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The Patagonia Men's Cotton Minimalist Wavefarer Board Short is a swim suit for spending the summer in the water. Whether you're a fan of the pool or spend your days at the beach, the retro look of the Cotton Minimalist Wavefarer fits right in. The blend of organic cotton and nylon creates a soft feel that dries quickly. A durable water repellent finish helps bead water up off the surface of the fabric as well. The seventeen inch outseam is a tad shorter than the original Wavefarer board short, so everyone can enjoy your lovely knees. Seam-free at the inner thigh prevents chafing while the single button closure with drawstring ensures they stay up when diving into the water. A single back pocket closes with a flap and single button, an attached key clip inside provides a little extra security.
Products on Sale are Discontinued Styles or Colors.
FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's Cotton Minimalist Wavefarer Board Short
Cotton feel with the technical merits of synthetics; made of a durable organic cotton/nylon blend, with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
Retro-surf-inspired board shorts with a scalloped hem and self-fabric piping
Trim silhouette on thigh and leg opening for ease of movement and better dry time
Back pocket has a flap, is self draining and has a rubber-button closure and interior key loop
3-piece, self-lined waistband contours to hip; flat-lying fly with single rubber button; functional mesh gasket drains easily; ladder lock drawstring closure; turned, bartacked drawstring is durable and provides a secure fit
Inseam-free inner thigh construction helps eliminate chafing
We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Quick Drying, Water-resistant
74% Organic cotton, 26% Nylon, with a DWR finish
Casual, Swim and Surf
Durable Water Repellant
DWR (Durable Water Repellent) is a coating that is applied to fabrics which makes them water-resistant, or hydrophobic. It's cute to think of a fabric as being afraid of water. Now if only they could make a bearphobic coating. A DWR finish doesn't interfere with breathability, which makes it perfect for adverse conditions in the backcountry.
Men's Outerwear & Clothing
31 - 33"
34 - 35"
36 - 38"
39 - 41"
42 - 44"
45 - 47"
48 - 50"
13.5 - 14"
14 - 14.5"
15 - 15.5"
15.5 - 16"
16.5 - 17"
17 - 17.5"
17.5 - 18"
29 - 30"
31 - 33"
34 - 36"
40 - 42"
Women's Size Conversion
4 - 6
8 - 10
12 - 14
14 - 16
Please note that the measurements provided above refer to the body size, and NOT the garment dimensions.
* Patagonia inseams will vary depending on the style. When a length is provided, please refer to the coordinating inseam lengths listed below. Any exceptions to these measurements would be provided in the product features or specifications.
Short = 30" | Regular = 32" | Long = 34"
7 - 7.5"
8 - 8.5"
9 - 9.5"
10 - 10.5"
7 - 7.5"
8 - 8.5"
9 - 9.5"
10 - 10.5"
Measure your hands using flexible measuring tape, and measurements should be taken around the knuckles, and NOT the thumb.
Adult Head Circumference
20.5 - 21.5"
21.375 - 22.75"
23 - 24.5"
One Size Fits All
21.5 - 23.5"
Men's Fit Guide Details & Info
Patagonia's measurements refer to body size and NOT garment dimensions. Sorry for yelling about it.
Each Patagonia product is designed and shaped specifically for its intended use, and below are their generalized four fit descriptions, and details about each fit. The Patagonia fit for each style can be found in the product description features or specifications.
FORMFITTING • Conforms to the body's contours.
SLIM FIT • Closer-fitting. Slim-fitting technical garments may be worn over baselayers and light midlayers.
REGULAR FIT • Neither slim nor oversized. Regular-fitting technical garments may be worn over heavier midlayers. Men's regular fit pants have a slimmer fit through that thigh, lower leg, and cuff.
RELAXED FIT • Drapes loosely on the body. Men's relaxed fit pants have a bit of extra room through the hip, thigh, lower, and cuff.
Rated 5 out of
I look awesome in these shortsI ordered patagonia board shorts last year and loved them, but they were tighter in the thighs and a little longer. These are perfect - a little roomier and the small slits on the side really help when I sit down since they don't taper at the bottom. Fit true to size and great vintage colors.
Date published: 2014-06-18
Rated 5 out of
Best Board Shorts Patagonia EVER MadeI have been buying Patagonia board shorts for the better part of 12 years (still own 5 pairs). These are by far the best shorts they have ever made!
Date published: 2014-07-17
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Do these shorts have netting inside?
Asked by: dzbeitz
The Patagonia Men's Cotton Minimalist Wavefarer Board Short does have netting inside. Patagonia refers to that netting as a functional mesh gasket that drains easily. I hope that this helps.