Nick C. from Chicago: Dear Underwear Expert, I’m not a big fan of synthetic fabric, nor am I crazy about cotton underwear. My best friend told me I should try wool underwear, saying that I’d like the way it feels against my skin. What brands make the best wool underwear?
The Underwear Expert: We can help! There are several great brands making excellent wool underwear.
Before we get into the specific options, however, let’s explain to the uninformed why wool is the new black. Wool is an environmentally sustainable material and most merino wool is produced organically, or at least with minimal use of harmful chemicals. Since sheep need to be shorn to be comfortable, lamb lovers can still be wool wearers with a clean conscience.
Wool fabric does some amazing stuff. It’s hypoallergenic, it regulates temperature and it’s naturally odor free. New spinning technology keeps wool fabric light, but just as warm and cozy as ever.
The core of merino wool is highly absorbant, but the surface of the fibers are waxy and water repellant. For this reason, merino wool is the perfect fabric for outdoor activities – especially cold-weather sports.
Finally, merino wool is almost seven times as durable as cotton. Your wool underwear will stay with you long after your whitey tighties have fallen apart.
Convinced? Good. Now, which wool undies should you buy? Here are four picks that we believe you’ll love.
First, let’s look at the Bodyfit 150 Relaxed Boxers from Icebreaker ($44.99). They’re made from super-light-weight merino. Icebreaker knows its stuff, and you can bet that this will become your go-to pair of underwear.
Next, check out Smartwool. The PHD NTS Light 195 Wind Boxer Brief ($60) is perfect for athletic types who want high performance wool underwear. Try it on, and hit the slopes – this underwear is great for skiing.
If you like to keep things simple and comfortable, try the Ibex Woolies 150 Boxer Brief ($50). It’s soft, breathable and has good moisture control. We’re digging the blue color, too.
Finally, if you’re a style conscious fellow, we recommend trying the pullWool Trunk Brief ($50). PullWool is a new brand that focuses on reducing skin on skin contact. This underwear is smart, stylish and a great choice for any wool-lover.
Photo Credit: Ibex, Icebreaker, pullWool, Smartwool