Ask the Expert: Sweating South of the Border

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Jordan from Melbourne, Australia: I have a thing with sweating…down there. I have to wear a suit to work every day, so packing on the layers doesn’t help, either. I can just remove my jacket and cool down on top, but the underwear department isn’t so easy to air out. So I’m stuck with a case of swamp ass. Not cool. I wear cotton boxer briefs most of the time thinking they’ll absorb the sweat, but they don’t seem to be helping. I’ve even tried briefs on the basis that less fabric equals less sweat, but I didn’t like the way they fit in the end. Help!

The Underwear Expert: You’ve reached the Wetness Protection Program, Jordan! Greetings. Tough break having to dress up for work every day–we feel your pain. Have you tried suits made of lighter fabrics, like cotton and linen? They may let off some steam and keep you cooler. Still, if you’re stuck in all those layers for eight hours a day, you’re bound to work up a sweat, especially since us guys have an abundance of sweat glands in the groin area. Since we can’t do much about the sweating, the trick for you is to rely on some high-tech underwear that will solve the problem of swamp ass once and for all.

First, try changing up the fabric from traditional cotton underwear to something more absorbent, like the Calvin Klein Underwear Micro Modal Essentials Boxer Brief. Modal is a natural fabric made from beech tree fibers that is softer, lighter weight and more absorbent than cotton. As you produce sweat, the modal fabric wicks it away from your skin, keeping you cool and dry. It’s also silky soft, so you’ll love the way it feels anyway. The Tommy John 360 Active Boxer Brief is made from a polyester spandex blend fabric that is engineered to be ultra-breathable and anti-odor, so it keeps both sweat and its effects at bay.

You can also take an athletic approach. The Spanx for Men Cotton Comfort Boxer Brief is modeled after a cyclist’s shorts and features a contour pouch with mesh panels on either side to increase air flow in and out of your underwear. Another interesting feature is the 3D pouch that offers extra support for your boys, giving them a slight lift to cut down on stickiness. The underwear includes a horizontal opening for even more breathing room, too. Also, try the C-IN2 Grip Army Trunk.  It’s made from a specially treated cotton that, as it touches the skin, transfers sweat from the inside to the outside. Described by the company as a “high performance moisture transport product,” it’s like a mini air-conditioner and dehumidifier for your underwear.

If all else fails, you can always bring back the suits-with-shorts trend!

For more information on these brands: C-in2, Calvin Klein Underwear, Spanx for Men, Tommy John

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  1. Just read your recomendations and I highly agree. I have both Spanx and Tommy John. I was surprised you did not mention Under Armour. They are my underwear of choice. However in all brands, I have found the longer lengths are better. No chafeing etc. with more leg coverage. Forget anything cotton. It never dries out and has no wicking capibilities. Same applies for dress socks. I actually found ladies sheer kneee highs to be extremly effective and they look very cool and stylish.

  2. johny bizaro says:

    Well if you got problems try snake powder. search it.
    in the army we call it swamp A++.

  3. Try depend Real-Fit underwear. It feels and looks exactly like regular underwear when worn, but they absorb any extra moisture. Although they are made by depend, they are not a nappy or bulky old person pant. They seriously look, feel, and work just like normal underwear but catch any excess moisture so you aren’t feeling wet and are disposable.

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