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What are Hybrid Shorts?

Do you feel like you don't have many options when it comes to summer shorts? Read this article about a new type of shorts that are rising in popularity.

This is a close look at two men wearing hybrid shorts.

Summer is fast approaching, and many of us are looking to spruce up our warm-weather wardrobe. Shorts are a necessity when the weather turns hot and humid. I am always looking for the latest trends in clothes.

When I am looking for shorts, I want something stylish that is going to keep me cool. One of the latest fashions is the hybrid short. Continue reading to find out the answer to what are hybrid shorts?

What Shorts are Becoming More Popular?

Hybrid shorts are quickly rising in popularity and changing the game when it comes to bathing suits. We call these shorts a hybrid because they are a cross between board shorts and walking shorts. These shorts look like a typical pair of shorts but have the same features and qualities that you have come to expect from a boardshorts.

These shorts allow you to go from walking around throughout the day and jump into the water when you are ready to get wet. When you are finished in the water, these shorts dry quickly, and you can go about the rest of your day or night. 

What are Board Shorts?

This is a close look at surfer wearing floral board shorts at the beach.

Board shorts have been beloved for a long time as the perfect men’s bathing suit. When you look at board shorts, it is apparent that they are intended for swimming or some other water sport. They are typically made of bright colors and patterns.

They have a drawstring and not much in the way of pockets. If they have pockets, they may be mesh pockets. Board shorts are often worn to replace swim trunks.

Board shorts are often difficult to walk around in when you are not at the beach or by the beach. Board shorts may have some spandex in them. They are ideal to wear on the surf. Usually, you cannot wear a pair of board shorts to dinner or somewhere that is not part of the beach scene.

What are Walking Shorts?

Amazon Essentials Men's 8" Inseam Drawstring Walk Short, Washed Red, Small

Walking shorts are usually a solid color that is more neutral and not bright. They may be constructed of a material that is textured and have a lot of functional pockets. The front is usually a zipper or a button.

Walking shorts are appropriate for picnics, going out to dinner, or hanging out with friends. You cannot wear walking shorts in the water. Walking shorts may be constructed from cotton or polyester. They will soak up the water and become heavy. 

What are Hybrid Shorts?

Golf Shorts for Mens Hybrid Boardshorts Stretch Swim Trunks Short Navy - 34

Hybrid shorts are the perfect combination of casual shorts and board shorts. They are constructed of materials that have technological advances similar to board shorts. The material has unique features that include a four-way stretch.

These shorts can stretch both vertically and horizontally, giving you a full range of motion. These shorts also give you the most comfortable fit because they are not too tight. Hybrid shorts can be worn on your natural waist and you will not have to worry about them falling down.

They can be worn for all manner of water sports, including swimming, paddle boarding, and wakeboarding. 

Features of Hybrid Shorts


Hybrid shorts are constructed from a fabric that is light and easy to move in. They will keep you cool in the hottest summer weather, even if you are not hanging out in the pool. When these shorts do get wet, they dry quickly, so you are able to move from water to dry activities.

The material is durable and long-lasting. Despite being lightweight, the shorts are not thin or cheaply made. You can expect these shorts to last for years. 

The material in hybrid shorts offers you breathability, which means you will not be drenched in sweat when you are outside in the heat. Even if you opt to use these hybrid shorts as running shorts, they will absorb the moisture and keep the sweat away from you while you exercise. These shorts will not get heavy when they get wet, no matter what type of exercise you are doing while wearing them.

Some hybrid shorts have durable water repellent (DWR) which helps the dry really quickly. 

SPF Protection

One of the great features of hybrid shorts is that they have unique material to protect you from the UV rays of the sun. These shorts usually have a UPF in them to keep the sun from burning your skin. The shorts usually have a UPF of 30 to 50.

Most people do not put any type of sunscreen under their board shorts, making it more important that your shorts protect your legs. If you plan to be out in the sun for a long period of time, you want to consider wearing hybrid shorts with UPF in them. 


Amazon Brand - Goodthreads Men's 11" Inseam Hybrid Quick-Dry Short, Dark Khaki, 36

One of the features that sets hybrid shorts apart from plain board shorts is the way they look. Most people do not consider board shorts as a nice-looking pair of shorts. Board shorts are usually bright with large patterns and cannot be worn to any event.

Walking shorts, on the other hand, look good and can be worn to any event. Hybrid shorts mix these two types of shorts together. These shorts come in many different styles and types.

Hybrid shorts come in varying lengths from 18 inches to 21 inches inseams. The shorter inseams are more trendy than, the more traditional longer inseam. If you go with the max length, the shorts are more formal in appearance.

Hybrid shorts come in a multitude of colors and different style options. They have bright colors but can also be found in more neutral colors, including black, brown, tan, and olive. These more subdued colors are similar to what you find in a chino short.

Hybrid shorts can have a textured look. These textures include a heathered look and space dye. They came in solids and stripes to present a more stylish look than the traditional solids. 

Hybrid shorts typically have a button front and belt loops. This look, including a belt loop allows your shorts to look a little dressier. You may be able to find some hybrid shorts with an elastic waistband.

The hybrid shorts have functional pockets and a classic look, including back pockets that are more traditional. These particular shorts have seams that are flatlock and give you incredible comfort, so you do not have any irritation or chafing. You may be able to find some hybrid shorts with special pockets that have zippers in order to allow you to safely store your items.

They may even have a special pocket in the back to stash items. It does not matter if you are boating, running, hanging out with your friends at the bar, or just get caught in the rain, these are the ideal shorts for you to try on this summer.