These shorts are the PERFECT hot weather climbing and backpacking short AND they're more flattering than many other women's shorts on the market! Thin yet stretchy material with a drawstring chord inside instead of belt loops means they fit smoothly under a harness or a heavy pack hip strap. Side zipper is out of the way and fits a small bar, chapstick, or some cash. The perfect length for hot-weather climbing; as short as they can be while still longer than harness leg loops. If between sizes, get the smaller size as the stretch will look better than a bunched-up waist. I should have bought pewter rather than cairn to hide the dirt a bit better, but my favorite short all told!