The side zipper pockets are a huge improvement over the Velcro flaps that get screwed up in the laundry. There is another model that has the zipper on only one side. No thank you. There is also a pair with a vertical zipper. What were they thinking??? I consider this pair of shorts to be the optimal design. They look great with the low profile zipper and no flaps. Comfortable for walking or sitting with items such as wallet, phone, keys, and change in the zipper pockets. Also, the material wicks moisture away. If these disappear, I will be sorely disappointed.