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The Most Comfortable Underwear for Men (Boxers, Briefs and Trunks)

Updated on March 5, 2013

Men's Underwear for Comfort: Boxers, Briefs or Trunks?

Finding the most comfortable underwear for men can sometimes be a challenge. Decades ago, men had few options when it came to their undergarments as many were often limited to scratchy cotton or flannel, with little to no variation in fit, style and cut.

Today, men have many more choices from boxers, briefs, trunks and thong underwear. Surprisingly today, the real comfort is actually in the fabric more than the actual style. Luckily today, men can get a comfortable fit in just about any underwear type.

Its important however to note that not all men undergarments are ideal for every type of wear. For example, comfortable compression underwear for men, is more suitable for working out than in a suit. This article explores undergarments for men that are not only comfortable, but appropriate for the style of clothing and dress for breathability, fit and feel. (Pitured left: Calvin Klein Hip Briefs, ideal for moderate physical activity and everyday wear).

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The Best Brief Underwear Fabric

Breathable Cotton and Elastane Mix or Nylon and Spandex Mix

The Most Comfortable Briefs for Men - Briefs: The Old Faithful Male Underwear Choice

Briefs have been around for many years. And most men see briefs as the underwear staple. They not only vary from design and colors, but more recently rises as well (low, medium and high). Briefs keep a man's bottom completely covered while allowing for upper thigh and leg exposure. This exposure and design of the classic male brief undergarment, make them appropriate for just about ANY attire. No need to worry about annoying extra fabric found in trunks and boxers.

The Most Comfortable Brief Fabrics: Some of the most comfortable briefs have a breathable cotton and elastane mix. Running a close second are any briefs with a nylon and spandex mix.

ck one Men's Cotton Stretch Brief
ck one Men's Cotton Stretch Brief

Some of the most highest rated briefs for men. 95% cotton/5% elastane with a body-defining fit.

 
Calvin Klein ck one Men's Micro Hip Brief
Calvin Klein ck one Men's Micro Hip Brief

Comfortable hip briefs with a 87% Nylon/13% Spandex mix.

 
Calvin Klein Men's Bold Low Rise Flex Brief
Calvin Klein Men's Bold Low Rise Flex Brief

These low rise briefs feature 94% Cotton/6% Spandex mix

 
Calvin Klein Men's Underwear Steel Micro Briefs
Calvin Klein Men's Underwear Steel Micro Briefs

Steel micro hip briefs featuring a 89% Tactel Nylon/11% Elastane mix.

 
Calvin Klein Men's Three-Pack Classic Briefs
Calvin Klein Men's Three-Pack Classic Briefs

A classic with 100% breathable cotton fabric.

 

The Best Boxer Brief Fabric

Cotton and Polyester Blend to Wick Away Moisture

The Most Comfortable Boxer Briefs: A Workout Option

If you love to workout then, boxer briefs are for you. The truest form of a boxer brief actually covers half of the thigh, however, many of these sports underwear for men will only cover 1/3. Be advised though that boxer briefs are for moderate activity and do not provide ultimate sports support for more extreme sports. But boxer briefs should protect against the chaffing that comes with moderate activity.

The Most Comfortable Boxer Briefs for Men: Remember that boxer briefs are typically for moderate sports activity. So you're looking for performance underwear that will wick away sweat, a cotton and polyester blend are typically the best to do this.

Calvin Klein Men's Underwear Body Modal Boxer Briefs, Mink, Small
Calvin Klein Men's Underwear Body Modal Boxer Briefs, Mink, Small

A more comfortable version of compression underwear for men. This fabric is a modal and elastane mix.

 
Champion Men's Tech Performance Long Boxer Brief, Black, X-Large
Champion Men's Tech Performance Long Boxer Brief, Black, X-Large

A masterful mix of polyester and spandex to help eliminate chaffing.

 
Under Armour Men's Original Series 6” Boxerjock, Black/Red, Medium
Under Armour Men's Original Series 6” Boxerjock, Black/Red, Medium

Heat gear technology ensures a comfortable fit during your workouts.

 
Fruit Of The Loom Men's  Boxer Brief - Colors May Vary, Assorted, Small(Pack of 4)
Fruit Of The Loom Men's Boxer Brief - Colors May Vary, Assorted, Small(Pack of 4)

These aren't just fruit of the loom's that your grandparents used to wear. These boxer briefs provide the ultimate in breathable cotton and comfort.

 

The Most Comfortable Boxer Short Fabric

Nylon and Elastane Blend for Stretch and Comfort

The Best Boxer Shorts for Men

Boxer shorts are well regarded as the most comfortable underwear style for men. It allows a man to move and obviously has more fabric. But let's face it, boxer shorts aren't always appropriate for every style of dress. For example, some slacks don't look nice with boxer undergarments. Boxer shorts are well suited for everyday casual attire and hanging out on the weekends in loose fitting jeans or slacks.

The Most Comfortable Boxers for Men: The most comfortable and highest rated fabrics for boxers are cotton knits and polyester and elastane blends that allow some shaping and fit to the body.

The Most Comfortable Trunk Fabric for Men

Modal and Elastane Mix

The Most Comfortable Trunks for Men

Think of trunks as a mix of a brief and a boxer brief. It marries the best of both worlds. The shortness of a brief and the length of a boxer brief. Some of the best most comfortable fabrics for these male undergarments are modal and elastane, which Calvin Klein has all but perfected.

The Most Comfortable Trunks for Men A modal mix fabric with elastane for ease and comfort.

Do You Perfer (Or Does Your Spouse) Boxers, Briefs or Trunks?

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