When I was but a youth, I made a monumental shift in undergarments from tighty whiteys to boxer shorts — and never really looked back. Which, in retrospect, was kinda dumb because believe it or not, baggy flannel boxers are not exactly ideal for playing dodgeball in high school gym class. But now we as men are deep into another monumental undergarment shift, one that actually makes sense. Yes, it’s a boxer brief revolution, and the latest release from Mack Weldon may represent its apex.
The brand’s new AIRKNITx HD Boxer Briefs boast four-way stretch, breathable microfiber fabric and a flyless pouch because, let’s be honest, the boxer brief fly is almost invariably more trouble than it’s worth. The material is really the key though: the polyamide/elastane blend is ultralight and airy, with targeted, textured moisture-wicking zones. The resulting garment keeps your package in place and comfy during even the toughest workouts. And having tested ourselves, we can report with confidence: they’re a helluva lot better than baggy flannel boxers.
Steve Mazzucchi is Gear Patrol’s outdoors and fitness editor. Outside the office, you can find him mountain biking, snowboarding, motorcycling or sipping a dram of Laphroaig and daydreaming about such things.
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