8 Month usage update: The drawstring closure kicks butt!! Like so many things, the devil is in the details, and the drawstrings on the board shorts have the details right. We are live aboard sailors and I have worn these shorts for 4-5 days a week, in the Caribbean sun and saltwater, and they have proven durable and tough, extremely comfortable and easy to use. And I never thought I would describe a board short as easy to use, but after you have tried a drawstring system that works so effectively, you realize how crappy your old shorts were. The middle of the drawstring is stitched down so it never becomes asymmetrical and it has just the right amount of friction so the knots never come undone. And the eyelets which have been doused in saltwater maybe 500 times, are not corroded. Truely a great short and is comfortable and can keep up with your active lifestyle.