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christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Lightest swim trunks? on 05/13/2012 19:35:28 MDT Print View

After reading Mike McClellands book, I'm sold on the idea of using swim trunks as opposed to underwear.

Any recommendations? Which ones are the lightest, breathable, etc.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Speedos! on 05/13/2012 19:59:30 MDT Print View

SPEEDOS... if ya got the body to go with them.

Daniel Hou

Locale: Queens
Outlier on 05/13/2012 20:05:03 MDT Print View

I have a pair of these that work great as both shorts and swim trunks.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Lightest swim trunks? on 05/13/2012 20:47:39 MDT Print View

You could use running shorts as well.

Please no Speedos.

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Shorts on 05/13/2012 20:52:00 MDT Print View

Yes agreed no speedo's. :)
Daniel, how much do those shorts weigh?

P. P.
(toesnorth) - F

Locale: PNW
"Please no Speedos." on 05/13/2012 20:53:15 MDT Print View

Speak for yourself. ;-)

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Compression shorts on 05/13/2012 21:36:13 MDT Print View

Used as your hiking underwear to combat chaffing and as a swim suit as well. They just look like bike shorts so would be just fine.

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
shorts on 05/14/2012 13:33:57 MDT Print View

I'm hoping for something somewhat modest. I don't want to scare other hikers with speedos or anything else form fitting.

In Mike Clellands video here:
He seems to be wearing something a bit looser.

I've been looking at the mountain hardwear Refueler shorts:,default,pd.html

They are antimicrobial, 3.5oz and have a liner. They have a dwr finish on them, which is nice for drying quick, but I'm wondering if that will make me sweaty when worn under my pants?

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Lightest swim trunks? on 05/14/2012 13:54:39 MDT Print View

It's very simple, actually. The higher you cut, the lighter they get. You're welcome!

Edit: [removed incredibly disturbing pic of hairy man in mid-cheek jean cut-offs. Now, only Roger's eyes will have that burned into the retinas! Hmmm. Maybe I'll repost in a thread about chafing]

Seriously, any running shorts (Saucony, Brooks, Pearl Izumi, etc) like the MH Refueler should be fine. Nice too that you can often find running shorts on sale at specialty running stores or places like REI or Target has Champion brand ones. Just make sure the waistband and liner are comfortable for you.

Edited by saparisor on 05/14/2012 16:45:09 MDT.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Lightest swim trunks? on 05/14/2012 15:55:52 MDT Print View

I am really not sure that the photo should not be removed to protect minors ...
Or to protect MY eyes.


Edited by rcaffin on 05/14/2012 15:56:16 MDT.