Rated 4 out of 5
by TheDogsCar Fragile Buttons
I have 3 pairs of these. They are very rugged, except for the buttons. The center of the waist band button, on all three pairs, have broken.
August 21, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Fisherman5218 Comfy shorts, but not rugged
I am returning two pairs of these shorts because the back pocket is ripping at the corner. If it was just one pair I'd understand, but both pair are ripping in the exact same place. Very comfortable shorts and I hate to return them but they should last longer than a year or two.
August 19, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by ThatLampie Love, want them in black
I love these shorts. they are comfortable. have a great fit. they have lots of pockets so you can hold a lot of stuff. My only complaint is that they don't come in black. If we could make that happen would give you all the money.
August 18, 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 4 pocket flaps (2 front and 2 back). 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 28, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by atlascedar1 Waist too Large
I ordered size 34. The pair I received was labelled 34. However, it was actually between a 35 1/2 and a 36. Also. I found the pocket buttons cumbersome and difficult to open or refasten. Velcro tabs would be a real improvement.
July 24, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by trailcreek If You Like Clunky Cargo Shorts, These Are For You
These shorts are so heavy and clunky it felt like I was carrying lead weights in all the pockets -- which are virtually unusable because of the buttons (mentioned by several reviewers) that are nearly impossible to unbutton while wearing the shorts. If you don't mind taking off your pants to access your wallet, these are for you.
July 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by DakotaExpat Practical & sturdy, fit like a dream
With the heat of peak summer coming fast and several embarrassingly worn pairs of old canvas shorts (change falling from holes in pockets, tattered seams, and all), I needed new shorts badly. Thought I might try out some new cargo shorts, but with no experience in the style, I felt at sea looking around different web outlets with their variously informative pictures & descriptions. These Allagash Cargo Shorts caught my eye though, looking like they possessed the rugged quality & practicality that I was shooting for. I hemmed & hawed and dithered until the 90 degree plus days were upon me, made my order at LL Bean, and hoped for the best.
And three days later I knew from the moment I slid these shorts out of the bag that I had picked a winner. Substantial and sturdy fabric, yet supple to the touch, that wonderfully rich cotton feel that I desired, and an Olive Gray color that almosrt perfectly replicated the old Army surplus pants I used to wear baling hay as a kid. Even before I put them on, the heft of these shorts had me won over. And trying them on I confirmed a perfect fit (ordered the 33 inch waist & found it true to size, the hem coming to just above my knee -- I'm 6'3" tall). Just to make sure I'd have any shrinkage out of the way, I immediately put them in a warm water wash and machine dried them. The length may have shrunk just a quarter of an inch or less, hard to tell, but the waist and overall fit remained as true as out of the bag. I was sold.
But the practicality and smart design of the pockets is what caught my attention in the next several days of wear. Angled just right, every one of them completely accessible, and just enough of them (eight!) to accommodate all the needs I could think of while leaving room for the ones I hadn't come up with yet. I carry my writiing gear & mobile phone in the right cargo pocket, keys and change in one of the zippered pockets, my wallet in either the other cargo or right rear pocket and still have room for more. I could fit a sandwich in the other cargo pocket if I wanted. Even fully loaded, I don't look ungainly or bagged out with freight -- it all looks organized and ready for access.
The cleverly designed buttons on the flap pockets worked like a charm for me. Three minutes or so of practice at home before hitting the road and I found I could unbutton any of the pockets with one hand (left or right, depending on side), even while walking an easy pace. I found that buttoning them back up was easily done while walking if they were empty, but if fully loaded I'd do it more easily by stopping -- but still with one hand. I am very satisfied with that maneuver & much prefer the buttons to velcro. (Like those zippered inner pockets lots, too!)
And then the unexpected bonus: three days into wearing them I had a wait-person at a restaurant tip a glass of sangria onto them and soak them with a beautiful red color; she was very quick to get me some soda water to wet them, but it looked like they might have some permant stain -- threw them in a cold water wash immediately after getting home a couple hours later & they are like new, no added color at all.
These are a solid buy. Bean's description & photos give a true sense of the product. A handsome, useful pair of shorts, perfect for necessary carry when you'd like to avoid a bag or a pack in the hotter months. You can buy them with confidence. My new favorites & I plan to order more!
July 20, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by RamblinManVA I like the zippers. Hate the buttons. Stiff.
I bought these shorts mainly to wear to theme parks every summer because I wanted the extra pockets. What I found was that the pockets with buttons are almost useless to me. I look like a chump every time I need to get something out of or put in the pockets as undoing the buttons is difficult, especially if you use the rear one. I find myself using the zippered pockets a lot, but the entry is so small I routinely cut my medium size hands on the zipper when putting stuff in and out.
I wish the pockets had buttons.
June 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Echo40 Best Cargo Shorts Ever
I have 4 pairs of the Allagash Cargo Shorts of varying ages. They have all stood up well to heavy use and frequent use. Simply put, best cargo short ever IF you are looking for a heavy duty, heavy fabric, large pocket cargo short.
Buy this short if you want a true cargo short with real expandable cargo front cargo pocket, not just a large flat pocket. Made of heavy, tough material like military fatigues, unlike most cargo shorts made of higher, standard cotton fabric. As some have commented, the color on these shorts does fade over repeated washings and time in the sun, and does not do so uniformly, but more in high visibility areas - however, this is not a flaw - that fading over time makes these shorts like a pair of jeans which gets better with age. The covered button pockets on the front and rear are excellent and I have not had any problems with the buttons.
Don't buy these shorts if you are looking for "dressy" casual shorts that will continue to look "new" - these are not the best shorts for you. Don't buy these shorts if you are looking for standard weight cargo shorts. Don't buy these shorts if you don't want to deal with button pockets - they offer significant aesthetic and usage benefits, but aren't always the easiest to manipulate, especially one handed.
February 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by smartyshorts Absolute favorites.
Cargo shorts are a staple for me. I wear them year-round. As such, I?ve put in an embarrassing amount of work seeking shorts that satisfy on all counts. I?m happy to report that I?ve found them.
I?ve tried shorts from countless sources, from discount/big-box stores to higher-end retailers, mostly without luck. For my needs, I value comfort over trendiness and actually use all the pockets, which necessitates quality construction. What I?ve found is that one aspect typically comes at the expense of another, meaning that if they fit well - the quality is lacking; or if the quality is there, the fit is quirky. The flaws I?ve found in others run the gamut; inaccurate sizing, poor hip/waist to leg fit ratio, seams that blow out under minor stress, etc. Cost hasn?t translated to quality in my experience, either. Thankfully, I?m thrilled with the Allagash Cargos.
The cotton canvas is nicely weighted without being stiff, breathes nicely, breaks in fast, and launders really well. (with the added benefit of ripstop)
The sizing is accurate and the natural fit is great. Just enough room in the seat/hips, and comfortably loose in the legs without looking like culottes.
The pocket layout is an intelligent design. The openings are far enough off the seam to create a nice angle for sliding your hands into, and the depth is just right. I like being able to hit the bottom of the pocket without having to lean over.
The zippered pockets are unusual, but make sense pretty quickly. Having the ability to secure items in them is excellent, and I was pleasantly surprised to find them nearly as capacious as the regular front pockets they sit inside. I wasn?t sure if I would, but I use them constantly.
The cargo pockets are nice and deep without being cavernous, and the back patch pockets avoid the annoying bunching that internal pockets have.
The crotch gusset is awesome. I feel like I could do yoga in these shorts without having my voice go up an octave.
None so far. If I had a complaint, it would be that, with shorts like this, I?m expecting the hardware to be heavy-duty. Metal buttons and a more substantial zipper would be great. (large-toothed brass with a nice thick pull)
I haven?t experienced the fabric tearing like others have mentioned, but I?m not concerned. Even less so considering Bean?s generous customer service.
I haven?t had an issue with the buttons, either. I take a tube of super glue and squirt a little in the center of each button, where the threads cross. Hasn?t let me down. (I also do this with oxford shirts, etc. works every time.)
In closing, I recommend these without hesitation, and I hope Bean expands the color choices. I plan on ridding myself of all the shorts I own which compare unfavorably to the Allagash?s and will buy only these from now on.
November 22, 2015