What to Look For In Boardshorts
Nothing says summer like a fresh pair of boardshorts. Of course, personal preference plays a big role in what you choose when it comes to the perfect pair of boardshorts, but here are a few things to think about that will help you narrow down your choices.
Over the past decade or so, 4-way stretch fabric has taken over the mens swimwear category. If you plan on doing anything remotely active, a stretchy board short is a great choice. However, the majority of the stretch fabrics are slightly thinner than traditional non-stretch trunks and some guys may not be comfortable in the lighter weight fabrics. The benefit of the stretch materials are they generally dry much quicker than thicker fabrics and of course they are less constrictive. The benefit of the classic non-stretch fabric is a thicker, heavier coverage that feels more like a traditional pair of shorts.
Again, your personal size and preference will help you make the right choice when it comes to length but here are some general guidelines. We've seen the above-the-knee length make a comeback for guys in the past few years but it's not for everyone. Generally speaking, mens boardshorts can have an outseam ranging from 17" on the short size to 24" on the long side. A popular, modern length that work for many guys is right in the middle in the 20"-22" length.
Pretty much the best invention since sliced bread is hybrid boardshort category. In short, these are classic styled walk shorts that are made out of boardshort material. You can wear these in and out of the water and essentially the only shorts you will need all summer. They will have pockets (mesh lined), belt loops and a button or snap closure like traditional shorts but come in both stretch and non-stretch board short material.
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