Patagonia Meridian Board Shorts - Women's


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Avellanas offers power-packed beachbreaks, juicy reefs and a zippy river mouth. Thank goodness for the stretchy comfort of the Meridian Board Shorts, with their wide waistband and tie-closure snap fly that won't snag on your suit or bunch up when you're paddling out for blissful session number four. A back security pocket with key loop and zip closure means essentials won't get lost in the spin cycle. Made from 93% polyester (100% recycled)/7% spandex. 6" inseam.


  • A functional stretch-woven boardie, with great technical features and excellent color
  • 5.4-oz 93% all-recycled polyester/7% spandex. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
  • Stretch-woven recycled polyester and spandex fabric for maximum mobility and comfort
  • Snap fly with flat tie closure for secure fit
  • Zippered welted pocket on hem with drain hole and key loop
  • 6 inseam; low rise
  • Ideal Uses: Surfing, Sailing, Body Surfing, Diving, Swimming
  • Regular fit
  • 133 g (4.7 oz)

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

33 Reviews

  • Build quality: 8
  • Ease of use: 6
  • Performance: 4
  • Great design: 12

  • Cost: 4
  • not enough color choices: 1
Quality: 4.9 / 5
Comfort: 4.7 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5

33 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from florida
35-44 yrs

January 03, 2011

The shorts are super comfy, boght them in two colors, and I hope I can find more colors. Fits true to size.

Pros: Great design, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Michigan
35-44 yrs

Quality board shorts
February 19, 2012

I thought my search for the perfect pair of brown board shorts had finally ended, though unfortunately I had to return mine because of a color issue. The brown variety has a bit of olive green in it and therefore didn't match my swim tank as I'd hoped. Otherwise, these are of good quality with a true fit.

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

Board Shorts That Actually Fit!
March 25, 2011

I am so pleased with these shorts! Finally, a pair of board shorts that are cut for a woman's figure rather than juniors. They are very comfortable and flattering. I am 5'5" and 125 lbs and the size 6 fits great. They are just a bit loose around the waist but they fit perfectly in the hips, seat, and thighs. I purchased them in dark grey and bali blue (which is a very bright, electric blue). I wish they had more colors and prints.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, flattering cut/design, comfortable, Cons: Cost, not enough color choices

Run small
May 11, 2010

Love the shorts but to do run a bit small. I am a size 6 in most everything but needed to go up a size with these board shorts. Seem like a great short though, the material is soft and comfortable.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Georgia

Excited for summer
April 18, 2011

I went out on a limb and purchased 4 pair of the Meridian board shorts and glad that I did. It is very hard to find shorts just the right length and fit and these are both. They are sized just perfect.


Love these board shorts! Great cut and perfect length!!
July 13, 2010

Skimpy shorts do not work well for active riders and these are not! They are the perfect cut, length and fit. I am 5'8" and these look perfectly proportioned. Of course Patagonia quality never disappoints...

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Colorado
35-44 yrs

Awesome beach shorts
December 12, 2010

These shorts are great for any beach activity. Other Patagonia shorts tend to be really short or really long, but these are the perfect length.They're a little stretchy, quick drying and flatttering. I have 3 pairs now and wish they came in other colors. I hope Patagonia continues to make these shorts without changing the cut. Highly recommended!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Phoenix

Awesome Boardshorts
May 06, 2011

I've been looking for a great pair of boardshorts for kayaking, and these hit the sweet spot! Greater coverage, and they fit well over my bottoms. Material is smooth and light, so no heavy weight when wet. Would recommend this product ....

Pros: Great design, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
35-44 yrs

Not sure
June 27, 2013

These are well made, great color and like the added stretch. I think I may have ordered a size too large so I can't fairly judge yet. At this point I'm thinking that they are a straighter fit and the legs might be too tight in the smaller size. I'll find out.

Pros: Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from georgia
35-44 yrs

Great shorts!
April 07, 2011

Patagonia has done it again. Board shorts that don't have velcro, but buttons instead. Comfortable fit and great material. These will be well loved this summer.

Pros: Great design

Good fit for women, snugs in at the waist, fuller in thighs
May 29, 2009

well made, good fit, good colors.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great shorts!
December 05, 2010

Bought these shorts for my fiance and she loves them. Not too short and not too long. Great shorts for doing anything active in or around the water.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

August 22, 2013

Comfortable swim shorts. Great fabric. Nice length. Good coverage. Will be buying another pair in a second color.


Great Borad Shorts
June 05, 2009

Great Shorts, well made, worth the money. The 8 fit but were a little snug so I returned for a 10. I like my board shorts a little looser. The material is nice and stretchy.

Women Boardshort
August 05, 2009

Wonderful shorts. Very soft material. I ordered the same size as I do jeans. Fit was good. AND NO VELCRO!!!!!!!!!

Comfort: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Just what I was going for
August 09, 2011

These board shorts are about what I expected - and that's a good thing! They fit true to size (I ordered a size 2, I am 5'9" and 128 lbs) but were a little shorter than I thought they'd be. Oh, and the ginkgo is BRIGHT!!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great Shorts
February 25, 2011

What a great short. The fit is true to size and the length is perfect. Got these for vacation and can't wait to wear them on the beach. Would like to see more color choices.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use

SO comfortable!
June 17, 2010

I like the material these are made with--they dry fast and don't lose their shape, and they give in all positions. They hit in the perfect spot on the waist and I like the snaps instead of velcro (on my last pair). I can even see using these to wear for outdoor sports, then jumping into some body of water after! Size 8 fit me perfectly and I'm 5'6 and 140ish : ) LOVE them!

FitClothes: 4 / 5

waist runs awfully big
February 04, 2011

Even with the string fully pulled the waist was big. Going to have to return, but I'm afraid to try a smaller size because I think then the thigh will be too tight. They do look well made, as you would expect with all Pataguchi products.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Concord, VA
35-44 yrs

May 24, 2011

I was concerned about buying board shorts not being a perfect size 8! I am a size 12 and Most of the shorts I had tried on were either too short or too tight. When I recieved these shorts and felt the stretch of the material I was concerned that I would end up with the "Biking shorts" look, which is not flattering on my shape. I tried them on and I was hooked. They fit like regular shorts. The stretch only adds a comfort factor when you move. They hold there shape and do not "cling" to the inside of your legs and ride up when I walk. They are surprisingly flattering to my shape. I plan to buy another pair soon......Finally board shorts that arent' just for skinny girls!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Board shorts
December 15, 2009

Great shorts for water sports! True to size, soft quality material. Would purchase again!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from upstate ny
45-54 yrs

comfortable and flattering
January 17, 2012

board shorts are often either comfortable OR flattering. These are both. The stretchy fabric means that even though they're low rise they seem like they'll stay on.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Cons: Cost

Board Shorts with no velcro- WONDERFUL!
July 07, 2009

These shorts run true to size and feature plastic snaps rather than velcro which I love. The material is soft and the fit is great-

Great fit
June 30, 2010

These shorts fit really well, and are so comfortable. I first purchased the Wavefarer Board Shorts but they ran so small (size 8) - the Meridian shorts have a much more generous fit and the fabric is much softer.


Fits perfectly!
December 28, 2009

I like the fabric. very light and dries very quickly. I stand 5'4 and weigh 120 lbs. Size 4 fits perfect to me.

FitClothes: 2 / 5
from Chicago
35-44 yrs

Cute, runs a little small
August 20, 2011

Very cute shorts. Seem to run a little small ( for my build at least). Very comfortable and well constructed. Shorts seem to expand a little the longer you wear them. Very quick to dry. Great for swimming and other activities.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Comfort: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from cumberland
35-44 yrs

Comfortable coverage
July 06, 2011

I took a risk buying shorts online but these fit very well. I bought a 4 (5'-5" 120lbs athletic build) A hare big on the hips, form fitting but not too tight on thighs. Great for beach wear, I would not wear them as casual shorts. Only negative is price, but all the swim shorts I can find are about this price so I might as well have Patagonia quality!

Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
from Wausau, WI
45-54 yrs

Nice shorts!
January 22, 2014

These are very nice shorts. Comfortable and come in cool colors. They seem to run a bit small. I had to make a return in which ALTREC made it a very simple and quick process!

Comfort: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
25-34 yrs

Cute shorts
September 16, 2013

These shorts were surprisingly cute! Very figure flattering while still being modest. Not skin tight and not super short yet very feminine while remaining functional. Great range of motion with the stretchy material. My husband even complimented me on them!

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from georgia
35-44 yrs

great shorts
June 07, 2011

Fantastic shorts ! LOVE THEM. I had ordered in a size 2 after reading the reviews -- I thought I should order a size up. But they are true to size. I sent the 2 back and ordered a 0 and fit perfect. Best shorts Ive ever bought.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
from San Diego, CA
35-44 yrs

The perfect board short
February 18, 2012

I have searched far and wide for a board short that fits an athletic, woman's figure and these are the ones. Most board shorts I have tried are juniors sizes and super short (not to mention not made for any sore of hips or thighs) or they are really long and horrible material. These are just the right length, super fabric and love the snaps vs velcro. Definitely will by another pair in a different color.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

Way comfy
May 24, 2010

They fit, look good and the stretchy fabric is great for active stuff. size 6 was perfect for me at 5'4" and 130 lbs

Love it!
August 11, 2010

I bought both the Oceana Blue and Fusion Sunset and love them both. In Patagonia shorts, I normally wear a size 10 or 12 but I sized down to 8 on this one and am glad I did! I'm 130 lbs with 37' hips. Size 8 fit perfectly (not too tight or too roomy!).

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Patagonia Women's Meridian Board Shorts Photo

Black, Classic Navy, Paintbrush Red, Pineapple, Radiant Magenta, Teal Green, Tidal Teal and Tomato.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 0, size 2, size 4, size 6, size 8, size 10, size 12 and size 14: 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.

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