Let’s get something cleared up right off the bat. I don’t enjoy talking about your underwear anymore than you enjoy talking about your underwear. But my job is to help guys look their best and part of that involves that base layer that covers your junk.
Still, I’ll try and make this as painless as possible. We don’t need to get into some lengthy boxers or briefs debate. Most guys gravitate toward the hybrid boxer brief anyway, but whatever your preference is fine. The issue arises when men can’t remember the last time they actually purchased a pair of new underwear. Odds are it was in a bulk value pack and now looks like Swiss cheese with all its holes.
It’s always good to buy quality things that can last but your skivvies are one of those items that does not improve the more you wear them. You don’t want underwear with patina, because that’s probably just a skid mark. Even if the personal pride part of having new underwear doesn’t bother you, imagine the scenario of hooking up with a woman and her seeing your tattered rags. That’s an even worse look than dad bod.
Also, if it’s been awhile since you bought a new pair of underwear, you’ll be psyched to discover that there’s been a lot of advancements, from fabrics to cut to, ahem, pouches, that will cover your family jewels in the manner befitting their precious nature.
Here are the seven best pairs of underwear guys can get right now. That’s one for every day of the week, because if you aren’t changing your underwear every day, then even we can’t help you.
MYPAKAGE X LURK ACTION SERIES
Who says you can only do artist collaborations with sneakers and T-shirts? MyPakage enlisted artist Russ Morland, a.k.a. Lurk, who is famous for his skateboard graphics, to design a unique image for these boxer briefs. MyPakage is known for its Keyhole Technology which is essentially a pouch that holds your unit comfortably in place and keeps it cool. The Action Series also features stretchable moisture wicking fabric making them great for everything from running to skateboarding.
UNDER ARMOUR ISO-CHILL BOXERJOCK
Under Armour knows how to make fabrics that work in any weather. Their Iso-Chill Boxerjocks use a material that actually feels cool to the touch so your underwear constantly feels cool like the other side of the pillow (R.I.P. Stu Scott). They also have four-way stretch and technology that keeps them from stanking.
If you’re looking for something shorter than a boxer but longer than a brief, MeUndies’ Trunk style is for you. The material incorporates fibers extruded from beechwood that are both incredibly soft and help reduce odor which is always a nice bonus. They also come in a ton of different colors and patterns.
SLEEPY JONES JASPER BOXER
Andy Space (founder of Jack Spade, husband of Kate Spade, brother of David Spade) has turned his attention to sleepwear and underwear with his new brand Sleepy Jones. The company’s Jasper Boxer is made in the U.S. and features a two-button fly and a clever coin pocket. (Go ahead, call it a condom pocket.)
2(X)IST SPEED 2.0 BRIEFS
In terms of support, it is still tough to beat a pair of briefs. The new Speed 2.0 model from 2(X)IST have high-performance moisture wicking fabric so that your huevos stay dry. The waistband sits below your hips so you can wear pants with a lower rise without showing the world what color underwear you wore that day.
BROOKS BROTHERS OXFORD BOXERS
Not everybody wants high-tech performance fabric in their underwear. But they still want to be comfortable and cool. Brooks Brothers uses an oxford cloth similar to what you’d find in their classic button-down shirts for these boxers. The fabric has a soft feel and a timeless style.
PATAGONIA EVERYDAY BOXER BRIEFS
With Patagonia products, you are assured of two things, they will be as environmentally sustainable as possible and they will be engineered for activity. The brand’s underwear is no different. These boxer briefs are made from 62% Fair Trade Certified organic cotton and move with you. They’re a great choice if you bike commute because they won’t ride all the way up as you pedal and turn into more brief than boxer when you get to the office.