Boxer Brief ReviewAnd now for my most ridiculous blog post yet. Laugh it up now, but you’ll thank me later.

For years I’ve had a go-to in the performance underwear department. I’m embarrassed to say, I’ve put a LOT of miles on a particular pair. So earlier this summer when I was packing for a couple of weeks on an Alaskan glacier, I decided I’d bolster my collection.

I purchased a pair identical to the aforementioned heavily utilized garment, but then decided that I may as well give a few others a chance as well. I picked up a pair of the REI Boxer Briefs, the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs, the Patagonia Cap 1 Stretch Boxer Briefs, and online I ordered a set of MyPackage Weekday Boxer Briefs.

I have now had a chance to put each and every one of these pairs of undies through the ringer, and there is a clear winner. But first, the criteria:

Smooth Fabric: how nice is the fabric against the skin?
Wedgie Proof: does the boxer brief stay in place, in the leg and rear-end areas?
Crotch Comfort: how nice is the banana hammock?
Quick Dry: if I get inspired to swim, do they dry quickly?
Supportive: is my equipment supported when it’s time to run or jump?
Easy Access: when it’s time for a trailside pee-break, how quick is the front panel access?

The Results:

Boxer Brief Review Chart

Yes, friends, this is one of the moments we all dream of. When the cheapest option turns out to be the best one. The REI Boxer Briefs are fantastic to the touch, wedgie proof, provide crotch comfort, dry quickly, support the junk and offer easy access – all for the very reasonable price of $22.50. Get ’em here, and enjoy years of comfort in your nether regions.

*Disclosure – While REI is a client of mine, they had no part in this review, and I’ve received no compensation or oversight on this product comparison. This is purely my unsolicited opinion after some sweaty days in the backcountry.

3 thoughts on “Best Boxer Briefs for Outdoor Sports – A Totally Unscientific Review

  1. Hi Scott —

    I got to say that was a balsy (pun intended) review. I’m not a skier like you, more an above-the-treeline backpacker. Due to chafing and other painful conditions, I simply stopped wearing undies on my trips. I know, it means doing some alpine laundry, and I usually carry a pair of regular shorts or really light pants so I can be dressed while the other pants dry. Anyhoo, thanks for the research (tax-deductible, right? If so, you’re the first guy I know who gets to deduct his underwear! “Eat my shorts, IRS!”) And if not, well, thanks for taking one for the team. I’ve been reading your stuff for a few years now, both on Chase’s blog and now at yours. Good luck to you!

  2. Over the years, I’ve had several incarnations of REI’s boxer briefs. Against Patagonia, Ex-Officio, Icebreaker, and Smart Wool, they are by far the best.

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