Birddogs Pants & Shorts Review

50 Words or Less

Birddogs makes pants and shorts with built-in underwear.  Extremely comfortable and great for golf or any other activity.

Introduction

No matter how good your underwear is, it’s going to require adjustments during a round of golf.  With all the twisting and bending that golf requires, there’s likely to be bunching and discomfort.  Unless your underwear is actually built into your pants.  Built-in underwear is the primary thing that sets Birddogs pants and shorts apart from the rest, but, as I found out, it’s far from the only thing.

Style

In their pants, Birddogs’ style is quite conventional.  The two models shown here – Jeff Pesos (left) and Stephen Jobs – are part of a five color lineup which also includes black, navy, and off-white.  The interior of the pants is bolder – navy and bright blue, respectively – but very few people will get to see that.

Birddogs offers a much wider array of shorts, including some truly bold choices.  The shorts line up has five families: Khaki, Seersucker, Oxford, Gym Shorts, and Bathing Suits.  Khaki and Oxford are all pretty standard, but the others include wild patterns and bright colors.

One important stylistic note on the shorts: even the Khaki and Oxford shorts fit like gym shorts.  They have belt loops, but the waist is elastic with a drawstring.  These probably won’t cut it at a hyper-traditional country club, but they look great everywhere else.

Also, while this has no relation to the way the pants or shorts look, it needs to be mentioned that Birddogs has a truly unique sense of humor.  The cartoon that accompanied my order confirmation was utterly bizarre.  It’s a love-it-or-hate-it thing, because it’s way out there, but it gave me quite a laugh.

Fit

As soon as I pulled on Birddogs pants, I started falling in love with them.  First, the nylon/spandex and poly/spandex materials are extremely soft and stretchy.  These are bottoms that you’re going to be putting on the minute they’re out of the dryer.

In the pants, I found the cut to be ideal.  I ordered the pants in 34″ X 32″ and found both the waist and length measurements to be accurate – no vanity sizing here.  Even more important for me and my tree trunk thighs is that the legs are not skinny.  The cut is tailored with a little taper around the calf but plenty of room to move.

The shorts come in three different lengths: 6″, 7″, and 9″.  I tried both the 7″ and 9″ and found that the latter hit at the very top of my knee, the former showed a little more thigh but wasn’t scandalous.  Birddogs sizes their shorts small through XXXL rather than using waist measurements.  I tried the medium and large.  In both cases, the waist was very comfortable, but the medium was not well suited to my aforementioned giant thighs.

Birddogs offers a 90 day trial period for all their pants and shorts so you’re never stuck with a bad fit.

Performance

I’ve put it off long enough – let’s get to the built-in underwear.  Regular readers may know that I’m a huge fan of 2UNDR [review HERE], so the bar for comfort was very high.  With both the pants and shorts, I didn’t miss my underwear a bit.  The shorts in particular are a revelation.  By pulling on one piece of apparel, I can be comfortable, decent, ready for activity, and well-dressed.  It’s worth noting that the pants can be ordered without the liner if you’re married to the notion of separate underwear.

The built-in underwear isn’t the only reason to love Birddogs pants and shorts.  What I like even more is the way that they move.  The softness and stretch of the pants and shorts makes them perfect for golf, hiking, workouts, biking…any activity you can think of.  And, getting back to the underwear, because the liner is built-in, it never bunches or gets uncomfortable.

Finally, I need to mention the numerous zippered pockets in the pants and shorts.  Zippered pockets are underrated and far too rare.  If you’re riding a bike, they’re going to keep your valuables from falling out.  When golfing, they can keep your ball marker separate from your tees.  It’s a small but appreciated feature.

Conclusion

I’ll admit that the first time I heard of pants with built-in underwear, I thought it was a solution in search of a problem.  After a few weeks of wearing them, I’m a convert to Birddogs.  Leaving aside the built-in underwear, these pants and shorts are extremely comfortable and built for an active lifestyle.

Visit Birddogs HERE

The following two tabs change content below.

Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

10 Comments

  1. Matt,
    First, your 2UNDR review is one of the greatest reviews ever written about anything.

    Second, Birddogs should target market folks dating.

    Just sayin

  2. I’ll be curious how they smell once they have a few walking rounds under their belt.

    Would love to hear if that lingering odor that gym shorts get becomes an issue with these, Matt.

  3. Great review Matt. For those of us who have not rightfully earned the nickname Quadzilla do you think these shorts would look baggy? Asking for a friend…..

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      Hahahaha. I think that ordering the shorts in the correct waist size (there’s a fitting chart on their site) would be solid for people with normal waist-to-thigh ratios.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Nice review but don’t understand the “underwear is a problem” concept. Never has been for me. Given I walk all my rounds, cannot imagine that these things wouldn’t be funky after a hot summer 18. So then I have to wash them after each use? What’s the point there? I guess I could possibly see this concept for gym shorts but again, I’m washing them after each use. Cannot believe the fabric will hold up that well.

    • Matt Saternus

      Mike,

      I can’t say that I find underwear to be a problem either, which is why I prefer the unlined pants.

      -Matt

  5. I’ve been looking into buying a pair of these for a bit but have a read a couple of comments/reviews on the pants being very prone to wrinkles. Did you notice that at all?

    • Matt Saternus

      John,

      They’re not wrinkle free, but I’ve washed mine several times and have found them about equal to most other pants I own.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. is 9″ the longest you make in shorts? to short!!!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*