Over the past couple of weeks I have been trusted to carry out a review of a pair of Animal Boardshorts from the 2015 Technical Range and have been getting to grips with the 19″ 4 way stretch dobby Beeston shorts.
From the off, it was clear the Beeston boardshorts have been made extremely well, with precise tidy stitching and are cut really well. I always buy and wear 36″ boardshorts, but time and time again with other brands they prove to be slightly too big and become a problem when duck diving and during wipeouts! I am pleased to say that the 36″ Animal Beeston shorts are a true fit and sit perfectly and I rest safe in the knowledge that if I ever decide to paddle out in maxing conditions at Teahupoo, that no matter what happens to me at least my Beeston boardshorts will still be on to maintain my dignity!
The Animal Beeston Boardshorts are made from 92% Polyester/8% Elastane and whilst I have stretchier shorts in the drawer, the Beeston has just enough amount of stretch to allow plenty of give and retain their shape well. The inside of the shorts feature a geometric pattern of triangles that are soft against the skin and I have had no issues with rashing or chaffing.
As well as the shoelace drawstring to secure the shorts, the Beestons are backed up with a velcro fly, which is plenty strong enough, but not so grippy that it is hard work to release and they are fitted with a lycra modesty closure panel. The waistband is fitted with metal eyelets for the drawstring to pass through, adding strength and helping to maintain shape.
The left leg of the Beeston shorts are branded with an embroidered Animal logo, which I originally considered as a bit big, but once wearing the shorts I soon forgot about it. I have to say I really like the discreet rubber tag at the centre of the waistband on the back of the short and the subtly stitched logo on the rear pocket.
The rear righthand pocket is a good size (plenty big enough for a wax comb or the biggest of fin keys) and as well as a branded metal drain hole is also fitted with an elasticated key loop. The pocket is secured with velcro, and whilst strong and secure, personally I would rather the pocket was fitted with a zipper.
As for testing the shorts, the North Sea temperature is still well down this year and I have to be honest I haven’t been brave enough to venture into it without a wetsuit so far this year, so instead have worn the Beeston Boardshorts for a couple of hours paddleboarding up the local river where they performed faultlessly. The shorts were comfy and stretchy and, after falling in, they dried quickly and remained comfy whilst wet and clingy. This time of year I live in boardshorts, and have been wearing them out and about as well as lounging around at home and they are so light and comfy they feel like a second skin.
The Animal Beeston Boardshorts have a retail price of £50 but if you are quick, they are currently on offer at just £40 at the official Animal website. As well as the Beeston, Animal have plenty of shorts on offer, including the Hugo, Blye and the Bregade also all featuring 4 way stretch dobby fabrics. The full range of Animal clothing can be seen here.