I don’t think my bathing suit obsession is quite Kim K level, but there is something to be said about a good boardshort — something that doesn’t get soggy and weighed down in the water and can hack it on the mainland without feeling cumbersome and, well, bathing suit-like.
Most of us only get one boardshort every couple of years, so it’s important to get it right the first time. On my bi-annual search for my summertime short fix, I stumbled upon the Stio CFS Boardshort ($89), the Jackson Hole outdoor brand’s signature boardshort. And after a weekend at the lake, here’s what I found.
Pockets are often an overlooked part of the whole pant and short package, but when those things don’t function, you’re going to have some seriously soggy problems. Luckily, the CFS Boardshort has a zip hip pocket for easy access and extra security for electronics and wallets while hanging out on the boat, saving a potential headache later.
As a disclaimer: This is not a waterproof pocket, so don’t dive in before emptying out the old smart phone — consider yourself warned.
Like many of the Stio summer line, the CFS Boardshort also uses Sphero HO stretch material for increased maneuverability. What is often overlooked about the Sphero HO aside from its flexibility and quick-drying hydroponic material is the durability of 75 denier fabric that will not only get you into the water, but also to and from the water, no matter what the path throws at you.
Okay, this is a polarizing topic, but these boardshorts have built-in underwear. For some, that is the little extra support they need. For others it’s a potential nuisance and additional hot spot. I fall into the latter, and had to hold myself back on my urge to cut them out. Again, to each their own.
As for the best uses for these boardshorts, I’m picturing a day of cliff jumping or waterfall swimming — a day mission that ends at the water, but requires a little work to get there. That being said, this would be an excellent active short just about anywhere in or out of the water.
As a boardshort, the CFS is solid but nothing special in the realm of water sports. However, as an all around short, I could see myself wearing these on a semi-regular basis and substitute them in for any of my favorite shorts. Ah, summertime.
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