Although they may have developed a particular reputation among the general public, swimming briefs are a versatile tool for training in the pool.
They provide improved flexibility, greater freedom of movement and minimal drag in the water when compared to looser swimming wear. Their close-fitting design means they’re also less likely to let in water and retain it, which can weigh you down.
Many men find their low profile and lightweight, stretchy material more comfortable. Not to mention, if you wear them to the beach, you’ll get some spectacular tan lines.
If you’re looking to pick up a pair, we’ve got you covered. Dive into our top picks below.
Best men’s swim briefs to buy in 2023
Speedo Men’s Essential Endurance+ 7cm Brief
This pair of briefs from Speedo are a classic shape, designed for both training and swimming competition, with a seven-centimetre inseam.
They feature an integrated drawstring to keep the waist locked in tightly while entering and getting out of the water.
Speedo says the material used is 100% chlorine resistant, providing greater durability long term, as well as being machine washable.
They feature Speedo’s Endurance+ material, which the brand claims provides 20 times the fade resistance of conventional swimwear fabrics, improved snag resistance and a UPF resistance of 50+.
Based on this, they should be a good option for both the pool and the beach.
Adidas Solid Swim Trunks
Adidas’ pair of swimming briefs are said to be fully lined for added coverage. They feature a fabric that the brand claims is 100% chlorine resistant.
The fit is said to be a mid-rise, locked in using an elastic draw cord. The material used is reportedly ultra-flat and soft, consisting of 60% recycled materials.
Speedo Medley Logo
Another option from swimming brief giants Speedo, this pair feature a drawstring waist for security and enhanced fit.
The fabric is designed to stretch to retain its shape and features a wave print design across the left hip.
The Medley briefs feature the same chlorine-resistant fabric found on the 7cm briefs, but the fabric is made entirely from recycled waste fabric, which Speedo say is partially sourced from factory waste.
Nike Hydrastrong Solid Briefs
Nike’s Hydrastrong briefs are said to be designed for a streamlined and comfortable fit. They feature an internal front lining for coverage, plus flatlocked seams to help reduce chafing and boost comfort.
The briefs feature Nike’s Hydrastrong fabric, which the brand claim is designed for durability against both chlorine and salt water for long-lasting use.
Arena Men’s Team Swim Briefs Solid
Arena’s briefs feature their MaxLife Eco fabric, which the brand says is designed for long-lasting performance while being made from 50% recycled polyester. Arena says its designed to provide a snug, well-constructed fit to help maintain its shape.
The material also features 50+ UPF protection and Arena claims it dries off quickly. The look is minimalist and no-frills, available in a black or a very fetching red.
Zone3 Men’s MF-X Swim Briefs
This pair of swimming briefs from Zone3 were launched in collaboration with Mark Foster, the legendary English former world champion and Olympic swimmer. The ‘MF-X’ branding is a reference to his name.
Zone3 calls the fabric used ‘XFINITY’, which it says was constructed with shape retention in mind. There are overlocked seams, which aim to provide a more comfortable and assured fit, as well as a seamless appearance. The fabric also offers a UPF protection of 50+.
They’re said to be 100% chlorine-proof for prolonged durability, with a fully-lined inner designed to provide greater coverage and modesty.
There’s a gold wave design printed onto the left side, which is applied using a mixture of printing and embroidery.
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