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Selecting a Mens' Swimsuit

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Buying the right swimsuit for your lifestyle will help increase your efficiency in the water, keep you feeling comfortable and stand up better to the deteriorating effects of chlorine. Look at the different fabrics and suit styles to choose the best swimsuit for your needs.

End Use

Racing and Training

For both training and competition, competitive swimmers need high-performance suits that maximize speed in the water and reduce drag by increasing water flow. Many swimmers buy separate suits for training and competitions, but both usually have compression technology that provides a seamless, tight fit.

Surf / Active Lifestyle

Surf and Active Lifestyle swimsuits are for surfers and water activity enthusiasts. They are typically designed in the boardshorts and swim trunks style. From playing a game of beach volleyball to riding the waves, these swimsuits are functional and comfortable.

Styles and Cuts of Mens' Swimsuits

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 when they're out catching waves, playing a game of Frisbee on the beach or relaxing by the water.


  • 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
  • Streamlined swim position

Square Leg Suits

  • Slightly more conservative than briefs
  • Training and practice suits for competitive swimmers
  • Sit low on waist and high on the thigh
  • Often worn as a drag suit during practices over briefs or jammers


  • Racing & Training suits for competitive swimmers
  • Full range of motion and flexibility
  • Least conservative option
  • V-shape front, solid form-fitting back
  • Facilitates increased speed and reduced drag

Technical Suits

  • Designed for intense competition
  • Worn by highly competitive athletes for big races and championship meets
  • Include the latest technologies that reduce drag, increase speed and enhance performance
  • FINA approved suits available, be sure to check suits are within required guidelines

Triathlon Suits

  • Single suit you can wear for entire triathlon
  • Quick drying, moisture-wicking and drag reducing
  • Cooling features, SPF and UVA protection

Swim Trunks & Boardshorts

  • 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
  • Mesh lining and internal pockets for storage
  • Many brands feature advanced technologies to enhance your surfing performance. These features include cinch-fly technologies for secure fit, antimicrobial and antibacterial fabric, snap backstretch to hold shape, quick-drying and water-repelling properties, waistband and stretch panels that follow your body's every move
  • Surf and Active Lifestyle swimmers typically wear trunks or boardshorts

Size and Measurements

To accurately measure your body for a swimsuit, wear only your undergarments and stand in front of a mirror. Make sure your tape measure is straight, not twisted. The tape measure should be snug against your body, but not pinching or tight.

Measure your Waist

Size Chart


Nylon & Lycra

  • Durable, performance driven
  • Tight fit for streamlined shaped
  • Figure-hugging, flexible, lightweight
  • Great elasticity for range of motion


  • Long-lasting wear
  • Great training suits for competitive swimmers because they can be worn a lot without losing shape and fit
  • Chlorine-resistant
  • Durable and comfortable for long use
  • Holds shape well, does not stretch as much as other fabrics


  • Lightweight, compression fabric
  • Core stabilization
  • Sleek design to optimize body position and reduce drag
  • Water repellant, chlorine-resistant and fast drying

Care & Maintenance

  • Rinse your swimsuit with cold water after each use, chlorine can wear down the material
  • Hang to dry out of direct sunlight, either in the shade or indoors
  • Do not machine wash or put in the dryer
  • It is time to buy a new swimsuit when it starts losing its shape, color and stretch

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