Originally Posted by dieworkwear
They're a new brand, relatively speaking, but the products are absolutely incredible. The fit is fantastic, and the side tabs allow you to cinch the waist without the use of elasticized waistbands, which I find to be ugly (they make swim shorts look like boxers, IMO). The Bulldog model comes just to the right length, just a few inches above your knee, and there are darts in the back. In a way, they fit very much like a good pair of custom trousers (in the sense of the side tabs, darts, etc)
There are also nice design details like a zippered back pocket and outside locker loop. Fabrics are from France, zips from Italy, everything constructed in the UK and Portugal. I also find them tastefully designed. Most come in nice solid colors, but they also have a nice geometric designs that are much better than the floral designs Villebrequin comes out with.
A lot of people balk at the idea of $250 for swimming trunks - and that's a lot to be sure - but many of us are spending $150-200 for ties and $200 - $250 for trousers. Even those who can't afford Drakes and Marinellas at retail are finding ways to get them on eBay or through discount sites. I think Orlebar Browns are worth the $250, personally, but I don't see why people just don't utilize all of their regular bargain hunting tactics to get these for a cheaper price. You can find them occasionally on eBay for $80-$125, and at that price, I think they're leagues better than any other swimming shorts on the market.
Darn. This thread is making me want a pair of Orlebar's. I've had the same pair of crappy swim trunks for the last 8 years. I got them for barter in exchange for an hour's graphic design work.
The orlebar's look really sharp but I'm concerned about the big metal buckles on the waist? Is it uncomfortable at all placed like that? Makes me think I might like the models with the string instead.
Also, what is the interior mesh like? Are they small, "brief" shaped that cling close to your body, or does it just line the inside of the shorts and stay loose?