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Board Shorts Technical Buying Guide

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What are boardshorts? They are a style of summer wear, originally designed for surfing then to become generally beach and summer clothing. Originally, mens board shorts were the only options available, however recently ladies board shorts have become popular.

Board shorts are usually made from Nylon, cotton or both for quick drying.

Firstly, you have the Nano Stretch, 89% polyester and 11% elastane, which is made with micro construction technology so that the fabric givers the board shorts wearer 8 ways of perfect stretch and so gives complete freedom without the sagging.

“The ultra smooth surface finish, water repellency and light weight make Nana Stretch the apex fabric for boardshort performance, durability and rapid dry comfort” – Alpinestars

The 4-Way Stretch, again made with 89% Polyester and 11% Elastane, uses Ultra Stretch and is the standard for 4-way stretch in high performance boardshort fabrics. The shorts have superior stretch and rebound characteristics for unrivalled performance.

Diamond Ripstop, constructed 100% from lightweight polyester. The dobby fabric gives true ripstop construction and subtle flex, these boardshorts will give you pure function and comfort.

The 4-Way Stretch Diamond Ripstop fuses the best functions of two of the most popular board short fabrics. This boardshort material is made from with 74% Polyester and 25% elastine for super stretch and super comfort from the diamond pattern.

2-Way Stretch boardshorts, like the Alpinestars Rival 2 (below), are made with 94% polyester and 6% elastine with fine twill construction. This makes the 2-way stretch the perferred super lightweight alternative performance board shorts fabric.

Poly Ripstop, just like the Diamond Ripstop, is made form 100% polyester and however is made with super durable outdoors box ripstop, rather than the diamond. The Poly Ripstop board short is quick drying, very light but tough enough for double duty!

Board shorts made from Poly-X, which is again 100% polyester, have a twill construction with a soft hand finish and are one of the advanced boardshort fabrics.

And the final two are Nova and Ultrasude, both 100% polyester but with the Nova it features a super find weave construction for light weight wearing and a very smooth surface finish, whereas the Ultrasuede is the most tried and tested fabric in boardshort history which provides great style, durability and function.

Urban Surfer stock Alpinestars, Animal, Quiksilver, Protest, Roxy and Jack & Jones board shorts with free UK delivery as standard.