Board shorts are a must-have in any man’s wardrobe, more so for those that enjoy spending quality time outdoors. If you enjoy basking in the sun, lazing on the beach or surfing for that matter, you need to grab a fresh and stylish pair to complement your comprehensive look. In short – no pun intended – you need form fitting, fast drying apparel that isn’t too revealing.
Shopping for board shorts can provide a challenge, considering the infinite number of outdoor gear on the market. Fortunately, though, we have you covered – as usual. Below, we take a look at the best board shorts this summer, to score you some points while out enjoying the sun. Who knows, this may just be the season you leave a mark.
Reviewing the Best Board Shorts for 2016:
If your swimsuit is faded or worn and you think it’s time to get something fresh, it would be in your best interest to consider the following apparel.
1. Hurley Men’s Phantom P30 Board short:
If finding a stylish pair of form fitting shorts is your main goal, you can never go wrong with the Hurley. The modern-fit board shorts are designed using a stretchy, fast-dry material, with a drawstring waist just in case you add some weight during a summer getaway. The cool part, though, has to be the shiny metallic foil branding consisting of the Hurley logo just above the knee, on the side. It also sports a cool patented EZ fly closure and a hidden zip pocket just in case you need to carry some extras. It is a machine wash pair of board shorts, meaning cleaning them shouldn’t be that much of a problem. Finding a color to complement your personality should be easy given that you have over 15 colors to choose from.
2. O’Neill Men’s Traveler Hybrid Board Shorts:
O’Neill is quite a popular brand thanks to their knack for producing unique products such as the Traveler Hybrid. It packs a cool button closure design on the zip fly and as far as your extras go, you can easily tuck them away in the convenient stow pocket or side pockets. These shorts are basically cargo shorts, only designed from nylon for fast drying purposes. These 100% nylon apparel are simply eye-candy and in fact, among the coolest looking board shorts of 2016.
3. Hurley Men’s One and Only 22-Inch Board Shorts:
Hurley have certainly mastered the art of designing quality pairs of form-fitting shorts for swimming and the 22-inch shorts just go to prove this. With a unique lace-up closure and patented EZ fly closure – found in most of their shorts – you are guaranteed to turn heads while at the beach or swimming pool. They are 100% polyester meaning cleaning them shouldn’t provide a challenge at all, besides being fast-drying of course. Moreover, you get a logoed cargo pocket to store your essentials, a fixed waistband complete with drawstrings.
4. Hurley Men’s Puerto Rico Suede Board Shorts:
If you are into checkered apparel, these pair of board shorts from Hurley should do you some good. They come in a wide variety of cool colors from orange to sky blue – though the black and grey hues tickled my fancy. It is worth noting that the shorts are designed from %100 polyester and features a cool-looking tie closure, logoed cargo pocket and patented EZ fly closure as is the norm with most of their products.
5. O’Neill Men’s Santa Cruz Solid Board Shorts:
The drawstring closure system works well at delivering uninterrupted surfing sessions and this isn’t even the strongest feature of the Santa Cruz shorts. Durability isn’t common in most swimming apparel, and this is exactly what distinguishes these pair from the rest. They come in a 14-inch wide and 2-inch high design, flat cargo pockets on each side to store essentials and flat, non-marring seams that look extremely cool. The price tag too isn’t as eye-popping as you would assume from the outlook.
6. O’Neill Men’s Santa Cruz Plaid Board Shorts:
These have to be the coolest looking pair of plaid boards across the board this year. The bold colors and unique design of the Santa Cruz Plaid shorts are simply meant to turn heads everywhere you go and trust me; they do. That aside, the apparel packs all the premium features including a hidden cargo pocket, drawstring waistband and tie closure meaning you need not fret over embarrassing moments – like when shorts come off while swimming. Being 100% polyester means that they dry fast as well.
7. O’Neill Men’s Santa Cruz Stripe Board Shorts:
Are you looking for a uniquely fabricated pair of board shorts? Well, the Santa Cruz striped O’Neill’s are your safest bet. With an impressive ultra suede fabrication complete with cargo side pockets, these pairs may be just what you’ve been looking for all along. The screened and embroidered logos look extremely cool and the striped design is simply to die for. You get a fitting pair and you’re good to go.
8. O’Neill Men’s Loaded Hybrid Board Shorts:
You are probably wondering why our list is filled with O’Neill products and that’s because the company is simply at the top of things now. The hybrids are made from 91% polyester and 9% elastine meaning they should contour to any body shape or size easily. That aside, the button zipper closure, alongside button-through welt pockets at the back should impress you. Worth noting is that these shorts feature hyper-dry DWR technology meaning they are water ready and will dry extremely fast while out. Moreover, look forward to the slash hand pockets and internal waistband draw cord for a comfortable fit.
9. Quicksilver Men’s Manic 22-Inch Board Shorts:
Initially, these shorts may look plain or perhaps, ordinary. However, they are designed to deliver exactly what they were meant for and that is to provide a fitting pair of comfortable swim apparel. They sport a fixed waistband, 22-inch out seam, broad flap-patch cargo pockets, and unique tie closure with a hook and loop fly. The Quicksilver shorts are designed from 100% polyester and can be easily washed by hand or machine.
10. O’Neill Men’s Catalina Stripe Board Short:
If plain, plaid or checkered swim shorts don’t suit your style, O’Neill – once again – has something you may like. The Catalina shorts pack a fancy, flowered design which makes you want to fly away to one of those Caribbean beaches. All in all, you get a side pocket for storing your essentials and a comfortable drawstring design.
11. Hurley Men’s BP Solid Phantom Board Short:
Of course, Hurley had to wind up our list with one of the coolest looking shorts of all time. They are designed using 86% recycled polyester, ideal for green enthusiasts, and 14% Spandex. Also, meaning they will certainly contour to your body shape just in case you go out on a workout sabbatical while on a getaway. Also expect the patented EZ fly closure and logoed cargo pocket.
As you may have noticed, our list has been dominated by two reputable brands – O’Neill and Hurley – and for good reason. Once you check out their products, you will realize that they are simply the best out there in as far as board shorts go.
When out shopping for a quality pair of swimming apparel, the basic idea is to find a uniquely designed pair of form-fitting shorts. You can never go wrong with the above products and actually, there is something for everyone.