Eastern Mountain Sports Boatbuilder Shorts

Priced: $22.98 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 16 reviews.
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Eastern Mountain Sports Boatbuilder Shorts - Whether you're piling up shavings or sailing the Maine coast, the cotton/nylon Boatbuilder Shorts are carefree and comfortable.

Fiber Content: 63% cotton, 37% nylon.
Country of Origin: Imported


  • Lightweight fabric made of 63% cotton, 37% nylon


  • Relaxed fit
  • Semiloose fit for freedom of movement


  • Zip fly and button closure


  • Two extra-deep front pockets
  • Right side back leg welt pocket
  • Two back panel pockets


  • Peached texture for softness
  • Belt loops
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Inseam:13 in.

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Eastern Mountain Sports Boatbuilder Shorts Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Perfect shorts for hot summer days

Perfect shorts that are light weight yet durable. They are excellent for those hot and miserable days,very airy. They look good enough to go out to diner in. Also they have a great length and waist. I'm 5'10" 165lb. size 32 waist fits perfect. A great replacement for my Dickies shorts.
I wish there were more colors like gray.
Only thing to change would be to get rid of the side cell phone pocket. Phone falls out of it to easy.
The front pockets shape is a bit odd. They are flat on the bottom and my phone will sit horizontal making it a little awkward in my pocket.
Other than that they are great and washed good too. Going to buy more!
Moore at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2013

Nice shorts for staying cool.

I was looking for some lightweight shorts to stay cool when working, and playing, outside. The material is thin and breathable, but still has good structure. They definitely let me stay cool when the sun is beating down and are so light that they stay comfortable, even when i'm sweating hard.

The inseam is a little tighter than I usually like but I would still buy them again since it is just barely tighter than I like.
Joe Schmoe at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2012

Great, light weight, quick-drying shorts

I chose these shorts for biking so that I wouldn't have to sacrifice the looks and utility of everyday shorts. These shorts have fulfilled that purpose. They're comfortable, light weight, quick drying, and fully pocketed. They even have a small pocket for mp3 players or cell phones. The only caveat is that they're a little snug in the buttocks, so order larger rather than smaller (I measure 33" waist and ordered size 34 shorts).
Dave S at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2012

Boatbuilder Shorts good for Roofing too.

Ordered two pair as work shorts for replacing a shed roof in very hot weather. They're light weight, even when drenched with sweat. Great for casual wear as well. Sweat salt faded the color on the front a little bit (thus the 4 star rating). Got 'em on sale too.
Dr. Gizmo at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2013

Great shorts

Shorts are a great casual look for around town as well as going for a refreshing hike in the mountains. Glad to have found them...they were exactly what I was looking for in terms of comfort, fit, and style.
Greg the dad at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2012

EMS Boatbuilder shorts

Good material, very breathable and quick drying. Runs a bit snug at thigh if you have any muscle mass, and a little longer than I normally wear, but so far worth the minor negatives for a good product.
beachdawg at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 11/11/2013

Great shorts for outdoor activities!

These shorts are great for all outdoor activities. I use them for hiking and casual wear. They are very comfortable and breathable. I own them in both colors and wish they came in more colors
Hiker man at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2012

Great summer shorts! Love them.

Best shorts I have ever purchased - bought both colors. It would be nice to have brown and gray. Great for travel/vacation. Easy to wash and dries quickly.
Billy Ray at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2012

Best short for the tropics!

Liked them so much that I purchased a second pair.
Big C at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2013

Great hiking shorts!

Well made, lightweight, & fast drying! Excellent hiking shorts!
Elwood at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2013

Negative Reviews:

Holes and Stiching falls apart

Where to start. I bought 3 pairs and thought great things at first, but the first pair started a hole around the wait band that appeard after 1 wash. a different pair had a hole form by the back pocket and the stiching just fell apart. on all three pairs, there is stiching that is fraying after very light use. I usually trust EMS for quality, but these were a huge let down. Not what i have come to expect from EMS. even the sticking around the belt loops, you can just obviously tell that the fabric is not a quality fabric that typical of EMS products. Just noticed that a hole in the same location as the other ons is forming on the ones i am trying to sew up now. not impressed EMS.
LERecords at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 08/08/2013

Great but..............

I bought three pairs and with two of them there was a tear in the waistband within two weeks. I really really like the shorts..............what they were made of........how they fit.......they were the perfect shorts, yet I was disappointed that they did not last. I was thinking that with EMS that I would be ok but I concur with a previous reviewer.....the quality is not that good.
David at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2013

Lacks real pockets

I prefer real pockets to pockets sewn onto the leg panel. I've already lost an item that slipped out of my pocket when I sat down.
RonC at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2013

poor quality

wore and washed once and a hole appeared near the waist band
sg at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2013