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  • Stretch-woven nylon allows good mobility while you're swimming and surfing; Durable Water Repellent finish causes water to bead up and roll off
  • With a UPF 40 rating, fabric provides very good protection against harmful ultraviolet rays
  • Forward inseam at the crotch eliminates chafing; flat-lying, single-button fly and a contoured waistband with a drawstring closure ensure a comfortable fit
  • Self-draining zippered pocket on right side secures small essentials; pocket includes an internal key loop
  • The Patagonia Stretch Wavefarer board shorts have a regular fit; hem hits at the knee


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Best Use Swimming
Fabric 96% nylon/4% spandex
Sun-Protective Fabric Yes
UPF Rating 40
Quick Drying Yes
Side Cargo Pockets Yes
Inseam (in.) 10 inches
Gender Men's

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Sizing notes

Inseam varies depending on style. Measurements are stated in inches unless otherwise indicated.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from NO VELCRO All I can say is, if you enjoy a comfortable pair of board shorts that don't have that annoying loud and rough 'hook and loop' closure, buy these! I already own two pair and will continue to buy these mainly because I just hate velcro near my area. Oh!, and they are super tough, well made, and dry fast.
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from well made and super comfortable Super comfortable stretchy shorts. The non-stretch version did not fit me well at all. They are cut nice, comfortable, look good, and include a nice pocket to keep essentials like credit card, license, and cash. I would definitely buy again. Worth every penny so far. I am a true 32" waist and the 32" size fits me perfectly.
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic board shorts In short, these board shorts are fantastic. They have a great cut and fit, but have lots of stretch to keep things super comfortable. They dry super fast, and seem to be tough as nails. Not sure what more I could ask for. The Wirecutter website did a comprehensive test and review of all of the best board shorts out there, and they ended up picking this one. Seems they were spot on.
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these These are the best swim shorts I've had. Just spent a week in Newport,CA and wore them daily at the beach. Dry super quick and really don't even hold water. Plus they stretch and move with you.
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My husband loves this board short! We found this board short at a local REI, and my husband was very happy with the fit, length and stretch. He paddles with an Outrigger Club and these are the best board shorts he's found. He has them in the red & blue, and in the solid blue.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these shorts These was my second pair in a different color. These are great swim, yoga, or gym shorts. I tend to have a hard time finding short for more of a athletic build (or hockey butt) and these fit great. True to size.
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable These are expensive, but the material makes them far more comfortable than any board shorts I've had before. Draw string has a tendency to come untied tho.
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Got these for my husband. Great quality as usual with Patagonia.
Date published: 2016-07-02
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