What Run Oregon is Wearing: Trailhead Adventure Shorts from Coalatree

With a name like Trailhead Adventure Shorts, you know you have an apparel item this is perfect for the outdoors. And though Coalatree is based out of my previous hometown of Salt Lake City, these shorts are ideal for the Pacific Northwest outdoor enthusiast.

We first came across Coalatree about 15 months ago when we featured these same shorts as a Kickstarter of the Week. Now that this piece has gained awesome traction and increased production, we recently had the opportunity to try out a pair.

The first thing I thought about when pulling them on was how lightweight they are. Weighing in at under 8 ounces, they are a light and breathable option perfect for summer (or really for any season wearing around the house).

In fact, they are constructed with features that would be perfect for any sort of adventure (hence then name?), regardless of the season. They have a really nice four-way stretch, meaning that they allow you to bend, jump, and just move without being restrictive.

The are anti-microbial and, though these are on a higher price spectrum for shorts, they are constructed from durable ripstop nylon that should make rips nonexistant and keep these going strong for years. They also have anti-stain qualities due to the DWR finish, something that has yet to happen in my review, but given my poor success rate with clothing stains, I am sure I will get to test this in short order.

Some other cool additions are the fact that these are made from recycled materials, as well as able to be stuffed completely into the front pocket – making them a completely packable item to take on a hike, put in your H2C or CLR bag, or just keep out of sight in your car or dresser.

But even with all these great technical qualities, they are super comfortable to just lounge around at home or wear to a movie night in the park. That’s sort of what Coalatree’s MTN2CTY lifestyle is all about:

To us, a MTN2CTY lifestyle is one of adventure, freedom, and ease. We wake up early to catch sunrise on a ridge before seamlessly transitioning into the office. We’re out on the town on a Friday night with friends then up for dawn patrol on powder days. To Greet the Outdoors is to be ready to pack our bags, hit the road, run the trails, and explore.

They come in five colors:

  • Grey
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Olive

Company: Coalatree

Product & Price:


  • 88% nylon/ / 12% spandex
  • 7.8 oz

More About Coalatree:

Coalatree designs eco-minded gear and apparel for the adventurer in everyone, from athletes and photographers to your average city folks and weekend warriors. It’s our passion to bring elements of the outdoors and the city life together. Whether you’re summiting the tallest peaks or lounging around town with friends, our products are practical, stylish, and functional. Being ready for anything is what we’re all about.

Thank you to Coalatree for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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