Rated 4 out of 5 by Mannaggia Almost perfect for me
Perfect length for shorter guys (I'm 5'6"), elastic waist for mid life stomach pooch, good styling, good value. Withheld one star because it's a struggle to get into the rear pockets due to Velcro closures - very annoying at the check-out stand trying to get my hand in the pocket to retrieve my wallet. Hopefully future models will have flaps that you can lift open.
August 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pedal Almost perfect
Love these shorts...purchased a second. One improvement is needed: a small change pocket located in right hand side pocket. I wear these shorts so often it becomes an annoying inconvenience hunting for change. LL Bean, please address this. Otherwise a very fine product.
August 17, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by WVBeaner Pockets
Great shorts ..wear like iron but the pockets are no where near deep enough...won't even hold a cellphone....poor design..charge another 50 cents and make the pockets deeper!!!!!!
August 4, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by straitarrow pathfinder shorts
I have purchased 2 pairs of these shorts and have worn them for several summers now. The material is great and they are well made but the pockets are frustrating they are not deep enough especially the cargo pockets ,the velcro on the rear pockets are extremely annoying the are hard to get open to put something in and just as hard to get your wallet out for my money the tropic weight cargo shorts are a much better pair of shorts.
July 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by PacosWife Perfect for my husband
Purchased these for my husband (5'4' 200lbs) because he isn't tall and needed a bigger waist. He likes cargo shorts but they are normally too long and very bulky with the pockets. These were a perfect fit for him, especially the pockets because they do lay flat and don't make his backside look bigger than it really is. The shorter length is perfect for him; they land right above his knee. The hidden elastic in the waist was a feature he liked because he can move around (bending, squatting, etc) without feeling constricted (and its not very noticeable either). They are well made and all the seams are nicely sewn. Pockets aren't as big as other cargos on the market but they still can do the job.
July 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kevin Like the length
Unless you're tall and underweight, most guys who wear cargo shorts wince when they see their reflection on a storefront window. These shorts are a much better looking length, the flatter pockets don't look so clunky, and they don't lose functionality for the slimmer design. The fabric and construction make them spiffy enough for all-around wear.
July 9, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by WisconsinSlim New pair cut too snug
I recently purchased my third pair of these shorts. I've been happy with them in the past, but the legs in the most recent pair are cut narrower than the earlier pairs. I am always conscious of the snug fit, which makes them uncomfortable. I hope this pair is a fluke and not an indication of LL Bean's ongoing efforts to tailor everything. I'll be returning the new shorts.
July 1, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by swick real nice shorts
These might be the nicest short pants I've ever owned. The material is great, and the fit and finish can't be beat. I bought them in stone, and have ordered another pair in dark khaki. Beautiful thing about them is, they don't look like cargo shorts--altho they are just about as useful--you can wear these anywhere, and you will look good and be comfortable, too. Thumbs up, Bean.
I'd give them 5 stars if Bean could remove the annoying velcro closures on the rear pockets. I don't like fighting with the pocket just to get at my wallet. But covering the velcro patch with a small moleskin patch has eliminated the problem.
June 17, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by BoothbayHarborVacationer Needs bigger front pockets
While the Pathfinder shorts may resemble cargo shorts, the front pockets are too small to carry much of anything; they are only 5" x 6", and not gusseted. Also, the rear pockets don't seem very secure because they are held closed with only a small strip of Velcro.
These are the reasons I returned them, which was too bad because the shorts themselves are sturdy and comfortable, and the canvas was soft right out of the bag.
June 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by nurseprofessor Great Shorts
My spouse loves these shorts! The fabric is sturdy but very comfortable. The elastic in the waist also adds to the comfort of the garment. Elastic is a wonderful thing! We bought the Mariner Blue color. It is an attractive dark shade that goes well with most of my spouse's casual shirts. These shorts come out of the dryer without wrinkles and they launder very well - no shrinking or fading. We will definitely purchase additional pairs!
June 1, 2016