Yep, we’re gonna go there. As discriminating consumers of all kinds of performance gear, you bet we care about what is cradling our manhood, and so should you. Well, you shouldn’t care about ours, but about yours. Sorry to disappoint, but neither myself nor Alex will be modeling for this review.
It wasn’t always this way. I remember just a couple years ago my brother calling me out for pairing my high-performance outerwear with a Wal-Mart base layer. Even as a self-professed tightwad, my own brother was willing to pay up for quality, performance under-britches and shamed me into upgrading my own top drawer.
And so began my relationship with ExOfficio and their line of Give-N-Go boxer briefs. Part of the reason I chose ExOfficio was because they were a familiar name to me from their presence at Overland events and their prominent brand ambassadors. Their boxer briefs also got really, really good reviews and I could find them on Amazon for a little less than their $30 sticker price.
Original Give-N-Go Boxer Brief
So are they worth the cost? I’d say that they are, based on their performance across 2 key dimensions: they do dry very fast, and thanks to a special anti-microbial treatment are resistant to picking up smells. In my personal experience, the marketing claims hold, although I WOULD NOT attempt to wear the same pair for many days in a row; there are limitations on the miracles of an anti-microbial shield!
That being said, you can wash them out in a basin, stream, or whatever, wring them dry, and they are ready for another day.
Recently ExOfficio sent us their new “Sport Mesh” Give-N-Gos, after we told them how much we love the original Give-N-Gos. The sport mesh models use an even more light-and-airy material and are cut more “athetically” than the originals.
New Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Boxer Brief
So far our comparative experience with the Sport Mesh vs. Original is mixed (remember we LOVE the Original). First, the new lighter weight material is AWESOME, but the new cut of the Sport models, and notable the lack of a traditional fly make them sort of awkward to wear with anything but gym clothes (at least on the 3” inseam models we were given). Our recommendation to Exofficio would be to offer the Sport-mesh material in the traditional cut.
Either model is a huge step up from your classic BVDs and are a luxury worth treating yourself to. If you’re skeptical drop the $20-25 on one pair from Amazon and see for yourself! My guess is you’ll never turn back.