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Undies that won't hold you back.

Climb, stretch, run, or do whatever else the day brings in the stretchy, moisture-wicking comfort of the Patagonia Women's Active Boy Short. Treated with a finish that enhances moisture management, the short's technical Active Mesh fabric keeps you cool and comfortable, while spandex stretch lets you move freely, whatever activity you're engaged in.

  • Active Mesh (recycled polyester, nylon, and spandex)
  • Moisture-wicking finish
  • Form-fitting
  • Feminine cut and low rise

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4 5

Not quite perfect

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 5' 4"
    Weight: 142 lbs
    Size Purchased: M

First off I want to say that I love these boy shorts, however they are just a bit too large for me. I am in a weird size range where small is usually too small and medium is usually too large.. In this case, the medium is a bit too large and yet I feel like a small would be too tight. The legs roll up a lot on these for me as well, but other than that they are great!

2 5

These don't quite cut it for me!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Purchased: Small

Size reference: 5' 4.75", ~34A, 108-112 lbs. depending on the season. I carry my weight in my thighs/hips/bum, and I got these in a small despite being a little in-between an XS and a S according to their size chart.

FIT & PERFORMANCE: I am a big fan of the boy short style, and Patagonia definitely hit the nail on the head in terms of coverage. The length is just right, and they cover my bottom entirely, which is nice because a lot of "boy short" styles tend to be more "cheeky”; yet, they are not low-profile, as the edges of these shorts DO show through yoga pants or tight jeans. I have the matching bra which I do wear 1-2 times a week on average, and really like the matching, interesting patterns. The same fabric is used in both of them, which is excellent in terms of its ability to dry quickly, and my bra has lasted through many washes and a lot of activity, so I imagine the same would go for the fabric on the shorts.

However, for me, the crotch rides up after a short time wearing these while doing exercise or other more intense activities like climbing or slacklining, which makes them very uncomfortable. Walking to the store and back, they tend to feel good and stay put, but otherwise, I don't get much mileage out of them.

I think part of the problem is both the varying fabric pattern and the location/type of the seams. The fabric pattern on the majority of the boy short is very stretchy and soft, but the fabric pattern (or gauge, perhaps) on the crotch is tougher and much less stretchy , which makes it feel tighter than the rest of the short. For me, it feels quite restricting. The stretchiness of the rest of the short feels great when moving around a lot, but it seems like this aids in the shorts riding up elsewhere.

For me, the diamond crotch seam pattern on their Velocity Race Shorts doesn’t ride up and has a more natural feel, and you often see that type of seam in yoga pants, probably because the seem type/placement makes much more sense for us ladies (the seams tend to better follow our anatomy rather than run against it).

If you think these might work better for you than they did for me, I'd suggest buying this previous model that is on sale (or using a coupon to buy the new model) before committing to an expensive pair of underwear you might not like. It looks like the new model doesn't differ in the crotch style but rather in the thickness of the waistband (which wasn't a problem for me as it wasn't constricting).

The attached pic should show the comparison of the seam style in Patagonia's Velocity Race Shorts (in catalan coral) versus the Active Mesh Boy Short (in radiant magenta).

These don't quite cut it for me!

Thanks for the detailed review :) very helpful!

5 5

Love the Style and Durability

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have had a pair of these for the past few years, and have just invested in another pair. These are probably my favorite pair of underwear because it is lightweight, dries quickly, has a longer inseam then most boyshorts, and is antimicrobial. I have worn these on long-distance backpacking trips and been very happy. They can be worn for days without discomfort or starting to reek like cotton, also they are very easy to wash in a sink because they dry so quickly!

4 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Nice fit. These are a little bit too thick but very comfortable.

5 5

Hooked on these

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I love these shorts. They are perfect for hot yoga class, as well as worn under clothes and for travel. They are really comfy and quick drying, and wash well. I have ended up getting a few pairs, I'm hooked.

5 5


  • Fit: True to size

If you are on the fence about spending ~$25 on some undies, get off that fence right now and into a pair of these. These Active Boy Shorts are the softest most awesomest most breathable undies ever. I was looking to find a replacement for the Victoria's Secret PINK yoga panties that they've recently discontinued and these are even better than what I was trying to replace!

They also double as great last minute lake swimming attire.

5 5

Wife digs these

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

We bought an older version that was 100% polyester and she loves those, we needed another pair and she really likes the mesh material of these boy shorts. She's hooked. The fit is true to size and very low profile.