Hurley Hyperweave Elite | Best Boardshorts Review

I have had my Hurley Hyperweave Elite Boardshorts since August of 2016 and I still love them. It is now April of 2017. I apologize for the delay here ha-ha.

Since then, Hurley has released the Hyperweave Block Party Code Elite, Hyperweave Flow Elite, Phantom Block Party Hyperweave Speed Elite, and more. We can consider these models as the same for this review.

Hurley Phantom Hyperweave Elite color

Here is my video review for this product as well: Click Here.

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What is the difference between the Hurley Hyperweave Elite boardshorts and the standard Hurley Hyperweave boardshorts? The primary difference is that the elite versions will have taped (glued seams). In my opinion, this isn’t going to make a difference in performance.

The taped (glued) seams do require and additional level of care. I once put a taped/ glued Nike running jacket in the dryer by mistake and it literally fell apart by the time the cycle was over. That was my bad, but I have been paranoid ever since. Don’t let this stop you from buying a pair, just don’t be a dummy like me. On the flip side, the taped seams do make a difference in the products overall weight. In short, the Elite Hyperweave boardshorts are .2 ounces lighter than the standard version. This really doesn’t matter, but it is bragging rights for Hurley.


The reason why I really like this pair is the side zipper pocket that is high on the hip. Personally, I don’t prefer back pockets on surf boardshorts… Who wants to sit on their bar of wax?! I also can’t stand cargo pockets that hang low on the leg. Having the pocket higher on the hip prevents your gear from aggressively swinging back and forth when running. Of course, this may be different for you… Choose whichever pocket orientation best suits your lifestyle.

Hurley Phantom Hyperweave Elite Pocket


The most unique aspect of any Hurley Hyperweave boardshort is the woven waistband. In short, the waistband features Nike Flywires running laterally through the waist band. These are fixed in place and cannot be tightened, but they do allow for more freedom of movement. Don’t worry, the black mesh near the laces stretches for a slight level of adjustability. As a result, these baggies slide on like a gym short and are incredibly comfortable. Got a sensitive trouser snake? Looking for a boardshorts that won’t give you a rash? These are probably your only hope.

Hurley Phantom Hyperweave Elite Fly

My Favorite Aspects of the Hurley Hyperweave Elite Boardshort:

• They are a modern day rad short that slide on like a stretchy dad short.
• The overall style is mucho fuego. Bonitas dig them.
• The fit is secure enough to surf in, wear around town, and pump iron at the gym.
• These may be the best surf boardshort for CrossFit. Forget Reebok’s wannabe “boardshorts.”
• The side pocket is big and well placed.
• The length is above the knee. I prefer on the knee or above.
• Construction: the overall durability and construction is great, just be sure to take care of them.

Hyperweave Elite in the gym

Factors Worth Considering:

• You can feel these boardshorts pull or balloon when you duck dive under the wave.
• You must by the correct size. Be sure to try them on. If you are on the fence, size down (choose the smaller size option for you).
• Don’t worry about buying “the most expensive or best” Hyperweaves. Choose the pair that tapers to your personal style and pocket needs.
• These boardshorts showcase everything you are packing (your bait’n’tackle). I don’t always wear compression shorts when I surf in these, but I do wear compression shorts when I am in public, or at the gym.



Overall score: 9/10- I think anyone would love a pair of the Hurley Hyperweaves in general.
Fabric: 9/10- The fabric here is 86% recycled polyester/14% spandex it is very stretchy and durable.
Weight: 10/10- These are the lightest boardshorts I have ever owned.
Waistband: 9/10- The Hyperweave waist band is amazing. They slide on like gym shorts. However, occasionally this soft fabric can snag on rough surfaces. For example, skateboard grip tape would rough these up.
Pocket: 10/10- The side pocket is perfect for me. The space inside is acceptable, and it his high on the high on the hip making it easier to run with a pocket full of stuff.
Fly: 10/10-There is no fly!
Rash Factor: Your chances of getting a rash in these is slim to none.
Cling Factor: 5/5 people are going to see what you are working with. If this is a concern for you, grab some of Hurley’s compression shorts. ORRRRR tape that mother down!
Style: 10/10. Take these on a trip to Hawaii and you are sure to get lei’d. Da-dun-tis.
Size/ Fit: This can be tricky. I like to wear my boardshorts high on my waist. Normally, I wear a size 30 (weighting 150 lbs.), and I have a size 30 in these as well. If you like to sag your boardshorts, or like wear them low on your hips to show off your hard earned Vag Magnet V, then size down a size or two. You can’t sag these. Ultimately I would suggest try a pair on before purchasing them.
Value for Money: (7/10) These boardshorts are pretty great, but 150$ is a ton of money.

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