One of Patagonia’s Most Famous Products Just Got Better

Patagonia has been making its iconic Baggies shorts since 1982. They’re simple, and because of that, they’re great for nearly any activity.

Ken Etzel


Patagonia has some iconic products and Baggies are one of them. Created in 1982, Patagonia’s Baggies are simple: just nylon with an elastic waistband and a quick-drying mesh liner. That simplicity makes them great for swimming, running, hiking, rock climbing, surfing — everything. Baggies haven’t changed much since ’82 either, except beginning this year Patagonia is making the shorts with recycled nylon. They still look, feel and play like classic Baggies, but now their production uses 52 percent less water, 18 percent less carbon dioxide and 92 percent less virgin nylon. Cheers to that.

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