El Current Short 11"
Best Board Shorts Ever Made? Yep.
A lot of reviewers are somehow having problem with fit. I had no issue with this. These shorts are clearly made for an athletic male i.e. strong legs, muscular bum, narrow hips. As such they fit this body type quite well. In fact they may be the best fitting board short I've owned to date.
I use my shorts for everything athletic: trampoline, weight lifting, scuba diving, swimming, hiking, kayaking, handstands...you name it.
Particularly I like how these perform as a gym short. The small slit at the side of each leg and the stretch provide lot's of movement and the leg is a perfect length to not get caught during a squat. Anyone who has the below knee board shorts from other companies would appreciate that at the bottom of the squat the El Current short does NOT get stuck over your knee and pull on you.
I also like the slightly higher area at the back on the waist line so that I don't show anyone my butt crack when bending, kneeling, etc.
The bonded (seamless?) technology makes them chafe free. They dry very quickly. And a minor but very awesome detail is the elimination of velcro in the fly. I hate velcro on board shorts. It sticks to the pull strings and puts pulls in the fabric wherever it touches. Without the velcro you eliminate this. But even better than that, you get a better adjustment in the waist because the pull string dictates the fit, not the velcro.
Over all I am very pleased with my El Current shorts (I have 3 pairs). And I never thought I would call lululemon cheap, but the El Current short is actually cheaper and far better than the bonded shorts another big name surf company makes.
May 7, 2015
After reading the reviews I was discouraged to purchase the shorts online, but after trying them on in the store was very pleased with the fit, unlike the other reviews. They are very stylish too.
March 19, 2015
Disappointed. $88 down the drain.
I bought these shorts (plain black) for my husband (we both have a huge lulu collection and tend to only wear lulu items every chance we get). Considering we have so much lulu, it is upsetting to me to purchase these shorts that my husband was dissatisfied with. He never has problems with lulu and once he saw these new pair of shorts I got him, he simply took out the cardboard tag (the tear off tag is still attached), as usual, and threw it away. A few days later, we were packing for vacation and he wanted to take the shorts. Well, unfortunately, to our dismay, he hated the fit and the look of them that he wouldn't even wear them to the beach. He was shocked as he is crazy about lulu and never has an issue with any item he's had. He is a size 34 in kahuna shorts and so I got a size 34 in these... as always. But when I looked at him with them on, he was right. They looked silly. Almost too small but in weird areas I can't even explain. All I know is, he didn't even want to walk in them... he just stood there like a dog wearing a coat. It was a funny experience... but really, It just doesn't make sense... this is a company we stand behind and literally purchase from on a weekly basis. It's not cool when we have an experience like this--though we shared a laugh. And it's not cool to have a brand new pair of $88 shorts that cannot be worn and the store won't take back due to it being past the two weeks. Not cool. Not happy at all... how can I purchase lulu items for my husband if I run into issues like this? I can't be throwing $88 down the drain like that. That's just not comforting in any way. :(
December 31, 2014
Sizing is WAY off
I was so excited to get these for my fiance. Living in Santa Monica, CA, we are both always in need of more beach wear. I bought these for him in his usual 36 Lulu size off the site. He has 4 pairs of Kahuna shorts in this same size that fit him wonderfully. These El Current shorts arrived, and they are SO much smaller. We compared them to his other 36 size Lulu shorts, and their about 2 inches smaller. Not sure if we got a messed up pair, but the sizing is WAY off. Poor guy can't even pull them up. They are a fantastic fabric and he was so disappointed that the fit was SO off, he has no chance of ever wearing these. Our local store will not take them back since we purchased them on the WMTM section online. Now we have a pair of board shorts my guy will never be able to wear. So disappointed. :(
August 29, 2014
Great but material fading
Bought this swimsuit two weeks ago. It's been worn twice to the lake. The fit and finish is excellent. Very comfortable, BUT the black fabric is faded in spots after being washed twice and hung out to dry.
July 4, 2014
These shorts are built to last. No seams to come undone. No frills and everything is light and stretchy. I actually am using these shorts for crossfit and not surfing or swimming. My only complaint is that the waistband does not breathe really at all so it gets a little hot. Other than that I love the shorts.
July 2, 2014
Best Board Short Yet
So happy. The bonded seams create a perfect fit. Couldn't be happier.
April 20, 2014
One of the best board shorts I have worn!
I have tried them all" O'Neill, Billabong, Quicksilver, Patagonia, Hurley.
Hurley's are still my favorite, great material, designs, but Lulu's El Current short II is right there with it.
Super lightweight, comfortable, no chaffing, fast drying, great in the ocean or on the run on the beach. I even slept in those, since they are so comfortable.
April 15, 2014
Surfing just got better
Sometimes two things you love come together and it doesn't work, like pizza and a Jacuzzi. On the other hand sometimes it does, the El Current II is the best for any surfing/Lulu enthusiast.
What do i love about this short, EVERYTHING!
April 10, 2014
A little too revealing
I love the material and the light weight of these swim shorts, but there is just one thing that got in the way of me keeping them. While they are not actually tight, the material is so thin that it still shows a lot of package in the front. It would be pretty embarrassing to wear in public. Going up a size reduced the problem, but did not eliminate it.
They are extremely comfortable and stretchy, and so it was very hard for me to accept that I had to give them back to Lululemon. Hopefully Lululemon will remake these with a thicker material so that they don't show so much up front.
This review is regarding the black shorts, but all three colors seemed to be the same material.
March 31, 2014