The best beach and surf gear: towels, bags, coolers and more

If you want board shorts with all the features you expect from normal shorts, for use on land and in the water, consider hybrid shorts. They have belt loops and a standard four- or five-pocket design (as you’d expect with walking shorts), but they’re made of quick-drying material and their mesh pockets immediately wick sweat away. water. After testing six pairs, we found the O’Neill Reserve Heather Hybrid Shorts to be the best on the market. That’s because in addition to looking good and performing, they’re the only hybrids that have a completely hidden drawstring, so you can wear them in intense surf worry-free and without a belt. When it comes to surfing, it gave the O’Neill pair a leg up on otherwise excellent options from Volcom, Hurley, Dakine, Patagonia and the classic Birdwell. In addition to the drawstring, these shorts have all the relevant features: good looks; a good length of 21 inches; a key loop (thin); a recessed front button secured by a strap; heavy-duty zippers on three pockets (to further reduce drag when paddling a surfboard); Fasten the velcro on the fourth rear wax pocket (wax can particularly clog a rear zipper because it gets crushed there); and material that dries quickly.

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