10 Best Men’s Hybrid Shorts for Summer

Our favorite versatile, multipurpose, hybrid shorts for summer’s many adventures
May 17, 2018Words by Jon Gugala

With the rising temps, we’ve been side-eying last year’s cutoffs and realizing our shorts game could use an upgrade. So, we scoured the menswear universe and noticed a trend for 2019: versatility. This summer’s best hybrid shorts were designed to do more. Whether they’re being worn in the water and then to lunch or from the gym to the trail, they’ve risen to meet the demands of the modern man.

We plotted 10 of our favorites on Huckberry’s highly scientific hybrid shorts matrix, evaluating each by their qualities of style, athletic performance, adventure, and aquatic prowess, letting you easily locate your ideal. With the legwork already done (pun intended), your only concern will be putting some color on those sunshine-starved stems.

Hybrid Shorts Grid
 



Free Fly Utility Shorts

 

Free Fly Utility Shorts

For the man often in the city but belongs in the field, you won’t find better camouflage for your true intentions than with the Free Fly Utility Short. The two-way stretch fabric on this hybrid short offers a great range of motion whether you’re on the trail or meeting the parents, while the antibacterial, odor-resistant fabric may let you get away with both on the same day. Water-crossings are a snap with its moisture-wicking, quick-drying fabric. While the elastic waistband makes these skew more casual, there are still beltloops when you feel like putting on airs, making these some of the best hybrid shorts for travel.


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Coalatree Trailhead Shorts

 

Coalatree Trailhead Shorts

A Huckberry team favorite, the Coalatree Trailhead Shorts are made from a four-way stretch fabric, resist water and stains, scoff in the face of odors, and pack down tiny in their own side pocket for gnarly backpacking adventures and minimalist travel. While they aren’t going to impress the establishment, these travel-ready hybrid shorts let you swim, hike, camp, and more with the respect of those whose opinion really matters: your friends.


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Free Fly Bamboo-lined Hybrid Shorts - 7.5”
 

Free Fly Hybrid Shorts - 7.5"


Don’t be fooled by the Free Fly Hybrid Shorts’ buttoned-down demeanor: While these hybrid shorts may pair well with a button-up, get them off-road and watch their four-way stretch excel. Antibacterial and super breathable, these multi-purpose shorts can handle the miles. Whether you’re questioning the wisdom of a spicy dinner in town or on day three deep in the backcountry, their bamboo liner keeps odors at bay.


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Proof Nomad Short

 


 

Proof that not all who wander have to be sloppy. Designed to excel in all environments, the Proof Nomad Short is a technical chino short newly constructed from a super comfortable, breathable Japanese Toray twill that stretches with you when you’re on the move. A hidden zip pocket is tailor-made for travel, allowing you to keep your everyday carry close, but your passport closer. This is undercover performance built for the 21st century.


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Faherty Brand All Day Shorts


Faherty Brand All Day Short
 

If your favorite worn-in chinos came in a half-length, they’d feel like the All Day Short. Their super soft fabric is made primarily of recycled plastic bottles and finished with a touch of cotton for a buttery hybrid boardshort. Go ahead and get them wet: Their durable water-repellent (DWR) finish sheds water quickly and dries even faster, while the mesh side pockets ensure you’re not taking the pool with you. Odor-repellent, they’re great for multi-day trips and long weekends.


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Howler Brothers Horizon Hybrid Shorts 2.0
 

Howler Brothers Horizon Hybrid Shorts 2.0

 

One of the Howler Brothers’ most popular hybrid shorts gets a 2019 refresh with the Horizon Hybrid Shorts 2.0. But don’t fret; their hallmark wet-or-dry performance is as good as ever thanks to a quick-drying nylon ripstop and mesh pockets for fast drainage after a dip in the ocean. Core watermen will love little details in these hybrid swim shorts like the reinforced pliers pocket with drainage grommet, but even if you don’t have webbed toes, their long coverage is great for summer vacations and drinks at the bar—with or without the fish stories.


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Topo Designs River Shorts


Topo Designs River Shorts

Topo Designs’ River Shorts are the Swiss Army Knife of hybrid shorts: they’ve got a sleek yet performance-ready design that’s just as comfortable running errands as it is chest deep in some rapids. From pool to bar, beach to backyard, and everywhere in between, you’ll have a tough time finding a reason to change out of these hybrid shorts all summer long.


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Wellen Cruiser Shorts

 

Wellen Cruiser Short

Hiding behind the clean-cut silhouette of the Wellen Cruiser Short is a purpose-built short designed to perform on the road of life. When you’re staring up the last leg of the summit trail, or down the gnarly gully that leads down to your locals only surf break, those are the times when you’ll really appreciate the technical details Wellen included here: the flexible waistband, the lightweight built-in cinch belt, the zippered back pocket to keep your valuables secure. The organic cotton fabric is garment washed for a well-worn feel when you pull ‘em on, and the organic cotton is a fiber you can feel good about wearing.


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Myles Apparel Everyday Shorts
 

 

Myles Everyday Shorts

Myles Apparel delivers a fresh outlook on fitness gear that’s driven by smart design and an inspiring, active team. The Everyday Shorts sports a minimalist design with clean lines and a tailored fit, so even though you can put ‘em through the paces of a brutal workout, these hybrid shorts also look dang good during downtime.
 

 

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Roark Revival Layover Shorts

 

Roark Revival Layover Shorts


The Roark founders (the “Revivalists,” as they call themselves) are close friends with no-joke adventurous careers—from surf champs, to Vice warzone photographers, to one of the actual characters in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Their collective experiences are enough to fill an encyclopedia of Hunter S. Thompson-style stories, and they remain hellbent on building smart apparel that can stand up to the wildest stuff they get into. In the latest chapter of their wandering adventures, the crew trekked Jamaica’s lush wilderness and locals-only surf spots, finding inspiration for a lightweight and comfortable-as-hell collection they’ve titled “Kingston Deadbeats.” The Layover Stretch Travel Shorts are built to be the only pair you need on a trip. They come equipped with stretch material and zip pockets—to keep your wallet and phone secure on the ride to the campground.

 


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