Back on February 19, you were introduced to the Tacoma Ripstop Short from Carhartt right here in this very column. At the time, I figured these were shorts you needed to know about, and now I think you need to know a little bit more. Below is the review that will confirm that these shorts, just like everything else from Carhartt, are as good as you think they ought to be.
Right off the bat, it is obvious that these shorts are lighter than just about any outerwear Carhartt has ever made for below the waist. However, don’t let the lightness of the material fool you, these shorts are just as tough as you’d expect them to be, maybe even tougher. This is due to the fact that they are made by Carhartt, and Carhartt has been making incredibly tough, long-lasting clothing since 1889.
All major seams are triple-stitched, and all stress points are riveted to keep everything together. Hidden away in the crotch of these shorts is a surprisingly large gusset that not only makes room for your important assets, but gives you a lot of freedom to move about without any binding, pinching or other unpleasantries. In short, these shorts are as tough as they are comfortable.
In the past month, the Tacoma Ripstop Short has had to endure fence mending at the chicken pen, a couple weekends worth of yard work, long days in and out of an office chair, as well as me pulling and tugging on these things trying to find a weak spot, and let me tell you, none was found. These shorts are made to take a ton of abuse, but still good looking enough to be worn just about anywhere. On top of all this, they are comfortable enough to make you want to never take them off.
If you want to get some of these outstanding shorts for yourself, you can do so by clicking through to the Carhartt website or you can head out to visit one of these fine Bay Area Carhartt retailers:
Haight Street Work Clothes
631 Haight Street
1111 University Avenue
Cole Fox Hardware
70 Fourth Street
***Full disclosure: These shorts were provided at no cost for the purpose of testing/reviewing, to think otherwise would be unrealistic.