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After a long day of adventuring, the only thing worse than smelling your companions is smelling yourself. The good news is that sweat-wicking technology and the advent of seamless stretchiness have helped undergarments come a long way since the days of all cotton, all the time. Here are some superb men’s and women’s options for staying dry, stink-free, and comfy.
Saxx Quest Loose Cannon ($34)
Made from a lightweight, moisture-wicking, nylon-spandex-polyester material that’s super breathable and sheds heat for summer adventures, these boxers are designed with all the bells and whistles that Vancouver-based Saxx is known for: a specially designed pouch that keeps everything separated and supported (so I hear), chafe-free flat seams, and no-roll waistband.
Tommy John Air Metallic Icon Trunk ($45)
This spendy number makes up for its price with a super-thin, quick drying, antimicrobial nylon mesh fabric that’s so lightweight, soft, and breathable that you’ll forget your wearing anything at all. It’s perfect for travel because, in theory, you can bring one pair of underwear on a weekend trip. All this pair needs is a rinse with a little soap, and it will air-dry in about two hours.
Bn3th Pro Boxer Brief ($30)
Pronounced “Beneath,” this company’s briefs feature a special MyPakage Technology pouch, which provides plenty of support to “keep your package secure in transit.” Made from a supple polyester-spandex blend, they provide temperature regulation and all-day dryness with a second-skin feel.
Smartwool Women’s PhD Seamless Bikini ($32)
These seamless, low-rise knickers combine merino wool for odor resistance, ventilation zones for temperature control, plus nylon and elastane for pliable comfort. They stay in place, dry quickly, and keep you funk-free. These also come in four colors and have an extra-wide waistband that’s extra flattering.
Patagonia Active Hipster ($24)
These sweat-wicking, low-cut undies are made from a special stretchy blend of recycled nylon and polyester and are treated with unique fabric conditioners for added softness and permanent odor control. Bonus: Fair Trade Certified sewing means you can feel good about how your undies came to be.
Under Armour Pure Stretch Thong ($12)
For panty-line-free travel, these are an excellent pick. Smooth seams keep you free from chafe, anti-odor technology prevents the growth of microbes, and nylon-elastane compression material creates a super-snug fit that’s great for more active adventures. An affordable price and seven color options mean you can get a pair for every day of the week.