- Aug 19, 2009 at 3:38 pm #1238687Chad Miller
@chadnscLocale: Duluth, Minnesota
Yup I'm starting a thread to ask about underwear.
I normally wear Icebreaker boxer briefs but have found them to simply be too warm and not able to dry fast enough. Anyone have some recommendations for some fast drying lightweight skivvies to keep the boys and me cool,dry and free of chafing durring summer hikes?Aug 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm #1521902Chris WBPL Member
Skurka loves his GoLite Stride shorts. Pretty sure Ryan J. likes them too. I just ordered myself a pair to try out.Aug 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm #1521909John Whynot
@jdw01776Locale: Southeast Texas
Ibex Balance boxer short — very comfortable, but pricey.Aug 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm #1521911Chris WBPL Member
I have the Balance Runner short and have done a 5 mile run in them in the GA heat. I did get some minor chaffing but the humidity here is pretty bad.Aug 19, 2009 at 4:45 pm #1521921Anonymous
"Anyone have some recommendations for some fast drying lightweight skivvies to keep the boys and me cool,dry and free of chafing durring summer hikes?"
Patagonia Classic Boxer Briefs. Airy, fast drying, and cool surfer dude color patterns. I'm assuming you wear long pants over them, BTW. If not, disregard this post.Aug 19, 2009 at 5:09 pm #1521923
I use these as underwear. Zero chaffing.Aug 19, 2009 at 5:33 pm #1521928Rick Cheehy
Nix 'em! Get some body-glide type stuff. "The answer my friend is blowing in the wind!Aug 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm #1521933
"Clang, Clang."Aug 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm #1521939BoozerBPL Member
@anywayoutsideLocale: South East
Patagonia Active Classic Boxer – every day no matter what – work or playAug 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm #1521942
Please excuse the indelicacy of some of the remarks below:
I used to let 'em hang in the wind in my youth, but older age produced a bit of chafing and the need for some support. They don't hang as high as they used to.
I tried a bunch of briefs, boxers, and boxer briefs. The conclusion:
1. Boxers don't do a danged thing for you.
2. Briefs tend to ride up (ahem) uncomfortably.
3. Avoid cotton and silk, for the former makes you sweat and the latter (though silky smooth on the skin, you betcha), makes you stink in the very place you want to stink the least, especially when hiking with your beloved.
4. Boxer briefs are the way to go, and the Ex Officio version is, IMO, swell. They are thin, comfortable, don't ride up, and dry very quickly. Besides, my wife tells me they are tre sexy looking. (The package is, shall we say, well "framed.")
Now, I wear them everywhere, not just on BPing expeditions. What secret thrill does the aging college professor get at staid faculty meetings knowing that the boys are oh so well ensconced in Ex Officio boxer briefs?
Ah, if only I could find the words . . . ;-D
Seriously, great skivvies.
StargazerAug 19, 2009 at 6:29 pm #1521945te – waBPL Member
i have been using underarmour boxer/brief for 2 years. I purchased 2 pair and both are holding up well, each having ~ 4-500 miles on them..Aug 19, 2009 at 6:48 pm #1521952Zack KarasBPL Member
@iwillchopyouhotmail-comLocale: Lake Tahoe
I exclusively use Ex Officio's boxer briefs. I bring 2 along on thru-hikes and am still using some from 2003. They last forever and have some sort of anti-microbial thingy that I suppose makes them not smell so bad, plus they dry very fast.Aug 19, 2009 at 6:55 pm #1521954
I gotta tell you . . . Given the nature of the topic, your avatar is particularly appropriate! ;-)
StargazerAug 19, 2009 at 8:14 pm #1521975Skip BoothBPL Member
I typically wear ExOfficio Boxers and while I love how quickly they dry I still find that I chafe fairly easily. I'd love to be able to find a good solution to prevent the chafing but until I do I find myself bringing along a travel size antiperspirant just for my boys :)
I've been considering trying some merino wool boxer briefs but from the comments in this thread I'm not sure I'd have any better luck there, possibly worse given that they don't dry as quickly.Aug 19, 2009 at 8:19 pm #1521977
This thread is completely nuts…..Aug 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm #1521979
"This thread is completely nuts….."
LOLAFOTF! "Nuts" is exactly right.
Skip, the Ex Officio boxers don't do the job. It's like wearing a pair of pants under your pants. Get the boxer briefs. They provide the added anti-chafing, family-jewel-hugging characteristics.
PS. Oy. Sorry.Aug 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm #1521980Skip BoothBPL Member
Fair enough – I'll give it a try. Any opinion on how Merino performs here versus synthetics? I love how Merino doesn't carry odors but it does take a little more time to dry out.Aug 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm #1521981te – waBPL Member
Skip, I've never met a sheep i didn't like.. oh heck that's just TMI…
but yes, merino is most likely a great choice over synthetics. you may find, however that you'll need a merino/spandex/lycra blend to keep 'em tight
Oh Noes! i said "tight" and "sheep" in the same post.. im doomedAug 19, 2009 at 8:40 pm #1521982Joe ClementBPL Member
I'd rather see the odor problem of synthetics solved more than the chafing issue. That, and I'd like to get that "nicely framed" image out of my mind.Aug 19, 2009 at 9:12 pm #1521985Dan DurstonBPL Member
@dandydanLocale: Canadian Rockies
I'd like to pick up some boxer briefs that dry a lot faster than the generic cotton ones I'm using now. I was hiking 2 days ago and arrived at camp with a sweat soaked back (where my pack rests) and fairly soaked cotton boxers. My shirt was quick dry (polyester?) and in 45 min my back was dry. It was awesome. However, my boxers took most of the evening (3-4 hours to dry to a comfortable level….definately not good.
Odour and chaffing aren't huge concerns for me. I only get chaffing between my buns…and short of wearing a thong, no undies are going to prevent this….maybe some body glide will?Aug 19, 2009 at 9:52 pm #1521993Matt Lutz
I've started using some Patagonia boxer briefs – very comfortable, but take some getting used to.
Sometimes, I'll just hike in my marathon-style running shorts. Built-in briefs there.Aug 20, 2009 at 2:58 am #1522010Dean F.BPL Member
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
I have to admit that despite my hesitancey once I tried it I became a running short convert. I have had chafing problems in the past, too, but my GoLite Bajas and a touch of SportSlick have sure solved THAT problem. Something as light as the Baja can be worn under pants, as underwear. (I've done it.) I think the liner is important. I suppose that might might make lined running shorts the functional equivalent of boxer-briefs?Aug 20, 2009 at 9:11 am #1522049
"I only get chaffing between my buns…and short of wearing a thong, no undies are going to prevent this….maybe some body glide will?"
I can't believe I have an opinion on this subject. Backpacking does create some interesting concerns.
Over the years, I've found that I have slowly eliminated all powders, toothpaste, salves, body glides, deodorants, and soaps and replaced them all with a small ziploc of baking soda.
I've used it as a foot powder, deodorant, cleaning agent, toothpaste, and anti-chafing agent, especially between the gluteus maximi, where neither the sun nor the boxer briefs don't shine.
Please. Stop me before I post again.
StargazerAug 20, 2009 at 10:55 am #1522069John S.BPL Member
After the last post about the players shirts, here is their nylon underwear line…Aug 20, 2009 at 11:08 am #1522071Michael Oppegaard
@mike_oLocale: Coastal NC
Another vote for the ex officios. It is hot and humid here on the coast and nothing dries faster.
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