15 Best Men’s Swim Trunks for Summer

From the surf to the poolside, these are our favorite trunks and boardshorts of the season
May 30, 2019Words by Jon Gugala

The case for a new swimsuit is obvious: If your tailoring is precise in both your work and personal attire, how can you show up to the pool, beach, river, lake, or swimming hole with the same pair of trunks that gave up the ghost two years ago? There’s no excuse, but there is help. Our list of this season’s best men’s swim trunks is here. Whether you’re looking for a pair to paddle out to the point or just something to pull together your look for a day near the water, all our picks look as great as they perform. Just like warmer weather, it’s about time.
 



Flint and Tinder Breaker Trunks


Flint and Tinder Breaker Trunks

Whether in the ocean or at your neighborhood pool, the Breaker Trunk by Flint and Tinder belongs in the water. These swim-specific shorts are made with light and breathable spandex, which offers awesome range of motion thanks to four-way stretch. After your dunk, they dry lightning fast. A mesh liner offers support while blurring the edges of your lifeguard’s silhouette. Bonus: They’re made right here in the good ole US of A.


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Wellen ‘66 Stretch Boardshorts


Wellen '66 Stretch Boardshort

When those long lines of a summer groundswell are peaking, the last thing you want to be worrying about are your boardshorts. The Wellen ‘66 Stretch Boardshorts lets you focus on the next set. Paddling out has never been more comfortable thanks to its reverse coil zip fly, which makes the zipper more comfortable even as the shorts become more secure. Super stretchy, they’re also great for laying out on the beach or taking the cliff jump you’ve been thinking about since last season. 


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Flint and Tinder Vintage Boardshorts
 

Flint and Tinder Vintage Boardshorts

Pay homage to the boardshort’s Californian and Hawaiian roots with the Flint and Tinder Vintage Boardshorts. These classic shorts are constructed from four-ply nylon fabric that’s water-repellant and quick drying. Inside, soft nylon ensures you remain chafe-free from dawn patrol through your sunset session. We love the small details of this short, like its cotton drawcord and back-pocket grommet. Their modern, tailored fit is flattering on all guys, regardless of generation.


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Faherty Brand Beacon Trunk


Faherty Brand Beach on Trunk

For the man who needs a short that performs as well as it looks, Faherty Brand’s Beacon Trunk excels on both land and sea. The vintage pattern is a subtle detail that sets it apart from its high-tech peers—but it’s got a lot more than good looks. A high thread-count mesh liner is super comfortable wet or dry, while the durable water repellent (DWR) finish of the outer material sheds water quickly, leaving you comfortable after leaving the water. The fresh-guard odor repellent was a nice touch for those long afternoons spent around the pool. Finally, the company’s commitment to donating 1% of its profits to the Surfrider Foundation is something we all can get behind.
 

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Rhythm Classic Trunks


Rhythm Classic Trunk

Rhythm’s Classic Trunks do it all, handling water sports as well as near-water activity with ease. Their lightweight and breathable construction make them the perfect choice for long hikes to hidden swimming spots or best-two-out-of-three beach volleyball doubles. Thanks to the quick-drying and moisture-wicking fabric, they’re awesome even on the hottest days. While we can’t say enough about their performance benefits, they still looks damn good with those woven tape side seams, reminiscent of classic ‘60s surf style.
 

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Mollusk Pennant Trunks


Mollusk Pennant Trunks

While Mollusk may have Northern California roots, its understated staples are just as beloved on the East Coast. The Pennant Trunks are just one more reason for obsession. Made from a lightweight, quick-drying cotton and nylon blend, they’re the perfect companion to that old longboard you have in the garage. A slight stretch allows you to get your toes on the nose with ease, while a key loop ensures the only thing you lose on a wipeout will be your pride. The relaxed fit with an eight-inch inseam blends the old and new with a classic cut.
 

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Banks Journal Primary Boardshorts
 

Banks Journal Primary Boardshort

Japan and Australia may be unexpected partners when it comes to fashion, but their collision caused the collaboration that is Banks Journal and their Primary Boardshorts. While their founders hail from the north and south of Oceana, their mutual love of the water is obvious with these performance trunks. Lightweight and breathable when you’re jogging up the beach, they dry fast after your surf, so you won’t have a soggy drive back home. Built-in four-way stretch allows for a huge range of motion, while triple-stitched seams ensure you won’t blow out your seat.


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OAS Busy Blue Trunks
 

OAS Busy Blue

Made from a lightweight and breathable fabric, the OAS Busy Blue Trunks’ relaxed cut doesn’t cling or bunch even in the hottest weather. It’s also essentially chafe-free thanks to quick-drying and moisture-wicking construction. An internal liner helps keep everything separated while offering support in the water, while the striped pattern hearkens back to classic French style.
 

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Mollusk Notched Trunks


Mollusk Notched Trunk

While some shorts focus on extreme action, the Mollusk Notched Trunks’ primary mission is to make you look good. The quick-drying cotton and nylon fabric loves the water, but it prefers the bar just off the water’s edge. The slight stretch is comfortable without feeling like plastic, while the back pocket and key loop ensure you have everything you need to buy someone—or yourself—a well-deserved cerveza. The subtle pattern adds a deeper dimension to these shorts that, like you, are more than what meets the eye.
 

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Outerknown Apex Boardshorts


Outerknown Apex Boardshort

Few people in the world know the ocean better than surfing icon and 11-time world champ Kelly Slater, so when his company Outerknown released its Apex Boardshorts, we took a good, hard look. It’s safe to say that this is one of the best surf trunks in the world when it comes to performance. Feather-light, breathable, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and with enough four-way flex to bend yourself in half, if anything’s holding back your wave-riding, it’s not going to be your bottoms. Slater’s longtime commitment to the environment is also on display, and these are constructed from recycled polyester sourced from discarded plastic bottles. The bonded, stitch-free construction ensures nothing rubs you the wrong way.


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Roark Revival Horizons Trunks


Roark Revival Horizons

Roark Revival takes inspiration from a specific place each season. The Horizons swim trunks draw their look from the busy streets and empty beaches of Hong Kong. Made of a lightweight, breathable fabric, they’re great for all-day wear, while four-way stretch allows you to move quickly so you’re not run down by a scooter. A side-zippered pocket is rare to find on water-wear, which only goes to show that these shorts are designed as much for around town as they are for the sea.
 

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Roark Revival Boatman Boardshorts


Roark Revival Boatman

When Roark Revival’s titular character Roark gets serious about catching waves, he reaches for the Boatman boardshort. Super lightweight and breathable, the four-way stretch ensures you’ll get no resistance from your trunks when you’re out on the water. After the session, their quick-dry, moisture-wicking fabric is ready to hit a taqueria and refuel. The forward-angled side seams are especially effective at preventing chafing while allowing freedom of movement.


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Banks Journal Visitor Boardshorts


Banks Journal Visitor Boardshort

For those who want to surf in a different kind of short, the Banks Journal Visitor Boardshorts offer a unique look while continuing the same performance that makes its lineup so great. Sourcing the same lightweight and breathable fabric of its other boardshorts, we dig the scalloped side seams, which, in addition to looking cool, allow for greater movement of the legs. Of course, their four-way stretch further allows you to get radical. Triple-stitched on all major seams, these are built to last session after session, season after season.


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Grayers Blue Carbon Trunks


Grayers Blue Carbon Trunk

Grayers has long outfitted men to look their best when it matters most, so we weren’t surprised to find that their Blue Carbon Trunks feel stylish at the water’s edge and beyond. The patterned fabric is lightweight and breathable, and after your dip, it dries fast thanks to its moisture-wicking properties. It pairs as well with a casual collared shirt as it does with no shirt at all, making it our first choice when we’re not the only ones that are looking. Its six-inch inseam stops around mid-thigh for most.


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Suit Swim Trunks


Suit Swim

Every Suit piece displays an intelligence of design and purpose that epitomizes the company’s ethos. When it arrives at the waterfront, their Swim trunks channels this same care and candor. The midthigh length is fashion-forward, while the bold fern print is aggressive and playful at the same time. Two side pockets are deep enough to carry a smartphone, with an additional Velcro back patch pocket that allows you to carry a few essentials. For the man who believes that the world is the stage, this is your opening night beachfront attire.

 

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