Many manufacturer's make walking shorts out of the same material that they make their trousers.
Usually a fairly tough polyamide/nylon.
So if you're going to rip your shorts you're just as likely to rip long trousers.
Companies like Berghaus, TNF and Rohan usually have shorts versions of their trekking trousers.
Berghaus for instance have the Pitzal and Ortlier shorts and TNF the Paramount and Meridian shorts, which are just shortened versions of the long trousers with the same name. And considerably cheaper than the Haglofs shorts you mentioned.
The Sprayway shorts I mentioned are in this style. They fit well, have the features I want (basically they're not too long, have a zip fly, belt loops and they're not too long) and show no signs of wearing out after at least five years in use.
I've never been convinced about the merits of softshell shorts. Water and wind resistance? Personally I want shorts that let the air circulate and dry quickly. I generally use an old pair of North Face running shorts that have a couple of pockets, or some Sprayway ones that have more pockets and look a tiny bit more respectable, and cost me £15 in a sale.
I was just wondering if anybody had visited the Melmerby Shop bothy in recent times, and, if so, could say if it's in a decent state. It was one of the cleanest and best kept bothies I'd seen last time I was there, but that's quite a few years ago now. Cheers all.
I drink quite often out of streams in the North Pennines without filtering the water and have never suffered any ill effects. It sometimes tastes a bit peaty — a bit like an island malt, which some might actually like — but it's better than going thirsty or carrying extra water around. I check there are no dead sheep immediately upstream of where I drink from, but the presence of a (very) few sheep on the surrounding fells doesn't worry me.