Gear Roundup: 7 boardshorts to serve your summer and aprés ski needs

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A swimsuit is more integral to a skier’s lineup of gear than you may think. From aprés sessions in the hot tub to surfing and wakeboarding in the summer, board shorts are a coveted piece of the pie. That’s why, with a few months of warm weather left in the Northern Hemisphere, we’ve rounded up seven worthy options for you to check out before heading into the water for a swim, surf or hot tub cougar pursuit.

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Clockwise from top-left: Armada Hot Tubbers, Hurley Phantom Fuse 3 Fade, Under Armour Papara, The North Face Water Dome, Vans Sloat Surf-n-Short, Quiksilver AG47 New Wave, Oakley Echo

Armada Hot Tubbers

The best feature about these tropical-inspired boardshorts? The “Beverage Compatible” mesh lined pockets, ideal for storing your aprés brewskis. The elastic waistband with draw cord keeps them on your waist (when needed), and the swimsuit also comes in a black colorway, for the less adventurous. MSRP: $50

Hurley Phantom Fuse 3 Fade

These stylish board shorts are built with a neoprene base material that’ll be super soft on your skin, and its 19-inch length bridges the gap between too short and too long. In addition, Hurley’s EZ fly closure comes sans velcro for added comfort, and also helps to combat velcro induced chaffing and the ever-evident bulge. MSRP: $125

Under Armour Papara Board Shorts

The Papara Board Shorts feature salt and chlorine resistant materials to combat wear and tear in both the pool and the ocean. Also, an “Anti-Odor” technology helps keep these bad boys smelling fresh no matter what you’ve been swimming in. MSRP: $70

Oakley Echo Boardshorts

These 21-inch boardshorts from Oakley are composed is composed of four-way stretch ripstop fabric with additional stretch in the fly area for a more ergonomic fit. In addition, Oakley’s Hydrofree Technology is implemented to combat water retainment and drag when you’re strolling down the beach lookin’ fly. MSRP: $75

Quiksilver AG47 New Wave Bonded 19″ Boardshorts

The AG47 is the most technical boardshort that Quiksilver produces, thanks in part to its Drytech Technology, which ensures speedy drying time for these bad boys when you retreat from the water. The AG47 is also environmentally responsible, having been manufactured with Repreve recycled materials. MSRP: $125

Vans Sloat Surf-n-Short

Those looking to show off their rockin’ thighs would do well by the 17-inch Vans Sloat Surf-n-Short. Three pockets, two in the front and one in the back, provide enough storage for the essentials, but remember to remove that iPhone before diving in. MSRP: $50

The North Face Water Dome Boardshorts

The Water Dome Boardshorts are constructed of soft and durable polyester material, features a stretch gusset at the fly for a spacious fit for your berries and a secure zip pocket on the side, ideal for those keys you tend to misplace. The boardshorts also offer an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50+ to protect your pasty complexion from Mr. Sun. MSRP: $75

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