I recently bought a pair of Wrangler "Outdoor Series" cargo shorts on clearance at a local Target store, model NT980GT. I really like the fit and the fabric and the zipper side pockets. Come to find out they were discontinued, but my searches kept bringing me back to these Wrangler "Authentics" cargo shorts, model ZM980GT. After carefully looking at the pictures and comparing them to my Outdoor Series pair, the pockets, the stitching, etc, appeared to be exactly the same. So I bought a pair in the hopes they were.
While almost identical, this newer Authentics version is a little different than those discontinued Outdoor Series pair. First, they're about an inch longer. Not a huge difference, but I'm 6'2" and I prefer where the Outdoor Series shorts sit above my knee. The second thing I noticed is they're slightly slimmer in fit, just a little less room around. And the waistband seems less stretchy. They clearly went cheap on the new zippers. Most people won't notice or care, but after having the better, lock-down zipper heads on the Outdoor Series, these cheap floppy zipper heads are just annoying to me. And while both shorts are listed as Granite (GT), these are lighter in color.
Honestly though, for all my moaning about these slight differences, if I didn't already have the older version I wouldn't know and would be perfectly happy with these shorts. They are still just as comfortable, made with the same nylon/spandex mix, and seem just as well stitched together. Knowing the differences, my only real gripe is the zippers. Still very comfortable and well fitting shorts.
The lightweight and durable Wrangler Authentics men's outdoor performance comfort flex zip cargo short will be your favorite short this season. Functional while maintaining style and comfort, this short features a water repellent nylon spandex blend fabric, an innovative flex waistband for added comfort and movement and secure side zip cargo pockets for all your belongings.