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Valley Shorts

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The optimal intersection of mobility and breathability, the Valley Shorts are built for fast moving, high output days everywhere from the approach to the gym.

Item# APEAO2020SML1
$89.00 $66.75



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The optimal intersection of mobility and breathability, the Valley Shorts are built for fast moving, high output days everywhere from the approach to the gym.

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Highly breathable with a focus on mobility, the Black Diamond Valley Shorts cross over from in-town training sessions to high-alpine scrambles.  With a single-weave, four-way stretch construction, they breathe even on the sweatiest of missions and take up a minimal amount of space in your pack. With a DWR finish, light precip is easily handled and a ladder lock belt with belt loops adjusts fit.

  • Ultralight single-weave construction
  • DWR treatment
  • Two rear drop pockets
  • Ladder lock belt with belt loops
  • 11.5-inch inseam
  • Primary fabric is bluesign approved
  • Fit: Slim
  • Size: S-XL

Tech Specs

Materials :   Four-way stretch woven with DWR finish (150 gsm, 85% nylon, 15% elastane)
Country of Origin :   Vietnam
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Apparel Warranty

We trust what we make because we use what we make. If for any reason, you’re not 100% satisfied with your Black Diamond apparel, we’ll repair, replace or refund it. No charge. No fine print. No debate. Guaranteed.

Valley Shorts is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Rating based on size chart information I'm unable to write a review about the durability or features of these shorts, as I was unable to even get them buttoned. I have several pairs of Credo shorts that fit well, in a 30" waist. According to the size chart linked to from the product page, I should be able to wear the Valley shorts in a Small as they cover waist sizes from 29"-31". Unfortunately, this is not the case. I'm not even able to button the Small that I received. In fact, I have a roughly 2" space between the snaps. I don't really care what size my shorts say they are. I just want sizing to be internally consistent from one product to another produced by the same manufacturer. This doesn't seem to be the case with BD's apparel yet. To make this all even more frustrating, I now have to pay shipping charges two additional times to exchange these for a Medium because BD doesn't have an internally consistent sizing scheme.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shorts, just missing something... I love these shorts, they fit well, stretchy, look good. I love the sizing system with optional belt loops. I just wish it had one pocket that snapped, zipped, or velcroed shut for climbing. The large fits me well, a true 34". If you're bigger than that you might want to consider sizing up!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really nice but the sizing is a little weird These are cool shorts. They are super lightweight and are very comfortable to wear. The fabric is cool, breaths great and sheds water nicely. I like to wear them kayaking. I don't really get the sizing though. I wear a size 30" of the Black Diamond stretch front pants and those fit me perfectly. In the size guide it says the small of these will accommodate up to a size 30.5, but in actuality the small feels like I am trying to squeeze my hips into a size 28". The medium fits me just right though with the belt adjuster thing on the largest setting. So I would recommend going with a bigger size than you think you might need. But once you nail down the size issue I think these are a pair of shorts that you will enjoy wearing.
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great initial fit Fair review, hopefully worth reading and helpful. First, the great: Shorts fit as advertised. They are lightweight, fairly breathable and look good with a golf shirt, or on the trail. And, they stretch a bit. Being a fairly loyal Black Diamond buyer, can tell they will stand up to abrasion/real life like all my other clothing articles. I bought them in Green and Gray and the colors are good, relevant and universal. The logo is tastefully placed, too. So far, they've doubled as trail, golf and bike shorts in California sunshine. The not as great: You have to be careful how you wash them. Colorfast: Great - no fabric softener (from the label)... record scratch... what!!!? So, my advice (because they also wrinkle a bit... Skip the drier, as I noticed the slightest bit of "set", or shrink between washes. Not enough to be tight fitting, but noticed. Don't let this dissuade you. I would buy them again and I recommend them. So below, specific to this product, I consider myself an intermediate/advanced shorts wearer, if that's relevant.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Live up to their name! I was given my first pair as part of my uniform for YOSAR. Living in Yosemite Valley during the hot summer months these were awesome! Super comfortable and durable for everything from hiking the mist trail corridor to wearing under a harness while cragging around the Valley. I recently bought another pair and wear both all the time.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the right shorts I love the fit. finally a shorts that dont look like snowboarder wear !! tapered leg that doesnt flap in the wind. durable fabic. but PLEASE redesign these and add zippers to the pockets. we are climbers after-all and this is spoz to be climber wear. open pockets do not contain yer stuff. let me know as soon as you add zippers to the pockets and I'll get 4 more pair. thanks.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pair of shorts! The shorts fit great and feel extremely comfortable and allow a great range of motion. I'm looking forward to using them heavily over the next few months climbing in Colombia! I do agree with others that at least one pocket with a zipper would be great!
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great material and extremley waterproof the shorts feel great right out of the box, on a bit of the pricey side but in my opinion completley worth it. these pats fit well under a harness and are good for summer trad climbing and hard bouldering. also a good short to wear to
Date published: 2017-03-26
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