As we slide into fall and winter, we’re tempted to follow retail focus on cold-weather clothing. But many of us live in climates that are still warm enough this time of year, or we’re planning trips to escape to some of those places. It’s totally legit to be thinking about shorts right now.


I’ve recently been testing out Roark Passage Primo Boardshorts 18” and Layover Shorts 19”—although, to be honest, I’ve asked my husband to wear-test them. For his beach job, he’s in and out of water all day, so shorts are part of the unofficial uniform.


Passage Primo Boardshorts 18” are made from 86 percent lightweight recycled polyester and 14 percent spandex with four-way stretch that follows your movements, whether you’re catching waves or pints at the bar. The shorts have laser-cut seams and hem, as well as welded seams, which are especially appreciated when you’re sitting on your board for lengthy surf sessions. A vertical side pocket with a waterproof zipper is handy for stowing important small things you can’t leave behind. In today’s environment if larger phone sizes, not all phones will fit. These shorts were a huge hit at my house, where they received hours and hours of in-water testing.


Passage Primo Boardshorts 18” come in Barra black, nocturnal black, tropakill black, and stripe charcoal, and list for $89 on the Roark site.


Layover Shorts 19” are the evolution of the brand’s 19” travel shorts, made from 70 percent cotton, 26 percent nylon, and 4 percent elastane. New to this version is the full drawstring closure that wraps the entire waistband, and a laser-perforated back ventilation panel. Tried-and-true features include a zipper fly, oversized zip pockets in the front, and a cellphone stash back pocket. These shorts are comfortable enough to wear all day, whether it’s on the trail or on the beach.


Layover Shorts 19” come in black, blue, golden, military, camo, and dark khaki, and list for $75 on the Roark site.

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