Wrangler Authentics Men’s Performance Comfort Flex Cargo Short
94% Nylon, 6% Spandex
Top Positive Review
I recently bought a pair of Wrangler “Outdoor Series” cargo shorts on clearance at a local Target store, model NT980GT. I really like the fit and the fabric and the zipper side pockets. Come to find out they were discontinued, but my searches kept bringing me back to these Wrangler “Authentics” cargo shorts, model ZM980GT. After carefully looking at the pictures and comparing them to my Outdoor Series pair, the pockets, the stitching, etc, appeared to be exactly the same. So I bought a pair in the hopes they were.
While almost identical, this newer Authentics version is a little different than those discontinued Outdoor Series pair. First, they’re about an inch longer. Not a huge difference, but I’m 6’2″ and I prefer where the Outdoor Series shorts sit above my knee. The second thing I noticed is they’re slightly slimmer in fit, just a little less room around. And the waistband seems less stretchy. They clearly went cheap on the new zippers. Most people won’t notice or care, but after having the better, lock-down zipper heads on the Outdoor Series, these cheap floppy zipper heads are just annoying to me. And while both shorts are listed as Granite (GT), these are lighter in color.
Honestly though, for all my moaning about these slight differences, if I didn’t already have the older version I wouldn’t know and would be perfectly happy with these shorts. They are still just as comfortable, made with the same nylon/spandex mix, and seem just as well stitched together. Knowing the differences, my only real gripe is the zippers. Still very comfortable and well fitting shorts.
Top Critical Review
The waist size on these shorts are spot on perfect, I however didnt expect them to be as large as they are. I’m 5’8″ and the cuff of the legs come down almost like a capri style pants.
Customer Questions & Answers
Is there plenty of room for your testicles and hand dang?
Answer: If you get larger size, yes.
What is the widest belt you can use? 1″ 1.25″ or 1.5″
Answer: 1.5 is my widest belt and I believe they would handle 2?? if used.
Are the pockets big enough to hold a smartphone comfortably?
Yes, but not great. I use these shorts to ride bicycle trails. I want my Samsung S-20 (with a relatively thin protective case) secured in a zipper pocket while riding. The S-20 can be clumsily finagled inside a zipper pocket and then close the zipper. The S20 barley fits horizontally and wont fit vertically. Howev??
How many pair for this price
Answer: 1 pair per price point
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