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  • Breathable, quick-drying nylon offers superb comfort, performance and packability; a Durable Water Repellent finish causes water to bead up and roll off
  • With a UPF 50+ rating, fabric provides excellent protection against harmful ultraviolet rays
  • Zip fly and fixed belt loops; internal elastic and button adjustment at waist personalizes the fit
  • Crotch gusset ensures good mobility
  • Pockets include 2 hand, 2 zip thigh and 2 back pockets
  • REI Sahara shorts feature a comfortable, relaxed fit


View all REI Co-op Women's Hiking Shorts

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Best Use Hiking, Travel
Fabric Nylon
Sun-Protective Fabric Yes
UPF Rating 50
Quick Drying Yes
Side Cargo Pockets Yes
Pant Rise High
Inseam (in.) 10 inches
Gender Women's

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Sizing notes

Some women's pants are available in petite and tall sizes. Typically petite sizes fit women 4'11" to 5'3". Regular sizes fit women 5'4" to 5'8". Tall sizes fit women 5'9" to 5'11". PETITE: Generally, as compared to regular sizes, petite sizes are 2.5 inches shorter in inseam and ¾ inch shorter in total rise. TALL: tall sizes are 3 inches longer in inseam and 1 inch longer in total rise.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from wore them every day for two months These were my only shorts for a hike on the Camino across northern Spain (almost 600 miles). I ended up wearing them every day (washing them every couple of days by hand). The pockets were perfect; I kept my cell phone on one side and my bag with passport, money, etc) in the other. I've been home for a couple of months and bought another pair, which I still wear almost every day! Great length, comfortable, dry fast. My only complaint would be that the fabric can snag if you sit on a log or rough rock. However the trade-off of them being so lightweight makes them still close to perfect shorts.
Date published: 2016-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts I love these pants. Bought a pair in each color. I did have to size up one size though. I am 5'-6" 135 lb and settled with a size 10 even though my normal size is an 8. They seem to run a bit tight across the butt. They are great for all kinds of outdoor activity. Love the cargo pockets which seem to be hard to find in women's shorts. And the rise is not way low as is the current fashion. They are just right. Wish there were more colors like navy and stone but at least I got three colors to go with. Hope I don't wear them out as I think they will be my new summer favorite.
Date published: 2012-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic hiking shorts! I got these before our trip to Moab in May. They worked perfectly day after day, never seemed dirty even with rock scrambling and sandy conditions. I got them in the coal color, which is really dark gray, yet they always looked fresh. I plan to get them in khaki and green both. The adjustable waist is a nice feature. I bought size 12, as the 10 seemed a bit tight in the waist for me. By using the adjustment, I got a perfect fit and the roomy legs work great for hiking and rock scrambling when you need that extra fabric. I am short (5'3") so they hang down to my knees, but I prefer that for hiking in areas with shrubs that may scratch. I have used them now several times and they still look like new.
Date published: 2012-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Hiking Shorts ever! I just received these shorts today. Ordered them in two colors. They are awesome. Previous reviews indicated they either ran slightly large or small or a tad tight in the seat so I went with the reviewer who said to go by your size chart. I came in between a 4 and a 6 so ordered the 6 and it was the right choice. The waist is a bit large but with the adjustable waistband it is fine and the seat is just right. Why don't more items come with an adjustable waistband! That has always been my problem. This solution is so simple. I have always had to buy clothes to fit my seat and the waist is always to big. And I am not a large person - 5/4" and 115 lbs. Thank you so much REI for these shorts. I am an avid hiker and will be using them this summer in the Rockies.
Date published: 2013-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the pockets! I bought these shorts after trying on dozens. The size 10 fit perfectly (5'6, 143#). I am a senior citizen, so everything has dropped a bit on the back side, which was sort of wide to begin with. In any case, I bought the khaki first and am now ordering the shale. These are very lightweight and quick drying, but my favorite part is the large, very useful pockets. My only concern with the pockets is that the lining of the side pockets is mesh, which has a tendency to tear easily, and is then very difficult to repair. The large, lower-leg pockets are roomy enough for my very large smartphone, and lined with the same fabric as the shorts. These shorts do wrinkle quite a bit. I doubt they would be suitable for anything other than casual wear because of the fabric. They are very comfortable for hiking and walking.
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPER for Travel Determined to travel to France and Italy this summer ultra, ultra light, with both hands free, I brought a light and dark pair of these shorts along with just a few, very light weight blouses, clean socks, sandals and tennies. Quick drying was critical this year, as it rained several times at the Tour de France (see photo) These shorts always looked great, washed and dry overnight. The seat -zippered pocket stowed my baggie-wrapped passport; each front pocket held paper money, coins, a small notebook and lip gloss...and anything else I may need. For extra security, I safety-pinned shut the side pocket zippers while on busses and trains. These shorts are terrific and I never felt out of place even going out to dinner in family-style places in France. Just a pair of sandals rather than tennis shoes did the trick. Highly recommend...The seat size is not too big, by the way.
Date published: 2011-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Go To shorts I have worn Sahara convertible pants for several years but this past year decided that I never removed the legs to convert to shorts so I should just buy some shorts. I like these shorts so much better then my old Sahara convertible pants for many reasons. I like the pockets. Yes, women do use large pockets. There are so many clothing brands that don't put large pockets in women's pants and shorts. Additionally the cargo pockets are great, with several different options including zippers. I keep my passport and extra money in the lower zip pocket so I don't ever worry about loss. The adjustable waist is great! I walked a 2 week trek and lost about 5 pounds. I wore these shorts almost exclusively once I realized how much I liked them and that adjustable waist was so practical. Keeping my shorts on my hips so I did not experience chafing. I'm a middle-aged chubby woman so I appreciate the longer length of these shorts. The material is light and breathable. These shorts wash easily in a sink and drying is quick. They look nice, even after wearing them 3 days straight. I think the only thing left to say is that I just bought another pair!
Date published: 2013-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of pockets to store gear! Got these shorts for a backpacking trip on the AT. Favorite shorts in my pack! Lightweight, dried quickly after hiking in the rain, stored LOTS of gear in the pockets. Waist is adjustable which is nice, but they seem to run a little large, so I would order down a size next time. LOVE them and they look good too!
Date published: 2013-06-29
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What is the exact weight of these shorts? I need to keep my pack as light as possible and trying to decide between different shorts. I need the actual weight not just a "their light" response. I have a spreadsheet to calculate total pack weight :-)

Asked by: alaskadiver
​The shorts weigh approximately 6 ounces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-28

Where do these shorts fit on your waise?  at waist line or below/

Asked by: 1birdnerd
On me, they fit just below my waist, but not as low as "midrise."
Answered by: alicehess
Date published: 2017-01-15

Do the short fit the same as the Sahara roll-up pants?

Asked by: Cindyk
The pants and shorts have a similar fit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-08

RE: Sahara shorts, the picture for steel gray color looks more like khaki brown. Does anyone know if they are gray or brown?

Asked by: Ginny Lou
The steel grey images for the women's Sahara Shorts are an accurate representation of this color.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-27

Will you get these back in size 12?

Asked by: hikemom
This item is on clearance and will not be replenished in other sizes or colors.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-01
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