I'm one of these crazy people that tend to wear cargo shorts all year round, and do a lot of hiking and general outdoor activities in them. However, because of this they tend to wear out relatively quickly, and I haven't yet found some that last beyond a few months.

Has anyone any recommendations? I'm quite big (40" waist) which doesn't help! I'd also like ones with lots of pockets which narrows it down further.

closed as off-topic by James Jenkins, Karen, Phil, Sue, Charlie Brumbaugh Oct 5 '17 at 4:14

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it primarily a shopping question. It is an old question, that I believe does not meet the current expectations of this site. – James Jenkins Oct 4 '17 at 12:34
  • @JamesJenkins I appreciate your explanation. When this came forward yesterday, I wanted to do the same thing, but wasn't sure if I should. No offense meant at all berry120, but I'm adding my close vote to the group. – Sue Oct 5 '17 at 0:23

I've been using the same two pair of swimshorts for years now. They dry quick, they're lightweight, they're cheap. Mine are similar to these (with pockets, but not lots), but I got mine at Target.

The only downside is that sometimes the cheap thin string tie bites into my waist on really long summer hikes.

  • Thanks for the suggestion - I've found a couple of problems though, like you mentioned I find the string is generally thin and bites quite a bit. The second is the lack of pockets (I've updated the question with this now.) – berry120 Mar 13 '12 at 23:43
  • Mine have pockets ;) – Russell Steen Mar 14 '12 at 0:16
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    And yours have withstood blackberry brambles most admirably. – Clare Steen Mar 14 '12 at 13:07

When I hiked the PCT, I wore NosiLife Cargo Shorts, from Craghopper.

I wore them continuously for 4 months before I began to wear them out. They would have lasted longer, but I lost so much weight they would no longer stay up.

They did get a bit thin in the bum, but that was due to me glissading and falling on my arse a lot.

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