Best Men's Board Shorts

25 Best Men’s Board Shorts

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If the calendar’s closing in on May – which it is – that means you need a pair of the best men’s board shorts just as soon as you can. And in this case, that means you should be looking for a mix of form, function and great style. And if the thought of hitting the beach as you scrambling to hit the gym, you might as well motivate yourself to get back in shape by picking up a stylish pair of versatile board shorts – right?

The classic style has its roots in surf culture, but has been updated for the more casual beach bum via brand collaborations, cool colors and patterns and agreeable prices. Yes indeed, today’s board shorts — along with a pair of stylish sandals — can go from the beach to the boardwalk and back – weekend after weekend. With 25 of the best men’s board shorts to choose from, we’d wager it’ll be tough to choose.

Hurley Phantom JJF Nebula Elite Board Shorts

Hurley Phantom JJF Elite Board Shorts

When you’re starting your search for new board shorts, best to start with some of the best – right? Hurley is among a wave of brands who’ve nailed the type of action sports-level quality you expect and need in your board shorts – that’s why they’re sold via Nike, fittingly enough. And that means you can expect these board shorts to hold up to plenty of repeated wears through the season – whether on a summer road trip or hitting up your local beach, high-quality board shorts are definitely the way to go. – Buy It

Todd Snyder x Birdwell 311 Board Shorts

Todd snyder x Birdwell 311 Board Shorts

We here at GearMoose positively love the work being done by Todd Snyder – that goes double when he collaborates with a classic American brand like Birdwell. And the resulting update to Birdwell’s classic 311 Board Short definitely belongs in your spring and summer style rotation. Playing off the company’s classic red-and-white logo, the Todd Snyder x Birdwell 311 Board Shorts are tailored, versatile and head-turning in the best way possible – so buy ‘em right now, and we think you’ll certainly enjoy how they wear (and how you look this summer). – Buy It

Roark Revival Savage Solid Boradshort

Roark Revival Savage Solid Boardshort

When Huckberry slings a product like the Roark Revival Savage Solid Boardshort, you know it’s got to be worth its weight in quality and style. Such is the case with this particular pair, ready for plenty of hard-wearing water adventures in the spring and summer months ahead. Roark Revival makes gear for every season, so it only makes sense that they’d take a durable approach to board shorts for the spring and summer months. And it’s a good thing that these boardshorts look clean and classic – nothing too outrageous in terms of design, and that’s the ideal way to be. – Buy It

Iron and Resin Challenger Boardshort

Iron & Resin challenger Boardshort

Wary of buying a pair of board shorts from a company that specializes in tough motorcycle gear? Don’t be. Like Roark Revival and other companies that specialize in other means of apparel and gear, that means they’ve taken the same nuanced, rugged and durable approach to board shorts. What that means is you get quality for your dollars, and you get possibly the last swim suit you’ll need to buy for a long, long time. Through these in your leather duffel, hop on your motorcycle and grab your Iron and Resin gloves for a ride to the beach. – Buy It

Faherty Brand Classic Boardshort

Faherty Brand Classic Boardshort

Faherty takes a unique, almost one-of-a-kind approach to everything from its pleasingly sun-faded shirts and sweatshirts to perfectly seasonal, broken-in classics like Baja hoodies. And so it goes with the brand’s Classic Boardshort, made with quality and durability in mind – in a way, that approach mirrors how the brand produces the rest of its gear. For you and me, that’s great news – these boardshorts go just as well with one of the brand’s patterned shirts on a breezy beach night as they do with a simple grey tank top for endless summer beach days. – Buy It

United By Blue Backwater Scallop Boardshorts

United By Blue Backwater Scallop Boardshorts

With the company’s emphasis on sustainable style and protecting our oceans and waterways — they remove one pound of trash from those waterways for every product sold – it only makes sense that they would make a heck of a pair of board shorts. Such is the case with the Backwater Scallop Boardshorts, made from premium materials and featuring the kind of winning looks that are definitely an upgrade from baggy swim trunks of years past. You might even want to pair them with a United By Blue chambray shirt this summer. – Buy It

J.Crew 9" Board Shorts

J.Crew 9″ Board shorts

Along with making four-season style staples like your favorite chambray shirt and versatile slim chinos, J. Crew also makes a heck of a pair of board shorts to complement breezy warm-weather style favorites. Among that group of essentials? The brand’s board shorts, with a length that’s just right for taller guys and nearly perfect for everyone else. They’re not baggy – as one would expect from a brand that pioneered tailored silhouettes – and they’re priced just right for a pair that looks as good on the boardwalk as it does on the beach. – Buy It

Howler Brothers oracle Boardshorts

Howler Brothers Oracle Boardshorts

Howler Brothers starts its Oracle Boardshorts the right way — with quality fabric and extreme durability for the adventurous surfer, standout swimmer or casual beachgoer in equal measure. It’s often said that you get what you pay for, and with the Howler Brothers Oracle Boardshorts, you hand over a little cash for a lot of performance. The polyester microfiber and triple-stitched side seams contribute to that durability and comfort, and the colorblocking adds some style points for your next poolside outing or on-the-go surfing trip, no matter where that might happen to be. – Buy It

Saturdays NYC Grant Swim Shorts

Saturdays NYC Grant Swim Shorts

It’s fitting that Saturdays NYC makes a great pair of board shorts – after all, the company’s initial approach centered around selling real-life surf gear, from boards to shorts – and expanded to excellent Oxfords, chinos and sneakers. Now, the brand does hair care products, too. And you can use said hair care products to get your ‘do back in shape after catching some waves with the stylish, modern Grant Swim Shorts – every bit as high-quality as the brand’s apparel, you’ll be pleased with how these hold up in the months, and beach days, ahead. – Buy It

Quiksilver Baja Beach Board Shorts

Quiksilver Baja Beach Board Shorts

Quiksilver has outfitted surfers for years over, so it only makes sense that the brand’s Baja Beach Shorts can be worn by average guys like you and me. The Baja Beach Board Shorts harness the unique Quiksilver DNA in terms of laidback, casual and surf-friendly style – which means your trunks might just be the coolest pair of shorts among your friends this summer. And along with major style points, you get the unique functionality for which Quiksilver is known – so that means these board shorts will last and last through all kinds of adventures. – Buy It

Billabong 73 OG Boardshorts

Billabong 73 OG Boardshorts

Billabong consistently gets a lot of things right with its boardshorts, and the 73 OG Boardshorts are a perfect example of that consistency, functionality and style. Made in true fashion for those who like to catch waves — and even those who don’t — these boardshorts are priced with affordability in mind. That should leave you with plenty of cash to take on your next spring or summer beach adventure — agreed? That’s about as good as it gets for under $40, and you’ll be able to hit up plenty of beaches, lakes and pools this summer thanks to these scalloped-leg boardshorts. – Buy It

Quiksilver Crypto Scallop Boardshorts

Quiksilver Crypto Scallop Boardshorts

It really is tough to top the quality and unique approach taken by Quiksilver in terms of the brand’s boardshorts. They’re a choice of top surfers and beach-goers alike for a reason, and that means they’re more than worthy of inclusion on a list of the best men’s boardshorts – twice over, that is. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or enjoy a more casual hang at the beach – maybe with an ice-cold beverage or two in hand – the Quiksilver Crypto Scallop Boardshorts will fit right in, no matter where you go. – Buy It

Johnnie-O Gold Coast Board Shorts

Johnnie-O Gold Coast Board Shorts

Master purveyors of prep style with a focus on classics ranging from Oxfords to colorful chino shorts and essential denim sport shirts, Johnnie-O just might also be making your next pair of summer board shorts. And in the brand’s classic fashion, they’re easily wearable and great-looking. It’s fitting that the brand can go from the water to the patio bar and back without missing a beat – and so too, can you. The Gold Coast Board Shorts are aptly named and aptly made for breezy, bright summer days – that sounds awfully tough to pass up, right? – Buy It

Roark Revival Holi Rangoli Boardshort

Roark Revival Holi Rangoli Boardshort

Leave it to Roark Revival to make another appearance on this list in the form of the Holi Rangoli Boardshort. Although uniquely named, its performance specs, solid looks and wearability aren’t up for debate. In a cool green color with a seemingly retro-inspired flower print, it’s the type of boardshort that performs as well as it looks — and that’s the good news if you plan on spending lots of time around the water this summer. The even better news? It’s available for a steal via Huckberry, where you can pick up other essentials for the warm weather. – Buy It

Hurley Phantom Hyperweave Motion Board Shorts

Hurley Phantom Hyperweave Motion Board Shorts

Hurley does it again with yet another uniquely performance-ready set of boardshorts fit for getting active and getting out there this summer. In a striking blue color with black stripes and the type of clean fit you need when surfing or swimming, the Hurley Phanotom Hyperwearve wastes no fabric in terms of its utility. The recycled Phantom fabric provides an incredible 60 percent stretch for range of motion that really can’t be topped — and in short, that means you should absolutely add these to your rotation for the breezy summer months to come. – Buy It

O'Neill Hyperfreak Heist Boardshorts

O’Neill Hyperfreak Heist Boardshorts

Building off a significant action sports background — including high-quality snow gear — O’Neill has you covered in more areas than one. It’s Hyperfreak Heist Boardshorts boast both a catchy name and a catchy color, what with vibrant stripes that’ll surely stand out in the water (aside from your surfing skills, that is). And you get that performance and style for just $55 — not a bad deal at all, and more than worthy of your next investment. The Hyperdry fabric adds yet another dimension of durability, so you can dry off in no time. – Buy It

Laird Performo II-4-Way Stretch Boardshorts

Laird Performo II-4-Way Stretch Boardshorts

With the brand’s Hyper4 technology and four-way stretch, the Laird Performo II Boardshorts live up to their name — and then some. But beyond that technology, you get the excellent and demanding specs one would expect from a surfing legend — that’d be Laird Hamilton. With a focus on only the best specifications and toughness that lasts for seasons, Hamilton has successfully translated his surfing and water sports prowess into reliable boardshorts at an agreeable price. The neat colorway seen here is about as cool and water-friendly as it gets, too. – Buy It

RVCA Bruce Warp Boardshorts

RVCA Bruce Warp Baordshorts

Add RVCA to your list of boardshort options to consider this season — and beyond. With four-way stretch fabric that translates to mobility, comfort and the performance you need when surfing (or just playing catch on the beach), you owe it to yourself to break out these boardshorts whenever you can. Particularly in a neat patterned dark navy color with eyecatching red drawstrings, these are the boardshorts you didn’t know you needed for hours and hours on the water. And crucially: For just $65, these ones can be yours. Don’t wait another second! – Buy It

Billabong Sundays Lo Tides Boardshorts

Billabong Sundays Lo Tides Boardshorts

For low tides and high tides alike, Saturday, Sunday and every day in between, these 19-inch Billabong board shorts are engineered to get the job done. For the handy and agreeable price of $54.95, the colorful, patterned print of these boardshorts is a winning one. And the bonuses don’t stop there. Made with a cotton stretch blend and featuring a modern cut, they also incorporate Micro-Repel water-repellant technology — perfect for getting out of the water and going onto your next summertime adventure (be it beach, pool, lake or ocean). Not bad, ehh? – Buy It

Rip Curl Mirage Resolve ULT Boardshorts

Rip Curl Mirage Resolve ULT Boardshorts

The Rip Curl Mirage Resolve Boardshorts feature just about all the strong, useful and performance-friendly technical specs that you could ask for in a pair of boardshorts. From the welted waistband to the comfortable and handy Elastostretch fabric and welded pockets, you get the looks of a tailored pair of shorts and the adventure-ready nature of a modern pair of board shorts. That’s nearly every box checked in terms of both standout style and summer-ready beach gear. Given that those specs are taken care of, focus on buying proper accessories — and maybe a six-pack for a beach trip. – Buy It

AMBSN x JackThreads Jungle Dan Boardshort

AMBSN x JackThreads Jungle Dan Boardshort

With a name like Jungle Dan, it should be obvious that these boardshorts are ready for whatever lies ahead — especially if that includes catching a few waves or rays. The summer-friendly print is eyecatching and engaging without being overly tacky, and the great price — just over $20 — means you should absolutely buy them up as quick as you can. With a saltwater wash that adds softness and comfort, you’re sure to enjoy the performance and style of these shorts in equal parts. Again, jump on that price while it lasts — these trunks will be a hit. – Buy It

Under Armour Surf & Turf Stretch Amphibious Boardshorts

Under Armour Surf & Turf Stretch Amphibious Boardshorts

Under Armour earns the last spot on our list with its Surf & Turf Stretch Amphibious Boardshorts, equally at home on land or in the water. That’s just the way the performance-ready brand would have it, and it’s a testament to the brand’s research and innovation that they’ve expanded their line over the years from performance tees and shorts to boardshorts like these — and everything in between, for that matter. The color choices are simple, the style options are limitless — from a tank and flip-flops by the pool to a tee and boat shoes on the boardwalk. – Buy It

Bonobos Print Board Shorts

Bonobos Print Board Shorts

Bonobos, as always seems to be the case, continues to up its game outside of stellar chinos, excellent suiting and high-quality shirting. With the latest addition to its swimwear line — the Print Board Shorts — you get style that’s both effective and continental in nature. The unique style of these Print Board Shorts means that you can take them on an overseas vacation or to your local pool while fitting in or standing out (in a good way) with ease. And you can’t go amiss if you pair them with a simple Bonobos tee, either. – Buy It

Mr. Swim Star Tile Print Board Shorts

Mr. Swim Star Tile Print Board Shorts

Not familiar with Mr. Swim and the brand’s Star Tile Print Board Shorts? The utility and style is right in the name itself, and for the discerning swimmer or surfer, that kind of quality is just what you should look for this season. The fit is modern, the colors are cool and on-trend, and the price is, once again, agreeable. To sum it all up — you should swap these boardshorts in for your other pair just as soon as you can this summer, before it’s too late and before you really need them. – Buy It

Iron & Resin Revival Boardshorts

Iron & Resin Revival Boardshort

Made in small quantities for expert construction and attention to detail, the Revival Boardshort from Iron and Resin is yet another piece from the brand you should consider picking up before it gets too hot out. Yes indeed, get these ones before they’re gone — the neutral striped navy color is understated and simple, which lets the standout performance, well, stand out. And with a sanded side closest to your legs, you can wear these boardshorts for hours and hours on end, particularly when matched up with a simple white pocket tee and clean slip-on sneakers post-beach. – Buy It

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