Travel "Undershirts" - Alternatives to ExOfficio?

Hello, My wife and I have been visiting Europe annually for a while and still have much to see. We (except for technology) travel light (one 21" carry-on & one back pack each) and I have been using Ex Officio (EO) boxers and t-shirts the last three years. I like the quick drying feature the most. I love the boxers, but I always feel warm and sweaty when there is no breeze when I am wearing the EO t-shirts. I am especially uncomfortable indoors when dining if there is no climate control. Does anyone else experience this? Has anyone discovered a more comfortable (i.e. cooler) alternative? Thanks in advance for the feedback!
Cheers! Monty

Posted by Monte
Genesee, ID
1376 posts

The more comfortable alternative wwould be not to wear them. I take a pair though for lounging around the hotel room.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17789 posts

Monty, I haven't tried ExOfficio products as they don't seem to be readily available in this area. I sent them an E-mail to find out if there was a way I could buy their products here, and never got a reply. I assume they're not interested in doing business in Canada. You could also have a look at travel friendly Tilley products, as they offer underwear, T-shirts and socks, along with an extensive line of other products, including the famous Tilley Hats. I use their products extensively when travelling. Check their website for details. Happy travels!

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
7211 posts

I really like Underarmour boxerjocks (6" or 9"). I'm not sure about the shirts, I've tried Northface, Adidas Climalite, and other tech fabrics with little success when it gets hot and muggy. I haven't tested them on the road but Underarmour's "charged cotton" shirts might be worth a try. They're cotton, so should breath really well, but they're also supposed to dry much faster than normal cotton t-shirts. Another technique I use is to put antiperspirant anywhere the sweat isn't likely to evaporate. If it's not helping me cool down, the sweat is only helping make me feel miserable.

Posted by Monty
OKC
6 posts

Thanks everyone for the responses. I've ordered an example of each of the recommended products to try. I've also discovered a product on my own that I think looks very promising: Mountain Hardwear Men's Wicked Lite Shirt. Haven't really tried it with my other travel clothes yet, but found it VERY comfortable as an undershirt at work. Anyone else familiar with this product?

Posted by Kiwi
Christchurch, NZ
2 posts

Try Icebreaker. Merino wool is amazing stuff. Despite what you may think - it keeps you warm in winter AND cool in summer. The best thing....if it's hot and you sweat it doesn't get clammy or stinky. I've got a mountain of Icebreaker clothes (from skirts to underwear and exercise gear) - and can vouch for them being fabulous for travelling - no ironing, no need to wash after every wear as it doesn't absorb odours, low weight, great style, easy to layer....I could go on....and you should google it now!

Posted by Elaine
Mission Viejo, Calif., USA
784 posts

My husband has used the travel underwear from "Magellan.com" He uses both the underpants and the undershirts. He has used them for for seven years now. I would imagine any travel store would offer quick drying and light weight underwear.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
3351 posts

Monty,
The alternative is suggested by your name: "the full monty"

Posted by Monty
OKC
6 posts

Thanks to all who responded. Still doing research. Will file a report on the different materials/products after a couple more test wearings.

Posted by Stuart
Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
251 posts

I second Kiwi's opinion... Try Icebreaker. Once you start, you can never go back. There is nothing like it.

Posted by Monty
OKC
6 posts

Hello again! We'll I've done some more research on this (still have the litmus test of using them in a travel setting). Appreciate everyone's suggestions. After trying at least one of just about every suggestion, here are my conclusions (at least for my comfort): 1st Choice for multipurpose/multi-climate use: The IceBreaker Merino's are truly comfortable through a range of temperature extremes. They can still be a little bit warm in a restaurant with no climate control, but are noticeably more comfortable that the EO undershirts to me. They are however, very pricey. 1st Choice for warmer travel: Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite Short Sleeve T.
These are very comfortable and wick well to me. I prefer them to Under Armour and the Under Armour Charged Cotton. They are about #35 at Amazon. Neither are more comfortable than good ol' cotton, but they are much lighter, wick much better and have the fast-dry feature I need to travel light. (BTW, the charged cotton dries faster than cotton, but not as fast as the above two shirts and is not as comfortable as cotton). Thanks to all that contributed. Hope this report is helpful to some. Happy Trails!

Posted by Monte
Genesee, ID
1376 posts

Thanks. That's what I call a good report. I've been thinking about getting a couple merino wool short sleeve undershirts and your experiment has promted me to get serious about it.

Posted by CL
Salem, Oregon, USA
914 posts

FWIW: Also consider checking websites like campmor.com or sierratradingpost.com - they often carry name brands for less, as long as you don't care about having this season's colors/styles. Campmor also has its own line of wicking under-layers that I have found equal to or better quality than the name brands.

Posted by Charlie
Honolulu/Seattle, HI/WA, USA
1841 posts

I go to Europe every summer for 11 of the last 12 years and have been using EO under ware, including socks, for most of that time. I, too, agree that their t-shirts can get warm. After I mentioned that to my wife, she went out and go me some lighter weight t-shirts which I prefer to the EO ones but they have the same advantages as those from EO. As soon as I get a chance to talk to her I will ask her where she got them and report back to you.

Posted by Allen
Lafayette, LA
194 posts

I have used Tilley's Endurables out of Canada,both their undershirts and men's briefs. Very good quality but a little pricey.

Posted by Charlie
Honolulu/Seattle, HI/WA, USA
1841 posts

Follow up to earlier post here: My wife tells me she purchase some lighter weight tee shirts for me from EO and they were labeled: "Men's Give-N-Go V-Neck Short Sleeve Tee" I see they currently cost $38 each (WOW!) on EO's web site. Glad she got them for me as a present.