All about men's swimwear [1]

Buying the right swimsuit for your lifestyle will help increase your efficiency in the water and keep you feeling comfortable. Men's swimsuits come in a variety of different cuts and styles that suit different swimmers needs. Competitive athletes wear technical suits for championship meets and typically race and train in jammers, briefs or square legs. Surf and Active Lifestyle swimmers usually wear swim trunks or board shorts. Look at the different fabrics and suit styles to choose the best swimsuit for your needs.



Briefs - launched at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics by Speedo. Swim briefs are now often made of a nylon and spandex composite, while some longer lasting suits are made from polyester similar fabric.

Usage / advantages:
  • racing & training suits for competitive swimmers
  • full range of motion and flexibility
  • v-shape front, solid form-fitting back
  • facilitates increased speed and reduced drag

Square Leg Suits

Square Leg Suits - a swimwear style similar to swim briefs, but with a much more conservative cut. They can be compared to boxer briefs but with nylon/spandex composite or polyester fabric.

Usage / advantages:
  • training and practice suits for competitive swimmers
  • sit low on waist and high on the thigh

Trunks / BoardshortsŠortky

Trunks / Boardshorts - mostly made of 100% polyester or 100% nylon fabric. Trunks are usually shorter than boardshorts. Although trunks have been used as swimwear since the 1940s, their heyday was in 1990s.

Usage / advantages:
  • best for surfing, swimming and other outdoor water sports and activities
  • lightweight, non-restricting stretch fabric
  • elastic waistbands, snap closures, drawstrings for a secure, comfortable fit
  • inside are lined with pockets
  • surf and active lifestyle swimmers typically wear trunks or boardshorts


Jammers - a type of men's swimwear worn primarily by competitive athletes, somewhat resembling cycling shorts or compression shorts.

Usage / advantages:
  • provide more coverage than the traditional brief-style racing & trainings suits
  • hit at mid-thigh
  • smooth, tight fit reduces water resistance
  • compression technology improves power and circulation

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