The best underwear for men are the ones you pull on in the morning and don’t think for the rest of a long, hard day. They’re comfortable, unobtrusive, breathable, and — how do we put this — able to prevent your nuts from adhering to the side of your leg like a piece of gum on a summer sidewalk. Thankfully, this criteria is easier to find than ever before. Modern men’s underwear has received a major upgrade over the years thanks to synthetic fabrics that wick sweat and make swamp crotch and ball stick things of your childhood 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 something useful every day? For working out? Logging long miles while running? There’s something here for every situation and every guy.
The Best Men’s Briefs
If you're a briefs fan (and hey, we are legion), then you need to try a pair of Icebreaker's. This slim, slender undies are cut from fine New Zealand merino wool for moisture management, stink prevention, and added warmth in the winter and cool in the summer. It's a miracle fiber, but no one cuts it quite like Icebreaker.
Every company makes basics these days, but Mack Weldon continues to dintinguish itself with great cuts and superior materials. We're huge fans of its AirKnitx fabric, and its pieces are the only baselayers we trust when it comes to hard workouts. Super breathable and with an unmatched moisture-wicking ability, they'll be your go-to pair for WODs, track workouts, and other body-punishing efforts.
Its original BallPark pouch is the ultimate in comfort -- so much so that more and more competitors try to rip it off. But SAXX does it best, and its trademark tech is available in a brief. The Ultra is crafted from a mix of elastane and viscose, two fancy works denoting stretch and breathability. We wouldn't mind spending a long day at the office wearing these.
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Tommy John may rule the loungewear game, but its latest undies offering, the new Apollo, tames the dog days of summer better than ever. Crafted from an exclusive fabric, its hydrophobic and hydrophilic fibers yank sweat away from the skin while drying four times faster than regular cotton. It also lowers skin temperature by up to seven degrees. Bonus: It's damn-near eternal, standing up to wash after wash with no deterioration.
Whew, we feel our temperature rising with these summer-themed undies. Granted, Saxx has made its nut handling these temps with ease, but even longtime fans will like this new model, which is cut from a special synthetic fabric that augments your body's natural cooling mechanism. The company's hallmark pouch for your junk and legendary comfy cut are still there.
Culprit makes a great pair of undies: exceptionally breathable, supportive, soft, and cut in California in an eco-friendly, vertical mill. But its patterns are like no other. Coming thick and fast, they're colorful and hilarious, and if you can't have fun with your undergarments, what else is left?
It used to be you could get cotton prints or staid wool undies. Smartwool had already pushed the boundaries of what can wool can be used for, so it's no surprise that it's also pushing the limits of what it can look like. These soft merino trunks use a touch of nylon for comfort and stretch while retaining the fiber's legendary odor-fighting, uber-breathable performance. They're pricey but worth it.
We've found it: the best underwear for running. Thanks to a silicone leg-gripper at the bottom of each, these stay put regardless of distance or intensity. The synthetic fabric wicks moisture and breathes incredibly well, while the seamless construction is guaranteed against chafing.
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.
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.
Traveler's favorite ExOfficio released an updated version of its favorite, with an updated odor treatment to the synthetic mesh. Flatlock seams are near chafe-proof, while the company's focus of men on the move ensure breathability as well as ease of cleaning, no special laundry load required.
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