I try really, really hard to love Stoic, but just about everything comes out like mochlate; just not quite right. The Thrive shorts are no exception.
These are billed as bomber, do everything board shorts, but I would rather just have board shorts. What's up with all the zippers, snaps, and buckles that can break? Why not just use the tried and true Velcro and tie strap? The concept behind the side buckles is great for tightening them up as the day goes on, but poorly executed. Those things dig right to the hip bone. With a harness or pack waist-belt it would be misery. Why not use a Velcro tab like ski pants?
The material is also very thin and just a bit shiny. Wouldn't be bad for trail running or mountain biking, but certainly not flattering enough to be a short that I would wear out beyond the trail. Lastly, these have welded seams. If my experience with the Welder jacket has taught me anything, these Stoic welded seams will fail quickly.
Sorry, the Thrive shorts got sent back just like almost every other Stoic purchase.