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Patagonia Men's Wavefarer® Hybrid Walk Surf Shorts - 18"

Kinda Small
January 21, 2023

I couldnt be happier with

I couldnt be happier with the quality, durability and fit of these shorts. I originally purchased a pair, wore them hard for six months. Sold on them ! Purchased two more pairs. Highly recommend them !

January 5, 2023

Didn't like them

My go to size is 34". These shorts were way small on me. You'd need to have a fairly athletic/slim build to be comfortable in these. I figure I'd need a 40 before I felt I wasn't showing off any unsightly bulges . I also didn't like that there's no stretch in the waist, and the velcro button

Response from Patagonia
January 13, 2023

We're sorry to hear the fabric and fit were a disappointment for these Walk Surf Shorts. Due to the 100% nylon fabric, they have no stretch, as you mentioned. We think you might prefer sizing up in our slim fit, stretchy [Hydropeak Walk Shorts](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-hydropeak-hybrid-walk-surf-shorts-19-inch/86475.html) so please feel free to use our online return process or contact our Customer Service team. We'll be happy to help. Thanks for your review, Malcolm!

December 30, 2022

Rides right up where you don't want it to

I really wanted to like these shorts. The board shorts from Patagonia are some of the most comfortable I've ever had. However, the numbered waist size ones, compared to the S,M,L etc. sizes, aren't my cup of tea. These pair of shorts ride right up in the crotch, making for an unnecessarily tight fit where there doesn't need to be one... Read More. The material is also somewhat uncomfortable.

Response from Patagonia
January 11, 2023

Hi Nicholas, thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We're very sorry to hear about your disappointment with the fit and behavior of these shorts! We will pass your feedback on to our Product Design Team. In the meantime, please feel free to start your [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) at any time, as we want you to be completely satisfied with everything you get from us!

December 27, 2022

Always happy with Patagonia products.

Always happy with Patagonia products. These are a nice "hybrid" of board shorts and regular shorts. Fit is true to size.

November 3, 2022

Nice casual shorts

I had a difficult time figuring out what size would fit me in these shorts. I started with 32 and ended up with 35. Patagonia was great with the exchange process, but more accurate sizing for these shorts would be nice.

October 29, 2022

Great color!

These shorts caught my eye because I love the color. But the sizing is a bit weird. Being new to this brand, I ordered my typical size 32 waist that fits great from other brands. I ended up exchanging for different sizes until finally 35 is a great fit. I love the material and color.

October 14, 2022

Not the greatest hybrid short

Did not like these hybrid shorts. Material has no stretch and inseam length makes the shorts feel tight and too short.

September 29, 2022

Perfect all round board shorts.

I was looking for some quick drying board shorts that I could wear for casual and also on the water. I do a lot of fly fishing from my paddle board as well well out in my boat swimming, towing the kids on tubes etc and just hanging out. Wanted boardshorts with pockets as well to hold wallet, keys and stuff. These are perfect. Also wanted a pair of ... Read Morered shorts and the color I got was perfect. Love the look. Love the utility. Love the fit. Thanks.

September 28, 2022

Different in a good way

I've lived in Patagonia board shorts for the past 25 years; these un-lined nylon shorts are by far the best ever made; super durable, dry quickly and become even more comfortable with time. For backpacking, these are magic; the flat/smooth waistband won't chafe under the hip belt of a full pack. After finally ripping a hole in my favorite... Read More 12 year old pair, it was time to renew. This newer version looks similar with some nice additions; hand pockets are handy for everyday use (will they become sea-anchors while surfing?) The zipper fly is kind of nice. The back pocket has a Velcro closure rather than the older version's zip pocket; I like the zip pocket better (more secure). Hopefully I'll get another 12 years out of these shorts.

September 24, 2022

Solid Swim Shorts

Great for outdoor active wear and swimming.

September 22, 2022

Great shorts for everyday warm weather and water sports

I own several different styles/types of Patagonia shorts but purchased these shorts for everyday wear during trip to Costa Rica. Walked, swam, and worn them in the shower to launder. They're comfortable, durable, lighweight and dry very quickly. Great crossover garment for land & sea. They performed so well overall that I bought a couple... Read More more pairs since returning to Florida. Now they're my go to - I wear them most days. Thanks for another great garment!

September 19, 2022

Excellent quality

My husband loved them so much after he received the first pair, we had to immediately order a second pair. May run just a little small, but not much.

September 18, 2022

Comfortable shorts

Like the fit. Excellent for just kickin it.

September 18, 2022

Hybrid shorts

Best hybrid shorts Ive had. Great material

September 16, 2022

Runs small.

Sometimes I wear a waist 32. Knowing Patagonia runs small, I went to 33, but they are still snug. I didn't return them, but I would order a 34 waist size next time I get a Patagonia short or pants.

September 11, 2022

Perfect for me

I'd live in board shorts if I could. These are great for casual wear, active wear, and surfing. Went out to eat with them on last night.

September 8, 2022

A short 18"

The shorts are high quality but they are too short for a tall guy. Returned.

September 6, 2022

Pockets not deep enough

I needed to stash a couple of plugs in my pocket to go out on a rock/bolder jetty to surf cast. The pockets dont seem deep enough for 100% security. Belt loops would also be nice. I do love and would recommend them.

August 16, 2022

Love these shorts, I have

Love these shorts, I have to purchase 2 more in different colors.

August 12, 2022

Very comfortable

These shorts have been awesome so far! Very comfortable, very versatile, and have been useful in multiple different situations. The only critic I have is that I wish there was an actual button or clip at the belt line instead of just a velcro patch. Other than that I have loved them.

August 9, 2022

Comfortable, high-performance

So comfortable I can walk for miles! Perfect for swimming too. The waist band is well-designed. Love the focus on sustainable fabrics.

August 5, 2022

But for the Velcro ...

Really want to like these shorts. Material is lightweight and durable, and the shorts themselves are comfortable. I like the pockets. In that sense, these shorts are what I was looking for -- something I could wear in the water, then not feel like I needed to change out of them to head into town or just hang out. My issue is the darn velcro closure... Read More instead of a button or snap. It's a deal killer for me. It's not super grippy velcro. Maybe Patagonia designers chose a lightweight velcro because they don't want it to be scratchy, but by going with a softer velcro, it barely holds together. Numerous times I would discover that the top of my shorts had come unstuck, and I'm not busting out of the shorts by any means. My Birdwell board shorts have a button at the fly, and that's been no issue. I don't feel the button when I'm on my board. Why Patagonia couldn't do the same I have no idea. The velcro is OK at the back pocket -- though a button would be preferred there as well -- but it simply is a design fail at the waist. It's too bad. Shorts are good otherwise. But these are not inexpensive shorts. They should be better.

August 3, 2022

Material fell apart

I got these shorts anticipating they would last a decade like my last pair of Patagonia swim trunks. I use them in rivers, lakes ,swimming pools, hot tubs, etc. Within a week the nice dark blue color started to fade and by the end of the month they were very light gray, almost white. Then the material started to disintegrate. I would blame it on a ... Read Morebad mix of chemicals in a swimming pool or hot tub, but I switched to a pair of old running shorts and I haventhad any issues with them in the same location. I think that maybe the recycled material does not hold up to chlorine and/or salt water.

Response from Patagonia
August 8, 2022

Hi Philip, we're so sorry to hear that the Wavefarer® Hybrid Walk Surf Shorts didn't hold up. We can definitely help out with a [warranty return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) under our Ironclad Guarantee. We'll reach out to you as well just in case you need further assistance.

July 30, 2022

Game Changer

These shorts! They have been a game changer for me. I walk dogs for a living, often over 20 miles a day. I needed a pair of shorts that was hybrid, a board short but with more pockets. Less fabric but strong enough to really handle life. VOILA! It's as if you're a mind reader, Patagonia. I now have these in 3 colors, why not!?! Thank you ... Read MorePatagonia!! I would recommend these to everybody.

July 29, 2022

Kayaking in the UP

Loved the fit and feel of these board shorts. Was able to use them on a recent kayaking trip we took to Munising, MI. They felt great for the 5 hour trip! Quick to dry. Loved them!

July 22, 2022

Comfortable style

Love these shorts. They have a little stretch to them so are comfortable on hikes and when I'm just kicking it. If I lived somewhere that didn't require a 4.3mm wetsuit I'd surf in them, too. I like the way they look good with a T Shirt or a casual short sleeve button down. So impressed I now have them in 3 different colors!

July 18, 2022

Almost perfect

These are great for swimming in (minimal drag compared to many other hybrid shorts) and comfortable to walk around in. They just needs a zipped back pocket so you can store things securely when swimming to make them perfect. I wear a 36 in most pants/shorts but had to size up to the 38 in these.

Response from Patagonia
July 21, 2022

Hi David! Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate the request for a zippered back pocket. Feedback like this helps us to improve products for future seasons. We'll share this with our design team.

July 18, 2022

Great surf shorts with pockets.

Great fit and great features compared with the standard Wavefarer shorts -- the side pockets are the big plus, but the shorts still fit like wavefarers (as opposed to the much looser Baggies) and dry quickly as well. Highly recommend for all water sports.

July 17, 2022

Good fit and seem durable

Great shorts for casual/everyday wear and pool/beach lounging. Fit and color are as described. Wish the rope/tie and Velcro faster was replaced with a button... Then these would be perfect.

July 11, 2022

They are sort of a

They are sort of a cross between swimming trunks and shorts. I wear them. They are comfortable. The Velcro closure is next to worthless.

June 28, 2022

Comfortable fit

Very good quality

May 30, 2022

Legs were wet shorts were not

Waded into the water thigh deep to get a ball, when I came out my legs were wet but the shorts weren't. These seem perfect for walking your dog on the beach.

May 25, 2022

Tiny Pockets

Big fan of wavefarer walking shorts for years. These are not those. Granted , I may hands may be big, but they dont even close to fitting inside the pockets. Not even close.

Response from Patagonia
May 27, 2022

We're sorry to hear that these shorts have been a disappointment! We welcome you to return them to your nearest Patagonia-owned retail store or to our service center. You might prefer our [Men's Hydropeak Walk Shorts](https://www.patagonia.com/product/-mens-hydropeak-hybrid-walk-surf-shorts-19-inch/86475.html)!

May 21, 2022


These shorts are fine. I was trying to replace a pair of Patagonia shorts I bought a few years ago, and hoping the fabric would be a little lighter and pliable. The fabric is still comfortable and the shorts feel like they will be durable. I tend to wear pants and shorts on my hips, and these kind of restrict the range of motion in my hips; may imp... Read Moreact bouldering, unless they are hiked up. I wish the waist was a little more forgiving and that the drawstring was just a string on the inside of the waistband.

Response from Patagonia
May 24, 2022

Hi Joseph, sorry to hear that the Wavefarer® Hybrid Walk Surf Shorts weren't what you expected. Please feel free to begin a [return or exchange](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.htm) at any time.

May 19, 2022

versatile shorts

I just recently received these shorts. I returned the original order 35" waist (too tight) and exchanged them for 36". Some of my Patagonia trunks run a little big so they aren't very secure when surfing that's why I originally sized down. Not necessary with this style. So far so good. I haven't had them in the water yet bu... Read Moret wore them all weekend and they are the new go to shorts.

May 19, 2022

Ran way small for me.

I wear a size 38 in everything else, but these shorts were way, way too small for me. The quality is fine but both pairs I ordered were returned.

Response from Patagonia
May 20, 2022

We're truly sorry to hear the Men's Wavefarer Hybrid Walk Surf Shorts were off in sizing. If you have any questions about your return, please contact [Customer Service](https://help.patagonia.com/s/). We have passed your thoughts along to our Design Team. Thank you so much for your feedback.

May 19, 2022

Good functional board short

Love the material and durability. Feels really good through movements. Definitely my new go to for board shorts especially on the length. Long days in the water with short boardies kill the inside thigh. For casual wear I would say theyre okay. The pockets need to be a bit larger to be fully cross function worthy especially if youre wearing under... Read Morewear. Packable like baggies, if youve got that problem like me? Pack em in a bag and change before you head out for the day from work!

May 18, 2022


Only thing is the zipper is different. Not used to board shirts with a zipper

April 28, 2022

Better than expected

Very cool and comfortable shorts. If Patagonia comes out with a dark black I'll buy another pair.

April 26, 2022

Too short

Great design but ended up returning because 18 inches is just too short to be that versatile. If these were 19 or 20 inches long, would be a go-to pair of shorts and would buy multiple pairs. Disagree with the other reviewer -- the zipper and side pockets are awesome and what make them wearable in different situations.

April 22, 2022

one issue

i returned this item because it has a zipper! please make these without a zipper!

April 2, 2022


Amazing shorts!! I felt the velcro on the inside is unnecessary though. The lace belt gets stuck to the Velcro and damages the lace. Nothing major. Just annoying sometimes.

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