Zhik has been at it again, expanding their line to meet the needs of racing sailors. With their ever-expanding line of clothing, they’ve added and redesigned shorts to further make their mark in the sailing world.
Their boat shorts underwent a redesign this year, making them even more rugged to stand up against tough decks. They’ve also added a new boardie short, a classic board short with a little Zhik styling. Both are comfortable and fashionable to keep up with the active racer. Available in women’s sizes, too. Ladies don’t be fooled, these are Australian sizes so they run differently than US Sizes.
For all of those board short lovers out there that find board shorts can’t quite hold up, this is the answer. With all the feel of a traditional board short, the Zhik Boat Shorts have a webbing belt waist with two eyelets on either side. It works well for a nice tight waist. The best part is they have the durability of a sailing short with the durability needed to stand up against tough decks.
Although there are reinforcements in the seat, it’s still up for debate how effective these shorts will be when put to the test. They have a soft feel, leading me to believe that they wouldn’t be as hard-wearing as other sailing shorts.
The hand pockets are small, with barely enough room for your hands, but I’d suspect that you wouldn’t use them to store anything as you’d likely default to the conveniently placed cargo pockets.
They are comfortable, light, and reinforced, which is about all you can ask for in a sailing short. With a board short style, they are longer in length with a drawstring waist for that perfect fit.
Boardie shorts are just about all you could want in a sailing short. Comes in two great colors, Ash and Cyan (a radiant blue color) and has contrast/accent stitching throughout. They are very stretchy and move with you.
The overall feel is really nice. The inside has a silky feeling that doesn’t stick to your skin and gently glides over it.
The outside has a more rugged feel while still remaining soft and comfortable. The styling is nothing like the typical sailing short.
There is also a revolutionary breakthrough in comfortable closures on the waist. Behind the Velcro is a stretchy gusset for a little extra protection against the Velcro. It’s a light fabric, so it doesn’t feel bulky.
With five pockets (two hand pockets, two side cargo, and one rear cargo), you won’t have trouble storing all of your extras.