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ExOfficio Give-N-Go Mesh Sport Boxers for Hiking

ExOfficio Give-N-Go Mesh Sport Boxers for Hiking

Underwear is probably one of the most underrated pieces of hiking apparel. Hikers and mountaineers usually spend a lot of money on other clothing, but become penny-pinching when it comes to underwear. However, we don’t think that underwear is something where you should try to save money as it is in direct contact with your skin and therefore very important for comfort and performance. This is especially true for long hiking trips where anti-microbial underwear will help you to pack lighter and smell better. In this review you will find a selection of the best hiking underwear. We have chosen the best five hiking boxers currently available and reviewed them to make your buying decision easier.

If you are looking for women’s hiking underwear, please check out our Best Hiking Underwear for Women review.

This selection was updated on the 13th of January 2017.

1. Buying Hiking Underwear – What is important?

Material:

Hiking underwear should be made of a comfortable material that doesn’t cause rubbing or chafing. Furthermore, it should be also breathable, moisture-wicking and quick-drying so that it efficiently maintains your body’s natural temperature. In order to achieve these qualities hiking underwear is normally made of natural materials such as Merino wool or synthetic materials such as polyester or nylon. Elastane might be added to these fabrics for better stretch and comfort.

Many hikers face a dilemma whether to buy Merino wool underwear or underwear made of synthetic materials. Merino wool underwear has several advantages in comparison to synthetic underwear – it is naturally antimicrobial, pleasant to the touch (nothing like ordinary wool), provides warmth even when wet (soaked with sweat) and offers better breathability. Also note that Merino wool underwear is not only suitable for cold weather as Merino wool can be knitted into very thin fabrics which are suitable for warm summer days. However, synthetic underwear is in general less expensive and more durable than Merino wool underwear. Furthermore, it also dries slightly faster. For more information about underwear materials read our article Comparison of Base Layer Materials.

Flatlock seams:

Hiking underwear should have flatlock seams because they offer great comfort, unlike normal seams which can chafe your skin by rubbing against it repeatedly.

Antimicrobial:

Hiking underwear should be antimicrobial. This means your underwear will remain fresh after days of use. Some materials, like Merino wool, have natural antimicrobial properties. Other materials, like polyester and nylon, are usually treated to provide antimicrobial properties. Antimicrobial treatments will, however, get washed out eventually.

Durability:

Hiking underwear should be machine washable and maintain its properties after regular washing.

Style:

For activities such as hiking boxer briefs are recommended as they offer a tight fit and thus efficiently transport perspiration from the skin to the outer layers. A tight fit also protects your thighs from chafing that looser styles can entail. If you often have problems with thigh chafing, we recommend wearing longer (knee-length) boxer briefs which will cover your thighs better.

2. The Best Hiking Underwear in 2017 Review

Best Hiking Underwear

Best Hiking Underwear

  1. SmartWool Microweight Boxers
  2. Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Boxers
  3. Ibex Woolies 1 Boxer Briefs 
  4. ExOfficio Give-N-Go Mesh Sport Boxers
  5. Under Armour Original Boxers

Comparison

Feature/Product SmartWool Microweight BoxersIcebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis BoxersIbex Woolies 1 Boxer Briefs ExOfficio Give-N-Go Mesh Sport Boxers Under Armour Original Boxers
Material96% Merino Wool, 4% Elastane100% Merino Wool100 % Merino Wool 92% Nylon, 8% Lycra90% Polyester, 10% Elastane
CutBoxer BriefsBoxer BriefsBoxer BriefsBoxer BriefsBoxer Briefs
FitSlim Slim Slim Slim Slim
FlyYesYesYesYesYes
AntimicrobialYesYesYesYesYes
WashingMachine WashMachine WashMachine WashMachine WashMachine Wash
SmartWool Microweight Boxers for Hiking

SmartWool Microweight Boxers for Hiking

1. SmartWool Microweight Boxers

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Running
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use
  • Cold weather use
  • All-year-round use

The SmartWool Microweight Boxers are made of Merino wool fabric with a density of 150 g/m2. This means that the fabric is relatively thin and thus the boxers offer superb breathability and efficiently wick moisture away from the skin. Furthermore, they also dry very fast and offer good stretch and comfort as elastane is added to the fabric. Due to the naturally antimicrobial high-performance fabric, these boxers are perfect for all-year-round use. Additionally, the SmartWool Microweight boxers are equipped with a stylish elastic waistband, fly and comfortable flatlock seams which prevent chafing. These comfortable and fairly durable boxers are highly recommended for hikers and mountaineers who need high-quality underwear for their demanding adventures.

 

Pros:

  • Breathability
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Naturally antimicrobial
  • Stretchy
  • Comfortable

Cons:

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Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Boxers

Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Boxers

2. Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Boxers

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Running
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use
  • Cold weather use
  • All-year-round use

The Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Boxers provide great comfort. They are made of 100% Merino wool fabric which is slightly thicker (200g/m2) than the fabric that the above listed SmartWool Microweight boxers use. Due to the thicker fabric they are relatively warm and thus perfect for hiking in winter and cold weather, but still provide great breathability and moisture-wicking performance. The Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Boxers are also equipped with a fly, flatlock seams and a branded elastic waistband. The boxers don’t have a center back seam which additionally increases comfort. They are definitely a good choice for every hiker who wants a pair of reliable, comfortable and odor-resistant boxer briefs.

 

Pros:

  • Breathability
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Naturally antimicrobial
  • Comfortable

Cons:

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Ibex Woolies 1 Boxer Briefs

Ibex Woolies 1 Boxer Briefs

3. Ibex Woolies 1 Boxer Briefs 

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Running
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use
  • Cold weather use
  • All-year round use

The Ibex Woolies 1 boxer briefs are very popular among hikers and mountaineers as they offer great comfort and performance. They are made of a relatively thin (165 g/m2) 100% Merino wool fabric and are thus perfect for all-year-round use. The fibers of the Merino wool are just 18.5 microns in diameter which grades the wool as Superfine – meaning that it is very soft and comfortable to the touch. Due to the Merino fabric, these boxer briefs are breathable, moisture-wicking, comfortable and odor-resistant. Furthermore, they also dry relatively fast (thin fabric absorbs less moisture than thick fabric does). Additionally, the boxer briefs are equipped with a fly and flatlock seams for good comfort. The comfort is further increased with a relatively wide waistband. The Ibex Woolies 1 boxer briefs are a great choice for anyone who wants great performing underwear for his physically demanding adventures.

 

Pros:

  • Breathability
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Naturally antimicrobial
  • Comfortable

Cons:

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ExOfficio Give-N-Go Mesh Sport Boxers for Hiking

ExOfficio Give-N-Go Mesh Sport Boxers for Hiking

4. ExOfficio Give-N-Go Mesh Sport Boxers

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Running
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use
  • Warm weather use

The ExOfficio Give-N-Go Mesh Sport Boxers are made of an ultra-light mesh fabric and thus they provide an ergonomic fit that satisfies even the most demanding hikers and mountaineers. The mesh fabric also makes them light, stretchy and soft. The boxers are made of nylon and Lycra (for stretch) which are treated with Aegis Microbe Shield that efficiently eliminates odor-causing bacteria.  The Aegis Microbe Shield is unique because unlike other odor-control materials it provides long-term control of bacteria growth on treated surfaces. A silver-ion treatment for example, is eventually washed away but the Aegis Microbe Shield is molecularly bonded to the treated surface. The ExOfficio Give-N-Go Mesh Sport boxers are also quick-drying and fairly breathable. We recommend them to those who want superb underwear for hiking in summer – while Merino wool underwear is to be preferred in other (colder) seasons as it maintains its warmth even when soaked with sweat.

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Pros:

  • Light
  • Quick drying
  • Breathable

Cons:

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Under Armour Original Boxers for Hiking

Under Armour Original Boxers for Hiking

5. Under Armour Original Boxers

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Running
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use
  • Warm weather use

The Under Armour Original Boxers are a part of the Under Armour HeatGear line. The HeatGear line products are specially designed for very warm weather. These boxers are made of polyester and elastane and therefore they are light, able to wick sweat away and keep you cool. Ventilation is additionally enhanced by the breathable mesh crotch panel. The boxers also provide antimicrobial protection as they use the ArmourBlock technology. The ArmourBlock technology uses a combination of silver and chitosan that blocks odor and eliminates bacteria. The boxers also dry extremely fast. They are equipped with a fly and an elastic waistband with the iconic Under Armour logo. This pair of underwear is perfect for hiking in summer.

 

Pros:

  • Price
  • Light
  • Quick drying
  • Breathable

Cons:

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