Greatest males’s swim trunks for the seashore and past

Whether at the pool or on the beach, good swimming trunks are a must in warm weather. Of course, different occasions call for different styles. A pair of volley shorts might look nice in the cantina on the beach, but they aren’t great for paddling. Performance board shorts, on the other hand, leave you without a pocket when you leave the beach.

To help you solve this problem, we’ve rounded up premium men’s swim trunks and board shorts from brands like Outerknown, Patagonia, and others. From early morning surf sessions to drinks at the beach bar, these picks are ready for any day (or night) by the water.

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Ten thousand set short

Carefully designed and tested by a team of hardcore athletes, these shorts are designed for performance in and out of the water. The quick-drying inner liner with medium compression enables chafe-free transitions between water and land training, and the flexible hydrophobic cover offers unrestricted freedom of movement. In addition, a well-designed pocket system (including two back pockets, a back pocket with zipper and a special phone pocket) ensures that essentials are safely stowed away throughout the day.


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O'Neill Hyperfreak Hydro Comp board shortsO’Neill Hyperfreak Hydro Comp board shorts Courtesy Image

O’Neill Hyperfreak Hydro Comp board shorts

Founded in 1952 by the late Jack O’Neill, this American surf brand knows that the ideal pair of board shorts has to go out of the way. The company’s Hyperfreak Hydro Comp board shorts pull out laces in favor of a no tie fly closure system. This will avoid bulk while keeping the shorts firmly in place. Surfers will also be digging for the exceptionally stretchy and quick drying fabric, and there’s no stride length to chafe either.


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Outerknown Apex Trunks by Kelly SlaterOuterknown Apex Trunks by Kelly Slater Courtesy Image

Outerknown Apex Trunks by Kelly Slater

When eleven-time WSL world champion Kelly Slater puts his name on something, you know it’s top notch. Thanks to their ultra-light four-way stretch fabric, stitch-free weld seams and laser-cut drainage holes, the Apex Trunks by Outerknown allow for unrestricted and chafe-free shredding. The suitcases pack in their own back pocket (perfect for impromptu beach trips or weekend getaways) and are even sewn in a Fair Trade certified factory. Get to know the surf tribe goat.


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Faherty Belt Loop all day shorts

It’s rare that swim trunks are versatile and comfortable enough to take you from golfing to body surfing and to dinner in the evenings. But these belt loop shorts can do it. With a fabric blend of 75 percent recycled polyester and a touch of cotton and elastane, they are quick-drying, powerful and stylish too.


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Mountain Cruise Boardshort

These water-tested and boardwalk-approved board shorts from Vuori do exactly what the name suggests. The four-way stretch mix of recycled and virgin polyester with elastane offers flexible comfort for water sports or beach training. Their odorless and quick-drying properties are ideal for reaching the city afterwards. Zippered pockets offer plenty of space for cash and essentials. The five unique patterns offer stylish options to help you look your best in the summer sun.


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Patagonia men's baggies swim shortsPatagonia men’s baggies shorts Courtesy Image

Patagonia men’s baggies shorts

Patagonia is synonymous with sustainable active clothing, and the brand’s iconic Baggies are no exception. Made from 100 percent recycled nylon, these lightweight trunks are built for adventures in and out of the water. They are at home on the hiking trail and on the beach. They come in two sizes (5 “and 7”) and come in over 15 funky patterns and colors, including a classic neon yellow and an alligator and bullfrog that turns heads. Express yourself comfortably.


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Howler Brothers Deep Set Boardshorts Swimming TrunksHowler Brothers Deep Set Boardshorts Courtesy Image

Howler Brothers Deep Set Boardshorts

Modeled after old-school volley shorts, this pair from Howler Brothers is bursting with style. The elastic waistband with drawstring is never restrictive and the mixture of cotton, polyester and elastane is ultra soft. You can easily stow your phone, keys and wallet in two pockets on the front and one on the back – ideal for the arrival of happy hour.


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