Chubbies Stretch Swim Trunks Review

Chubbies. Potentially the frattiest boardshort ever made. Probably said by somebody, somewhere. Now I have a pair.

These really are a pre-requisite for a day filled with high 5s, beers, and bad decisions. Here is what I really like about my Chubbies Los Calientes Boardshorts.

Want to watch the video review for the Chubbies Stretch Swim Trunks? click here.

My Favorite Aspects

  • Fabric: The 90% Polyester 10% Spandex blend is super stretchy and breathable. The fabric is slightly heavier than most surf fabrics, and may take longer to dry, but it really isn’t a big deal.They still weight under 8 ounces, which is comparable to Lululemons THE boardshort (which also features 2 side pockets and a back pocket).
  • Pockets: I love the two side pockets and the back zipper pocket. They have plenty of storage: I was able to cram 7 beers in my pair.
  • Zipper Fly: This is definitely more of a casual boardshort, so having the fly will make it easier when you need to take a wizzz off of the back of your friends yacht. or dads yacht. or front. or whatever. Its fine.
  • Style: I appreciate Chubbies punny millenial steez. The colors on the Los Calientes are pretty wild. I feel more fashionable in these than my standard surf boardshorts.
  • Length: This is actually more of a maybe for me. I think the length of these adds to the humor, but I do wish they were a little longer. Whomever convinced these guys that chicks like short shorts is a real jokester. The fact of the matter is, it takes a level of confidence to wear shorts like this, and chicks do like confidence… But I would still bet they like it better in something other than short shorts.
  • Liner: The built in liner is more comfortable than I would have expected. You barely feel it and it keeps your garden hose contained.

Things to Consider

  • Fit: This is a fixed waist short that is trying not to be. Just be really Chubbies and size these like you mean it. They come in sizes S, M, L, XL.. and so on. They really ought to be 30, 32, 34, 36. They have a bit too much stretch in the waist band. They probably did this so bros could pull down their shorts and show off the choach. Either way, the size scale on their website seems accurate enough. I ordered a size S and normally wear a 30 and they get the job done.
  • No Key Loop: Key loops are a standard in most boardshorts, having one in the back pocket would be the icing on the cake for me.
  • Price: I think the price would be a little better if it was under the $60 mark. With that said, these are really well constructed.

Overall Score

Overall, I would give these a 9/10. I think they are incredibly comfortable and functional. They wont be my first choice for surfing, but I will put them to good use for fun in the sun.

Reebok Crossfit Nano 7 Weave Reviews

The long anticipate Reebok Crossfit Nano 7 Weave is here! I received my pair on Friday June 16, 2017 and they are epic! Now that I have been wearing these for 2 weeks straight, I think I am ready to give my full review on these. To watch the video, click here.

Initial Thoughts:

When I first received my Nano 7s I was more than impressed with the style and comfort. I really liked the way the plastic fibers of the shoe are woven together. I think this gives Reebok the ability to create some really cool color combos and I hope the get creative with it. I compared these to my Nike Metcon 3s and my Reebok Nano 6s and found that these were the heaviest of them all. They were also much more rigid.  These concerned me at first, but I figured I should start putting them to use before making a judgement call. Click here and watch my unboxing video for more information on this topic.

  • Fit – Fits as expected, but a little looser than my Nike Metcon 3s. I wear an 8 in both.
  • Style – These are really stylish, I keep getting compliments on them. However, I believe they are a bit too snazzy for every day use.
  • Feels Durable -The material feels strong and durable.
  • Very Breathable – These feel very breathable compared to my Nano 6s and Nike Metcon 3s.

Two weeks later:

After two weeks of use I have decided I really like these shoes, but I was not able to keep them because they started to fall apart after day 3. In essence the white heal of the shoe started to peel for no apparent reason. This is probably simply because they missed a spot in the gluing process, but I had to return the shoes for this reason. Luckily Reebok was really cool about it and gave me a full refund with no hassle. I will most likely buy another pair once they come out with an all black version.

Here are the aspects I really liked about the Reebok Nano 7 Weave.

  • Light Weight – Although the Reebok N7W is technically heavier than the Nano 6 and Metcon 3, it still feels very light weight and nimble. The differences are only ounces.
  • Feels Breathable – Compared to my Metcon 3s, I felt a bit cooler in the Nano 7 Weave.
  • Flexible – The shoe started to break in pretty quickly and felt flexible enough for almost all activities.
  • Better for running than expected – I compared the Nano 7 side by side with the Nike Metcon 3 and the felt pretty much the same. However, the Nano 7 seemed to have more give or cushion with each step. Maybe it had more bounce. Again, it was hard to tell a difference. Note my test for this was to run over a bridge with each style of shoe once, then run over the bridge again with a Metcon 3 on 1 foot, and the Nano 7 on the other.
  • Stable Heal – I believe these offer a very stable heal for weight lifting. I reached a new personal record in these shoes on the first day!
  • Less Crossfit Logos – I like that the “Crossfit” logos and branding are small and hidden on this shoe. However, the logo in the sole of the shoe started to wear away after a few days…

Here are some aspects to consider.

  • Feels less secure in the toes – The nano 7 weave is less snug than my Nike Metcon 3s. After wearing the N7W for 2 weeks straight, I was surprised at how secure my feat felt to be in my Nike Metcon 3s again. Specifically, the toe box of the Nano 7 weave is just plain looser.
  • Fabric folding – The fabric on the top of the toe box seems to wrinkle or fold over itself when doing jump ropes. This isn’t bothersome, but you can feel it. I think this is due to the lateral weaving across the shoe. This can be seen in my Day 1 WOD video. 

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I think this shoe is a 9/10 and pretty excellent. I think any Crossfitter or average gym Joe would benefit from having a pair. Maybe these are the best weight lifting training shoe on the market!? As long as you don’t plan to run more than a mile, you should be good to go for whatever your workout may throw at you.

Looking for where to buy? I would choose Reebok.com For their excellent customer service.

I have a few Video Reviews Out for this shoe so far:

Reebok Crossfit Nano 7 Weave Full Review | Personal Record, Fail, Response

Reebok Nano 7 Weave heel Pealing perf

 

Reebok Crossfit Nano 7 Weave: Day 1 WOD, FAIL, & Review

Day 1 Reebok Nano 7 Weave

Reebok Crossfit Nano 7 Weave Initial Review, Unboxing, and Comparison

Reebok Nano 7 Weave Review

HURLEY PHANTOM HYPERWEAVE MOTION STRIPE ELITE

Looking for the most cutting edge boardshorts ever made? Then look no further than the Hurley Phantom Hyperweave Motion Stripe Elite boardshort. These trunks are designed to be as light as possible while offering the widest range of motion. On top of that, they look amazing. Below is my review for these epic baggies.

Hurley Hyperweave Motion Stripe Elite Review Cloearly

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

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.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE ELITE & STANDARD

There is a $50.00 difference between the standard Hurley Hyperweave Motion Stripe and the Elite version. So, one naturally wonders is it worth spending the extra money for the elite version? Personally, if someone made me choose, I would go with the standard simply because the standard version (100$) has the pocket on the side, whereas the pocket on the Elite version seems to be more toward the rear, like a back pocket. This may be different for you, if you really like having a back pocket, then choose the elite version.

The Elite Hyperweave Motion Stripes also feature critically taped seams. This reduces the overall weight of the short by .3 ounces. This doesn’t make a huge difference in the performance of the short, but it does make them look significantly cooler. These shorts just plain look awesome. I was very surprised with how impressive these shorts really are in person.

MY FAVORITE ASPECTS OF THE HURLEY HYPERWEAVE ELITE BOARDSHORT

  • The taped seams make this boardshort look supreme.
  • The black colorway isn’t plain black. It has some killer style to it.
  • 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 length is above the knee. I prefer on the knee or above.
  • Construction: the overall durability and construction is great, just be cautious when washing/ drying these due to the taped seams.

FACTORS WORTH CONSIDERING

  • I really wish I was getting a little more out of this boardshort. I believe we should be getting 2 pockets for this price point.
  • I also wish there were more unique colorways available here, for example black with neon accents.
  • 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. However, the Elite boardshorts are slightly less revealing because they are black in color.

SHRED SCORES

  • 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: 10/10- My pair is size 30 and weighs 5.1 ounces. The weight of this boardshort is acceptable considering the 6-panel construction. Further, this is .3 ounces lighter than the standard version. 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: 8/10- The construction of the zipper pocket is great. However, I am not a fan of the orientation. The pocket looks to be on the side of the short, but is actually more toward the rear. I simply don’t like back pockets because I don’t want to sit on my wax or wallet. Considering the additional cost for the short, I would prefer to have 2 pockets if possible (one side, and one back).
  • 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.The black on black color combination looks really cool, and the taped seams look incredible on this short. The pictures on the web simply do not do these shorts justice.
  • 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 150$ is a ton of money for most people. If you need to save a few bucks, get the standard version. The only difference is the pocket placement and taped seams. Or consider the Hurley Phantom Motion Stripe which offers the same functionality, but does not feature the Hyperweave waist band.

Hippostick AL Pro SUP Paddle Review

I have had my Hippostick AL Pro paddle for nearly 3 years now and I still love it! This 100% carbon fiber paddle is a work of art. It is not uncommon to see minor defects in carbon fiber constructions, but these paddles are pristine. This was recomended to me by the Paddleboard House of Indialantic FL as the “best SUP paddle on the market” and I would have to agree.

Want to watch the Video Review? Click here.

Hippostick straight

REASONS WHY I LOVE MY AL PRO PADDLE

  • Lightweight: This paddle is incredibly light weight.
  • Durability: I have had mine since August of 2015 and I could probably sell it on eBay as “like new.” Granted I would consider myself as a moderate user.
  • Grip: This paddle features a soft matte finish providing excellent grip. Just be sure to clean any sunscreen off of your hands before going out to shred.
  • Responsive: This paddle is incredibly responsive and rigid.
  • Customizable fixed Length: the AL Pro is a fixed length paddle that can be custom cut to your desired length. This offers the ultimate responsiveness for this paddle.

CUSTOMIZING THE LENGTH OF YOUR PADDLE

I purchased my AL Pro Sup paddle from Paddleboard House in Indialantic FL (also known as The Longboard House). They also customized the length for me, I would suggest having Pros like them do this for you as well.

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER

as mentioned this model is not adjustable. If you are a beginner you may want to consider getting something a bit more forgiving such as the adjustable AL Pro.
Check the sizing charts on Hipposticks official website. I purchased a 8.5″ wide blade for my first Hippostick which was more than enough. This hasn’t negatively affected my performance, but this is a big investment so be sure to choose the best fit for you.

Hippostick Al Pro Height

LENGTH

Desired lengths vary depending on where you plan to paddle.
How to size your SUP paddle (basics):

  • Flat water: stand upright and point one hand to the sky. Measure the distance from the ground to the crease between your wrist and base of the hand.
  • Ocean SUP surfing: the general rule of thumb is to have this right at head – eye level.
  • Warning ⚠️ start long if you are custom cutting your paddle. You can always make it shorter later down the line.

MY SETUP

  • My Height: 5′ 7″ (67″ inches)
  • My weight: 150-ish lbs.
  • Paddle length: roughly 76″ inches tip to tip.

SHRED SCORES

  • Overall Score: 10/10.  I love this paddle. It is wayyyyyyy too expensive, but it is great. It has been working great for me for me!
  • Quality of Construction: 10/10. This thing looks like it was made to a Formula 1 Race car standard.
  • Firmness: 10/10. It is very rigid and responsive.
  • Grip: 10/10. The soft finish provides plenty of natural grip.
  • Handle Shape: 10/10. I believe the handle shape is very natural and comfortable.
  • Value for Money: 7/10. They quality of the product is great, but it would be nice if they could bring the price down.

Future Hopes: I really hope they figure out how to make colored Texalium paddles. that would be wild!

Product Review: Hurley Pro Compression Long Sleeve

I’ve been looking for a simple black rashguard that has a timeless style making it easy to match to any boardshort while also providing sun protection and comfort. That is why I grabbed one of Hurley’s Pro Compression long sleeve rashguard tops. Below is my review for this product, feel free to watch the video on YouTube as well.

Here is a link for the Hurley Pro Compression L/S video review.

Hurley - Pro Compression Top Review Neck Line

IN THE WATER

Overall, the Hurley Pro Compression long sleeve rashguard functions as expected. It is very very very tight (which is par for the course) but allows full range of motion in the water too. It also dries quickly. It basically gets the job done.

MY FAVORITE ASPECTS 

  • NECK: The stitch-free Neck line is EPIC. No choking or rashes here. This is my favorite aspect of this product. The neckline is made with a thicker glued on material rather than traditional stitching. It is also a lower cut, which reduces the pressure on the users neck. This is really what sets this rashguard apart from others on the market.
  • SUN PROTECTION: UPF 50 (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating means no need for sunscreen… kinda. A garment with a UPF of 50 only allows 1/50th of the UV radiation falling on the surface of the garment to pass through it. I prefer to toss this on if I am in a rush and don’t have the ability to lube up with sunscreen.
  • COLOR: I like the plain black colorway!
  • STYLE: The various Hurley logos make the unshowy garment look stylish.

FACTORS WORTH CONSIDERING

  • SIZE & FIT: I would suggest ordering at least one size up from your unisex/ generic T-shirt size.
  • COLORS: I like the Black, but I look forward to more colorways. Maybe Navy? Maroon? Army Green? What about deeeeeeeep purple like the super hero The PHANTOM. Whoa that would be sick.
  • LACE HOOP: I wish there was a way to tie this to your boardshorts with a small lace hoop. I think this wouldn’t cost a lot to add, but greatly increase the value for money.
  • LOGOS: It would be cool is the garment had motivational slogans rather than just the Hurley logos. For example, I think it would be sick if the sleeve said Just SHred It! (with a little Hurley logo for the H) rather than the current Hurley H. I mean, the logos are cool, but it would make me feel less like a billboard. In general I think this would be a cool concept for all of Hurley’s compression clothing. Or maybe even just a T-shirt. Just Do It Hurley (Nike)!

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SHRED SCORES

  • Overall Score: 9/10. This rashguard is a staple for any surfers closet quiver. I believe the Hurley Pro Compression sets a new standard for the classic long sleeve rashguard.  It is simple, clean, well made, and comfortable. You cant really can’t go wrong here as long as you get the right size.
  • Fabric: 9/10. 82% polyester/18% spandex. You can expect this to be a comfortable and durable material in the long run. It has a little less stretch than a standard Nylon rashie would, but will be more durable and drag/sag less.
  • Comfort: 10/10. Note, this is very, very, very tight, but it is supposed to be.
  • Weight: 10/10. This weight 6.6 ounces, this is similar to the weight of a standard board short.
  • Style: 10/10. This is a snazzy rash guard covered in logos. I would call this a timeless piece.
  • Size/ Fit: 8/10. These are really tight. I am 5’7″ 150 lbs. and I ordered a medium which is my generic T shirt size. It fits well, but slightly cuts into my arm pits. I probably should have ordered a large. I would suggest that you order at least one size larger than your generic T-shirt size.
  • Value for Money: 10/10. The price on this is higher than what most people would want to pay for a rashguard, but you are really getting a lot of bang for your buck. The neck line alone is worth the extra money. The overall quality materials and construction makes the Pro Compression worth the $70.00 price point.

 

Vuori Banks Boardshort | Best Boardshort Review

What a time to be alive! Back in the day boardshorts were fairly simple, they covered most of your thighs, had a pocket, maybe a wax comb, and had a cool design on them. Now, they are becoming more versatile and complex making them more suitable for a wide variety of sports and every day life. Vuori’s Banks boardshort is definitely on the front line of this trend and is a very noteworthy boardshort.

Vuori caught my attention back in 2016 and I finally have a few pairs to test out. Below is my review of Vuori’s Banks boardshort.

Here is a link for the Vuori Banks video review.

Vuori - Banks Boardshort Review Waist

IN THE GYM

The Banks boardshort is actually listed in the “Shorts” section of Vuori’s website (as opposed to being listed in the “Boardshorts” section). This is our first hint that the primary function of this short is for athletic use. As a guy that spends most of his free time in the gym, or in the water, it is nice to see something that is very water appropriate but also excels in yoga classes, in weight lifting, and just general every day life.

My favorite aspect of the Banks short is the combination of the stretch fabric and the elastic waist band for Crossfit and weight lifting. These shorts stretch in every direction when doing leg movements like squats, box jumps, lunges etc. The comfort is unparalleled and I don’t feel the restrictions that I would feel while working out in a normal boardshort. The Banks boardshort is definitely a staple for any gym junkie or yoga bro.

IN THE WATER

Although the Banks boardshort leans more toward athletic use, it is a great pair of baggies for the beach too. I will most often be seen wearing these when standup paddle boarding, fishing, or just for general fun in the sun. The number of pockets make it really easy to want to wear these as often as possible. Tying the laces tight will even give you a firm enough hold to take these out for surf session on your normal shortboard or longboard. They really can do it all.

MY FAVORITE ASPECTS OF THE VUORI BANKS BOARDSHORT

  • There are 4 pockets: two side pockets, one back zipper pocket, and a small zipper credit card pocket. Further, the little side zipper cash pocket is epic and can fit a credit card, cash, and key.
  • The camo artwork is badass in my opinion.
  • These are Eco-friendlier boardshorts. Thanks Captain Planet.
  • You can literally wear them anywhere, at the gym, in yoga, by the pool, at the beach, surfing, or even post surf session grabbing pizza on your first tinder date with new bae… wherever.
  • These have exceptional mobility and stretch for all around athletic use.

FACTORS WORTH CONSIDERING

  • The end caps on the laces are metal, making them heavy. This isnt a big deal, but it does cause them to bounce around when you are on the run. Or for example, doing jump rope routines… Maybe I should stop being lazy and just tie them…
  • These boardshorts are usable for surfing, but wouldn’t be my first choice for a heavy surf session.
  • I wish there was a plain black option so that I could wear these on any day of the week.
  • The waist band is very comfortable, but made from a less water appropriate material, making them a bit heavier than one would expect.

SHRED SCORES

  • Overall Score: 9/10. You will love these if you are looking for a great gym/ surf/ chill short. Or if your a surfer dad that has graduated to the retro-fish (or fun-shape) lifestyle.
  • Fabric: 9/10- The fabric is 44% recycled Polyester, 44% Polyester, and 12% Spandex. They stretch really well and seem fairly hearty.
  • Weight: 7/10- My pair is size Small and weighs 7.5 ounces. I would consider this to be on the heavier side for surf boardshorts. I believe most of this weight is coming from the waist band.
  • Waistband: 9/10 – I really like the elastic waist band and look forward to future Vuori styles like this.
  • Pockets: 10/10 – There are so many pockets! I love them.
  • Fly: 10/10 – There is no fly! That means its pretty unlikely you will get a rash in these.
  • Rash Factor: It is pretty unlikely that you will get a rash in these. Sensitive fellas will love this.
  • Cling Factor: 9/10 – These are fairly revealing without a base garment or compression short.
  • Style: 10/10. Camo bro, camo. Camo makes you invisible in nature. Its lit! Although I wish the fit was a hair slimmer in the legs. Then again, I have chicken legs…
  • Size/ Fit: I usually wear a 30 and like my size S. I would consider this as standard.
  • Value for Money: 10/10. I really think you are getting a great bang for your buck with Vuori Banks short.

Reebok Super Nasty Shorty | Boardshort Review

 

I know some of you may be thinking… Hold on George, Reebok doesnt make surfing boardshorts, but just go with it…

I have been surfing since I was a teenager, working out since high school, and doing CrossFit for about two years now. Personally, I have NEVER been a huge fan of working out in boardshorts for a variety of reasons. However, being that boardshorts seem to be a part of the CrossFit culture, I figured I should give Reeboks Super Nasty Shorty boardshort a fair chance at a review.
Note: This review would also be relevant for any of the Super Nasty boardshort styles by Reebok. The only difference between the “shorty” is the length of the legs.
Want to watch the video review? Click Here!

IN THE GYM

  • These would perform as expected in the gym. However, I believe you will get the best range of motion from a short that features a more forgiving waist band such as the REEBOK SPEED SHORT, or KNIT FORCE.

IN THE WATER

  • Although I have never used them in the water, they offer the same features as any modern day fixed-waist surfing boardshort. These would definitely perform well in the water and dry quickly because of the DWR (Durable Water Repellency) finish. Overall, I think these would be a better surf boardshort than gym short.

Reebok Super Nasty Shorty Boardshort Review quality

MY FAVORITE ASPECTS OF THE SUPER NASTY SHORTY BOARDSHORT

  • Weight: The fabric is incredibly light weight. My pair is size 30 and the entire short only weights 4.1 ounces. This is literally the lightest boardshort I have ever owned.
  • Style: The coloring and wild style is epic.
  • Waistband: The waistband is really thin and light weight for a fixed waist boarshort. Mad props.
  • Laces: I really like the end caps on the laces. They are light weight and soft. Great for workouts or surfing.

Reebok Super Nasty Shorty Boardshort Review Band

FACTORS WORTH CONSIDERING

  • Pocket: The pocket is simply too small. My iPhone 6 barely fits without a case on it. and its not even a plus size… Reebok, if you are reading this, wake up and get with the program we want shorts that can accommodate modern size phones.
  • Fly: The fabric in the fly is unfinished. It should have a fold and stitching at the top to prevent the fabric from ripping/ pulling over time.

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SHRED SCORES

  • Overall Score: 8/10. Overall, I was surprised with the  Super Nasty’s potential as a surfing boardshort, and less impressed with their functionality as a gym short. Its important to note that if you already love working out in normal boarshorts, then you will most likely love these. The Super Nasty Boardshort is nice, but it is just missing a few key components to make it a great pair of britches.
  • Fabric: 10/10. The fabric is very light weight, comfortable, and stretchy. Part of me thinks it is too light weight, but that is just me. Also, mad props to Reebok for using recycled polyester.
  • Weight: 10/10. My pair is size 30 and weighs 4.1 ounces. This is the lightest boardshort I have ever owned.
  • Waistband: 9/10. The waist band is well constructed, but I was expecting something more conducive to the expansion and contraction of the waist when squatting. Maybe something with a bit of give like the backing on a Lululemon El Current boardshort, which features a stretch fabric on the backside of the waist band.
  • Pocket: 5/10. Major fail, the pocket is too small. I cant fit a standard sized iphone 6! It is too bad too, cause I really like the pocket and think it is well constructed otherwise.
  • Fly: 7/10. This fly would easily be a 10/10 if they would completed the construction by folding and sewing the top of the mock fly. Most people would never notice this, but I think it shows a lack of consideration.
  • Rash Factor: Standard. Although I will say that these may be less likely to give you a rash due to the light weight factor. These are really soft and stretchy.
  • Cling Factor: 5/5. These show some serious dong action, be sure to wear compression shorts. Or, buy the Super Nasty in dark colors. Or… let your flag fly. Whatever.
  • Style: 10/10. I think these are really cool.
  • Size/ Fit: 10/10. I normally wear a size 30 in most surf brands and these fit well. However, it is important to note you want these to be higher on your hips. Be real about your waist size.
  • Value for Money: 7/10. I think these fall more into the fashion category than function for the gym. If you are looking for a way to look cool in your local box, then grab a pair. I would personally expect these to be more of a $55 boardshort aside from the decorations which are probably increasing the cost.

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Vuori Equator Boardshort | Best Boardshor Review 

The times are changing in the world of boardshorts with unique new brands like Vuori releasing multi-functional modern-day trunks. I love to surf, but I actually spend much more time in the gym than in the water, so I love baggies that can do it all.

Vuori caught my attention back in 2016 and I finally have a few pairs to test out. Below is my review of Vuori’s Equator boardshort.

Here is a link for the Vuori Equator video review.

Vuori’s primary focus is activewear for yoga, the gym, etc with a backbone for surfing. They have tons of unique styles and fabric blends to choos from. I chose the Equator because it is labeled in the “Boardshort” category of their website and it looked to have all the features that I want in a multifunctional Boardshort: stretch fabric, multiple pockets, hang loop, no Velcro, and an elegant design. The big question I had was “can they do it all?”

IN THE WATER

These boardshorts perform best in the surfing environment. They fit like most standard fixed-waist boardshorts and feature more pockets than you could ask for. This makes them a great around-town short too. These are also very light weight (6.1 ounces).

IN THE GYM

If you like wearing fixed-waist boardshorts in the gym (or at yoga), then you will love the Equator short. Personally, I have never been much of a fan of wearing fixed-waist boardshorts in the gym simply because they don’t have much give for squat maneuvers. However, these definitely get the job done and exceed my expectations. If you are looking for something more gym appropriate, then choose Vuoris Banks boardshort.

MY FAVORITE ASPECTS OF THE VUORI EQUATOR BOARDSHORT

  • There are pockets for days with two side pockets, one back zipper pocket, and a small credit card pocket.
  • Further, the little side zipper pocket is epic.
  • The printed artwork is really cool and different.
  • These are Eco-friendlier boardshorts. Thanks Captain Planet.
  • You can literally wear them anywhere, surfing, lounging, at the gym, around town, the list goes on and on!

Vuori Equator Stretch Review pockets

FACTORS WORTH CONSIDERING

  • These are a fixed waist boardshort and they are not adjustable. So, be sure to get the right size.
  • You must tie the laces to keep these britches on.
  • The end caps on the laces are metal, making them heavy. This isnt a big deal, but it does cause them to bounce around when you are on the run. Or for example, doing jump rope routines.
  • These boardshorts lean more toward a surfing boarshort, and are acceptable to use in the gym. If you are looking for a gym specific short check out other VUORI styles such the BANKS.
  • Crossfitters/ athletes that love wearing boardshorts will absolutely love these.

Vuori Equator Stretch Review smileSHRED SCORES

  • Overall Score: 9/10- I think these are an excellent hybrid boardshort. You will love these if you love traditional mock-fly boardshorts
  • Fabric: 8/10- The fabric is 44% recycled Polyester, 44% Polyester, and 12% Spandex, which is really cool, but I wish it had slightly more stretch for gym use. Especially in the waistband.
  • Weight: 9/10- My pair is size 30 and weighs 6.1 ounces. This is impressive considering the number of pockets here.
  • Waistband: 10/10- The fixed waistband is comfortable and very detailed.
  • Pocket: 10/10- There are so many pockets (4 total)!
  • Fly: 9/10-The mock fly is very well constructed and comfortable.
  • Rash Factor: Average.
  • Cling Factor: Average.
  • Style: 10/10. Chicks dig the Azure Flower print that I have.
  • Size/ Fit: The size and fit is standard compared to other surf brands. The waist band may be a tad loose, but I would still suggest choosing your usual size. For example, I wear a 30 in most brands, and wear a 30 in these as well.
  • Value for Money: (10/10) These boardshorts only cost $69!!! Plus you can save 15% if you sign up for Vuori’s email list. Honestly, these boardshorts are a steal considering the quality of materials, construction, and design.

Hurley Hyperweave Motion Boardshort Product Review

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.

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

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.

Hurley Hyperweave Motion Side Panel Review

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.

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POCKETS

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.

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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.

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SHRED SCORES

  • 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.

Best Hat for Surfing Review | How to Surf with a Hat.

Hey Shred Pals,

Call me crazy, but I love wearing hats when I surf. In general, my head tends to sun burn easily, and I personally like the extra shade. You may be wondering what is the best hat for surfing?

Looking for the video review? Click here!

Nike SB Hat Review
The best hat for surfing is your favorite hat to wear! Here is what you should be looking for when choosing a normal baseball cap for surfing:

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HAT FOR SURFING

  • Light weight technical fabrics such as 100% Nylon or 100% Polyester.
  • Avoid cotton and heavy fabrics that will retain water and become heavy when wet.
  • Snap backs work best. You need adjustable sizing that can be changed on the fly when you are in the water.
  • Drainage: hatswith mesh or holes are optimal for quick drainage.

My personal favorite hat for surfing is a 100% Polyester Nike SB Performance DriFit SnapBack baseball cap. I have had the black and grey one for over a year and I love it.

NIke SB Hat Surfing Hat

HOW TO SURF WITH A BASEBALL CAP

Surfing with a baseball cap is easy, here is how to do it:

  • Skill Level: You want to be fairly well versed in surfing to try this. Sorry noobs.
  • Fit: You want to slightly over-tighten your hat before paddling out. Don’t worry it will loosen up once you get out.
  • Paddle out: Wear your cap backwards on the paddle out. This is optimal for duck-diving under waves. Note, I would not suggest this for really aggressive surf where you are duck-diving under thick/ heavy sets.
  • Waiting Outside: Once you are outside feel free to adjust you cap if it needs to be any tighter. You can also turn it forward if so desired. Sometimes it is a benefit to flip it backwards when a wave is approaching but that depends on how quickly you see the wave. This quick switch takes less than a moment.
  • Wipeouts: In general, my first reaction when wiping out is to curl up into a ball, putting my hands on my head and forearms in front of my face. I was taught this at a young age to protect myself from being hit by the board under water. If you do this you stay safe and prevent your hat from separating from your noggin.
  • Lost hat: if you lost your hat stay calm and you’ll probably find it pretty quickly. Or just take the walk of shame back to shore while everyone laughs at the kook that just lost his hat. You’ll probably find it on the beach in a short amount of time ha-ha.

For real though I’ve lost maybe 1 hat doing this. It’s pretty easy to keep on your head it you follow the above mentioned rules.

If you can’t handle this level of awesome, there are hats with straps on the market. Or just grab a swim cap. I’m sure the chicks will dig it…

Thanks for reading and good luck!

Nike SB Hat Surfing Review