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The Patagonia Women’s Shortie Board Short is ready for warm-weather watersports, with a lightweight, stretchy fabric and kicky two-inch inseam. From beach volleyball to surfing the break, this board short is always in the middle of the action.

  • Lightweight fabric made from recycled polyester and a touch of spandex for comfortable stretch
  • Elastic waist includes drawcord to get the fit just-so
  • Front pockets have drain holes and back pocket with snap flap holds your bar money
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Overall nice, but quality-challenged

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

I ordered two additional pairs after buying one pair, to take with me to Hawaii. They fit (XL) well for my physique (5'8"/155#) because while they may be slightly short the width of the legs is generous, which flatters my slightly out-of-shape legs. That being said, one of the two pairs had a defective drawstring. Apparently there are two drawstrings, each attached at the side seams of the shorts. One of mine pulled right out of hole the first time I put them on. I didn't have time to return them and ended up wearing them anyway. I'm giving them four stars because I expect better quality from Patagonia.

Fit great!

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

I wear them everyday that I'm working at a paddle boarding operation. They dry super fast once wet and they're short enough that I can even out my bike short tan. The pockets are great as well so I can take things with me out on the board.

very comfy

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

These shorts are very comfortable and dried quickly. I pretty much lived in these while on my 7 day rafting trip. I loved the drawstring/elastic waist. Unlike Laura, I am only 5'3" with a flat stomach and no muffin top and wear a size 4, for me these fit perfectly and the length is awesome. As there is nothing I hate more than having my suit bottoms and board shorts both riding up my butt!

Kind of dorky, but very functional

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm 5'5" and weigh about 118 lbs. I have thin legs and a little bit of a belly roll. Which means...these shorts leave tons of room in the legs (comfortable and breezy but kind of dorky-looking) and the elastic is a little tight for my belly. It's pretty strong elastic that keeps the drawstring from letting the waist out as much as it could. I think most people won't mind it - I'm just very sensitive to a tight waist.

The length seems appropriate. I used them as swimming shorts with a bikini top and they were a tad longer than I'd like for that (also, did I mention dorky?), but not too bad. I definitely wouldn't wear them without bikini bottoms underneath, especially since they're so wide in the leg!

They dry really fast, which is great, and they seem like they're going to be durable. I've washed them and hung them to dry, and they handled it well.

I ordered both the green and the pink to see which color I liked better, and I can safely say that these colors are BRIGHT. The pink is HOT pink, and the green is lime green.