Costa Tides Boardshort Review

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Costa has created a good looking, comfortable and environmentally conscious product in the Tides Boardshort. It’s a versatile pair of shorts that can be worn from the beach to the bass boat and the Tides Boardshort fits loosely without being baggy and pairs function with fashion well. 

Made of 88% recycled material, Costa has done all of this while still promoting their passion for conservation and responsible use of our natural resources for recreation. 

The Costa Tides Boardshort is incredibly comfortable

Clothing made of 88% recycled polyester may not scream comfort to a potential buyer but these shorts are extremely comfortable. With four-way stretch technology, these shorts fit well but aren’t baggy. The material gives when it needs to and contracts when it doesn’t, while not fitting too snuggly either. 

Lightweight, breathable and water resistant, these shorts don’t weigh you down or fall off your waist even when they’re wet. And they dry really quickly and wick perspiration off your body. The fact that Costa was able to do all of this with primarily recycled materials is extremely impressive. 


There are three pockets incorporated into the Tides Boardshort—two on the front and one in the back. The two front pockets are deep to ensure that valuables don’t fall out when sitting or moving around. They’re also lined with mesh to help the pants dry quickly in the event they get wet. 

The back pocket has a velcro flap to again ensure that a wallet, phone or other valuable item doesn’t escape.

Waistband and front flap

The waistband of the Tides Boardshort is virtually seamless and very comfortable. There’s a short drawstring crisscrossed at the front of the shorts paired with two patches of Velcro to tighten the waistband and secure the front flap.

The shorts are available in five sizes ranging from 32 to 40 and the drawstring and flap provides enough slack that the appropriate size shorts can be slipped on easily depending on your size. All sizes of the Tides Boardshort have a 19-inch out seam, which makes these shorts a nice average length so that they’re not super short and restrictive but also not long and loose. 

The bottom line

Made somehow of mostly recycled material, Costa was still able to create a stylish, comfortable and versatile pair of shorts in their Tides Boardshort. With a price point of $60, these shorts are a bit of an investment, but no more so than many of the other leading brands in this arena. There are some things that you’re certain to find in the Tides Boardshort though that you might be hoping to get out of another pair of shorts. 

These shorts are lightweight, breathable, moisture wicking, quick drying, water resistant, comfortable, easy to clean and environmentally friendly. With all of this in mind, these are a great buy anyone looking for a nice pair of shorts to fish, lounge or run around town in.

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