Linksoul: The Missing Link

Boardwalker Shorts

My collection of shorts is dominated by the often imitated, but never duplicated Linksoul Boardwalkers. At last count, I had eight pair of their Solid Boardwalker and two pair of the AC Boardwalker. In addition to their traditional 10″ inseam, they recently started to offer an 8″ inseam, too. (Oh boy, this could be an expensive summer upgrading my collection of Boardwalker Shorts).

Linksoul’s motto is when something works, you journey to make it better. The OG hybrid short has received a fabrication makeover and now features an eco-friendly recycled poly derived from discarded water bottles. Fear not, my stylish friends, they still have the same legendary 4-way stretch that allows you to go from the office, to the course, to the ocean or pool, and back home without a single outfit change. And, if you crave even greater breathability try the perforated Boardwalker AC for game-changing temperature control.

Graphic Tees

If you chuckled at the amount of Linksoul shorts I own, I won’t even tell you how many of their graphic t-shirts I have in my drawer. It’s embarrassing; I am like the Imelda Marcos of Linksoul tees!

The fit is just so spot-on for me and the cotton/poly blend is ridiculously soft and durable (I have had some for over five years). It is hard for me to pick a favorite shirt, but I can tell you that lately, I have been wearing The Goat Friday Tee (in Graphite Black) a lot with my Boardwalker Shorts (Beechwood). The SD Bolt Tee (Mauve) comes in a close second paired with the Boardwalker AC Short (Grey).

The Missing Link

For all the Linksoul shorts and tees in my closet (I also possess a fair number of their shackets and hoodies), what has been noticeably absent are polos. As much as I had always been drawn to their classic minimalist Southern California styling and muted colors; I needed a more technically forward polo for the humid New England summers. Wish granted! This year, Linksoul listened to their customers and introduced three new fabrics that are up to 35% lighter, more breathable, quick-drying, and resist odors. These new polos are a bit more fitted, without losing the classic Linksoul fit and feel. The added spandex provides more stretch, which balances out the slightly more athletic fit.

Astoria Polo

Of the three new Linksoul fabrications, the Astoria Polos are my favorite for their performance and versatility. Made from 63% long staple cotton/31% recycled poly/6% spandex; this shirt remains closest to the Linksoul roots. They managed to create a featherlight polo out of a Dri-Loft blend. This polo is perfect for warm weather. The Astoria will keep you dry and comfortable while maintaining its shape on the course and straight out of the dryer. I am amazed that this polo is made primarily of cotton because it performs like polyester! There might be some black magic involved here…

Style recommendation: pair the Navy Heather Palm Printed Astoria Polo and the Clay AC Boardwalker Shorts for a laid-back ‘fit that will leave you looking and feeling chill.

Delray Polo

The team at Linksoul considers the Delray Polos to be their most technical blend of the three new fabrications. It is designed with Lux-Lite fabric that is intended for warmer and humid climates. What makes this shirt stand out from the crowd? It is treated with HeiQ Mint, an odor control, plant-based technology that keeps shirts smelling fresh. The Delray is 80% poly/15% cotton/5% spandex for the ultimate performance polo that doesn’t look like a golf shirt. It is a lightweight, breathable, and quick-drying polo.

Style recommendation: Sea Spray Heather Delray Polo with Khaki Boardwalker Shorts for a clean and minty fresh look.

Rincon Polo

Nowadays, everyone is concerned with sustainability (and rightfully so). Linksoul’s Rincon Polo is a performance shirt made with Linksoul’s very own Eco-Balance blend. This fabrication features a performance, micro-mesh fabric made from 60% long staple pima cotton and 40% certified recycled poly. So, you can feel good about wearing it and feel good while wearing it. The Rincon is their softest and most eco-friendly shirt yet.

Style recommendation: Charcoal Bamboo 5-Pocket Pant (also made from recycled materials) and Smoked Sage Rincon Polo for an outfit with a classic feel and performance that is forward-thinking, to say the least!

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