Patagonia Women's Quandary 5-inch Shorts

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The Quandary 5" Shorts are made for comfort and performance on your adventures, whether you are travelling, walking trails or wandering around town. They feature a lightweight, strong, quick-drying 62% recycled nylon fabric with spandex for stretch plus a durable water repellent finish to ward off moisture. The stretch fabric combined with a gusseted crotch provides excellent mobility. Other features include plenty of pockets, including a zipped thigh pocket, a drawcord in the waist and belt loops for a custom fit and a UPF+ 50 sun protection rating.


  • Regular fit
  • Lightweight shorts made of stretchy 94% nylon (62% recycled)/6% spandex with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Waistband has belt loops, metal button, hidden drawcord and a zip fly
  • Two front drop-in pockets, two back drop-in pockets and a right-rear pocket with a secure reverse-coil zip closure
  • Gusset for mobility
  • 12.7cm inseam
  • Fabric is certified as bluesign® approved


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Average Weight 142g
Made From 4.2oz 95% nylon (65% recycled), 5% spandex with a DWR finish, 50+ UPF sun protection

Recycled Nylon: Although Patagonia have been using recycled polyester in their garments for 20 years, for some reason locked deep in polymer chemistry, nylon is more difficult to recycle than polyester. After years of research, development, and testing, they're finally finding some recycled nylon fibres that are suitable for apparel. Some of the recycled nylon they use comes from post-industrial waste fiber, yarn collected from a spinning factory, and waste from the weaving mills that can be processed into reusable nylon fibre. They're diligently searching for a success story with recycled nylon. The challenge lies ahead of them, and they're committed to discovering the best methods to recycle nylon fibre, but it appears this evolution will take many years.

bluesign® approved: The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide but also provides you confidence you'll acquire a sustainable product. Those operating sustainably - meaning conserving resources and reducing the environmental impact to a minimum - also act responsibly and innovatively. Wanting to produce sustainable goods though involves a detailed examination of all materials and processes used as well as the impact of the production on the environment. Only this holistic observation, which starts well before the actual production, will guarantee a final product that is harmless to human beings and the environment. The standard covers 5 principles:

  • Resource productivity: defines the ecological and economical goal to produce textile products of maximum quality and added value, using a minimum amount of resources as well as causing the least possible environmental impact.
  • Air emission: air emissions need to comply with strictly controlled emission limits along the entire production chain. Optimising the energy flow as well as using low-emission components reduces the CO2 load, implicating active climate protection.
  • Occupational health and safety: the health and safety of employees in the textile industry has to be safeguarded by strict guidelines. Weak points occurring locally must be detected. In accordance with the risk potential of the deployed chemical substances, corresponding occupational safety measures are mandatory.
  • Water emission: control aims at feeding back purified water into the natural cycle and causing the least possible pollution of rivers, lakes and seas. This can be achieved by the use of ecologically harmless components as well as by optimising production and wastewater treatment processes.
  • Consumer safety: includes not only the mandate for high-quality textile products without health risks, but also the assurance that all of the principles of sustainability are consistently implemented during the production process.


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