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Mantis Moxie Leggings

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Our leggings are designed to keep up with all your adventures in and out of the water! Durable enough for the dive boat, soft and supple enough for the hammock. Stylish sun protection for the win!

With a colorful exoskeleton that features startling shades of green, blue, magenta, red, and purple, the peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) is a badass marine crustacean known for its unique, powerful strike and incredible eyesight.

    1. Raw hem and internally stitched bar-tacks allow for customizable inseam lengths of 31”, 29”, 27”, 25”, and 23”. Crop to 7/8ths length or customize for your height. Learn how here.
    2. Streamlined pockets on the side of both legs for your phone, wallet, snacks or sunscreen
    3. UPF 50+ sun protection (max rating achievable)
    4. Fibers mechanically engineered for quick dry, moisture wicking and breathability
    5. Resilient 4-way stretch and recovery for shape retention in and out of the water
    6. Tag-less, wide waistband for comfort, added security and fold over option
    7. 100% chlorine, sun, saltwater and sunscreen resistant
  • 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 the Peacock Mantis Shrimp

The peacock mantis shrimp is a strikingly colorful and highly predatory marine crustacean found in the Indo-Pacific region. Its body is typically about 10 cm (4 inches) long and it has club-like appendages that it uses to smash and kill prey. These smashing appendages have the fastest strike in the animal kingdom, with an acceleration faster than a .22 caliber bullet.

In addition to its powerful smashers, the peacock mantis shrimp has impressive visual abilities, with 12 color receptors (compared to humans' 3) and the ability to perceive polarized light. Color and polarized light signals are thought to play a big part in mantis shrimp behavior especially communication with other mantis shrimp.

The peacock mantis shrimp is named for its vibrant coloring, which can include startling shades of green, blue, and orange. It lives in burrows in coral reefs and feeds on a variety of prey, including crabs, mollusks, and small fish. Unfortunately, the corals they call home are losing their vibrant color due to increasing bleaching events.

5% of sales from your purchase of this product are donated to Coral Watch

“Waterlust and CoralWatch have teamed up to help preserve coral reefs and their colorful inhabitants for future generations to see. Mantis shrimps have been watching over the reef for millions of years. By supporting our cause, by wearing the fabulous Mantis Moxie water-garb Waterlust provides, and by learning more about the reef through the CoralWatch citizen science program, you can help watch over the reef too.”

Prof. Justin Marshall

Coral Watch

Customer Reviews

Based on 42 reviews
S Henderson (Adelaide, SA, AU)
So much fun

I just get so much joy when wearing these. The pattern, the colour, the slight alter shrimp ego.

The material feels great on the skin. Wicks well. Firm but not too tight. Perfect fitoff the guide. Feels good swimming, doesn't stretch or get heavy. I haven't had a big sunny day out but I feel the material would protect.
Cutting the leggings short has gone great. But I wish I didnt have to cut all the pattern off! Maybe a short person version with more red higher up the legs one day?

The material is not uber quick dry and as tight leggings they are a bit of a struggle to get on and off when wet. Found I got a bit cold on my last day out pool-hopping down a waterway.
The material is on the heavier side as far as leggings go, so will be winter leggings for me here in Central Australia (Mparntwe/Alice Springs) where the temp is 10-25*C. Summer is always silly hot anyway (35-44*C) so nothing feels cool.

Picture of me pretending to be a mantis shrimp in a local gorge after incredible amounts of rain. 2000Km inland. Possibly the furthest a mantis shrimp has ever gotten from the ocean!

Jennifer Meyer (Garner, NC, US)
Beautiful, rich colors.

Vibrant. Stunning. Probably a little too bright to wear to work, but wow, they are gorgeous.

O.J. (Montclair, NJ, US)
Well worth the price tag

My favorite pair of leggings. The pictures don’t do Justice to the beautiful design. Very sturdy construction and thick material. I’ve worn it for a year about twice a week, colors are just as bright and the fabric still as taught and thick as new. I will be getting a second pair with another design ❤️
5’2” & 130 lbs. medium fits great.

Amy Hamman (West Olive, MI, US)
Fun and comfortable

Really love these leggings. We went Roatan for scuba and I wore these everywhere, and while not diving with them, was happy to have them as a backup for our excursions. I'll be making future purchases for sure!!

Tracy Williams (Naples, FL, US)

Mantis Moxie Leggings

Love my mantis moxie leggings

I love that they are recycled plastic, they match the sun suit and are so colourful like the peacock mantis shrimp. They fit well and are very comfortable. They make getting wetsuits on so much easier. I live in Australia and they get a lot of use. , as I love snorkelling and scuba diving. Best to buy a few items together to make postage free. As these were sent later and singly, the cost of postage was high, but it is the only way to get them, as there is non Australian stockist.