Hurley recently released the Phantom JJF 3 Nebula Elite Boardshort and John John says, they are “Pretty Sick.” I think this is an understatement, these shorts are buck wild. However, they come in 2 styles, a standard option (70$) and the Elite version (150$). I have been surfing in both styles for some time now and love each of them. In this product review I will give you my feedback on both styles to better help you choose which is the best for you.
About Me: I am 5’7″ tall and weight roughly 150 lbs. I usually wear size 30-32 in most brands and I wear a size 30 in in the JJF3.
HURLEY PHANTOM JJF3 NEBULA (standard $70)
- The Price: $70 is acceptable for the quality of fabric, construction, and style. I could get 2 pairs for the price of one Elite version.
- The Pocket size: The pocket is large and can fit all your sh*t. I can fit my phone, wallet, and key in there if need be. Although I wish the pocket we oriented more toward the front like my Hyperweave Elite Boardshorts. The rear orientation makes it difficult to use these in the gym when I sit down.
- Color Options: I chose the black and love it. Of course the other color options are sweet too.
- Pocket Fabric and Size: The pocket is made with a mesh fabric. This allows for quick drainage, but may tare over the course of time. This is pretty normal. As mentioned, the size of the pocket is substantial.
- Seam Construction: The stitching and seams are standard.
- Weight: 5.6 ounces. This is incredibly light weight.
HURLEY PHANTOM JJF3 NEBULA (Elite $150)
- These boardshorts look epic. Mic drop.
- There are small curved lines on the inner hip that allo for extra comfort. This also shows a level of expertise in craftsmanship.
- The pocket’s durability.
- Seam Construction: Almost all of the seams are critically taped or glued together. In essence, this makes the boardshort look as if it is made from one piece of fabric. This is also really the only major difference between the Elite and standard options. Although I really like the way this looks, I am not sure if this alone warrants paying double the price. The real question is it worth it to you?
- Pocket Fabric and Size: The pocket is made with the same fabric as the boardshort. This ads a level of durability making it acceptable to store hard objects like keys in the pocket. The Pocket is large enough to hold most smart phones and large size smart phones, but it is a tight squeeze. The standard boardshort has a surprisingly larger pocket…
- Weight: My size 30 Elite JJF3 baggies weigh a total of 5.8 ounces. This is 2 ounces heavier than the standard option. This isn’t a big deal, but it is strange that the premium option weighs ever so slightly more. Either way, most premium stretch boardshorts weigh less than 6 ounces.
BOTH VERSIONS OF THE JJF3
Stoke Points for both styles:
- Length: The length is just right for me.
- Pattern: If you are a space cadet like me, then you will love the artwork.
- Performance: The performance of both styles is supreme.
- Length: 20″ outseam. This length usually sits on the knee and can be considered a performance length.
- Pocket: Side seam zipper pocket on right hand side. Although it is on the side seam, the orientation is more toward the backside. In other words, if you have your phone in your pocket, it will end up under your rear when sitting on it. The zipper has a small elastic pull string with 2 metal end caps. These details are epic. This design also adds a level of ease when making a pull. Pull down to open the pocket and up to close the pocket. Personally I would prefer the opposite. However, it really doesn’t make much of a difference.
- Fabric: 86% recycled polyester/14% spandex. This blend is pretty standard for modern day stretch boardshorts. This is Hurley’s Phantom fabric that can be found in most of their stretch boardshorts. This fabric blend ratio is best used in salt or fresh water.
- Template: 5 panel construction. The five panel construction allows for a even more personalized fit.
- Fly construction: The fly is Velcro-free and minimalist in design. This hasn’t given me a rash and I don’t believe it ever would. To open, simply untie the laces and pull.
- Laces: The tie lace is a soft material with stretch. It gets the job done, but isn’t really very thrilling. I would consider this very standard.
- Overall score: 9/10- I believe anyone would be happy with these boardshorts if this is the style they prefer.
- Fabric: 9/10- The fabric in the standard and elite version are the same.
- Weight: 9/10- The standard JJF3(70$) baggies weigh in at 5.6 ounces and Elite JJF3 surf shorts (150$) weight in at 5.8 ounces, which is surprising.
- Waistband: 9/10- Incredibly light weight and minimalistic. The hyperfuse waistband on the elite short looks sick.
- Pocket: 9/10- I will always wish for more pockets! The pocket on the standard option is slightly larger which is nice. The pocket on the elite version is smaller. Although I didn’t state this in the video, I wish the pocket was more on the hip like the hyperweave rather than under the rear.
- Fly: 9/10-Traditional and minimalist.
- Cling Factor: 1/5 these do not cling very much and the patterning is distracting from the bait and tackle.
- Style: 10/10. Take these on a trip to Hawaii and you are sure to get leid. Da-dun-tis.
- Size: Standard. I am wearing a size 30 in this boardshort and I weigh 150 lbs. I can range from 30-32 depending on the brand. Be sure to try them on in a shop just in case!
- Value for Money: The standard JJF3 is totally worth 70$- Its lit fam. However, the elite $150 price point may be slightly over the top considering the similarities between the two. It just comes down to your own personal style. I would probably grab another pair of the Phantom Hyperweaves if I had 100$ rather than the JJF3 Elite. On that thought, I really wish they had this short with a Hyperweave waist band, and an extra pocket. I would pay 150$ for that in a heartbeat.