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Dress Like a Man: Olivers All Over Shorts

- photo via Olivers

Company: Olivers (Facebook)
This company wasn’t founded with venture capital, a team of MBAs, or even a detailed business plan. We started with a handful of fabric swatches, a small workshop in California, and a passion for athletics and the culture of sport. Fast forward 3 years, and what began as a fresh take on gym shorts has grown to much more. Piece by piece, we create athletic apparel essentials, updating them with the best performance fabrics and detailed tailoring to insure they will last for years to come. But we aren’t only focused on the pursuit of athletic excellence - we’re about the spirit of adventure, and we’re here to help you tackle it head on.
Products: Impressions: Specs (from website):
  • 87% Nylon, 13% Spandex
  • 4-way stretch. 170 GSM
  • Slim, athletic cut. Fits true to size
  • Bar tack reinforcements at stress points
  • Inner pocket on wearer's right to hold keys, phones, or wallet securely

Thanks to Olivers for allowing us to try out a pair.

I know I have mentioned it dozens of times in posts on Run Oregon, but my running short life is only about a year old now and prior to that I wore nothing but basketball shorts to run. Obviously, running shorts are the way to go in most situations, but it is true that they are pretty one-dimensional. It isn’t too often that I feel comfortable wearing running shorts when I am doing anything other than running. Therefore, I find it handy to have a couple of pairs of multi-functional gym/lifestyle shorts that can be used in all situations. Oliver’s All Over Shorts are a really nice addition to this category.

The shorts are super comfortable – both while wearing and to the physical touch. And it seems that this was not some apparel that they went about haphazardly. From their website:

It took us the better part of a year to build the All Over Short, with help from the best designers and craftsmen. We found a factory that works with premier outdoor apparel brands to mill and greige our base fabric. The other core components – among them ballistic mesh and commercial mil-spec paracord – have been carefully selected to consider both function and form. With help from a team of expert patternmakers, we worked through countless iterations to perfect the fit.

All Over Shorts in slate

That’s a lot of work on a single “basic” item – and it is evident when wearing. Over the past few weeks, I have tried to use these in every occasion. They have been utilized when covering some miles out on the streets of Keizer. They held up nicely when playing with the kids at our local indoor trampoline park. They have even gotten dirty as I did some yard Autumn yard clean-up. Their water-repellent qualities have been appreciated in all these settings, and the stretch has allowed for maximum comfort as well. They have truly held up to the task and, to be honest, I’m pretty happy they are durable because I find myself wanting to wear them a lot now a days.

The biggest complaint about the shorts is their relatively high price tag. But you would have to detemine how worthwhile it is to you to buy a quality item and keep for years instead of buying 2-3+ cheaper pairs.

Olivers has a bunch of other seemingly solid-looking menswear, from boxer briefs to hoodies to tee shirts.

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About Matt Rasmussen (935 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

3 Comments on Dress Like a Man: Olivers All Over Shorts

  1. I just received a pair of Olivers All-Over shorts and not only do the measurements not match the sizing guide whatsoever, but the legs are actually mis-matched and one inseam is an inch longer than the other!

    Lesson learned: take all all the online hype that comes with these crowd-sourced amateurs with a grain of salt. There’s a lot of expertise to producing expensive athletic apparel. Buy from a reputable manufacturer.

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