Guide to Swim Trunks

Swim Trunk : What is it?

Swim Trunks

Swim trunks are usually slightly snug and stretch to from the hip over the crotch area, sometimes extending to the upper legs as well. They are made from thin, water-resistant fabrics such as nylon, polyester, and spandex. Most swim trunks are also lined on the inside with a thicker fabric to protect the exterior and provide secondary coverage. 

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Types of Swim Trunks

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Kinds of Swim Trunks include the following:

Medium length swim trunks

These swim trunks resemble shorts and extend to the mid- or upper thigh. They are ideal for tanning and allow fairly free movement for fast swimming. They usually have narrow to medium-with elastic waistbands.

Board shorts

Board shorts cover most of the upper leg, sometimes reaching past the knees. They are usually loose and baggy, with thick drawstring waistbands. They are commonly used for surfing, wakeboarding, and other water board sports. Most users find them more stylish, although they can create visible tan lines that others find unattractive.

Speedo swim trunks

Speedo trunks are short and snug-fitting, covering down to the upper thigh. They are made of thin elastic materials such as spandex and Lycra. They provide ample exposure, making them ideal for full, even tanning.

Jammer swim trunks

Jammer trunks end just above the knees and are snug-fitting. They are mostly worn for competitive swimming and races. They are made of smooth, slick materials to reduce water resistance and increase speed.


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Choosing Swim Trunks (Buying tips)

Waistband: Choose swim trunks with a secure and comfortable waistband. Drawstrings allow you to adjust the fit, but are less secure underwater. Remember that water can weigh down your trunks and make them sag, so choose a tight waistband that can stay in place when wet.

Choose swim trunks made of nylon or polyester to allow them to dry quickly. If you will be swimming in cool weather, look for one with an insulating layer, such as neoprene. Choose heavier fabrics for regular training and beach use. The interior lining should be made of net or mesh material for a lighter and more breathable feel.

Fit and comfort:
Choose swim trunks that feel comfortable and fit well around your waist or hips. You may be able to swim faster in a snug pair, but they can irritate your skin and feel constricting after a while. Choose snug trunks only for sport or competitive swimming. For recreation and casual swimming, a looser fit will be more comfortable.

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