Patagonia Paddler Board Shorts - Men's


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Tough and abrasion resistant, the Patagonia Paddler Boardshorts - Men's are built to maximize comfort and style during hard use activities. These hydrophilic shorts, that are designed in nylon outer fabric with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish to repel H2O, feature a smooth, loose-hanging polyester liner to minimize chaffing. The hem seams are reversed-out for a friendlier feel over the skin, while a hidden 2-button fly with tie closure ensures the perfect fit. With self-draining zippered hip pocket, the Paddler Boardshorts are recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.


  • Fabric: 4.3-oz 100% nylon with DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Lining: 2.3-oz 50-denier 100% all-recycled polyester. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
  • Lightweight nylon is durable, quick-drying
  • Liner, attached at inseam and outseam, reduces chafe and provides quick drainage
  • Hidden 2-button fly with tie closure
  • Self-draining, zippered hip pocket
  • Reversed-out seam at hem reduces chafing
  • Inseam is 9"; outseam is 21"
  • Now available in size 29
  • Weight: (239 g 8.3 oz)

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Review Summary

4.5 out of 5

4 Reviews

  • Build quality: 3
  • Great design: 2
  • Great value: 1
  • Performance: 1

  • Cost: 1
Quality: 5 / 5
Comfort: 4.5 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5

4 Ratings & Reviews

Like the feel not crazy about the style.
July 27, 2010

They flare out some at the bottom, don't hang straight like most other board shorts.


October 13, 2010

The item description sums these up pretty well. Very comfy, fast drying, durable and practical. Sizing was a tiny bit on the smaller side but still worked just fine for me.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from San Diego, CA

Best Boardshorts Ever
January 07, 2012

I bought these shorts for an upcoming trip to Hawaii... Great decision! While I typically would just pick up whatever was cheapest I decided to splurge a bit for a quality pair of board shorts. The shorts are really well made. You can see from looking at the stiching and overall design of the shorts that a lot of thought went into them. My favorite features: Button Fly: I hate velcro which can chaf, bunch awkwardly, and catch the drawstring in them. The button fly eliminates this problem entirely. Zippered Pocket: We've all worried about losing something out of our pocket (especially swimming) and this solves that problem. Interior Liner: I've never had a liner on my swimsuits and I just may not be able to go back. It's the next level in comfort. Weight/Density: Often a swimsuit is so thin it can feel like nothing is there which is great in the water but not so much walking around town. Between the liner and quality material used it feels like you are wearing something of substance that feels appropriate out in public as well as in the water.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5

from Wilton, ME
25-34 yrs

Great Board Shorts
July 11, 2011

These board shorts are the most comfortable swimsuit I've ever owned. The fit is perfect and the draw-string waist keeps them in place. The fabric sheds water well and dries quickly when it does get wet. I also own a pair of Patagonia Wavefarer Board Shorts and the liner in the Paddler Board Shorts does help with chaffing if you're moving a lot.

Pros: Build quality

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 28, size 29, size 30, size 31, size 32, size 33, size 34, size 35, size 36, size 38 and size 40: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40.

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