The Pros and Cons
For years, men’s trunks have been designed with lining—from uncomfortable mesh and netting to more secure compression liners. These features are created to cover and protect sensitive areas, and are traditionally made from materials like polyester. While the current market offers a range of styles and options, it’s more important than ever to understand the pros and cons of different swimsuit liners so that you can make an informed decision. Let’s break down a few types to get a better understanding.
Swim Trunks with Mesh & Netting
In a poor attempt to mimic brief-style underwear, swim trunks with mesh tries its best to support guys’ most sensitive areas while swimming. But in reality, the messy mesh and irritating, hole-riddled liner tends to get tangled and traps uncomfortable bits of sand or pebbles. Some may argue that the small holes in the netting fabric improve circulation and allow the area to dry faster, but if you’ve ever worn a pair, you know that’s just not true. In fact, swim trunks with liners like this actually contribute to worse cases of chafing which really defeats their entire purpose. The only real pro to these types of shorts is that they’re readily available at almost any store or retailer, and they do an okay job of letting air escape so your trunks don’t bubble up—but that’s about it.
Trunks with Compression Liners
It’s not as common, but some swim trunks do come with compression lining which helps protect everything a bit more than traditional loose netting or mesh. For example, compression linings don’t move around as much and they don’t trap things like sand as easily. The only downside of these swimsuit liners is that they may trap air more easily and not allow for proper drying when out of the water. Again, this could contribute to chafing and an overall sense of uncomfortability. Some guys who go this route might also explore pairing swim trunks with boxer briefs, but the same pros and cons hold true—not enough moisture-wicking technology for us.
By far the best solution for swim trunks with liners is to find something that’s chafe-free, securely sewn-in, and highly moisture wicking like DryFins. Our suite of men’s and boys’ trunks keep everything in place while also guarding against skin irritation. And since the liner is sewn in place, you don’t have to worry about it getting tangled or wrapped around anything. Plus, our trunks come equipped with an adjustable drawstring waistband and deep pockets that are great for a long day at the beach.
Overall, we do recommend wearing swim trunks with liners—but the key is to find the right liner. As we mentioned, mesh and net liners don’t offer many benefits while compression linings are better bet. However, the best option is clear and it’s chafe-free. Interested in learning more about comfortable attire? Read our blog to get a lesson in chafe-free clothing. Or, learn more about what chafing is and how you can get rid of it if you do fall victim.