Adult Swim

Well, the pool is about to open, folks.  With summer approaching, hopefully, we’ll all have plenty of time to be in and around the water.  Whether it’s at the pool, the lake, or the beach, good style doesn’t take a back seat.  For swimsuits, I prefer something with a 6-8″ inseam and not so crazy a design that they can’t be paired with a polo for grabbing lunch or bumming around town.

There are lots of good options out there…here are a few that have my attention:

From top left:

1. Sundek Solid Trunks:  Sundek makes fantastic trunks.  They are a little thicker and will last a long time.  The rainbow design on the back gives them some extra oomph.
2. Peter Millar Sugar/Skull/Tequila Swim Trunks:  I’m not big on wild prints unless they are absurd.  These sugar/skull/tequila design is just what the doctor ordered.
3. Marsh Wear Mallard Swim Shorts:  There’s always a way to integrate camo…  I have these and love them.  Just enough stretch to keep them comfortable, and front pockets to give them that hybrid feel.
4. Sid Mashburn Standard Nylon Swim Shorts:  About as Euro as I’ll go – these have a shorter inseam, but fit really well.  Reminiscent of the ‘Talented Mr. Ripley’ vibe on an Italian beach.
5. Patagonia (Printed) Baggies:  NEVER sleep on Patagonia Baggies.  Best all-around shorts on the planet.
6. Duck Camp Scout Shorts:  Duck Camp offers a 5″ inseam version of their Scout Shorts that are fantastic.  The price is just right, and these work GREAT for wet wading streams or doing yard work.  They are utility shorts in the truest sense of the word.
7. Onward Reserve Atlantic Gingham Trunks:  Onward trucks and the classic design in the timeless gingham pattern.  Their color choices are top shelf for Spring and Summer.
8. Lululemon Pacebreaker Shorts:  Are you a Lulu fanboy?  These are the right shorts for the water.
9. Birdwell Beach Britches:  The classics.  Every man should own a pair of Birdwells.

What swimsuits are you digging?



  1. HL
    04/19/2021 / 12:47 PM

    South of the Mason Dixon Line:

    Patagonia Baggies 5″
    Chubbies 5.5″
    Columbia Backcast 6″
    Aftco Original Fishing short 16″ outseam
    Polo Traveler 5.5″

  2. Andrew
    04/19/2021 / 12:58 PM

    I need a little stretch in my trunks. Bearbottom Clothing makes a great volley short that I own 3 pairs of. Their dedicated swimsuit line might be on order for this summer. Columbia Backcast is a great callout as well.

  3. Nolan
    04/19/2021 / 2:51 PM

    Embarrassingly, I have 9 pairs of the Patagonia Baggies in various inseams. They get a lot of play in the pool, but the several Lululemon Pacebreakers I own (thanks to you) might get some pool time this summer. You’re right the Baggies are the best all around short period. The long pockets and quick dry fabric make them super versatile.

    • Andrew
      04/27/2021 / 11:40 AM

      The long pockets to me take some getting used to. If I am walking the dog I have to throw my phone in the back pocket otherwise it gets in the way.

  4. Mark McCoy
    04/19/2021 / 7:29 PM

    My favorite at Orlebar Brown Setter. Like the 4.5 on swim and then 6-7 on shorts. To me the Sid Mashburn Canvas are the perfect short. In my mind it is the dress/elevated version of the old school Patagonia 5” stand up

    • Taylor Johnson
      04/28/2021 / 10:05 PM

      Yep I rock Orlebar Brown Bulldog In the pool and I rotate 8 pairs of Sid Mashburn Canvas shorts as well. They’ve got a new short without belt loots that dropped last week.

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