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Meet the Ascender Shorts

Stefan Loble

You guys have been asking us for new shorts for years, and we’re beyond excited to offer these incredible versatile tactical shorts — ready for your warm weather adventures.

Summer is my happiest time. And I want one pair of shorts that I can wear, no matter what I’m doing. They need to move with me, featuring enough pockets to carry everything I need, but not so loose that my stuff is all over the place.

So we made a pair of chino shorts using our Ascender fabric and a streamlined pocketing design for everyday carry. I tested them all last summer so I could confidently approve them to share with you guys. 

Meet the Fabric

Ascender Shorts in Desert Sage, worn by model with the Threshold T-Shirt.


Our amazing Ascender fabric is extremely soft, with built-in stretch, and performs just the way you need it to:

  • 100% technical polyester twill.
  • Wrinkle-resistant and breathable.
  • Moisture-wicking, quick-dry, anti-microbial.
  • Machine-washable. Line or tumble dry.
  • Lightweight 5.31 oz per yard fabric.


Like other men’s chino shorts, these are made with a twill fabric that has a nice matte finish. We’re launching them in two classic colors for easy coordinating across your closet: an earth tone and a navy.

And of course the fabric has all the standard Bluffworks benefits: machine-washable, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and odor-resisting. So your shorts are ready for wherever the day may take you.

Meet the Pockets 

Numbered illustration of pockets in the back of the Ascender Shorts.

Detail pocket infographic for the Ascender Shorts.


A few of our favorite pockets:


  1. Signature Bluffworks phone pocket
  2. Zippered pocket
  3. Regular slash pockets
  4. Regular pocket
  5. Zippered side pocket


We used our Ascender Chino pants as the basis for the design, so they have a classic look of casual shorts for men. But we included the pockets you need for them to be practical as hiking shorts or on trips.

So our shorts have a total of 9 pockets, including a small multi-tool pocket (for a KeySmart or pocket knife), our signature Bluffworks waistband phone pocket, and zippered security pockets.

The side zippered pocket is our answer to having a cargo pocket that doesn’t look like one, thanks to our streamlined design.

Stefan wearing the shorts in Mexico and boarding a boat.

I’m looking forward to another summer spent in these shorts, chasing my son down on scooters in the streets of New York, building epic sandcastles on the beach, and (hopefully) relaxing onboard a boat somewhere. 

I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do. Make sure you’re on our list to find out when they’re available.


Bluff on,


Stefan Loble
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