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Abalone Restoration 8 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. 8 inch inseam
    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 50 reviews
Eve Mokotoff (Ann Arbor, MI, US)
Top rolls down

I wanted to love these shorts. I like how they look, the length and the fit and the pockets are uniquely deep. I thought that they would stay up because they go up so high and was excited to try them out. But they do not stay up. This feature is a deal killer for me. Sorry! Would be great if you could fix that feature.

Gloria Wesaw (Lansing, MI, US)
Swim Shorts

I LOVE the feel and the fit. I won't use them until the end of January when I go diving in Little Cayman so I am going to be anxious to see if they dry fast and how long they repel the stink!! If they dry fast and keep the odor down I will definitely be ordering more. My next trip will be the true test.

Katherine Nieves (Sicklerville, NJ, US)
True colors

I ordered the shorts for my daughter. She was totally excited with the colors and the material. Fit perfectly with an
XXL. So, it's better to order a size up if you are a little heavy. The side pockets are deep and fantastic. She was very impressed. No problem with the exchange at all. Excellent company.

MC Forelle (Charlottesville, VA, US)
Love the pockets!

These are the most comfortable swim shorts I've ever worn! They look just like in the pictures. The print is GORGEOUS, the material sturdy but flexible, and the pockets are a delightful convenience. My only wish is that the waistband where a leeeeetle bit higher and a little bit sturdier, to help wrangle my muffin top a little more comfortably, but really that's a minor complaint.

lisa milovanovic (Apollo Beach, FL, US)
Run Small

I love the design it is stunning. Not sure if these run small or if they do not have the stretch-ability that comparable shorts have due to the type of fabric used. Either way, i wear a medium to large shorts and the large is tight. Love the shorts and the purpose.

Ashlee Richman (DeLand, FL, US)
Love these!

Even prettier in person, love the pocket, the length and fit are comfortable and exactly what I was looking for. Surpassed my expectations, and I can't wait to use them more on warmer days!