Great Walks has just returned from walking the Kokoda Track (see story Aug-Sept issue) and we love to test out outdoor gear on our walks. One item we took was Soartd's Trek Shorts plus Trek Belt. This is what we thought:
"These shorts first caught my eye because they looked really smart and were a good price compared to equivalent products in the market.
Further research showed Soartd’s choice of fabric, Pertex Equilibrium, to be an excellent one – the breathable, four-way stretch material dries quickly, sheds water and is UPF 50+, but most importantly it feels great on the skin.
Once I started wearing them I was delighted with the length. I find most trekking shorts to be a touch too long, catching on my knees as I walk, but the shorter cut of these (approx. 19cm/7.5” inseam) was much more comfortable.
Ten days of the Kokoda Track later and I cannot find fault with these shorts. I never had a single issue with them, be it on twelve-hour days, when wet from the rain, muddy or when drying. They seem very well-manufactured and I would expect them to last a long time.
The zips are YKK, the button is threaded on a fabric loop and the deep pockets are constructed of the same Pertex Equilibrium, not some flimsy mesh that will wear through quickly. I’m not quite sure why the back pocket has a water-resistant zip but it doesn’t get in the way. All in all, I’m really happy with these shorts.
I should also mention the Trek Belt. I’ve never seen one quite like it. The 32mm nylon webbing is elasticised for a perfect fit, although the stretch must be taken in before tightening, which feels weird at first but it works and is certainly comfortable.
The sturdy buckle is threaded as usual but for taking the shorts on and off, use the hook and loop. Soartd include one free belt per customer with their first trouser purchase, but separately it costs $20."
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