The summer sun keeps beating down and combined with a few beer stains, those boardshorts of yours are starting to look a little faded. Now’s the time to freshen up your style—for the end of summer, and for the impending hot tub sessions of winter—and here are some of the best boardies to do it with.
*The boardshorts below are listed in no particular order.
Hippy Tree — Tetons Trunk
Head up to an alpine lake and cool off with these durable, mountain-inspired trunks. Constructed of microfiber polyester, they have a soft feel, lace-up waist with a double button-fly closure and feature a gusseted crotch for flexibility. On the right hip, you’ll find a zippered and buttoned pocket with the ever-handy key loop.
Pros: Micro-fiber feels soft against the skin.
Cons: No stretch.
Nike — Legacy Specimen
Tap into your creative side with these water-colored shorts from the artists at Nike. They’re constructed with 88% polyester and 12% spandex for a super stretchy feel and the side panels allow a great range of motion. A draining pocket with key loop stashes what you need on the right side.
Pros: Side panels for maneuverability.
Cons: Pocket is too small for most hands.
O’Neill — Neurosis
The Neurosis boasts 86% polyester with 14% elastane, making them a top contender in the stretch category. A lace-up waist with a Velcro fly keeps everything where it should be and the Velcro back pocket even has a multi-tool that covers two high priorities: A bottle opener for your suds and a fin tool for your surfboard.
Pros: Attached multi-tool.
Cons: Tool in the back pocket isn’t the most comfortable when you’re sitting down to enjoy that beer.
Patagonia — Stretch Wavefarer
These shorts are 96% nylon and 4% spandex with bent side seams to make them as flexible as you. A lace-up waistband and button-fly closure keeps your drawers in place while the zippered thigh pocket, with key loop, keeps your belongings in place, too.
Pros: Bent side seams for great range of movement.
Cons: Front panels don’t stretch as much as the back.
Saga — Stolen Stripe Boardshort
Steal some style with these 100% polyester shorts from Saga Outerwear. The lace-up waistband is slightly skewed to the right with a button-fly and the embroidered logo on the bottom left offsets the roomy pocket on the upper right.
Pros: On sale for $20.
Cons: No key loop.