Water is a big factor in summer enjoyment, whether you’re headed to the beach, lake, river, or local swimming pool. The story’s the same if you’re traveling or staying home. When you want to minimize what you’re packing in your suitcase or backpack and need clothing that will not only be awesome in the water, but also be perfectly fine for taking the dog for a walk or hanging out in the sunshine, a swimsuit won’t always work.

Try on a pair of Helly Hansen Women’s Solen Printed Watershorts.

Coffee fans will love the backstory on the S. Café yarn used in these shorts: The low-temperature, high-pressure and energy saving process combines coffee grounds onto the yarn surface, changing the characteristics of the filament, and offers up to a 200 percent faster drying time compared to cotton. Also, the micro-pores on S. Café coffee grounds absorb odors, reflect UV rays (with UPF 50+ on all colors of the fabric—wet or dry), and cool the temperature of our skin up to 1-2 degrees.

The elastic waistband comes with a drawstring for extra security, and a zippered back pocket makes it safe for you to stash small items and not lose them to the watery depths.

The shorts are casual and comfortable, but stylish enough to easily transition to other activities after your water adventures are over. Walk to the café as the shorts are drying off (for natural air-conditioning), meet friends for happy hour, or catch an outdoor concert. I love hiking in them, especially when I can jump in the water to cool off without having to change clothes.

Solen Printed Watershorts for women come in three different prints—navy, pear (light green), and iced coffee (light brown)—and list for $70 on the Helly Hansen site.

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