Underwear – everyone, well most everyone, wears it but we don’t often talk about what we are wearing. However, make the wrong choice in underwear and it can ruin a hike or run. Columbia thinks they have the answer with their new performance line of underwear. I have the good fortune to review their new line of Performance Stretch Boxer Briefs.
Underwear is a personal choice. I generally choose briefs made of performance fabrics for hiking and backpacking, but for running I prefer to use running shorts that have built in underwear. For the next several months though, I am making a change and taking a chance on Columbia’s new Performance Stretch Boxer Briefs.
The Boxer Briefs come in various sizes. I am a size 36” waist which is a large in Columbia’s size chart. The fabric is 88% polyester and 12% spandex. The boxers feel very comfortable next to the skin. They have a nice wide waistband that is smooth and seems like it will stay in place nicely under my clothing.
Overall I think the initial fit is pretty good and comfortable. They are boxer briefs and basically feel like they are lightweight compression shorts. They come about halfway down my thigh and have a little bit of compression but not too much. They are comfortable in the crotch and seem to hold everything in place.
Care instructions seem to be fairly simple. Machine wash cold with similar colors on a gentle cycle and tumble dry low. They can also be ironed on cool if needed.
I generally evaluate underwear on several characteristics. Number one is comfort – are they comfortable to wear? Do I want to wear them or do I have to wear them? The second characteristic is durability. How well do they last? Can I wear them several days without seeing any undue wear? Do they lose any elasticity over time? Third is smell. This is pretty major drawback for synthetic fabrics in general. Can I wear them for multiple days without chasing off my hiking partners?
Thanks for reading my initial thoughts, check back in about a month or so for my update.