Synthetic underwear and odor
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dave e
(hipass) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
Synthetic underwear and odor on 07/07/2013 04:13:46 MDT Print View

You can buy synth underwear at Ross and whatever discount chain for 5$ or so.Since my synth baselayers stink up pretty good how do synth underwear fare???

Ken Strayer
(TheRambler) - F
synthetic odor on 07/07/2013 05:37:46 MDT Print View

they tend to smell like death

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
undies on 07/07/2013 07:07:45 MDT Print View

mine smell more like rotten shrimp after a week of heavy sweating.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
rinse on 07/07/2013 08:03:31 MDT Print View

I rinse mine out every day and don't notice a smell...

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Synthetic underwear and odor on 07/07/2013 08:28:08 MDT Print View

"Since my synth baselayers stink up pretty good how do synth underwear fare???"


Why would you think there would be a difference since they're basically the same thing?

Some of the newer fabrics stink way less then that polypro stuff from the 80's Phew! I like the Patagucci boxer briefs. Overnighters, still wear cotton a lot of the time.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
Wool on 07/07/2013 09:19:18 MDT Print View

Wool Wool Wool Wool.

Wool?

Wool Wool. Wool!

Worth the money. Seriously. I now have a closet full of the stuff, I trust nothing more. I hike in it, I bike in it, I sleep in it, I go to the bar in it, and removal of my Smartwool long johns is a significant stage of my foreplay.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Wool on 07/07/2013 09:21:32 MDT Print View

Max.....

Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - F

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
What's your junk worth? on 07/07/2013 09:48:24 MDT Print View

Arcteryx Phase SL boxer-briefs do an admirable job keeping the funk at bay. Not quite wool-level odor control, but close, and they also dry in half the time. They use silver ions in the fabric as a permanent anti microbial treatment. If you are looking at $5 undies, I'm guessing these will be out of your price range though.

I used Smartwool base layers for a few years but then went back to synth for high-output activities because I was annoyed at how slowly the wool dried.

Edited by Philip.AK on 07/07/2013 09:50:55 MDT.

Zorg Zumo
(BurnNotice) - F
Re: Synthetic underwear and odor on 07/07/2013 10:19:58 MDT Print View

The ones I buy at Target do pretty well if they are washed out once in a while. They don't hold the stink like some older poly tops used to.

Carry a little baking soda - works great for a number of de-stinking projects.

John Holmes
(jcholmes)

Locale: SouthEastern US
6 words... on 07/07/2013 10:23:35 MDT Print View

ExOfficio Give 'n Go Boxer Briefs!

I wear nothing else, day in, day out. After I bought my first 2 pair for hiking, I ended up replacing every pair of drawers I owned. after 3 years of being washed every week, those original 2 pair look exactly like the newest pair I own.

One pair, without daily rinsing, is good for 4-5 days on the trail. No stink. I stink...but the drawers do not. If you rinse each day, I doubt you'd ever need more than one pair on a trip no matter the duration. Can usually be found on sale for ~$17. Give them a try.

Also will give a shout out to wool (I've only experience with Smartwool), although has previously mentioned, they dry rather more slowly that the EOs, and generally do not last as long.

Here There
(cowexnihilo) - MLife
Re: 6 words... on 07/07/2013 10:35:58 MDT Print View

"ExOfficio Give 'n Go Boxer Briefs"

+1


Similar story for me, I started with one pair for hiking and use them almost exclusively now. I have a couple of pairs of cotton ones that I still like, and on overnights I usually just go out with whatever I happen to be wearing that day. For longer trips though the EO's are perfect.

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Synthetic underwear and odor on 07/07/2013 10:37:11 MDT Print View

If five dollars is your price point, they'll be fine, as long as you take the time to wash them out every day. Otherwise, they'll get pretty nasty pretty fast.

Wool doesn't have the odor problem but they are very pricey, and, in my experience, don't last too long. If you are a value shopper, I think you can rule these out.

My choice these days is a pair of Polarmax transdry cotton boxer briefs. Half of the fibers are given a hydrophobic treatment so the fabric wicks your sweat pretty well but not as well as a good pair of synth like my Ex Offico. A big plus is that they are very comfortable against your skin and like wool, they don't stink. At $30, they are not exactly cheap, but still less expensive than wool, and a lot more durable.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
wash em on 07/07/2013 11:00:50 MDT Print View

all underwear stinks if you don't wash them out... all

it's basic hygiene: wash you crotch and you undies daily...

then you and your undies won't stink...

this is not rocket science, guys...

b

John Holmes
(jcholmes)

Locale: SouthEastern US
re: wash em on 07/07/2013 13:21:08 MDT Print View

Well...Jeez...never really thought that needed to be discussed explicitly :)

Uh, yeah, gots to wash your boys daily.

No drawers are going to stand up to multiple days of neglect down there. That's why you pack a couple of baby wipes per day, right? Let's be honest, there's only so much one can expect from a pair of drawers.

Edited by jcholmes on 07/07/2013 13:41:32 MDT.

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: re: wash em on 07/07/2013 13:30:19 MDT Print View

We shall now all proceed to thread discussing the best way to wash your, um, boys.

John Holmes
(jcholmes)

Locale: SouthEastern US
Re: re: wash em on 07/07/2013 13:40:39 MDT Print View

I did mention baby wipes, right?

Plus I really think anyone interested in that discussion should start a new thread so the rest of us can ignore it :)

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Synthetic underwear and odor on 07/07/2013 14:09:22 MDT Print View

If you leave them at home in your backpacking chifferobe, they will smell as fresh as a daisy.

5" Patagonia Baggies with the mesh cut out provide pleasant ventilation.

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Re: Synthetic underwear and odor on 07/07/2013 15:32:52 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing, Nick. As our friend, Cosmo Kramer discovered, commando is always an option.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Re: Synthetic underwear and odor on 07/07/2013 15:40:16 MDT Print View

Dondo,

That was hilarious !!

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Do some research :) on 07/07/2013 15:42:41 MDT Print View

on Colin Fletcher's Second Law of Thermodynamic Walking