Ibex Balance Seamless Underwear (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Seamless underwear for men and women from Ibex.

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by Ken Knight | 2007-08-12 00:00:00-06

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The wait is almost over. The new Balance line of seamless base layer clothing for men and women is here. Though the focus of the line is for women men's clothing is also present.
Left: Women's sport bra; right: Women's sport top.

It has been a long time in coming but the seamless underwear from Ibex is finally here. While the main focus of the product line is for the ladies men aren't left out in the cold. The products all use 18.5 micron merino wool with a bit of nylon and spandex to provide stretch and a body hugging fit.

Seamless is a bit of a misnomer. The Balance line is constructed in a fashion somewhat akin to how socks are made, that is in a tubular style. Their are some small seams present, but only in places that should, according to Ibex, not rub. The combination of materials and sewing ought to create base layer clothing that is quite pleasant to wear.

  • Made from 86% 18.5 micron merino wool; 10% nylon, and 4% lycra.
  • Available for men and women though the women's style predominate including, of course, the long-awaited sports bra and sports top.
  • Available October, 2007 with MSRPs of $22.50 to $49.00 depending on the particular style style of apparel.
Weights of the various items in the Balance line of apparel
ModelWeight*
grams
Men's Brief48
Men's Boxer86
Men's Compression Running Shorts130
Women's Thong16
Women's Brief32
Women's Boy Shorts40
Women's Sports Bra68
Women's Sports Top100
Women's Runner Shorts106
*Weights are for Men's Large and Women's Medium.

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The Men's Boxers.


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Kenneth Knight
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Locale: SE Michigan
Ibex Balance Seamless Underwear (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/12/2007 17:47:43 MDT Print View

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Joshua Mitchell
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Locale: Kansas
Merino + Seamless? on 08/16/2007 07:00:39 MDT Print View

Might be interesting... the boxers look like they're built similarly to the Merona synthetic stuff that you can get at target, which is quite nice.

donald buckner
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Locale: Southeast U.S.
target boxers on 08/21/2007 18:52:03 MDT Print View

I picked up some synthetic boxers at Target last summer before embarking on an elk hunt in Utah. I was unpleasantly surprised to discover that my hydraulic equipment was not contained, but ended up on one side of the leg/crotch junction. This was very uncomfortable and resulted in numerous repositions adding to my frustration. I ended up at Walmart for a cotton brief purchase that ended my woes, but left me wanting for a more technical fabric for active wear.

Joshua Mitchell
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Locale: Kansas
Re: target boxers on 08/22/2007 08:24:17 MDT Print View

Did you get boxers or boxer-briefs? Target carries both. Actually, the most comfortable are called 'trunks' (the boxers briefs are longer). Plently of support if sized properly (these are supposed to fit like briefs but extend down your legs, they are NOT supposed to be even slightly baggy like boxers are).

Brett .
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Locale: CA
Ibex Balance Seamless Underwear on 08/22/2007 09:04:32 MDT Print View

For active use I find boxer-briefs best.
Kind of ashamed to say, but I found some decent 60% poly ones for hiking at the $1 (100 yen) store.

Edited by Brett1234 on 08/22/2007 09:05:04 MDT.

donald buckner
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Locale: Southeast U.S.
boxer briefs on 08/30/2007 07:53:09 MDT Print View

Sorry to get back to this post so late. Vacation. Just got back. I bought both the longer and shorter version of the boxer briefs, but they do not fit tight. They are not loose like regular boxers, but not real tight either. Slightly snug would be a more accurate description. The shorter version had my equipment outside the garment after hiking around in hilly terrain. That drove me crazy. Next I wore the longer version but was just as uncomfortable with the equipment wedged into the leg of the garment. The bikini brief version contained the goods but I felt cold with the lack of coverage. Maybe they would have worked one size smaller. The fabric is quite stretchy. It is very comfortable against the skin, and is bound to handle moisture better than cotton. Maybe they will let me return them. It has only been a little over a year since the purchase! lol.

Edited by toomanyarrows on 08/30/2007 07:55:02 MDT.