Robert: I really like the GoLite Stride shorts and I recommend them for the reasons you mentioned.
They lasted 6,000 miles and I suspect they could go another 6,000. There's hardly any wear and tear on them, especially considering that they were my only underwear for 7 months!
For those who are curious, I would hand wash them in town in a sink, wring them out, then put them back on (after cleaning myself). They would be slightly wet when I put them on, but within a few minutes they dry.
Sometimes wash them in town and then wash my GoLite Whim Wind Pants, which dry a faster than the shorts. I put on the pants and leave my shorts slung over my backpack to dry.
Although I have chafed with other clothes, it's rare. I never chafed with the GoLite Stride.
The only negative is that they are not fashionable for men to wear. Fortunately, GQ magazine photographers aren't hanging out by the trailheads.