The action shorts are made of compact cotton canvas with a durable rugged feel. This season it is offered in a wild leopard print, an exclusive crisp white, and a dark garment dyed black, adding subtle variations of colors to its textured twill base. They are a hybrid shape, midway between board shorts and workwear shorts. They feature a laced waistband with metal eyelets and recycled nylon patch pockets finished with metal rivets.
Around the 1950's in Hawaii, keen surfers were after some shorts that stayed on in big waves and local tailors made shorts in heavy canvas with a laced waist to ensure they didn't fall off. They were called 'drowners', as they didn't drown like the other shorts, which fell off as surfers jumped up onto their board.