ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer

Reviews

3

The ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer is an excellent choice…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $19

Summary

The ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer is an excellent choice for activities in hot, humid weather. The technical fabric wicks away moisture, helping you feel cooler, and dries quicker than cotton underwear so you're not left with damp, sticky boxers at your destination. They can be hand washed, and dry quickly so you really can get by with just two pairs.

Pros

  • Smooth fabric
  • Moisture wicking
  • Quick drying

Cons

  • Price (I can't believe I paid $19 for a pair of boxers)

I'm slowly but surely getting around to replacing all my old-school clothing for warm-weather outdoor activities with modern, technical gear—no more soaked cotton T-shirts or cargo pants for me! Strangely enough, I saved the first thing you put on till last. Underwear, that is.

While browsing SAC a couple weeks ago I saw two or three brands of moisture-wicking boxers on sale, and after reading more underwear reviews than I ever would have thought existed I decided to go with ExOfficio's Give-N-Go Boxer. 

The first thing you notice when you put them on is that they're very smooth and satiny. It's also very stretchy and won't bunch up under your pants when you move, meaning you won't have to do leg shakes, hops, the pick n pull, or even the hand-down-the-waistband dig to get everything situated again. The fly doesn't gap open on its own, which is nice, but it opens easily when you need it to. The opening size is very good, too. 

The boxers fit a little closer than I'm used to, but that helps keep the relative humidity down and helps wick moisture away more quickly. Again, the smooth, stretchy fabric moves with you and slides against outer layers so you don't feel restricted in any way by the closer fit.

Wearing these while hiking on hot, humid days makes them worth every penny paid. They're not magic; you are going to feel sweaty, but it won't last as long thanks to the moisture-wicking fabric. If you're wearing pants or shorts made of a breathable fabric you'll feel things cooling off and drying out on breaks, and when you stop for the day they'll soon be dry—and more importantly, so will you. Chafing should be a thing of the past with these.

I'll definitely be buying more of these when I find them on sale.

KiwiKlimber

Nice review, Phil. From my experiences, the waistband stretches out over time and becomes useless. Be on the lookout for that. Otherwise, ExOfficio underwear is top-notch in my opinion.


4 days ago
DrPhun

I have read the waistband can easily be damaged by heat from the dryer, so I only air dry mine.


3 days ago
Phil Smith

I wash these with my base layers/technical gear in Nikwax Base Wash, and air dry. Plus I don't wear them every day, my regular cotton boxers are suitable for work.


3 days ago
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They are OK, Duluth Trading is much better. I have…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: about $30 I think???

Summary

They are OK, Duluth Trading is much better.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Dries fast

Cons

  • Tend to ride up
  • Fit could be better

I have a couple of pairs and wear them often, today in fact. However I also have a few pairs of Duluth Trading Buck Naked briefs. The Duluths are much more comfortable, don't ride up, and are my choice when hiking. I think the Duluths are a little cheaper also.

The ExOfficio's were my first purchase and I wore them about a year before I tried the Duluths.