As intrinsic to summer as cold afternoon beers or the sound of cicadas at night, trips to the beach are a huge part of the Australian coastal lifestyle. Wearing the right gear and packing the right things will ensure your day is all smooth sailing. From fashion and accessories to a product that helps reduce the chance of shark-related injuries, we’ve found some of the best beach gear for men…
The Tailored Swimshorts are a pair of boardies that deliver high performance and good looks. Grana’s global search for the best fabrics to construct their designs took them to Taiwan for the shorts. The Taiwanese Tech material is highly durable and UV protected, making them an essential for the beach. The shorts’ slim fit and mid-length give them a nice, contemporary look while features like side adjusters, a mesh pocket, and flat snap button make them super functional too.
Nothing is more annoying than getting random bits of sand in the crevices of your phone, or worse, water damage. Keep one of your most prized possessions well protected with Bellroy’s All-Conditions Phone Pocket. It’s made from water-resistant leather and utilises YKK Aquaguard zip closures to ensure it keeps its contents entirely secure.
The team at Modom have devised a piece of gear that helps deter sharks when surfing. Sharks have a powerful electrical sense that they can use to detect predators and prey. The Shark Leash uses Sharkbanz magnetic technology to essentially throw the shark’s senses off and keep it from attacking you. Seeing as this leash can potentially reduce the risk of a shark attack, you’ll be better off having it than not!
With a thick, D-shape frame that looks good on pretty much everyone, the Pacifico Optical Ashley sunnies are a beach must-have. This honey tortoise colourway works well for the beach, while their anti-reflective coating means you can lay on the sand and comfortably scroll through Instagram without needing to squint.
Buy: Pacifico Optical
With a classic look, Academy Brand’s Melrose Trunk is ideal for the beach, season after season. The understated stripe pattern and mid-length cut give the shorts a timeless appeal. Furthermore, a drawstring waist and 99% cotton construction ensures they remain comfortable, even after multiple wears.
Buy: The Academy Brand
Ideal for both lounging on in the sun and for drying yourself off after a swim, the Venroy Linen Towel is an essential piece of beach gear for men this summer. Linen is great at absorbing moisture plus it dries quickly and feels super soft too. The towel’s striped pattern gives it a cool, vintage look that’ll make you stand out on the sand.
Ever taken a bottle of water to the beach only to find your drink’s temperature is about 30 degrees hotter than when you got there? Never have that problem again by using a S’well Shimmer Collection bottle. This sleek product is constructed from an insulated double-walled stainless steel that keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours. Furthermore, it’s made so water doesn’t bead on the exterior, meaning you can put it in your bag and it won’t get everything else in there wet.
Take a pair of Vans Authentic Sneakers to the beach with you and you’ll be able to easily go from the sand to the bar without needing to get changed. The shoes are simple enough to kick off at the beach and then put back on when you’re leaving, plus their durable canvas outer means they’ll last you years to come.
Sunscreen is one of the most important things to take to the beach with you. Malin + Goetz’s SPF30 Face Moisturiser is a good one to use as it’s broad spectrum plus it features antioxidants to repair your skin from existing environmental damage. The tube is a convenient size to carry with you, which is important as you should be re-applying often.
Buy: Mr Porter
The scooped neck and relaxed fit of the AS Colour Shadow Tee make it ideal for the beach. The t-shirt is perfect to throw on and off, plus when worn with boardies and simple sneakers makes for an easy outfit if you’re heading out after hitting the surf. Being made from 100% cotton keeps the t-shirt comfortable and durable.
This lightweight tote bag by RAINS has a large 14.5L main compartment, big enough to store all your beach essentials. The bag’s water-resistant polyurethane/polyester outer plus water-resistant zippers make it ideal to keep all your gear dry. Furthermore, its thick double-strap haul handles ensure its comfortable to carry around too.
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