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Backcountry - Pecos Water Short - Women's

Backcountry Pecos Water Short - Women's

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$16.48 - $32.97 Original price:$54.95
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Item #BCCZ28G




Tech Specs

Responsible Collection:
85% recycled nylon, 15% spandex, DWR finish
2 hand, 1 security zippered, 1 rear
Recommended Use:
beachwear, bouldering, casual, flatwater paddling, hiking, river paddling, sport climbing, trad climbing
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

Why We Built The Pecos Water Short

We love to get out in the water to beat the summer heat, and the Pecos Water Shorts are perfect for anything from whitewater kayaking to casting for trout. We designed these shorts with four-way stretch construction to enhance mobility as we paddle our way through river currents or wade through waist-high slot canyons.

  • Quick-drying water shorts suitable for boating, fishing, and hiking
  • Drawcord-adjustable waist ensures a perfect, sleek fit
  • Active fit runs a little small, so consider sizing up
  • DWR-coated outer repels water for lightning-fast dry times
  • Zippered security pocket to secure your essentials while on the move
  • Full crotch gusset offers comfort and enhanced mobility

Great shorts, but

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: S

I just wore these on a two-day river trip and I love them! Good fit, fast-drying, comfortable, and look good. My only complaint is that the pockets droop out and become inside-out when you're in the water for too long and it looks kind of gross. All you have to do is tuck them back in, but I'd just prefer if the pockets were more secure.

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  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: S

I ordered these shorts and a pair from Stoic (I think they’re called River Shorts) at the same time, and these were the winner! The fabric is light but not see-through, and the cut and stretch allow full range of motion without either gaping or getting stuck on my thighs. Some athletic/hiking shorts at this inseam are either so wide in the leg that I risk flashing my kids when I sit on the ground to play with them or the shorts bind up on my (athletically built) thighs; but these are just right. I’m usually a size 4 in most brands, somewhere between straight and curvy, and the S fit well. I’m back on the website to pick out a second color!

You’ll wear these all summer!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I was given this product by Backcountry but this is my honest opinion. I was in love with these shorts the second they came out of the box. The material is so soft and stretchy and move with you when they are dry or if they get wet. The material also dries quickly which is a huge plus when paddle camping with a very large dog who thinks everyone needs to be as wet as he is. These shorts are extremely comfortable to wear hiking, paddling or around town. I wear a small in these and they fit like a glove. The length is also generous and flattering being a little taller and I’d say they are high rise-ish at the waist. Sooo happy about the pockets and they’re mesh which I’d count as a double win so they won’t hold water! I went with the yellow. I was slightly hesitant at first and was like ehh maybe I’ll really like it and yes I actually love the color!

You’ll wear these all summer!

Great product, sizing felt off for me

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: S

I originally ordered these shorts in a medium but was surprised that they were too big. I don't remember the last time I bought a small in shorts or pants but I ordered a small in these on the second try and they fit great! I wear them constantly and actually haven't even had them around water yet. They are comfy, lightweight, and are a flexible fabric that feels quite different from Patagonia Baggies or other water shorts.

Watershort Win

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: XS

"I was given this product by Backcountry, but this review is my personal opinion."

I won't lie- I'm generally suspicious of water shorts. They are either very itchy & uncomfortable, have horrible built-in mesh undies, or are so short I'm not sure what the point of wearing them over bathing suit bottoms is if my own bottom is going to be hanging out. I generally find a pair of very thin, black, and light-weight running shorts with a drawstring I can pull tight and just use those.

I was a bit nervous with these, being true "water shorts" and being bright yellow- but I was pleasantly surprised. They are a good length, cover everything I want to be covered (even when lying down on a surfboard), have no annoying built-ins, and are a quick drying material. I also really like the fact that they still have pockets! I especially like the nice little zippered security pocket for a little cash and my valet key, and the fact that the other pockets are mesh or have a drainage hole so they don't get heavy. I also like that they aren't so tight that I get those awk bathing suit lines showing through, even with having the lightest color available.

I will say, I am more inclined to use these for days on the boat or over my bathing suit after a surf session than when I'm actually surfing. The fabric is just a tiny bit bulky to want to wear while on the board (a blend between this water fabric and the 'on the go' short softer fabric may be the perfect solution for this).

There are comments on fit from others, and I can confirm that as a pretty straight-built lady with not- so wide hips they fit very well. Though I still am a bit surprised that I am an XS in all of my Backcountry shorts as I am normally a S (size 2-4) in other brands.

Weird fit

  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: L

If you’ve got curves, may not be the shorts for you. I ordered by my hip size and the waist was enormous, fit perfectly at the hips and small towards the legs.

If you’re more of a straight build, may work well. Great material and very light feeling.


  • Size Bought: M

These fit well, and look great in black. But the logo is too much. I want tech clothes so I can jump in the kayak but I want them to be flexible and stylish enough to wear to my pre hike brunch. They would be pretty perfect except for the logo. I live in a city and bike a ton so I don't not appreciate the reflective tush goat, but 99% of the time I don't want that lewk.


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