Performance textiles have long been associated with winter jackets and ski pants, but the heyday of summery functional wear has only just dawned. Four-way stretch fabrics, water-wicking tech, and style-conscious design make for shorts that do it all – the beach or a barbecue, the middle of a forest or the top of a mountain. Any of the six shorts below is designed to handle all that an athletic pair of quadriceps can output, and swath those quads in luxury. Meet the Ferraris of the shorts world.
Topo Lightweight Mountain Shorts
These are the ultimate travel shorts. Supremely lightweight and durable with a distinctly swim-trunk feel, they conjure visions of river rafting and cliff diving. An adjustable web belt means they’re not coming off when you hit white-water, but grommets in the pockets allow for drainage in case you do take a dive. The angled rear pockets add just enough flair to a particularly masculine design. The leg opening falls a couple inches above the knee. [$89.00; Topo Designs]