The Best Boardshorts for Men
The best boardshorts for men are board(short)ing now for summer. Whether you plan to get your surf on or stick to sunning on a sick pool lounger, you need some (very minimal) threads to assist in your chosen warm weather pastime. If you've got a lot of Dad Style in you, go ahead and keep wearing the Speedo swim trunks you got in college. Otherwise, it's time to upgrade your water wardrobe with a new pair of bangin' boardshorts.
Many of the following boardshort picks are classic or new selections from swimwear brands you know. But some of them bring a new name, fabric, or bear riding a shark to the beach. Here are my picks for the best boardshorts for men.
Note: Boardshort prices are listed as they were at printing. Prices are subject to change.
Iron & Resin Boardshorts
Iron & Resin makes apparel and accessories for dudes who want to ride into the storm, and who want the clothes on their back to come out the other side as unscathed as they are. For surfers and beach bums alike, Iron & Resin has 5 styles of boardshorts, ranging in length from 17" to 19", and in pattern from striped to Hula, hula, aloha!
Rip Curl Mirage MF Eclipse Ultimate Boardshorts
Rip Curl's Mirage Eclipse shorts are made of Elastostretch 3 for full movement during wear. They have a scallop body, drawstring waist, and high hip zipper. The boardshorts also hang 20" at the inseam to ensure they provide full coverage no matter what's dangling beneath them.
Quiksilver Manic 22" Boardshorts
Simple, solid, and bold. Quiksilver's Manic boardhshorts hang a knee-length 22" (well, depending on what kind of femurs ya got on ya). They're cargo-style with pockets on both legs, and have a classic tie closure with hook-and-loop fly.
Hurley Phantom JJF II 21" Boardshorts
The environmental look of Hurley's Phantom JJF II (John John Florence signature edition) is also environmentally friendly: these boardshorts are made of 86% recycled polyester. Along with 14% 4-way-stretch spandex so you'll still be able to swing through the trees like Tarzan. The shorts have a 21" inseam
O'Neill Catalina Avalon Boardshorts
Bold, stylized striping meets ultra suede crosshatch fabrication! Uh, does anyone know what ultra suede crosshatch fabrication means? O'Neill's Catalina Avalon boardshorts get high marks from reviewers despite not having an interior mesh insert or other support. Or maybe they get high marks because of that. Do other people hate the mesh wiener sacks in swim trunks? I kinda like them.
The Catalina Avalons also have a cargo side pocket and Velcro comfort fly with drawstring. They're 21-inchers.
Koofin Electric Beach Boardshorts
The quality of these boardshorts might suck, I don't really know about that. What I do know is...hot pink!...electric blue palm trees!...Sonny Crockett!...Rico Tubbs!...circa 1986 Miami Vice, baby!
RVCA Eastern Boardshort Trunk
Stretchy, quick-drying, and with lots of patterns and color schemes to choose from, RVCA's Eastern Boardshort Trunks are a solid - or color blocked, or camo, or tribal - choice for summer fun.
Kanu Surf Men's Barracuda Swim Trunk
No 4-way stretch or newfangled hydrophobic properties, but Kanu's Barracuda boardshorts are nice looking and, better, super cheap. They do have UPF 50+ sun protection in their polyester fabric, which blocks 98% of UV rays. Length is 22".
Bear Riding a Shark Boardshorts
I mean...who cares if they rip after a single wear or disintegrate when they hit chlorine. These boardshorts have a mother F'ing bear riding a mother F'ing shark! While unloading a mother F'ing machine gun like Scarface! Griz, dude. Don't give Putin any more ideas.
Shark Eat Pizza Boardshorts
These shorts prove it: if sharks had access to pizza, seals and surfers would be safe! I also like how these (obviously imported) boardshorts: 1) are called "Shark Eat Pizza" instead of "Shark Eating Pizza," as if the linguistically challenged shark named them himself; and 2) show some sharks eating giant slices of pepperoni, and other sharks morphing into giant slices of pepperoni.