Jul 7, 2013 at 3:13 am #1305056
@hipassLocale: Los Angeles
You can buy synth underwear at Ross and whatever discount chain for 5$ or so.Since my synth baselayers stink up pretty good how do synth underwear fare???Jul 7, 2013 at 4:37 am #2003253
they tend to smell like deathJul 7, 2013 at 6:07 am #2003255
mine smell more like rotten shrimp after a week of heavy sweating.Jul 7, 2013 at 7:03 am #2003261
@rosyfinchLocale: the mountains
I rinse mine out every day and don't notice a smell…Jul 7, 2013 at 7:28 am #2003271
Ken T.BPL Member
"Since my synth baselayers stink up pretty good how do synth underwear fare???"
Why would you think there would be a difference since they're basically the same thing?
Some of the newer fabrics stink way less then that polypro stuff from the 80's Phew! I like the Patagucci boxer briefs. Overnighters, still wear cotton a lot of the time.Jul 7, 2013 at 8:19 am #2003281
Wool Wool Wool Wool.
Wool Wool. Wool!
Worth the money. Seriously. I now have a closet full of the stuff, I trust nothing more. I hike in it, I bike in it, I sleep in it, I go to the bar in it, and removal of my Smartwool long johns is a significant stage of my foreplay.Jul 7, 2013 at 8:21 am #2003283
Ken T.BPL Member
Max…..Jul 7, 2013 at 8:48 am #2003292
Philip TschersichBPL Member
@philip-akLocale: Kodiak Alaska
Arcteryx Phase SL boxer-briefs do an admirable job keeping the funk at bay. Not quite wool-level odor control, but close, and they also dry in half the time. They use silver ions in the fabric as a permanent anti microbial treatment. If you are looking at $5 undies, I'm guessing these will be out of your price range though.
I used Smartwool base layers for a few years but then went back to synth for high-output activities because I was annoyed at how slowly the wool dried.Jul 7, 2013 at 9:19 am #2003307
The ones I buy at Target do pretty well if they are washed out once in a while. They don't hold the stink like some older poly tops used to.
Carry a little baking soda – works great for a number of de-stinking projects.Jul 7, 2013 at 9:23 am #2003310
ExOfficio Give 'n Go Boxer Briefs!
I wear nothing else, day in, day out. After I bought my first 2 pair for hiking, I ended up replacing every pair of drawers I owned. after 3 years of being washed every week, those original 2 pair look exactly like the newest pair I own.
One pair, without daily rinsing, is good for 4-5 days on the trail. No stink. I stink…but the drawers do not. If you rinse each day, I doubt you'd ever need more than one pair on a trip no matter the duration. Can usually be found on sale for ~$17. Give them a try.
Also will give a shout out to wool (I've only experience with Smartwool), although has previously mentioned, they dry rather more slowly that the EOs, and generally do not last as long.Jul 7, 2013 at 9:35 am #2003314
Here ThereBPL Member
"ExOfficio Give 'n Go Boxer Briefs"
Similar story for me, I started with one pair for hiking and use them almost exclusively now. I have a couple of pairs of cotton ones that I still like, and on overnights I usually just go out with whatever I happen to be wearing that day. For longer trips though the EO's are perfect.Jul 7, 2013 at 9:37 am #2003315
If five dollars is your price point, they'll be fine, as long as you take the time to wash them out every day. Otherwise, they'll get pretty nasty pretty fast.
Wool doesn't have the odor problem but they are very pricey, and, in my experience, don't last too long. If you are a value shopper, I think you can rule these out.
My choice these days is a pair of Polarmax transdry cotton boxer briefs. Half of the fibers are given a hydrophobic treatment so the fabric wicks your sweat pretty well but not as well as a good pair of synth like my Ex Offico. A big plus is that they are very comfortable against your skin and like wool, they don't stink. At $30, they are not exactly cheap, but still less expensive than wool, and a lot more durable.Jul 7, 2013 at 10:00 am #2003322
@rosyfinchLocale: the mountains
all underwear stinks if you don't wash them out… all
it's basic hygiene: wash you crotch and you undies daily…
then you and your undies won't stink…
this is not rocket science, guys…
bJul 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm #2003381
Well…Jeez…never really thought that needed to be discussed explicitly :)
Uh, yeah, gots to wash your boys daily.
No drawers are going to stand up to multiple days of neglect down there. That's why you pack a couple of baby wipes per day, right? Let's be honest, there's only so much one can expect from a pair of drawers.Jul 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm #2003386
We shall now all proceed to thread discussing the best way to wash your, um, boys.Jul 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm #2003392
I did mention baby wipes, right?
Plus I really think anyone interested in that discussion should start a new thread so the rest of us can ignore it :)Jul 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm #2003407
If you leave them at home in your backpacking chifferobe, they will smell as fresh as a daisy.
5" Patagonia Baggies with the mesh cut out provide pleasant ventilation.Jul 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm #2003439
Thanks for sharing, Nick. As our friend, Cosmo Kramer discovered, commando is always an option.Jul 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm #2003443
That was hilarious !!Jul 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm #2003445
on Colin Fletcher's Second Law of Thermodynamic WalkingJul 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm #2003458
Wool is definitely not as durable, although one year in, I have only managed to wear out one wool T-shirt and one pair of wool socks. I suspect most of my wool stuff will last many more years, but YMMV.
I have Ex-Officio briefs, and I find them a little constricting, if you catch my drift. Wool stretches out more so is usually more comfortable. However, the durability and stink-proofness are pretty good, better than under armour and the like. I bet Arcteryx is better, but at the price point, it sure as hell better be.Jul 7, 2013 at 6:27 pm #2003542
christopher smeadBPL Member
@hamsterfishLocale: San Jose, CA
+1 on the Arcteryx phase SL boxers. No stank, wick well, and dry super quick.
I think they are 1.7oz if my memory serves me right.
They are form fitting boxers though, so not like the comfy Hanes you might wear at home.Jul 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm #2003546
eric chanBPL Member
its synth … just wash it, squeeze out all the water you can and dry em out
;)Jul 7, 2013 at 8:42 pm #2003585
Though my copy of The Complete Walker disintegrated after many years of use, I think I remember the passage you're referring to. Something about giving your boys
some air? ;)
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