Patagonia’s Baggies shorts are the ultimate clothing anomaly. Designed in 1982, the brightly colored, loose-fitting active short has survived four decades of style shifts. The shorts have been photographed in action in just about every outdoor activity one could imagine, from surfing to climbing to beer-laden river tubing.
Water-resistant and with mesh pockets worthy of Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard’s desire to “carry two tennis balls,” Baggies manage to make the unkempt outdoors crowd seemingly fashionable, at least on the brewery and backyard barbecue circuit. See someone wearing a pair of Baggies at the bar and you can be certain that the person just finished doing something awesome. And the loose, comfortable designs seem equally popular among men and women (they come in versions targeted at men and women, but the styles aren’t drastically different).