Three Things to Look For in Men’s Swim Trunks

These pairs won’t ride up or chafe.

Man wading in ocean while wearing swim trunks.
A drawstring waistband is key for comfortable trunks that stay put.Israel Gil, Unsplash

A competitive game of beach volleyball or a casual dip in the pool both call for a comfortable, breathable pair of swim trunks. You want a waistband that stretches with you, a pair that won’t ride up or cut off your legs in an uncomfortable place and maybe a color a little more exciting than basic black. Here are three pairs of trunks to consider.

SILKWORLD Men's Swim Trunks Quick Dry Beach Shorts with Pockets

Slim Fit

These are a little more fitted than your standard pair.SILKWORLD

A slightly more tapered fit doesn’t mean less comfort—the slim fit keeps sand from getting in and makes your trunks easily double as shorts. And if you’re wearing them out and about, you want to look for a pair with pockets to stash your phone, wallet and keys.

Kanu Surf Men's Barracuda Swim Trunks (Regular & Extended Sizes)

Good Length

These hit just above the knee for totally unrestricted movement.Kanu Surf

You definitely don’t want to risk a wardrobe malfunction while you’re running on the beach or mastering your dive. If you’re active in the water, a pair that hits just above the knee will have you covered.

MaaMgic Mens Swim Trunks Quick Dry Swim Shorts with Mesh Lining Funny Swimwear Bathing Suits

Cheeky Patterns

Pick from 30-plus patterns.MaaMgic

If you’re tired of rotating through the same navy, black and camo green trunks, pick out a bright color or eye-catching pattern. You can still find all the same utilitarian details, like cargo pockets and a stretchy elastic waistband.