Remember when boxer shorts were worn by boxers? And middle managers who needed the extra room for their ever-expanding middle girth? At least they were better than tightie whities. Fortunately for those of us who wanted a little more support down there—without the bunching—were able to shift to boxer briefs, the love child of mens boxers and tightie whities.
And that’s all the tech we needed. Or so we thought… Turns out these days, the athletic fabric tech revolution being fought by companies like Nike and Under Amour—turing terms like “compression” and “moisture wicking” into locker room commonplace—has trickled down (yeah, pun intended), to our underwear.
Now we’ve got 4-way stretch, “moisture transport systems,” and anti-odor technology built into the fabrics. All with price tags over $20 and $30 bucks. A far cry from the $10 3-pack of briefs your mom used to get you at Penny’s. Is this really necessary? The answer is yes.
The anti-odor fabric alone is worth the price of admission, and whether you’re sitting at a desk all day, or hiking the south rim, having undershorts that are wicking all that moisture away is like having a party in your pants. Some of those neon colors they seem to come in more often than not? Pass those by. But the next time you’re looking to drop some cake on the last thing she’ll see before things get really interesting, my advice is spend the money and go high tech.