At the beginning of July I took a week off from bicycles and decided I was going to hike across the Grand Canyon. I wasn’t going for long, 4 days and 3 nights. So I decided that I’d just bring my Outlier Three Way shorts, a pair of swim trunks and a few shirts. A
t the last minute I said to myself, “I’m going to see if these Three Ways work as well as Outlier says they do.” And I was definitely not disappointed.
It’s not unusual for me to wear my cloths for a week straight but this was different. I carried a 50 pound pack down 4,000 feet, walked 25 miles and then climbed back out 4,000 feet. Did I mention that it was 100 degrees most of the time I was doing all this? Luckily there were creeks that run most the length of the hike. I came down North Kaibab, crossed Silver Bridge and hiked up Bright Angel. It wasn’t until I left Indian Garden Campground that I no longer had a stream running along the trail, so I’d say I spent equal time in the water cooling off as I did hiking.
These shorts paired with the Patagonia Capilene 2 Lightweight Boxer Brief kept me dry during the hike. I’d usually take the boxers off while I was swimming, allowing the Three Ways to dry very quickly. But there were a few times when I couldn’t wait and I’d just jump in. With two layers, even two technical fabrics like these, it took a bit longer to dry but it was still pretty quick(I was impressed). The shorts repelled all kinds of filth, coffee, re-hydrated black beans, mud, etc. When I came out of the canyon I showered and went straight to the bar wearing these shorts and while they did look a little weathered, they definitely didn’t look dirty and they really didn’t smell that bad either.
I’ve now hiked, biked, swam and hung out in these shorts for almost two months straight and couldn’t think of any reason I’d wanna wear something else. I even bought another pair of the gray ones as soon as I got back to LA and have had them on everyday since then.
These shorts are highly recommended! I know summer is almost over but now you Aussies have something to look forward to!
I would definitely swoop and have swooped…HERE!