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New underwear is a top 5 gift for men. You heard it here first. Guys aren’t buying themselves new underwear. They just don’t. As such, I’m going to assume that the majority of people reading this post are women. However, in the event that you’re a dude (like me) this post will be uber-helpful as well, since I went out and spent hundreds of dollars on new underwear to test out the top brands. For reference, I’m 5′ 10″ and 165lb of sheer muscle and grit (Editor’s note: *rolls eyes*). If you’re larger or smaller than me, you want to keep in mind that results may vary. Underwear that fit me great may not be perfect for you, so just use your brain.
You probably stumbled across MeUndies from listening to your favorite podcast. I know that’s how I first got introduced to the brand. But the fact of the matter is that MeUndies are crazy popular—for both men and women.
MeUndies Boxer Brief – Pros
Super Soft — MeUndies uses a special textile called Micro-Modal, which is supposed to be 3x softer than cotton. We have to concur. Their undies are unbelievably soft, comfortable, and stretchy.
Perfect Inseam — For someone of my stature (again, 5′ 10″ / 165lb), the 6″ inseam on their boxer briefs is perfect. It means they hardly ride up, yet are short enough to wear with shorts without being seen.
Affordable — I know, Walmart underwear is much cheaper than MeUndies, but at $20 per pair [see on MeUndies.com], MeUndies is the most affordable brand on this list. I for one don’t think $20 is absurd, but I do recognize that it’s not cheap. Still, if you’re sticking to this list, $20 is the best that you’ll do.
Skinny Jean Approved — Kind of a weird comment, but the material around the leg holes is really thin, so if you wear skinny pants the underwear isn’t visible.
Standard MeUndies boxer brief for men (6″ inseam).
MeUndies Underwear Review – Cons
Thin — I love that the boxer briefs are lightweight, comfy, stretchy, and breathable, but I am a little concerned with durability since they are so thin (thinnest on this list). I can see them breaking down quicker than underwear from other brands.
No Workout Option — These are purely everyday underwear. You aren’t going to wear them to the gym.
No Front-Access Point — Not sure if you care about this, but they do not have a quick-access opening in the front.
Close up of MeUndies.
Verdict on MeUndies
There’s a lot to like. As I’ve mentioned already, they are unbelievably soft and comfortable, yet still fairly affordable. I, myself, bought a few pairs and then sort of went all-in with MeUndies. You should just expect to buy them a little more frequently than other underwear.
Similar to MeUndies, Mack Weldon does a heck of a lot of podcast advertising. I personally found out about Mack Weldon through the Andrew Klavan podcast. Mack Weldon offers multiple types of underwear, but I tried out their 18-Hour Jersey and AIRKNITX models for this post.
Traditional Style — The 18-Hour Jersey underwear have your traditional boxer brief fit, only they’re superbly comfortable.
Perfect Inseam — 6″ inseam is perfect. They are pretty darn good at not riding up, however they will creep up sometimes (possibly slightly more than with MeUndies).
Decently Affordable — At $24 per pair (before discount) they are decently priced. Just make sure to check around online for codes.
Front Panel — Quick access via the front hatch.
Mack Weldon 18-Hour Jersey Boxer Briefs (6″ inseam).
Mack Weldon 18 Hour Jersey – Cons
Decent 4-Way Stretch — If you want extra-stretchy underwear, these aren’t your best bet. Still crazy comfortable, but not the stretchiest pair on the market.
No Skinny Jeans — Since they have a more traditional construction, the material around your quad is thicker and can show through if you’re wearing skinny pants.
Close up of 18-Hour Jersey.
Mack Weldon AIRKNITX Review – Pros
Comfort — Super comfortable fit. They are soft, stretchy, and breathable.
Multiple Lengths — They come in a 5″ and 8″ inseam so you have options for your preferable fit.
No Waistband Flip — The waistband didn’t flip over at all.
Side by side of AIRKNITX and 18-Hour Jersey.
Mack Weldon AIRKNITX – Cons
Ride Up — The 5″ version rode up here a good amount, which was annoying, but if you’re shorter than about 5″ 9″ you might be just fine.
Kind of Expensive — These start at $28 (before discount), which is sort of up there for boxer briefs.
Mack Weldon Verdict
As much as I like the 18-Hour Jersey underwear, they wouldn’t be my absolute favorite. That said, if you want a traditional fit with a 6″ inseam, they will actually be hard to beat. In regards to the AIRKNITX, they are pretty freaking awesome, but the 5″ inseam is a little short for me. The 8″ would make great workout underwear. I do wish that they made a 6″ inseam version of the AIRKNITX.
Tommy John sells multiple models and collections of underwear. However, I tested their Second Skin and Go Anywhere lines. They also have 360 Sport, Air, and Cool Cotton lines, but Second Skin seems to be their most popular offering. You can see Tommy John’s full underwear lineup on their website.
Tommy John Underwear Review (Second Skin) – Pros
Soft & Comfortable — Need I say more? Super comfortable and soft underwear. These actually use a Micro-Modal fiber similar to what’s on MeUndies. Although the Second Skins underwear are thicker and therefore probably a little more durable.
Front Access — I’ve discussed this before. The only downside with Tommy John is that it’s a horizontal opening, which can be less convenient as compared to a vertical one.
Tommy John Second Skin – Cons
Limited 4-Way Stretch — The underwear are stretchy, but not has stretchy as their Go Anywhere line or some of the other brands on this list.
4.5″ or 8″ Inseam — There’s no middle-ground with Tommy John. I wish they offered a 6″ inseam version, but they don’t. The trunks are 4.5″ and the boxer briefs are 8″.
Expensive — The Second Skin underwear are $34, which I’m sure you’ll agree is expensive. You can, however, get 20% off with code RIZKNOWS at checkout.
Go Anywhere 8″ Boxer Brief.
Tommy John Go Anywhere – Pros
Amazing 4-Way Stretch — These are incredibly stretchy and comfortable, but they still seem durable despite being thinner.
Breathable & Comfy — Some of the most comfortable underwear I’ve ever tried. They also breath exceptionally well.
Great for Workouts — Since they offer so much stretch, they are perfect underwear for working out (at least the 8″ inseam version are). They are super comfortable and don’t ride up whatsoever.
Anti-microbial — They don’t seem to stink much. Tommy John even calls them ‘anti-odor’.
Comparison shot of the 4.5″ trunks and 8″ boxer briefs.
Relatively Pricey — Before discount the Go Anywhere line is $28, which up there for underwear for sure.
Sizing & Fit — While I love the 8″ inseam version for workouts and daily use, the 4.5″ inseam trunks are a little too short for me.
Folded up Go Anywhere boxer briefs.
Verdict on Tommy John underwear
There’s only two things that I don’t like about Tommy John underwear. First, the prices are unpalatably high (though you do get 20% off with code RIZKNOWS, as I mentioned before). Second, their fit is odd. The 8″ are preferable for workouts or jeans, but the trunks are just too short for me. I wish they offered a line with a 6″ inseam. Other than that, they are ultra-comfortable and breathable with great customer service.
Like Tommy John, SAXX offers multiple lines of underwear. For this review, however, I tried out their Vibe and Kinetic models. They offer briefs, trunks, boxer briefs, loose-fit boxers, and long legs. I tried the boxer briefs and the long legs.
SAXX Vibe Underwear.
SAXX Vibe Review – Pros
Soft & Comfortable — I don’t need to add much. These are very comfortable underwear.
Ballpark Pouch — This is what SAXX is probably best known for. They have an extra strip of breathable fabric on either side of the crotch on the interior of the underwear. It basically creates a nest or pouch for your junk to lay in. It’s kind of weird and takes a little getting used to but it’s comfy and does prevent your goods from sticking to your leg. I see the Ballpark Pouch as a positive, but not a huge reason to get them. I don’t think the Ballpark Pouch is really a worthwhile selling point. It doesn’t provide any extra support—it really just sections things off.
A look at the “Ballpark Pouch” in SAXX underwear.
SAXX Vibe Underwear – Cons
Expensive— They start at $31.95. That’s too expensive if you ask me (although I did purchase multiple pairs).
Ride Up City— This applies to most of SAXX underwear since it has more to do with the cut/fit rather than the model. They have a 5″ inseam, which is too short for me. They rode up excessively and constantly. Short story, the 5″ inseam pissed me right off. Get the long leg versions, not the boxer briefs.
SAXX Kinetic workout underwear (8″ inseam).
SAXX Kinetic Workout Underwear – Pros
All-Around Awesome — As long as you get the 8″ inseam long legs version, the Kinetic are some of the best workout underwear you can buy. They are stretchy and comfort with great breathability. They don’t ride up at all (unlike other SAXX options) and are just the perfect workout underwear.
Close up of SAXX Kinetic underwear.
SAXX Kinetic – Cons
Expensive — I seem to complain about this a lot, but it’s deserved with the Kinetic. They are nearly $40 per pair, which is absurd. That said, if you workout a lot, it could be worth it for it.
SAXX Underwear Verdict
The big differentiator with SAXX is the Ballpark Pouch, which I’m not 100% sold on. It’s an interesting concept, but I don’t know that it’s a reason to run out and pay a premium for SAXX underwear. I liked them, sure, but not so much that I’d want to pay extra for them. I will say though, the Kinetic are awesome workout underwear.
Lululemon offers a few different types of underwear, but for this post I tried out their No Boxer Boxer collection in the 5.5″ and 7.5″ sizes. Here’s what I like and don’t like about them.
Lululemon Underwear Review – Pros
Good Fit — The 7.5″ inseam are perfect for workouts, while the 5.5″ version is great for all-day use. In either case though, they’re very versatile.
Comfortable — Not a lot to add here other than that they’re very comfortable. So much so that I’ve bought ~6 pairs in the last three months because I like them so much. They are also very breathable and moisture wicking.
Limited Stretch — Don’t get me wrong, they’re stretchy, but not as much as MeUndies, SAXX Kinetic, or Tommy John Go Anywhere. If you want especially stretchy, flexible underwear, these wouldn’t be my #1 pick.
No Front Access — You get it. No front-access panel.
Close up of No Boxer Boxer.
Lululemon Boxer Brief Verdict
They are the most versatile underwear in that you can wear them for workouts and all-day use. A lot of other boxer briefs are one or the other. Therefore, if you just want one type of underwear, the No Boxer Boxer are a very good solution.