The Gelert Venture Short is made from four-way stretch fabric, rather than just two-way stretch. This makes these incredibly comfy when scrambling about outdoors. They also have a high-rise back, which is ideal for hot days with a rucksack as it prevents this area becoming sore due to sweat from a lumbar pad even when you bend over. The waist gets a brushed lining too so it is a little more comfy than a standard waist. The leg is a bit longer than some, but it’s not below the knee so it’s good for general walking. The main hip pockets are ideal for stashing an OS-sized map in while walking with a rucksack on. There is a rear pocket and two lower leg zipped pockets; these are not so well thought out in my view, but you can slip a GPS unit or phone in them. All that comes at a great price too, and the women’s shorts are a particular bargain. But there is no belt included with the Gelert Venture Short, but you can fit one as there are belt loops. Also the waist does not have additional elastication so others may fit a little better. There is no crotch panel but the fabric is very stretchy and the cut was not too close, so this is not a major drawback for me, but some may find this an issue. The pockets are okay, but they could be a little better.
Material stretch 85% nylon, 15% spandex
Sizes 30-44 (men’s); 8-20 (women’s)
Weight 246g (size 38 without belt)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
Gelert Venture Shorts are stretchy and they come at a great price, although slightly better pockets are to be found in some of the alternatives.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2011