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Apparel review: Vuori The Banks men’s shorts

Company: Vuori
Product: The Banks shorts
Price: $68


“The Banks is the ultimate in versatility! We built this short so you can jump in the water, go for a run, practice yoga or simply kick back and relax in style and comfort. Featuring our V4 Performance four way stretch fabric, this short is moisture wicking, quick drying, and has anti-odor properties to keep you smelling fresh during a workout. We designed The Banks with an elastic waist band with our signature drawcord, a back zip pocket with a welt pocket flap and a front zip coin pocket.”

Impressions: I’m kind of a landlubber. I don’t do much swimming or splashing around at the beach. And when I run I tend toward minimalist running shorts, without many extra features, other than a reliable key pocket. But I do own a couple pairs of “board shorts” for those rare times I have occasion to venture into water above my knees. And my new pair of Salt Water Red Vuori The Banks shorts are my instant favorites. They are well-designed, well-made, and look great.

They really are versatile and comfortable, large yet light, with a number of convenient features, especially not one, but two, zippered pockets (a wallet-sized one on the back and a smaller coin/key pocket on the front). They are comfortable for running, although the external front drawcord is a little unconventional for the average 10K. I also worry about snagging my hands on the run on the non-zip front mesh pockets (I once tore out a pocket on some similar shorts playing basketball). But these shorts are great for a wide variety of activities, and would be ideal for post-run wear or for relaxing between legs of a relay. Or playing in the surf at the end of Hood To Coast.

About Joe Dudman (266 Articles)
Portland, Oregon native Joe Dudman has been running races since his sophomore year in high school, and has accumulated over 600 race shirts through the years. Although he has survived 8 marathons, Joe prefers shorter, faster races like 5Ks and the mile.

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