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Rab's Momentum Short performs well in a range of activities, like climbing.

Rab Momentum Short Gear Review

Lightweight, quick drying, and comfortable, the Rab Momentum Short is the perfect short for a summer of adventures. The elastic waistband and stretchy fabric provide supreme comfort, and the shorts are UPF protectant and water resistant. Rab’s Momentum Shorts come in five different color options and have two front pockets and a zippered back pocket. All this is available in one lightweight package at an affordable price. It might seem too good to be true, but it’s not.

Utter contentment arises from wearing the Rab Momentum Short


The Rab Momentum Short is one of the best things you could wear this summer. I consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of shorts and, pardon my French, but the Momentum shorts have a certain je ne sais quoi that puts them a leg above the others. Imagine a world where you feel young, free, and freshly rejuvenated no matter what is going on around you. That is exactly what it feels like to wear these shorts. I have climbed rocks, run 10Ks, spent many hours on my yoga mat, and even binged an entire season of Lost in one sitting while wearing the Momentums. Through all of the activities I have never been limited by the fabric of the short.

Similar to  James Cameron’s Avatar, the Tsaheylu (bond) that the wearer and the shorts have is unbreakable and only makes both parties stronger. By the time I have finished one activity and gotten ready for the next, the shorts have already dried off and are ready to start again. Which brings me to my next point: they do not need washed often. They wick away sweat at such an impressive rate that they can be worn day after day. (To be honest, I end up washing mine a little more frequently due to my incredibly messy eating habits). If you feel that something is missing from your life this summer, I would guarantee with 87% certainty that it is because there is a Momentum-Short-shaped hole in your heart. 

The lightweight and versatile Momentum short is ideal for long bike rides.


I didn’t even know I was in the market for new shorts until I tried on the Momentum. The moment I put them on I knew I wouldn’t be leaving the store without them, and with a surprisingly low price tag I didn’t feel bad about it. This is without a doubt the most comfortable pair of shorts I own. They’re lightweight and fit incredibly well, providing comfort no matter where I wear them. The elastic waistband has a well-designed and low-profile drawcord that fits comfortably beneath a climbing harness or hipbelt. These shorts have performed well climbing, cycling, hiking, working out, and simply lounging. They’ve kept me comfortable after hours on the bike, in the rain, and in the heat. I find myself wearing them multiple days in a row because no alternative feels this great.

I could heap endless praise on the Rab Momentum Short, but I won’t have time to write more because I’ll be too busy swapping every other pair of shorts in my dresser for a new color of the Momentum. I’m about to redefine what everyday apparel means, maybe a little too literally. I highly recommend this short and hope you’ll discover just how great they are, too.