Secure Fit for Rafting and Surfing
These shorts are my favorite for multi-day rafting and surfing trips. They are super durable but also pliable when wet or dry. I love the way the waist sits just above my hip and doesn't slide down. They've surpassed Baggies as my favorite river short!
I weigh 153# at 5'7". I generally wear a size 10 in pants/shorts. I ordered a 12 and these are fantastic! They fit nicely at the waste and butt and have just a little bit of room for my thighs. I will be wearing these for paddle boarding and going to the beach over my swimming suit. The print is very cute and I'm guessing these are g... Read Moreoing to last forever! I will probably order more colors.
Love the material
I bought these for a hiking trip out west and I wasn't disappointed. I love the material they're made of they are easy to move around in. I am 5'03, 108 pounds and usually wear a petite 0. However, I ordered up a size because of some reviews I read. I'm glad I did. I have athletic thighs and the smaller size would have been too ... Read Moretight on them. They are a little big in the waist, but I can easily adjust that with the string. Overall, I'm please with them.
Went with one size up based on other reviews and Im glad I did. One size up for exactly like my normal size and I looove these. I got one pair and then ordered 2 more colors right after. Wore these fishing in a tournament and got caught in a summer storm during and these dried right out after and no chafing while wet.
I have purchased these shorts in the past and loved them. They have the same name, but Patagonia has changed the style enough, that I was miffed about it. They used to be straight across the bottom, and now they are curved higher to the outside and appear noticeably shorter and the leg opening is somewhat narrower. That much of a change deserved a ... Read Morenew name.
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Comfy, durable, fast drying
The length is perfect if you want to have some coverage, but not feel restricted by a longer board short. Thicker than other board shorts, but is still lightweight, comfortable and fast drying. I usually wear a 6 and the size 6 fits, but I definitely have to use the waist tie. I could have gone down a size, but thought it would be a little too tigh... Read Moret. True to size. If you like a little room in your board shorts consider sizing up 1x.
Run way too small
I have a pair of Patagonia board shorts from a few years ago and I LOVE them. So much so that I bought two new pairs this year! Unfortunately the style out now doesnt fit anything like the older pair I have ... these run too small and need some spandex for a little give. Love the patterns but not happy with the fit at all.
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Rad shorts, but fits slim
I love these shorts for SUP, surf, and beach activities. I get compliments on them every time I wear them, which is often. Based on the reviews, I went up one size from my typical size 4 and Im glad I did. Im slender and athletic, but I have curvy hips and a small waist. The size 6 is a little too big in the waist, but not so much so as to be bothe... Read Morersome. I appreciate the functional board short tie waist with the single button fly. I definitely wont be losing these in the surf as I might with some elastic waist shorts. These fit much trimmer and closer to the leg than Patagonia Baggies, and the look is quite flattering. Zippered pocket on the right backside isnt very big, but it has a built in key loop which is a convenient feature. It can fit your keys and a lip balm.
Comfortable, good for layering
I love the color choices on these shorts and they're super comfortable to wear and/or layer with other swimwear. I always order the same sizes from Patagonia but these ran small for me and I exchanged for one size up. I am of muscular build, especially in my legs, so sizing up fixed the fit problem with that but left the waist too large even w... Read Morehen adjusting with the drawstrings. Overall I would recommend these shorts but double-check sizing first.
Great board shorts, wish they were an inch shorter
These are great boardshorts! They are the perfect material and just short enough to be more flattering than some of the other longer shorts out there. The wave pattern is cute too! That being said, Im 56 (120lbs) and i wish they were like an inch shorter in length bc the leg scallops are so big/wide. I bought size 4 bc of I like them to fit over my... Read More bikini bottoms on the boat/wakeboard, so i did size up for that and they work great around the hips. Id buy another pair if they made a 3 or 4 version
WAY too small
I got excited for Patagonia carrying plus sizes, but what good is them being inclusive if they dont understand plus sizes? Did they have any human models for these? If so, were they female?! I wish I would have read reviews first! I got my normal size (18) and thats the biggest they go. They fit around the thighs, but I couldnt pull them up over my... Read More butt or hips. They fit more like a 14. So annoying and I felt like I was being body shamed by Patagonia!! They need to try these on fit models! No idea why they dont get it.
Not for your average woman
Not recommended for hips or booty or anything but the slim figure. Im very muscular in the thighs being a former power lifter on the side and have larger hips now after having 2 kids and Lordy, nope. If you dont look like the model you can forget it.
Hi Kath, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us and we're really sorry that the fit didn't work out. Your feedback has been passed along to the appropriate team. Don't hesitate to return the boardshorts if you were looking to do so and haven't already.
I love these, but I'm glad I saw the reviews and went by the sizing chart instead of my normal size. I'm normally a 4-6. This had me at 8-10. I got an 8 because I know I'm about to lose some weight. But if I wasn't planning on that, I would have got the 10. The 8s are still very snug.
I've lost track of how many i bought!
These shorts are good for everything.. bc I've owned and repurchased them for yrs now.. In summer, I live in these. They'e not stretchy or very breathable for running, so I wouldn't suggest that... although I still run in mine. They really shine in the water sport department, as they're water resistant, quick drying, and also co... Read Moreunt as clothing if you run to the store... At a water park, your stuff is secure in the zipper pocket. The fit is very flattering, but if you're curvy size up. It's a more snug fit.. which I love. And I appreciate the longer inseam. It's the sexiest functional board short for women you're ever gonna find... that remains decent to wear in public. That ticks all the boxes for me, take my money!
Sadly this design does not fit well with a curvy athletic form. I was very disappointed that Patagonia has not figured out they need to offer a curvy size for those who has full athletic bottoms yet having a small waist. Its a little frustrating when you want to have a short but your butt is too large in proportion to waist size.
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The BEST water shorts
I've bought 3 pairs of these. I absolutely love them! I'm 5'8" and about 140 lbs... i wear an 8. They are semi-fitted, but stretch enough to move freely and stay put when wet. They hug the booty, while providing enough length to be worn outside of the water, and that zip pocket is everything. I'm more of an athletic build, ... Read Moremy legs are thick, this style of short is one of the only shorts I can wear and I love that is is good for swim. This is bomb for all thicker legged gals!
Smaller Than Advertised
Couldn't even button at all. I have never had problems with Size 12 (thanks to my Mediterranean hips) and was astonished by these shorts. The size is definitely smaller than advertised. Would've exchanged for 14 if they weren't out of stock. Returning them!
Unfortunately, just like most of
Unfortunately, just like most of the other reviews, I LOVED LOVED LOVED the color and design of these shorts however the fit/sizing is off. I could hardly get these over my hips in the size 2 and the size 4 was HUGE. Such a bummer as the striped design and short length was perfect! Hoping Patagonia addressing the fit issue and we see these again...... Read More.fingers crossed....
Thanks for your detailed review JoAnn! We really appreciate the great feedback, even though the shorts didn't work out this time. The nylon fabric has less stretch than some of the polyester options, so we hope you'll consider the other boardshorts we release in Spring 2020. We'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) you [return](https://help.patagonia.com/s/topic/0TO1L0000002yyTWAQ/returns-exchanges) any future items to a Patagonia-owned store or to our main service center for merchandise credit or a refund, so don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Fit is off
Size 6 was too tight in the butt, size 8 was too loose and hung down really low. Feel Patagonia is made for women that have no curves. Returned.
Hello Rachael. Thanks so much for your feedback and we're sorry to hear you're disappointed with the fit. We went ahead and emailed you with the details of your refund.
Perfect for thin, athletic bodies
I am 5'6", 110 pounds, and a V shape. The size 0 fit me perfect and I love them. I have worn them to the beach a lot, but not surfing since I normally wear a wetsuit surfing. Love the colors and quick dry material; very well made. Patagonia, I suggest making a size 00 for girls thinner than I. If I do not tie them and only have them butto... Read Morened, they may come off in rough water. But then, I guess that is why you have the strings, eh? Thank you for making nice fitting shorts for us thin folks.
This is my second pair of this style of surf shorts, and I still wear the first, which I bought more than 5 years ago. The length is ideal... not too short or too long, and the construction is fantastic. The zippered pocket is incredibly useful. The waist is still a little off for me (rides too high to be a hip-hugger, but is too big for my waist),... Read More but as long as I wear them with shirts (instead of with just a bikini top) that i is not an issue.
Great Design - Tight Fit
I love the look of these board shorts! However, the sizing is tight/straight and I had to order one size up to get shorts that fit around my hips. I am 5'4", 125lbs and normally wear a size 4 or Medium in jeans and shorts. The size 6 fits better around my hips, but results in extra material popping up by the small of my back. But I still ... Read Morelove my size 6s and enjoy surfing in them!
Great feedback, Ariana! The nylon fabric in these shorts has less stretch than the polyester of our other shorts, so you're absolutely right to size up.
There’s no give in the fabric. I feel you need to have a stretchy material for a short to work for outdoor activities. The fit was disproportional since the fabric wasn’t flexible.
We're sorry to hear your feedback on these boardshorts. You're more than welcome to start a return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).
I originally sized up and got a 6 because I heard they ran small and then had to exchange for an 8 and I am going to have to return. The legs are fine actually a little too wide now with the 8 but the waist is extremely tight with no give it’s hard to get up if you have any shape at all
I'm sorry to hear about the sizing. Feel free to give our customer service team a call at 1-800-638-6464 if you need any assistance returning the shorts.
Slightly different sizing from last year
These are cut a bit slimmer in the hips than last year; if you are at all curvy in the hips I would go up one size. These are great, hard wearing, quick drying shorts though! They will loosen as you wear them and especially when they get wet so take that into consideration trying them on.
Not forgiving material
These shorts turned out to be a lot tighter than I expected and not very forgiving because they are not stretchy. I don't usually buy board shorts, so this just might be my lack of experience with them. I ended up returning them because I don't think sizing up would make them any more flattering. Stretchy material would help.
We are sorry these were too tight! Please feel free to [contact us](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html) if you have any questions regarding your return.
Size not perfect
Hi, I bought two similar shorts at Patagonia on this purchase. One was short one was long. Both were size 4. The long one fit perfectly. the short one is too tight. Same size. Now the size i want is no longer on sale. A bit disappointing and it seems like i either spend the time and trip to return it or just lose the purchase money...
We're very sorry the size you wanted is now sold out. Please feel free to contact our [Customer Service](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html) team if you'd like to return the boardshorts still. We'd send you a free shipping label.
Sizing not right
I bought a 10 when I’m normally an 8 to have extra room.... couldn’t even button them.... run very small!
We are sorry to hear the troubles here with sizing. Thanks for your helpful feedback on the way these fit. If you'd like [help](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html#searchterm=contact) sending these [back](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return), please let us know.
Board shorts are meant to be worn in the water, but these aren’t lined, so you’d still need a bathing-suit underneath. They’re also massively unflattering and run super small, unless you’re built like a stick. Some athletes do have curves, Patagonia!
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Best Fitting Boards
These are perfect length (not too short or long). My wide hips have good room to move. They have just enough stretch. I like mine roomy. I’m 148lbs, 5’9, 40 inch hips, size 12 works best. I got solid lilac—I like having a solid color besides black. I wear the Nanogrip Nireta Top in New Navy with them—great match up.
After reading all the reviews I ordered a size 10. I am normally a 10 in pata pants, and sometimes a 12 still won’t even fit in the leg. The shorts were way too big, so I ordered an 8. The 8 barely stays on my hips with the drawstring tied as tight as it will go. I love these shorts and the Jurassic print is very pretty. I am 5’-6” 145lbs built lik... Read Moree a tank. 30”waist, 36” hips.
Glad I read the reviews on sizing....
I am so glad I checked with the reviews on these shorts before I bought them. I am a pants size 0 and normally, Patagonia is pretty true to size when I order XS/S. Because of the recommendation of ordering not one but TWO sizes up, my shorts fit. (I'm a 0 but I ordered the size 4...They actually are a little tiny snug when sitting but it'... Read Mores not too bad). Thanks everyone for taking the time to post a review.
Who doesn't LOVE a pair of boardshorts?
My Wavefarer boardshorts are now a "must pack" item when going anywhere. Beach, travel, post gym workout... they're the do anything at any time short. Casual fit, looks great, and comfortable. I liked the first pair so much I ordered a second. I'm sure another birth is in the future, which will bring my boardshort family to 3. L... Read MoreOVE THEM!
I have many Patagonia products, but mostly ones that cover the upper body. I wanted to try these shorts because of the durability and quality. I measured myself and went by the size chart which said I was a 16. These fit out of the water ok, not tight, not loose. In the water, I had to constantly retie and they were really loose.
Thanks for the feedback on this and we are sorry to hear that in the water, they are falling down. If you'd like to try another size, we'd be happy to [help](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html#searchterm=help).
Cute shorts but run small
I do love these, I had a pair a few years ago in a 6 that were lose on me but I don’t like tight shorts. I got them this year and it took a few returns to realize the 8 was my size. So size up! At least 1-2 sizes than your normal here. For reference I am 5’4 around 136lbs and the 8 was right on. They are solid and I got the multi stripe and the blu... Read Moree stripe because once I nailed the size I love the shorts!
Way too small
I normally wear an 8, but reviews said they ran small so I got a 10. Still way too small! Had to return them as I couldn’t come close to getting them on :(
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Women's 12 board short's, Awesome but not when wet!
They're a great fit until they get wet and then they stretch out to where I have to change the shorts because they're falling off. I love the patterns and the way they look on me, it's just tough to do things in them while I'm in the water.
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I like them
Over all i love these shorts. I recently took them traveling where I used them in and out of the water. I wore them while snorkeling and SCUBA diving in warm water. the first day i didn't wear them while snorkeling and i regret it because i got sunburned. I really appreciated the UPF in them from then on. I quickly realized they don't dr... Read Morey as quick as i would have liked and they become too loose around my waist when wet (i couldn't tighten them anymore with the drawstring). Side note;* i couldn't have gotten a smaller size due to my thigh circumference. So I needed to pack a change of shorts for when i got out of the water. Wearing them dry, and on land, I really wish they had some front pockets. This might be a personal preference; im used to putting my hands in my pockets so i wasn't sure what to do with my hands at times. I love that there is at least one pocket on these though, it's essential for carrying small items like keys and ID. Lastly i love the length of them; they're not booty shorts and theyre not too long.
Cute fitting, perfect short for river trip
I am 5'7", 135#, straight and slim. Size 6 fit great. They don't stretch so size 4 fit cute but weren't comfortable to be active in. I wore them for 6 days in a row on a river float down/camping trip the Smith River. Swam in them every day, they dried out quickly and looked great at the end of the trip. Comfortable to hike in an... Read Mored sit around in. The fly is a button instead of velcro. Scored them a 4 b/c I think a velcro fly would have been more practical.
Cute but they run very small
I like these shorts but the fit is a little funny. I bought the next size up but didn’t like how they fit so went another size up. The fit is still kind of awkward but will work for most activities. Not my favorite purchase but still that great Patagonia quality.
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Baggy and annoying tie closure
Pros: nice fabric and lavender color. Cons: I purchased the size recommended for my measurements, and they’re too large everywhere. I also find the tie closure annoyingly lumpy.
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Super cute. Fit was off.
I loved these when I saw them. The colors were fantastic and the style looked great. The tie mechanism on front seemed very solid. I went with the size I am with other brands and these ran VERY small. I’m a fairly petite person, but have wide hips. Have been a 4 in other brands and went with that here as well. Unfortunately I ended up returning the... Read Morem and ordering a similar pair from another brand who I knew the sizing worked for me. In this same order I did also get a skort which was sized similarly and fit perfect. Not sure why the inconsistency with sizing. Patagonia, please address this so I can order more confidently in the future. If you plan to purchase these shorts, be sure to SIZE UP and enjoy them!
We are sorry to hear about the troubles with fit on these boardshorts. Thanks for the feedback on this as it is invaluable to our designers when considering sizing moving forward. We are happy you got those sent back and have emailed you with an update on the return.
I bought 5 different pairs. They all fit different small. I did find one pair that worked.
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Really nice but SO SMALL
I read the reviews about how small they were and thought I would be fine sizing up but wow these are shockingly not true to size. My waist is 29 or 30 and so by the size guide I should be a 10 or 12 so I got a 12 after reading the reviews. They did not even come up past my thighs so I returned them. I went in-store to try on the 14 and they still w... Read Moreouldn't do up by approximately three inches. I am mainly just confused. To be fair though, the shorts seem well made and look nice..but apparently not for anyone waist size 29 and up. Kinda disappointing.
We are sorry to hear about the troubles with sizing. Your feedback is very helpful to us and we appreciate you taking the time to write this review. If you were not able to [return](https://www.patagonia.ca/canada-returns.html#searchterm=return) the size 12 in store, please let us know and we are happy to [help](https://www.patagonia.ca/customer-service.html#searchterm=contact).
Very very very small
These are very cute and well made. However.... I ordered a size up from my pant size as I wanted them to sit low on my hips. I can’t even button these closed. I am very tall, and do t think height was accounted for. I’m sad because I was hoping these would work
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super cute but WAY SMALL
I got these similar shorts a few years ago in a size 6 and they were so big on me I had to take them in, so I was delighted to see these this year and I ordered a 4 thinking they would be perfect. I could not get past my hips, then I ordered a 6, still too small. I am crossing my fingers for the size 8(which is never my size here) so if you like th... Read Moreese I would recommend ordering up two sizes for sure. Ther reviews below are right on and I should have read them before I got the first size 4. I am 5'5 134lbs usually a 6 and a small in all patagonia stuff.
WAYYY TOO SMALL
Not true to size, unfortunately. Super cute, but probably 1-2 sizes small, also no give because they aren't stretchy. Returning
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Love these shorts when kayaking, walking the beach, paddleboarding and even swimming! They're comfortable in the leg even when I'm sitting in the kayak and they don't stick to you when wet. Haven't worn out the old pairs yet but I am adding to my collection with the new blue/lilac striped pair!
I need more of these!
These are SUPER cute!! Excellent quality, perfect length. I must say the photos really don't do them justice. They make your booty look good - bonus! I can see myself wearing these not only for swimming & kayaking but as casual summer shorts. I need to get more colors, for sure.
Dry quickly - run a little small
They're great for tall women. I love the 5". My wife and I have 5 pairs of them. They do run a bit small though. I really don't think the size 10 are a true size 10. I'm a size 10 in every other item of clothing I own but I have to buy the size 12 in order for these to fit. The same goes for the men's shorts. I bought a pai... Read Morer for my sister's boyfriend and they also run a size small. So keep that in mind when you're ordering. I'd still recommend!
Nice Pair of shorts but didn't fit
I liked the shorts. Nice quality and style,however they didn't fit me so I returned and ordered a pair of Baggies instead. I'm 5'3" and 170 lb. Ordered a size 12,they fit but way too tight. I have a bigger butt and thighs compared to waist though. I wear a size 12 in AE's tom girl shorts and a large in Nike Dri-fit shorts f... Read Moreor comparison.
Too long,no alternative
I bought these in 2016 for a beach trip and they were perfect. Two years later,new trip,new shorts but this year's are much longer and there's not another board short option that is shorter. I prefer the coverage beyond the bikini but I found myself constantly folding these up to be comfortable. Wish they made a 3" inseam.
Flattering board short
These shorts are a flattering length: short enough to be cute and long enough to be modest. I replaced a couple of old pairs of Patagonia board shorts with these and am impressed with them so far. I usually wear a Patagonia size 4 (5'7",130lbs),but ordered these in a 6 and am happy with the size of the waist,but as is true with many style... Read Mores of Patagonia pants/shorts,the butt was a bit tight.
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