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Fountain of Youth 4 Inch Shorts

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White sandy beaches may take the spotlight, but Florida is home to 1,000 freshwater springs, the highest density in the world. A birds-eye-view of the forest often reveals a magnificent pool of freshwater emerging from the aquifer below. Jump in and you may experience the coveted feeling of flight as you soar in the air-clear water.

    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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We lovingly prepare each one of our orders for its journey to you using the best packaging materials we can find with the least environmental impact.

Free returns + exchanges

Free within the U.S. International orders must pay return postage. Exchanges orders can be placed immediately with an instant credit.

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We stand behind every product we make. If you have a problem, we will solve it with the relentless determination of a salmon swimming upstream to spawn.

Advocate Apparel Inspired by the Floridan Aquifer and springs

Florida evokes daydreams of white sandy beaches and palm trees – but perhaps the most magnificent water in Florida lies just out of sight. In the Sunshine State, water fills the limestone cavities of the Floridan aquifer beneath our feet. This is the source of drinking water for 92% of Floridians. But this water is not always hidden - where it finds its way to the surface, it forms marvelous freshwater springs, which support not only human life in Florida but also incredibly diverse and unique aquatic ecosystems. In fact, Florida is home to the highest density of freshwater springs in the world – more than 1,000 of them dot the karst landscape of the sunny peninsula.

Unfortunately, increasing development and growing pressures on water resources are having negative impacts on Florida’s springs. Over the past 15 or 20 years, Florida’s burgeoning population has had a plethora of consequences for the springs, namely decreases in flow due to over-pumping and a transition from native underwater grasses to nasty algae. Nitrate levels in the springs have skyrocketed and ecosystem dynamics have changed as food webs are altered.

10% of profits from your purchase of this product are donated to the Alachua Conservation Trust

"Thanks to the support of Waterlust and its customers, ACT's Young Leaders for Wild Florida Program continues to successfully provide youth education on freshwater springs protection and land protection to Florida's future generations of leaders. Partnering with Waterlust on these efforts is both rewarding and critical to conserving Florida's precious natural resources."

Tom Kay, Executive Director

the Alachua Conservation Trust

Customer Reviews

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Linda McDonald (Bulverde, TX, US)
Fountain of Youth shorts and top

Have only tried them on so far.
Fit perfectly, look great and are comfortable. Cannot wait to try them out.

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Peri Ozbil (Kailua-Kona, HI, US)

Fountain of Youth 4 Inch Shorts

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Kasey Williams
Love the design and fits great!

I already have the pants in the abalone design which I love, and wanted to add a pair of shorts. They fit perfectly and look amazing! Looking forward to trying them out for a week in St Lucia I’m a few weeks! Thanks Waterlust!

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Carol Pope (Winter Haven, FL, US)
Fountain of Youth

I love the Fountain of youth shorts, long sleeve shirt and swim top. The colors are fabulous! The shorts and long sleeve top are so comfortable. Your exchange process is super smooth and you allowed me to exchange items that write too small for a larger size no questions asked.

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Dee (Washington, DC, US)
Very comfy, a little cameltoe

I love these shorts! My measurements say I should wear a "strong" (love the size terminology!) but I ended up switching for a "mighty" to avoid an uncomfortable cameltoe. I wish the "hole" in the seam between the legs was a little longer to avoid this. If you look closely, you can see it on the model too. The shorts in general are the perfect length to be modest and avoid thigh rub - I wore them to bike, to do weights, and to paddle - but short enough to be able to move and for them to look like normal shorts. And I love the aquifer pattern! I'm 5'8", 130 lbs with 38" hips.

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Kaitlyn Prestia (San Diego, CA, US)

I feel like they're a little more snug than the leggings but I still love them so freaking much. I have other shorts with pockets from other brands, but these look so much better on my inner thighs. This print is my absolute favorite, but I'd love to buy some of the others one day, but they're pretty expensive. Worth it though :)

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