I'm a college kid working my summers as the mate on a charter boat out of Ocean City, MD. I've been working the job since I was 14 (started with my dad), so it's been quite a few years now. I've always worn the classic Aftco shorts, but the moment I tried these on I knew they were my new go to. The material is lightweight and stretchy, kind of like a good boardshort. This material dries fast and keeps you cool. I've worn them hiking and wading in Pennsylvania, and they were awesome at that, too. Perfect length for me - just above the knee. Time will tell how they hold up - I've only had them a few months - but they seem to be very well made.
My only two suggestions would be that the mesh pockets might be made of a tougher material, and possibly a lined pliers sheath built in. But those aren't deal-breakers for me in light of how amazing these shorts are . otherwise. I'm sure I'll be recommending them a lot as the season continues.