare miss
It's rare that I get something at L.L. Bean that I regret buying. This is one of those purchases. The material is heavy and stiff, not very comfortable. Worse, the dye of my British Khaki color item was not even over the shorts. Here and there, there are small splotches that appeared after washing. I washed exactly according to instruction. The fit was true, so that's a plus. Disappointed.
November 10, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Stanziola Pocket Zippers that Close Bottom to Top
I love everything about these shorts except for one thing that is very problematic. The side pocket zippers close from the bottom to the top, which renders the pockets useless for securing things. Gravity gradually causes the zippers to fall, opening the pockets. I don't know who decided to change zippers in recent years to closing upward vs. closing downward, but this isn't a problem with just these shorts, it's a problem with zippers on jackets, pants, etc. Please LLBean, ask all of your clothing manufacturers to change zippers back to the old design.
October 31, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Alex9117 Button Keeps Breaking
I've had to return these shorts 3 times because the button keeps breaking. Love the shorts otherwise, but the cheap buttons are a deal-killer.
September 1, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Beedapox Nice Design But Poor Longevity
While I really like the design of these shorts, I am finding that they simply do not wear well and are not worth the purchase price. Every single pair that I own have torn on the corner of the left rear pocket. The newest pair is only a couple of months old and are now relegated to "yard work" because of the holes that have formed. Given the price of these shorts, one would expect them to last a lot longer and wear much better than that. These observations seem to be limited to the Allagash shorts since other items I have purchased have not had the same issues.
August 25, 2014