Patagonia Men's Light and Variable Board Shorts - 18"

Size Guide
Size Guide Patagonia Men's Bottoms
  Waist Inseam
X-Small (cm) 71 79
X-Small (in)
28 31
Small (cm) 74 79
Small (in)
Medium (cm) 79-84 81
Medium (in)
Large (cm) 86-91 84
Large (in)
X-Large (cm) 97-102 84
X-Large (in)
XX-Large (cm) 107-112 84
XX-Large (in)


Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions, and are in inches, unless otherwise noted.* Inseam will vary depending on style; when lengths are offered, "short" is 30, "regular" is 32 and "long" is 34, unless otherwise noted.

Men's Fit Guide

Though each Patagonia product is designed and shaped specifically for its intended use, Patagonia generalises their fit descriptions in four ways:

Formfitting: Conforms to the body’s contours.

Slim Fit: Closer-fitting. Slim-fitting technical garments may be worn over baselayers and light midlayers.

Regular Fit: Neither slim nor oversized. Regular-fitting technical garments may be worn over heavier midlayers.

Relaxed Fit: Drapes loosely on the body.

How to Measure

Sleeve: With elbow bent, measure from the center (back) of neck to elbow and down to wrist.

Chest/Bust: Measure around your chest/bust, just under armpit.

Waist: Measure around waist at the smallest circumference.

Hips: Stand, feet together, and measure around the largest circumference at hips.

Hands: Measure around the fullest part of the hand, not including thumb.

Inseam: Take a pair of pants that fit well and measure from the crotch to bottom of leg. All pants come with a finished hem.

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Patagonia's most stripped-down and travel savvy board shorts.

The Light and Variable Board Shorts have been a long time favourite of Patagonia with their lightweight and simple functionality while keeping you chafe-free with their no-inseam design.

Now featuring superlight, fast-drying 100% recycled polyester with 2-way mechanical stretch, a DWR (durable water repellent) finish and 50+ UPF sun protection, the hydrodynamic design has a trim silhouette and sleek, low drag waistband.

Other details include a flat-lying fly with ladderlock drawstring closure, and a pared-down back pocket that's self-draining, has an internal key loop and doubles as a compact stuff pouch.

The pocket has a corrosion-proof plastic zipper and the side seams have small notches for increased freedom of motion.

Outseam is 18"

  • Made of quick drying and superlight 100% recycled polyester with 2-way mechanical stretch, a DWR finish and 50+ UPF sun protection. 
  • Grown-on waistband; flat-lying gasket fly with ladderlock drawstring closure; durable bartacked drawstring
  • Pared-down zippered back pocket for streamline function; pocket has self-draining mesh pocket bag and internal key loop.
  • Notched outseam for movement; inseam-free design helps eliminate chafing
  • Pocket doubles as a self-storage pouch.
  • Outseam is 18"; midlength is designed for those who prefer a trimmer, more pared-down silhouette
  • 102g
  • Fair trade Certified Sewing.