So it’s time to get a little personal and talk about the best men’s underwear you can get your hands on and junk into. It’s a necessary discussion because half the population, give or take a commando here or a diaper-wearer there, wears underwear.
While I tend to call the entire category “undies,” there are specific types of undies.
- Briefs – This is the basic style. Provides full frontal and backal (okay, back) coverage. The elastic leg goes mid/upper thigh. If they were white, they’d be tighty whiteys. You know what I’m talking about.
- Boxers – Again, you know what I’m talking about. They’re, basically, mid-thigh shorts in thinner material than shorts and, usually, they’ve got a fly.
- Boxer Briefs – A hybrid between the two. Toward the top, they’re briefs. Toward the bottom, they’re boxers, but the leg is usually elastic around the thigh.
- Trunks – These are simply shorter boxer briefs.
- Bikini Briefs – Think Speedos.
- Jockstraps – Initially a protective undergarment for use during athletics, these are a style of underwear worn by some.
- G-Strings – More like a jockstrap in front, with a “string” of fabric going up the middle of the backside to reunite with the (usually very small) waistband.
- The Mankini – see the end of the list, if you dare.
Men’s Underwear: The Movie
If you need a bit more “Men’s Underwear 101,” take a look at this video from the good people at The Underwear Expert. They strip it down (literally, I guess) to the basics.
Men’s Underwear: How Many Per Package?
One last thing: as you consider the type and style of undies, pay particular attention to the number offered per package. We’ve pointed out how many each package includes (and, yes, we realize that we’ve got a double entendre going with this). And while they are numbered one through 12, we’re not really ranking them. They appear in random order.
Now onward toward getting personally comfortable, after you take a look at our list of 12.
1. Calvin Klein 2-Pack Men’s Underwear Modern Cotton Stretch Trunks
These trunks were named recently by GQ as the best pair of underwear you can get. Like most reviews, theirs was, largely, subjective. They gave four main reasons for their rating: the fabric, the comfort, the fact that these stay put and that they “flatter every body type.” It’s not really a surprise to see Calvin Klein joints make such a strong showing, given the fact that Calvin practically invented the comfy undie industry back in the day.
These are not boxer briefs; rather, they’re trunks, which is just like a men’s boxer brief only with much shorter inseams. Two things to take careful note of: they come in a two pack (works out to around 30 bucks for the size I wear – large); and, secondly, they don’t have a fly. They come in 12 different colors.
Price: $21.60 and up (depending on size selected)
2. Tani USA SilkCut Hip Brief
For those of you who want a bit less fabric, the bikini brief could be your ride (Tani USA simply calls their model a “hip brief,” not a bikini brief). These SilkCuts are, according to the company, created by using “Europe’s most sophisticated fine-gauge knitting machines to produce this extraordinary fabric.”
Despite the name, it’s not silk, but the company says it’s softer and more durable than silk and a naturally wicking fabric. They are made using a proprietary fabric called Micro Modal Air (94%) and elastane (6%). They don’t have a fly but, unique among the rest of the models in the list, they’re biodegradable. (That doesn’t mean you can fling them out the car window and tell the officer, “But they’re biodegradable.”)
These are offered in three different colors. One per package.
Price: $30 and up (depending on size/color selected)
3. Saxx Underwear Men’s Vibe Modern Fit Boxer Briefs
Saxx just calls them “modern fit boxers,” but they are, in fact, boxer briefs. They’re also unique among the other entries on the list because Saxx features a pouch in the crotch. That is, they’re built so you can put your “family” in its own little section of the undies. According to the company’s website, the founder wanted to create a completely chafe-free environment. Saxx provided me with a sample and I’ve tried them and I do like the way they “organize” things down there. (In fact, I don’t think I’m ever going back to non-pouch undies.)
There are almost 1,300 reviews on Amazon, with a 4.4 out of 5-star rating average. They’re 95% Viscose, 5% Spandex. While this model is without a fly, Saxx does offer this style, which does have a fly. One per package. These come in about 10 jillion different colors. We’d be more specific but our fingers died while we were scrolling the mouse through all the options.
Price: $14.38 and up (depending on size/color selected)
4. Cariloha Bamboo Boxer Briefs with Fly
By including this model of men’s boxer briefs, I initially thought I was just providing a unique option for shoppers: these are made out of bamboo. But reading the reviews — more than 780 reviews with a 4.6 out of 5-star rating average — it’s clear that Cariloha has a legion of fans who say these guys are all about comfort.
They are classic boxer briefs and they do include a fly. Depending on your size, they’re available in nine different colors, including a white pair with no fly. The company says they’re odor resistant and moisture wicking. At the time of this writing, they were on a buy-3-get-1-free promotion. One per package.
5. Under Armour Original Series Boxerjock 2-Pack
As you would probably expect from Under Armour, this model is pretty technical. That’s not to say that it’s fully an athlete-only joint, because plenty of the reviews mention the fact that they’re just great for comfort.
This model of men’s boxer briefs (UA calls them “Boxerjocks”) fits “next-to-skin without the squeeze,” according to the company. One reviewer did say they stay dry and work very well for wearing when it’s hot and humid. UA credits the dryness to its “HeatGear” fabric (90% poly, 10% elastane) and the “moisture transport system.”
These are extraordinarily popular with customers: more than 1,000 reviews with a 4.5 out of 5-star rating average. If you’re a mesh type of guy, check out this style, which UA says is “unrivaled” in breathability. The Boxerjocks also come with an “anti-odor technology” for those of you who may need to address an issue like that. BTW, a ton of color options here: 27. Two per package.
Price: $26.08 and up (depending on size/color selected)
6. Kayizu Cotton Stretch Boxer Briefs 6-Pack
The Kayizu Cotton Stretch Boxer Briefs are a classic boxer brief with 95% cotton and 5% Spandex. Out of the more than 60 reviews — with a 4.1 out of 5-star rating average — there are lots of mentions about the feel and fit, particularly focusing on the fact that the legs don’t ride up.
Two key points to make on this one: it’s not a specialized material, it’s good old cotton (with that five percent Spandex for stretchability). That said, reviewers made plenty of mentions about these keeping dry. Secondly, the six pack makes these very affordable. My large size comes in at $23.68, which works out to about four bucks per undie.
They’re also available in “infinity blue” as a one pack, which is the lowest price point. And for those of you who drink a lot of beer (or water, or any other beverage), they do have a fly. The six pack (of underwear) is comprised of blacks, grays and blue.
7. Baleaf 9” Sport 2-Pack Boxer Briefs Performance Underwear
We’re throwing these into the mix because there are guys out there who like that more athletic look and feel. And with the nine inch inseam, these certainly hit both marks. They look like cycling shorts, which isn’t a stretch given that Baleaf is a company that makes gear for cyclists, surfers, runners, etc.
Many of the reviews mention that these stay put and don’t ride up the leg. (Of the more than 160 reviews, these average a 4.5 out of 5-star rating.) If you’re interested in something with a more traditional leg, take a look at the six inch inseams here. The wicking material of this model is 90% poly, 10% elastane. The mesh pouch in the crotch area does include a fly. Two per package.
Price: $17.99-$18.99 (depending on size/color selected)
8. ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Boxer Briefs
While most of the models in this list are made of techy materials that dry fast and wick the moisture away from the skin, these ExOfficios leave no doubt, given that they’re a mesh boxer brief (they’re 92% nylon, 8% Lycra). As we’ve mentioned, a big advantage of these types of materials is that they’re great for travelers who want to cut down on over stuffing the carry-on.
ExOfficio, with a wink, says about this model: “Just one pair (ok, maybe two) can last a seven day journey through 500 miles.” We say, make sure you find a sink to wash the one or two pairs along the way. V-popular with customers, averaging a 4.2 out of 5-stars. One per package. Plenty of color options available: 14.
Price: $13.48 and up (depending on size/color selected)
9. 2(X)IST Essential Cotton 3-Pack Men’s Contour Pouch Briefs
Possibly one of the most popular models in the list. These men’s underwear are contour pouch briefs and they’re 100 percent cotton. There are more than 600 reviews, with a 4.4 out of 5-star rating average.
Says one reviewer: “I gave it a try and I love them. I didn’t want to comment though until I washed them to see how much shrinkage there would be, but they passed the test, they still fit great. Awesome everyday, comfortable underwear. Four thumbs up!”
Always appreciate the real reviews, especially from a guy who’s got the balls to talk about shrinkage in this context. Three per package and a variety of colors to choose from: 19.
I do have some contour pouch briefs from 2(X)IST (provided to me by 2(X)IST) and I can verify that they are very nice, especially with the pouch. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
Price: $16.99 and up (depending on size/color selected)
10. 2(X)IST Men’s Cotton No-Show Trunk
I’m including another style from 2(X)IST because I have a personal relationship with this style. (The company sent me several pairs, and this style is one of them…and it’s my favorite style they make.) As I mentioned about the SAXX’s (item #3), a pouch is great and these No-Shows have a pouch.
Whereas the SAXX has a funky built-in pouch that’s sewn into the undies, the pouch on the 2(X)IST No-Shows is simply an extra portion of fabric that they call a “countour” pouch. (For those of you who speak in fabric-talk, it’s kinda like having an extruded gusset.) Either way, pouches are the way to go. Very comfortable, and they really make a difference.
These are 95 percent cotton and five percent Spandex, so they’re nice and snug. We’re showing them in the cheetah print, but they’re available in a ton of different prints/colors (31 at last count, although color availability periodically changes).
One per package.
Price: $16.99 and up (depending on size/color selected)
11. David Archy Men’s 4-Pack Separate Pouches Trunks
We’re not sure whether these are technologically advanced or just dang logical. These men’s briefs are called “separate pouches fly trunks” because they have separate pouches. That is, one for the twig, one for the berries. (If you need more explanation, find an urban dictionary.) Suffice to say that “the boys” are in their own pouch and the taller member of the crew is placed into his own hole and, thereby, into his own separate pouch. David Archy calls these “newly developed magic underwear.” They must have something going for them because they get crazy-good reviews: out of more than 2,600 reviews, they come in with a 4.3 out of 5-star rating average. The material is Lenzing micro modal and Spandex and they have a breathable panel that allows air flow. They do have a fly. The David Archys come in a four pack. Available in 11 different colors.
12. Stance Men’s Wholester Boxer Briefs
This is another brand that features the sewn in pouch that provides great support, organization, etc. Stance describes its built-in pouch as “Stance Wholester technology.” That’s cool. However they describe it, it works. (Stance sent me a few different styles of their undies to try and these are my favorites of their brand.)
These are boxer briefs and the fabric is a combed cotton/poly blend. Again with the cleverness, Stance calls the fabric its Butter Blend milk fiber. And, again, that’s cool with me. It’s definitely soft as heck.
We’re showing the Stance Wholester with the “Snake Stamp” design, but it’s available in many other colors and designs. One per pack.
Whereas the Wholesters don’t have a fly, Stance does have a style of boxer with a fly. It’s ever-so-slightly tough to deal with, because of the way the built-in pouch is sewn in and designed. Personally, I don’t really think the fly is necessary because the undies are very flexible/comfortable and easy to manage the old fashioned way (just pull the waistband down and do your thing).
Price: $30.36 and up (depending on size/color)
* (Okay, if you really have your heart set on a mankini, here’s a “colorful” version on Amazon.)
Men’s Underwear: Which Type?
From the many (and we mean many) comments about underwear on the Internet, it seems that tighty whiteys are a no-no. I’ll generalize and say that, generally, it appears that the observers of underwear-clad dudes don’t like tighty whiteys on the dudes they are observing.
I only bring the observers into the mix because the look is part of the underwear equation. Mostly, though, our list is focusing on comfort, no matter which type of unders you wear.
That said, there seems to be some recent empirical evidence that boxer briefs are the overall preferred-by-women underwear for guys. A survey by GQ Magazine showed that 64.5 percent of women preferred boxer briefs on guys, 19 percent like the boxers, 11.5% like trunks and five percent like the briefs. (We realize that it is not only women who observe men in undies. It was GQ’s survey.)
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