By Scott Eilers
July 18, 2003
Upside: Cool, comfortable, and functional shorts.
Downside: Conservative-style (if you like flashy surfer shorts).
Rating: ^^^^ (4 out of 5 peaks)
Ideal User: Great for anyone getting wet.
To get a good feel for this pair of CPR shorts by Oobe I spent a full day in them. It started with a nine-mile kayak run down the
White Salmon River in southern Washington, and ended at a waterfront concert by the Cherry Poppin' Daddies in nearby Hood River.
I have to say I was impressed. Based on comfort, functionality and style, these were a great pair of kayaking shorts that felt
just as good off the water as on the water.
Made with 100% nylon ripstop fabric, these are lightweight and overall fairly comfortable. The double-secure button and belt clip keep
them on for good, and there is a "baggy" feel without being obnoxiously oversized like some surfer styles you see out there. The only
thing I can think of to improve on is if the pockets were a little deeper, which may be more of a personal preference. Like most
shorts of this style, there is no liner.
Most importantly, these don't soak up water and seemed to dry very quickly - a must for any good kayak shorts. There's plenty of
pockets including a zipper closing side pocket good for storing car keys.
I wasn't blown away by the look of these shorts, but then again I don't think they are intended to be flashy. They've got a
conservative look compared to most contemporary kayaking fashion, but nonetheless it's a cool look that transitioned well from the river
to the outdoor summer concert scene.
Fitted waste with button fastener
Internalized belt clipping fastener
Front slash pockets
Side zip pockets w/ drainage grommets
Side cargo pocket w/ drainage grommets and button closure
100% nylon ripstop
Available Colors: Black, Dark Olive, and Red