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Open Accordion

Fit guide: The Ocean Shorts are designed with a regular fit, with a length that hits just above the knee.

Model wears: Dirt biker Ryan Ball is 6ft 1 / 185cm with a 32in / 81cm waist. Ryan has an athletic build and wears the Ocean Shorts in size Medium.

Personalised advice: See our size guide for more advice on sizing, or you can ask us for personalised sizing advice here.

Returns and exchanges: Don’t worry if you order something and it doesn’t fit – we have a free, no hassle 30 day return and exchange period.

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Ocean Shorts

A stripped-down aesthetic built with laser cutting, welding and bonding

The job of our Ocean Shorts is to save your skin from rocks, sand, wind, sun, and reefs. So every design decision we made was to enhance their performance. With the waist, legs and pockets all cut by laser, bartacks welded on for strength, and seams bonded for simplicity, the reason they look like a stripped-out feat of engineering is because they are.

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They’re the stretchiest shorts you’ll ever wear

Whether you’re a kitesurfer or a yogi, there’s literally no move you can pull where these shorts will restrict you. If you were holding a metre of this fabric, you’d be able to stretch it to 1.5 metres in any direction, and as soon as you let go it would instantly return to its normal shape thanks to the huge amount of elastane we’ve used. Stronger and more durable than rubber, the more elastane you blend with another material the stretchier it becomes. These shorts are 34% elastane making them unbelievably stretchy.

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Built from compression fabric, they’re crazily resilient and strong

The material we’ve used was originally designed for compression gear so it’s incredibly strong. We’ve simply laser-cut it into the shape of non-compression gear. The strength of the material remains identical, but you have none of the pressure on your muscles. Every inch of fabric has been knitted by 40 needles, so unlike normal knitted fabrics it’s incredibly dense. This means that on abrasion tests, which show you how fast you could destroy something on coral reefs or a dirt track, it scores 5 out of 5 for toughness.

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Amphibious shorts that are just as amazing on land as they are on water

While we set out to build the best shorts on Earth for the water, everything that makes them amazing for the oceans makes them phenomenal back on land too. They’re so light and stretchy you can run an ultra-marathon in them. They’re strong and resilient enough to cope with any mountain biking, climbing or hiking trip. They’re as soft and comfortable as a pair of sweatpants if you just want to kick back. While the cut and simplicity means you can wear them to the office.

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As soft as a sweater and hardwearing as a jacket

You probably won’t have ever worn a pair of knitted board shorts before, but they represent the holy grail of sports gear – incredibly strong, stretchy, soft and lightweight all at the same time. By blending elastane with a super tough nylon yarn, we’ve created a unique knitted fabric. With millions of microscopic knitted loops, it manages to feel as soft and stretchy as your knitted socks and sweaters, while being as hardwearing and smooth to the touch as a mountain jacket.

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Plant technology makes these shorts water repellent

For decades, brands have been using toxic fluorocarbons to make their clothing water repellent. But ocean spray simply rolls straight off these shorts without a chemical in sight. We’ve gone back to the Stone Age and used a plant-based technology that penetrates deep into the fibres and makes water simply slip off the surface. The same tech makes them fast-drying out of the water, and when you want to hang them up to dry you’ll find a reinforced drying loop just above the waistband.

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Even when they’re wet they hold their shape

A lot of shorts simply look bad when they’re wet, even though they’re designed for water – they either cling to you or billow out like a jellyfish wrapped round your legs. So we’ve engineered these shorts to look as good on you when they’re wet as they do when they’re dry. The bottom hem of each leg is laser cut then reinforced with bonded tape to give it enough weight to hold its shape however soaked you are and stop the shorts clinging to you.

Ocean Shorts

Two streamlined, laser-cut front pockets

The Ocean Shorts come with two front pockets large enough to hold your phone, cards and keys on land, or a GPS in the water. Both pockets are laser-cut and bonded to avoid creating seams that could rub. And each have two laser cut holes with welded edges that allow water to drain at high speed rather than billowing up with air. The pockets are fastened with concealed zippers with a rubberised and lockable zip pull, so once they’re done up they won’t come undone.

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A back pocket with water escape holes

On the back of the shorts you’ll find pocket designed for vital stuff like keys or bank cards if you’re on the beach, or a couple of gels if paddling to another country is your favourite way to kill time. The pocket is created with the same low-profile bonding and concealed zipper as the front pockets.

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Elasticated and rope tied waist

The Ocean Shorts are elasticated at the waist and fasten with a metal-tipped rope. The rope is woven through laser cut holes which have been welded for extra strength. The inside of the waistband is soft, highly elastic and high wicking, and there's a velcro fly.

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Wear the softest material on Earth next to your balls

Good design matters, even when you can’t see it. And it matters even more when it’s next to your balls. The shorts’ inner lining is made with one of the highest grade and lightest materials on Earth – an Italian mesh fabric that’s so soft and comfortable we used to build entire pieces of gear out of it. It’s fast-drying, made with 25% elastane, and has seams that are bonded flat so it won’t ever trap, catch or grate you.

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The shorts’ invisible tech blocks invisible UV rays

Just like sunblock, fabric can be rated for its ability to reduce your exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet light. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor, or UPF, determines how much more protection your skin would have while wearing that piece of clothing. A UPF rating of 15 for example would give your skin 15x more protection than it would have if it was unprotected. These shorts are so densely knitted that the fabric scores a UPF of 50+ which is the highest possible rating, giving you the highest possible protection.

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Designed to work with our Ocean Vest

After launching our first Ocean Shorts in 2018, we decided to build a rash vest as tough and stripped out to go with them. We used the same material, the same design philosophy and the same construction techniques, so the two are designed to work together. Built for all 350 million square kilometres of the oceans, the Ocean Vest and Shorts looks like they were made for Bond or Seal Team Six and perform like it too.

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