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.

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