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KAVU River Short - Men's

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    8 Reviews


    Once the river spits you out at the mouth of its winding canyon, you'll be sporting a wicked tan line since the sturdy Kavu River Short won't have left your body for the entire trip.

    • Nylon fabric withstands river-running abuse, dries quickly, and its DWR coating keeps the whitewater from soaking you with every splash
    • Elastic waist and drawstring secure the short if you swim through big rapids
    • Mesh brief provides support during rowing duty or day hikes
    • Rear sunrise yoke helps to prevent wedgies while you ride in the boat for hours every day
    • Thick thread and double-reinforced seams keep the short together for an entire summer season on the river
    • Mesh hand pockets and a zippered security pocket hold small items while you set up camp or pick up trash on the beach
    • Item #KAV0372

    Tech Specs

    nylon, DWR coating
    8 in
    2 front mesh, 1 security zip
    elastic with drawstring
    Recommended Use
    river running, swimming, water activities
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    River Short


    Regular fit, elastic waist short with internal drawcord, stretch mesh brief, front pockets and one hidden security zip pocket, mesh pocket bags, curved back yoke, double needle reinforced seams.

    River Short

    KAVU!!! float on

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    Cant say enough about how much i love the quality products and culture coming out of this brand. They put such creative twists on classic products to make them great. These river shorts are no exception. Look at the pattern options. On top of that they are super comfortable on the river. They have a mesh liner to get it all together for a long day of floating or where ever your journey takes you. The 8 inch inseam is perfect right above the need maybe a little more but not too short. Finally i was bummed with two unsecure pockets until i found the security pocket which is key. I have been living in these shorts all summer and the durability has been great. Overall you are getting a great product from a great group of folks at Kavu! Sizing i am a 32-33 currently running a medium.

    Gonna be Great

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    So far these shorts have been great. I picked them up the other day and am impressed so far. I got them for mostly fly fishing and any boating activities.

    The shorts are super light and are definitely going to be a quick drying short, I already spilled beer on them and they held up.

    The shorts do have two front pockets which are nice, and they even have a small zippered mesh pocket inside of the front pocket. It's always nice having a zippered pocket on the river so you can bring your keys for the shuttle, or any other necessity.

    Shorts would have gotten 5 stars if it weren't for the liner, and also these shorts are fairly large. I dont want to say they are overly big or run big, but they are just a bit boxy. The smalls fit me and i have about a 31 inch waist. The shorts are just cut more like a khaki short then say a similar short in the Patagonia Baggies is cut.


    Founded in the Pacific Northwest in 1993, KAVU stands for Klear Above Visibility Unlimited. KAVU is much more than just the name of our company. KAVU is a philosophy, a perspective, and a way of life that revolves around doing what you love in nature’s playgrounds. From deep wilderness to your neighborhood park, KAVU is “true outdoor wear” crafted to be your go-to favorite, the first item you throw on when adventure calls - which is ridiculously often.

    Versatile shorts

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: med
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 143lbs

    I've found these shorts to be good for various activities because of the front pockets. They could be used, as I've done, for running, tennis and jumping in the pool. The liner is comfortable and they look good. The river blue color was much more of a royal blue than the picture shows.

    Color issues

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

    Product made well enough, but completely lost its color after sitting in hot tub on a cruise. Discoloration is continuing and in uneven fashion. Area where I sit is much darker.

    Hi DrW,
    I am the KAVU Rep for BC and I am really sorry to learn of this experience! Having owned these for years and also enjoying hot tubs, I am really surprised. Please feel free to contact KAVU consumer service at 206-456-9307 so they can take care of you for this issue. Again really sorry happened.

    They're shorts

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    They get the job done but certainly not a lot special about them. They do dry quickly. The mesh is pretty uncomfortable, I cut the mesh out.

    Great Paddling Shorts

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 200lbs

    These shorts are perfect for some paddling. They're quick-drying, extremely comfortable, and have a zipper next to the right side pocket for keys, etc. The pockets are deep as well. The lining, on the inside, though, isn't that strong, and is prone to rip. Other than that, I would highly recommend these shorts if you're looking for a great paddling short.

    Not really.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    To be honest, I have nothing good to say about these paddle shorts. I referenced the sizing chart and fell into the Medium range; but, the Medium shorts I received are on the Large size. The shorts do not have a zippered security pocket as described. There is no style or professional design to the shorts as you would expect in paying nearly $38 on sale (..the description should reflect that the item was made in China, probably by the same assembly line making children's toys..). The tie string is flat and made of the cheapest material.