Speedo Men's Marina Core Basic Watershorts
|Price:||$19.99 - $42.00|
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- 100% Polyester Brushed Microfiber
- Mid-length watershort featuring drawstring waist, full mesh lining, and side cargo pockets with embroidered logo
- Trademarked "vapor plus" fabric for quicker drying and long lasting durability
- Constructed with UV Block the Burn UPF 50+ protective fabric
- Lightweight and dries quickly
- Length: 20-inch out seam
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From the manufacturer
Soft microfiber fabric with UV protection
Whether you’re headed for deep water or sticking closer to shore, you’ll appreciate the quick-drying comfort of the Marina Volley. Soft microfiber fabric is brushed for extraordinary softness; built-in sun protection lets you stay out longer without feeling the burn. Functional details include elastic waist, a mesh liner and side cargo pocket with drain holes.
- Elastic waistband w/ front drawcord
- Block the Burn with 50+ protection
- Quick-dry VaporPLUS fabric
- Side cargo pocket with drain holes
- Side seam pockets
- Length: 20” outseam
- Fabric: 100% polyester brushed microfiber
|Marina Volley||Hydrosprinter w/ Compression Jammer||Rally Volley||Deck Volley||Cutback Volley||Surf Runner Volley|
|Outseam||20 inch||17 inch||19 inch||16 inch||20 inch||14 inch|
|Inseam||9 inch||5 1/2 inch||8 inch||5 5/8 inch||8 3/4 inch||3 5/8 inch|
|Fabric||Polyester Brushed Microfiber||Polyester AeroTech||Polyester Brushed Microfiber||Nylon||Polyester Brushed Microfiber||Polyester Taslan|
|Draw Cord Waist||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Mesh Liner w/ Key Pocket||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Side Seam Pockets||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
Whether you're headed for deep water or sticking closer to shore, you'll appreciate the quick-drying comfort of the marina volley. Soft microfiber fabric is brushed for extraordinary softness; built-in sun protection lets you stay out longer without feeling the burn. Functional details include elastic waist, a mesh liner and side cargo pocket with drain holes.
Top customer reviews
-- LOOK --
The white stitching (particularly around the faux fly area) tends to make them stand out as being swim shorts rather regular shorts, even if you're wearing a T-shirt that covers the external draw cord.
I wore them on a recent (tropical) vacation while we drove around various outdoor sightseeing sites. They were passable as ultra-casual shorts in those areas where casual dress was not a problem, but if you're likely to venture anywhere away from the beach that requires a more respectable look (smarter restaurants, places of worship, etc.) you might find the white stitching makes you feel a little under-dressed since it'll be obvious you're wearing swim shorts and "going commando" beneath. ;) For the hotel swimming pool, beach and beachside attractions (cafes and casual beach restaurants, etc.), though, they're perfect.
-- FIT --
The fit is fairly straight and not too voluminous while out of the water, while still leaving plenty of room for unrestricted movement while swimming. The legs and backside are relatively slim -- not hugely baggy -- but not skinny. So if you're like me, with skinny legs and small backside, you're not going to look completely absurd like you're lost inside a huge black sack, which is the case with really baggy swim shorts. The hem of the Small size fell just above the knee on me (at 5'11").
The mesh interior is a little closer-fitting than on some other swim shorts I've tried but I actually found I appreciated it, as it kept everything "under control" while swimming and (importantly) moving in/out of the water! The mesh is perfectly comfortable -- particularly the edges, which are well finished -- so no risk of chafing or rubbing despite the close fit. All in all, you won't even notice the mesh after wearing them for a couple of minutes.
-- PRACTICALITY --
The material has a soft hand. It is soft and completely flexible, not stiff or "crinkly". This mean it moves well while you're swimming, and falls well when you're out of the water. It's also soft in terms of the texture, with a very slight "velvet-y" feel to the surface. A benefit of all this softness is not only the comfort, but the fact that it's quiet when you walk. (Some swim shorts with stiffer, coarser fabrics tend to give you an obnoxious "swish" noise with every step, as the fabric of the legs rubs against itself -- not the case here.)
The hip pockets are sufficiently deep to accommodate your whole hand -- not those shallow "half pocket" deals -- so there's plenty of room to hold cash or small documents if you're walking around on vacation. The mesh of the pockets isn't sewn to the fabric all the way around, meaning the pockets do move a little when you sit or swim (This is a good thing: the pockets fall to follow gravity, so your change and other items don't pour out of the pockets when you sit down. Similarly, it means stuff is less likely to fall/float out of your pockets while you're swimming, since the pockets will twist slightly to "seal" themselves.) The leg pocket has strong velcro and is sufficiently large to accommodate a typical glasses case or wallet. I had no qualms about the velcro keeping those larger items completely secure while buzzing around on a motorcycle. However, the velcro doesn't cover the entire top of the pocket -- probably only 50-60% of the top edge -- so I wouldn't recommend relying on it to keep smaller items in place (it certainly won't stop loose change from rolling right out of the pocket when you sit).
-- CAVEAT : WAIST FIT--
My one and only complaint about the construction of these shorts: the draw cord design. It's a little difficult to see in the product images (try zooming in on the waistband of the Classic Blue image), but the cord exits the waistband from two "flaps" that stick out from the waistband itself, situated a couple of inches apart. The cord draws these two flaps together, but once the flaps are pulled as close together as possible, you literally *cannot* get the waistband any tighter. It's not a simple cord that goes right around your waist and can be pulled tighter and tighter -- there is actually a MINIMUM waist size for each size of these shorts.
I usually wear a 30"-31" waist. I chose the Small shorts (smallest size available), and they were just *barely* holding onto my hips sufficiently when tied as tight as possible. While swimming, I definitely felt that more water than necessary was flowing down the small of my back and under the band of the shorts -- I could feel the drag. While it was fine for goofing around in the sea and snorkelling, I wouldn't want to wear these to do laps of the pool and I *definitely* wouldn't risk diving into the water!
If you wear less than a 30"-31" pant waist, these shorts will not work for you, period. Sorry. There is no way around this. (Unless you're a bit of a seamstress and actually want to take in the entire the waistband circumference yourself.)
For everyone else, if you're borderline between sizes and aren't sure which to get, opt for the smaller size. Better to have them slightly closer-fitting than to have them getting dragged off your hips while swimming.
-- OVERALL --
I'd absolutely recommend these swim shorts for comfort, practicality and flexibility. Again, my only reservation is that they're completely unsuitable for anyone with <30" waist. Docked 1 star for that, otherwise they'd be a 5-star product.
- I have a 34 waist, and the medium fits me well. There's even a little room if I go up a size during the winter, which happens more often than not.
- I have a 32 inseam for pants, and the legs on these come down to the very top of the patella (knee).
- The drawstring looks like a traditional board-short set-up (a lace through 4 holes in the front), but the waist is elasticized AND the drawstring goes all the way around the waist. This is important to me because I bought this for body boarding this summer, and board shorts, unless they fit perfectly, tend to ride down on me. Enough so that I have to worry about the right wave (OK, the wrong wave) removing them from me completely.
- Build quality looks pretty good. I have an expensive Tyr and some budget $18 trunks, and this is much closer to the Tyr. For the price ($25 when I purchased), I am very happy with them.
I own another Speedo which is great.
What's wrong with this one?
I ordered a large size. The waistband is fairly heavy elastic and fits like it was built for 32” waist.
The legs are blousy and are built for thunder thighs.
It looks like it was built for a wasp waist and fat thighs . Maybe that's a style, but I hate the way they looked on me. I read the description carefully, definitely not what I was expecting.
-Suits fit as advertised. You can trust the sizing charts.
-Great selection of colors