iboardshorts - Technical Boardshorts Guide 2016
The aim of a technical performance board short is enhance comfortability, whether this be un-restricted movement (Stretch), Stop or reduce rashing (Welded Seams), Dry Quicker Fabrics for less drag and again comfortablity (no one likes to walk around in wet boardies all day) or many more features such as lycra fly closures to stop irritation from velcro and so on...
Following many years of specialising in technical performance boardshorts, we thought it would be great to share our knowledge to help guide you to your perfect boardshort.
Stretch - is comfort - Stretch is a must in a pair of boardshorts, Technical boardshorts offer this using various fabrics depending on brand, Whether this be Stretch Fabric or Stretch Panels with the aim of no restrictions and ultimate flexiability of movement, but premium fabrics also have the remarkable memory to maintain shape.
Construction - of boardshorts are ever develping to provide surfers and consumers with great comfort, stretch, ever lighter and quicker drying! Some of the most Technical boardshorts have welded seams which is as they say "Welded" and not stitched, All to prevent rashing and binding making your time in the water a comfortable one. Quiksilver have their Diamond Dobby Fabric (Embossed Diamond Fabric on the inside reducing skin contact, weight etc, Hurley and their Phantom material, designed by Nike for their olympic swimming team, Billabong have their Zero/ Platinium, Rip curl have their Mirage fabric and so on.. All with an aim to maximise comfort, be lighter, dry quicker and increase durability.
Quick Drying - H20 Repellent - All boardshorts are essentially quick drying but there are some that are faster drying and even some that are water repellent. This water repellent coating is slowly being introduced into more and more boardshorts every year. This is a good thing! Once you have had a short like this it would be hard to go back.
Fly Closure - Velco, Zips, Buttons, Neoprene or Lycra. All brands use most of them somewhere in their collections. In Premium boardshorts it is mainly a lycra or neoprene fly, with an aim to offer no bulking or discomfort in "that area". Hurley have their EZ Fly system, Quiksilver, their Neo Fly.. No more catching your bits in the velco!!
Double Up Closure - This offers a 2 size option, eg tight fit and relax fit on the waistband, we see this as a very good feature and hope all boardshorts soon come with this in the future.
Drawcord - Originally it was a shoe string to keep up your boardies in the older days, but nothing can escape technology. Now brands have developed their own versions of Silicon / Rubber inprinted drawcords, which offers extra grip and security and that peace of mind in those extreme sessions.
Pockets - A controversial area in Premium boardshorts, some say lots of pockets, some say none. After all, the same boardshorts are worn by Pro Surfers, and because boardshorts are made for them, both brands have developed ways of making the pocket discrete. This is by pockets being "welded" on "not stitched" with welded material on the inner of the short to stop irritation or rubbing on the leg.
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