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Mens underwear

What’s the best fabric for travel underwear? For instance, wicking, washing in sinks, quick drying.

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Synthetic fabrics used in Ex-Officio dry quicker. In hot weather, though, cotton can be cooler and more comfortable.

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23425 posts

We prefer the cotton blends around 30% cotton -- provides cooling and decent drying times and comfort.

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11382 posts

For instance, wicking, washing in sinks, quick drying.

NOT cotton.

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1259 posts

Head to REI or their website and just search for the terms. You're going to find a selection of easy care, quick dry, comfortable, and likely expensive fabrics and styles. Buy polypro, Merino, Nylons, and other hydrophobic blends. Avoid cotton, Rayon, and bamboo (anything that says wash cold and do not dry), which are all hydrophilic.

Smartwool, Saxx, ExOfficio, Outdoor Research, REI, Puma, Nike, Hanes, Murano, Hilfiger, Polo, Icebreaker, Patagonia, &c.

You can power shop men's undies at department stores and WalMart. I got a bag of four Hanes polypro boxers at Walmart for $18 in brilliant colors. I got a bag of six pairs of Puma polypro boxer briefs at Costco for $14 but in truly boring colors. The body dries quickly but the elastic band can stay damp for hours.

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4538 posts

It used to be Ex Officio, but now it's anything that isn't cotton. I have a random assortment of brands and they all dry quickly when hung in the shower/tub, and if need be you can roll them in a towel or hit them with a hair dryer.

They're not always the most comfortable to wear, however, they are pretty slippery. And if you are wearing them under poly pants, well it can get kinda exciting.

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12172 posts

Maybe 12-14 years ago I bought my first pair of Underarmour boxerjocks. They are a great material for travel. Things I really like about them is they have a fly (so I don't have to pee like a five year old), a pouch in front (really does make them more comfortable), the longer inseam won't ride up (9" is wonderful but 6" works well too) and they wear like iron. They hand wash and hang dry quickly on the road.

Now they are the only underwear in my wardrobe. I use them for travel and everyday wear. I recently threw away one of the first pairs I bought, but only one pair, the rest are still going strong.

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The very best is a summer wear line called Airism made by the Uniqlo brand. My husband swears by them: cool to feel, moisture wicking, and quick drying. They aren't cheap but wait for a sale. These are better and more affordable than ExOfficio.

Go to www.uniqlo.com

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2145 posts

Ex Officio for my husband, and I just restocked as they were a Prime deal on Amazon the other day.

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1259 posts

So many mutually exclusive choices! Buy some samples and wear them for a few days, wash in the sink, see how they dry. Then buy the supplies you need for traveling. Getting stuck on an airplane or bus with the wrong undies is, erm, just wrong.

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I bought a few pairs of Ex-Officio at Costco. Unfortunately, they were flat on front, with a fly, instead of a pouch shaped front. They were noticeably less comfortable than Underarmour so they went to charity. I've heard Ex-Officio has a newer design with a pouch in front, I'd look to see if those are what is selling on Amazon.

I've tried other brands over the years, primarily because they were a good price (Adidas, Spyder, Champion, Ex-Officio and others) but haven't found one yet that I liked as much as Underarmour. I finally gave up and now just have the one brand in my dresser.

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I have used Ex Officio (Sierra Traders often has good deals). But my preference for home and travel now is Duluth Trading Co. They have a wide variety of styles in several fabrics, and they live up to their ads regarding comfort and fit. Check them out in person if you can.

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Ex Officio. by far. My husband and I have worn both Ex Officio and Duluth Trading. The Ex Officio items held up much better. Duluth Trading frayed after only a few washings.