Rated 5 out of 5 by KDS1207 Best fitting shorts I've ever had
These shorts are nice looking and the fit is awesome. Wish they came in even more colors. I have four of the 5 colors. I just don't know if I have the olive green or the other shade of green so I don't know which ones to order...more colors please!!! Navy Blue, Burnt Orange/Rust color, Black
June 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cattleya15 like the pants
These shorts are light and comfortable. I have the Vista pants, too. These have a nice length (not too long or short) and the waistband is lined.
June 18, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Leest Vista Treking Shorts (or are they culottes?)
I bought 2 pair of these shorts when my favorite Comfort Trail shorts were backordered. What a huge disappointment. The waist and length were fine-legs were so blousey!! They almost seemed like culottes. The fabric was light and that was ok. It was the extreme loose legs that made me return both pair.
June 12, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by onlineorder Different size
I have ordered and kept several pairs of LLBean shorts. These trekking shorts were not sized the same as my other shorts as they had a larger waist. I returned them and was not happy to have to pay for return shipping.
June 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ChestnutTree I love these shorts!!
I recently ordered two pairs of these shorts along with other shorts, a pair of cargo pants and lots of t-shirts. I am returning all the other shorts/pants and have ordered another pair of these along with a pair of the Vista Trekking pants. They are a bit loose in the waist but that works for me with the drape of the fabric that skims my hips and thighs. The fabric is so lightweight and comfortable! I haven't experienced the sheerness problem that others have commented on, probably because the fit is not snug anywhere on my body. I could probably order down a size but I love the way these fit, not tight anywhere, slimming and neat looking. A bit expensive for "play" clothes but I think they'll be worth it.
June 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by GKis Perfect for what I need
I searched a long time for woman's shorts that had both decent pockets and decent length! These fit the bill. I work outdoors and do a ton of walking. I have to be able to store everything I need in my pockets. I can do this in these shorts. My Galaxy NOTE 4 fit in the pocket. I had chapstick, car keys, handsanitizer, a pack of gum and my ID and debit card in my zipper pocket. The material is great for super hot days. going to order another pair.
May 24, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by derringdo Great for light work in hot climes
I own one pair from last summer, and came to buy another ( in sandstore) last week, along with the (better-looking) Comfort Trail Short in Ash.
These are whisper-light and expensive, so for me just a walking short, or other light-duty activities for our blistering Florida summers. As others have mentioned, if you're hiking or need more protection these are not the garment for you. They also do show sweat, which is less appealing. They do dry quickly, as they should.
Had to ship back the Comfort Trail shorts due to cut, and now have 2 pairs of these Vista Trek shorts. It's a shame the color choices are so limited, and that they are so expensive. I love the longer length, but otherwise vastly prefer my 15 pairs of Royal Robbins Backcountry Short.
May 14, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by outdoorlife888 Don't understand the high reviews
Based on the great reviews I was looking forward to wearing these shorts and long pants for hiking, camping, canoeing, etc. The fabric is SUPER light weight - in fact pretty unsubstantial, more like lingerie!! Nothing between me and a rock :) Also, when I'm hiking etc, I'm working hard - and sweating. This fabric shows wet pretty dramatically. I got the shorts in granite, the long pants in sandstone - both had that problem. The waistband is too big, so they slip down. I think the entire garment would stretch significantly with any use. I'm 5'4", 138 lbs, active. They are going back!
April 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by lauralauralaura Seem great for backpacking
I ordered these shorts to wear on a backpacking trip.
Color: I got the sale color "Bay Leaf" and when I saw it in person it seems a lot lighter. Looking at the picture, I think it is actually the same as in the picture, but definitely reads as lighter in person. I would prefer the "Olive" color but it's backordered. The "Bay Leaf" color is quite flattering and pretty on my fair skin but panty lines are an issue like with any light colored shorts.
Material: These are lightweight and very thin, which is great for backpacking! They're very comfortable, and definitely less structured than they appear in the photo.
Length: I'm 5'6", 24 years old, and curvy. The length is a little too long to be cute on me, but I folded the hem up twice and if I keep these I will tack stitch it in place. The fold actually looks cuter than unfolded so it's not necessarily a bad thing, and it seems like the fold would stay put even without stitching.
Size/fit: The rise on these comes up to about half an inch under my belly button. I ordered a size 10, I'm 5'6", 160lbs, and curvy. I usually have a problem with waist gap. These I thought were ok but after wearing around the house for 20 minutes I think they're too loose in the waist, which is too bad because they fit great in the butt/thighs.
Speaking of the butt region... these hugged my butt a little more than I would like for hiking. I think this was a product of the waist being slightly too large and riding up on me. If I had sized down this probably wouldn't have been an issue. Also, you're likely going to have panty lines in these. Doesn't really matter for backpacking (because who cares) but something to think about. It's probably much less of an issue with these shorts in a darker color.
Overall, these shorts are very comfortable, very lightweight, and seemed sturdy. The fit was decent (the waist problem is an issue I have with every pair of pants) and I am keeping them as a backpacking backup in case another pair I ordered fits even worse. These are a solid 4 stars, although I would recommend sticking with the darker colors.
January 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by altaskier PERFECT FOR ME
This is the same review I gave for the pant version of these shorts.
I always have problems with pants fitting my long rise. I have been searching for a hiking pant that works for my fit problem. I always order a size up to get the rise long enough. But that has not worked on other LL Bean hiking pants until I tried these. Although I did order a size larger than usual, the stride is perfect for me. I also love the light weight fabric and stretch. I know I will enjoy these. Plan to order another color!!
October 29, 2014