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The North Face Desolation Rapids Water Short - Men's - 2009 BCS
Thanks to its UPF 30 Apex fabric, The North Face Menís Desolation Rapids Water Short gives rafters, kayakers, and beach bums comfortable stretch and quick-drying sun protection. The elastic waist and webbing belt help you avoid unwanted exposure, and the side zip pocket holds your keys or knife.
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My husband really likes these shorts, but as many pairs as he
My husband really likes these shorts, but as many pairs as he buys, I was wondering if you did a military discount?
August 18, 2009
October 3, 2009
Lived in them for 6 days of ocean kayaking. Got wet dried quickly, comfortable to wear paddling 7 hours a day. Didn't like the belt length.....way too long but nothing a pair of scissors and lighter didn't fix
Do these have 1 or 2 zippered pockets the pic shows 2 but desciption
Do these have 1 or 2 zippered pockets the pic shows 2 but desciption says 1?
March 20, 2009
they have 2 zippered pockets. The content must be wrong on the tech specs
March 20, 2009
Nice, long shorts
September 16, 2009
These shorts are so close to being really good. The material is soft and quick-drying. The fit is good (if slightly on the large side). They are long (12-inch inseam) but this is really not a problem. It's really nice to have zippers on the pockets.
So what's the problem? The waist. There is a webbing belt (that is exceptionally long) but it doesn't go all the way around the waist. Instead, in the back there is elastic. While this may be OK for regular shorts, in water shorts it means that you can't tighten them enough that they won't fall off when swimming. It would be much better if the webbing belt went all the way around (like it does in most TNF water shorts). However, for wading or boating, these are really nice shorts.
good quality but...
July 20, 2009
i didn't like it,the belt strap hang too low since is strechy,it almost reach my knee,the waist is elastic making it too loose for high impact activities in the water,(you know what i mean,if you don't want to show your goods)ahh,the pumice grey color is not as dark as the picture.it's very very light,strechy and confortable,but i wouldn't recommended for swiming or nothing like that.ahh,i'm 36 and it didn't feel that long and i guess 34 would've been more tight preventing it from fall off
First quality, but . . .
May 27, 2009
OK, just received my much anticipated NF Desolation Rapids Water Short--I am bummed: with the exception of the inseam being 12" long, rather than the 9.5" as advertised on both TNF's & BC.C's website, the material, fit, quality, and design totally deserve 5-star ratings. The shorts hit the back side of my knee with every step and is very annoying; it would be much better if they were either longer (but then I'd buy capri pants--duh), or better yet, the advertised 9.5" length!
I've spoken with Backcountry.com--they were awesome--acknowledged the problem and immediately offered me a UPS pickup tag, and hoping that it was just a mistake, even offered to send me a new pair--that's good service. I decided to wait until I speak with North Face directly (tomorrow AM) and find out what the actual length should be before deciding on BC.C's offer. If they can find me a pair with 9.5" inseam, I'll probably buy two pairs--they really are that nice!