THE 5 BEST BOARDSHORTS IN 2022

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BEST OF
THE BEST 🔥
MOST
RATINGS
BEST
STYLE
TRAVEL ESSENTIAL
EVERYDAY
BOARDIE

VOLCOM

Mod Tech
Boardshorts

HURLEY

Supersuede One and Only Boardshorts

BILLBONG

73 Line Up Pro Boardshorts

RVCA

Standard 4-Way Stretch Boardshorts

O’NEILL

Staple Cruzer Boardshorts

THE GUTS
BEST PICK 🔥

Volcom boardshorts are worn by the core lord surfer who breathes surfing. Creative brand that unleashes the inner rebel.

MOST RATINGS

Often worn for years until there is nothing left. Hurley boardshorts have an uncanny knack for outlasting most other boardshorts.

BEST STYLE

One of the leading global brands that produces trendy, plain and everything in between boardshort styles.

TRAVEL ESSENTIAL

Underground surf brand RVCA pronounced rew-ka is becoming more and more prominent for producing modern lifestyle type of boardies.

EVERYDAY BOARDIE

Pockets, comfort and style make these Staple boardshorts a top pick for wearing everyday. O’Neil are known for their quality and innovation.

THE GOOD

Solid outseam construction with 4-way stretch fabric gives you the best of both worlds. Secure side pocket with elastic band for securing a key. Extremely well-cut boardshort for a comfortable well-positioned fit. Great range or colors and unique patterns to choose from.

Durable super-suede fabric. Its also soft and recycled. Old school longer leg boardshort but still above the knee that anyone can wear. Plenty of colors to choose from if orange chalk isn’t your color

Choose from a range of cool and colorful contrasting prints. Constructed from a 4-way stretch fabric with micro repel coating for quick drying and a Scallop Hem for more mobility in the leg. The patch pocket on the right side has a hook and loop closure.

You’ll find these boardshorts have more stretch than other boardshorts, constructed with 15% elastane and a 4-way stretch provides freedom of movement. Not-so-common secure side pocket makes them perfect for traveling.

Great color and cut these boardshorts have been constructed with four different fabrics for a beautiful finish overall. Comfort, two side pockets, and a back pocket make them great for everyday use.

THE BAD

Some of the single-color options can show wet patches. If you prefer not to wear underwear go for a pair with a pattern.

Not as stretchy as the latest boardshort designs.
No pockets.

The in-trend shorter leg is great but not as popular with the old-school surfer who likes a bit more length.

Velcro can cause chafing. However, the velcro used in the fly of these boardshorts has been well-positioned to avoid surf rash.

The back pocket is the only pocket that closes securely which isn’t ideal for in surf when sitting on your board.

VOLCOM

Mod Tech
Boardshorts

THE GUTS
Best of the Best 🔥

Volcom boardshorts are worn by the core lord surfer who breathes surfing. Creative brand that unleashes the inner rebel.

THE GOOD

Solid outseam construction with 4-way stretch fabric gives you the best of both worlds. Secure side pocket with elastic band for securing a key. Extremely well-cut boardshort for a comfortable well-positioned fit. Great range or colors and unique patterns to choose from.

THE BAD

Some of the single-color options can show wet patches. If you prefer not to wear underwear go for a pair with a pattern.

HURLEY

Supersuede One
and Only Boardshorts

THE GUTS
Most Ratings

Often worn for years until there is nothing left. Hurley boardshorts have an uncanny nack for outlasting most other shorts.

THE GOOD
Durable super-suede fabric. Its also soft and recycled. Old school longer leg boardshort but still above the knee that anyone can wear. Plenty of colors to choose from if orange chalk isn’t your color
THE BAD
Not as stretchy as the latest boardshort designs.
No pockets.

BILLBONG

73 Line Up Pro
Boardshorts

THE GUTS
Best Style

One of the leading global brands that produces trendy, plain and everything in between boardshort styles.

THE GOOD

Choose from a range of cool and colorful contrasting prints. Constructed from a 4-way stretch fabric with micro repel coating for quick drying and a Scallop Hem for more mobility in the leg. The patch pocket on the right side has a hook and loop closure.

THE BAD

The in-trend shorter leg is great but not as popular with the old-school surfer who likes a bit more length.

RVCA

Standard 4-Way
Stretch Boardshorts

THE GUTS
Travel Essential

Underground surf brand RVCA pronounced rew-ka is becoming more and more prominent for producing modern lifestyle type of boardies.

THE GOOD

You’ll find these boardshorts have more stretch than other boardshorts, constructed with 15% elastane and a 4-way stretch provides freedom of movement. Not-so-common secure side pocket makes them perfect for traveling.

THE BAD

A velcro fly can cause chafing. However, the velcro used in the fly of these boardshorts has been very well-positioned to minimize this from happening.

O’NEILL

Staple Cruzer
Boardshorts

THE GUTS
Great Everyday Boardie

Pockets, comfort and style make these Staple boardshorts a top pick for wearing everyday. O’Neil are known for their quality and innovation.

THE GOOD

Great color and cut these boardshorts have been constructed with four different fabrics for a beautiful finish overall. Comfort, two side pockets, and a back pocket make them great for everyday use.

THE BAD

The back pocket is the only pocket that closes securely which isn’t ideal for in surf when sitting on your board.

HOW WE TEST PRODUCTS

We recommend these products based on many different surfers’ perspectives and real experiences using the products. Those expert perspectives are discussed and evaluated in depth to cut through the many products available online. Based on hours of intensive research and the consideration of many factors, we bring you only the best-of-the-best for consideration. Our recommended go-to’s.

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Surfers consulted

20

Factors considered

40

Hours evaluation

OUR GO-TO’S

BEST OF THE BEST 🔥

VOLCOM

Mod Tech Boardshort

THE GUTS OF IT…

Volcom boardshorts are worn by the core lord surfer who breathes surfing. Creative brand that unleashes the inner rebel.

MOST RATINGS

HURLEY

Supersuede One & Only Boardshorts

THE GUTS OF IT…

Often worn for years until there is nothing left. Hurley boardshorts have an uncanny nack for outlasting most other shorts.

BEST STYLE

BILLBONG

73 Line Up Pro Boardshorts

THE GUTS OF IT…

One of the leading global brands that produces trendy, plain and everything in between boardshort styles.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BOARDSHORTS

What are boardshorts used for?

From surf to sand, boardshorts offer the utility of conventional shorts, but with more style and special features. With slack fitting and secure flying fabrics, boardshorts are preferred by most men for swimming over traditional trunks.

Boardshorts are specially designed for surfing to keep the surf wax away from the skin, and to provide additional protection from surf rash with stretch and maximum mobility in mind. More recently coming with four-way stretching. A 4-way stretch means that the fabric will stretch in both the long and the short directions, ensuring that your boardshorts don’t limit your movement. Boardshorts with four-way stretch is perfect for surfing because the fabric will stretch both crosswise and lengthwise, giving you unlimited surfing performance. They’re quick-drying for convenience, allowing you to wear them comfortably on the beach with no chafing.

Boardshorts do not traditionally feature any padding, as opposed to conventional swimming trunks. They’re generally longer than many shorter styles or shape-fitting shorts, and feature a looser or baggy look outside the waist. Most are made from a durable, smooth polyester or nylon material that can be worn every day.

Are boardshorts swim trunks?

Although commonly used as swim trunks, boardshorts are geared more toward surfing and beach sports as opposed to swimming trunks. The biggest difference between boardshorts and swim trunks is that boardshorts are longer (going from your mid-thigh, just above the knee, or just below depending on style & preference) while trunks are shorter.

How many boardshorts should a man own?

Although there is no consistent answer, it depends on your needs, but generally speaking, several pairs of boardshorts are essential if you frequently wear boardshorts.

This includes a pair that you wear daily, whether it be around the home or at work. A favorite pair that you can wear out to summer events or casual occasions. Finally, another pair that is your go-to for in the waves surfing, swimming, or whatever it is you to do in the water.

At a minimum, three pairs of boardshorts should be your staple and what you’ll find yourself packing at the very least when traveling for a holiday or surf trip!

Do boardshorts have a liner?

Most (almost all) boardshorts have no liner or mesh fabric underneath.

Why don’t board shorts have liners? Because they are designed to dry quickly after you get out of the water after surfing or swimming.

Men’s boardshorts are different than swim trunks in several ways, including the fact that they do not have a built-in liner.

Depending on your personal preference you can choose to wear underwear underneath your boardshorts or a short boardshorts liner for something specialized. Although most surfers wear nothing at all underneath, particularly in hotter climates.

One great tip is to choose boardshorts with a pattern or darker color that hides any odd wet patches.

How should boardshorts fit?

Most boardshorts are designed with a relaxed fit that caters to many sizes, yet stays tight around the waist and hips to ensure they stay on in the surf.

Prioritize your waist and hip measurements when looking for board shorts, as the waist typically requires a more refined fit. It is important that you find a perfect waist size that does not make you have to readjust the board shorts continuously while you are in or out of the water.

You will find the waist on your boardshorts makes or breaks a proper fit. If you are wearing a proper fit, but your shorts are feeling too tight, you may want to size up at the waist for a bit of extra room elsewhere.

Since boardshorts are not offered in a variety of lengths (other than choosing a different style of boardies), the only other variable that you can change is your waist size.

The only surefire way to figure out what length of inseam will fit best for your size is to try on different styles depending on the length you are looking for. i.e. mid thigh, above the knee, or in an old school fashion just below the knee.

If you find boardshorts tend to be tighter on your hips, bigger, longer-cut shorts will provide a better, flattering fit.

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