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Gear Review: Exofficio Underwear

Antimicrobial Unmentionables
Gear Review: Exofficio Underwear
Written by: Joe White

There is one thing that the gear magazines don’t talk about enough, one piece of gear that a store employee may shy from mentioning, and it is the most important piece of outdoor clothing! It is something you use every day, well most of us at least. Talking about skivvies gets people red in the face but I’m saying it anyway, “Exofficio boxers are amazing!” I got my first pair of Exofficio boxer briefs two years ago and I’ve never been happier. Every birthday, anniversary, or Christmas; I get more as gifts. I no longer have to wear cotton underwear, that’s right; I’ve thrown it all out!

There are many benefits to this performance underwear: they are quick drying, moisture wicking, antimicrobial, and odor resistant. All of these things help keep everything a little drier. Call it swamp ass, monkey butt, rainforest rash or whatever you want but it is plain uncomfortable to have. A slick, no grab material works perfect for layering pieces as it does not add any friction. Less friction will result in less bunching and riding up while in motion.

Personally, I prefer hiking in one pair and sleeping in another while out on the trail, they are light and packable so if you want three for a trip don’t sweat it. They are made to wash easy in a shower or stream and dry overnight. The Exofficio slogan is: “17 countries. 6 weeks. One pair of award-winning underwear. (Ok, maybe two.)”

There are several styles available but the boxer brief is most popular. The boxer brief has more leg coverage to cut back on thigh friction or contact. They fit multiple body types well and it doesn’t lose its elasticity like other brands. I’ve been happy with the longevity as well; while I enjoy merino boxers, merino can be delicate and mine have lasted just over a year at $35 each, versus multiple years of use at about $26 for the Exofficio. With almost a dozen color options they make it easy to color coordinate with friends or family. Although my review is obviously male dominant don’t let it fool you; Exofficio also makes several styles for women including lace, thong, boy short, full cut, or bikini briefs. How dare you ask what I think of them! Underwear is a private thing thank you very much!

Roads Rivers and Trails proudly carry Exofficio underwear and we’d be happy to show you and discuss our selection of unmentionables.