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Boardies Reviewed 01: Oakleys


Summer is rolling around, time to hit the beach and i will try to make some boardy recommendations. firstly, oakleys are one of the lesser known board shorts makers. known for sunglasses, they make surprisingly nice boardies. in fact, the other brands which i will review, like ripcurl, quiksilver, mambo, billabong etc... are all great, but they are surf brands and they are expected to make good shorts. thing is, sometimes the "big brands" lack in functionality because people will buy them anyway and things are taken for granted. i own 2 pairs of Oakleys and both bought on sale after being rejected by consumers. i did not hesistate to get a good deal and bought one in australia and another in japan. they cost around 50 to 60 USD, but on sale, you can find them for about $30. generally, regular boardies by big brands cost around 60-80 USD. (but i never bought one over 50 bucks because they always go on sale and they last forever) as with all shorts, they come with wax comb, draining pockets with velcro, and hidden inside pocket. as for design, i got a pair of basic Trenches made of regular soft nylon (not sold anymore) and a camoflage patterned one made from tougher and stiffer ripstop material (also not sold anymore). they are awesome boardies and i would recommend trying different ones as they fit differently. one of them i own are shorter, which is good for more active swimming, while the other longer pair (below knee) are good for surfing as less kicking is necessary. both of them are unlined and one has a stretch fly closure. give Oakleys a try, you won't be disappointed, they make some nice basic shorts that are not too showy. [equipbug]

High Octanes: these are similiar to the ones i have.


photo courtesy of www.oakley.com
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3:37 AM

nice trunks.    



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