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When you’re crushing a HIIT workout or pushing yourself to get through one last mile on your nightly run or ride, there’s only one thing that can stop you: chafing. Don’t laugh: It’s a common problem with active guys. Tighty-whities just don’t cut it when we’re working hard. Our boys need support and protection down there, it’s true. But they also need to breathe. What’s the best anti-chafing underwear you can buy? We’ve chosen five candidates who qualify.
From synthetic fabrics that utilize modern technology to all-natural materials that make use of the best stuff found in nature to keep you cool and dry, here are our favorite pairs of athletic underwear that don’t chafe:
When looking for athletic underwear that doesn’t chafe, there are three main fabrics to consider:
Cotton is the original because of its softness and comfort. And it’s still the most affordable. But not all cotton is created equal. Your best bet is to look for Pima cotton, which dries more quickly than regular cotton.
Synthetic fabrics are all the rage in performance apparel. Modern technology has provided us with quick-drying, moisture-wicking, and anti-odor synthetics that stretch and retain their shape. Those are all great qualities—but some of us still prefer the feel of cotton. To each his own. But know this: Like most tech, when it comes to synthetic fabrics and the companies that make them you definitely get what you pay for. Don’t skimp.
Wool has natural breathability and anti-odor capabilities. It also manages moisture and regulates temperature. Look for high-quality merino wool for its warmth, soft feel, itch-free comfort, and natural resistance to odors. many companies are blending merino wool with synthetic fabrics for performance material with a natural feel.
No matter which material you prefer, you’re shopping for, key features to consider are a moisture-wicking, non-roll waistband, flat seams, anti-chafe, and breathability.
Here are five of the best pairs of anti-chafing athletic underwear you can buy.
Under Armour HeatGear Sonic Compression Short
Under Armour practically invented performance/compression apparel. This latest UA version offers compression plus extreme comfort for all-day wear. Ultra-soft and smooth fabric with four-way stretch that allows greater mobility while it wicks sweat away from the body, keeping you cooler and drier.
Icebreaker Anatomica Boxer Briefs
Icebreaker made its Anatomica with Merino wool to naturally regulate your temperature, breathe freely, and stay fresh even when you don’t have the luxury of changing or washing your undies each night.
ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs
The breathable mesh improves airflow, while the quick-drying fabric is ready to wear within hours. Odor-reducing antimicrobial treatment keeps them fresher longer, and the ergonomic diamond-knit mesh fly panel provides support. With chafe-free contrast flatlock seams and a smooth waistband.
Champion Powerflex Compression Short
A quick-drying poly/spandex blend that evaporates moisture fast and wicks moisture away from the skin. They feature flatlock seams to protect against chafing.
Fruit of the Loom Coolzone Boxer Briefs
These cotton boxer briefs are made with a mesh fly that provides ventilation and support right where you need it. With no-ride up legs and strategically placed breathable mesh, each pair features dual defense technology, designed to keep you dry and fresh.
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