Ask the Expert: Underwear as Cycling Shorts?

by Michael Kleinmann

Mike from California: I’m an avid biker and was wondering if the Under Armour Boxerjock Boxer Brief is good to wear as bicycle shorts? I notice professional bikers wearing shorts that look like these, but need more info on what they’re for/what they do. Also, can you make any suggestions of similar shorter inseam underwear to wear with cycling shorts?

The Underwear Expert: The deal with the Under Armour Boxerjock Boxer Brief is this: it’s great for cycling, but you can’t wear it by itself. Aside from the fact that it’s essentially underwear, the length isn’t as long as actual cycling shorts, and you need that length for long bouts of biking. Instead, this type of trunk-style performance underwear is great to layer beneath your regular cycling shorts or pants for extra protection against rubbing, chafing, wetness and odor.

The Under Armour Boxerjock Boxer Brief is part of a growing assortment of performance underwear specially designed to increase comfort and endurance for a variety of high-motion activities, especially cycling. Guys like them particularly because they’re so versatile to wear–the length isn’t as long as a typical cycling short, so they can be worn more practically.

Here is a technical look at what makes them so special:

Waistband: The wide waistband is made from thin elastic that sits flush against your skin so it won’t rub or dig. It won’t absorb moisture from sweat to prevent chafing, and helps to keep the boxer brief securely fit.

Fabric: The nylon/elastane blend fabric is ultra stretchy and resilient, forming a smooth, second-skin fit on your body without any sag. The composition and knit of the fabric makes it moisture-wicking to keep you constantly dry, and it’s been treated to be anti-microbial, keeping you fresh and odor-free.

Construction: The flatlock stitching lies flat against your skin, minimizing the potential for rubbing and irritation. This is especially important for the inner thigh and crotch area, where fabric tends to bunch up. Here, you’ll get a smooth, clean fit all over. The 2-ply fabric pouch adds an extra measure of support and padding that provides long-lasting comfort and bounce control.

Length: The length of the legs covers the parts of your legs that are most vulnerable to rubbing and chafing, a must if you’re in store for hours of pedaling on a bike or running a long distance.

If you’d like to shop around to see what other brands have to offer, we can recommend a few tried-and-true styles. The Calvin Klein Underwear Pro Stretch Reflex Low Rise Trunk is made from an ultra sleek fabric (90% nylon, 10% spandex) and sewn to trace every contour of your body for amazing support. They’re also equipped with a CoolMax waistband that wicks away sweat. The C-IN2 Grip Compression Boxer Brief provides light, supportive compression and features a pouch that is engineered for extra lift and support. It’s made from TransDry cotton (96% TransDry cotton, 4% spandex) that immediately wicks moisture away from your skin, keeping you dry for as long as you wear them. The Icebreaker Beast 150 Anatomica Boxer Brief takes a more natural approach, combining the moisture-wicking, anti-microbial, ultra-soft properties of merino wool (96% merino wool, 4% spandex) with an anatomically shaped pouch for an incredibly supportive boxer brief that stays fresh and dry for long periods of time.

Regardless of which brand you try, layering with one of these styles of performance underwear is a great way to make your run, hike or Tour de France as winning as possible..

For more information about these brands: C-IN2, Calvin Klein Underwear, Icebreaker, Under Armour

Photo Credit: Express-Times File Photo | JOE GILL

 

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  1. The whole point of cycling shorts is to NOT wear underwear because underwear has seams in places you don’t want seams. Even underneath padded cycling shorts, underwear seams will feel like razor blades after 30-40 miles on a bike saddle. On a bike, one doesn’t need support as your manly parts are already being compressed against the seat. I realize this is an underwear site…but I’m sure we can all agree there are some good times to take them off :) Cycling is one of them.

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