Choosing Men's Board Shorts

Cheryl Cirelli
Lands' End Men's 9" Board Shorts
Lands' End 9" Board Shorts

Men can look great on the beach or at the pool in a stylish pair of board shorts. Board shorts are casual and comfortable and can be worn in and out of the water. These shorts come in a variety of styles and patterns making them the ideal choice for men of all ages and sizes to consider.

Shopping for Men's Board Shorts

Board shorts come in solid colors, stripes and even in Hawaiian print flowers. These shorts can be found in various lengths and in both regular and extended men's sizes. Whether you are looking for a pair to wear while surfing, swimming or simply lounging on a hot day, you are sure to find a pair to match your specific needs. You can find board shorts in most surf and swimwear shops as well as in stores where swimwear is sold. For the best selection and convenience, options to check out include:

Land's End

At Land's End, you can find several styles of board shorts for men. Free shipping is available on orders over $50 and any item that you are not completely satisfied with can be returned at any time for an exchange or full refund of its purchase price. Expect to find board shorts in classic yet fashionable styles such as:

  • Print Side Stripe Board Shorts: These loose fitting board shorts are priced around $50 and are available in sizes medium to XXL. They are done in a comfortable style in a nine inch length. The polyester fabric is treated with ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) 50 sun protection and dries quickly, making them ideal for sport and water activities. In addition, these shorts feature a mesh lining and a draw cord waist with back elastic. They also feature two pockets and a back pocket giving you plenty of storage.
  • Sport Board Shorts: These board shorts are done in a mid-length seven inch length and are priced under $20. They are done in a soft fabric that dries quickly and is treated with UPF 50 for sun protection. These shorts feature a zipper fly, a back coin pocket and a draw cord waist with a half elastic back. They have an interior three-piece lining and come in sizes 32 through 40.

Billabong

Billabong features a large selection of board shorts in fun styles and colors. Their shorts are designed to be rugged yet stylish, as they made to be worn for activities like surfing. They appeal to younger men looking for a pair of shorts that will hold up during rough activities. Billabong offers free ground shipping on all orders. Some board shorts to check out include:

  • Tribong Board Shorts: These shorts are priced around $60 and come in sizes 29 to 40. They are done in a longer length and in colors such as sky blue, sand, charcoal, navy and rasta . These shorts have an outside seam of 19 inches and have a refined fit. They are done in a blend of polyester and spandex, allowing them to move with you while you are in the water.
  • All Day Board Shorts: These lightweight shorts are priced around $50 and come in sizes 28 to 42. They are available in a wide range of bold colors such as Neo Red, Neo Orange, Pro Blue, Xero Green and Neo Lime as well as black. They are done with an outside seam of 21 inches and are made from a stretch fabric that dries fast and is flexible and comfortable. These shorts feature an angled side pocket and a tie waist.

Pac Sun

Pac Sun carries trendy board shorts in fun styles online and in their stores. Flat rate shipping of $2.99 is offered on all online orders. Returns and exchanges are allowed within 60 days of date of purchase. You can find board shorts in stylish stripes, prints, solids and florals. Some styles are designed for performance wear. Brands available include Hurley, Fox, O'Neill, Reef, Vans and more. Some styles to check out include:

  • Volcom Lido Mod Board Shorts: These shorts are priced around $50 and come in sizes 28 to 38. They are done with an outside seam of 20 inches and have a drawstring waist with a cinch fly. These shorts also have a zippered side pocket secure your items while enjoying your activities. Choose from turquoise, blue, red or black.
  • Hurley One & Only Board Shorts: These shorts are done in red and are priced around $40. They are available in sizes 28 to 38. These shorts have the signature Hurley logo on knee and are done with a 22-inch outside seam. Other features include a back zipper pocket and a reinforced tie waist with a spandex fly closure.

Big and Tall Board Shorts

Big or tall board shorts can be a little more difficult to find online. Check out sites such as:

Bulky Boy

Bulky Boy caters to larger men who prefer cool and casual clothing. Regular priced unwashed and unworn items can be returned within 30 days of purchase, but the company does not do returns on sale items.

Tattoo Blue Board Shorts: These tribal tattoo design board shorts have a 22-inch outseam, come in sizes 30 through 56, and are priced just over $40. They're made from quick-drying fabric and have great features like a built in bungee lanyard for your keys as well as an extra large velcro pocket for other items.

Choose Your Perfect Pair

With so many styles and colors of board shorts to choose among, it should not be difficult to pick your perfect pair. You can have fun out in the sun in a comfortable and stylish pair of board shorts that reflect your personality and interests.

Choosing Men's Board Shorts