The best men’s underwear is the pair you pull on in the morning and don’t think about all day. That is, they’re comfortable, unobtrusive, breathable, and — how do we put this — able to prevent your nuts from clacking together like a Newton’s cradle. Thankfully, this criteria is not difficult to find. Modern men’s underwear has received a major upgrade over the year thanks to synthetic fabrics that wick sweat and make swamp crotch a thing of the past. Better construction has also allowed brands to cut out such old-school nuisances as waistband chafe and thigh bunch up. In short, the best men’s underwear has never been better, more comfortable, or more suited to your particular lifestyle. Looking for a casual pair? A pair that’s ideal for working out in? A pair meant for running? There’s something here for you.
The Best Men’s Underwear
The ideal workout underwear, these polyester-spandex briefs are extremely comfortable and utilize proprietary tech to wick moisture. Nice touches abound, including a tag-less, soft waistband (to avoid chafing), a double-lined pouch (to prevent your boys bouncing around) and reinforced thighs that don’t get all bunched up.
Made from of a modal/spandex blend, these briefs feature a breathable, multi-panel design that ensures a snug fit without any tugging, pulling, bunching, or bouncing.
This underwear is ideal for pretty much anyone, but especially guys who sweat excessively. They’re soft, incredibly breathable, and odor-resistant and have a big pouch that does an excellent job of keeping your thighs from rubbing against the family jewels. Just note: they tend to fit on the looser side, so size accordingly.
These oh-so-comfortable boxer briefs are made from cotton and spandex single jersey fabrics. They don't lose their shape or wrinkle, so they're ideal to wear under fitted pants.
Made from 95 percent bamboo, these briefs stay cool and breathe well. But it’s the oh-so-soft material that made them stand out amidst the junk-covering pack. Wearing them feels like draping your nethers in a silk pillow case. One bummer: There’s no opening in the fly, so prepare to do the awkward pull-down when you need to pee.
Made from a soft modal fabric — a natural material sourced from beechwood trees that has a similar feel to cotton — these direct-to-consumer undies are incredibly stretchy and breathable. Thanks to flatlock stitching, there’s also little to rub you the wrong way. We also like MeUndies' pop culture patterns and seasonal themes as well as the monthly subscription model, which knocks a third off each pair’s price while ensuring your draws are always fresh.
If you plan on hiking, camping, or going for runs, these are the athletic men's underwear for you. They're made from a blend of polyester and elastane, have an articulated mesh fly, and are incredibly breathable. They’re also free of back and side seams, which adds additional comfort. Note: They tend to run a bit small, so it’s smart to size up.
As this list attests, underwear either skews toward everyday comfort or hardcore performance. Lululemon manages to do both. Its synthetic Light Luxtreme fabric is an airy version of its popular ultra-cush wintertime fabric. With four-way stretch, extreme moisture management, and precision tailoring, these are your do-all option. That said, just going in to a Lululemon store can be akin to diving into a pool of very aspirational sharks and that ultra-motivation can be a bit much to stomach when all you want is to buy undies.
For the understated man who prefers things simple and classic, these briefs are cut slightly higher in the back for a better fit, longer in the leg to prevent chafing, and made from cotton and elastane for stretch and flexibility. A cotton blend keeps things soft and cool and there’s no tag to chafe your lower back
As crazy as it sounds, wool is a killer summertime fabric. In a finer knit, it breathes, wicks, and fights odor better than any other material, natural or synthetic. Icebreaker has been taking this miracle fiber and making it sexy for decades, and brief-lovers will love its take on an old staple.
Like your boxers with a little bit of looseness? Try these performance boxers, which are made from a comfortable nylon-lycra blend and made for active individuals. They're breathable as hell, moisture wicking, and feature an anti-microbial coating that genuinely defeats odors. Don't take our word for it. We know more than a few guys who always pack these briefs on trips when they're not sure how often they'll be able to wash their clothes.
Where to begin? These briefs keep everything contained. They're made from non-pilling, 360 stretch micro modal and spandex fabric. They're breathable and stay dry. And there's a contour pouch to keep everything in place so nothing bunches or rides up.
Amazon’s Essentials 3-Pack Performance Cotton Stretch Boxer Brief (they’re made from a cotton-polyester blend) gives you everything you want in a daily pair (breathability, durability) at a price that most men can afford. Buying in bulk? Look no further.
An ideal pair of men’s underwear for anyone whose crotch is muggier than an August day in the Atchafalaya SwampSaxx’s design tech is matched with a synthetic blend that wicks moisture to avoid the dreaded swamp crotch. These are technologically advanced underwear and have a price to match.
Proof that old dogs can learn new tricks, the Duluth Trading Company Mens Buck Naked Performance Boxers take a classic fit and soup it up with a modern fabric. The synthetic fabric is incredibly thin, yet still breathes and wicks sweat. A smooth waistband prevents those crinkled waist indentations, while a button fly adds a classic touch. Is this the best of old and new? It sure feels like it.
Proving that time doesn’t stand still, Hanes has tweaked its classic with a small adjustment that brings it into the modern era. They’ve gotten rid of the classic scrunched elastic waistband for a smooth brief-style option and also breathe better thanks to a cotton-poly blend.
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