We’re always looking for a better way at Outlier and sometimes that means tearing a classic product apart and rebuilding it, phoenix-like, from the ashes. We’ve been building off of a core idea for years now - that the perfect pair of shorts are tailored like a dress pant to look great, built using performance fabrics so you can run or train in them, and can double as a swim trunk with water-ready details. With the 2015 edition of the New Way Shorts, we’ve refined the cut and fit to take another step toward to that perfection.
The idea is you only really need to own one pair of shorts. They need to look right, with a proper waistband and working fly (both for function and to prevent those oversharing gym short type visuals!). They need to have proper pockets, two deep front pockets and two rear welt ones as well. They need to be lightweight and breezy, but with enough structure to look good and durable enough to take hiking. They need to dry quickly so you can take them anywhere and stay comfortable. And perhaps most importantly they need water-ready details so when you reach some beautiful water you can dive right in. That means flow through pockets so you don't get bogged down and a drawstring waist so your shorts stay up when it counts.
As with all Outlier products every material is considered, from the American made T40 thread on up. We started with the body fabric. It needed to be light and comfortable all summer long, yet strong and structured enough to take a beating and still look great. It needed to feel good, move well and dry quickly too. We found the answer being woven in Sweden. The 200gsm F. Cloth is built around air texturized, Cordura grade, nylon yarns with a substantive two-way stretch. It's finished with a durable water repellant treatment so it dries quicker and stays clean longer. We paired it with a lightweight 100gsm American pocketing made out of similar but much finer air texturized nylon yarns.
For the waistband we used a true mil-spec American made paracord. The mesh in the flow through pockets is similarly American made and mil-spec. The slot button is custom made in Italy out of Mombasa poly, attached with webbing made in Pennsylvania. Finally the YKK coil zippers are made down in Georgia.
When it all adds up, what you've got is a better short. A short that lets you do more and own less. The New Way Shorts.
Grab three for $333, or pick one up with a large Grid Linen Towel
as part of our Swim Pack
. For a longer inseam, check out our New Way Longs