Lightweight, machine washable, stretchable, seam taped, comfortable, water repellent and stylish. Boardshorts are a central piece in the surfer's closet.
In the last decades, wave riders have been traveling and exploring new surf spots, in every world region. It is now possible to surf waves for 12 months, in summer and warm water conditions, during the 12 months of the years.
Boardshorts are a great way to free yourself from the wetsuit slavery, as long as the water temperature keeps the body ready to respond to the surfing maneuvers, without losing performance.
The popularity of boardshorts is a consequence of the surfing lifestyle. The surf industry has been developing new materials, so that trunks get more flexible and lightweight during each wave ride.
The best boardshorts in the world are usually expensive, yet durable. Surf brands have designed cool models with several key features. If you're buying new boardshorts, take a look at a few details.
Polyester is the main material used in modern boardshorts, although it can be blended with recycled polyester, elastane, spandex, lycra and other microfibers. The final result is an ultra suede feel. All round drawstrings are also a relevant issue to be taken into consideration, as they might be more comfortable than velcro fly.
Small pockets sealed with velcro, portable fin keys and tight neoprene waistbands are some of the additional features that you will find in the world's best boardshorts.
Our favorite surf trunks for the 2017 season are:
Rip Curl's boardshorts use stretch fabrics that are fused with an equally flexible stretch tape. The Australian brand promises ergo fit designs and body-mapped paneling that reduces the need for seams in critical areas.
Billabong says life's better in boardshorts. That is actually true and its Platinum X and Recycler series offer side binding, wave patch and epic stretch boardshorts. Comfortable trunks whether you're surfing or checking the swell from the coast.
Quiksilver has been developing the Cypher boardshorts and testing them with international surfing stars like Kelly Slater and Dane Reynolds. Water repellant construction, double up closure, machine wash possibilities and outseam features put their boardshorts in the top rankings.
O'Neill has a long experience in surf wear. The surf brand founded by Jack O'Neill offers boardshorts with quick dry systems and superfly construction. Recycling materials for new trunks is one of their specialties.
Hurley has been delivering impressive boardshorts. The Phantom series are made of recycled fabric that dries faster than you can scarf a burrito.
Volcom enjoys mixing it up a bit. With asymmetrical construction, solid and a scalloped print combo and unique looks, you'll impress and surf freely.
RVCA has a collection of boardshorts with water-resistant 4-way stretch materials, pockets and colorful, modern and cool patterns for starting off your summer in style.
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The boardshort review has been updated on April 19, 2017.