The Hunt: Swimwear


Getting a jump-start on summer with a round-up of the best American-made swimwear.



LINED STYLES

Xelos Classic Swim Trunks


Stats:

  • Sanded microfiber outer
  • Mesh liner
  • Elastic waist
  • Side-seam pockets
  • Made in California
  • Available in three lengths and dozens of colors / patterns

Best Price: $59.99 and up (PRE-SHIPPING) at Boardshorts World



Sauvage Euro Beach Shorts


Stats:

  • 100% nylon outer
  • Mesh liner
  • Elastic waist
  • Side-seam pockets
  • Made in USA
  • Available in seven colors

Best Price: $66.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Sauvage



Wellen Volley Trunks


Stats:

  • Garment-dyed, 100% nylon outer
  • 100% polyester liner
  • Elastic waist
  • Cotton drawstring
  • Side-seam pockets
  • Single rear pocket with Velcro closure
  • Made in USA
  • Available in four colors / patterns

Best Price: $68.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Wellen. Additional colors / sizes here.



Katin + Apolis Swim Trunks


Stats:

  • 100% cotton or 100% nylon outer
  • 100% nylon lining
  • Contrast drawstring
  • Snap-button fly
  • Single side pocket with key loop
  • Made in California by Katin
  • Available in five colors / patterns

Best Price: $108.00 and up (PRE-SHIPPING) at Apolis



UNLINED STYLES

American Apparel Polyester Micro-Fiber Board Shorts


Stats:

  • 100% polyester micro-fiber
  • Cotton drawstring
  • Velcro fly
  • Single rear pocket with Velcro closure
  • Made in USA
  • Available in fifteen colors

Best Price: $34.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at American Apparel



Birdwell Beach Britches


Stats:

  • 100% nylon Surfnyl
  • Nylon drawstring
  • Velcro fly
  • Single rear pocket
  • Handmade in California
  • Available in seven styles and over 20 colors

Best Price: $61.00 and up (PRE-SHIPPING) at Birdwell



Lightning Bolt Pelican Boardshorts


Stats:

  • 100% cotton or 70/30 cotton-nylon blend
  • Contrast drawstring
  • Velcro fly
  • Single rear pocket with flap
  • Made in USA
  • Available in seven colors

Best Price: $66.00 (PRE-SHIPPING) at Lightning Bolt. Additional colors / sizes here.



Outlier Three Way Shorts


Stats:

  • 80% nylon, 10% polyester, 10% Elastane
  • Button top
  • Zip fly
  • Internal draw cord
  • Front trouser pockets
  • Back welt pockets
  • Made in New York City
  • Available in three lengths and four colors

Best Price: $128.00 and up (PRE-SHIPPING) at Outlier


This is an update of a feature from 2011. To check out the original post, click here.

Got something you want hunted down? Send an email to brad[at]well-spent[dot]com

  • matt

    incredible, I was actually on the look-out for a new pair and you post this. Some great choices in here, especially for ppl like me who don’t want some board shorts which seem to be all the rage these days.
    Excellent work as always Mr Well-Spent!

    • http://well-spent.com Brad

      Many thanks Matt!

  • Curt

    Did the same search a few weeeks ago. Came up with http://www.mangrovemonkey.com/ for $40 or you could do some limited custom shorts for $66

    I mostly just needed functional trunks

    • http://well-spent.com Brad

      Thanks Curt. I actually included those in last year’s swimwear hunt.

  • james

    Surprised Parke & Ronen weren’t included in either hunt.