Prometheus Design Werx


The 72 Hour Short in All Terrain Cloth is a high performance short built to go the distance and then some, in warm and hot environments, anywhere in the world. Let's face it, summers are getting hotter and longer. This short is designed as the one grab-and-go-short for the next 72 hot hours of adventure, on land or in the water. 

Adventure Is Out There

The 72 Hour Short was created for the diehard adventurer. Technical apparel to get you there and back again to tell the tale. Technical apparel as versatile and capable as you are. The one summer short to rule them all. #hikebikecampshootridedive


No Belt

No belt needed. Lightweight, durable, quick-dry, 4-way stretch, amphibious, and secure-EDC ready. So comfortable and airy, the 72 Hour Short is the next best thing to going "commando"...and staying cool in the withering heat. DWR finish, quick-dry, expertly made in our high performance, amphibious rated, All Terrain Cloth.


The technical properties and signature feature set for this style are dialed for high versatility and as a multiplier for a wide breadth of activities. From summer trekking in the high Sierra, to exploring the jungles of Vale do Javari, mountain trail running in the Andes, or packrafting Fiordland National Park, the 72 Hour Short is the one pack-and-go style that has got you covered. We never compromise on the feature set, materials and quality of make when producing our apparel. 

All Terrain Cloth

Our All Terrain Cloth is the lightest weight technical, performance fabric we make and offer. It is custom milled to our specs, custom dyed, features 4-way stretch, a DWR finish and is quick-dry. Just about every apparel style we make involves custom made materials, parts and trims, created to our exacting specifications. This requires a tremendous amount of work, careful attention to detail and management to ensure everything is made to our satisfaction and held to our high standards. The end result is expertly made, world class apparel with a finer degree of detail and highest quality of make. For some, it's a difference you can feel and see; and most importantly, how well our technical apparel will perform in all terrains and in the toughest of conditions.


At PDW we design our technical apparel to operate in as many environments and conditions as possible. Our 72 Hour Short is no different. This style is ideal for hot weather and great for adventures in and out of the water. The earth is covered by 71% water. These shorts are amphibious rated and are as versatile and capable as you are.

Made in
the USA

The 72 Hour Short is one of the last technical shorts of its kind to be designed, cut and sewn in the USA. Made in our home state of California, the birthplace of the core outdoor/mountain sports industry. Nope, US labor ain't cheap, but when you're purchasing one of our made in USA goods, you are supporting an American workers' living wage, and what's left of domestic apparel manufacturing in our country. We thank you for your support.

Long Life

Long Life Apparel. On average, PDW apparel is designed and made to last a minimum of 5 seasons. Durability, high level function, performance and less waste are integral to PDW's product mission. While actual mileage is highly subjective and based on an individual's use and lifestyle, we strive to build goods to last, beyond the industry's typical life cycle standards, and we do not subscribe to wasteful "fast fashion" or disposable consumerism.

Product Specs


  • 4.6oz, 89% Poly / 11% Spandex All Terrain Cloth with C6 DWR Finish
  • YKK Reverse Coil Nylon Zippers
  • Hard Anodized T6061
  • Nylon Grosgrain
  • Nylon Mesh
  • T40 Thread


  • S (29-31), M (32-34), L (35-37), XL (38-40)
  • 10" Inseam


  • 4-Way Stretch
  • Quick Dry
  • C6 DWR
  • Lightweight & Durable
  • Elastic Waist
  • Built-In Waist Belt with AL Tension Buckle
  • 4 Zippered Pockets
  • Dual Soft Cordage Tie-Ins
  • Coin Trap Pocket Inside Main Hand Pockets
  • YKK Reverse Coil Nylon Zippers
  • Full "Horse Shoe" Gusset Panel for Extra Mobility
  • Grosgrain Zipper Pulls

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Jon Chamot
Excellent made in the USA purchase

PDW does make very high quality gear. I wanted to check ou these shorts as they appeared a little more minimalist than the Raider shorts I already own. Very lightweight but still with tons of features and excellent build quality. Ended up buying a second pair.

Krisofer Southwick
Worth the money

I was reluctant to buy these due to the cost. Once receiving them I immediately see why they cost more. You can put these on and wear them everywhere. The material is exceptional. The zipper pockets are great.

Johnny Chen
Perfect shorts for the tropics

I chose the 72 Hour Short as I live in the humid tropics, as promised the all terrain cloth is extremely light and breathable. Put in on in the morning and I even went in the pool for a swim wearing this shorts, dries fast as well. Great quality and very well made as I have come to expect of PDW. The Webbing keeper for the waist belt is a very nice touch. Will be looking forward to my next PDW purchase.

Robert Gray
72 hours?

I really like these shorts for wearing around the house and working in the yard. I can jump right in the water to cool off afterwards. I also like them for working out and other exercise. They have great pockets for holding your stuff while you're driving or sitting, unlike most "gym" shorts. I wear them to the beach, especially when taking the dogs to the beach because the pockets are so good and I can still swim with them with a ball in my pocket and my car door key. I have not worn them for 72 hours straight, but I do wear them commando without issue when I know I'll be getting in the water. I bought one in each color and would recommend them. Forgot to add that they hold a blade and a holster just fine.

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