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Best in Men's Underwear

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Willy California

Overview

Four-War Stretch: Willy California boxer briefs are made of flexible four-way stretch fabric, allowing for maximum comfort and range of motion. Made of 95% Micromodal and 5% Spandex, these boxers briefs are designed with performance in mind--they're light, stretchy, and supportive. Customers say that the material is soft, comfortable, and of high quality.

Price

$21 - $30

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Four-War Stretch: Willy California boxer briefs are made of flexible four-way stretch fabric, allowing for maximum comfort and range of motion. Made of 95% Micromodal and 5% Spandex, these boxers briefs are designed with performance in mind--they're light, stretchy, and supportive. Customers say that the material is soft, comfortable, and of high quality.

Moisture Wicking: Willy California boxer briefs are designed to pull moisture away from your body, keeping you drier and more comfortable throughout the day. Moisture wicking fabric is engineered both to quickly move (or wick) sweat to the outer surface of the fabric, and also to dry rapidly. As a result, your body is able to regulate its temperature efficiently and the fabric touching your skin stays dry.

Anti-Microbial: Willy California boxer briefs are antimicrobial. Antimicrobial products kill or slow the spread of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and mildew. This can be done in a few different ways: by treating materials (in this case fabrics) with topical chemicals, by using specially-designed yarns that are made to possess microscopic antimicrobial properties, or a combination of the two. While this doesn't mean that these boxer briefs are a substitute for penicillin, they are engineered to keep microorganisms (and the unpleasant odors they cause) at bay. The U.S. government strongly regulates the term ?ntimicrobial· fabrics that are marketed as antimicrobial must be non-toxic to the consumer and the environment, so you don? have to worry about these boxer briefs killing anything other than pesky microorganisms.

Made in California: True to the company name, Willy California boxer briefs are made in California. Whether for patriotic reasons, in support of American job creation, or in opposition to overseas labor laws and human rights practices, people have their reasons for preferring to purchase products that were manufactured in the United States. Willy California partners with local factories so they can ensure quality and create American jobs.

Pros & Cons
Pros:

Willy California boxer briefs are designed to be light and comfortable, without sacrificing support. Customers say that the underwear is soft and breathable, and that it stays cool and dry all day long. Made with active lifestyles in mind, Willy California clothing is built for performance—so it stretches and breathes to allow for maximum comfort for those who work—and play—hard.

Willy California offers a robust loyalty rewards program, with many ways to earn points. You get 10 reward points simply for creating an account; from there, you get points for sharing the Willy California brand on Facebook (100 points), following them on Facebook or Instagram (10 points each), reading content provided by Willy California (10 points), writing a product review (100 points), having a birthday (50 points), and spending money (1 point per dollar spent). 100 points gets you $10 off on any Willy California order.

Willy California is a partner of the SEAL Legacy Foundation and donates a percentage of every sale to help support wounded and fallen Navy SEALs and their families. According to the website, a few years ago one of the founders met a retired Navy SEAL who explained the challenges facing former SEALs when they return home?nd the difficulties facing the families of SEALs who never make it home. So the company does its part to help; every item purchased provides support to the cause.

Willy California offers an option to donate three protective masks to emergency medical workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has paused production at one of their factories to focus solely on the production of these masks, which are made from washable cloth and can house a disposable filter insert.

Cons:

The color choices for Willy California boxer briefs are simple and few: black, dark gray, light gray, and white. Many people will find this color spectrum sufficient for boxer briefs, but many others might want more colorful options.

Willy California's customer support phone line is only open from 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday. While hopefully, nobody would require emergency boxer brief support late at night or over the weekend, the company's 9-5 support schedule might be frustrating to customers with specific questions. Even with the customer support phone line open, you?e not guaranteed to speak to a person quickly? call made at 9:40am PST resulted in an automated message recommending the other customer support options. A text sent afterward did not get a response, and an email resulted in an automated response stating that they?l answer questions within a business day.

The sizes run small-according to the website, Willy California clothing ?s cut for a slimmer fit·so they suggest ordering one size larger if you desire a relaxed fit. Some people might be turned off by the prospect of unpredictability when it comes to sizing, and others might be off-put by a clothing line seemingly marketed toward smaller-sized men.

In order to return or exchange a product, you must first create an online account on the Willy California website, and the company? rewards program requires you to engage with the company, often providing free marketing in exchange for discounted clothing. While this is fairly standard practice, many people might be turned off by having to subscribe to another mailing list in order to obtain customer support.

Pair of Thieves

Overview

Pair of Thieves brings both style and functionality to the everyday basics of men's underwear, socks, and loungewear. Deceptively simple, their product line features supreme breathability, no-chafe seams, moisture wicking technology, and comfy four-way stretch materials. With the mantra ?eady for Everything,·Pair of Thieves redefines essential basics with underwear that's comfortable enough for the sofa and durable enough for adventure. This "do-anything" line of menswear gives back. Following the oms model,·when you buy a pair of underwear, Pair of Thieves will donate a pair to those experiencing homelessness. To date, they?e donated over 30 million items to over 2,500 communities worldwide.

Price

$12 - $60

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Pair of Thieves brings both style and functionality to the everyday basics of men's underwear, socks, and loungewear. Deceptively simple, their product line features supreme breathability, no-chafe seams, moisture wicking technology, and comfy four-way stretch materials. With the mantra ?eady for Everything,·Pair of Thieves redefines essential basics with underwear that's comfortable enough for the sofa and durable enough for adventure. This "do-anything" line of menswear gives back. Following the oms model,·when you buy a pair of underwear, Pair of Thieves will donate a pair to those experiencing homelessness. To date, they?e donated over 30 million items to over 2,500 communities worldwide.

Pair of Thieves has garnered high-esteem from major brands and publications like GQ, Buzzfeed, BRIT+Co, and Entertainment Weekly. But it? not just their stellar products drumming up acclaim. Their social responsibility collections set them apart from your everyday one-stop-shop for loungewear. Their Do-Gooders collection features menswear for social good, primarily focused on socks. Socks are the number one, most requested item at homeless shelters across the U.S. By shopping the Do-Gooders collection--which supports suicide prevention, LGBTQ+ youth, and those impacted by Covid-19--shoppers ensure their dollars go towards more than just a pair of tube socks or briefs. While all purchases at Pair of Thieves work the buy-one-give-one model, these unique collections section off a portion of total funds to be donated directly to frontline organizations, namely the Trevor Project and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

With an extensive, free-to-use rewards program, shoppers at Pair of Thieves can earn Gold Coins by signing up with an email address. Once enrolled, every order is eligible for free shipping and secret page access, and rewards escalate exponentially as you accrue gold coins. 200 gold coins enable a $1-to-1gold coin ratio; 350 coins earn you access to double the coins on special days, birthday bonuses, and exclusive rewards; and 500 coins invite your feedback on new designs and offer early product access.

This year, Pair of Thieves is upping the ante with the Blackout Whiteout Give Back Program. With the holiday season upon us, this line of black-and-white socks triples the impact when those experiencing hardship need it most. Through this program, when you buy one pack of Blackout Whiteout socks, Pair of Thieves will donate three pairs of socks to those in need. So far, they?e surpassed their yearly goal, donating over 3-million pairs of socks.

Pros & Cons
Pros:

Pair of Thieves specializes in comfort. Their products are soft, breathable, and easy to move in (or lounge around the house in). Without inventing the wheel, this is simple menswear perfected.

Not to mention, their social responsibility is commendable. With a buy-one-give-one model, as well as regular offshoot collections that benefit social impact organizations, Pair of Thieves has built social responsibility into their business model. And they’re not shy about it. Their Purchase with a Purpose program features special deals and products you can feel good about, with the tagline “Help us Help.”

They’re great for kids! Pair of Thieves’ Disney Collection is a hit with youngsters, boasting socks from the Frozen franchise and Disney’s Alladin. Plus, they have parent-kid sock bundles for when you want the whole family to match.

Pair of Thieves offers an extensive and easy-to-use rewards program. All you have to do is sign up with an email to start earning Gold Coins, which translate to deals and discounts. Earn coins by shopping, of course, but you can also earn coins by giving them a follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, referring a friend, and even signing up in the first place.

Cons:

Pair of Thieves offers an extensive and easy-to-use rewards program. All you have to do is sign up with an email to start earning Gold Coins, which translate to deals and discounts. Earn coins by shopping, of course, but you can also earn coins by giving them a follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, referring a friend, and even signing up in the first place.

While underwear is light and airy, there are some instances of inconsistencies in the product, according to reviews. Some boxer briefs arrive with slightly shorter inseams than others, leading to the light material riding up during wear.

The socks tend to wear through too easily. Where the underwear and loungewear boast durability and long-term wear that may justify the higher prices, the socks seem to be an exception to this Pair of Thieves rule.

While their products breathe and fight back against overheating, their loungewear is a little too thin and flimsy. Most users tend to want a thicker fabric in the sweatpants for that extra bit of coziness.

Mack Weldon

Overview

Mack Weldon is reinventing men's basics like socks, Tees and underwear. They use premium fabrics, smart designs, and simple shopping to elevate simple menswear essentials. From suiting to loungewear, underwear, and athletic gear, Mack Weldon is a lifestyle brand focused on functionality and true closet necessities. They make products with a purpose, and look too perfect tried and true classics. With an eye toward ethical manufacturing, Mack Weldon works with WRAP, a non-profit team of social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world. This partnership ensures all their products are ISO-certified, which means they've been responsibly and ethically manufactured, and you can feel that much better about where you put your dollars.

Price

$9 - $40

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Mack Weldon is reinventing men's basics like socks, Tees and underwear. They use premium fabrics, smart designs, and simple shopping to elevate simple menswear essentials. From suiting to loungewear, underwear, and athletic gear, Mack Weldon is a lifestyle brand focused on functionality and true closet necessities. They make products with a purpose, and look too perfect tried and true classics. With an eye toward ethical manufacturing, Mack Weldon works with WRAP, a non-profit team of social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world. This partnership ensures all their products are ISO-certified, which means they've been responsibly and ethically manufactured, and you can feel that much better about where you put your dollars.

Podcast listeners probably already know all there is to know about Mack Weldon. From comfy sweats and boxers, Mack Weldon has earned high praise from pop culture radio and major publications alike. Esquire happily boasts Mack Weldon as home to the "best boxers to wear every day." Mack Weldon specializes in high quality and smart design. Their boxers feature "no-roll" waistbands, mesh cooling zones for breathability and comfort, soft 18-hour Jersey fabric, and--maybe most popular--stay-put legs to combat bunching and rolling. They pride themselves on finding the best fabrics and fitting them to the best design through extensive blueprinting, testing, and fitting processes. So, when you buy Mack Weldon, you can be sure every order has been pushed to the limits of high quality and comfort.

Speaking of best fabrics, Mack Weldon doesn't settle. They believe great products start with great materials, and if they can't find those great materials... they make them. Their fabric innovation line develops custom blends by taking the world's best fibers and turning them into even better fabrics. Their proprietary fabric, 18-Hour Jersey, is a blend of cotton, smooth modal, and stretch Lycra?. True to its name, this fabric sits for 18 hours before being cut, which is just how long it takes for the fibers to naturally expand. The result? A softer, more consistent feel and fit that's well worth the wait.

Mack Weldon fabrics don't stop there. True to the brand, each fabric serves a specific purpose, be it functionality--like their quick-drying swimwear--or personal preference when it comes to the overall feel, Mack Weldon offers a diverse cast of fiber blends. Their Silver blend relies on technology long used by NASA, Olympic athletes, and the U.S. Special Forces, using pure silver to ensure lasting freshness in the harshest of environments. Where 18-Hour stresses softness and comfort, Silver offers rugged durability and long-term wear. What about Mack Weldon's other products, you ask: Yup, those are curated, too, with premium blends. Their T-shirts come in Dryknit, a 100% cotton jersey, enhanced with patented TransDRY? technology and proven to wick and vaporize moisture, keeping you up to 2 degrees cooler. Want to stay warmer? No problem. Their Warmknit blends smooth modal and just enough moisture-wicking, odor-fighting wool, all in a micro-waffle knit with a touch of stretch. All the heat for cold, winter months, with none of the added bulk or weight.

Pros & Cons
Pros:

Mack Weldon specializes in high quality, higher design. They use custom fiber blends and proprietary fabrics to beat out the competitor. Their products are softer, fit better, and last longer because of it.

These are the basics of basics. Their products are deceptively simple, mostly come in solid colors or timeless patterns, and are easy to mix and match. Their aesthetic is really well-curated. When you shop Mack Weldon, consistency and reliability are givens.

They stress responsible manufacturing and all their products are ISO-certified. This isn't fast fashion. Not only will Mack Weldon textiles last and wear well, but you can also feel good about buying them and know your dollars are going towards a socially responsible supply chain.

Falling in love with Mack Weldon, but strapped for cash? While their prices are high, they offer alternative payment plans. So, you can pay a little now, pay a little later, and still enjoy quality goods, comfy loungewear, and fashionable, timeless tees and sweats. With afterpay, you can get the goods you love for payments as low as $6.

Cons:

With all the different blends and choices, it can be a little confusing to shop many different items, and sizing is not always consistent from one product to the next. Where some run small--like their woven boxers--others run big. So, if you buy a size large in one item, that might not work so well with another. You have to be careful about measurements and product descriptions.

All their products favor the slender fit, which means a lot of them to run small. Especially in Mack Weldon's formal wear, like button ups and blazers, sizing descriptions and measurements don't quite match up with the reality of the fit. At such a high price, it's especially disappointing when the fit is inconsistent.

Where their underwear and loungewear stand the test of wear and tear, it seems their swim line is a bit of an afterthought. Users feel like the quality assurance missed the mark on this one, with inconsistent fits, uncomfortable cuts, and, ultimately, a swimsuit that doesn't warrant $90 a pop.

Despite Mack Weldon's "stay put" legs, their underwear does have a looser, more relaxed fit that sometimes causes them to ride up. This makes it less-than-likely wear with tighter pants or for any kind of workout. While they're great to lounge around the house in, they're just a bit too relaxed to stand up to the higher activity.

Me Undies

Overview

Wide range of options: MeUndies offers many different cuts and styles of underwear. Their online shop features boxers, briefs, boxer briefs of varying length, and trunks. The color/print options are expansive; you can opt for one of many solid colors, or you could go for a flashier pattern or print. In addition to their more generic fun-patterned undies, they also offer brand-specific prints like their Harry Potter series.

Price

$16 - $24

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Wide range of options: MeUndies offers many different cuts and styles of underwear. Their online shop features boxers, briefs, boxer briefs of varying length, and trunks. The color/print options are expansive; you can opt for one of many solid colors, or you could go for a flashier pattern or print. In addition to their more generic fun-patterned undies, they also offer brand-specific prints like their Harry Potter series.

Sustainably Sourced: MeUndies are made from MicroModal, a breathable, sustainable, biodegradable fabric made from the fibers of beechwood trees. But don't worry- the Undies aren't remotely woody; reviews say that they're lightweight, breathable, and ultra-soft.

MeUndies offers clothing for both men and women, potentially making for one-stop shopping for couples and families. Their MatchMe shopping option allows customers to purchase matching sets, in case couples want to wear underwear of the same color/print.

Multi-packs: MeUndies offers multi-packs of underwear- customers are able to build their own packs or choose from a range of "mystery" multi-packs. These "mystery" packs come with a disclaimer: there may be identical styles/prints in the same pack.

Pros & Cons
Pros:

MeUndies has a membership program: each month, you get sent a pair of underwear (that you get to choose beforehand). There? no added cost to join the program- you just pay for the Undies- nd you save up to 30% on each order.

Socially Conscious: in addition to selling underwear, MeUndies also has a cause marketing platform called MeUndies Gives, which partners with different organizations each year to help increase consumer awareness of said organizations. This year? partners are The Women's Center for Creative Work, It Gets Better Project, This Is My Brave, and Black Lives Matter.

Globally Conscious: While MeUndies headquarters are located in Los Angeles, their factories are spread out across several different countries. In addition to their L.A. production operation, they also partner with factories in Turkey, Sri Lanka, China, and Guatemala. While outsourced labor can lead to oppressive work conditions, MeUndies vets their overseas factories based on fair trade, employee empowerment, and managerial transparency- insuring that wages and working conditions meet company standards.

Inclusivity: MeUndies makes apparel for both men and women, rather than focusing solely on clothing for one gender. As a result, MeUndies can provide one-stop shopping for an entire household? underwear needs. MeUndies also offers sizes up to 4XL, so they're made for people of all sizes, unlike some underwear companies that market solely to people with slimmer builds.

Cons:

While their "mystery" multipacks bring down the cost of each pair of underwear, customers aren't always happy with what they receive: to be fair, the website does warn that some pairs might be duplicates or older prints, but one customer claims to have received a 10-pack with ten identical pairs of nonrefundable Santa Claus-print underwear.

Many customers find MeUndies customer service friendly but lacking in overall quality. Missing orders can get ignored or forgotten, and online criticism can lead to poor interactions with defensive customer service representatives according to some reviews.

While MeUndies are generally found to be pretty comfortable, their overall stretchiness and durability frequently come into question in customer reviews. Customers experience noticeable wear and tear within a matter of months (sometimes weeks), and when

MeUndies is an online-only company, which is useful much of the time- but if anybody prefers to buy their underwear in a physical store, they're out of luck when it comes to MeUndies.

Saxx

Overview

Different Styles: SAXX underwear for men is available in multiple cuts and styles. They sell boxer briefs with short and long legs, as well as ultra-short trunks. Of the varying styles, some have flies, some don?, and some styles offer both options. Depending on your desired length and style, you may find exactly what you?e looking for among the company? many choices. Additionally, the underwear comes in many different colors and patterns, ranging from more conservative solids and stripes to quirky, tongue-in-cheek designs (beer-and-pretzel-print, gingerbread-skeletons, etc.) SAXX doesn? take themselves too seriously, and it shows in the fun options they give their customers.

Price

$30

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Different Styles: SAXX underwear for men is available in multiple cuts and styles. They sell boxer briefs with short and long legs, as well as ultra-short trunks. Of the varying styles, some have flies, some don?, and some styles offer both options. Depending on your desired length and style, you may find exactly what you?e looking for among the company? many choices. Additionally, the underwear comes in many different colors and patterns, ranging from more conservative solids and stripes to quirky, tongue-in-cheek designs (beer-and-pretzel-print, gingerbread-skeletons, etc.) SAXX doesn? take themselves too seriously, and it shows in the fun options they give their customers.

Ballpark Pouch: In line with not taking themselves too seriously, but also providing underwear with serious performability for their customers, SAXX's underwear lines feature a Ballpark Pouch·designed to provide a comfortable, supportive, semi-compression fit. The pouch is designed to prevent chafing and sticking to increase comfort throughout the day, so you don? have to awkwardly (or unhygienically) readjust the unmentionables.

Flat Out Seams: As a counter to traditional underwear production methods, SAXX underwear is designed with a seam that faces outward, rather than inward; keeping the stitches away from the skin allows for a softer, itch-free experience.

Moisture Wicking: SAXX underwear is designed to wick moisture away from your body, keeping you drier and more comfortable as the day goes on. Moisture wicking fabric is engineered to quickly move (or wick) sweat to the outer surface of the fabric, and to dry that sweat rapidly before it saturates the material, so that your body is able to regulate its temperature efficiently and the fabric touching your skin stays dry.

Pros & Cons
Pros:

SAXX started out as an underwear company, so they know what they'rre doing when it comes to manufacturing undies. They're cleverly engineered a standard clothing item with breakthrough features, like outward-facing stitching and the "Ballpark Pouch" both of which are designed for maximal comfort throughout the day.

SAXX is also a globally conscious brand- they created their "Plastic Bank" collection with plastic positive customers in mind; for every item sold, the company will support Plastic Bank (an organization that works to remove plastic from the ocean and reduce the usage of single-use plastic across the globe) in preventing 50 plastic bottles from entering the ocean.

SAXX offers a "Comfort Guarantee", a policy that applies to any SAX product purchased directly from SAXX or a SAXX authorized dealer. This policy will provide a full refund within 45 days of purchase (not including shipping costs or other specific fees).

The SAXX website is attractive, informative, and easy to navigate.

Cons:

While many customers are sure to find SAXX? tongue-in-cheek marketing language quirky and fun, others might be turned off by what they perceive to be smirkingly vulgar. The ?allpark Pouch·is a feature unique to the brand, but the name itself might make more conservative underwear shoppers head for the Hanes.

Some customer reviews have said that the trademark "Ballpark Pouch" is uncomfortable and only makes for more material to bunch up- additionally, these reviews say that the material is too loose to provide much support.

The variety of colorful patterns might be a draw to many men, but many others prefer their underwear to be plain and classic of showy, colorful underwear is a negative for anybody, they probably won? look at SAXX for very long.

The price point is definitely a limiting factor for many people?ot everybody can afford to spend $40 (or even $25) on a single pair of underwear.