I got a pair of Cool Tan back at the beginning of the summer, the jury is still out on the tanning however they are light weight, cooler, and dry quicker. In the right light they are see through, but that hasn't been an issue so far.
Worth the investment, although nude is always better!
I agree with you triad! Once you skinny dipped you will never own another suit again!
Agree in theory, but to be practical, sometimes you want to swim with family or frineds who are not nudists or on a trip and no clothing optional location is avaialbe.
versatility is good, be nude when we can but have suitable fabric to be compatible with whoever we're with. So I use synthetic mesh gym shorts with the conservatives, got some briefs for the more liberal associations, (which actually hasn't yet happened, but will in time) and don't bother to use anything when alone or with naturists. My water time has been very limited for many years, although when young I went as far as I could in swim training short of life guard training. I figure as I get my diet where I want it and start gaining physical capacity I want to start making regular trips to a lap pool and see how far I can build speed swimming. It will be a university pool about 50 miles away, and of course no nude swimming, but I think the 1.5" side brief I got 2" oversize (so it would not be too tight and uncomfortable) would be quite acceptable there, even if 99% of swimmers have gone to board short imitations. They cost a lot more with zero benefit, just paying extra for reduced comfort and less ease of movement. If anyone bothers to comment I can tell em I grew up in the 70's when every swimmer wore briefs, why should I change? But it may be that the older generation still uses them enough that no one would bother to comment, other than perhaps know nothing youngsters. And I guess they are still used in certain situations, as water polo.
Your argument that you grew up in the 70's when most men swam in briefs should be sufficient. However, the same line of reasoning probably would not work for men who grew up in the 60's or earlier when most men swam nude unless there were women present.