LWSUS – by Hamlin O’Kelley

For thirty-three years, I have worn the same shorts.

Patagonia’s 5″ Light Weight Stand Up Shorts

Organic cotton

Five pockets

Bought my first pair in Boston in 1987

Bought my last pair in Charleston in 2018

They last forever

Worn them until they fall to shreds









I’ve had them all

And, now, Yvon Chouinard and crew seem to have discontinued them

Why, Yvon, why?

There is an entire generation that grew up wearing your LWSUS’s

We wore them

We wear them

We will wear them

But, now, we will have to rely on our reserves

Didn’t we suffer enough in 2020?

Now, this

This cruel blow to our wardrobes

This cruel blow by the company that supposedly cares about its customers, their environmental activism, their stewardship of nature

I really need Patagonia to re-issue the 5″ LWSUS

Because I need them

What else am I supposed to wear?

I have worn those shorts to hike high hills

I have worn those shorts to work in the yard

I have worn those shorts to all manner of summertime events

I have worn those shorts to baseball games

I have worn those shorts to thirty-two 4ths of July

I have worn those shorts to concerts in Massachusetts, New York, South Carolina, North Carolina

I have worn those shorts to see The Dead in the most cliched wearing of those thirty-three years

I have worn those shorts from the Keys to Kenya, from Maine to Miami, from Lamu to Los Angeles, from Paris to Pawleys

Talk about a tribal marker

Whenever I see another pair of LWSUS on a fellow traveler, I know that person is one of my people

Why, Yvon, why?

Can it be that there is no more demand?

Can it be that all the organic cotton crops failed?

Can it be that those of us of a certain age are the only ones so sartorially inclined to wear LWSUS?

Can’t be

Does change.org work?

If it does, I beg of you to sign the petition I plan to send to my friends in Ventura, California

Because I sure as hell ain’t wearing any shorts called Chubbies



  1. OhioHead
    02/05/2021 / 10:37 AM

    I wear the 7” since I almost 6’5” for 21 years and folks don’t need to see too much thigh…..love my stand ups as well.

  2. Marshall Williamson
    02/05/2021 / 11:40 AM

    Might be about time for Marc at the Sporting Gent to whip up a proprietary pair.

  3. John
    02/08/2021 / 12:27 PM

    5” Stand Ups are great. Wore a pair while doing the 18 mile hike into Phish Coventry. I believe Patagonia briefly discontinued them in the mid 2000s, but the outcry from Outdoor Stores in the SE was enough to bring them quickly back. Distinctly remember being told this at Great Outdoor. That being said, the 5” are a bit difficult to wear outside of the South. I never cared for the set-in wallet pocket that they added in the back.

  4. SMB
    02/11/2021 / 7:00 PM

    Man the 7″ is where it is at and they are still available. I love mine and basically live in them all summer, If the forced lockdown rolls into the summer of ’21 I might revolt and where them to the “office”.

  5. Taylor Johnson
    04/03/2021 / 6:33 PM

    Sid Mashburn 7” inch are my new Stand Up Shorts

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