|Rating:||9.2 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.8 / 2|
|Durability||1.8 / 2|
|Comfort||1.8 / 2|
|Weight||1.9 / 2|
|Support||1.9 / 2|
Underwear is one of those pieces of clothing that many men don’t put a lot of thought into, but should! As a piece of clothing these get about as up close and personal as you can so comfort is critical particularly when you are doing long distance multi-day hikes.
I recently tested the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sports Mesh 3″ Boxer Brief Men’s on a multi-day hike. The boxer style construction with its flat lock seams helps to minimise chafing on the legs and I find that they don’t bunch up. These boxers also have seams that curve around the buttocks which feels a bit strange at first but once you get used to them you soon realise the additional seaming helps to keep them snug in all the right places. The material is stretchy so while I usually wear a large-extra large in my normal street underwear, I wear a large size in the Exofficio range for a comfortable fit.
The short legs on these underpants are comfortable and I now prefer these to the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sports Mesh 6″ Boxer Brief Men’s which I have worn for many years. If however you have an issue with leg chafing on the inner thighs then go for the longer leg option. Usually I try to avoid synthetic underwear as I find they tend to sweat and feel clammy however the mesh construction makes them feel like they are made from natural fibre. The mesh construction also allows them to breathe; even on the longest hikes you stay comfortable.
The main difference between the 6″ and the 3″ versions apart from leg length is the ‘front construction’. That’s a polite way of saying that in the 6″ version there is a traditional Y front opening while the 3″ version has a closed pouch (visible in the images) with no opening . In all honesty I prefer this closed option and found that it provided good support in addition to breathability.
An additional advantage of the synthetic material is the ability to dry very quickly when they get wet. This means that unless its constantly pouring with rain, you can very easily get by with rotating two pairs on your trips. They will usually dry overnight in mild to warm conditions. Being a long distance hiker I test things to the limits and even after wearing the same pair of underpants for multiple days they were still comfortable.
From my perspective ExOfficio continues to provide some of the best underwear for hiking and other outdoor activities and the Give-N-Go Sports Mesh 3″ Boxer Brief has now become my preferred option. If you have never given your underwear any thought then give these a go to see if they will suit you.
AUD $54.00 RRP
You can purchase ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sports Mesh 3″ Boxer Brief Mens online from Amazon Australia
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ExOfficio make this boxer brief in a 6″ version with longer legs
ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sports Mesh 3″ Boxer Brief Mens, front view
Rear of the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sports Mesh 3″ Boxer Brief Mens. Note the flat lock seaming that curves around the buttocks. This feature takes a couple of days to get used to but keeps them snug and form fitting in all the right places
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker