The Versatility of Hybrid Shorts

The Best Swim Trunks for Summer Aren’t Just for Swimming


May 29, 2019 Style By Photo by Outerknown
This story is part of our Summer Gear Guide issue, covering everything from cold brew to grill hacks to the perfect outdoor projector. For the full list of stories, click here.

For a lot of guys, it’s not enough to have single application garments anymore — if they invest in a piece of clothing, it should be versatile and multipurpose. Brands are listening to those needs and are now offering the ideal short for summer: a hybrid between a swim trunk and a traditional short.

The style utilizes fabrics appropriate for the water but features design cues lifted from traditional shorts like fly-front zippers, button or snap closures and side pockets. These shorts are your go-anywhere summer short, designed to be worn to the beach and out to dinner on the same day.

Patagonia Stretch Wavefarer Walk Short

These stretch-nylon shorts are treated with a water-repellent finish and hit just above the knee. They feature a zipper fly, belt loops and mesh pockets.

Outerknown Nomadic Hybrid Short

Cut from fast-drying recycled polyester, these shorts have a classic fit and a 8.5-inch inseam. The design features mesh pockets, corozo buttons and an internal drawstring.

Faherty All Day Short

This slim-fit short has a nine-inch inseam and is made from a cotton-recycled poly blend with a touch of stretch. They are quick drying, odor repellent and feature easy-draining pockets.

Onia Calder Shorts

Cut from lightweight stretch-nylon, these shorts have a mesh lining and interior drawstring. The design includes a zip fly, flap back pocket and locker loop.

Officine Generale Swim Shorts

These straight-leg shorts have both a mid-rise and a mid-length. Cut from durable polyester, they feature and internal drawstring, two front slash pockets, a buttoned back pocket and a mesh lining.

Orlebar Brown Bulldog Swim Shorts

These mid-length shorts are cut from a comfortable cotton-poly blend. The design features adjustable waist tabs, two front slash pockets, a back zip pocket and a mesh lining.

Tom Ford Swim Shorts

These mid-length shorts are made in Italy from coral polyamide. The design features buckled waist tabs, two front slash pockets, a back zipped pocket and a zip and snap fastening.

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John Zientek is Gear Patrol's style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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