Best Running Underwear Reviewed and Tested

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A detailed compilation of the Men’s nine best running underwear reviewed and tested in 2017. Great for expert runners and novices alike – see more here!

When it comes to the clothing to wear while running we have one mantra, and that is comfort. If it’s not comfortable you probably should ditch it. This couldn’t be truer when it comes to underwear. Everyone has that unfortunate experience of wearing a pair of underwear that didn’t quite fit right. This discomfort is simply magnified during a run or training session.

ASICS Asx Boxer Briefs
  • ASICS Asx Boxer Briefs
  • 5 out of 5
  • Seamless construction
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Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers
  • Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers
  • 4.5 out of 5
  • Soft merino wool
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Jockey Performance Brief
  • Jockey Performance Brief
  • 4.5 out of 5
  • breathable microfiber material
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We’ve tested, reviewed, researched and come up with a list of our current favorites. Enjoy!

Saxx Kinetic Long Leg

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Going back to our mantra the Saxx Kinetic long leg briefs are extremely comfortable. They are more comfortable than your average brief due to a spacious three-dimensional pocket, or pouch, in the front section that wraps around your junk, keeping everything in place during high intensity activities. There are no seams in or around the crotch area, essentially eliminating the potential for chafing or irritation. Another notable feature of these briefs is that they are are a relatively snug, long fit with a bit of support extending well down the leg.
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Details:

- Material: Nylon/Spandex mix
- High performance, boxer brief with ergonomic pouch
- Contour fit design for a comfortable and supportive fit
- Soft, mesh inner slings helps keep everything in its place
- Flat-lock stitching, no chafing problems here
- Sturdy but smooth feeling, 1.75″ moisture wicking waistband

Protip: Excellent choice for winter running and for athletes who suffer from quadricep related injury problems.
Pros
  • Quick drying nylon/spandex mix
  • Ergonomic fit
  • Has a soft mesh inner
  • Constructed with Flat-lock stitching to prevent irritation
  • Moisture wicking waistband
Cons
  • The tend to ride up, according to a few customer reviews

Under Armour Original Series 3″ Boxerjock

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On the lower end of the price spectrum, the Original Series Boxerjock from Under Armour is a great way to get higher end performance without paying the price. Beyond the economic advantages these boxer briefs have a three-inch inseam and extremely lightweight fabric which keeps them from committing the cardinal sin of boxers, riding up. With an extra-breezy front mesh panel you aren’t going to get a whole lot of protection from these underwear, but what you will get is a comfortable fit and an extremely high moisture absorption rate.
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- Constructed from 100% synthetic Fibers
- Patented HeatGear fabric is light on the skin
- Has an articulated mesh fly panel for superior breathability
- 4-way stretch fabrication allows for a perfect mixture of support and mobility
- Under Armour’s Moisture Transport System wicks sweat & dries fast
- Performance grade athletic waistband

Protip: If you are one of those runners who likes to go commando but don’t want to take the associated risks, these are a great choice. Often times they feel as if you are wearing nothing at all.
Pros
  • 100% synthetic fibers
  • Contains Under Armour's patented HeatGear material
  • Breathable construction
  • Manages moisture very well
Cons
  • One review stated that they started to rip, just under the waistband, after some use

JINSHI Soft Bamboo Boxer Briefs

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If you like to experiment the Jinshi Bamboo Boxer Briefs are a fun option. Originally produced and designed in Japan these briefs are designed with ultimate comfort in mind. They also (with their bamboo fibers) are said to fight bacteria accumulation at an impressive rate (75% killed over a 24 hour period). While sporting these you can rest easy knowing that eco healthy bamboo plant from which your trunks are made is sustainable, growing naturally without chemicals. One hundred percent organic.
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Details:

- Made from 95% bamboo fiber plus a tad of spandex
- Japanese design flair
- Easily machine washable, in cold water
- Thin, flexible and comfortable material
- Soft waistband holds steady but does not create any pinching or binding
- Pairs com neatly folded in their own little stylish baggies

Protip: if you want to avoid being seriously constricted your best bet is to size up with these briefs.
Pros
  • 95% bamboo
  • Funky designs
  • Machine washable in cold water
  • Super thin and flexible
  • The waistband is soft and non-irritating
Cons
  • They tend ti ride up

Ridge Merino Men's Boxer

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If you’ve ever tried a piece of the clothing that is made from Merino wool you know that not much selling is needed beyond simply stating these are made from Merino wool. Made from one of the most comfortable materials out there the Ridge Boxers are additionally comfortable due to a relaxed cut. Not the strongest boxer in terms of support but these will keep you warm on cool mornings and can go quite a ways before developing any type of an odor. Their use extends well beyond running, and we highly recommend you treat yourself and have a pair on hand the next time winter rolls around.
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Details:

- Material: 95% Merino Wool and 5% Elastic
- Can be washed in the machine
- Award winning — cited by Outside magazine as one of the best pairs of underwear for backpacking trips
- Biodegradable Merino Wool 170g, produced in a sustainable way
- Flat Locked seams, maximum comfort zero rub
- Manages sweat and moisture extremely well, fibers wick
- Wool naturally fights odor without the use of harsh chemicals

Pro Tip: Be careful when you purchase a pair of boxers made from Merino wool, because once you’ve experienced them it’s pretty tough to go back.
Pros
  • 95% merino wool
  • Machine washable
  • Great choice for backpacking
  • Great moisture management
  • Natural odor control properties
Cons
  • The fit tends to be slightly looser than expected

Naked Active Boxer Brief

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As the name implies these briefs are meant to feel as if they aren’t there. With shockingly smooth microfiber fabric and a contour pouch they get about as close to achieving this as is possible. Designed to provide uniform support through your down belows (with a strong seamless feel) the Active boxer from Naked is a comfortable choice for any runner. Try them on in comparison to a standard cotton boxer and you will quickly see the difference.
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Details:

- 100% microfiber
- Athletic-fit boxer brief with tonal seaming, maximum comfort enhanced materials
- Has a contrast logo located at left hip
- Strong elastic rimmed waistband
- Moisture-wicking material, dries quickly
- Made in the USA

Protip: If you plan to run longer distances (particularly in warmer weather) these are a solid go to, few briefs wick away moisture as effectively.
Pros
  • Breathable construction
  • Dries quickly
  • durable, yet non-irritating covered elastic waistband
  • Seams are placed strategically to enhance comfort in motion
Cons
  • Really weren't able to find any negatives

ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxer

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Built to perform at a high level with minimal maintenance the Give-N-Go Boxers from ExOfficio are another good choice for runners. Made with Aegis Microbe Shield incorporated material, these underpants are well suited for a hard run or anything you can throw at them really. They also feature a functional fly making access a breeze. Made from high grade materials, these will last for quite a while and will certainly not turn into next year’s throwaways.
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- Quick-drying, easy to wash allowing you to pack lighter if traveling
- Treated with Aegis Microbe Shield fights bacteria like no other
- Moisture-wicking, light, and breathable
- Constructed from 94 percent nylon, 6 percent Lycra
- Made in the USA
- Terry elastic backed, easily maneuverable fly

Protip: Be absolutely sure you size these right, the elastic can be tight so go up a size if in doubt. Want to wash them? Rinse, soap, and roll out wait for a few minutes and voila!
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Easily washable
  • Aegis Microbe Shield anti-bacterial treatment
  • Made mostly of quick drying nylon
  • Do not constrict with movement
Cons
  • They tend to bunch up, as they are looser fitting

Jockey Performance Midway Brief

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At a glance these briefs from Jockey might not appear all that different than their plain cotton predecessors. The fabric of the performance midway brief has just enough polyester and Lycra to wick moisture like a more synthetic material. Factor in a really smart design — which includes an H-fly (providing no-gap support) — a fit that feels tailored and you’ve got a winning combination.
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- Underwear Style Jockey 8051
- Microfiber performance Midway® brief offers up premium performance and mid range pricing
- Contour fitted H-fly provides support and a customized fit
- Breezy microfiber fabric wicks away moisture, making sure that you stay cool and dry
- Odor control technology allows you to reuse with confidence

Protip: Great for all day use. Probably our number one choice to wear to the office and then straight out onto the trail.
Pros
  • Reasonable price
  • The microfiber material is breathable
  • Resists odor
  • Moisture wicking properties
Cons
  • A bit constrictive

Icebreaker Men’s Anatomica Boxers with Fly

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Extra fine merino wool offers up a plush, warm, and comfortable fit in the form of the Anatomica Boxers. A dash of LYCRA mixed into the material of these boxers makes them just that extra bit sporty and well suited for training. They also include a contoured pouch, making sure there’s a good bit of support but no feeling of constriction. Coming in a lot of different colors and styles there’s something for everyone here.
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Details:

- Weight: 150gm Material is 96% Merino and 4% Lycra
- Made from the lightest weight of merino with a touch of LYCRA® for the ultimate soft touch on your skin
- Breathes easily, with moisture wicking properties
- Contoured pouch is built for comfort
- Anti-itch merino wool, resists odor naturally
- Never chaf again with flatlock stitching
- Label/logo centered at back of the waistband
Pros
  • Made mostly of soft merino wool
  • Plenty of room, does not constrict
  • Moisture wicking & breathable
  • Many color options to choose from
  • Great for almost all activities
Cons
  • Wicks moisture away well, but still not as good as synthetic material does

ASICS Men’s Asx Boxer Briefs

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What better way to ensure that you get the best underwear for running than to buy underwear from a running specific company? ASICS Asx Boxer Briefs offer up an advanced support system engineered just for the type of stresses running puts on the body. They also include innovative seamless technology that make the pouch and waistband soft and comfortable. The price is fairly reasonable, and the value you get in return for these briefs is exceptional. Take a look.
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Details:

- Mix of 92% Nylon 8% Poly blend
- Customized seamless tech built in for variable levels of compression
- Designed athletic support system, hugs the body comfortably
- Plush knitted gusset (or to say another way crotch piece)
- 3 inch inseam
- Avoid the stink: controls odor effectively with anti-microbial properties

Protip: Flashy details down the exterior of both legs make these a comfortable and surprisingly stylish choice in underwear.
Pros
  • Made with a quick drying nylon/poly blend
  • Seamless construction reduces irritation spots
  • Anti-microbial properties help control odor
  • Secure, but not too tight
Cons
  • One review though they could be a bit longer

Generally speaking, men have a few basic choices in underwear. You can go with the traditional cotton boxer, or squeeze into a pair of tighty whities. But the good news is that these options have expanded drastically in recent years. More than a few manufacturers are making boxer briefs with high-tech materials and hybrid designs that are light years away from the old style. There are many more comfortable choices for all-day use and quite a few that offer support as well as coverage.

A nice pair of running underwear adds a comfortable layer of insulation and support. This is especially important during the cold months, because running tights and pants, tend to lack built-in liners that many running shorts have. And during the summer the less you feel the better.

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