Simple Short (Black)

Simple Short (Black)


Just like the Simple Pant only shorter. Built from a tough as nails 2-way stretch fabric that packs down to nothing and dries lightning fast.


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The Simple Short is perfect for warm weather rucking and performs just as well in the gym as it does out at the bar. They're built from the same performance fabric as the Challenge Pant with all the same pockets and features of the Simple Pant.

  • Tough and simple
  • Back pockets and finished belt loops
  • Slight two-way stretch for improved mobility
  • Horizontal pockets so stuff doesn't fall out
  • ToughDry™ fabric is abrasion resistant and dries lightning fast
  • 10" inseam
  • Curved waistband for better fit
  • Made in the USA

The Simple Short Explained by Jason, GORUCK’s Founder

Here’s what I love about them...

1. My phone and wallet don't fall out of the pockets.

The pockets are like jeans pockets and not douchey gym shorts pockets that flap around all over the place.

That means with the Simple Shorts your phone and your wallet won’t fall out, and if you’re on the subway, you’re a hard target for that pickpocketer.

2. They dry super fast.

When Monster and the gang and I ruck to the bar in the middle of a Florida summer, we show up drenched. We stop, I change my shirt (I’m civilized, people, and A/C is very cold here … first world problems). By the time I have a new T on, these shorts are dry. Yes, they dry (almost) that fast.

3. Simple Shorts > Ranger Panties

I love Ranger Panties, too. I wear them to bed every night, lucky Emily lol. But Ranger Panties aren’t for work and they’re not for the bar.

Sometimes I like to ruck from home to work and later to dinner. Simple Shorts, just like Simple Pants, are a little more grown up. To really class them up, wear a belt with a badass Reverse Flag buckle.

4. They're tough.

This fabric was developed by a serious mill, and it was originally intended for rock climbers. When the industry figured out that the fabric doesn’t fail, they stopped using it so that you would buy more pairs of other shorts that would fail. It hasn’t worked on me, though, I have 8 pairs of these in my closet, already. These and the Simple and Challenge Pants are built of the same fabric.

I wear them every day and Monster thinks they're awesome, too.

Jason Signature

Jason McCarthy
10th Special Forces Group, 2006-08
Founder, GORUCK

Primary Features

Simple Short

Scars 6 Month Apparel Guarantee

Up to 6 months: We’ll repair or replace (at our Scars team’s discretion) your GORUCK Built in the USA apparel for free. No matter how many Challenges you do, no matter how much you abuse them. We stand behind what we build.

After 6 months: Defects in materials or workmanship will continue to be replaced or repaired at our discretion. Excessive abuse will be repaired for a reasonable fee. We define reasonable by saying we’re not in the business of making enemies. We define excessive by saying it can’t survive a Kill Bill Hattori Hanzo sword or bullets or probably some of the other things we haven’t heard of yet that you’ll subject it to.

The bottom line: We’ve spent two and a half years testing GORUCK apparel at our Challenges and it holds up. You can pay less for cheaper stuff that will fail – brand whatever pants and the seams will bust and then you’ll buy another cheap pair that maybe even costs a lot of money. And the cycle continues. We believe in building the best and we believe scars are character and should be repaired, not replaced. The best things in life get better with time.


Rating Yes
Materials ToughDry™: 94% nylon, 6% spandex
2x3 VELCRO/patch sold separate No
Color Black
Gender Men's
Care Instructions Machine wash cold, only non-chlorine, bleach when needed, tumble dry low, cool iron if needed
Manufacturer GORUCK
Made in USA Yes
Scars Lifetime Guarantee No
Scars 6 Month Guarantee Yes


Weight 0.400 lbs
Length 1.000 in
Width 1.000 in
Height 1.000 in
Simple Short (Black) is rated 4.7407 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really like theses shorts I have several comparable pairs of shorts comparable to the Simple Short. I have Kuhl, Outdoor Research, Pelagic, Patagonia and lesser brands. Before getting the Simple Short my Patagonia's were my #1 go to short. These shorts are tied or have taken over the top spot in my shorts rotation. They are superior to the other brands in my book. I usually like the inseam a little longer but the 10in inseam works well. The fabric is good and seems durable. I took the fit suggestion and went up a size and they fit perfect. I would be reluctant to do an event in them because I wouldn't want to mess them up. Overall these are great shorts. Thanks GORUCK.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple Short Got the simple short in size 34 and love them. I'm about 5'10" and 160-170lbs. The shorts are lightweight and super comfortable. I like the "jeans style" pockets. My only critique would be I'd prefer the length to be an inch or two shorter, but that's just personal preference and not a fault with the product itself. They could always be hemmed. They still hit above the knee but slightly shorter would be nice. I've worn them hiking, around the house, and general wear. Wouldn't hesitate to wear them in the water, just haven't had the chance yet. Overall great shorts and I'd buy them again. Good work GoRuck and keep it in the USA!
Date published: 2016-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from im....SOLD on GORUCK apparel So I've been on the fence about goruck apparel for quite some time. in my cart, sitting there as monster taunts me with my stuff. "goruck is expensive, those pants are super it worth it? is it really worth it?" IT IS. its worth every penny. I'm sold on the 2 pairs of sold on the long and short sleeve rucking shirt. the short sizing is right on, go one size up then you normally wear. ill be buying the other pair, ill be buying simple pants...ill probably be buying challenge pants...ill probably be buying whatever other apparel you make.
Date published: 2016-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shorts The new shorts are awesome. I'm wearing them right now at Ascent. It's amazing how quickly they dry out. My only caution would be that they do run at least 2 full sizes small so if you're a 34 buy a 36
Date published: 2016-08-27
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