Everything that you could possibly want from a pair of hiking shorts. Great fit and feel. I thought my older pair were comfortable but these are even better. With the race pads they provide plenty of protection and distribute the hiking load evenly, avoiding painful spots. The shorts also keep everything in place. Other pads twist and move but these use the silicon to stop everything from moving. Also if you are wearing looser layers below the shorts, the shorts tuck everything away and avoid it getting caught on the boat. I reckon that they would even tidy away a drysuit!