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Outdoor Research Astro Shorts Review

The perfect athleisure shorts, versatile and comfy

We’ve tested so many good pairs of athleisure style shorts, but it’s refreshing to occasionally find an exceptional pair like the Outdoor Research Astro Shorts. Use them as your summer daily driver, your running shorts, your yoga shorts, and your all purpose athletics shorts. We tested the men’s 7″ inseam version, and it’s been excellent. Shop now.

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  • Price: $79
  • Weight: 5.5 oz
  • Material: 85% Nylon, 15% Spandex
  • Pockets: 2 drop hand, 1 zip thigh (m’s only), 1 zip rear (w’s only)
  • Sustainability: ~25% recycled nylon
  • Fit: Standard
  • Pros: Very comfortable. Stretchy. Soft. UPF50. Versatile. Hybrid-mapped.
  • Cons: Unsecure hand pockets. Modest durability. Wavey waistband when pulled tight.

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Construction & Features

The most unique feature of the Astro Shorts is the hybrid mapped construction. This places a matrix of highly breathable and stretchy Astroman fabric up front, with stretchy, durable, ripstop Ferrosi fabric on the seat. This way you get the benefits of each material where each is optimal. And the whole package is rated to UPF50.

Astro pockets are standard sized, but the opening is large and the stretchiness of the pants creates an unsecure hold on contents. As such, do not store essentials in them if there is a significant chance they will become inverted. But they handle the jostles of everyday use well enough.

The waistband is wide, soft, and extremely comfortable. It comes with an elastic drawstring that can be tied off ensure they stay up. If you choose to tighten them, it will cause the waistband to become slightly wavy and odd looking when not worn. But imperceptible if you have it on.

The men’s pants have a 7″ inseam, women’s is 3.5″. Both are shorter than average, but certainly quite airy and good for warm-weather wear. The men’s version has a bonus zippered thigh pocket, but it’s too small and swingy to store large objects like a phone. But It could hold a few keys, credit cards, gel, or other small object. The women’s version has a zippered rear pocket in a similar size range. Both have a faux fly and reflective logo.

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back side view of outdoor research astro pants

Outdoor Research Astro Shorts Review Verdict

For a comfy pair of all-purpose movement shorts, choose the Astro Shorts by Outdoor Research. They are quintessential athleisure, perfect for 90% of shorts-wearing activity, pretty much anything non-technical. Highly recommended.

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