Hurley just released their most revolutionary boardshort ever, the Hurley Hyperweave Motion Boardshort! This is a step up from the the Hyperweave boardshort that was released in 2016. The major difference is that the 6 panel “Motion” construction includes 2 stretchy side panels offering a wider range of motion. Overall, I love these boarshorts so far, here is why.
ULTRA-STRETCH SIDE PANELS
The Hyperweave Motion’s offer a wider range of movement than most boardshorts due to the stretchy black side panels. It is important to note that this material is different from the rest of the boardshort. The body of the boardshort is 86% recycled polyester/14% spandex, but the black side panels are a different material.
I believe the side panels are the same (or a similar material) as that used for the Phantom Compression shorts which is 80% nylon/20%spandex. Whatever it is, it makes these boardshorts stretch like no other while also offering a very tailored and slim fit. This makes these incredibly comfortable. However, this isn’t an incredibly new or unique concept. We have seen similar offerings in boardshorts such as O’neil Superfreak models, and Lululemons Namaste at the Beach short. So, you can find boardshorts for lower than $100 that offer a similar range of motion.
HYPERWEAVE WAIST BAND AND FLY
The most unique aspect of any Hurley Hyperweave boardshort is the woven waistband. The Hyperweave waist band is incredibly light weight and comfortable. 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 than a normal boardshort. 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.
One of my favorite aspects of this boardshort is the side zipper pocket that is high on the hip. Personally, I 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 to the cooler for another beer. I also don’t prefer back pockets like the one found on the Hurley Hyperweave Motion Elite boardshorts… Who wants to sit on their bar of wax?! Of course, this may be different for you… Seek out whichever pocket orientation best suits your lifestyle.
MY FAVORITE ASPECTS OF THE HURLEY HYPERWEAVE ELITE BOARDSHORT
- They are a modern day rad short that slide on like stretchy dad shorts.
- 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 EVER. Forget Reebok’s wannabe “boardshorts.” I will follow up with a separate Blog post on this topic soon.
- 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.
FACTORS WORTH CONSIDERING
- The fit on the 2017 model is tighter than previous 2016 hyperweaves. Personally I am ok with it; I like my shorts to be snug. However, they can be difficult to get in to with dry or wet skin. However, they are very easy to get in to if you choose to wear compression shorts underneath.
- You can feel these boardshorts pull or “balloon” when you duck dive under the wave.
- You must buy 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 inside (yer Johnson). I usually don’t wear compression shorts when I surf, but I do wear compression shorts when I am in public, or at the gym.
- Overall Score: 10/10- I think anyone would love a pair of the Hurley Hyperweaves in general.
- Fabric: 10/10- The fabric here is 86% recycled polyester/14% spandex and it is very stretchy and durable.
- Weight: 9/10- My pair is size 30 and weighs 5.4 ounces. The weight of this boardshort is acceptable considering the 6-panel construction. In general, anything under 6 ounces is light weight. For reference, the original Hurley Phantom Hyperweave was 4.7 ounces.
- 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 leid. 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, 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 100$ is a lot of money for most people. If you need to save a few bucks, buy the Hurley Phantom Motion Stripe which offers the same functionality, but does not feature the Hyperweave waist band.