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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 17th of October 2017.

1. Buying Hiking Underwear – What is important?

Material:

Hiking underwear should be made of a comfortable material which 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. 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 while a small percentage of nylon fibers is often added to Merino wool fabrics for better durability.

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 (not itchy like ordinary wool), provides warmth even when wet (soaked with sweat or rain) 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 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:

It’s a great advantage if hiking underwear is 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 the chafing that looser styles can entail. If you often have problems with thigh chafing, we recommend wearing very long (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. Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers
  2. Smartwool PhD Seamless Boxer Briefs
  3. Ibex Woolies 1 Boxer Briefs
  4. ExOfficio Give-N-Go Mesh Sport Boxers
  5. Arcteryx Phase SL Boxers

Comparison

Feature/Product Icebreaker Anatomica BoxersSmartwool PhD Seamless Boxer BriefsIbex Woolies 1 Boxer Briefs ExOfficio Give-N-Go Mesh Sport Boxers Arcteryx Phase SL Boxers
Material83% Merino wool, 12% Nylon, 5% Lycra72% Merino wool, 22% Nylon, 6% Elastane86% Merino wool, 14% Nylon92% Nylon, 8% Lycra100% Polyester
CutBoxer BriefsBoxer BriefsBoxer BriefsBoxer BriefsBoxer Briefs
FitSlim Slim Slim Slim Slim
FlyYesNoYesYesNo
AntimicrobialYesYesYesYesNo
WashingMachine WashMachine WashMachine WashMachine WashMachine Wash
Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers

Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers

1. Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Running
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use
  • Use in cold weather
  • All-year-round use

The Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers provide great comfort. They are made of a corespun fabric with Merino wool (83%), nylon (12%) and Lycra fibers (5%). The fabric has the best qualities of Merino wool (it’s breathable, moisture-wicking and soft to the touch) while the durability and stretch are significantly better than that of Merino wool – nylon fibers provide the durability and Lycra fibers provide the stretch. The density of the fabric is 150 g/m2 which is perfect for aerobic activities such as hiking and mountaineering. The Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers are also equipped with a fly, flatlock seams and a branded elastic waistband. They are definitely a good choice for every hiker who wants a pair of durable, comfortable and odor-resistant boxer briefs.

 

Pros:

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

Cons:

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Smartwool PhD Seamless Boxer Briefs

Smartwool PhD Seamless Boxer Briefs

2. Smartwool PhD Seamless Boxer Briefs

Suitable for:

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

The Smartwool PhD Seamless Boxer Briefs  are made of a similar fabric (72% Merino wool, 22% Nylon and 6% Elastane) to that of the Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers. However, the Smartwool PhD Seamless Boxer Briefs contain more nylon fibers and are thus slightly less breathable and soft. Nevertheless, the boxers offer superb durability and efficiently wick moisture away from the skin. Furthermore, due to the nylon and Lycra fibers, they also dry very fast and offer good stretch. In terms of construction, the boxers are equipped with a stylish elastic waistband and feature a seamless design which prevents chafing.  These comfortable, naturally antimicrobial and very durable boxers are highly recommended for hikers and mountaineers who need high-quality underwear for their demanding adventures.

 

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 quite thin (175 g/m2) fabric with Merino wool (86%) and nylon fibers (14%) 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 fabric, these boxer briefs are breathable, moisture-wicking, comfortable and odor-resistant. Furthermore, they also dry relatively fast (nylon fibers). For good comfort, the boxer briefs are equipped with a fly, flatlock seams and 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
  • Use in warm weather

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) fibers which are treated with Aegis Microbe Shield – a technology 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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Arcteryx Phase SL Boxers

Arcteryx Phase SL Boxers

5. Arcteryx Phase SL Boxers

Suitable for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking
  • Running
  • Backpacking
  • Everyday use
  • Use in warm weather

The Arcteryx Phase SL Boxers are made of the advanced silk-weight Phasic material (100% polyester) which pulls the moisture away from the skin and disperse it across the entire surface for faster drying. Because the material is super thin, the boxers also provide great breathability and freedom of movement. Additionally, the boxers feature a stylish elastic waist band and flatlock seams for good comfort. The Arcteryx Phase SL Boxers are a great option for hiking in warm weather and highly aerobic activities such as running and mountaineering. However, as they are not antimicrobial, we don’t recommend them for multi-day hiking trips.

 

Pros:

  • Thin but durable fabric
  • Light
  • Quick drying
  • Breathable

Cons:

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