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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 46 reviews
Megan Bartlett (Brooklyn, NY, US)
Lovey and wild!

These are awesome and I feel wonderfully silly in them. Love the company and the message. Was bummed that one of the bottom of the legs was not sewn closed and frayed quite a bit when I put them on. I am a sewer so I fixed it in about 15 min -- felt more in line with their mission then all the waste that would come from returning them. All the same would have love to have not had to do it. Otherwise great quality and assuming it was just a one-off issue.

Mary Kay Rovelstad (Kailua-Kona, HI, US)

Love them. I had to add my own bar tacks to get them the length I wanted, but they are great.

Stacy Jones (Austin, TX, US)
Mighty Mantis

The fabric and colors exceeded my expectations- I think the quality of the fabric is superior to other similar dive skins out there- I have a high risk for melanoma and have totally switched to Waterlust rash guards and leggings for all my on and under the water activities

Chelsea Roth (Quakertown, PA, US)

Mantis Moxie Leggings

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.