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Abalone Restoration 4 Inch Shorts

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Known for the psychedelic patterns found on their inner shells, abalone (sea snails) feature unique colors that are created by nacre, hexagonal platelets of aragonite also known commonly as “mother of pearl” and found on a variety of mollusks. Our print features the piercing blues of New Zealand’s Pāua, the Māori name given to three species Haliotis iris, Haliotis australis and Haliotis virginea.

    1. Streamlined pockets on the side of both legs for your phone, wallet, snacks or sunscreen
    2. Fibers mechanically engineered for quick dry, moisture wicking and breathability
    3. Resilient 4-way stretch and recovery for shape retention in and out of the water
    4. 4' inseam with longer length in the back to flatter your curves while keeping you covered
    5. Tag-less, wide waistband for comfort, added security and fold over option
    6. 100% chlorine, sun, saltwater and sunscreen resistant
    7. UPF 50+ sun protection (max rating achievable)
  • 88% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles), 12% spandex

UPF 50+ Sun Protection (Max Rating Achievable)

100% Fade-Proof From Chlorine, Sun & Saltwater

Anti-Microbial = Smell-Resistant

Fibers Mechanically Engineered For Quick-Dry & Moisture-Wicking

Made From Recycled Materials

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Advocate Apparel Inspired by Abalone

Abalone is the common name for a variety of marine snails that are found throughout the world’s oceans. Sought after for their meat and their beautiful shells, populations have declined rapidly and some species are now critically endangered.

Our relationship with abalone illustrates the challenges of overexploitation of the marine environment. Until the 1980s, it was widely thought that abalone populations were resilient and could effectively rebound from harvesting activities. Unfortunately, that has not proven to be true.

Abalone are “broadcast spawners,” meaning that two individuals must be within three feet of one another to sexually reproduce. This type of reproduction makes population recovery very challenging, driving the need for humans to intervene.

5% of sales from your purchase of this product are donated to Get Inspired

“Our partnership with Waterlust helps us spread our message of conservation across the globe far beyond our reach.  It is a great example of how one small organization with one employee can only do so much but by working together we can do more, reach more, spreading knowledge, happiness, beauty, and hopefully compassion for our ocean animals.”

Nancy Caruso

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Hanae Bettencourt (Seattle, WA, US)
Fit great, but they roll down

The shorts feel and fit great. I love the pocket too. But the waistband rolls down as soon as I bend over and the shorts roll up a bit too. I feel like I’m always adjusting things. I really wanted to like them!

Hi Hanae,

Thank you for sharing this feedback. We have found that going up one size usually takes care of the rolling problem for both the waistband and the legs. I would be happy to set up an exchange up for you if you would like to try! You can send us an email at hello@waterlust.com to get this exchange/return set up.

Thanks again for taking the time to share this feedback with us!

Camilla and the Waterlust Team

M.I. (East Hampton, CT, US)

Love these for swimming and just hanging out. Super comfortable and the pockets are clutch. Abalone pattern is gorgeous and goes with a variety of colors for tops. Excited to see solid black—please make these in other solids!

Monique Robert (Hudson, NH, US)
So gorgeous!

My Abalone top, shorts and scrunchie arrived and squeeee! they are beautiful! The fit is perfect (size guides are sooo helpful!), the fabric is silky, cut to flatter, and the detail and iridescence is mesmerizing.
Thank you!

P.E. (Cocoa, FL, US)
My favorite print, but sizing seems to get smaller and smaller

These shorts are absolutely gorgeous, I have the leggings already in this print and was so excited to get the shorts. I received the shorts and have to say that the sizing discrepancies in my last two purchases have been very disappointing. I have 3 leggings and 1 pair of 4” shorts from years ago that fit perfectly, all size medium. I ordered a pair tiger shark 4” shorts at Christmas in a size medium and they were significantly smaller than my older pair. Then I ordered these abalone shorts, also in size medium and just recieved them and they are even smaller than the ones I got at Christmas. I’m not sure if you have changed your sizing in the last year, but the newer ones are definitely no where close to the same sizing as previous years. I have put in for an exchange already. I will say that your customer service has always been top notch and I adore your company and your causes. I’ve attached photos showing my older cosmic coral shorts on the bottom, then the tiger shark shorts on top of that and the newest abalone shorts on the very top to show the sizing differences.