I bought some of those short Soffe nylon shorts a year or two ago. Mostly because that's what I was used to wearing for PE, physical training, etc. back around 1990. I like them for running, biking, summer paddling in the kayak, etc. It seems that all the shorts for sale in the stores the last few years are almost knee length, and made with super-heavy material. Why wear such heavy big shorts when you're doing something active -- might as well wear full length pants, right? I've also heard that the short shorts may lead people to think you're homo -- is that kind of the going opinion these days? I was bike riding in those shorts last summer, and a car full of kids drove by and they were all staring at me and had big smiles. Not sure what the heck was going on there but kind of creeped me out. Maybe I need to ditch them short shorts?