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ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport Mesh Bikini Brief

ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport Mesh Bikini Brief

Women’s underwear is more often than not characterized by everything but comfort and functionality; most retailers focus merely on appearance and sex appeal. When you are hiking or doing other sports activities, you will thank yourself for wearing a pair of underwear which is especially designed to enhance your performance by keeping you fresh, warm and comfortable. In this review you will find a selection of the best hiking underwear for women. We have chosen the best five hiking briefs and hipsters currently available and reviewed them to make your buying decision easier. If you are looking for a sports bra to wear as well, check out our reviews of the best medium-impact or high-impact sports bras respectively.

1. Buying Women’s Hiking Underwear – What is important?

Material:

The material must be comfortable and capable of preventing rubbing and chaffing as well as maintaining your body’s natural temperature. Your hiking underwear should be quick-drying and breathable; the latter will add to the feeling of freshness as well as putting a halt to the build-up of bacteria, which is otherwise prone to thrive anywhere warm and even slightly moist. The skin needs to be able to breathe and your private parts are no exception. When it comes to material, hiking underwear tend to belong in one of either categories – either carefully selected synthetic blends (Polyester, Nylon etc. – potentially treated with an antimicrobial agent) or materials where the main, if not single component is Merino wool. Not everybody likes Merino wool, but besides its qualities of being breathable, light and superior in maintaining your body temperature, it is superb in terms of having natural antimicrobial and thus odor-retaining properties –which aren’t washed away eventually as will be the case with treated synthetics. However, Merino wool is more expensive than synthetics and 100% Merino wool garments will dry somewhat slower than synthetics.

Cut:

Hiking underwear should have a cut which feels comfortable wearing even during high-impact activity. They should, however, be snug-fitting to enhance thermal efficiency and avoid chafing as well as irritation. We recommend that you avoid thongs and similar models which do not offer coverage of your behind and thus fail to maintain your body temperature all over. We have picked styles which are relatively “low-waisted” as to keep a modern look – although high-waisted “granny panties” absolutely have their value in keeping your obliques warm in winter.

Comfortable seams:

Hiking underwear should have flatlock seams because they reduce chafing and irritation. Avoid underwear which has vertical seams going down your middle; it will only be a matter of time before it starts irritating you in the front or the back or both.

Care:

The quality of breathable and often antimicrobial materials will make it possible to get hiking underwear quite clean just by hand-washing and drying them, but it might be good to know that all the underwear reviewed here is machine-washable – as long as you keep the temperature low and steer clear of bleach, softeners etc., especially for underwear made of treated synthetic materials which otherwise may lose their antimicrobial properties faster. As hiking underwear should be quick-drying, it is possible to wash your panties by hand in the evening and let them dry overnight – great for a longer hiking trip where you want to keep the weight of your backpack down.

2. The Best Hiking Underwear for Women Review

Best Hiking Underwear for Women

Best Hiking Underwear for Women

  1. ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport Mesh Bikini Brief
  2. Ibex Balance Briefs
  3. Arcteryx Phase SL Brief
  4. Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pants
  5. Under Armour Women’s UA Pure Stretch Cheeky

Comparison

Feature/Product ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport Mesh Bikini BriefIbex Balance BriefsArcteryx Phase SL BriefIcebreaker Sprite Hot Pants Under Armour Women's UA Pure Stretch Cheeky
Material93% Nylon, 7% Spandex72% Merino Wool, 22% Nylon, 6% Elastane70% Phasic SL Polyester, 30% Polypropylene96% Merino wool, 4% LYCRA90% Nylon, 10% Elastane
CutBriefs Briefs Briefs HipstersBriefs
AntimicrobialYesYesNoYesYes
ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport Mesh Bikini Brief

ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport Mesh Bikini Brief

1. ExOfficio Give-n-Go Sport Mesh Bikini Brief

Suitable for:

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

The ExOfficio Give-n-Go Mesh Bikini Brief made it to our list of 10 best gifts for female hikers due the performance of the ultra-light diamond-weave mesh fabric which is breathable, odor-resistant (antimicrobial treatment), moisture-wicking and quick drying, along with the perfect fit, low rise and flatlock seaming of the briefs. No matter which cut or colors you prefer, you should be able to find the ExOfficio Give-n-Go in a version that suits you perfectly as it is available in several models, providing more or less coverage, and even in a more lingerie-like lacy style. It is also possible to buy the Give-n-Go in 3-packs.

 

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Design
  • Price
  • Antimicrobial

Cons:

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Ibex Balance Briefs

Ibex Balance Briefs

2. Ibex Balance Briefs

Suitable for:

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

The Ibex Balance briefs impress with their seamless body mapping construction in a smooth mix of Merino wool (72% for softness, breathability and anti-odor properties), Nylon and Spandex (for stretch, durability and support). Ibex informs that the sizes run a bit small and thus you might want to choose a size larger than usual. If you are planning to hike in very cold conditions or you simply prefer more coverage, we might recommend the boy shorts version of this model. The briefs come in 4 colors (black, mint, sand and soft pink) and the shorts in 3 colors (same except soft pink). As the other underwear reviewed here, the Ibex Balance briefs are tag-free but have the logo woven into the waistband on the back.

 

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Anti-odor properties
  • Design
  • Price

Cons:

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Arcteryx Phase SL Brief

Arcteryx Phase SL Brief

3. Arcteryx Phase SL Brief

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use

The Arcteryx Phase SL briefs are especially constructed for interval activities such as hiking and mountaineering by using the hydrophobic and moisture-wicking Phasic SL fabric – a soft jersey knit of 70% polyester and 30% polypropylene. For your increased comfort, the flatlock seams are placed strategically, the elasticized waistband is wider and the crotch is gusseted with a cotton insert. The Arcteryx Phase SL also comes as low-waisted boy shorts; both styles are available in several color combinations.

 

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Design

Cons:

  • No antimicrobial treatment
  • Price

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Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pants

Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pants

4. Icebreaker Sprite Hot Pants

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use

The Icebreaker Sprite hipsters are perfect for fans of Merino wool as they contain 96% of the naturally breathable, light and antimicrobial material; only a bit of LYCRA is added for fit and flexibility. The hipsters sit quite low on your hips, but still provide full coverage of your butt. They also come as briefs (or hipkini as Icebreaker calls them) and even in 100% Merino wool boy shorts version. Some people might think that Merino wool is only for very cold weather, but that is quite untrue as they will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. However, it might be stated that while Merino wool is as good as synthetics for the summer (except perhaps for the very warmest of days), it is superior to them in the winter as Merino wool is better at maintaining your body’s natural temperature in cold conditions.

 

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Anti-odor properties
  • Broad selection of colors

Cons:

  • Price

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Under Armour Women's UA Pure Stretch Cheeky

Under Armour Women’s UA Pure Stretch Cheeky

5. Under Armour UA Pure Stretch Cheeky

Suitable for:

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

The Under Armour Pure Stretch Cheeky briefs differ from the other styles reviewed here by being a “one-size-fits-all” model which is possible due to its 4-way stretch construction. In spite of this –or perhaps because of this, it is the most sold model of women´s sports and active underwear on Amazon. The briefs are light-weight and made in a very soft stretch mesh fabric in Nylon/Elastane treated with anti-microbial technology. The briefs are available in various colors and also in a non-sheer material. Additionally you can get the Under Armour Pure Stretch Cheeky in a hipster or thong version if you prefer more or less coverage of your derriere.

 

Pros:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Broad selection of colors
  • Price
  • One size fits all

Cons:

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