3" swim shorts vs 5" swim shorts - what's the difference?

Posted by Jayde Kemp on

When it comes to swimwear, the length of your shorts can make a big difference in both style and functionality. Two popular options for men's swim shorts are 3 inch and 5 inch shorts. While both may seem similar, there are more than 2 inches in differences to consider.

The first and most obvious difference is the length. 3 inch swim shorts are much shorter than 5 inch swim shorts. 3 inch shorts will typically end just above the mid-thigh, while 5 inch shorts will end closer to the knee. This difference in length can affect the overall look of the shorts, depending on your height.

Shorter shorts, such as 3 inch swim shorts, are often favored by those who want a more athletic look. They are also a popular choice for muscular builds to show off their hard work. Additionally, shorter shorts can help keep you cooler on hot days, as they expose more skin, allow for better airflow and smaller tan lines ;)
3” swim shorts offer a minimalistic, stylish look, and provide maximum flexibility and freedom of movement. Tucann’s 3” swim trunks are made of lightweight materials that dry quickly, making them perfect for water sports and activities.


On the other hand, longer shorts, such as 5 inch swim shorts, are often seen as more casual and relaxed. They can provide a touch more coverage while maintaining an aesthetic appearance and can also be a good option for those who plan to wear their swim shorts as regular shorts throughout the day. 5" swim trunks are a great option for those who prefer a more classic look and want to feel more comfortable in their swimwear. 5" swim shorts are still shorter than traditional board shorts, but they provide more coverage around the thighs and hips

In terms of practicality, both 3 inch and 5 inch swim shorts have their advantages, it ultimately comes down to personal preference and what you plan to use them for. If you're looking for a more athletic and streamlined look, 3 inch shorts may be the way to go. If you want something more casual and versatile, 5 inch shorts may be a better choice.

3" and 5" swim shorts both have their unique features and benefits, making them a favorite among swimmers and beach-goers alike. Whichever option you choose, make sure to look for quality materials that provide comfort, durability, and performance in and out of the water such as:

Quick drying capabilities: Quick drying swim shorts do not become heavy or uncomfortable when wet, and they dry quickly when you get out of the water. This helps you to stay comfortable and enjoy your time out of the water without feeling weighed down or soggy.

Zipper pockets: Deep zipper pockets provide a secure place to store your belongings, such as keys, phones, or wallets. Tucann swim shorts have sand proof zipper technology so the sand stays at the beach, where it belongs.

Four way stretch: Four-way stretch swim shorts are made with materials that are designed to stretch in all directions, providing a greater range of motion and flexibility. This allows you to move freely and comfortably, whether you're swimming, surfing, or playing beach volleyball.

Inner liner: Non mesh lined swim shorts help to keep everything in place and reduce discomfort and chafing. Additionally, they keep everything protected 

Regardless of their length, Tucann always encourages wearing swim shorts that make you feel your most confident.

Tucann has just launched a NEW 5” swim short collection, encompassing all of the features customers already love from the original 3” swim shorts!

What’s your preference in length?


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  • Previously I bought the mid length because 3" was a little short for my taste. Where and when can I purchase the 5"? I don’t see them listed on the website.
    Dave on

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