Lets talk underware

10:17 p.m. on November 20, 2012 (EST)
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I'm no longer a spring chicken. Around a month ago I had a herna issue. Noting bad, but when I was younger I healed faster. Sadly some how I've gotten old.

Anyway I find myself in need of a herna belt. This is where the question of underware comes up. I have not worn any since the 70's. And I fear the belt will rub me the wrong way. I'm looking at some boxer briefs. Does anyone wear these? could you point me in a good pair that will wick? I realy want to hit the trails again.


6:39 p.m. on November 21, 2012 (EST)
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if you can tolerate merino wool, icebreaker makes nice but expensive boxer briefs.  if you want to save money, ex officio makes several kinds of wicking boxer briefs.  

7:19 p.m. on November 21, 2012 (EST)
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look at the ex officios. they're supposed to be good. there are also the review pages on this site. you might try doing some research there.

10:27 p.m. on November 21, 2012 (EST)
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I had researched Ex-Officio about a year ago.  Bought one pair and wore them on several multiple night backpacking trips.

I now own four pair and wear them exclusively.  Comfortable fit, zero chaffing,

only con is the price..

11:05 a.m. on November 22, 2012 (EST)
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i/o bio has merino boxer briefs on sale.  I have not used them but I do have several of their tops and love them and to date they have held up well.




7:16 p.m. on November 24, 2012 (EST)
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Duluth Trading has synthetic briefs and brief-cut knit boxers for a very reasonable price and excellent quality.

I'm still using my 4 pr. of Duofold polyeester briefs from 14 years ago, and yes, the elastic is beginning to go - but then parts of me are too.

8:45 p.m. on November 24, 2012 (EST)
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Duluth trading company makes some great products. I have some of their cargo pants, they are what carhart was twenty yrs ago before they started to reduce the quality of their materials.

12:00 a.m. on November 25, 2012 (EST)
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There was a canvas supply store in Minneapolis that also sold a lot of great surplus.  They sold merino wool boxers from WWII for $5.  Stupid me, I only picked up a single pair.  Wish I had another ten pair.

7:27 a.m. on November 25, 2012 (EST)
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I've ordered 2 pair so far. One Under Armor, and Tarramar. I will be picking up a pair or two ex officos and maybe a smart wool. Thanks for all your help. I'll be on the trails again soon. :)

8:23 a.m. on November 25, 2012 (EST)
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I used to be a "tighty whitey" guy until I discovered Body Sensors by Terramar.


92% polyester 8% spandex. They wick and dry FAST


I guess you would call them boxer briefs - they extend down the thigh about 6" from the crotch and have eleastic in the leg bands - which is great because they will not ride up when you pull your pants up.


I absolutely love these things and now wear nothing else.


I wear 'em to work, I can hike in them, I can run in them and I can even change pants in public because people can't tell I'm in my underwear.

I picked them up for about $8 a pair at Sierra Trading Post

8:17 a.m. on December 4, 2012 (EST)
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Thanks for all the replies. My belt came in and I feel myself again. Happy trails!

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