But the fabric itself is nearly indestructible. Thanks for the suggestion! I do still like higher cut leg though; hate that digging in feeling.
It also lacks seams that can rub in an area that really should not be chafed. Another benefit of the Tommy Johns is the wide range of sizes—from small to 4XL. However, color options are more limited compared with ExOfficio.
The company also offers free return shipping labels within 30 days for unused products. The Patagonia Active Hipster has soft reinforced openings for the legs that prevent wedgies or riding up. We also enjoyed how the underwear is seamless, reducing areas where chafing or rubbing can occur.
Some Amazon and REI reviewers complain that the fabric is thinner than on earlier models, but we found that to not be a problem. Patagonia has an even thinner model, the Barely Hipster Briefs , which we tested last year. It bunched and moved around, but the Active Hipster stayed perfectly glued in place. We noticed no loose seams or pilling issues so far, but will continue to test for durability. Patagonia has among the best return and repair policies in the industry, but does charge for a return label.
Our biggest complaint and a common one among user reviewers is the cutaway tag. It must be cut to not rip the stitching in the seam. Wool also has natural antimicrobial features that can reduce your chance of developing infections, or at least reduce odor. Merino does have its drawbacks as a travel underwear: The National Institute of Health says that one way to reduce your chances of developing vaginitis, including yeast infections, is to choose underwear made of natural fibers.
Natural fabrics often allow the transfer of air and moisture aka breathe better than synthetics like nylon. That heat and moisture confined against the skin could be a factor related to yeast infections. The problem is cotton takes a long time to dry—meaning that moist, sweaty environments will stick around for awhile, which as mentioned above are ideal environments for bacteria growth.
They wick, breathe, and have a drying time equal to or better than synthetics. Plus, the natural antimicrobial features of wool can reduce the accumulation of bacteria better than treatments in synthetics, which can wash out over time. Like our previous runner-up pick, the Ibex Balance Brief , the Smartwool underwear are made in Turkey with 72 percent merino wool, 22 percent nylon, and 6 percent Spandex. Nonetheless, this pair proved to be almost as comfortable and just durable as our top pick and previous runner-up pick.
Of the underwear we tested, the Smartwool are among the easiest to find in stores and online. We found that medium-coverage underwear stayed in place, and skimpier underwear gave wedgies over time.
Similarly, the merino pairs we tested tended to bunch up from rubbing against our pants. The Airism underwear was also quite durable and held up through several handwashing cycles with no signs of wear.
Travel gear reviewer Snarky Nomad loved them. After trying all the options, our male tester noted that the Uniqlo Airism could have been a touch more supportive in the front pouch, but liked them overall, concluding: We think this is a result of the shortened inseam leg length combined with a taller rise the distance from the crotch to the waistband , which can cause different fit issues on different body types. And although our tester did not experience this, other user reviewers report that this also leads to the boxers bunching up in the back.
He also finds that the fit is better, especially in the front pouch. In the future, we will test the low-rise option as well to compare it to the standard fit. This is a dealbreaker for a huge swath of the population. Overall, if you can find a style and size for you, the Airism for women offers the best balance of comfort, performance, and price available anywhere. However, as good as Airism underwear is, Uniqlo never seems to make enough of it to stay consistently in stock throughout the year.
The Olivers Boxer Brief was tighter in the package compared with the others. It was shorter in the legs and the waistband rolled over.
However, we liked the thicker-than-usual fabric, which was soft and smooth on the inside but mesh on the outside to reduce friction with pants. It also appears to be sold only in two-packs. Ultimately, there were better options available for the price. The Saxx Quest 2. Same for the MyPakage Action Series , which had a 3D front pouch with too much fabric to be comfortable.
Ultimately, an ill-fitting pouch leads to discomfort and creates an extra area that can fail. It also was not odor-resistant as we would have liked. In the future, we may test the MyPakage in a merino or other more odor-proof fabric.
We discovered after testing these that the bamboo-based fabric is a viscose rayon derivative, explaining why it was among the slowest to dry in drying-time tests.
It is quite packable and the least expensive of all the undies we tested except for the Uniqlo. It was also pricey for synthetics and not as odor-resistant as the others. The fit is also unlike that of our pick.
It is loose, has a too-big waistband, and everything runs a size larger than usual. Despite superior fit and comfort that would make them a good choice for everyday wear, the Stance did not wick or dry as effectively as other pairs we tested, which made them difficult to remove after sweaty workouts.
Our previous runner-up, the Ibex Balance Brief , has been dismissed from this guide as the company has announced a permanent shutdown.
Although the Ibex Balance Brief underwear stayed in place better than any pair we tested, they were harder to find in stores than most comparable options. However, we do appreciate that the Sport Mesh is available in more colors and styles than any other brand we tested. Its material dries as quickly as synthetic but has the odor-fighting benefits of wool. But this underwear lacked the stretch that keeps the wool in place.
Our testers found the Micro Bikini to have a less generous cut than the PhD brief, further contributing to ride-up. The Lululemon Mula Bandhawear were promising because they are soft, lightweight, and packable, and have rub-free seams and questionable claims about reducing visible panty lines.
But the thin fabric that makes them soft and compact also has some durability issues. We noticed yarns fraying along the seams. Though it never fully pilled, the fabric looks noticeably worn after a few washes, especially when wet. Online reviewers noted holes developing in as few as three or four wears. It was among the slowest to dry in our tests. The Patagonia Active Mesh Boy Shorts have a different ratio of nylon to spandex that feels thicker than most of the underwear we tested including the similarly named Patagonia Active Hipster.
This made them bulky and comparably difficult to pack. Add to that an unflattering fit and a tendency to ride up and we think these are a pass for most people—unless you already know boyshort styles work well for your body type. The Boody Hipster Bikini and Boyleg Briefs ran small for their sizes admittedly, a warning on their website. Francis Tapon, global nomad and author of The Hidden Europe , email interview.
While I am not a personal fan, I scoured the market for some lovely options to include here. While many of the options showcased above are plus-size friendly, I wanted to include a few additional recommendations in a variety of styles since certain items stopped at a Large or X-Large. Furthermore, many of the options here also work for people needing smaller sizes too.
Every time I find a style I love that fits beautifully, it gets discontinued. Jockey had one not high cut that is perfect for me but, yeah, discontinued.
I even fell for a slightly more expensive and not particularly well made JNY modern brief that, yes, has been discontinued.
The list is quite long, but I have to stop now as I stare into the distance, thinking fondly of those I loved and lost. I think I know exactly what style you liked, Argie!
In some ways, I think finding the right underwear can be as challenging if not more so than bras! My faves are the string bikini. Who makes your favorite pair? Preferably with a gentle banded, higher cut leg, and mid-rise.
I really hate the feel of satin and microfibre that came out the last 5 years or so. Like being wrapped in plastic. I was really shocked to love them. Nice lower rise waist too. Great for travel, very breathable, minimal lines. But I was impressed ny the brand. Alicia, I have a pair of the Jolene and love them too!
I was going to include them because that fabric is dreamy, but I had to start cutting down styles to make the post more manageable. If you like those, you have to try the Stephanie tanks from Yummie. Plus, they regulate body temperature throughout the year! Have you tried the Nici brief? I do remember your review of the Natori Bliss line, and the hi-cut briefs look just perfect reallly like the soft lace as an alternative to biting elastic, a real pet peeve ; I am a big fan of their bras, which I sister-size into.
It confounds me why so many brands do not allow for that pretty obvious scaling, i. Alicia, I would love to see Natori offer those panties in more sizes! They expanded their regular ones to go to the XL, but they have not done so yet on the French cuts. The Bliss design lends itself to sizes bigger than L I think because of the cotton and lace. Your concerns about full-bust lines not going higher in the underwear are definitely ones my customers share too.
The Jockey Elance French Cut brief. When is the last time you saw a big bust bra brand make a coordinating French cut panty? That is an excellent point about the full-bust market and hi-cut briefs, Wide Curves!
Perhaps one of the upscale lines like Prima Donna or Marie Jo? We try to do faux-matches in store if we can to give people a semi-matching set, and I know the full-bust market could really pad their bottom line by following suit. Also the horrid thick seams on the sides that were raised ridges. Seamfree was like a miracle. I do still like higher cut leg though; hate that digging in feeling. It is high waisted, cotton and spandex and works fabulously with my highwaist jeans and vintage dresses.
And I love the seamed back and gentle elastic around the legs that prevents creep. Thanks for the suggestion! Of course I also get that as soon as the elastic wears out in all of my underwear too. I finally bought a couple of pair of Gossamer panties on your recommendation. They are so very lightweight, but alas, while I am sure I am in the right size, the leg openings are a teench too big and they try to ride up.
I kind of prefer, right now, the JC Penney Ambrielle. But the search continues for true perfection. Panties really are a pain in the butt.
Since I gained weight, some of the mid-rise underwear is rolling downward. I also love the lace at the waist they are really cool. Any advice for guys that wear knickers on a day to day basis?
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