The best men’s underwear for every guy out there

Welcome, friends and loved ones, to what is going to be the most detailed discussion I have ever produced. And that’s saying something.

I’ve written about men’s underwear before, specifically regarding how incredibly difficult it is finding something that works. So many designs out there are total garbage that most guys don’t bother sifting through the selection to find something good, and end up just living with whatever’s cheap, because the fancy ones don’t work either. Add to this the fact that underwear is incredibly polarizing, with some people liking a loose boxer fit, while others prefer a boxer brief, along with all kinds of other preferences that are more divisive than a heated political debate. And I think I finally know why.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen––but mostly gentlemen––I think I’ve actually figured out why some people like one design instead of another, and I also think I can articulate this problem without resorting to obscene diagrams. It’s all going to start making perfect sense, and by the end of all this, I think you’ll be able to find something that’ll work for you, without having to spend $30 on something that fits horribly and gets thrown in the garbage by the end of the day.

So go ahead and get comfortable, because this is going to be as thorough as a nuclear submarine technical manual.

Best Men's Underwear Main Photo
Yup, this complicated.

How men’s underwear discussions tend to miss the point

I will begin by saying that everything you’ve been told about men’s underwear is wrong.

Everyone talks about “support,” claiming that one pair of underwear has good “support,” while another does not. But this doesn’t make any sense. “Support” is what happens when you’re lifted up from underneath. But what good is that?

The constant readjustment problem that plagues every guy all day long has nothing to do with a lack of “support.” It has to do with a lack of containment. Walking around for a while will dislodge whatever you intend to hold in place up front, and it’ll start migrating into various positions and start chafing against the leg and ruin your whole day. This is why underwear with good “support” isn’t going to do you any good.

If leg contact is the primary cause of discomfort, the goal should be to eliminate leg contact at all costs. This requires keeping any forward protrusions blocked from coming into contact with the leg, which eliminates this discomfort completely. Thus:

You don’t want to be “supported.” You want to be surrounded.

This is why the only reasonable solution is the boxer brief, properly shaped, and closely fitted. Boxer shorts will never work, and you’ll be stuck readjusting all day long. Briefs work fine, but if you don’t want to look like a dork, the boxer brief is the only way out.

But it’s still important to get the fit just right, and there are oh-so-many ways to get it wrong.

Common men’s underwear problems

1) Flat front panel: Are you flat in front? No? Well then why get underwear with a flat front panel? Seems like a recipe for disaster. Sure, the front panel can stretch somewhat to accommodate a forward protrusion, but it’s still going to be mostly flat, which just means you’ll get squished backward. There’s also nothing to stop you from drifting sideways and escaping the front pouch altogether, in which case you’ll migrate into the leg chamber and start chafing with every step.

A properly-shaped 3D front panel won’t do this at all. Instead of forming a front wall that’ll squish you back, it’ll form two side walls, containing you within the front pouch no matter how much side-to-side shifting may occur.

Notice the difference here, between a 3D front panel (left) and a flat front panel (right):

3D panel vs flat panel
Yes, I am using everyone’s beloved Ex Officio (right) as a perfect example of how to do everything wrong. And you’ll soon see why.

Notice how the 3D panel on the left actually forms a “valley” between the front pouch and the leg chamber? This is mostly visible only on one side, just because of how the model is standing, but this valley will form along both sides of a properly-shaped 3D front panel, thus surrounding you entirely and eliminating any chafing that could occur from leg contact. You can do all the backflips and cartwheels you want, and you’ll stay right where you’re supposed to be, and you won’t have to spend all day readjusting every five stupid minutes.

Compare that to the flat front panel on the right, and you’ll see how there’s no possibility of containment whatsoever. Move around for any amount of time and sooner or later you’ll drift right out of the front panel and into the leg chamber, and you’ll start chafing immediately. No good.

2) Low inseam height (AKA a long rise): So the “rise” is the distance from the top of the waistband to the top of the inseam, and if it’s way too high, it’s just not going to work. It’ll interfere with the formation of the dual side walls discussed above, while also eliminating the formation of a “floor” for the front pouch.

You can see the problem in the photo above, where the boxer brief on the right has such a deep rise that it can’t possibly contain the guy if there’s any leg movement whatsoever. And while you might be thinking that making the top of the inseam too high (AKA making the rise too low) will make the front pouch feel too restrictive (which is true, eventually), that’s why you need a 3D front panel, which reduces that pressure. If the front panel is flat, the only way they can create extra space is by deepening the rise, which not only interferes with dual sidewall formation, but just so happens to be the cause of the next stupid problem as well:

3) Penguin leg syndrome: Once again, take a look at that photo above. The one on the right has a rise that’s waaaaay too deep, and every step is going to force one leg to pull against the other, thus moving everything out of place with literally every step.

This is not only going to pull them from side to side, eliminating front panel containment entirely, but on wider steps, each leg will pull vertically against the other, which is one of many reasons that will lead to the next stupid problem.

4) Legs climbing up: This is perhaps the most well-known of all boxer brief problems, and caused by various factors, often because the leg is too loose, and the vertical stretch capacity of the fabric is too low. Every time you lift your knee, the vertical tension will pull the leg upward, rather than merely stretching it, thus requiring a manual readjustment. It can also happen due to the friction of the fabric against the pant leg, which is part of the reason I prefer synthetic fabrics, which glide more easily.

This problem usually requires a dedicated solution, and I’ve seen several perfectly workable methods. You can make the legs too long, going past the widest point of the thigh, so they get smaller as they approach the knee, and thus can’t stretch out widely in order to climb upward. You can also make the legs way too short (usually called the “trunk” style), but you must also make the leg bands thicker, stiffer, and thus unable to bunch up on themselves, so they won’t go anywhere or do anything. You can also just make the legs really tight, especially the end of each leg, perhaps by adding an elastic band right into the leg hem. You can also add a grippy texture to the inside of the leg hem, though I haven’t tried this method yet. Tightly-fitting, super-stretchy, synthetic fabrics will less likely have this problem, and thus can work fairly well even without one of these extra features, but I think they should all do something to address this problem.

And for the final nuisance:

5) Gigantic inseam gusset: This is something I don’t often hear people talking about, because it seems like a minor detail (and is usually invisible in most product photos), but I have become convinced that it’s actually a make-or-break design flaw that should be abolished immediately.

The inseam gusset is a long, usually rectangular strip of fabric that goes from the inside of one thigh to the inside of the other thigh. See the diagram below, which shows two pairs of boxer briefs, viewed from above, as though you’re about to step into them. The white circles are the leg openings. For the boxer brief on the left, you’ll see there’s a single black line (representing a seam) going horizontally from one leg to the other. For the boxer brief on the right, you’ll notice two black lines, because that rectangular strip of fabric means there’s a front seam, and a back seam:

Inseam Gusset vs No Inseam Gusset
No inseam gusset (left) vs inseam gusset (right)

I am 100% convinced that this is one of the most significant reasons why underwear is so horribly polarizing. Some guys will think a certain design is the greatest thing in the universe, while others will think it’s total garbage and will throw them out by the end of the day. All because of the inseam gusset.

The problem is that it requires one seam up front, and one in back. The wider the inseam gusset, the further forward the front seam is, which also means it’s higher, since it starts curving upward in front. That means the width of the inseam gusset directly impacts the height of the front pouch. The wider the gusset, the shorter the front pouch. And if you’re longer than the front pouch…well, then you’re not in the front pouch anymore, and no amount of 3D contouring is going to help if you’re simply longer than the 3D front panel, and you escape its grasp altogether. You’re going to hang further down, get squished backward by that flat seam, and there’ll be no sidewall containment to stop you from drifting from side to side, and you’ll chafe against the legs.

It’s bad news in back, too. With a wider gusset, the back seam will also have to be placed higher, which means it’ll start riding up and into the crevasse in back. All boxer briefs will creep into this gap to some degree, but if it’s just fabric, it’s not so bad. But if it’s a seam, then it’s several layers of fabric that’ll start invading the gap, and it’ll be several times as noticeable as just a single fabric layer.

And you know what the worst part is? Non-gusseted designs are totally fine. There’s just a single seam going from left to right, placed dead-center, where it’s completely out of the way of everything. There is simply no downside, and that’s why I’ve become so adamant about banishing the inseam gusset for all time.

Thin gussets, by the way, are fine, but I think they might as well just get rid of them altogether, at least on underwear. They also work fine on pants, because you don’t come into contact with those seams.

So, why do so many guys seem fine with them? Because of differences in personal anatomy.

“Showers” vs.”Growers”

Without getting too graphic, a “shower” is someone who’s always large, all the time, even when not in use. A “grower” is someone who’s usually small, but expands greatly under proper conditions. If you prefer weaponry innuendo, just think of this as longsword vs lightsaber.

I think this dichotomy is why inseam gussets are such a common design feature; it would seem that most guys are fairly small when not in use (AKA growers), and thus are too short to reach the base seam of the front pouch. If you’re one of those guys, inseam gussets are mostly fine, and you’ll have more options available to you. But if you’re a shower, you should avoid the inseam gusset at all costs.

Here’s how to tell if you’re a shower or a grower:

  • Option 1: Go to a gym and get naked with a bunch of random dudes. If your ego grows three sizes that day, you’re a shower.
  • Option 2: Buy a $5 boxer brief from Uniqlo (pictured below) and see how you like it. It has an inseam gusset, and if you’re longer than the front pouch and frequently find yourself making contact with its lower seam, even while standing up straight and flying at “half mast,” you’re probably a shower, and will most likely prefer a non-gusseted design.
  • Option 3: Just get something non-gusseted, regardless of which type of guy you are. There’s simply no downside.

So, how should the best men’s underwear fit?

I am convinced there actually is an objectively perfect set of design features that’ll work for all guys, under all conditions. It is essentially the exact opposite of the list above, with a few extra details:

  • 3D front panel, for forward protrusion, and proper formation of dual side walls, rather than a single front wall that’ll squish you back. This way you’re properly surrounded on all sides, and can’t escape the chamber.
  • High inseam (AKA low rise), to further contain everything in the front pouch, and to prevent penguin leg syndrome.
  • Good leg separation, to further prevent penguin leg syndrome.
  • Leg-climb prevention strategy, so they don’t ride up. Various methods can work.
  • No inseam gusset, because non-gusseted designs fit showers better, with no downside for growers.
  • Body-hugging, semi-compression fit, because everything’ll stay in place better than way. You actually want it to be too tight to fit, except for the fact that it’s stretchy, which helps keep it in place.
  • Silky-smooth (probably synthetic) fabric, so there’s no friction against the pant legs, which also helps keep everything in place. Not everybody likes synthetic fabrics, though, but they’ll stay in place better and last longer, which is why I tend to prefer them, even for casual use.

So, now that we know what we’re looking for, let’s finally begin with actual recommendations.

This list will prioritize proper fit above all else, because if it doesn’t fit correctly, it’ll just end up in the trash. This list will not, for example, emphasize long-term durability, because if you throw it out by the end of the day, it’s not really that durable anyway. It also won’t emphasize fabric type, because as long as it fits correctly, I consider it worthy of inclusion here, though I’ll discuss different fabric choices if they’re available (and you can check out a dedicated list of travel-friendly options here). I’m also including some honorable (and dishonorable) mentions here too, listed just after the ones they most closely resemble.

Okay, let’s begin!

Best men’s underwear (for growers)

Again, these are gusseted designs, and should only be worn by “growers,” AKA guys who are small up front when not in use. If you’re a “shower,” skip down to the next section.

1) Uniqlo

Uniqlo Supima Cotton Boxer Brief
The Uniqlo Supima Cotton Boxer Brief

This is by far the best budget option I’ve found out there. If you have no interest in spending $30 on a pair of underwear, look no further than Uniqlo. At $5 each, their Supima cotton boxer briefs are so affordable that you could buy several dozen of them without any real trouble, and they are quite good.

Not perfect. But good. They have a 3D front panel and a body-hugging fit, just-long-enough legs, and high-quality construction, especially considering the price. If you don’t need a Ferrari, you’ll be perfectly happy with them, and you’ll probably never bother looking at anything else.

They’re not quite right, though; I think the 3D front panel should be even more 3D, so that it protrudes forward a bit more, and the top of the inseam could be a little higher, which would more effectively contain everything in the front panel and prevent escape into the leg chambers. It seems mostly designed for people who don’t need much room in front, so if you’re a bit on the larger side, you’ll find yourself squished back just a bit, as the front panel will still sort of form a front wall, rather than two properly-shaped side walls. This allows for more side-to-side migration than I would like, which requires a bit of readjustment every so often. The legs are also a bit too close together, and when combined with the somewhat low top-of-the-inseam, they can pull each other out of place on wide steps. The legs also don’t have any special strategy to keep them from climbing up, so they’ll do that, and require readjustment for this reason as well.

The low-rise version, by the way, solves a few of these problems, and does a much more effective job of containing everything within the front pouch that’s supposed to be there. It’s much worse in the legs-riding-up department, though. I would also like to see the elimination of the inseam gusset on both versions, and something to keep the legs from climbing up.

Still, though––they’re the best budget option I’ve found out there, for sure. I literally threw out all my other underwear when I first discovered these. You could also just stock up on a dozen of them for casual use, and spend a bit more on just a few of the fancier options listed below, for acrobatic activities that require better immobilization, and rotate through cheaper Uniqlos on regular days, and save yourself a lot of cash.

Check out a super-detailed review of their Airism boxer brief, which is a synthetic version of the same thing (which lasts longer and stays in place better, due to reduced friction), then visit their store and take a look at the options here.

2) Tommy John

Tommy John Second Skin Boxer Brief
The Tommy John Second Skin Boxer Brief

These have been a mainstay in the “best underwear ever” competition for a while now, and it’s easy to see why. Switching from my previous favorite of Uniqlo to Tommy John dropped my daily readjustment count from several times per hour to several times per day. Even while rock climbing, with my legs flailing all over the place. That is how convenient your life can be.

The differences are subtle, but effective; it has what I consider to be a more carefully constructed 3D front panel, for a better surround-yourself-on-all-sides fit, both in terms of greater forward protrusion, and closer side-to-side containment, especially up at the top. Uniqlo’s front pouch is more V-shaped, whereas Tommy John’s is U-shaped, and I think this is part of the reason that it more effectively forms dual side walls, rather than a single front wall. It also seems to have better leg separation, thus more effectively preventing penguin-leg syndrome. The extra-long-leg version (pictured) also prevents the legs from riding up, by going all the way down past the widest point of the thigh and tightening just below.

The only change I would make would be to eliminate the inseam gusset (which appears to be the case on their “360 Sport” version, though I haven’t tried this one yet). There’s also the occasional waistband roll, but it seems to snap back up on its own. The waist band also seems just a bit loose on me, though this can be solved by sizing down.

They have several different fabric types, such as their Second Skin, which is made of modal; it’s a luxuriously soft, highly absorbent fabric that feels amazing, but tends to lose its shape over the course of a day or two. If you’re on the fence, I would say that sizing down is better than sizing up. It might be a little too tight at first, but it won’t get overly loose by the end of the day (whereas this is less of a problem with cotton or synthetic fabrics).

The Air version is a super light, highly breathable mesh, ideal for hot weather, athletic activities, and lightweight travel. It’s not quite as smooth as other synthetic fabrics, so there’s a bit more friction against a pair of pants than you might expect, and it also picks up more lint. But it’s also a bit softer, so there’s a bit of a tradeoff for comfort. It has a couple fit changes compared to the Second Skin, such as a higher inseam, and a thinner gusset, both of which I consider objectively better anyway (although it also provides a tighter fit, so sizing down isn’t so important). They’re quite pricey––more so than anything listed here––but they’re otherwise wonderful. Here’s my super detailed review of a test sample they sent me.

If these are for you, visit Tommy John to take a look, and check Huckberry for occasional sales.

Close competitors:
  • MeUndies: Unfortunately, I wasn’t such a fan of these. Firstly, they’re very snug, which I would ordinarily prefer, but they’ve also got an inseam gusset…and since they also have a very low rise, the base seam of the front panel is really high up there…even some of the smaller guys will extend right past the front pouch, and make contact with that base seam, in which case all the 3D contouring of the front panel becomes irrelevant. It seems like they were designed to lift you up just a bit, but I’ve never found that to be very effective, as the front pouch contents will simply escape sooner or later anyway. The legs also climbed up more so than anything else listed here. Getting a larger size might help with the front panel height issue, but then it’ll fit more loosely, which comes with its own problems, so I didn’t feel like giving that a try.
  • Comfortable Club “Bliss” Boxer Briefs: These appear to be identical to Tommy John, and it took a while to figure out what was going on here…but I think what’s happening is that the leg separation isn’t quite as sufficient, so the legs can pull each other out of place more easily. The waistband also rolls down quite a bit. The legs did a good job staying in place, but I’d like to see the other problems solved, along with the banishing of the inseam gusset.
  • Calvin Klein: They make quite a few different options, and I haven’t tried them all, but the one I tried (the modal one) had an extremely short front pouch whose base seam was way too high, meaning all the 3D contouring of the front panel was completely pointless. Into the garbage they went.

3) Mack Weldon

Mack Weldon Boxer Briefs
Mack Weldon 18 Hour Jersey Boxer Briefs

There seems to be a bit of a love/hate relationship with these among the internet commentators that I’ve seen, but I’m going to come down on the side of being mostly positive. There’s a lot to like here; the 3D front panel is the most obvious design feature to appreciate (noticeably better than Uniqlo, I would say), and their waistband does a great job of not rolling down.

What really sets them apart, however, is how they’ve sewn an elastic band right into the leg hem. This does an amazingly good job of holding the legs in place, just as effectively as any other method I’ve seen, and I actually like the mid-thigh leg length a little better, just aesthetically, than the super-long-leg version of certain other brands. The legs don’t move up, no matter how much I stand up or sit down throughout the day. It’s wonderful.

I did run into a couple problems, however; firstly, there’s more ride-up in back than most of their competitors, and I felt the need to readjust for this reason, more so than with other brands. This problem mostly went away after washing and drying them, however, so I’m willing to give it a pass, and sizing down might be even more helpful. The leg bands also do such a nice job of staying in place that if you pull them down and rotate them inward in front, they’ll do a better job preventing this problem than regular legs would.

The second problem is simply that they have an inseam gusset, which I would like to see eliminated. They build the gusset out of a meshy fabric for extra breathability, but I think gussets create more problems than they solve, so I’d get rid of it altogether.

I also only liked their “18 Hour Jersey” fabric; this is a half & half blend of modal and cotton, which gives you a somewhat luxurious feel, but without the expansion problems you’d run into with pure modal, which tends to lose its shape over the course of the day. It also shrank in the wash enough to mostly-eliminate the ride-up-in-back problem. Their “Silver” fabric, which is mostly cotton with some synthetic fibers mixed in, didn’t shrink quite as much in the wash, so it had more significant ride-up problems in back, and the inseam height felt too low, and thus couldn’t keep everything in the front pouch the way it should. Sizing down is probably a good idea if you want to give that one a try. I also didn’t like the short-leg design of the “Airknit.” This is partly just aesthetic, but the shorter leg means those elasticized leg bands go over a slightly more sensitive part of the thigh than the exact mid-point, so it feels a little more restrictive as a result.

Still, they’re mostly good. The leg bands are the greatest strength here, and the ride-up problem in back is mostly reduced after a wash and dry cycle, and might work even better if you size down. With those caveats in mind, they work pretty well.

Check them out here.

Update: Mack Weldon has introduced a new product known as the Airknitx (yes, with that extra X on the end), which is a synthetic microfiber version of their standard boxer brief, and it is absolutely spectacular. It’s easily one of the softest, most pleasant synthetic fabrics I’ve tried, and it’s super stretchy, so it never moves out of place. It also solves the problem of riding up in back, perhaps due to the thinner, stretchier fabric. If you don’t mind a gusset, it’s probably my absolute favorite right now.

Best men’s underwear (for showers)

These are non-gusseted designs, which, as described above, work better for “showers,” AKA guys who are at full size all the time, but these options should work for anyone, really. Some of them are more spacious in front than others, though, so keep that in mind when selecting one or another.

1) Flint & Tinder

Flint and Tinder Boxer Brief
Flint and Tinder Boxer Brief

So these are kind of a showpiece for how you really don’t need to do anything special to make men’s underwear fit correctly. Just build a 3D front panel, skip the inseam gusset, add a waistband that won’t roll down, keep the legs fairly separated, and figure out a way to keep the legs from climbing up. In Flint & Tinder’s case, they folded the leg hem twice, instead of just once, thereby creating a triple layer of fabric instead of a double layer, thus increasing resistance by 50%. And it works, keeping the legs in place quite nicely.

They’re actually so downright ordinary that you might not expect anything special from them, but that’s kind of my point here. This is how easy it is to do it right, with no complex trigonometry or crazy panel layouts required.

A couple minor issues; first of all, the front pouch is big. Really big. If that sounds like a bonus, then great. But if you’re a little on the smaller side, sizing down will do a better job in terms of surround-yourself-on-all-sides immobilization (and I prefer the snugger overall fit provided by a smaller size anyway, as they’re a bit on the larger side). The waistband is also really plush on the inside, and will pick up more lint than most others. But that’s about it.

They’re currently only available in cotton, so it might be nice to see a luxury version made of modal, or something like that. A synthetic version would be useful as well, not only for athletic activities, but also to provide a smoother surface, so pant legs don’t shift them around like they do against high-friction cotton. But the brand is committed entirely to Made-in-USA production, and I don’t know the details of fabric sourcing and so on, so I don’t know if this’ll happen anytime soon.

They’re available exclusively through Huckberry.

2) Ex Officio Sport Mesh Boxer Brief

Ex Officio Sport Mesh Boxer Brief
Ex Officio Sport Mesh Boxer Brief

This is Ex Officio’s redemptive saving grace, much like Season 2 of Parks & Rec. It solves every single one of the silly problems of their flagship Give-N-Go Boxer Brief, which I consider literal garbage for how wrong it is. I’ve bad-mouthed Ex Officio plenty over the years, and I’m glad to see them finally offering an alternative that fully deserves the lofty reputation which the original simply does not.

The front panel is finally 3D, and closely fitted on either side, thus more effectively creating dual side walls, instead of a flat front wall. In fact, it has some of the closest containment of any option I’ve found, so if you want close-fitting immobilization first and foremost, these should be up at the top of your list. The top of the inseam is also much higher, further containing everything in the front pouch, while also preventing penguin-leg nonsense which would shift everything out of place. The fully synthetic fabric is also super stretchy, light, thin, soft, breathable, and comfortable. It doesn’t seem quite as durable, however, so keep it away from velcro.

The only real problem I have with this one is how the front panel extends past the exact midpoint, continuing just a few inches upward in back, where the seam can ride up and into the crevasse back there. It’s also a T-shaped intersection, rather than a simple horizontal seam, because it’s where the vertical center seam of the front panel terminates, thus creating a single point, several layers of fabric thick. This really should have been placed exactly halfway between front and back, where it would have been completely out of the way.

I’ve spoken to them about this issue after trying out the test sample they sent me, so I hope they move it down at some point…but in the meantime, you’ll be adjusting the legs a bit more often as a result (which don’t have anything special to keep them in place, unless you get the 9″ inseam version). But that’s the only design issue I have with these. They’re so vastly superior to the original that you’ll be embarrassed you ever enjoyed them. Like being a Lord of the Rings fan after watching Game of Thrones.

They come in 3″, 6″, and 9″ inseam lengths, but I would stay away from the 3″ version. Legs that short just snap upwards to form briefs immediately. Also, stick with whichever size you were getting in Ex Officio before (which should be a size down from most other brands). It’ll provide a much closer fit, but not uncomfortably so.

Get ’em here.

Close competitors:
  • Under Armour Boxer Jock: I actually tried this one at some point, and haaaaated it…but it’s been so long that it’s hard for me to describe the problems in detail, but it would involve the phrase “horribly uncomfortable chafing” at every stage of the game. I think this was a fabric problem in addition to a fit problem, and I don’t know if they’ve updated them since then, but I’m not inclined to give them another try.
  • Arcteryx Phase SL Boxer: The fit on this one is excellent…except for the fact that the front pouch is very small, and the fabric isn’t particularly stretchy. This means it works only for guys who don’t need much room up front, especially since they pointlessly moved the bottom seam of the front pouch upward in front, shrinking the height of the front panel and making them completely unusable for larger guys. As the fabric isn’t particularly stretchy either, you’ll feel some restriction here and there throughout the day. It’s also not particularly soft, feeling more plasticky than anything else listed here. I hope they fix these issues, as they’d have a real winner here otherwise.

3) Saxx

Saxx 24-7 Boxer Brief
The Saxx 24-7 Boxer Brief

Despite what you may be thinking, this is in fact not the most innuendo-heavy men’s underwear title out there. But it sure comes close.

Saxx’s claim to fame is the “Ballpark” pouch, which adds a pair of mesh panels to the inside of the front pouch, guaranteeing that nothing can escape into the leg panels at all (see the diagram below)…but despite its popularity, I actually don’t think this is the strongest design feature. Considering how well some of the above options manage the immobilization challenge without those extra panels, it’s pretty clear that they’re not really necessary. They still need a 3D front panel, good leg separation, a high inseam, and no inseam gusset. And that’s exactly what they’ve got.

A couple things to notice; firstly, it appears as though they have a flat seam going right down the middle of the front panel, which wouldn’t be comfortable…but the front panel is a double-layer of fabric, and the inner layer has a non-flat seam, with the seam facing outward, so it can’t be felt at all. Secondly, it appears they have an inseam gusset, but they’ve actually built the front panel to extend all the way to the back seam of the inseam gusset, thus eliminating what would have been the front seam of the inseam gusset entirely, giving you an extra few inches of clearance before you’d hit that back seam, which is basically impossible. You’re going to stay in that front pouch no matter what happens, with no seam contact whatsoever.

I would, however, recommend going a size down, as they seem to be quite oversized. I much prefer a snug, body-hugging fit, and because that front pouch is more spacious than just about anything else listed here (with the exception of Flint & Tinder), I think you’ll be fine going a size down, even if you need extra room in front (except maybe with cotton, which is more likely to shrink in the wash than over-expand from being worn). Going a size down will also help the legs stay in place, which don’t have anything special to keep them from moving around…but somehow they worked out mostly fine for me, partly because I was also using one of their synthetic fabric versions.

Their catalog has way too many options, though. They have so many different fabric, fit, and color choices that it’s hard to know where to begin…but it’s easy enough narrowing things down once you know what’s going on.

If you visit their Everyday page, you’ll see all the casual/natural fabric options, such as cotton, viscose, and modal, along with a description for each, as well as a cotton/viscose blend (called the Ultra Tri-Blend), which should give you some of the comfort of viscose, but without loosening up quite as much over the course of a day as pure viscose would. The one option that’s out of place is the Fuse, which is made of polyester, and I don’t know why it’s on this page.

If you head over to their Performance page, you’ll see all the synthetic options (with the exception of the Fuse), along with a description for each, and also a merino wool option called the Black Sheep, which is good, but loosens up too quickly for me to love. I also tried the Quest 2.0, which was the most normal-looking of the synthetic options they have available, and is super light, meshy, breathable, quick drying, and great for anything athletic or travel-related (though it’s not a compression fit, so look elsewhere if that’s what you need).

Close competitors:

Saxx competes directly with two other brands that offer an incredibly similar immobilization strategy; MyPakage, and 2undr. But Saxx’s immobilization panels are dual vertical walls, while the others form a single, U-shaped panel in front:

Saxx vs MyPakage vs 2undr

They all accomplish the same thing…but I think Saxx does it better. The base of those U-shaped panels can dig upward into very sensitive parts of your body, with one reviewer describing it as an upside-down guillotine…whereas Saxx’s strategy of having two entirely separate panels eliminates this problem completely. The difference is especially noticeable when sitting down, when the guillotine is most likely to cut upward.

If you look closely, you’ll also notice that both MyPakage and 2undr have an inseam gusset, and they connect the base of the U-shaped panel directly into the front seam, which is part of the reason the upside-down guillotine effect is so invasive. If they can’t copy Saxx’s dual sidewall strategy for copyright reasons or something, I think they should switch the U-shaped panel to anchor into the back seam of the inseam gusset (and eliminate the front seam altogether), which would relocate the upside-down guillotine a couple inches further out of the way, which I expect would eliminate the problem entirely. Or they could get rid of the inseam gusset altogether, and place a single seam across the middle, and anchor the U-panel right there.

I did give MyPakage a try, and also ran into some ride-up problems with them (about the same as Mack Weldon, but more so than Tommy John, despite the similar fabric). The modal version is also susceptible to expansion over the course of the day, which would usually lead me to recommend sizing down (especially since the front pouch is quite spacious, and the fit is just a bit large overall), but I would imagine this would make the U-shaped front panel even more restrictive, so I wasn’t too excited about trying this out (their synthetic “Action” series wouldn’t over-expand though, so they might work). I haven’t given 2undr a try, but I’m a little reluctant, considering the design similarities they share with MyPakage.

So which is the best men’s underwear?

I would hesitate to pick a single favorite, and part of my goal with this article is to help readers understand why something might work, especially if they run into something new, which they’ve never seen before…but if I had to pick just one, I think I’d go with Saxx. The non-gusseted construction will fit any guy, large or small, and the 3D front panel and high inseam keep everything nicely contained where it’s supposed to be. The wide range of fabric options and color choices means you’ll be able to find whatever you want, whether it’s casual or athletic. You should probably go a whole size down, but I think it’ll work out quite nicely if you do. And again, it’s not those extra panel inserts that do the job…it’s the rest of it being designed correctly that does most of the work. The only thing to think about is how the legs don’t have anything special to keep them from moving up, unless you look at one of their long-leg options. They should probably steal Mack Weldon’s elastic leg band idea. But they seem to work well enough for me, especially if you size down, and go with a synthetic fabric.

Well, that should just about do it. I’ve been at this for a decade or so, and I hope this’ll help you find something that works, with far fewer $30 mistakes than I had to endure over the years.

So go forth and be comfy, and do whatever it is you’d rather spend your time on than readjusting every two minutes. The world needs your talents. And for that, you deserve comfort.

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71 Comments on “The best men’s underwear for every guy out there”

  1. Your post — and the research and hard-earned experiences that went into its composition — are a great gift for the “holiday season”!

    A few possible criteria that I didn’t see here, but that I know has come up in the comments sections of some of your earlier brief-related briefings, is, let’s say, inaccurately, non-monetary costs. The particular expenses (or considerations) are related to how these different items are made, by whom, and under what conditions. To put it more simply: which of these does best not just in the ways you’ve evaluated here, but ALSO by, e.g., being “sourced” and produced in the ways that are least damaging and degrading to people and to “the” environment? Would including those criteria alter any of your rankings here?

    1. So I try to follow along with environmentally fabrics to a certain degree, but it’s difficult for most consumers to keep track of everything. It’s easier, for example, to just buy from Patagonia, or some other company that’s committed to environmental concerns, and then you know that whatever you get from them is going to be great. On the downside, if it doesn’t fit right, it just goes in the trash, which is why I focused on finding things that you’ll keep as long as possible.

      That said, some of the better fabrics for the environment are things like Tencel, organic cotton, and maybe recycled polyester. Wool of any kind is obviously natural and probably fine, although I expect plant sources will generally beat animal sources in this regard. But regular cotton is just awful for the environment. It uses up something like 1% of the world’s land, and 25% of its pesticides. Bleh. But again, just buying fewer things is a great start, so I think buying something that fits perfectly is better than buying super-sustainable hemp that doesn’t fit right, and underwear in particular requires a precision fit. Buying hemp t-shirts is a lot easier, for example, whereas I think with underwear, a good fit is still a win-win.

    1. Haven’t seen it yet, although I’ve heard production changed at some point and people starting noticing more pilling. But everything on this list is going to pill pretty badly, especially if you’re wearing jeans or something like that. This is why I like synthetic, because it’s usually longer-lasting, although not always. Still, a super-durable pair of underwear that I never use and eventually throw out is less durable than an amazing one that I use all the time, but doesn’t last quite as long as another might with equal amounts of use.

    1. I have seen some pretty impressive tweets lately, but I’ll be happy to accept your nomination on behalf of comedic artisans everywhere.

  2. Love this article. You mention that you gravitate toward synthetic materials for your everyday underwear–any particular ones? Is there a difference between the nylons and the polyesters or something else?

    Also: thoughts on socks?

    1. I am settling more and more comfortably into the Saxx, specifically the Quest 2.0. I haven’t tried all their synthetic options, but they’re great. Light, breathable, comfortable, washable, etc etc. As for nylon vs polyester, there are so many variations of each type that I don’t think it matters so much. I’ve never been able to tell a difference between underwear made of one type or the other.

      As for socks, go with wool (explained here). The reason is that if you’re wearing shoes, the sweat coming from your feet has nowhere to go, so it needs absorbency (and odor protection) more than it needs quick-drying properties, although wool has some of that too. I literally threw out all my other socks as soon as I tried merino socks for the first time. There’s nothing even remotely comparable that I know of. You might be able to accomplish something similar with a rayon/polyester blend, so you get absorbency and quick drying times, but there are so many wool options out there that it’s not much of an issue. I like to get two pairs of thin socks for hot weather, and two pairs of slightly thicker, cushioned socks for cold weather use.

  3. Excellent! This is very much appreciated! I was planning to do my own search for the worlds best underwear, in similar meticulous technical detail, but you have saved me much time (and $). I will be getting a few different options based on your research, but came across this pair of boxer briefs on Amazon and was wondering your thoughts on these interesting (dare I say innovative) undies… Google or Amazon search for…

    David Archy Separate Pouches Trunks

    Almost two thousand glowing reviews, I’m curious and will be getting a pack for my review with your listed options…

    Thanks again!

    1. I came across them, but sometimes I think things look a little too gimmicky to be a good idea…but it looks like plenty of people feel otherwise. The problem for most guys is usually that the front pouch contents stick to a leg, but it’s not really such a big deal if the front pouch contents stick to themselves, so I didn’t get too worried about that. I didn’t think the separate pouch of MyPakage was all that important, so going a step further with this other method didn’t seem that important. Let me know how it works out, though.

  4. I’m surprised you completely dismissed briefs as dorky. Maybe some whitey tighties match that description but there are plenty of more stylish options. Their advantage is that there is no superfluous material. Less bulk and coverage is a real plus in hot weather – why do I want my upper thighs wrapped in an extra layer?

    My vote for the best underwear goes to Icebreaker’s merino wool briefs. They provide 100% containment and are so light, breathy and comfortable. Also wool’s natural odour resistance is a plus. Just like your experience with socks, I ceased to use my old cotton underwear once I tried merino.

    1. I agree it’s just a personal preference thing rather than any kind of performance advantage, but I guess I’m guilty of giving in to society’s fashion whims in thinking boxer briefs look a lot cooler.

  5. Great Article.
    You turned me onto the Airisms a while ago and that has been all I wear, I really love them. However, they are not producing the variety they use to anymore.

    Now I just ordered 4 pairs of different SAXX and looking forward to them – perhaps they will replace my airisms.

    I leave for Spain for 10 days for work, so I will give the SAXX a try and let you know.

    Thanks again.

    1. Saxx are replacing my Airisms. I still like the Airisms, and I won’t throw them out, but I think that if they get damaged or lost, I’ll gradually get more and more from Saxx until they take over the whole drawer.

  6. Am I the only other one who loves briefs? For real active things – eg biking – boxer briefs suck. Briefs are awesome!! Its a shame there are so few of them out there compared to boxer briefs. I also think it has some weird thing to do with masculinity and the pearl-clutching fear of homosexuality. Briefs seem to make men think certain stereotypes, whereas another few inches of chinese-child-sewn fabric doesn’t. I’ll never understand the patriarchy – I love my briefs!

    1. By all means, don’t follow the dictates of fashion whims if you don’t want to. Briefs definitely work better, but I guess I’m a little too Victorian in my sensibilities, and prefer some extra coverage if I have to change in front of some random hostel stranger.

  7. Dear Snarky Nomad,

    I follow your gear reviews with great interest, particularly the underwear and pants ones, as those are for me the most difficult to resolve successfully.

    Your latest epic on underwear I also enjoyed thoroughly.

    I have personally tried icebreaker boxers, mypackage, 2under, uniqlo airisms, and probably some others, but there is one, above all, that wins on comfort, dry time, no-ride-up, and price.

    For me, the world’s best underwear: David Archy’s. Not the separate pouches model, though I’d try them, but just the basic 3d front pouch edition. I have both the mesh and non-mesh versions. They’ve been with me abroad for a month now, and the dry time is the same. I prefer the comfort of the non-mesh and the unbranded look of the mesh but I guess we can’t have it all.

    * https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G6H9BTQ
    * https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01COST9RU

    Don’t miss this product, it’s fantastic, cheap, fast drying, gusset-free, and well pouched.

    Best,

    Eric

    1. Thanks for the tip. I nearly ordered some of their other options for the sake of this review, so I’ll probably take a look at them at some point. Glad to hear you enjoyed reading this, too. I was pretty proud.

  8. Thanks so much for your article. I was in the process of moving from briefs to boxer briefs and I was getting very frustrated. I had already spent lots of money and was not happy with any of the purchases. Unfortunately, unlike a bad shirt, you cannot return bad underwear.

    Just received my initial order from Flint and Tinder and I am very pleased. I am still waiting for the SAXX order to arrive. Your article was so detailed and explained why the vast bulk of what I had already bought did not work.

    Thanks again!

    1. Thanks! I was definitely very proud of this one, and it’s been simmering on the brain for maybe a decade. I hope visitors leave comments about some that have worked that I haven’t tried yet, and hopefully we’ll all be a little more comfortable as a result.

      1. I wanted to give you an update. My favorite really did end up being the Flint and Tinder product. I had intended to buy several pair each month (so as not to break the bank), so I started in January. When I got ready to place the March order, there simply was not any stock left at Huckberry. It seems that there were no mediums or larges left except in the army green color. There used to be a lot of colors (navy, black, gray, red, etc.). I sent an inquiry to the customer service department about whether or not they were going to be re-stocking the supply of Flint and Tinder underwear. I received a kind of stock reply about their marketing model. Flint and Tinder was acquired by Huckberry in February, 2016. I’m wondering if they may want to stop making the underwear.

        Since I hadn’t finished my end goal, I tried another underwear on your list and I am very happy with it. I tried Tommy John.

        If you get a chance, could you snoop around and see if you can find out what the future holds for Flint and Tinder? It really was a great product. Who knows, maybe in a month they will start producing again.

        Thanks again for your article. Excellent research and well presented.

        1. They just restocked the jeans, so I’m hoping that means the brand will stick around. It’s a good business idea to have your own in-house products, as you can just make more money that way, and it’s a good image for a company to focus on quality and local production and so on, so I don’t see why they’d be getting rid of it. I’m guessing it’s just a matter of local production being small-scale, so maybe they can’t do massive orders the way you could with a massive Chinese factory, though I’m just speculating.

  9. Bit surprised that you didnt mention any merino underwear as I was under the impression that merino was the best with regard to travel, comfort etc. Am I missing something?

    1. I’m working on it. I DESPISE 90% of the designs from major brands, which is why I didn’t bother talking about them here, but some of the up-and-coming tiny companies are putting forth some stellar efforts. Yathletics and Unbound sent me test samples, and they’re really impressing me so far. Triple Aught Design looks like it’ll work too. The Saxx Black Sheep is good, but looser than I’d like, but it might work for some people. I’m going to try some of the options from Woolly and Woolx, but the reviews don’t look promising. Smartwool has a flat front panel, and Icebreaker has the legs really close together and gets awful reviews. It might take me a while to finish up a real review, but I’m positive these comments won’t change much by the time I finish it.

      1. I am using the woolrich merinos i would not recommend them. The first time they were ok but not great they get worse overtime. I took his advice and got the airism and i agree they are better. They dry faster but not by much and there lighter. I have not encountered any smell i may try the merinos the next time but for now the airisms will be replacing the merino

        1. At $10 each, the low rise Airism is just pure gold. It’s hard to recommend anything else. If they made a long-leg version, I’d probably buy a dozen of them and be fine with just those for a long, long time. Go a size bigger than normal with the low rise version, though. But I find them better than the regular style.

  10. I enjoyed reading your post. I too have spent lots of money looking for the prefect underwear.

    Saxx has never fit me though. They always rides up my butt. I’ve tried small and medium and they both do it. I think they try to be more stylish then practical. I don’t like the low rise. They seem to want to sit below my hips. I think for some people that fit might be perfect but not for me.

    The ex officio give and go boxer brief NEVER rides up my butt. The high rise allows you to place the waistband wherever if feels best on you. The lack of a pouch is not a problem. In practice the front material bunches up and cradles just fine.

    Tommy John is very good as well. No butt wedgies. The price though bothers me and I’m not sure they are worth what they cost. I bought some Airism based on your post and waiting for the delivery. We will see. I am always looking for better. ::sigh::

    Do you sleep in your underwear as well? Erections always cause me problems. I find myself using the “pee hole” more often then not. This is were ex offiocio is bad. The hole there is too tight and can cause chaffing if using it all night like I do. I’m hoping the Airism might be better here. Anyway, TMI.

    Thank you for your post.

    1. There’s certainly a lot of personal preference involved here. I noticed that the Saxx Quest 2.0 doesn’t have nearly as much of a problem invading in back as the Black Sheep. Maybe their “modern fit” options would work better, since they’re slimmer through the hip area.

      And yeah, I sleep with them, and just…deal with whatever consequences.

      1. That is perhaps a continental divide! Sleeping in daytime underwear!
        In Europe, I have never heard of the practice among men, and I would be most offended if my wife were to turn up for lights out in a bra and panties.
        Your bits are upholstered all day, and after your shower it is only right and proper that they be released and aired, to enable their design function – remaining a few degrees cooler than the rest of your body – to be fulfilled.
        This is a whole different argument and per haps requires a carefully worded survey.
        ‘Free the Testicle Two’

  11. As per my usual luck, I only saw this article today, 2 weeks after I had ordered some undies. I’ve had good experience with Ex Officio Sport Mesh Boxer Briefs and after 5 years, I’ve had 1-2 become stretched out (my fat gain) so got 1 to replace it. Also got a couple of Columbia ones, just to try out. Will receive in 1-2 weeks so fingers crossed it fits nicely.

    Thanks for your detailed essay. Worth reading for the recommendations alone.

    I have other criteria for choosing- avoiding chaffing on upper thighs after hiking/walking, quick drying for daily washing during travelling.

    1. Yes, the thigh chafing issue is part of the reason I don’t like short-leg trunk styles. It’s especially noticeable when wearing jeans with thick seams along the inner thigh. They’re like sandpaper on a hot day.

  12. Even more comprehensive and structured than the previous blog, on which I commented as a Uniqlo Airism fan. While I have invested in 12 sets of those (when I saw a half- price offer), like you, I am constantly alert for the Next Best Thing, and of course, having shown my hand, Google targets me with shredder ads.
    This one popped up, and seems to appreciate the science and has a tempting guarantee. Of course , US wearers are favoured, and I live in Portugal, so would be interested in an independent review, before I risk the chance of extra import duty.
    https://www.mackweldon.com/c/reallycomfortableunderwear?utm_source=getpocket&utm_campaign=ph317&utm_medium=native&utm_content=pocket317

    1. I like the Mack Weldon fit better than the standard Airisms, but I like the low rise Airism (if you go a size too big) better than the Mack Weldon. I wish the low rise Airisms had longer legs, though, but that’s why I like the Saxx Quest 2.0 best of all for right now.

  13. I’ve just got back from 53 weeks backpacking and only had 5 pairs of underwear. The 2undr swingshift, 2undr gearshift, icebreaker anatomica, under armour boxer brief and under armour compression. Of those the 2undr swingshift was miles ahead of the others, it was absolutely far and away the best pair of underwear I’ve worn, so much so that I plan to pretty much throw out every pair that I left at home and replace it with 2undr. I had the 3″ but I’m going to try some 6″ as well. The gearshift is just as comfortable but the material lends itself more to being active than wearing at home or in the office.

    I highly recommend you give it a go, especially now that they have some more exciting colours for this year. I am going to give the Saxx a go as well just to see how they stack up, but I’m a bit bummed I can’t get the Platinums in the UK, only really the Vibes which appear to be not as comfy as the rest of the range.

    At the other end of the spectrum the Icebreaker Anatomica is the worst designed and fitting pair of underwear I’ve ever had…

    1. Glad it worked for you. I hadn’t given it a try, and I normally don’t like to get overconfident with anything I haven’t tried, but still wanted to give it a mention and describe my apprehensions with it, but maybe I’ll pick one up at some point. And your description of the Anatomica is the reason I haven’t tried that. The reviews on their site agree with you.

      Try an international store, like eBay, and you’ll be able to buy anything from anywhere. I think the Vibe is just about is good though. Viscose and modal can be pretty similar, and the Vibes I’ve handled in stores were pretty darn soft.

  14. Adding some follow-up on Uniqlo’s low-rise supima cotton boxer briefs. Again, your analysis is spot-on. For front containment, compared to the regular rise version, the low-rise version is spot-on perfect. There is no chafing and they actually used two layers of fabric so, in front so there’s some protection against -er- dribble spots. Very very comfortable upfront –i even don’t mind the leg creep as much. However, the huge problem that just kills this product is the stupid gusset.The rear seams causes the material to bunch up into the crack and all day-long there’s that annoyance.
    Anyhoos, many thanks for this very helpful analysis of underpants. :)

    1. That’s why I like the longer legs, with a leg-containment mechanism of some sort to keep it in place. But, of course, getting rid of that gusset would make it even better.

  15. I’ve been looking for boxers with a containment pouch for years now! But never found anything. Must have used the wrong search words…. :-/

    But Now I’ve finally found this post. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    In general I’m very happy with Merino wool.

    All of the above looks amazing, but does anyone now, if something similar, but made in merino wool exists at all?!?!?

    I found this at Mypackage.com:
    http://www.mypakage.com/product/mypakage-technology/#premium-merino-wool

    But when I go to shop, the boxers aren’t available…. anyone knows why?

      1. Saxx had them actually.

        I love the idea, but the two seperated panels, sadly doesn’t do it’s job to my satisfaction. Everything isn’t kept in place, and do wonder off…..

        Have ordered a pair of 2undr, even though the upside-down guillotine sounds scary. I’m taking my chances…

  16. Hey guys,
    I have a big boxer brief problem that is driving me crazy, which is driving my wife mad! I have spent so much on so many brands of boxer briefs, both in regular and long length and am looking for your help. There are several recommended brands I’ve seen posted on here and, being I am OCD on boxer briefs and constantly thinking about what I’m wearing to the point that it’s exhausting me, could you all give me a suggestion on what couple of pairs to try?! I live in China and will be going home to the U.S. in the summer, which is when I usually get a few pairs on amazon. I have never tried trunks, and mostly wear midway briefs, but, WHAT boxer brief brand and length do you guys suggest that would allow me to not think about what I’m wearing all the time and be super comfortable all day, no matter the temperature? I’ve been wearing exofficio, adidas, jockey, obviously naked, and champion. I’ve liked the champion the most, and the exofficios are nice, but they don’t have a lot of support. I really could use some help on my problem and this seems to be THE perfect place to ask this question!

    1. Definitely try some of these if you can. Different people will have slightly different experiences, but I enjoy all of them.

        1. I go rock climbing once in a while, and I’ve done Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts before. I try to do some workouts in these sometimes to get a good idea of what they’d be like under those conditions, and the super-stretchy ones tend to work best for that, as they don’t ride up nearly as much. Saxx Quest 2.0 and Tommy John Air are especially good for that, although short-leg trunk styles also work, as they can’t move up at all.

  17. Over the past two months I have purchased and worn 10 different brands of boxer briefs. Lately, I have been trying to understand why Snarky thinks Uniqlo are the best underwear and I think they are the most uncomfortable of the ten I have tried. I think the answer lies in Snarky’s post. Uniqlo have a large gusset which puts the pouch high up the front. If you are young and have tight, high equipment, Uniqlo may be very comfortable. If you are over 50, like me, and gravity has caused things to drop, a gusseted design like Uniqlo (or Tommy John Cool Cotton) is probably not going to work for you. Terra Cotton Classics may be a better option. Terra Cotton Classics and Uniqlo are like faternal twins. They are priced the same, sized the same, have essentially the same leg length, and both are fabricated from cotton. The difference is that Terras don’t have a gusset so the pouch extends to the bottom, center. Unfortunately, Terra does not offer underwear for men with 31, 35, 39, 43, 47, and 51” waists. My favorite boxer brief is the Everyday, cotton, SAXX 24-Sevens with a fly front (a no gusset design). They have 2 panels that form a trough from the waist band to the bottom seam that you naturally drop in and stay in. For those who like synthetics, Duluth has a new line called Bullpens that are similar to the SAXX.

  18. Hey guys,
    I’m still searching for which boxer briefs to buy. I just saw Eric Millers david archies and those look enticing. I have the same problem as Larry: I’m 35 and have low hangers, at least during the summer months, and have found that every boxer brief I’ve tried, I complain about. So, I’m hoping you guys can help me out. I believe I am a “grower” as i’m always soft and am never big. I thought the exofficio’s didn’t give me enough support for some reason, and I’ve tried numerous Jockey, champion, american eagle, adidas and I have complaints about each. The Obviously naked is nice, as you put everything in their big pouch. But, I’m still getting ready to make another purchase. I have the exofficio sport mesh, champion smart temps, champion performance tech’s (which have a 3d panel that seems to work well), but am now debating whether I should try the Sax 24-7, the david archies, the flint and tinder or what….
    I live in china and tried the supima cotton, but they crunched everything….maybe their sizing is different here and i am pretty sure they were the trunks, not the boxer briefs.
    Being that I hang low and riding up spikes my OCD, can you guys recommend which 2 or 3 I should buy/try? I come back home to the states every 6 months, so I have one shot to buy for the next 6 months here in China. I’m really hoping for some good suggestions, as this has become a huge problem/deal for me and I’m driving myself (and wife!) crazy!
    Please let me know what you guys think!!!

    1. The Saxx and the Flint & Tinder have some of the roomiest front pouches on the list. Saxx has some ride-up issues in certain fabrics (which is why I prefer the “modern fit” options and also going down a size). The long-legged versions can help quite a bit with that, though. Hopefully that helps…but hopefully other people will chime in too.

      1. Wait, I thought the trunks ride up?! The trunk versions stay in place better than normal boxer briefs? And what do you mean by modern fit? I was gonna try the 24-7 saxx first, but wanted an opinion on the best ones to try out first. Also, any opinions on what’s better between exofficio sport mesh and Duluths bullpen? And, for hot weather and sweating a lot, would the exofficio or David Archie’s do well? This forum rocks! I’m so happy snarky here cares and created this!! A huge thanks!

        1. So when people say “trunks” they usually mean really short-legged boxer briefs; in some cases, the legs are so short that they can’t really go anywhere. Sometimes they’re even made of the same material as the waistband, so they can’t fold up on themselves like regular fabric. But it depends. For some reason (probably because the fabric has some structure) the Uniqlo Airism Low Rise, even though it has short legs, doesn’t move around much on me. I like the overall fit better than their regular Airisms.

          Saxx has regular fit, modern fit (which is slim), plus a compression fit, and so on. I think the ones that say modern fit are probably a good idea, especially since they often use either really stretchy fabrics, or rayon (such as modal), which can loosen up quite a bit, so a tighter fit is probably a good idea.

          I’m not sure about Duluth vs. Ex Officio, but that particular model of the Duluth looks like it’s doing everything right. The 3-D front panel articulation is better than their flat-panel version, I’d expect. For extremely hot weather, I think synthetic is probably a good idea…especially for long days spent outside. Natural fabrics will eventually become oversaturated, with some exceptions, like merino and maybe Tencel, but I think the David Archy uses modal. Modal will feel great, and if you’re in hot weather for shorter periods (walking around before going back inside) then it’s not so bad, but a continuous 13 hour day of being out in the sun will probably leave it soaking.

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