Immersion Research(IR) Guide Shorts

This is where IR started, one sewing machine making shorts in 1997. They’ve come a long way since then, but never forgot the power of an awesome pair of shorts. The Guide Short series are their most versatile shorts, offering a comfortable yet durable polyester rip stop fabric, and the options of either a fleece or .5 mil neoprene lining.

All of IR’s Guide Shorts Feature:

  • Soft but durable rip-stop polyester.
  • ‘Velcro-less’ fly
  • Lace-up, waistband
  • Hook and loop cargo pocket on side leg
  • Loose board short fit (no liner)
  • crotch gusset, with 10” inseam
  • DWR finish and abrasion resistant seat panel
  • The perfect board short for working or playing on the river or beach!

M’s Specs:

  • Colors: red or dark slate
  • Sizes: 30-38 even, 33
  • Price: $49

W’s Specs:

  • Colors: dark slate or tarragon green
  • Sizes: 4-14 even
  • Price: $47.50



  • They last too long. You’ll get bored of wearing the same color shorts for 5 years, and your significant other will get sick of seeing you wear your stinky, sun faded Guide shorts on every single raft , kayak and surf trip that you ever go on. People are still wearing shorts that IR made in the late 90’s, hurting our bottom line too.
  • More color choices would be nice.

The Verdict:

How can you go wrong with a stylish, well made pair of board shorts? IR Guide Shorts are standard issue for people that take part in any paddlesport in warm weather (throw a pair of polypro under your shorts and now your ready for spring boating, biking or hiking). They’re available in a few different colors each year. If you don’t see the color you like, wait a while an they’ll most likely offer it the next season. Who know’s maybe camo(see addtioinal colors), and plaid are on the way(if you’re into that sort of thing).

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