By Jason B.
It seems like performance underwear is all the rage in the industry now, and the days of tighty whiteys appear to be numbered. SAXX is one of the newer companies on the block, and they believe that their specific style of performance underwear with their proprietary ball park pouch, flat seams and technical fabrics will deliver the best experience for their wearer. I am fortunate enough to see if this is true. I will be reviewing the Quest 2.0 over the next several months.
SAXX Underwear was founded in 2006 by Trent Kitsch after a fishing trip that left him unhappy with his current underwear choices. The result is the SAXX Underwear that is available today. Their website does a nice job of laying out the remainder of their story on how the founder went from uncomfortable to comfortable. Their website is laid out well and easy to use.
There are three main features that make SAXX Underwear different from others – BallPark Pouch, Three-D Fit, and Flat Out Seams. The BallPark Pouch is described by SAXX this way: “Designed for contact-free support, this 3D hammock-shaped pouch keeps everything in place, thanks to mesh panels that prevent skin-against-skin friction, and feature no exposed stitching for chafe-free comfort.”
SAXX describes the Three D fit this way – “Taking a 360-degree view of the body, we consider fit, feel and function, and use nine panels of fabric to create 3D shaping around glutes, thighs, quads and hamstrings.”
Finally the Flat Out Seams are described – “While other underwear companies place the raised-thread seam against the body, we reversed conventional thinking and placed the flatter, softer side of the seam inward, for chafe-free comfort.”
Overall there seems to be a pretty impressive amount of engineering for a pair of underwear. I am intrigued with the BallPark Pouch, as it seems to be the most unique feature that separates SAXX Underwear from others. SAXX offers underwear in multiple styles- boxers, briefs, and long leg boxers.
The Quest 2.0 which I will be reviewing is the latest version in the Quest line up and is made with “ultralight, quick drying, pin dot mesh fabric for easy wash and go wearability.” My first impression is that the fabric is really soft and seems to have quite a bit of stretch in all directions. The fabric is thin and if held up to a light is partially see through. I can see why it is called “pin dot mesh fabric.” The inside seams seem to be soft but I don’t really feel much difference between the inner seams and the outer seams. Maybe I need to recalibrate my tactile sensations. The underwear has a wide waist band that is not supposed to roll. The fabric also features an anti-microbial technology to help with the funk.
The Quest 2.0 comes in a boxer style with a 5” inseam and a Long Leg version that has a 8” inseam. The Quest 2.0 boxer retails for $29.95 and the Quest 2.0 Long Leg retails for $32.95.
I received two pairs of the SAXX Quest 2.0 to try out – a regular boxer and a Long Leg version. When I tried the regular boxers on, my initial impression was positive. I am 5’6” and generally weigh around 180 pounds and the large size seems to fit me well. The leg fabric is supportive and the BallPark Pouch feels natural. What I really want to know is how it performs on the trail.
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? Does the BallPark Pouch really make a difference? Do I chafe? 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?
Update – October 23, 2017
I have used the SAXX Quest 2.0 on numerous adventures, and even added an additional pair so that I have three in my quiver. Overall, I have worn the 3 pairs for over 95 miles. My use has included walking and working in Key West for Hurricane Irma reconstitution efforts, hiking in Bear Brook State Park in New Hampshire, car camping at Bayou Segnette State Park in Louisiana, hiking and running in Northlake Nature Center in Louisiana, backpacking in the Black Creek Wilderness in Mississippi, and hiking around the Woodlands Conservancy in Louisiana. Basically, they accompanied me on all my outdoor adventures. Temperatures were all over the place with a high in the 90s with 90% humidity in Louisiana, and cooler more comfortable temperatures in the 60s in New England. I did not experience any precipitation over the past few months.
I evaluate underwear on three main factors – comfort, durability and smell. I have tried several other brands of performance underwear and I have to say that the SAXX Quest 2.0 are the most comfortable I have ever used. The BallPark Pouch did a great job of keeping everything in place. However, I will say it did take a little getting used to, and some adjustment. The legs on the boxers and 7inch inseam boxers both stayed in place well, and I didn’t get any creep up my legs during the day. I was also pleasantly surprised that I did not get any chaffing while wearing the Quest 2.0 even on long hot days.
Durability has been superb with the Quest 2.0 as well. All three pairs look new with no pulled seams or fabric damage. This is even after wearing a 35 pound backpack for multiple days while backpacking in the Black Creek Wilderness.
The final characteristic is smell. So far they have done well. I have been able to go several days without the smell overwhelming me. I can also report that the smell completely washes out. I didn’t do anything special for laundering. I just tossed them in with my other clothes and washed on cold, and then threw them in the dryer to dry with my other clothes.
Overall, I am very happy with the SAXX Quest 2.0. I didn’t think the traditional underwear design could be improved. I was wrong. I will continue to use the Quest 2.0 for the next month or so. Check back then for my final update.
Final Update – Saxx Quest 2.0
Over the past couple of months, I have really put the SAXX Quest 2.0 Boxers to the test. I have a combined total of 250 miles of “usage” plus every day wear. I used them on daily walks on the levee with my Australian Shepard, hiking at the Woodlands Conservancy, backpacking in the Kisatchie National Forest, and in the Black Creek Wilderness and camping at Bayou Segnette State Park in Louisiana. Temperatures ranged from the upper 80s to the upper 20s and there was a bit of freezing precipitation experienced in there.
I evaluate boxers on comfort, durability, and smell and these receive superior marks in all three categories. I gushed about the comfort in my first update and I still maintain that they are the most comfortable boxers I have ever worn. Whether playing golf, spending all day backpacking in awful southern heat and humidity or going to formal evening functions, I always reach for the SAXX Quest boxers first and I am disappointed when they are all in the washer at the same time. The only drawback that I see is the cost… but you can find them on sale on the SAXX website and on other resale websites
Durability is the second key, and part of the reason I spread out the time between my first update and this one is that I wanted to see if they were truly durable. After 250 miles of usage I can say that they are durable. All three pairs still look brand new. No pulls on the fabric, no wear in the crotch, the waistband remains stretchy.
My final characteristic is smell. I can say that they do a good job keeping stink at bay. I can easily wear them an entire weekend backpacking and the stench is not overwhelming. As for laundering, I continue to do nothing special, just wash them with the rest of my clothes.
Overall, I am sold – no more tighty whiteys for me. These are the best boxers I have ever worn and I highly recommend them.
Thanks to 4alloutdoors.org and SAXX for providing the product for this review