Patagonia Wavefarer Board Shorts Review
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With summer in full swing and temperatures hitting 80-100 degrees Fahrenheit in many parts of the country, it’s time to start shedding some of those warmer layers and keep up with the in-crowd. I recently took my honeymoon from Northern California to the Northwest of USA and decided since I would be ocean side for a long period of time, it would be a great time to test out the Wavefarer Board Shorts by Patagonia. And while the temperatures of the Pacific Ocean aren’t conducive to swimming without a wet suit for many, I found the Patagonia Wavefarer to be great for beach bumming, kayaking, and light hikes.
The Patagonia Wavefarer Board Shorts are made of a lightweight quick drying nylon that has a DWR (durable water repellent) coating. The lightweight nylon works great for traveling as it is super light (4.3 oz.) and they pack super small. With the DWR finish, the Wavefarer Board Shorts don’t absorb water much, allowing them to dry out super quick and helps reduce chaffage over a long day of activity. The length of the shorts hits right above the knee which gives you the classic board short look without looking like a young punk. I tested out the brown Cattail and I received a number of compliments on the shorts. There are over 2 dozen Wavefarer Board Short styles to choose from, so if cattails aren’t your thing, then no need to worry.
To keep your valuables to yourself, there is a zippered pocket that fits on the side of your thigh which in my mind is a perfect placement. I like that if I put my wallet or phone in my pocket, I don’t have a big bulge out on the front on my pocket. The backside would have worked out ok for me, but backside pockets don’t always work the greatest when sitting on a surf board or sitting in a kayak. The Patagonia Wavefarer Board Shorts retail for $59 which I find to be about average for a good pair of quality board shorts. For more information on the Wavefarer Board Shorts and other Patagonia products, please visit www.patagonia.com or www.rei.com/patagonia.