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Women's Stretch Hydropeak Boardshorts - 8" Reviews

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Patagonia Women's Stretch Hydropeak Boardshorts - 8"

Kinda Small
May 16, 2023

Love them so much I bought 2 pairs of each color

Everything about these board shorts gets rave reviews from me. I have put these to the test regarding serious competitive water sports. They have held up in all ways imaginable. I have been hoping Patagonia puts out more 8" this season.

February 21, 2023

Great fit

I have a low waist and these shorts fit great for my body type. I use as a bathing suit.

December 18, 2022

Size runs a lot smaller than Patagonia pants.

Runs super small. I would recommend buying 1 -2 sizes larger than Patagonia pant size.

October 21, 2022


Bought these in a 6, my normal size and an 8. Both are too snug and not flattering. There was badically no diiference in fit between the two sizes even when layed atop of each other...maybe 1/8"...maybe. The length was good but the hips and butt were too small. Love the material, print and features but the fit, on both sizes was uncomfortable ... Read Moreand unflattering and too snug.

Response from Patagonia
October 25, 2022

Hi Karin, thank you for this feedback. We're sorry to hear neither of these pairs fit you well! We'll reach out to you about return options.

October 10, 2022

Way too small

I had to order two sizes larger than my normal fit. Not much room if you have hips. The crotch was really short and the tie felt really flimsy. I really wanted to love them because I love Patagonia.

Response from Patagonia
October 11, 2022

Hey J, thank you for the review. We're sorry to hear that it's not working out with these shorts. They do have a lower rise, which could be why finding a good fit was difficult. If you're ever having trouble deciding on what size to purchase, please reach out to our [customer service team](*1heo26v*_ga*MTE3MzgxOTU4OS4xNjQ3NTMxMTc0*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY2NTUyMjgzNS4xMzYuMS4xNjY1NTIzMDIzLjAuMC4w) and we'd be happy to provide you with garment measurements.

September 24, 2022

Very comfortable shorts

Very comfortable shorts. I have a slightly smaller waist in relation to my hips and thighs. 5'5" and 115lbs. The size 4 shorts fit well. They are silky feeling and easy to move in. I appreciate Patagonia using recycled material. Amazing company!!!! I would love it if someone would come up with 100% natural fiber board shorts. The syntheti... Read Morecs just aren't good for our bodies. Until then, these shorts are the best out there.

September 13, 2022

Stretchy and fun

Bought these to wear for some saltwater tenkara fishing. They have a nice stretch without getting baggy - which can be an issue if jumping in and out of a flats boat. The pattern is cute and they fall about mid-thigh. They size 6 fits me but I wish they were just a tiny bit bigger for a more relaxed fit - but not baggy. Just don't want a wedgy... Read More while fishing. Thought about sizing up but worried they would be too big then. Also like that I can go commando and they are not see through. Being on a flats boat all day, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Who needs an extra layer. Overall really like these a lot. I am 5'8" and about 137lbs with a booty

September 11, 2022

Great in Many Ways

I have multiple pairs of these, as they serve me well in so many ways. I can wear them for swimming, come out of the water and just keep on wearing them as casual shorts. Does anyone else hate the 'waffle thighs' you get from sitting on a chair with shorts that are too short? Well, these have the perfect coverage, but still look sleek and... Read More feminine, not baggy or sloppy. That pocket tho! The zippered pocket is what elevates these shorts into truly terrific. It is big enough to secure my phone and wallet. PS - dear Patagonia, one on each side would be even better! ;-) And I should note, these do not have a lining, so when I wear them for swimming, I either go commando, or wear a bikini bottom under them.

September 8, 2022

Great shorts for paddle boarding

They fit the bill for this ol' broad who still likes to be active and enjoys fun in the sun. Love these hard to find longer board shorts for mature women like me. Thank you Patagonia! Bought the 8"s and 10's based on reviews of running a bit small (8 is my usual size) and kept the 10's. I would love to see more colorful options... Read More...

September 7, 2022

Runs small

Great shorts but.. Ink color runs at least a size small. Tried prints and they ran at least 2+ sizes small. I usually wear between an 8 or a 10 in Patagonia sizes. Ordered a pair of 12s and they are loose and stretch with wear almost too loose but prefer that to the tightness of the 10.

Response from Patagonia
September 16, 2022

Thank you for this feedback, Lynn; we will share it with our product team. We're sorry this fit wasn't right for you, but glad to see you're exchanging them. Please let us know if we can be of any help with the new items!

July 19, 2022

Shorts were too short in

Shorts were too short in the rise for a 6 footer

July 15, 2022

Very odd fit

I bought a size 6 (my regular Patagonia size is 4-6) and it was too small. Ordered the 8 and it was also too small. The fit is just strange with this short. Bummer because I love the pattern and material.

June 20, 2022

Inconsistent Sizing

The length is the best feature. The material is not as flexible as the material used in last years board shorts.

June 4, 2022

Excellent board shorts

Ive owned the 10 board shorts and loved them to death! Finally time for a new pair, disappointed they no longer make them. But cant really complain because in the time of short shorts at least Patagonia makes an 8! Very comfortable, love the snap closure instead of Velcro and the pocket size seems bigger too. The fabric is thinner but still great q... Read Moreuality and quick drying. Highly recommend!

May 31, 2022

Cute, But Thin

Really cute patternhowever, the material is extremely thin

Response from Patagonia
July 7, 2022

Hi Stephanie! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that you found the boardshorts to be so thin. We truly appreciate this feedback and we'll share it with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

May 29, 2022

Bull's eye on fabric

I've been river working and buying the board shorts for 10 years. In the past the fabric was too thick, took a long time to dry and was smelly. Some changes were made but the fabric was too thin, tore easily but dried quickly. I hope the chosen fabric for these shorts stays in rotation for awhile. The fabric is silky smooth, thick enough to pr... Read Moreevents tears from sliding over rocks and dries quickly. Thank you for the new patterns too!

May 14, 2022

Poor fit and color

These run small and theyre not black. They are a dark gray. I wear a size 8 in the same shorts from years ago and needed a 12 in these. Also, I ordered 2 pairs of a size 12 and one pair was too small. The other pair fit.

April 14, 2022

Versatile shorts

I have had similar Patagonia shorts that Ive worn for several years. I really liked it but unfortunately with age and pandemic (?), it does not fit me anymore. I went with this shorts and they fit perfectly albeit at a larger size ( sigh!). I like the longer length too. The only thing is I wish it was a true black instead of charcoal brownish color... Read More.

April 2, 2022

Stand up paddle

These run very small and are transparent. I prefer the fabric of the board shorts or baggies.

March 24, 2022

different patterns fit differently

i am 5'3" and have 5 pairs of these boardshorts from another season and size 6 fits me well (I like a roomy fit) this black also fits well, but i purchased the 2 patterns in same style and they are too small...I will return for the next size and hope they work as I love these shorts...great for around the house and can dress up for casual... Read More outings!

March 18, 2022

My favorite shorts

These surf shorts are totally comfortable with stretch in every direction. They are very lightweight and dry fast. The side pocket with zipper is great because it doesnt get in the way. My go to shorts for every day. Ive worn them so much I was afraid I would wear them out so I looked to buy another pair. I was so sad that they were discontinued. T... Read Morehank you so much for bringing these back, I will definitely be buying another pair or two.

March 12, 2022

Design Team Got It Right

As a river guide and a kayaking photographer I live in board shorts during the spring and summer. I've purchased board shorts from Patagonia for 7+ years and I think the team finally figured it out. The material from the past two years has been thinner, quicker to dry out but also easier to rip. The material from this year's board shorts ... Read Morefeels more durable and stretchy but also capable of drying out pretty quick. I plan to buy a few more for the upcoming season. I hope we get fun patterns and colors in the future.

July 1, 2021

I'm super picky and these are awesome!

I'm 5'3" 125 and was hesitant to get the size 4 as most reviews said these run small. Size 4 fit me great (I ended up buying a second pair)! I use these for swimming and being out on the water--they're rather form fitting, not loose or baggy, and have good stretchiness to them where I don't feel like motion is limited. The ... Read More8" length is perfect--I'm SUPER PICKY on swimwear but these are fantastic. I'm always a fan of the flying fish line of items, so having that in the waistband is a nice touch :)

June 19, 2021

Love them!

This is a classic medium-length women's board short. The "Tropical Fusion" color is a fun pattern that works well with both royal blue and navy tops. I'm 5'7" 112 lbs and wear a 2 or 4 in women's pants and a 26 in jeans, and the size 4 in these shorts fit me perfectly. I looked high and low for a fun patterned wom... Read Moreen's board short that wasn't super short, and this is the only pair I could find. Patagonia - please make these in more colors / patterns! My only wish is that they were a 10" inseam instead of 8".

June 12, 2021

Great shorts!

They definitely run small, but I was able to find the larger size and now theyre great. I like the length and fit of the leg, plus theyre super stretchy and they dry very quickly. I would buy another color but they dont seem to make this length anymore.

April 1, 2021

Love these

Really comfy- I will be wearing these a lot this summer. Yes, runs small- usually a 2 but went with 4 for some wiggle room.

March 27, 2021

Please bring back!!!

This is the best board short please bring it back in the line! I love the comfort and fabric. They do tend to run small. I listened to others and sized up, glad I did. It's the best and I would recommend it to everyone! LOVE THIS SHORT!!!

September 17, 2020

Great for aging, and plumping bodies.....

As I age, and my body is changing. But, I am active and want nice looking PATAGONIA shorts that look good and feel good. I am totally satisfied. A thankful senior.

September 7, 2020

Order Small

These board shorts are fit well, and are super-comfortable. A size 10 is usually perfect for my Patagonia shorts and pants. The size 10 board shorts don't stay on well in the surf. The size 8's work perfectly for me. (Size 8 is a super-small size for my build.)

September 5, 2020

paddleboard shorts

Thesr are comfy for swimming, paddleboarding and surfing. Cool color too.

August 22, 2020

Very comfortable

I usually take a size 4 in Patagonia shorts. I ordered a size 4 and 6 as the other reviews stated they run small. The size 6 was huge on me and size 4 ran a little large. I returned and ordered size 2, hoping this will fit.

August 10, 2020

Actually pretty good!

I almost didn't order these because the reviews were so bad, so just wanted to chime in here and say that these shorts are actually pretty great. I found them to only run a little small. I'm normally a pretty solid 4/27 across brands, and I ordered a 6 and an 8 because the previous reviews scared me. The 8 was huge, and the 6 was nice wit... Read Moreh some breathing room. I probably could have squeezed into a 4 but I have athletic legs, so I prefer the longer shorts to have more breathing room. These are also mid-rise (hit at belly button) on me; I'm 5'7". The ones on the model look pretty low rise which I don't love after two c-sections. These are perfect and measure 10".

June 2, 2020

So So Small!

I was so disappointed in how small these shorts run. I would say they run about 3 sizes small. The material is very thin also. Returned.

March 4, 2020

Nice shorts

I like these board shorts but they run small I bought another pair of shorts that were the same size and those fit perfectly. Will be returning.

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