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  • #16
    I have two pairs of the Orlebar Brown bulldogs that I bought two years ago in solid colors. They don’t have any stretch in them, so unfortunately they don’t work as well as I’d like. Someone mentioned them now having a stretch fabric, and that’s a must if you workout at all.

    This year I bought two Chubbies boardshorts. They are boardshorts, not elastic normal trunks. I was hesitant at first prior to ordering them, but they turned out to workout great. I like the non-elastic waist as I feel it is more flattering to me. They have a bit of stretch in the fabric two. They have a 7 inch inseam that probably works for most people very well who want something shorter than normal but don’t want to go “short”. I just got back from Mexico beach vacation, and I did find myself pulling them up on my legs a bit as I wouldn’t have minded them being shorter. At the same time, the 7 inch inseam will work for the neighborhood pool while anything shorter might draw funny looks from those who aren’t as fashion forward.

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    • #17
      I like a couple brands...Bather is one. They're sold through Huckberry but probably available on other platforms too. If you like them a little shorter they're great as they generally do 7" inseams if memory serves. I know they're the shortest swim trunks I own. The fabric on mine has no built in stretch but dries amazingly fast, which is nice, especially in situations where there's no place to change out of your swim trunks. Mine have a paisley bandana print that's pretty snazzy, at least I think so.

      Another company I like is RUCA - the U in their name is the old Roman U so it looks like a V so it looks like RVCA but is pronounced Rookuh. They do a variety of inseam lengths, only it's a little confusing because all their shorts are listed by outseam length rather than inseam length so there's a little guesswork to try to figure out which outseam length corresponds to the inseam length you're going for. They have some nice styles though and mine have built in stretch so they're somewhat better for real activity like stand up paddle boarding, body boarding, etc. than the Bather's.
      “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

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      • #18
        I really like the Mack Weldon trunks. The board shorts are nice, too, if you want something a bit longer.

        I've also tried Birdwell. Super high-quality shorts in various lengths. I think they're a great value.

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        • #19
          I really like my Mr. Swim trunks. They have different types with different waist/fly styles, but they all have really comfortable mesh liners. It's the softest mesh lining I've had. Plus the pockets are nice and functional with the rear pockets featuring flaps/velcro.

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          • #20
            Onia Calder fan here as well. They are pretty high quality and pull off the transition to shorts pretty well. As a 7" inseam guy who does not skip leg day, I recently tested a 5" inseam from Everlane (now discontinued it looks like) and found it very freeing. Getting the around-the-leg fit is key though.

            The 5" took some getting used to; when in doubt, the legs definitely bunch upwards... but if all ladies can pull off their swimsuit-style bottoms... we can embrace our upper thighs, too. Knee-length shorts always boggled my mind anyway in the hot weather, and worse, heavy once in the water.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by shlarson View Post
              Knee-length shorts always boggled my mind anyway in the hot weather, and worse, heavy once in the water.
              Board shorts are typically knee length because surf wax rips out leg hair. When you're in the water all day with a surf board between your legs, you want some fabric between your board and your skin or else you're in for an impromptu leg waxing when you pop up to catch a wave. That's why board shorts were designed for surfers and tend to be longer than swim trunks. As a former surfer I still keep one longer pair of board shorts around for this reason. But as a short person, all of my other swim trunks have short inseams. Nothing wrong with showing a little leg at the beach or pool.

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              • #22
                I received the trunks from Suitsupply yesterday. They are exactly what I was looking for in terms of fit, style and inseam. I have a couple of Onia Calder suits on the way from Nordstrom Rack. Hopefully they work out as well. I really appreciate your help, everyone.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Billyum View Post
                  Jomers also released a new model which might fit the bill. I don't have them so can't speak to the quality.
                  I’m very pleased with the Jomers trunks. Only quibble is the lining is a bit lacking, but like the cut/length and the combination of a flat zip/snap waist and snug down hidden string.
                  Don’t call what your wearing an outfit. Don’t ever say your car is broke.
                  Don’t sing with a fake British accent. Don’t act like your family’s a joke.
                  --Jason Isbell

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                  • #24
                    I like my Orlebar Brown, but I got them from an off-season sale at a deep discount. At full price they're crazy expensive for swim trunks.

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                    • #25
                      The Jcrew swimsuits I ordered back in June were finally delivered yesterday. I'm pretty happy with these so far. They fit better than the Onia. The only area they're lacking is the lining. It's okay but nowhere as nice as the lining in the Onia shorts. You'll definitely want to size down in these.

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