Your Guide To Boys Swimming Shorts

Your Guide To Boys Swimming Shorts

It can be confusing when you’re looking to buy boys swimming shorts. While there are so many different designs on the market, you’ll soon find that there are those that are better suited for competitive racers and those that a more geared for training sessions. In this guide, we’re going to look at the different types of boys swimwear to give you the knowledge you need before deciding what to buy.

What are the different types of boys swimming shorts?

In fact, there are four distinct styles of swimming shorts:
    - Trunks
    - Briefs
    - Shorts
    - Jammers

Before deciding which of these to go for, it’s important to ask a few questions. What’s the goal? How often will they be used? If it’s all about competition and winning races, then you want to be as streamlined as possible. If, however, it’s more about hanging out in the pool and doing a few laps every now and then, then you’re going to want  something that feels comfortable and looks good.


Trunks are very popular for training sessions and general leisurewear. They cover from the waist down to the upper thigh. A lot of people like these as opposed to traditional briefs because you don’t feel as exposed.
With trunks, there tend to be a vast array of fashionable and colorful designs in comparison to other styles.


Briefs are the traditional, recognisable boys swimsuit (often wrongly referred to as “trunks”). Think classic Speedos!
With a rounded, high cut leg, the design results in less drag than other styles. Briefs are a great all-rounder. They would be ideal for dedicated club swimmers, anyone taking lessons, or something for leisure.


Jammers are the longest type of boys swimwear and come all the way down the thighs, to just above the knees. The style is much like long Lycra cycling shorts.
Jammers are great all-rounders. They provide much more coverage than other styles. And, due to the tight-fitting nature, can be used for training sessions and racing, due to the tight-fitting streamlined nature.


Shorts are ideal for both training sessions, fitness swimming or just hanging out in the pool. They come down to the mid-thigh and are therefore between jammers and trunks.
There tend to be a lot of colorful and fun designs when it comes to shorts.
By understanding the differences between the four types of boys swimwear, you’ll be in a better position to choose correctly. Boys looking to compete for their club and win every race will probably want jammers to optimise their performance and maximise their speed, whereas those who are new to swimming and having their first few lessons may want a pair of comfortable shorts to wear. Having said that, it could also be beneficial to have more than one style and rotate, depending on the type of swimming session.


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