From time to time, I will be reviewing some of the gear that I use. Since I only use stuff that I like, most of the these reviews will be positive. I will be honest in addressing any potential flaws. I was not compensated in any way.
This review is for the prAna Men's Stretch Zion Short. I first found a pair of these shorts several years ago on the clearance rack outside side of REI for about $25. The material is 97% Nylon and 3% Spandex.
Since then, I have not seen these shorts anywhere near that price. These were an older version that had stiff but stretchy fabric with netted pockets and were quite comfortable, stain-resistant and wrinkle-free. I stuffed them in my backpack or suitcase and they always looked good. I've been wearing them regularly since and I see no visible signs of wear. They are made from strong material to withstand years of abuse. Since I liked them so much, I recently decided to order more since I will be spending more time out on the trails.
The current year's version lists for about $60, but are for some reason hard to find these days, escpecially in Large. I ordered my latest shorts from Neptune Mountaineering for $35 each and now they are out of stock on all sizes and colors.
I just received the new shorts the other day and the fit was excellent. The only difference I can see between the older version is that the back pocket is not zippered on the new version, which isn't a big deal for me. It has a built-in belt that I pretty much set and forget and find it easy to wear under lumbar or overnight pack belts. Other shorts that I own tend to restrict my movement up the steeper parts of the trail, but these shorts do no such thing due to the stretchy fabric.
I like that I can travel with these and they always look great and fresh. Dirt seems to slide right off of them. I love these shorts and can't recommend them more.