OWNER REVIEW--Cabela's® Women's 7- Pocket Hiker Stretch Shorts
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Cabela's® Women's 7-Pocket Hiker Stretch Shorts
BY LIZ STEVENS
October 20, 2008
NAME: Liz Stevens
LOCATION: Grand Canyon, AZ
HEIGHT: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
WEIGHT: 195 lb (88.50 kg)
I'm an artist, illustrator and outdoor enthusiast. I started hiking
in earnest 2 years ago to become more fit. I'm pretty much a day
hiker, but I've also taken backpacking trips from 2 to 5 days long. I
plan to take longer trips as my fitness level improves. I hike most
often in steep, arid terrain where water, elevation and heat are big
factors. My main concerns are comfort, fatigue reduction, and
hydration on the trail. My pack weight is not usually more than 35
pounds (15.88 Kilograms), but I am interested in reducing that so I
can carry more art supplies for sketching on the trail.
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
"http://www.cabelas.com" LINK TEXT = "Cabelas Home">>
MSRP: $22.95 US
Listed Weight: no weight listed
Women's even sizes 4 - 20 (US)
Other details: These shorts are made from a canvas fabric that is 96%
cotton, 4% spandex. They feature 7 pockets, including button and
bellows pockets in front, a knife pocket on one side, and
"button-through" rear pockets. They have 2" (5.08 cm) belt loops and
an 8" (20.32 cm) inseam. The front rise for size 10 is 12 1/2" (31.75
cm). They are available in the following colors: Khaki, Stone,
Mineral Grey, Sagebrush, Sand Dune, Blue Haze, and some styles are
also available in Denim. (sample colors from Cabela's® Website)
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 5" IMAGE CAPTION = "Khaki
Color">> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 8" IMAGE CAPTION =
"Stone Color">> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 6" IMAGE
CAPTION = "Mineral Grey Color">> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT =
"IMAGE 3" IMAGE CAPTION = "Sage Brush Color">> <<IMAGE GOES HERE.
ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 7" IMAGE CAPTION = "Sand Dune Color">> <<IMAGE
GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 4" IMAGE CAPTION = "Blue Haze Color">>
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 10" IMAGE CAPTION = "Denim
Color">> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 11" IMAGE CAPTION =
"Weathered Indigo Color">>
I tested these shorts for eight weeks at lakeside in North Central
Kentucky, on the rim and below during numerous day hikes in Grand
Canyon, Arizona, as well as on a 5 day backpacking trip on the Whitney
Trail in California. Weather conditions ranged from humid to arid,
rainy to dry, and elevations ranged from about 700 feet (213 meters)
to over 10,000 feet (3,048 meters).
Cabela's® Women's 7-Pocket Hiker Shorts have been around for a while.
They are available in 3 styles: 'Classic', 'Stretch' and 'Modern
Fit'. The 'Classic' style is made of 100% cotton canvas. The
'Stretch' style is the same as the 'Classic', but is 96% Cotton, 4%
Lycra so the fabric will give a little with movement. The 'Modern
Fit' shorts have a lower rise (sit lower on the hips) and a shorter
inseam (5 inches/12.7 centimeters).
<<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
LINK TEXT = "Cabela's Women's 7-Pocket Hiker Stretch Shorts">>
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Women's 7 Pocket Stretch Shorts" IMAGE
CAPTION = "Cabela's® Women's 7-Pocket Hiker Stretch Shorts - Sand
Dune">> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 9" IMAGE CAPTION =
"Modern Fit Shorts in Blue Haze">>
(Photos from Cabela's® website)
I decided to purchase the 'Stretch' style because I tend to fluctuate
in weight, and thought the spandex would help with fit. I also am
fairly long legged, so I liked the longer inseam length. The canvas
stretch material was fairly heavy, but the addition of the lycra made
it comfortable and not stiff. Small pleats in the front, below the
belt loops, gave me a little extra room in the tummy area. Thus,
there was no binding or bunching across the front, or at the upper
thighs. With the lycra addition to the fabric, the shorts didn't seem
to wrinkle as badly, even after several day's wear without washing.
And when they were eventually washed, they didn't seem to shrink as
much as most all-cotton garments do, and came out of the dryer
Another nice feature of these shorts was the myriad pockets. There
are actually 4 pockets in the front, one pocket on the side, and two
pockets in the rear for a total of seven in all. The main front
pockets are 'bellows' style, meaning they have a pleat at the bottom
to expand outward when full. Each main pocket has a smaller flap
pocket sewn onto it. There is a 'knife' pocket (long and narrow)
along the right side seam, and there are two pleated, button-closed
pockets in the rear. There is plenty of cargo space in these shorts,
and the front pockets, which I tend to use most, are deep and roomy.
The front button pockets give secure storage, and the knife pocket is
handy, although the button closures are a little cumbersome to use
one-handed. I don't really use the back pockets much, but they are
plenty big enough for those who do, and also have a pleat in them so
they can expand a bit as well.
The 8" inseam sounded a bit long to me, but the shorts actually hit me
at just above mid-thigh. I don't like a real short inseam because I
don't like to reveal too much thigh when I sit or bend over. These
shorts fit that bill perfectly, and didn't ride-up as I walked.
I'm not sure what advantage a 2" (5.08 cm) belt loop has, except maybe
to keep your belt from sliding around at the waist. I try not to
wear a belt, especially when I'm wearing a pack, so the belt loops
didn't concern me much. If anything, I found the wide loops to be a
disadvantage when I wanted to clip a carabiner through. The width of
the belt loop made it difficult to do so.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 2" IMAGE CAPTION = "Shorts with
belt in Khaki">>
(photo courtesy Cabela's® website)
As for the cotton/lycra blend fabric, it was a little heavy, and
cotton tends to absorb moisture, so the shorts took a long time to dry
if they got wet. This is okay under dry, hot conditions, but causes a
bit of a chill in cooler temperatures, or at altitudes above 8,000
feet (2,438 meters).
I have owned these shorts for two years and I can honestly say they
have worn very, very well. After much use, the only wear spots are
some fraying along the leg hem edges, and at the stress points of the
pockets in the rear. The material has maintained its stretch,
although the color (I chose olive) has faded from repeated washings.
The shorts did shrink a bit in length, but not overly so. I have lost
buttons on one of the rear pockets and the knife pocket, but I don't
really use those pockets much so it's not a problem for me.
The sizing of the shorts was accurate for women's sizing (US), but if
you're in doubt, the web site has a size chart with measurements so
you can find the size closest to your actual measurements. I did find
the shorts to have a "relaxed" type fit.
The great thing about Cabela's® is that they offer a 100% satisfaction
guarantee. If you're not happy for any reason you can return the item
for your money back, no questions asked. Unfortunately, return
shipping is at your cost, unless the mistake was Cabela's. Return
instructions come with your purchase, or can be found on the website.
<<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
LINK TEXT = "Cabela's® Customer Service - Return Merchandise">> You
can return an online order to a Cabela's® retail store, as long as the
item is one that can be purchased in the store. They have several
stores nationwide (see the website to find a location nearest you)
<<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
LINK TEXT = "Cabela's® Retail Store Locator">> and I have to say, if
you do go to a retail store, you're in for a treat. But that's another
THINGS I LIKE
-comfortable stretch fabric
-lots of roomy pockets
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
-2" belt loops
-button closure pockets
-cotton fabric retains moisture
-returns are at buyer's expense
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