When talking about travel gear, this is probably the least “sexy” thing to be reviewing but if you think about it, it’s actually one of the most important things to pack in your suitcase. It wasn’t until I discovered the Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs that my life was changed.
Keep on reading this ExOfficio underwear review and what makes it the best hiking underwear and really must-have travel underwear that you need to know.
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ExOfficio Underwear Review
You could say my life was changed when I discovered the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs. I had heard good things before my epic trip to Asia that started my blogging journey and so I picked up a pair.
For 3 months, the ExOfficio quickly became the best underwear in my backpack and since then I’ve more or less gotten rid of all of the other underwear in my closet.
Their tagline when they started was “you’ll only ever need one” and yeah I have to say it’s true.
Why the Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs are so good
Underwear is as personal as it gets so I totally understand that this’ll be biased but here’s my ExOfficio underwear review.
For someone with a 32-inch waist, medium suits me the best but I recommend that you use the sizing chart above to figure out what makes sense for you.
What I really love about the ExOfficio underwear is that they have the perfect balance of being snug enough around the waist, thighs, and everything else without being too restrictive.
The Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs use 94% nylon and 6% elastane (lycra spandex) mix that has gives the underwear its comfort qualities.
The key to its comfort is in it feeling lightweight and not bulky. The mesh design of the material allows for better airflow and wicking moisture away which ultimately keeps you dry.
Lastly you have the waistband which stretches to fit while retaining shape.
Standard cotton underwear has a limited life to them and it usually comes down to the elastic breaking down, the underwear over-stretching, or holes in the fabric.
I’ve owned my original pair of ExOfficio underwear for 8 years so far and I haven’t noticed any of those things happening.
Fine, the logo imprinted on the fabric has disappeared and a few lint balls have formed but beyond that they’re just as good as day 1.
An overlooked factor in underwear for hiking and travel is how easy they are to wash.
If you haven’t gotten into the habit yet, I highly recommend that you start handwashing your underwear for long trips. Whether you’re packing light or spending a lot of days on the road, you’ll eventually run out of underwear.
The worst is when underwear takes more than overnight to dry after washing. With the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs, you don’t have that problem at all since they dry incredibly fast.
This underwear is lightweight and not bulky. You’ll be able to roll them up into a compact bundle which will help you save space and weight when you’re doing a multi-day hiking trip or travelling.
Why is it the best hiking underwear?
Hiking is one of those activities that always puts your underwear through its paces. Let’s just say that there’s a lot of movement for long periods of time and it gets pretty warm down there.
Chafing. Sweating. Locked in.
When you’re making those leaps across gaps in the trail or scrambling on rocks, you’re exerting a ton and the best type of hiking underwear is the kind that does its job in stealth.
What I can say about the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs is that they’re comfortable even when you’re pushing hard. None of the elastics ever feel restricting, the material is so lightweight, and it’s so damn breathable.
If you’re going backcountry, you also have the added benefit of its anti-odor treatment. If you want to wash them after a long day of hiking, you can easily string them up at night and have a fresh pair the next morning.
The underwear just does its job under stress and that’s why they’re so awesome.
How does it perform against competitors?
Over the years I’ve had a chance to compare them with a few other brands. Here are my honest thoughts about each one of them.
- Under Armour Boxerjock – Might be a personal thing but I just found these way too tight and restricting.
- MEC All Day Essential Boxer Briefs – I found these not as snug and while the material was nice, not as good as the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs.
- SCOTTeVEST Travel Boxers – I’ve done a full review of these boxers and I’ll be honest, they perform very similar to each other. I do like that the SOCTTeVEST ones have a hidden pocket but I honestly don’t use it that much in real life. Ultimately, it comes down to price and I’ve seen better deals on the ExOfficio underwear.
Lesson learned: Not all moisture-wicking and breathable material are made equal.
The difference between Give-N-Go 2.0 vs. the original?
ExOfficio recently introduced an update to the beloved Give-N-Go collection so what’s different about this version 2.0?
It ultimately comes down to the update in the material itself where they’ve gone to a 89% nylon and 11% elastane (lycra spandex) mix vs. 94% nylon and 6% elastane.
Now the claim is that it is 4 times more breathable, 50% more moisture-wicking, and 25% more quick-drying compared to our original Give-N-Go material.
What about Give-N-Go for women?
I wish I could give specific feedback on this but the design of the fabric carries through to the women’s line of underwear.
This means that there are a lot of choices
Where to buy?
The official store will always have the most selection and the latest gear such as the newer Give-N-Go 2.0 however they are full price and not often discounted.
My recommendation is to actually take a look at Amazon to see what the prices are. You’ll need to monitor them but they will periodically drop significantly. I’ve grabbed individual pairs for as a low as $13.71 USD and I’ve seen bundles of 3 go as low as $21.99.
Alternatively, there are also online stores such as Moosejaw.
If you’re in the US, you can find it in many sports stores including REI and Dicks Sporting Goods.
ExOfficio also has 3 physical stores. One is in downtown Bellevue, Seattle, and the two others are located in airports – Sea-Tac International Airport and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
If you’re from Canada and looking for where to buy this, Sportchek and Mountain Equipment Co-op carry ExOfficio on occasion. Sportinglife and SAIL are also worth looking at.
The standard boxer briefs (if not stated) is the 6″ length. However, they do offer a 3″ and 9″ length brief.
Yes, multiple colours are available beyond the standard black. The new Give-N-Go 2.0 has even more colors than before.
Yes, they claim that its 4 times more breathable, 50% more moisture wicking and 25% easier to dry. That said, this does not mean that the original is a slouch. You can’t go wrong with either.
Yes, ExOfficio products carry a 1 year satisfaction guarantee from date of purchase.
Yes you can.
I’ve tested it on the road and it’s simply the best underwear I’ve owned. Not only is it great for travel, but I’ve just been wearing them on a daily basis and for things like working out and it’s just as awesome.
Buy a pair of ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs and it’ll transform your life!