These shorts, and every other pair I've bought from quicksilver have super soft and stretchy fabric, yet despite having great fabric the reason im so stoked and gave a 5-STAR review is because of the attention to detail and technology Quicksilver incorporates into there products. High quality velcro, draw strings, fly closures, and a key loops in the pocket are what keep me from buying any other brand. In addition, ill never buy a pair of shorts without the side pockets. Bottom line: If you buy these. you will be stoked.