Rated 5 out of 5 by WeeluvLLbean My new favorites
I bought a pair of the shorts after I tried a pair of the Southport Cargo Pants that I immediately fell in love with. The fabric is of good weight and slightly "peached". While these don't come in the petite sizing that I ordered for the pants, the length was still good on my 5'3" frame. It looks like it'd be difficult to make the shorts much shorter and have the cargo pockets be more than decoration. These are functional. The size 6 that I ordered has an inseam of 8 and 3/4" and hits me 1 inch ABOVE my knee. I will order more when the weather warms back up. The one observation is that the pants in the same size seem a bit looser overall.
November 14, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by DivineMissM Too long. Hits mid-knee.
I loved everything about these shorts except for the length and the drawstring.
What I loved: The construction was well executed. LOVED all the extra pockets -- I don't always want to carry a purse, and these would have done nicely. Good weight to fabric which would have worked well summer and into the fall.
What I hated: The length! I based my purchased on how the shorts looked on the model. They hit her well above the knee, which is what I wanted. I'm almost 5'9" with fairly long legs and the shorts hit just below the top of my knee -- a good look for a teenage boy or Grandpa at the shore, but not for me. The drawstring is ridiculous. It's not strong enough for such heavy fabric and gets in the way of a clean look. (I also had visions of it getting knotted while I frantically needed to visit the restroom!) Had I kept my purchase, I would have removed the string.
Sizing: While some reviewers found they run large, I found just the opposite. The waist was a good inch smaller than other LL Bean shorts I have in the same size. I ordered two sizes to hedge my bets, and like another reviewer, found almost no difference between the two.
I liked the shorts enough that I considered re-hemming them, but realized due to the thickness of the fabric, this couldn't be done by hand.
There is much to like about these shorts, and I hope my review will help others decide if they will work for them. Sadly, they didn't for me, and will have to be returned.
September 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CoolChick Like Goldilocks said... just right!
Shorts that I like are really hard for me to find. I've tried them all, they are either too short, too long, too baggy, too tight.. so when these were a daily special I said why not try....and they were just right! I'm back to buy another color. My only wish is that they make these in white, but other than that, they are near perfect, fit true to size and are incredibly comfortable. The side pockets don't add extra weight and the waist tie takes care of gaps. Length and leg opening proportionate and perfect!
August 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NHMum Perfect Shorts
I bought one pair of these on a whim last year and came back now for two more. They are the most comfortable pair of shorts I own. Not too tight. Not too loose. Perfect inseam. They are super soft to the touch but don't fall apart or pill after washing and wearing.
The side cargo pockets are a great size. Large enough for my phone and small wallet but small enough so they don't stick out like saddle bags. The leg opening is narrow enough to have a slim line but not so tight as to be uncomfortable when sitting.
August 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by windowshopper comfortable, but runs big
I bought a size 8, thinking that the shorts would be fine. When I put them on after washing, they are a bit roomy, but they tend to bag after a short while. I like the shorts, but probably should have gotten a smaller size. I do like all the pockets.
August 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Left2RightBrain Just right casual but not sloppy
I bought two colors and both are excellent. Not only is the fit (in a large size) just right, not tight, and the length not too long or too short, but the crisp, smooth look at just the right weight for normal conditions strikes a good balance between ease and not looking sloppy, saggy or wrinkly. In other words, "presentable" considering that they are shorts.
August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by capecodderforever Great cargo shorts!
I am a professional gardener......your cargo shorts are perfect for me because they have a lot of good-sized pockets that I can use for my phone, clippers, bug spray, etc...They are the only shorts I wear to work and I own several pairs of them!!!
August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by retiredpat Love these shorts
The shorts are comfortable with stretch to match your needs. They stay reasonably wrinkle free and look smart. I bought two pairs and liked them so much, I ordered a third pair.
August 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TNMaineiac Great for theme parks!
These shorts are great for hiking and theme parks. I just returned from 3 days in central Florida. The shorts dry fairly quickly after hitting the water rides. I bought them specifically for the buttoned cargo pockets. With my iphone 4 in one and my small wallet (both in small Ziplock bags) in the other, I was able to go straight into the park. I avoided the tedious bag searches and didn't have to worry about renting a locker for my purse. They always look good and the fit is right.
August 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MaggieMonet Best Shorts Ever
I must truly say that these are the most comfortable shorts I've ever put on. UPS delivered them and I tried them on and didn't take them off. Out I went. This review is for the deep olive which is just as pictured. Size is a true 6. I just ordered another color!! Great short.
August 7, 2014