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Even after hearing what a seasoned traveller had to say about the lackluster state of the men’s travel underwear sector, we weren’t going to tell the whole of it to take a hike. Our traveller did recommend a few standout brands, and we took it upon ourselves to add another for good measure. Presented below are the top five best bets when you need a lightweight, sturdy, quick-drying pair to toss in your backpack on your worldly ventures.
Made of travel-friendly Give-N-Go stretch fabric, with a diamond weave mesh, these boxer briefs are constructed to stay clean and dry as quickly as possible. Breathable, flexible nylon/lycra blend is also treated with an anti-odor Microbe Shield™ for a continued fresh scent. These can be washed in a sink and hung up to air dry surprisingly quickly. $26
Patagonia Capilene Boxer Brief
Like the other kinds of travel underwear featured here, the quick-wicking, lightweight fabric is up front in terms of product benefits. Here, its Patagonia’s Capilene® — 100% polyester with the Gladiodor® odor control. There is a supportive front panel and non-chafing elastic waistband. These lightweight boxer briefs stay sweat-free for long periods of time, commending them for many different activities. $15
Icebreaker Merino Wool Boxer Brief
Made of 100% New Zealand Merino Wool, these briefs caress, protect, cool and dry what’s in them. The contoured pouch slides comfortably under low-rise jeans, so you can wear these briefs both on the slopes and the dance floor. It breathes, smells and traps heat at an optimal rate because, as Icebreaker says, before it was boxer briefs, it had to have “survived freezing winters and scorching summers at up to 8,000 feet in the Southern Alps of New Zealand on the back of a merino sheep.” $50
You might bring your Swiss army knife in your pocket, but what about under your pants? Tommy John’s the most multi-purpose brief on this list. With a horizontal fly for “quick” access, a contour pouch that supports, comforts, and lifts, 360 degree stretch fabric, zoned ventilation to keep you cool and dry during even the most intense activities, anti-odor technology that prevents the growth of odor causing molecules, this offering would measure up cleanly with the others. Most importantly, there is a utility pocket for everything from swiss army knives to iPods. $29.00