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Men's Hydropeak Volley Shorts - 16" Reviews

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Ms Hydropeak Volley Shorts - 16

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September 21, 2023

Great middle ground shorts for activities

I've had many types of shorts from Patagonia over the decades. These fit a perfect balance for my sports activities. Great for running/walking, boating, and other water activities (haven't surfed in them yet). The fabric is not as thick as baggies but definitely strong, sturdy fabric... a little more stiff than running shorts but that is ... Read Morewhat makes them so versatile. The cut is slightly more slim than baggies/running shorts as well, which is what makes them good for water activities but still loose enough for running. Deep front pockets. These shorts are a great balance. I will get a lot of varied use from them.

September 15, 2023

Difficult sizing

These swim/surf shorts have lots of promise but the fit is really difficult for me despite my average, moderately athletic build. Large was way too loose in the waist (only a tightly cinched drawstring between me and disaster) and the side seam on the M was way too short and very different from the large. More sizing options or more consistency wou... Read Moreld be fantastic.

Response from Patagonia
September 18, 2023

Thank you for this sizing feedback, William; we are sharing it with our designers. We're glad to see you're returning these shorts. Please let us know if we can be of any further help!

September 7, 2023

Great length

After years of buying and wearing longer board shorts, I'm loving these shorter cuts. Wearing them at hot yoga over a compression shorts is perfect. Great unrestricted movement. Looks good.

September 3, 2023

Perfect update to classic baggies

The hydropeak fabric has a really nice drape, and the cut of the shorts is like an updated slightly more trim version of baggies, but without the annoying liner. Really happy with this purchase.

September 2, 2023

Very pleased overall

Once again, Patagonia knocks it out of the park. I had been contemplating buying some Patagonia board shorts for a while and when they were running a good sale I couldn't pass them up. These fit well, are high quality, and I know I'll get many years of wear out of them.

August 30, 2023

Great shorts

Great shorts.

August 24, 2023

Great short/bathing suit

Highly utilitarian do it all shorts. I primarily use them in and around the water because the are so light and dry quickly.

August 22, 2023

Versatile and comfortable

I bought these as a gift for my son and he liked them so much I bought a pair for my other son, and myself. I'd consider them to be swim trunks but since they're very comfortable with the draw string waist, and practical with 3 pockets, you could probably wear them casually as well. Regular fit was as expected, not restrictive but also no... Read Moret too baggy.

August 21, 2023

Love Them

These shorts are great. They feel good, they look good, and they dry quickly.

August 19, 2023

Love em

Perfect. Feel like nothing on the body & are more durable than expected.

August 9, 2023

Comfortable and fits well

I had been eyeing Patagonia's board shorts for a while and finally decided to pick some up -- I just wish I would have done so sooner. They fit well, they look good, they're perfect for water activities, and they have the right amount of stretch to be useful for other activities that don't involve water.

August 8, 2023

Baggie without the lining.

This was a gift that I did not know I needed. They are a great size and length and I love that the pockets are loose from the leg. I would have liked a button or snap instead of velcro to close the back pocket but that is a suggestion not a deal breaker. Very happy with them and just got back from the beach.

August 3, 2023

Perfect fit!

I really love the way these fit and the design is very unique. Looking to order more styles!

August 3, 2023

Great Shorts

These shorts are my favorite shorts to wear, I have the olive green. The feel and fit is perfect. Most of the colors are hideous, I wish they would make them in more primary colors, I would buy every single one of them.

July 30, 2023

Quick dry

My son loves these. Very comfortable and dries quickly.

July 26, 2023

Met All My Expectations

The Hydropeak Volley Shorts 16" Inseam has long become the perfect do-it-all shorts for me. I spent 18 days in the wild rainforest of Borneo fly fishing for the endemic red kaloi (Osphronemus septemfasciatus) and I wore them thoroughly throughout the jungle expedition. Under such hot, humid and wet climate, these shorts have performed brilli... Read Moreantly, thanks to its light weight and ability to stretch and dry quickly. They've been super comfy, yet allowed to perform a range of movements with dexterity. Would be hiking in these as well, not to mention day-to-day activities. Chic cut and fit too. Can't ask for more.

July 25, 2023

After work summer

Everyday after work the first thing I do is look for these shorts to change into! They are so comfortable, light weight, and are fantastic for the hot summer! I love them so much I went and bought a second pair just so I could wear them more!

July 16, 2023

Unceasingly comfortable

I recently opted to wear these on a hike around Grandfather Mountain, NC. Right after reaching the peak, I was caught in a torrential downpour, and got soaked to the bone. Even sopping wet, these shorts remained perfectly comfortable as I scrambled back down the mountain as quickly as possible. They never chafed even in the slightest. They're... Read More also just generally my new favorite shorts for casual wear.

July 13, 2023

Look great

These are very comfortable. Im not as in shape as Id like to be but these fit great. The elastic waistband and drawstring combination really works great for me as well as all the pockets. I use these for swimming mainly but I wore them all day and they were great. I havent had them long so I cant comment on durability yet. I have 2 colors of these ... Read Moreand I love them both.

July 12, 2023

Nice shorts, two issues

Nice shorts, material is great, comfortable in the water. Size medium is maybe a little larger in the waist than I would expect. Typically a 31 or 32 waist and I need to use the drawstrings. Two points that may be of interest to potential buyers: 1. The blue and black color block product photo shows the blue pocket overlapping the blue lower leg co... Read Morelor, mine does not, there is black in between the pocket patch and the lower leg color. 2. With my phone in my side pocket while riding my bike, the mesh pocket dangles out below the hem of the shorts, which is weird.

June 2, 2023

lightwieght material is cool on hot days

Fit is a little more relaxed than the Lightweight Baggies. There is no liner. Pocket bags are mesh and drain quickly, also keeping the bulk down compared to Baggies that only have mesh at the bottom. Items dont fall out when you sit down since the pocket bag is free floating, not sewn into the side seams like Baggies. Length is just right, outer ... Read Moredrawstring stays tied, and large rear pocket has ample Velcro to keep items secure. Overall, these are a better weight material and fit than Baggies and also better cut/fit, better drawstring, no mesh liners, and better pockets than the Lightweight Baggies. They've become one of my new favorite shorts styles.

May 20, 2023

I own three of them

The title says it all

May 3, 2023

Favorite pair of volley's

I love these volley's but, I do wish they had a liner inside. If the did, they would definitely be 5 stars. Love the side slit pockets to throw my keys and phone when on the go. The back pocket is perfect for a wallet. I would definitely recommend.

Response from Patagonia
May 4, 2023

Thanks for your feedback, Benny! You might want to check out our [Men's Baggies, Multi Trails Shorts, or Nine Trails Shorts]( which all feature a liner.

April 18, 2023

Hydrophobic material

Perfect fit that looks sharp and kinda sexy. Material is slightly stretchy which is good for daily activities, and hydrophobic yet quick drying. I have them in 3 colours.

April 14, 2023

Love it

Everything is wonderful ! Love this short .

April 14, 2023

Sooooooo comfortable

Lightweight and silky but durable material. The fit and feel is sublime. I love them so much, I just bought another pair.

March 13, 2023

They fit great and look

They fit great and look awesome

February 28, 2023

Great shorts

These shorts fit great. The length is a little short, but not to short-shorts levels. Which is nice. I've been using them for the gym, climbing, running, and yoga. The stretch is great and the prints are fun.

February 23, 2023

Hydropeak > Baggies

I love my baggies but the recent model fit is weird and tight on top the legs of you have larger legs, so I tried these. I originally bought large and returned them (5ft 10 - 175,) the sizing is good and the fit is great! They are slightly stretchy and are very comfortable, I havent had them long enough to know about durability but initial impressi... Read Moreon is that they will be great!

February 20, 2023


Nice swim/multi use short

January 21, 2023

Great short for kicking around in.

I love these shorts. The only thing I dislike is the Velcro. I'm not too fond of velcro. So I cut it out. Give me a zipper or a button, and you'd have the perfect shorts.

January 10, 2023

Like my old Baggies but better

These are a great simple short (no mesh lining). They remind me of the Baggies I wore on my AT thru-hikes 22 years ago. They have a nice cut that allow for plenty of movement without being too loose. I expect they will hold up as well as my old shorts.

January 8, 2023

Fits great

Light weight and feel great for every day wear.

January 5, 2023

good for swimming

comfortable I love swimming in it.

January 3, 2023

Fits just right

Very flexible, but the material is super soft.

December 30, 2022

Comfortable with one asterisk

The material feels great, and these shorts are super flexible. Only con is that it rides right up in the crotch, like so many other bottoms from Patagonia. Not sure what the design philosophy is on that, but otherwise, these are fantastic.

December 24, 2022

Great fit

Great quality, fits true to size

December 22, 2022


I started swimming for exercise after hip replacement and told not to run. I am not looking to rock a Speedo. These work for me. Look and feel good. Bought one pair then went back and bought two more. Normal kinda large Patagonia fit

November 17, 2022

Surprisingly amazing shorts

Great shorts. Stretchy, comfortable, great for the climbing gym, running, or lounging. I sized up due to skiers/mountain legs and they fit well with the draw string adjustment.

November 15, 2022

New Favorite Daily Driver

These are my new favorite shorts. A bit of a style upgrade to my usual gym shorts (in other words they look better). But once they get a bit ruffed up I see wearing them constantly, including to the gym. The fabric feels great and the elastic waist band doesn't intrude like unforgiving board shorts. The pockets hold a phone, keys, and wallet f... Read Moreor excursions or errands. They are short! Most of my 6'1" height is in my legs, so they hit well above my knees. I've always loved short shorts but my advanced age doesn't make them appropriate in some public situations. But, screw it, I think they're fun and during the hottest days I noticed a lot of guys pulled out the shorties to push up the tan line a few inches.

October 24, 2022

Great all-around utility short

Love everything about these shorts - durable, comfortable and easy on the eye.

October 11, 2022

Amazing Shorts

I love these. Super durable, perfect weight for any amount of activity or just lounging around the house. I bought 4 pairs and wear them 7 days a week. Hight recommended! Patagonia, if you are reading this PLEASE make the medium with a lil more room in the butt next year. As an avid cyclist and skier, I cant be the only one with a bubble butt. Ju... Read Morest gimme a little more room in the trunk!

October 1, 2022

Not my favorite

I bought these but then returned them. Great short just not the right fit for me. Too short for my taste. Very comfortable.

September 30, 2022

First time buying hydropeak volley

First time buying hydropeak volley shorts , took them on vacation to the Turks and Caicos Islands, did some walking and swimming, love the length above the knee, they dry quick and super comfortable.

September 30, 2022

New favorite swim shorts

I bought these for playing beach volleyball in, but they're such nice quality that I decided to use my old shorts to get beat up with the abrasive sand. Love the length, fabric quality, and leg hole circumference. 10/10 shorts!

September 29, 2022

Why does it take 2

Why does it take 2 weeks from date of order to get a very light package from a neighboring state. Tell me. This is inexcusable. I could have gotten it from Amazon in 3 days. Guess thats why the boss gave the company away.

September 26, 2022

Very nice

I needed some new swim suits and this one fit the bill. I like that theres no mesh liner. These fit great ad look great.

September 25, 2022

Go To Shorts

Well constructed and comfortable shorts! These have been my Go-To shorts this season.

September 25, 2022

Nice fit and material. I

Nice fit and material. I prefer these to baggies for casual wear.

September 25, 2022

Light material

Super light material makes for very comfortable shorts. I hope the elastic waist band lasts!

September 25, 2022

Great all around trunks

I wear these for beach, swimming, surfing, and around town. They have pockets and a key loop.

September 24, 2022

Rad as F. I do

Rad as F. I do like this years version better than last years, and that is who the fabric Feels. Boom.

September 23, 2022

Amazing Fit

Really loved these shorts. Not only do they fit off the rack, they look and feel great. I hope Patagonia continues creating new designs for these types of shorts in the future. Highly recommend.

September 21, 2022

Its a color only mother

Its a color only mother a Could love, but the boys shorts are the best hands-down, Mike Trop

September 21, 2022

Great fit

I use these like baggies, swim, hike, bike and out to casual dinner

September 20, 2022

Favorite shorts

These functional shorts are perfect for casual wear and active wear. Their stretchability and breathability make living here in Tampa, FL during humid August weather comfortable. True to size, I weigh 170 pounds and 6ft size medium.

September 19, 2022

Great shorts

These are excellent lightweight shorts that work for almost anything: the gym, running, swimming, etc. They do not have a liner, which is a huge plus for me, and why I chose these over the baggies. The only drawbacks are: they are definitely short. I was not used wearing shorts that far above the knee. 2nd- Ive found that they take longer to dry t... Read Morehan I expected. But overall these are really great and versatile shorts. I wear them all the time!

September 18, 2022

Volley shorts

Solid shorts for everyday + active wear.

September 17, 2022

Cool shorts, but unsure how to use them

These shorts look like swimsuit, but dont actually are? I dont know if are made to wear with or without underwear. Its tricky cause they don't have the typical mesh inside. But, i like the design and are well made. Runs a bit large on the waist.

Response from Patagonia
September 28, 2022

Thank you for submitting this review, Mauricio. People use these shorts for a variety of activities, including swimming and surfing, as well as for casual wear out of the water. Some prefer the lack of a liner when using them in surf. Please let us know if we can be of any help in using these shorts, or in finding another option if you prefer.

September 16, 2022


Great fit and cool colorway. 5 out of 5 seashells.

September 15, 2022

Amazingly Comfortable Shorts

Oh My - I usually buy and wear Baggies for the last 20 years then one day i thought I would try these Hydopeak Volley Shorts and wow - they are so light and comfortable i immediately bought a second pair - I will be retiring all my old Baggies - sorry

September 11, 2022

My favorite summer shorts

For those out there with big thighs but a small waste. These are the perfect shorts for you. Go with whatever your waste size is, they do also have a break in period. At first you will think these are too small to wear in public. Wear them around the house for a bit. They have a lot of give. But I will say wash then air dry so that the fit stays th... Read Moree same. Ive been a Patagonia supporter for over a decade!!!

September 8, 2022

Light and Comfortable

I love these shorts, they're lightweight, but feel like good quality material.

September 7, 2022

In love

Im 5 ft. 4 in. 120lb. - very active and skinny. My waist size is 28. Its extremely difficult to find shorts of high quality, cool color, and great fit - these check all the boxes. I love these shorts and will be wearing them into the ground.

September 4, 2022

Pretty nice!

Theyre really nice shorts overall, really comfortable and you can wear them with a lot of other things. Only complaint is the back pocket (my own fault for not reading product description) I do not like the Velcro, it awkward to open and can be pretty inconvenient at times.

August 29, 2022

Amazing shorts

I've got thick thighs and it's always tough for me to find shorts that fit and are comfortable. I bought a pair of these about 3 months ago, and I love them and wear them so much that I recently bought 2 more. These shorts are great for everything! I wear them while biking and running, exercising, around the house, and going out to run e... Read Morerrands. I've even gone swimming in these shorts and they're perfect. HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend!!!

August 28, 2022

Almost Perfect Short

Love this short; its like a better version of the baggies and would (for me) be perfect with two, minor modifications. One would be to add a liner, and the second would be to make the back pocket a zip pocket. With those two mods, I could use this short for more than just casual wear and actually put it to use for swimming and running. That being s... Read Moreaid, it is a great short and I have two pairs I often wear casually around town.

August 14, 2022

Drawstring Issues - First Wash

I got the Rincon Hunt Micro shorts and I liked the style and how they fit, but the issue was with the drawstring around the waist. After the first wash, the string was out of the shorts. For the price, the quality wasn't there. Bummer.

Response from Patagonia
August 17, 2022

Hi Britt, thank you for submitting this review; we'll share this feedback with our product team. We're sorry that drawstring came out in the wash. If it turns out to be a deal breaker, please remember you are always welcome to [return]( them.

August 2, 2022

The perfect shorts

I tried baggies, but returned as they have no stretch/give. These, on the other hand, do just that, are quick dry, have pockets, and are generally perfect for gentlemen like myself who happen to have beefy thighs. I have a terrible time finding shorts that fit but these are perfect so i picked up a second pair. Thanks Patagonia!

August 1, 2022

Awesome fabric

I was looking for all-around shorts for Running, Pilates, Tennis, and Swimming in the hot and humid southeastern US climate. These shorts are the best I've found. They're typically not soaked in sweat after a 5 mile run in 95 degree heat with 95 degree humidity. The only reason they're not perfect for running and pilates is that they... Read More have a snap pocket on the rear right butt cheek. Runners prefer a rear center pocket for key storage, and Pilates shorts are better if they don't have snaps on the butt that you can feel while you're lying on a reformer. Maybe one short can't do everything perfectly, but maybe one could... I typically do 1-3 different workouts/day and the laundry piles up.

August 1, 2022

Swimming streets

These shorts are nice they are true to size. You can wear these shorts to the beach and the mall stylish for both accessions

July 21, 2022

The Perfect Short

Honestly I almost wear nothing but these shorts, they are the most comfortable best fitting shorts I have ever owned.

July 18, 2022

What more could you want?

Perfect casual swim trunk. I'm a thin bike racer and really like the way these fit / show off my cannons.

July 14, 2022

I love the color and

I love the color and the Concept. I can work in my yard then cool of in a pool, go back to working and the shorts are not Wet and hanging down but look just like dry shorts.

July 13, 2022

Superb and quality form and function

Really thoughtful stitching on someone 5'6" and 145 pounds. Expect to use these for the gym's hot tub and sauna as well as jumping into the ocean or spending time at the pool. I read reviews that people would even bring it while kayaking so I'm stoked to wear it and feel comfortable!

July 3, 2022

Doesn't Meet Durability Expectations

I was hoping these would be a replacement for my baggies, without the liner. However, after less than a month of wear, two pairs out of three I bought have developed holes and tears from what I consider normal activities to wear baggies during (hiking, kayaking, surfing). One pair I've already returned to REI, and the second pair looks like it... Read More might be going back there or to Patagonia for a repair. I love the shorts, but if they're going to need repairs every month of wear then they're going to spend more time in the mail than in my closet. The third pair I haven't even worn yet, but I'm expecting them to follow suit.

Response from Patagonia
July 6, 2022

Hey Matt, thank you for the feedback on our Hydropeak Volley Shorts. We're sorry to hear that they're not living up to the anticipated durability level. Unfortunately, we do not offer repairs on "next to skin" items such as boardshorts or underwear, but we'd be happy to evaluate them under our warranty. You can either go in store to do this or you're welcome to [send them in]( as well. Once they've been evaluated, you'll either receive credit back to the original payment method or merchandise credit to spend as you wish.

June 24, 2022

Light & Cool

I purchased these shorts for my husband who is around 165 pounds and around 6'1 in height. He is a thinner frame and the medium fit perfect. No sliding down but not too tight. He has literally not taken them off since giving him these for Father's Day. He has now asked for another pair. He says they are cool and very light. He is wearing... Read More them for casual wear and was happy to find they did not have the liner inside. He claims the liners are sometimes itchy and hot. Great job Patagonia...and I love the different patterns.

June 24, 2022

I have a athletic skinny

I have a athletic skinny build, and love how this short fits me. The color & pattern have me wearing these as much as possible.

June 14, 2022

After exercise favorite

Use these after bike rides for cool down and hot tub. Comfortable

May 25, 2022

Good style, but not for water

Well made and good style. But the shorts need a liner for athletic use or anything in the water.

May 12, 2022


The shorts fit great. I bought them for my honeymoon in Hawaii. I new I was going to get by either rain or jumping in the ocean. They worked well everywhere I went and were so versatile. The only improvement I would make is the draw string material started to deform a little bit after a few wears but is still holding for now.

April 4, 2022

Great fitting trunks!

These are some great trunks and as usual a home run from Patagonia. I have quite a few different styles of shorts from Patagonia and these are hands down the most comfortable so far. The 4 way stretch is excellent in letting you remain flexible and unhindered during activities. They quick dry is a nice touch as well and the shorts are very light ... Read Moreweight. Pockets are deep but not like baggies where they fall out of the bottom, rear pocket is Velcro with a key loop as well. Anything from casual wear, lake/beach day, fishing or surfing or just tossing water balloons in the yard with the kids these are awesome shorts. I have a feeling these will be very popular. I got the floral print and couldnt be happier with the colors.

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