I got these for a Water Rescue class - I made the investment in the Patagonia Quality (and Ironclad guarantee). I wore them i the pool (and hot tub) and they were great - good coverage, didn't hold the water and no annoying air pockets when I was jumping in and climbing out of the water. The zipper pocket is nice and feels secure, even when dumping out of canoes. They are certainly nice enough to wear in public without fear of embarrassment. The draw string waste tightens over a fake fly (the front doesn't open all the way, it's sort of gusseted, so even if you're not fully laced you won't flash anyone). Run on the smallish side, so if you're between sizes go up.Not shiny or crinkly like some water shorts.
These shorts rock! I tried them on as soon as I got them...the length is PERFECT!!!!!Short enough to look cute but long enough to bend down and "no worries!!!!" The material gives and does not puff up in the water!!!!! I will DEFINITELY be purchasing more of these!*The shorts are true to size. If you want a more snug short order a size smaller.