Patagonia Endless Run Shorts Review

If you’re looking for a do-it-all pair of shorts no matter what the workout or distance, the Patagonia Endless Run shorts are for you. Made with trail running in mind, they have all the storage and comfort you need to go for endless miles. These shorts are simple yet have a lot of features that make them great for any type of activity. I tested the women’s version, and you can find the men’s here.

Patagonia Endless Run Shorts (Women’s | Men’s) At-a-Glance

MSRP: $75
Weight: 3.7 ounces
Fit: Formfitting
Inseam: 4 inches
Materials: 6-oz 74% recycled nylon/26% spandex, HeiQ Pure odor control, Fair Trade Certified sewn

Intended Use & Circumstances of Review

These shorts are designed for trail running, but would work great for hiking or a general workout as well. I’ve worn them on several runs, day hikes, an overnight backpack, and even for at-home workouts. Whenever I was looking for a pair of shorts for any type of workout, I went with this versatile option.


Pockets Galore: Built for trail running, these shorts have all the pockets you could dream of. There is a center-back pocket which is great for keys, an ID card, etc. In addition, there are two no-bounce side pockets for a phone, snacks, headphones, and more. These types of fitted pockets have been a new trend in all kinds of women’s leggings and shorts and they can hold a heavy phone without issue.

Visibility in Low-Light: A reflective logo is included on the hem for the night hikers. Make sure you can be seen!

External Drawcord: The external drawcord is perfect to adjust the fit to exactly how you want it on any given day. This is a great feature and helps keep the shorts right where you want them. It would also be especially handy during a thru-hike as your body undergoes potentially drastic changes.

Fair Trade Certified sewn:
This means the people who made it earned a premium for their labor, and we love it when workers are fairly compensated.

Fit & Comfort

The sizing on these shorts was as expected, with plenty of adjustability due to the drawcord. They have a midrise and a shaped waistband which keeps them sitting at the perfect spot on the hips. Unlike the typical running shorts, they are formfitting — this is a great feature for those that chafe between the thighs.

I found that the 4″ inseam would ride up sometimes, but this was mostly a non-issue. I typically swear by at least a 6” inseam for chafing reasons, but was willing to give these a try and it worked out well. In terms of comfort, they were great — not too tight at all and the fabric material felt soft against the skin.


The pockets on these shorts are truly awesome. They really shine on a trail run where you can fit snacks galore, potentially eliminating the need to carry a pack. They also hold a lot of weight without the items falling out or the shorts falling down. My oversized smartphone didn’t even weigh them down. Finally, the back pocket is great for smaller items, such as keys, when you’re on a run.


The fabric is heavy enough to hold shape and anything in your pockets in place. However, it’s also comfortably lightweight and relatively quick drying. I found that my sweat dried quicker with these than other similar styles of shorts. The fabric even has some odor-controlling properties, which is a huge plus especially when backpacking. Additionally, the fabric seems plenty durable and showed no signs of wear despite a lot of use and many wash cycles over the past couple of months.

Patagonia Endless Run Shorts Pros

Pockets: I’ve mentioned the pockets on these a few times now, but they’re honestly my favorite feature of the shorts and are fantastic.

Adjustability & Comfort: The drawstring on these shorts is another great feature that makes them fit super well and comfortably.

Anti-Chafing Style: The formfitting style and the 4” inseam are great for those of us who struggle with thigh chafing (definitely me).

Versatility: These shorts are perfect for any type of workout. Whether you’re churning out miles on the trail or just going to the gym, they’ll get the job done.

Patagonia Endless Run Shorts Cons

Cost: At $75 these shorts are definitely a bit pricey, but they are of good quality and have some great features that make it worth it.

Sometimes they ride up: I did find that these rode up sometimes, a little extra length could have fixed this for me. This is a common occurrence for me with shorts so some users might not even have this problem, and it was easy enough to fix when it happened.

Final Thoughts

The Endless Run shorts offer a lot of features and versatility. They’re great for runners or hikers looking for a more fitted style of running shorts that can keep the chafing away for miles. Don’t forget about all the snacks the pockets can hold too! I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a quality pair of shorts for any activity that will hold up over time.

Shop the Women’s Patagonia Endless Run Shorts

Shop the Men’s Patagonia Endless Run Shorts

Comparable Shorts

REI Swiftland 5″ Running Shorts (Women’s | Men’s)
MSRP: $59.95
Weight: 3.7 ounces
Inseam: 5 inches

Outdoor Research Swiftlite Shorts (Women’s | Men’s)
MSRP: $69
Weight: 2.8 ounces
Inseam: 2.5 inches women’s | 5 inches men’s

Patagonia Baggies (Women’s | Men’s)
MSRP: $59
Weight: 5 ounces
Inseam: 5 inches

The Patagonia Endless Run Women’s shorts were donated for the purpose of review.

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