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SHORT: Some pants are available in short sizes, which generally means an inseam that is 2.5 inches shorter than regular sizes.
TALL: Some pants, shirts, jackets and parkas are available in tall sizes, which generally means an inseam that is 3 inches longer and a rise that is 1 inch longer, a shirt or jacket body that is 2 inches longer, a parka body that is 2.5 inches longer and sleeves that are 2.5 inches longer than regular sizes.


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Quaility.....sizing issues I've had three different pairs of REI Sahara Shorts over the last 7 years. I usually buy one every two years and my original pair can STILL be worn. Amazing. These current shorts didn't last a single year. The ripped along the butt leaving me rather exposed for the remainder of my trip. My original pair has a rip that was repaired from being snagged on a tree, but other than that, they're still fine. I don't know what happened to the quality, but REI needs to address this issue. With the new return policy, I'm hesitant to purchase another pair. As other people noticed, sizing is off. My original pair is a medium and fits perfectly....the new medium is SUPER tight in the waist.
Date published: 2015-09-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quality has declined Come on, REI. These shorts were great a few years ago. I buy several pairs of these for my husband every year because he basically lives AND works in them. But each year something changes about them that equals lesser quality, and these are the worst so far. Even the sizing has even changed. My husband has stayed the same weight but he used to wear a M. Now the size is so tiny, he has to wear a L. That said, they still are decent shorts, I'm still buying them and he's still wearin' em. But REI, please do nothing more to lessen the quality of these shorts any further.
Date published: 2015-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Should have listened to the reviews This is the first REI brand item which has severely disappointed. Similar to the other reviews, I was replacing a couple pair of my favorite hiking and all around shorts. The current models are inferior in every way. Material, fit, sizing, lack of elastic waist, button rather than snap, etc. I suppose they are less expensive to produce, but are not worth the money. Hope REI will consider returning to the level of excellence in their product that they used to have.
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not The Same I wear shorts 24-7 and these used to be the best. I owned 8 pair- no kidding. However, the new ones are way different in a bad way. Tight around the legs, less stretch at the waist, less convenient pockets, a button (?) at the waist. Almost seems these were designed as dress shorts rather than active shorts. Too bad- gotta find something else now, as I won't buy this 'new improved' version again.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad imitation of the original I agree with all the previous 1 start reviews of these pathetic imitations of the original Sahara shorts. I own 5 pairs of the original which are far superior in just about every way. The new shorts have a poor cut, lack the built-in belt, don't have a snap, and have poor quality fabric. This has got to be one of most bone headed moves REI has made and has forced me to look elsewhere for some decent everyday/hiking shorts.
Date published: 2014-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from REI has lost the plot with these shorts I started wearing these in 2006 when I took off to backpack around the world. They were the best shorts I'd ever seen. Extremely durable and convenient. They wore great and were pretty much bulletproof. Ever since around 2009/2010, they've started going downhill. Now, they're hopeless. The built-in belt is gone. A must need when you are late for the bus and running from the hostel. The snap is gone, replaced with a button which I'm sure will fall off in a train station in Morocco. The material is too thick to dry quickly when they're washed out in the sink. One of the things I miss the most is the perfectly sized small pocket in the left cargo pocket. It was the perfect size for my phone. I don't know what happened and why REI has decided to continually try to redesign a pair of shorts which were perfect. They are and have been failing miserably. I guess I have to find a replacement from someone else.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What happened to my favorite hiking shorts? The classic Sahara Shorts were wonderful, the fabric sturdy for sitting on rocks, you could easily walk in it, wasn't too long which is critical for hiking. Now you have to roll up the bottom of this new version to make them short enough. Please go back to the old design and fabric…I'll buy a dozen of the old design. But this version…stay clear, they dropped the ball.
Date published: 2014-05-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So sad about these shorts For years these have been my "go to" shorts, starting back in the early 2000s. I tend to buy a couple of pair and wear them, literally every day, until they get threadbare then I buy another couple of pair. I also used to recommend them to all my outdoorsy friends. I was hoping the last ones I bought, with the button (instead of the snap), too small fly, and the bizarre sizing were an aberration but by the reviews it looks like they are still screwed up. I need more shorts like this but I can't continue to put money into such a poor design. If I find something that's more like the old Sahara design I'll come back here and let folks know.
Date published: 2017-12-27
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Questions & Answers

I asked a question to you yesterday about using an REI gift card for my proposed purchase of REI brand Sahara Cargo Shorts. The pair I currently have has zippered pocket in the right rear pocket. Do these shorts have a pocket that will zip closed?

Asked by: tim thomas
The left cargo pocket and the right rear pocket have zippers.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-09

reviews on sahara cargo shorts indicate poor quality. have they been improved?

Asked by: shep harris
​We have not received any recent feedback related to quality issues.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-22

Which pockets have zippers?

Asked by: LookBack
The left cargo pocket and the right rear pocket have zippers.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-29

How deep are the front pockets?  Will they fit a 6.5" smartphone and close?

Asked by: Will99
The front hand pockets are 6" deep.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-09

I have about a 35-36 inch waist. Would the Mediums or large fit better?

Asked by: Starbreaker
We recommend size large.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-09

1. How big is the belt loop? What width of a belt will fit? 2. Do these shorts include a mesh liner/brief for men?

Asked by: NorCalScott
The belt loop is approximately 2 inches wide. These shorts do not have a mesh liner.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-28
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