Are These the Jason Bourne of Boardshorts? - Stab Mag
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Are These the Jason Bourne of Boardshorts?

O’Neill’s Best Boardshorts of 2023
are sleek, silent, tech-savvy assassins.

style // Apr 21, 2023
Words by Stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

With minimal seams and an athletic-forward, tech-forward design, these feel like wearing nothing (in the best way).

Product: Hyperfreak Tech Solid 19″ Boardshort

Price: $65

Giving heavy Nike or Lulu Lemon energy, these (stoically) state, “Performance is #1, everything else can f*ck off.” With any sense of “extra” fabric terminated, there isn’t a single unnecessary stitch to be found (and no inseam whatsoever); however, these do include a stealth pocket with a liquid-sealed zipper for any black-operative undertakings on your to-do.


  • Structured 4-way stretch engineered to be rash- and cling-resistant
  • Hyperdry Technology: A premium, water-repellant treatment offering a lightweight feel and ultra-fast dry time
  • Flex-Tie Drawcord: A sturdy tie closure with a grip-coated surface to prevent any slippage.
  • Welded Construction: Ultrasonic welding joins inseams to create a flush, super-smooth interior. Goodbye, rashes. Hello, comfort.
  • Laser-Cut Hem: A clean finish with zero seams at the knee.
  • Ultra lightweight material means no inseam = no rash = longer surf sessions
  • Made with Repreve® environmentally friendly materials

In a word, this boardshort member of O’Neill’s Hyperfreak franchise is as stealthy as they come. In the water, they remain featherlight and pose zero inhibition to your session in any way (so if you blow it, that’s on you and you alone).

The quality of the 4-way stretch feels soft and nearly nonexistent against the body, and I can assure you that there ain’t a chance in hell you’ll rash up and end up walking around town like a bow-legged cowboy.

Verdict: These boardies live at the intersection of high-performance tech and modest aesthetics.

See the rest of Stab’s Best Boardshorts & Swimwear of 2023, here.

Note: Garrett is 6’0, 170 lb., wearing size 32.


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