But the fabric feels a tad warmer, which could be an issue if you overheat easily or live in a humid climate. Some testers complained that these boxer briefs felt a little large compared with the other pairs we tested, so some sizing experimentation may be in order.
Thankfully, Mack Weldon also has a generous first-purchase return policy and customer service team to help pinpoint the right size and model. These redesigned basic Hanes boxer briefs feel supportive and comfortable, but the fabric is thinner than that of our main picks and the loud waistband branding may turn some people off. The Hanes Comfort Flex Fit boxer briefs are both good and affordable.
Our testers expressed concern about the thinner feel of the Hanes fabric and the large branding on the waistband. For this article, I spoke with three industry insiders: Finally, I spoke with designers and company representatives from Hanes and Mack Weldon. These conversations took place after our testing and picks were made, and they provided important context about the way modern brands are creating new designs for changing tastes.
Anyone can wear and enjoy underwear for men. But the modern designs, so different from the underwear of our fathers, are nearly uniform in their obsessive and almost tender concern for the penis. The pairs of underwear in this guide are soft, comfortable mid-thigh boxer briefs for daily use.
They will maintain their shape all day, without stretching or chafing. The benefit and the drawback of boxer briefs as compared with briefs or even trunks is the extra leg material. So while they do offer comfort and support, they also might present unsightly underwear lines, especially in thinner dress pants or slacks. All our picks have slim seams along the leg bands, which will reduce underwear lines showing through thin cotton pants or khakis. After spending 10 hours talking to experts and Wirecutter staff, as well as going online to read an assortment of reviews about underwear, I narrowed a list of 24 well-reviewed brands down to From there I researched fabric blends, compared models with the highest user reviews, and noted which models appeared the most in editorials.
I then selected 30 pairs of underwear produced by those 14 brands to look at more closely. Soft yet durable fabrics: We chose to test the most commonly found cotton and modal blends, spiked with some spandex or other synthetic fibers for added stretch and form.
Waist and leg band stretch: You want to feel resistance without it feeling stiff. We looked for boxer briefs that moved with our bodies without overstretching or loosening during the day. Underwear can change from good to terrible in several hours if the elasticity in these areas stretches out. A well-designed pouch should contour and flatter your body, while supporting you as you move through the day.
All our picks are moderately contoured for a variety of body shapes and sizes. Aesthetically, the pouch is vital to accentuating the inherent shape of the male form. A good pouch should appear just barely loose when the underwear are held aloft, feel snug without overly cupping your body while worn, and keep you cool and moisture free. The rest of the underwear should also feel comfortable. We chose to test the most popular models with flies and all our picks come with a traditional vertical access fly, with flat seams to reduce chafing.
If you want extra support, or tend to have a more active day, you may enjoy the flyless designs from Saxx or Mack Weldon. With these measures in mind, we narrowed our list to 13 models to test. I did the first round of testing personally, wearing every pair for several days, running errands during a rainy couple of weeks in Hawaii in a sort of humidity stress test.
I ran each pair through 10 wash and dry cycles to re-create some long-term wear as well. I looked closely after those washings for inconsistent fabric wear, stretching, or pilling.
From that initial assessment we selected five models for further testing: Next, we sent each of our eight testers the five pairs of underwear. These people represented a diverse range of body shapes, sizes, and gender identities.
Over the course of a week, they tried on all the pairs, wore each around for a day, and rated each model for softness, comfort, and enjoyment. The testers also washed and dried each pair. Afterward they ranked their overall favorites. Saxx has discontinued the 24 Seven line.
We still prefer Saxx underwear, and are testing two lines—the Ultra and Undercover —as possible replacement picks. The Saxx 24 Seven boxer briefs are the best all-around underwear we tested. The fabric stands out for its super-soft texture and the way it hugs the body, almost like a second skin. Our testers also preferred their pouch construction over those of other sets.
The 24 Seven, made of 95 percent cotton and 5 percent spandex, was one of the softest and most pliable pairs of underwear we tested, and more supportive than many blended-fabric pairs we tried. Only the Mack Weldon boxer briefs were rated just a touch softer by our testers, but we preferred the lighter overall weight and moisture absorbency of the 24 Seven boxer briefs. Ultimately, I preferred their overall stretch and cling against my legs.
They felt like they stayed in place longer, more like a second skin than the other two picks, which I became more aware of as the day drew on. Every model of Saxx underwear comes with a unique pouch design: Testers also noted how flattering the pouch felt.
Its shape and construction stood out consistently in our testing notes when the Saxx design was compared with that of other brands. Is this unique pouch design absolutely necessary?
Throughout the day we felt like we needed to adjust ourselves less, if at all, while wearing the Saxx boxer briefs. Only one pair has developed a small hole on the left thigh, which I may have snagged on a splinter from a bed post. None of the pairs I bought have lost their shape—if anything they feel as if they fit me better now than when I first took them out of the box.
Our other testers backed up my own experience. They do the trick. Not too soft, but not stiff. They keep things front and center. And the centered brand makes me feel like a boxer in a sexy boxing match— pow! However, they are made of a heavier-feeling fabric and have a more traditional pouch than our main pick. Want to get your items fast without the pricey shipping fees?
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