If you know the full-length version of the Barents, then you know exactly what you are getting here. The fabric is the brand’s hugely durable G1000 – 65% polyester, 35% cotton – which lasts forever and can be made waterproof with the application of Greenland Wax (although why you’d need to do that with shorts I’m not sure). There are two hip pockets, unzippered but deep enough to prevent stuff falling out, and three further leg pockets, all button fastened and all big enough to handle a map. One of them is even deep enough to hold an axe, apparently. I really wish Fjallraven would institute a low-profile rear (wallet) pocket, but the seat is reinforced and the fit is relaxed and airy… and that fabric is infinitely more breathable than cotton or canvas equivalents. Would I take these backpacking? Only if I knew I’d be wearing them everyday in preference to a pair of long trousers, but these are superb general-purpose shorts and extremely comfortable – the kind of thing I live in day to day in the summer. Weight 340g on my scales.
► Verdict: A classic design and bombproof fabric make these an evergreen choice.
► Best for: All round outdoor use – cragging, paddling, cycling and hiking.
Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern