KAVU Chilli Lite Short - Men's

...or you can take your chances with the drenched oversized denim pants with jars of mayonnaise in the pockets.

With any activity like backpacking, hiking, climbing, or even casual use really, a heavy short that feels like a pair of drenched oversized denim pants with jars of mayonnaise in the pockets is less than ideal. Move easily and wear a stylish and durable short like the Kavu Chilli Lite Short.

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Follow Up Review

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

This is a follow up to my previous (and more comprehensive) review.

I did in fact get another pair, just like I mentioned I might. I'm actually bumping my review up to 5 stars after having worm these for about a month. I wear them nearly everyday, and they have only gotten better. I still wish the rear pockets were shallower and the front ones were deeper, though. Also, I do have one more silly complaint. The velcro on the rear pockets is very strong. It does a great job of keeping my wallet from falling out. BUT it also does a great job of grabbing everybody's attention with the sonic boom-esk "KKRRRTTTTT" whenever I go to grab something from my back pocket.. Just kidding it's not that loud or that much of a concern, but if I'm in a quiet room I am generally pretty gentle with it.

That's about all I have to say about them. If you are looking for a great everyday short with a shorter inseam, these are them!

Perfect Length

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

I have been having heck of a time finding some shorts that are a good length. I prefer mine to be on the shorter side and these are perfect. When I'm standing they sit about 3 inches above my knee. For reference, I generally am a 31 pant inseam and bought the small in these. The material is pretty nice. A bit heavier than what I am used to with most shorts, but I really prefer that with these. They are good for when you're wanting to be more casual, but still great for hiking. I've worn them on my last few hikes and have no major complaints.

My one and only complaint is the pockets. The front pockets are rather shallow, maybe like 4 inches deep. While the back pockets extend down towards the bottom of the shorts. Totally backwards from how I'd prefer 'em. It's really weird feel your wallet pressing against your leg like halfway down the thigh when you're walking or sitting. Some people might also dislike the fact that the belt is built into the shorts, but that has not given me any problems.

All in all they're great! I will most likely be getting another pair!

Good shorts

  • Size Bought: Large

Great shorts! A little on the short side but that is the style these days. The wife loves me in them ; )

Saweet

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

These Kavu shorts are money. They are def cut short gearing towards a more outdoor style of short. Though they are made of cotton, I would still be comfortable wading the river in these since they sit just above the knee.

The front pockets are fairly shallow however the back pockets make up for it by being massive. Stoked to use these this summer hiking, camping, fishing, and boating

Bummed

  • Size Bought: XXL

Was super bummed that these shorts didn't work out for me. The waist was a perfect fit for me (a little loose), but the thighs were much too tight. I have tree trunks for legs from powerlifting, so I run into this problem a lot. Everything else about the shorts were money, but unfortunately have to return .

KAVU

Founded in the Pacific Northwest in 1993, KAVU stands for Klear Above Visibility Unlimited. KAVU is much more than just the name of our company. KAVU is a philosophy, a perspective, and a way of life that revolves around doing what you love in nature’s playgrounds. From deep wilderness to your neighborhood park, KAVU is “true outdoor wear” crafted to be your go-to favorite, the first item you throw on when adventure calls - which is ridiculously often.

Favoritest Shorts

    I bought these a year ago, then bought two more this year. ONLY shorts I wear day-to-day (other than some sportier shorts for specific activities and water).

    Thanks for the review Will! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

    sized large

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Medium

    love the cut, style, and material, but disappointed that I have to return them because they are sized so large. I'm a strong medium and even have other Kavu's in medium that fit me well. However, these things fit me like they are a large. Be aware and order down a size if you aren't at the top end of your size.

    Comfy shorts

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: Medium

    These are great. The material is butter soft. Seams are out of the way so no chafing. They are the perfect length. I love the oversized pockets. I will be buying a few more pairs.

    Cool pants, weird pockets

      I ordered a large originally but probably should've ordered a medium. The medium fits well, feels durable, and looks good. Back pockets are weird, people always think I'm wearing them backwards.

      All day, Every day

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

      I have been wearing these bad boys for every occasion, every time. They are made of a very durable material and they break in wonderfully. They sit just above my knee, which allows quite a large amount of freedom.

      KAVU

      KAVU is An acronym for the “perfect day.” KAVU stands for Klear Above Visibility Unlimited. KAVU is a philosophy, a perspective, and a way of life that revolves around doing what you love in nature’s playgrounds.

      Great shorts for all activities

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

      I was apprehensive to buy these shorts at first, since I've never tried on a pair myself. But they were true to size with plenty of room in the legs for bigger thighs, such as a man like myself. I've worn them nonstop around the house and out on the town, and I can't wait to take them on the trail in the spring! The built-in belt makes it convenient to ensure you don't show your back side to innocent bystanders. The spacious back pockets allow your wallet and other belongings to fall below your bottom, that way they do not bother you while you're sitting on long drives or out on the town.

      Great buy! I recommend these to anyone looking for a lightweight hiking short that has multiple uses.

      Great comfortable shorts

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

      I love theses shorts! They are cut well above to knee to show off your glorious thighs. I love the built in belt, so you can do all of the activities without getting pants-ed in the process. Well done Kavu!

      I'm 5'8", 130 lbs. I know I should get a size small, but how would these shorts fit? Would they flare out, be fairly close to the leg, etc

      they fit pretty normal. Not skinny or mordern fit more traditional, good for people who have muscular thighs (skiers, cyclists etc).

      Great All-Around Shorts

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

      These shorts are great. Integrated belt, very soft to the touch, deep roomy pockets and a solid fit. So far, they have proven to be very durable and show no signs of wear after a year of abuse.

      Glorious Guy Thighs

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

      Bought two pairs of these shorts for myself, and now consider them a staple of my backpacking/climbing attire. Heres the down-low:



      - These puppies are shorter than your average male shorts, and I am super happy about this. Men, your ridiculous cargo shorts dont need to be flopping around below your knees, ever.. You are presumably grown adults, step the classiness up a tad. I dont have to worry about the weight of these shorts pulling themselves down off my hip where they should sit, and I am able to hike, and climb without restraint from my clothing. very handy. Getting some sun on those thighs I work so hard for is nice as well. My girlfriend, and her friends approve of the length on these.



      - The material is actually super tough, but the fit is so good that it isnt a knock on comfort. The material almost resembles tough canvas, but maybe a little more giving. Wipe climbing chalk on em, dry your hands on em, whatever... they wont degrade anytime soon, thats for sure.



      - The Pockets are very deep, and the way they are integrated into the structure creates a secure pocket as well. I have been upside down climbing over hanging boulders and not lost my phone to gravity from my pockets.



      - the fit is SUPERB: im 5'10", 170lbs, and the smalls fit me like a classy white glove you'd put on before handling fine art.



      Conclusion? Let your legs step out of the deep dark cave you call shorts now0-a-days and put on some real shorts. The world deserves better than your 19 inch inseam..

      Glorious Guy Thighs

      Bring on the shorty shorts.

      what is your waist size? I usually wear medium shorts, but the size chart (and your review) seem to indicate that I should get a small in these.

      KAVU Chilli Lite Short

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      What is the length of the inseam on a...

      What is the length of the inseam on a medium? I generally run into the problem of shorts being too long, so hoping these would fit the bill for me. 5'8", 170lb, 34-35ish waist. Have some Columbia shorts that I like that seem to have a shorter inseam...

      These have an 8" inseam

      cool pockets, good length

        like the sturdy material, and the deep wrap-around pockets. i am on the shorter side, and the length works great for me. sadly i ordered a size too big for me, but i am wearing them anyhow.