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Under Armor vs Adidas vs Ex Officio
on August 13, 2014
I purchased one pair each of 3 of the top brands of boxer brief ~5 months ago to do some user testing. I am a 5'8", 190lb male competing in amateur Strongman. I lift and carry a decent amount of muscle in my hips, ass, and legs. I work at a gym and coach lacrosse and was looking for something that would keep me reasonably cool, dry, and comfortable during my day of moving around and sweating.
UNDER ARMOR ORIGINAL 6' BOXER BRIEF
The worst of the group. It looks like they left room for an athletic cup in there, but it holds my package really weirdly and is uncomfortable beyond about 10 minutes. Fits nicely on the legs and waist, doesn't tend to ride up, but the package-mashing effect drops it way down my list. The material is also rougher than the other two reviewed. Wicking and dryness was adequate.
ADIDAS CLIMALITE "SPORT PERFORMANCE" BOXER BRIEF
Slightly better than the UA brief, material is softer, but they run small. More comfortable overall, but there still isn't enough room for the package. One thing that I noticed with the boxer briefs as well as with compressions shorts is that the comfortable brands have a square stitched in to the taint area. Without this extra patch, the material pulls around the taint like a thong. While some may find this strapping-down effect beneficial, I like to have a bit more room and prefer the square patch.
EX-OFFICIO MEN'S "GIVE AND GO" BOXER BRIEF
This was the best of the 3 and the only one that I bought more of. They fit nicely, the material is comfortable, the wicking is excellent, and my package is secure but comfortable all day. They are a little more expensive than the other two, but well worth the money. They ride up a bit because they are less compressive than the UA and Adidas, but never to the wedgie point of discomfort. I generally wear these for a day and then hand wash them in my sink at night, and they're dry by the next day. Supremely efficient and comfortable as well.
If you want compression shorts for working out, go buy some actual compression shorts. I prefer the ones made by Under Armor with the square taint patch because it keeps the material from tugging on my Johnson. If you want an every-day boxer brief with excellent wicking and overall comfort of both legs, ass, and Johnson, buy the Ex-Officios. UA and Adidas both tried to create a combination compression short and boxer brief and ended up not doing either very well.