Gear Review: KÜHL Hiking Shorts

We recently tested three pairs of KÜHL hiking shorts, two women’s and one men’s, at a trail by the Presumpscot River in Portland, Maine. KÜHL prides itself on “top-notch outdoor clothing for rugged and relentless adventurers, travelers, and outdoor enthusiasts,” and as we fit in at least one or two of those categories and probably aspire to some others, we tried them out. These shorts are a tad more expensive than some less durable brands, but a single pair will last you as long as 2-3 pairs of the lesser kind.

Women’s Hiking Shorts – KÜHL Cabo and Kontour

KÜHL Women’s Cabo short, color Mountain Air
KÜHL Women’s Cabo short, color Mountain Air

Mom’s review: The Kuhl Cabo short is versatile, durable and breathable. Post hike, just swap out hiking boots for a pair of sandals and change your sweaty t-shirt for a dry tank top and you can easily feel comfortable in a nice après hike lunch at a local cafe. This is my second pair of the Cabo and they wash so well, you can barely tell I have worn my first pair for years. They run bigger than the Kontour shorts and are substantially longer. They have a drawstring at the waist that you will need if ͑you are on the leaner side. Remarkably comfortable, cool and fast drying.

KÜHL Women’s Kontour short (4″ inseam), color Metal Blue
KÜHL Women’s Kontour short (4″ inseam), color Metal Blue

Daughter’s review: The Kontour short has a lean fit and is comfortable and minimalist. This short is fashionable, cool in warm weather, and comfortable. The stretch makes it easy to move and walk.

Find KÜHL women’s hiking shorts here.

Men’s Hiking Shorts – KÜHL Silencr Cargo

KÜHL Men’s Silencr Cargo Short (8″ inseam), color Gun Metal
KÜHL Men’s Silencr Cargo Short (8″ inseam), color Gun Metal

Dad’s review: According to KÜHL, their exclusive REFLEX fabric provides durability and stretch to the Silencr Cargo shorts, along with water resistance and maximum sun protection (UPF 50+). These were clearly positive attributes of these shorts, which were strongly constructed. The downside for me was that they are clearly designed for someone with a slimmer build, and at about 5’10” and 200 lbs, they were a bit more clingy than I prefer. That’s obviously a referendum on my own life choices, but I would likely pick a more relaxed fit for hiking. The tight fit made the cargo pockets less useful for me, as things like a phone or keys pulled on the fabric.

Find KÜHL men’s hiking shorts here.

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