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NRS Men's HydroSkin 0.5 Shorts

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NRS HydroSkin® is the ultimate immersible base layer. Stretchy, comfortable HydroSkin 0.5 neoprene material gives you just the right amount of warmth for cool days and cool water without feeling bulky or restrictive.
  • 0.5 mm Terraprene™ neoprene with heat-reflecting titanium cuts the chill on cool days.
  • Four-way-stretch PowerSpan™ exterior allows unrestricted movement, and the soft ThermalPlush™ lining feels great against your skin.
  • Paddler-specific design allows unrestricted freedom of movement and puts seams where they won't cause irritation.
  • A zippered stash pocket in the waistband lets you keep small essentials handy.
  • A drawcord in the waist cinches with a barrel lock for a secure fit.
  • HydroSkin is lightweight wetsuit apparel; it's designed for a snug form fit that restricts water entry and locks in your body's warmth.
  • A durable water repellent (DWR) exterior coating sheds water to help reduce evaporative cooling.

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    NRS HydroSkin Apparel
Neoprene: 0.5 mm HydroSkin®
  • 4-way stretch PowerSpan outer layer
  • ThermalPlush™ inner lining
  • Titanium laminate adhesive
  • DWR coating
Fit: Form fit
Seams: Flat-lock stitched
Gender Sizing: Men
  • Zippered pocket at waistband
Size Height Weight (lbs) Chest Waist
XXS 4'9"-5-1" 80-100 24"-28" 23"-26"
XS 4'11"-5'3" 90-125 28"-32" 26"-29"
S 5'2"-5'6" 115-140 32"-36" 28"-31"
M 5'5"-5'8" 130-165 36"-40" 30"-33"
L 5'7"-6'0" 150-195 39"-43" 32"-35"
XL 5'10"-6'2" 185-225 42"-46" 34"-37"
XXL 6'1"-6'4" 215-245 46"-50" 36"-42"
3XL 6'3"-6'5" 230-255 49"-52" 36"-44"
4XL 6'4"-6'6" 245+ 51"-53" 43"-46"
How to measure

How to measure:

  1. Chest/Bust: With arms down at your sides, measure around the largest part of the chest, generally across the nipples.
  2. Waist: Measure around natural waistline, allowing tape measure to sit comfortably.
  3. Head: Measure above brow, around the fullest part of the head.

Measurement Tips

Form Fit
Next-to-skin fit for easy layering and efficient performance.

Semi-Form Fit
Fits close but not tight for comfort and layering ease.

Relaxed Fit
Full cut for freedom of motion and layering underneath.

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When your clothing's adaptable, you're adaptable—to conditions, situations, opportunities. NRS HydroSkin apparel gives you a range of options between wearing no immersion protection and wiggling into a wetsuit. Three neoprene thicknesses and a variety of tops and bottoms let you layer to match the weather and water, while paddler-specific designs ensure friction-free freedom of movement.


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Poor Design

By sierra surfski

from Mammoth Lakes, CA

Verified Reviewer


  • Comfortable
  • Great Fabric And Seams


  • Zippered Pocket On Backsi

Best Uses

    Comments about NRS Men's HydroSkin 0.5 Shorts:

    I have owned the 0.5 Hydroskin previously and they are were my favorite paddling short. Unfortunatley, the 2015 design added a zippered pocket. Paddling a high back seat such as a surfski, the zipper would rub aganist the carbon/fiberglass seat back as well as your backside. This makes a great short completly useless. Regarding sizing, I am a 34" waist but wear an XL.

    • Waist:
    • Feels too small
    • Length:
    • Feels too long
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    If it does not fit, you must acquit.

    By Bruce Keys

    from Boise, Idaho

    Verified Buyer


    • High Quality
    • Nice Color
    • Washes Well


    • Irregular Fit
    • Not True to Size

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS Men's HydroSkin 0.5 Shorts:

      I have had a pair of NRS Rodeo Shorts for years and they have been my go to paddling shorts until they finally started to wear a bit and start to sag. So I ordered another pair at the same size XXL. When the first pair came they were really tight which I sort of expected due to them being new and my higher calorie than usual diet lately. So I got them wet but they still did not fit. So I called customer service. They explained that the latest manufacturer's run tended to be a tad small. They offered to exchange for a larger size in a different model that was actually on closeout sale. So they sent me size XXXXL. Yep, that's right 4 X. I thought these would probably be WAY too loose. But to my surprise these are actually only just a bit snug. But they are keepers. They are very well made with flat seams and stay put in that they do not ride up or slip down. The fabric provides good grip on the kayak seat. I am totally happy. thank you customer service for making this recommendation!

      • Waist:
      • Feels too small
      • Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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        What is the inseam length of these shorts?
        Asked on 5/29/2014 by DamonP from Lake Tahoe, CA

        3 answers

        • Staff Reviewer


          The inseam length is 10".

          Answered on 5/29/2014 by Clyde from NRS


          Inseam on mine is 9 ½ inches
          Bill Johnston

          Answered on 5/30/2014 by Anonymous


          I would guess about 9 inches or 10.
          I wear them under an 11" inseam swimsuit and they don't show. However,
          they are long on the backside top, so they stick out high above the
          drawstring of my swimsuit. You can see from the picture that the back is
          higher than the front.
          Overall they are great. They make cold water bearable. I can go in when
          most others would not.

          Answered on 5/30/2014 by Anonymous
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        Looking for a base layer spring/summer dry undergarment to stop "wet,itchy butt" from sitting in my kayak all day. Is this what I should be looking at?
        Asked on 2/19/2014 by No more butt itch

        1 answer

        • Staff Reviewer


          Dear NMBI, while these shorts do fit snugly, it's a wetsuit garment. If you go in the water, water will enter.

          Answered on 2/19/2014 by Clyde from NRS
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