Swim trunks

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    Mar 24, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
    Hey, where do you guys go to get swim trunks? I'm thinking mostly ones that are good for competitive or lap swimming since I'm starting to get serious about swimming to workout, but I wouldn't mind buying something just casual and sexy.

    I went to Sports Authority last night and they didn't have much of a selection. Plus, I wasn't sure how tight they need to be. One felt really tight ... I guess I need to measure my waist first ... Anyhow, I was just going to try a Big 5 next ... maybe once I figure out the size I can go online ... except I like trying things out ...
  • Bunjamon

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    Mar 24, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
    The last pair of trunks I bought I found at H&M, and they're really cute. Now is the season that all department stores are starting to sell trunks, so you should be able to find something there, too. If not, go online. The Speedo website is really good, and there are tons of other sites. However, if you're getting really serious about swimming, you should maybe look into a brief-style suit with a mesh drag suit over it. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 24, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    I bought the hottest short inseam suit in La on Melrose at a boutique called Parke and Ronen. The designers happend to be there and they like measured me up and picked out styles for me.... These people were totally legit and were featured in GQ and sell at Saks! totally fun oh and hot hot Israeli guy totally felt me up like 20 times buahahahaha
    http://www.parkeandronen.com/
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    Mar 24, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    If you are buying a suit for laps, rather than social reasons, check websites like Speedo, Kast-a-Ways, and other swim apparel supply companies. Let the search engine run on this one. Look for a polyester suit. They stand up well against the pool chemicals. The last one had a life of two years with an average use of four times a week. I had to be told that it had worn out. If you want sexy, try some of the companies like Aussie Bum, but those will not wear well with constant use.
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    Mar 25, 2009 2:18 AM GMT
    I'm with nabob if you're looking for a good workout suit. I've got both Speedo and TYR, and they're good. If you're going to get a suit that's form fitting (like a Speedo) go TWO sizes up! So, I wear a 34" waist in normal clothes, but got a 38" in Speedo and it's a good fit (and even then a bit on the "no room for cupcakes" side.) I learned that by reading reviews on Amazon, and it's very true.

    I have the "jammers" style of suit which is pretty interesting. It's tight like a speedo, but runs to your mid-thigh or above your knee. Pretty neat look, and very different from normal speedos, while still sexy.

    If you're looking for the sexy, round-the-pool but not a serious workout, then definitely go with Parke and Ronen!

    Good luck, and enjoy!
  • Anto

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    Mar 25, 2009 2:30 AM GMT
    I've been using these for swim training and so far have been pretty good.
    http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/1438.htm

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    Mar 25, 2009 2:31 AM GMT
    swimoutlet.com

    Speedo "speedos" are shitty, but my Tyr "speedos" have lasted a very long time.
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    Mar 25, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
    ericsantamaria saidI'm with nabob if you're looking for a good workout suit. I've got both Speedo and TYR, and they're good. If you're going to get a suit that's form fitting (like a Speedo) go TWO sizes up! So, I wear a 34" waist in normal clothes, but got a 38" in Speedo and it's a good fit (and even then a bit on the "no room for cupcakes" side.) I learned that by reading reviews on Amazon, and it's very true.

    Why go up two sizes? I guess I should definitely not be going under huh?
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    May 03, 2009 3:26 PM GMT
    There are a lot of places on line you can get them.
    I don't know about the going up 2 sizes though. It all depends on the brand and how you like the fit. A lot of people say go up one size, but I don't always find that to be necessary. For your first suit, try them on in the store. That can be fun too.
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    May 03, 2009 3:31 PM GMT
    dr_jackl saidHey, where do you guys go to get swim trunks?.

    Sporting goods stores, whether local or national chain. You really need to know your waist size. Speedo & Jantzen have trim lycra suits good for laps, even if you don't want the full bikini look. I wore bikinis when I did laps, but these days I just splash around in the ocean or in friends' pools and at gay resorts, mostly nude in all 3, or wearing board shorts when required by law.
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    May 03, 2009 3:37 PM GMT
    I was actually advised by a competitive swimmer to go DOWN a size. He said tighter the better so you get less drag. I tried it and I like it. Granted I only wear a speedo to swim laps. For regular social swimming I wear a squarecut or board shorts.
  • Anto

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    May 03, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    When racing others minimizing drag is important but the point of wearing larger sizes for working out in or training is that it creates more drag/resistance. The shorts I linked above are more designed for that sort of thing, wearing larger brief type speedos may lead to clothing malfunctions in the pool! lol
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    Jun 05, 2009 6:12 PM GMT
    Try
    www.braziliantrunks.com

    they have cool stuff
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    Jun 05, 2009 7:06 PM GMT
    Definitely go down in size. I'm a 32 waist and wear a 30 speedo for laps. Just go for something basic.
  • neon4u

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    Jun 05, 2009 7:08 PM GMT
    For competitive swimming, I'd stay with Speedo or Addidas. For sexy or pool/beach I get most of my stuff at www.n2nbodywear.com or even www.undergear.com
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    Jun 05, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    I tried to find cute trunks for forever, and could NOT find a store to try them on anywhere down here in South Bay.

    Then I went up to Castro. icon_razz.gif Just go there. They have a ton of selection that you can actually TRY ON. (I'm not about to drop money on a mail-order swimsuit.)
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    Jun 05, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    I bought two C2N suits last year, one in a trendy shop full price then the second one at a third of the price at bloomingdales.

    hit the big department stores first. Swim suits went on market months ago so you should be able to find them discounted about now in the big department stores because they need to get rid of there stock.

    Fit is a personal issue since your not swimming professionally. How much drool do you want to see on the other guys face?
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    Jun 05, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    Check out Aussiebum and Andrew Christian's latest collections. They are hot, sexy, and will not weigh you down while swimming.
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    Jun 05, 2009 8:00 PM GMT
    I like EQ Swimwear. They did Team Oregon's suits for the swimmers and triathletes in 2006.

    www.eqswimwear.com

    You can usually get some good deals at large swim meets too.
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    Jun 06, 2009 2:35 PM GMT
    Here in Fort Lauderdale we have a number of gay clothing stores, where swimsuits are a big part of their sales, being near the beach and given our year-round warm climate. And they are VERY gay-sexy with prominent pouch designs and even built-in C-rings.

    So I went to a private gay pool party last month, and most of the guys wore these "gay" suits, their junk stuck out like they had grapefruits down there. Very difficult to keep my eyes focused on other things, and frankly, in the past a lot of us, myself included, just went nude in that pool. But this was a more modest group, in an immodest sort of way. icon_wink.gif

    Here are links for Pride Factory, Bottoms & Tops, and Gay-Mart, all of which sell gay swimwear in the Fort Lauderdale area:

    http://www.pridefactory.com/home.html

    http://www.wiltondriveonline.com/Merchant.aspx?merchant_id=4

    http://www.gaymart.com/
  • triniboy

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    Jun 06, 2009 2:56 PM GMT
    you can also try Ruffskin. I think they are a great brand.
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    Jun 06, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
    Ok, I have been swimming with a speedo at the pool for several years and I have bought several pairs, and I can say for sure that if you're going to get the standard speedo briefs, you definitely need to go 2-3 sizes up. For example, I am a true size 31 waist in regular pants, but in my speedos, I am a size 34. The 34 is still pretty tight.

    You can't really try on speedos for sanitary reasons. And if they let you try them on, I definitely wouldn't purchase from that store! Haha.

    bryanc_74 saidDefinitely go down in size. I'm a 32 waist and wear a 30 speedo for laps. Just go for something basic.
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    Jun 06, 2009 3:09 PM GMT
    laxisaxis saidOk, I have been swimming with a speedo at the pool for several years and I have bought several pairs, and I can say for sure that if you're going to get the standard speedo briefs, you definitely need to go 2-3 sizes up. For example, I am a true size 31 waist in regular pants, but in my speedos, I am a size 34. The 34 is still pretty tight.

    You can't really try on speedos for sanitary reasons. And if they let you try them on, I definitely wouldn't purchase from that store! Haha.

    bryanc_74 saidDefinitely go down in size. I'm a 32 waist and wear a 30 speedo for laps. Just go for something basic.

    One factor I would add is the "waistband pinch" when choosing a Speedo brief size. I understand the aquatic benefits of going snug with a smaller size, but if you have some fat around the waist, the waistband will depress the skin and make you look fatter than you really are.

    I'm not talking about genuinely overweight guys, who shouldn't be in a Speedo in the first place, but unless you are pure hard muscle at your waist, a tight waistband will sink in and pinch the waist, giving the illusion of being overweight.

    If you're a competitor, then go with what makes you fastest (which nowadays isn't a bikini brief anyway). Otherwise, for recreational swimming and best appearance, I wouldn't go too tight unless you are very, very lean.
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    Jun 06, 2009 3:33 PM GMT
    I usually just go to Nordstrom, they always have a nice selection to choose from, but my last pair I found at Bloomingdales. I am a board shorts type of person, so I don't really worry about how I swim in them. The last piece of swim wear I bought specifically for swimming were from Sports Authority, they were Nike briefs.
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    Jun 06, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
    I was looking for trunks that were cute but suitable for a family picnic and found a few I liked at https://www.internationaljock.com/.

    I'm with Anto: for training, swim in a drag suit!