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Xcel Women's Centrex Paddle Short

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SKU: WN310114
Product Code: 48426

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Designed for paddlers, this Centrex Paddle Short keeps you comfortable and warm with neoprene technology and superior stretch.

  • Designed especially for paddlers.
  • Comfortable 3mm neoprene seat.
  • 0.5mm neoprene front and back panels.
  • High-performance 10 ounce 4-Way Stretch fabric back yoke.
  • Wide waistband with inner elastic.
  • Comfortable flatlock seams.
  • 5" inseam.

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  • 3.5 star rating (Based on 8 Reviews)
    62% of Fit Survey Respondents said this item "Feels too small"
    38% of Fit Survey Respondents said this item "Feels true to size"

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  • rating star
    By from
    on 7/16/2013
    Feels too small

    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.

  • rating star
    By from
    on 6/13/2014
    Feels true to size

    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.

  • rating star
    By from
    on 5/5/2014
    Feels too small

    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.

  • rating star
    By from
    on 1/18/2015
    Feels too small

    These were a very nice heavy duty material but run very small so I had to return.

  • rating star
    By from
    on 1/5/2015
    Feels too small

    I thought the company size guide was way off, but I've found this to be true of most water wear.

    I'm about 5'1", 100 lbs. Theoretically, I would have been an XS. I tried M and S and found little difference. I went with the S since so many materials stretch in the water.

    The shorts are comfortable and mostly fit nicely. They do bulge where leg meets buttock.

    Most disappointing is the structure (or lack thereof) in the crotch. I had been encouraged by another reviewer's comment: "However, the piecing of the shorts, with no central seam, avoids the dreaded camel-toe and the seams are flat and completely chafeless."

    I found just the opposite to be true regarding the "dreaded camel toe." I have no special anatomy.

    I originally tried the shorts on with underwear and couldn't tell. But once they're worn alone they're very revealing and even more so when wet.

    (They do get an A for chafeless. I've worn them for lap swimming and found them comfortable.)

    This design of the crotch problem is so easy for a manufacturer to solve--a little padding in the right places and proper seaming.

    I have to wonder who designed these paddle shorts for women? Could it be a man? Or maybe it's a woman who never tried them on?

    Sadly, I feel I wasted the purchase price on these shorts.

  • rating star
    By from
    on 10/19/2014
    Feels true to 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.

  • rating star
    By from
    on 10/4/2014
    Feels too small

    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.

  • rating star
    By from
    on 6/3/2014
    Feels true to size

    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!)



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.

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