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Designed for paddlers, this Centrex Paddle Short keeps you comfortable and warm with neoprene technology and superior stretch.
These are mid-weight neoprene shorts with a knit waistband with a sturdy drawstring. I ordered them in two sizes for comparison. There is not much difference between the two, though. The larger of the two is looser in the backside/upper thigh area, but the waist and leg fit pretty much the same in both. The shorts are designed for a more hourglass-shaped figure than mine (I am an apple-shaped person), so the waist on both pairs causes a depressing bulge. However, the piecing of the shorts, with no central seam, avoids the dreaded camel-toe and the seams are flat and completely chafeless. Other than the waist issue, they are comfortable for swimming and paddling and DO NOT ride up or roll on me. I will say that neoprene has *some* give but not a lot, and if you have large thighs I don't think these will make you happy. I decided to keep both pairs, since they are exactly the length I want, are pretty much tugless and are comfortable worn for long periods. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a reasonable-length, comfortable, durable, snug short that doesn't show everything you've got or bag or cling or bunch when wet, and doesn't creep into places it shouldn't when you bend over. Great for swimming, surfing, paddling and walking on the beach. I only wish it came in other colors.
I like how these shorts help keep water out (most of the time). They're short but just short enough for my liking. What I don't like about them is that they're a bit tight so consider buying one size larger.
I love this short, I need a lot of coverage because I'm allergic to the sun so I ordered this paddle short. Perfect in every way with the exception that the sizing is off. Way smaller than I expected, I ordered a large according to the sizing charts and it feels like a small/medium. Other than that I love them so much I would get another pair in a bigger size.
This is my second Xcel product and I used both on my recent trip to Aruba. The shorts had lighter material in the front than in the back which work great when sitting on a rock or hard surface. I followed the fitting size chart. My normal size is a woman 27 inch waist and the medium fit good. I never felt constrained. Were great for wind surfing and kept me warm in the water. The design was exactly what I was looking for. I would recommend these to friends.
This is a very nice short and would be great for spending long periods of time in the water. I was unable to keep it due to being way to small. I usually wear a medium (size 6) and this large was way to small.
Exactly what I was looking for as we prep for our 1st stand up paddle session (anticipating that I may spend more time in the water than I really want, so the extra warmth will be appreciated!)
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Founded in 1982 by Ed D'Ascoli, Xcel International, Inc.™ (Xcel) is dedicated to exceptional product quality through research, development, and design innovation. Drawing upon his enthusiasm and experience D'Ascoli quickly laid the foundations of a core wetsuit company that would revolutionize the industry and push the cutting edge of material and design development.
No shortage of inspiration here; XCEL, Inc. continues to create and connect high-performance products with the athletes who demanded them. Xcel's passionate focus on product development has become the defining characteristic of the brand. With Xcel rashguards, surf shirts, wetsuits and life vests watermen, women and kids will be better prepared for water sports.
Xcel's primary markets include surf, dive, wakeboard, paddle, stand up paddle board (SUP) and UV sun-protection apparel. With tropical to cold-water products for men, women, and kids, Xcel stresses performance: maximum stretch and durability, sealed-seam construction, and a fit that feels custom-made every time. Xcel has so many different rashguards for everyone in the family, that it is easy to find your perfect second skin.