Next up on the #ORInsightLab gear reviews from Outdoor Research is the Men's Equinox shorts. I was very stoked to get to test these out since Outdoor Research finally made a pair of shorts with a built-in belt. This may not get a lot of people excited but as a climber, hiker, and camper, having one less thing to worry about bringing along or forgetting is a huge bonus.
Homefront Arete v7
Here's a quick rundown of what I liked about these shorts:
2. Breathable and quick-drying
3. Pockets were very adequate and deep
4. Performed very well while hiking a climbing; very comfortable
There were a few things about the Equinox shorts that I mildly disliked. I was very excited about the built-in belt but was concerned about the clasp being slotted locking and made of a plastic material. I do a lot of rock climbing and worry it may pull loose or break during difficult top outs. Also, the belt length was a little too short past the buckle and made it slightly difficult to pull tight. None of these issues were deal breakers though as the shorts were very comfortable and were perfect for hiking.
I give the Equinox shorts 4 out of 5 sprays only for the slight issues with the belt.