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Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Briefly Speaking... on 07/02/2008 17:49:11 MDT Print View

Have you worn any of the three briefs below? For hiking and traveling wear, which one do you prefer and why?

1. Patagonia
3. Ex Officio

Edited by ben2world on 07/02/2008 17:50:57 MDT.

Ryan Krause

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Briefly Speaking... on 07/02/2008 18:04:43 MDT Print View

I have a couple Patagonia boxer briefs and regular briefs and find them very comfortable. Being Patagucci, I got them for 40% off during a sale at a local Patagonia shop (Duck's Back in Phoenix, AZ has great biannual sales - no web sales though).

My wife has a bunch of Patagonia and REI sports underwear, she seems happy with both.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Briefly Speaking... on 07/02/2008 18:08:12 MDT Print View

Thanks, Ryan.

I've heard really good things about Patagonia -- and mixed feedback on Ex Officio. I am curious about REI since they are on sale right now -- and are half the price of Patagonia. OTOH, if anyone knows of any Patagonia briefs on sale... please let me know.

Adam Behr
(justsomeguy) - MLife
Re: Briefly Speaking... on 07/02/2008 18:24:21 MDT Print View

I've only tried the boxer briefs, not briefs, but just in case you can extrapolate anything useful from my experience...

The ExOfficio boxer briefs are the best I've ever tried, and by a wide margin. The Patagonia ones just lose their shape/fit way too quickly over the course of the day, though they feel pretty similar immediately after donning.

I haven't tried the REI brand though...


Max Hoagland
(maxhoagland) - F
Re: Re: Briefly Speaking... on 07/02/2008 18:26:28 MDT Print View

I have a pair of the patagonia and the ex officio. I like the fabric of the EO better, it is softer and lighter, but they are very high waisted and a wide elastic. The patagonia pair isn't as soft or stretchy, but the waist is lower, has a softer less noticeable elastic, and has a lower waist. Personally I like the patagonia a lot better.

Ryan Krause

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Briefly Speaking... on 07/02/2008 19:35:49 MDT Print View

Dunno your size, but Patagonia web bargains currently has the briefs in sizes small and XXL for $9.75 and boxer briefs for $13 in S and XXL. has a bunch of sizes and colors in the briefs for $9.49, not sure of shipping costs, no experience with this merchant though.

David Poston
(dgposton) - F

Locale: Texas / Colorado
ExOfficio briefs! on 07/02/2008 20:55:11 MDT Print View

Interesting thread, Ben. I myself have tried both REI MTS and ExOfficio. REI's is not bad, but the ExOfficios just feel wonderful. They are so silky and soft that I often wear them around town. I like them so much I went back the other day and bought another pair, while the REI languishes in my drawer. I believe the ExOfficios are a fraction of an ounce lighter, too.

Now...I briefly (no pun intended) pondered returning the REI briefs to REI, but you all can be glad that I did not.

Now that we're on the topic, how many bring an extra pair of briefs with them backpacking? I've been bringing an extra pair so I can take camp baths without standing around in the nude.

Tim Cheek
(hikerfan4sure) - MLife
REI MTS for a week and I was temporarily speaking in the falsetto range on 07/02/2008 21:08:29 MDT Print View

Maybe they've been re-designed now, but they wrapped me up so tight...

I've been happier in patagonia and smartwool.

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Re: Ibex Merino Wool Balance Briefs (1.8 oz) on 07/02/2008 21:16:21 MDT Print View

I used to use nylon briefs but this year have switched to Ibex Balance Briefs. So far they hold up great -- specs:

# 17.5 Merino Wool blend (85% Wool/10%Nylon/5% Spandex)
# Ultra-fine softness
# Form-fit
# Body mapping for comfort and support
# Avg. weight 1.8 oz.

Edited by marti124 on 07/02/2008 21:16:53 MDT.

Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
breifs on 07/03/2008 08:24:22 MDT Print View

I'm very happy with the first pair of ExOfficio breifs, but the next 2 had looser leg openings. The elastic was not pre-tensioned in the legs.

Silk can also be far better than cotton. The main problem is all the imaginative images to google through before finding something practical. (Social conservatives might want to close the blinds first.) Finally found breifs by Ever June on Amazon with a really good, traditional low-ish rise fit. Very light and don't have that cotton diaper feel or smell.

Patrick Baker
(WildMan) - F
Briefly Speaking on 07/03/2008 14:25:16 MDT Print View

Ex officio boxers, durable and comfortable

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Ex Officio for me on 07/03/2008 15:35:43 MDT Print View


I have the REI and Ex Officio briefs.

The REI ones, for the same size as the Ex officios, are a little snug and the fabric is not nearly as soft or breathable.

Unfortunately, I find that the few pair of REI briefs that I have I avoid wearing in favor of the Ex Officio.



Locale: South West US
Re: Briefly Speaking... on 07/03/2008 22:03:08 MDT Print View

Hey Ben,

Long time. My vote goes for patagonia but you probably already guessed that. The reason why is the combination of the fabric and cut. They provide just the right amount of support and seem to ride a little higher in the crotch so they do a better job at wicking. Also for some reason they don't pick odor very fast.

I really don't have experience with the others but friends of mine who do say the patagonias work better.