A good pair of shorts needs to not only be the right length, but it also needs to be made of the right materials with a good, comfortable cut. Too long and you look like Shaq… too short and you look like you should be running on the local high school cross country team. Right there in the middle sits the Merrell Fury shorts with just the right mix.

About the Merrell Fury Shorts

Run fast, run hard – the Fury shorts can easily handle any of your sweaty endeavors. Merrell® Opti-Wick™ fabric dries quickly and wicks moisture to keep you dry and comfortable.

  • Made from soft, lightweight 100% microfiber polyester
  • Opti-Wick™ delivers quick-drying, moisture-wicking performance
  • Longer inseam and slight give of the fabric ensure ease of movement with minimal clinging
  • Built-in mesh brief
  • No-show mesh side and back ventilation panels keep you cool
  • Drawstring waist
  • Zip-secure pocket stores MP3 or keys
  • Reflective taping for visibility
  • 8.5″ inseam
  • MSRP: $50

Merrell Fury Shorts Review

Merrell Fury Shorts Review

Compared to my GoLite running shorts, these are like basketball shorts, but in reality, they are the perfect length for all-around use. No need to feel uncomfortable hanging out post-run while wearing these because their casual cut hides the excellent function of these shorts.

Built with 100% microfiber with just enough stretch to keep things comfortable and to ease freedom of movement. On top of that, the full mesh side panel that goes up each side and along the bottom of the waistband increases both flexibility and breathability. At pace, you can feel the air movement–perfect for hot days on the trail.

I used these exclusively for trail running and found them to work very well for that purpose. I appreciate that these shorts are full-featured with usable front pockets and a rear pocket. While they aren’t the most lightweight shorts (minimalists will scoff), they are highly-functional and versatile.

Merrell Fury Running Shorts Review

The inner liner is one of the more supportive I’ve worn. In concert with the Ex Officio Give-n-go Boxers, these shorts fit well and the liner added just the right amount of support in the man area.

Just a couple of minor gripes on these shorts. The fabric now has a handful of snags from trail-intruding scrub oak branches and other trailside brush–nothing major, but they could be a little more snag-resistant. For me, the drawstring waistband is useless since the drawstring just keeps pulling back into the waistband. Luckily, the size large shorts fit my 33 in. waist perfectly, so it was really not a big deal.

Good Fury

  • The perfect length… not too short… not too long
  • Excellent side vents to keep things cool
  • Usable pockets all around
  • Supportive inner liner

Bad Fury

  • String in waistband always pulls back into the waistband
  • Fabric could be a bit more snag-resistant

Merrell Fury Shorts Review

Bottom Line: Merrell Fury Running Shorts

With just the right length and plenty of ventilation, the Merrell Fury shorts are a great mix of road and trail performance for everyday runners. Purists will scoff at the lack of upper thigh exposure, but everyone else will appreciate the fit and style of these shorts.

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About Author

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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