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Great boardshorts but don't chose your size based on other Patagonia shorts
I really like the fit and material of these boardshorts. They are comfortable and the material seems to be more durable than others I've owned. Here are the negatives from my pov: There is a back pocket which makes no sense to me. I would prefer a side pocket like they put on the wavefarer shorts. As I've found across a lot of Patagonia... Read More clothing, sizing is not consistent across product lines, so you can't buy the same size shorts in every style and it's best to try them on first. I wear a 31 in the Wavefarer and a 33 in the Hydropeak, which is very frustrating.
Hi Joe, thank you for submitting this review. Feedback like this is immensely helpful, not only to other customers but also to our product designers. We will make sure it gets to the right place!
A weak pocket on the back
Great material and stitch. Good lengths to prevent inner thigh wax burn. Sad little pocket on the back that grinds your wax and car key into your butt cheek. The hook-and-loop is a weak closure. Expect your stuff to be gone. Pray the little leash holds your key. Move the pocket to the side. Use a longer hook-and-loop or add a simple zipper. Make th... Read Moree pocket deeper for dry use too. So close!
Hi Drew, thank you for sharing this feedback; it's immensely helpful to our product designers, as well as to other customers. We're sorry to hear the back pocket of these shorts isn't working for you! Please keep in mind you are always welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) anything that doesn’t work out for you, and let us know if we can be of any help!
Comfortable, great fit
Great set of board shorts. The new material is good, doesn't bunch up and dries quickly. Fit is just right. The only odd thing is, once again, the tags sewn into the waistband. There are 4 tags total, 3 are 4 inches long, printed both sides, 1 about an inch long, by 1 inch wide full of all kinds of printed stuff. So, I want to find the "c... Read Moreare instructions" or how best to clean 'em up. Nowhere in this voluminous bunch of tags does it state in English the care instructions. There's Spanish, German, Dutch (?), 3 different Asian instructions in non-Roman alphabets (I'm guessing what they say, honestly no idea). How 'bout something in English as well?
Hi Charles, thank you for sharing this feedback on the care tags; we will share it with our product team. We include instructions in a variety of languages because of our customers in different countries. For details on washing instructions and the Federal Trade Commission's Product guide to those universal care symbols you can check out these [Product Care pages](https://www.patagonia.com/repairs). Please let us know if we can be of any help on this side!
Great For Surfing and the Beach
I have a couple pairs the older Stretch Hydroplaning and Wavefarers in the 21" length. They were a little too big in the waist and long in the legs so I finally these newer ones in a smaller waist and length. The fit is exactly as described. They are a slim fit and fit closer to the thigh but have plenty of give when wet to not bind. They dr... Read Morey quick and I had no chafing issues. My only gripe is the location of the pocket. It should be on the side. Anything in the pocket is just annoying.
Hi Ryan! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We really appreciate the feedback regarding the pocket placement. Feedback like this is crucial to improving things for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team.
This is my third pair of this specific style of board shorts. Compared to the pair I bought a couple of years ago, these have changed quite a bit. They are shorter on the leg, the back pocket is Velcro instead of zipper, and the overall sizing seems to be off. A 32 from two years ago fits me perfectly, but this time I had to purchase a 33. And with... Read More no free shipping or returns, Id say the shorts become more of an investment than a purchase. Overall, Im happy with them - just a few quirks to navigate.
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