Mailport: October 2012
I have a suggestion, with a few caveats, for a sailing short that I’ve worn for decades: Stand-Up shorts made by Patagonia (www.patagonia.com). Made of heavy-duty cotton canvas, with two large rear pockets (forming a double layer seat), and wide leg openings, they wear well, are very comfortable, and cool—plus the leg design and standard inseam won’t pull the hairs on top of your legs when you squat down or climb onto something. The front pockets are wide and deep. I regularly stuff the two large rear pockets with tools when working on something, which is very handy, but you could easily cut closed-cell foam to fit in them for rail-riding wear.
The caveats: They don’t dry as fast as your test subjects, and they’ll stink if they are soaked in saltwater, then stored in a black trash bag for 72 hours, but anything cotton would.
They make a great general-purpose short that’ll go the distance and are priced around $50.
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