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Comparison with ExOfficio and other Calvin Klein boxer briefs
on July 27, 2014
I've tried many boxer briefs and this Micro Modal is my favorite. Lightweight and breathable (great for hotter weather), stretchy with medium snugness (not loose, not tight), exceptionally soft (better than cotton), with a very comfortable microfiber waistband. I barely know that I'm wearing them, which to me is the best sign of a quality brief. Here are comparisons with other boxer briefs that I own:
vs. ExOfficio GiveNGo:
The ExOfficio has a slightly looser, less snug fit. It also has a big durability issue. Prior to washing (straight out of the box), I wore the ExOfficios in some regular jeans while doing some outdoor work, with lots of crouching. Because of the normal abrasion of the jeans on the briefs, the ExOfficio's mesh-like material frayed severely in multiple places. The Micro Modal in comparison has a tighter woven, stronger, non-mesh fabric. Also, after a few washes, I've noticed that the ExOfficio has lost much of its initial softness.
vs. Calvin Klein Steel Micro:
The material is similar to the Micro Modal but is a little heavier. It is more snug and form fitting and actually keeps things in place better than the Micro Modal. Like the Micro Modal, they are exceptionally comfortable and soft. Minimal to no ride-up. Very durable. Exceptionally flattering. The only (relatively minor) drawback is the big waistband, which folds over easily accidentally because it is so wide. This is my second favorite model. Because the Micro Modal is more lightweight, I prefer it for the summer months and the Steel Micro for the cooler seasons.
vs. Calvin Klein Micro (or "CK One Micro"):
These lightweight briefs are designed to be more snug and form fitting than other Calvin Klein models. They are quite comfortable and keep things in place a little better than the Micro Modal, which seems loose in comparison. They might be a tad too tight however. Also, after about a dozen washes, the fabric has formed some pills (little balls of fabric that stick to the brief) on the interior, mainly around the crotch area where the fabric is thicker.
vs. Calvin Klein Microfiber Stretch:
Microfiber briefs have an odd feel, like compression shorts. The fabric is very different -- it's shiny, quite slippery, and feels strange next to normal jeans or shorts. They are cheaper, but in my opinion are best suited for athletic uses. Note that the Micro Modal is just as lightweight and stretchy as these.
vs. Calvin Klein Cotton Stretch Boxer Brief (3-pack):
The softness on this brief doesn't remotely compare to the Micro Modal. Despite being all cotton, they are surprisingly rough. They are also a tad heavy and constricting. They don't breathe that well. The "stretch" is also fairly pathetic; they are too tight and aren't nearly as forgiving as the Micro Modal. Also, the waistband is awful -- it's on the tight side, and the fabric is extremely rough and irritating. They are much cheaper, but the Micro Modal is on a whole different level of quality.
vs. cheap 100% cotton boxer briefs (including Calvin Klein models):
Don't do it! They are cheap for a reason. All the ones I've tried and owned aren't as soft as this Micro Modal, plus cotton tends to be heavy and doesn't do well in warmer weather (once you start sweating, they don't dry out easily and then it feels like you are wearing a diaper). Also, if they aren't the stretchy kind, they tend to be excessively baggy in the crotch area. Spend the extra $ for a more flattering and comfortable fit.
vs. shorter trunks (generally) and the ride-up factor:
I recommend staying away from trunks, as they always seem to ride up to some extent due to their short length. The Micro Modal has little ride-up but note that they can move around a little bit. If minimal ride-up is most important to you, I would actually recommend the Steel Micro or CK One Micro (see reviews above).
I've owned this Micro Modal for 2 years and for the most part, they are still like new. They haven't become any looser with time; in fact, I have one that is two years old and another I just purchased, and they fit the same. I wash mine in cold water and line dry because I'm extra careful, but that probably isn't necessary (warm water and low dryer heat should suffice). There has never been any fraying or pilling. However, of the three I own, one has developed a 1/4" hole (and growing) in the back. Though the fabric is strong, it IS thinner than many other briefs, so it can be vulnerable to tears compared to heavier briefs.
IMPORTANT NOTE: as of June 2016, I noticed that the product description here is wrong. It is NOT "100% cotton." The tag says 92% modal (which is a type of rayon, according to Wikipedia) and 8% Lycra; this was verified as of my last purchase in June, '16.