Best Men’s Running Underwear Reviewed and Tested
When it comes to runner’s clothing, we have one mantra: comfort.
When choosing appropriate clothing, it is important to consider the clothes visible to the public as well as what lies underneath. While running, men require underwear that is breathable and provides support, while also reducing chafing and irritation. Seasonal changes will also affect your choice; lightweight summer gear may not provide enough insulation during the cold winter months.
On our list, you can find high quality underwear that is worth trying. Let’s check them out!
- Nike Pro Combat Core Compression Six-Inch Short 2.0
- compression fit
- Saxx Kinetic Long Leg Performance Boxer Brief
- breathable fabric
- ExOfficio Give n Go Boxer
- increased air flow
10 Best Men’s Running Underwear
Nike Pro Combat Core Compression Six-Inch Short 2.0
Waist band bunches up
Saxx Kinetic Long Leg Boxer Brief
- 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.
- Quick drying nylon/spandex mix
- Ergonomic fit
- Has a soft mesh inner
- Constructed with Flat-lock stitching to prevent irritation
- Moisture wicking waistband
- The tend to ride up, according to a few customer reviews
ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxer
- 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!
- Easily washable
- Aegis Microbe Shield anti-bacterial treatment
- Made mostly of quick drying nylon
- Do not constrict with movement
- They tend to bunch up, as they are looser fitting
Adidas Men's Performance Sport Climalite Boxer Brief
- There’s 91 % of Polyester and 9 % of spandex
-The underwear is very elastic and doesn’t restrict your movement
- The stitching is very smooth. There’s no chafing
- The elastic waistband for more comfort
- There are two pairs per pack
Although they can be used in summer, most runners enjoyed much more in the winter autumn season.
Users said that they’re extremely comfortable
Many colors to choose from
They are very lightweight
Some users were disappointed with the durability
New Balance Men's Dry Fresh Boxer Briefs
This isn’t seamless construction but to be honest, there aren’t many seams in this design. The whole construction is,, no ride”. The boxer stay in place, there’s no riding down. Users said that they’re also stretchy. The lightweight four way stretch provides more flexibility, nothing restricts your movements. The waistband is wide enough and doesn’t irritate your skin. This underwear wicks the moisture very fast, runners could stay dry for the whole time of wearing.
- This is a blend of Polyester( 87%) and Spandex ( 13%)
- There are mesh panels for more breathability
- The boxer have special properties that prevent the growth of bacteria and there isn’t any unpleasant odor.
You need to be careful with the sizing chart. For some users, it was very hard to find the right size.
They retain the original shape even after many washes
Some users didn’t like the colors
Tesla Men's Compression Shorts
The shorts have very fair price, you will ned to spend a little more than 10 dollars on them. These are one of the least expensive on our list.
- Two way air circulation design
- The shorts feature UPF 50+ sun protection
- Non abrasion material
It’s advisable to order one size up as these run small.
Users praised the shorts for reduced chaffing
Very attractive price
Because of the price, the durability is a also a little bit weaker
Saucony Men's Windproof Boxer Brief
You get a comfortable compression style FIT, The fabric wicks away problematic sweat quickly to keep you dry, these have a designed in inseam at 6 inches to keep you well covered.
A good pair of boxers for runners, durable, comfortable, good wick capability and sure to keep you warm.
You get, Polyester at 100% for a waterproof protective membrane. PowerKnit at LX 87% and Stretchy Spandex-Flexshell at 13%
A nice feeling for secure FIT due to the compression and these are worn comfortably under running shorts/pants.
The front panel is fully wind-proof for secure protection from the cold, the four directional stretchy fabric ensures high wick performance, will dry out very fast to ensure you are comfortable.
Designed in flat seam systems and a well-fitted double-crotch-gusset ensure support with chaffing.
A middle range price for a quality pair of Boxer briefs.
Wind and waterproof protection
Double crotch gusset
Good wick factor
Protective and comfortable
Some runners prefer non-compression boxers
Under Armour Original Series 3″ Boxerjock
- 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.
- 100% synthetic fibers
- Contains Under Armour's patented HeatGear material
- Breathable construction
- Manages moisture very well
- One review stated that they started to rip, just under the waistband, after some use
ASICS Men’s Asx Boxer Briefs
- 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.
- Made with a quick drying nylon/poly blend
- Seamless construction reduces irritation spots
- Anti-microbial properties help control odor
- Secure, but not too tight
- One review though they could be a bit longer
Jockey Performance Midway Brief
- 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.
- Reasonable price
- The microfiber material is breathable
- Resists odor
- Moisture wicking properties
- A bit constrictive
Criteria for Running Underwear
Most standard underwear does not provide sport incorporated technology that can help to reduce chafing that may occur during longer runs. Sporting underwear will keep you dry and irritation-free by using wicking fabric. This “wicks” away moisture from your skin to the fabric, which is then transferred to the outer surface to keep you dry. However, this is only effective if the underwear fits snugly. Male athletes have a wide variety of sporting underwear which they can choose from; the list is also endless when you look at the compression shorts.
The fabrics used in various products differ from one manufacturer to another depending on several factors. Fabrics offer different degrees of strength and durability. Overall though, the choice comes down to personal comfort.
Fabrics can be organized into two groups:
The Synthetic Fibers: Synthetic fibers make up 90% of runner’s underwear. Examples include: nylon, polyesters, and polyester-spandex blends. Synthetics tend to be more durable and lightweight to keep runners dry and fresh during their run, and are the preferred choice of most athletes.
The Natural Fibers: Natural fibers, like cotton, provide good stretch to the wearer during natural body movement. However, they do not wick away sweat as effectively, and are less durable and need to be replaced more often.
Below are some of the fabrics that are used in making sporting and running underwear:
- Combed Cotton: is a popular fabric in underwear for cyclists since it is very good at preventing chafing.
- Coolmax: is a polyester, wicking fabric which leaves a runner feeling dry and cool. It is also resistant to fading, wrinkling, and shrinking when washed; best suited for outdoor training.
- Egyptian Cotton: is a very popular type of cotton fabric, that recently has been made to be more affordable. It is considered one of the softest fabrics to provide maximum comfort to the wearer.
- Italian Nylon: incorporates Lycra for extra stretching, the fabric offers athletes abrasion resistance and a four-way stretch. It is mostly preferred by the endurance athletes, because of its strength and antimicrobial properties that contribute to healing open wounds.
- PIMA Cotton: is a cotton fabric which grows in Australia and the US. Some manufacturers have created PIMA cotton with combinations of Egyptian and American cotton. The American fabric adds extra strength and durability, while the Egyptian provides added comfort to reduce irritation.
- Spandex: is a very popular from of polyurethane. Its compression capabilities make it one of the most loved fabrics by athletes, especially those involved in cycling and running activities. It’s lightweight and strong, but provides no absorbent capability. This is the best option for athletes who experience allergic reactions to latex
The many styles in men’s underwear come with different levels of support and insulation depending on your running climate.
Below are some of the styles of men’s underwear.
- Boxers: offer a low level of support due to the loose fit, and are made from materials that offer sweat-wicking abilities. They offer good air flow and do not hold in heat, and prevent chafing during your run
- Boxer Briefs: combine the length of boxers and the tight fit of briefs. They offer more firm support than boxers, and more insulation to hold in heat. They are made from very lightweight materials that have compression abilities.
- Jock Strap: are mostly worn by athletes who are involved in high-intensity sporting activities. They have a belt that is elastic and a pouch that offers protective support. They provide very little insulation to the runner.
- Support Briefs: utilizes the comfortability offered by the usual briefs and the protection that comes from a jockstrap. This design offers a very high degree of support and offers above average insulation for cold climates.
- Compression Shorts: provides excellent support due to its adjustable pouch. Its design always enables the runner to be cool and dry during the workout. Its design and length have enhanced insulation.
Underwear should not too tight, as this will restrict blood flow to the area, causing rushes or chafing. However, loose fitting underwear will not provide adequate support needed for protection, due to friction from the extra fabric and the body.
It is important to have your proper measurements taken before making your size selection. All underwear designs are determined by the size of the waist, and manufacturers often provide a sizing chart for you when you are shopping. If you are shopping in-store, it is also encouraged to try a few styles on before selecting.
Running Climate / Weather
Most sporting activities are affected by a change in weather conditions. If it’s hot and dry, select a lightweight boxer, made of breathable fabric with wicking capabilities. If its a cold and wet, opt for a style with more insulation and a closer fit like compression shorts.
Q: Does the fabric of the underwear matter?
A: The fabric of your underwear is very important. It not only affects how comfortable you will be while working out but determines your health too. There are numerous types of fabrics used in making running underwear. The material needs to draw sweat away from the body to protect against infections and chafing, and the overall fit must be comfortable– not too tight and not too loose. There are numerous types of fabrics used in making running underwear.
The material used in making the inner garments must have a sweat-wicking ability as this will protect the body from possible cases of chaffing and skin infections. The fabric should also enhance a perfect fit that is neither too tight nor too loose.
To prevent genital skin infections or jock itch, it’s important to wear new and clean underwear. Most standard underwear is not designed with features to deal with this challenge but with sport incorporated technology, sporting underwear is able to keep you dry by just wicking away all the sweat from your body as you run.
Q: Should I go commando?
A: Yes, it’s very much “allowed” to skip wearing your running underwear. Research shows that there are several advantages of going commando, especially when you are working out. If your outer sportswear to be a compression tight then you don’t need a running underwear. Those athletes who have skin allergies or experience skin irritations when they wear an underwear should skip wearing one.
Q: How on earth could underwear be an advantage in a race?
A: The underwear will not only provide comfort and support it will also make sure that you remain dry during the whole running experience. This is achieved by the wicking effect that most sporting underwear has. Another thing its light and wind resistant so it won’t affect you negatively in the race. It will be more advantageous to have an underwear in a marathon to keep you dry.
Q: How often should I replace my underwear?
A: Having a clean pair of underwear is very important. Clean underwear means you are comfortable during your workout and it keeps you healthy from any infections. Old tattered underwear isn’t something you want to show up during your workout sessions. It’s advisable to change your sporting underwear after every 6-9 months of use. But if the elastic bands and the leg bands wear out earlier then replace the underwear sooner, because they will no longer be able to provide the needed support.
Q: What if my underwear is leaving marks or chafing the skin?
A: This means either the underwear is too small or you have skin related issues with the material. First, check the size and consult with the salesperson in getting the right fit. If its health-related, then you can pick another pair of underwear that has a different type of material and also seek medication just in case its an infection. Another option for men is to try boxer briefs that will protect one’s legs from rubbing while running.
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