I had purchased the same model a few years ago, and they were getting ready to be replaced. The one feature I didn't like about the old ones were the zippered pocket at the back, so when I saw the new model had the zippered pocket on the side, I was happy.
The first pair I bought were the same size as my old ones (medium), but those proved to be too small. A clerk said that they had changed their sizing on shorts, so I exchanged for the size large. Both of the new shorts had small waist strings, whereas the old ones had larger, beefy and easier to tie ones.
Two fit problems. The first is that the inner liner is too short in depth. I could probably live with that if the waist cord did it's job, but that is the other problem - it doesn't. It's long, but so small in diameter that you'd have to be a knot expert to tie it to the right diameter, and even then the thin cord would cut into my side.
I'm returning them.
Feels too small
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I've been looking for a nice, basic swim trunk for a long time. One of my difficulties is that shorts of this type always seem to have unflattering, uncomfortable high rises and baggy legs.
I noticed that these were a similar material to the San Juan water shorts (which are nice, but a little long for my tastes). So I tried them on. The fit is a little large, like a lot of REI products. I'm a 31" waist and normally fall between a small and a medium but a medium would be way too large in these.
I'm really impressed by the rise, which is low enough that you can wear the shorts around your hips instead of up near your navel. The legs are still fairly baggy, but better than board shorts so baggy they look like a skirt.
I'd definitely recommend these to someone looking for a simple swim trunk with a more modern rise. You will want to size down if you're between sizes or accustomed to very fitted clothes.
Feels too big
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend