You can't escape chafing even if you wear a Scottish kilt. Because chafing comes in different forms - each with different pain thresholds. You have chafing that'll feel fine after using some powder or lubricant, and nuts that go "tssss" when doused with cold water like you've just put out coal.
Chafing is definitely no joke.
And seriously, the firms designing men's underwear need to "tighten" up their definition of chafing cause mainstream underwear just aren't designed to protect the boys. That said, if you've spent a considerable amount of money (and time) looking for the best anti chafing underwear for men, and still haven't found it, this article's for you.
But first, some lessons. Friction can leave your skin tender, which will up your chances of getting your thighs or man parts rubbed (and not in the right way). It could be thigh against thigh (so going commando won't prevent it) or crown jewels against really crappy fabrics. Your first lesson is thus to avoid ridiculously cheap underwear if you want to prevent chafing. Here are a few other lessons you'll want to keep in mind.
How To Spot The Best Anti Chafing Underwear For Men
Blisters and rashes from chafing can take a while to heal, but you usually won't have that much free time to sit around and recover. Here are a couple of underwear features you'll want to look out for to prevent said blisters.
The journey of a thousand miles is usually filled with sweat, which can amplify chafing in your nether regions. So a rule of thumb is to pick fabrics with good moisture control. Silicone and latex are obvious NOs in terms of underwear fabrics. They'll stick to your skin when you sweat and will hurt like a thousand burning suns when you try peeling them off.
Cotton underwear are less obvious NOs, but if you want to avoid chafing, you'll need to ditch them. Because even though cotton is generally considered the go-to fabric for breathable underwear, they take too long to get dry. And as you've seen, sweat or moisture in general, will amplify soreness in your man parts.
You'll want synthetic fabrics if you want to prevent chafing. Materials like nylon and polyester are great for moisture control. They're also cheap and durable. High-end brands use Merino wool because it has some natural properties that help with moisture wicking. If you can't afford expensive underwear, you can rely on underwear made from synthetic fabrics to get the job done.
An even more obscure way to prevent chafing, by controlling moisture, is to stay hydrated. Without drinking lots of water, your sweat will be too salty, which isn't a good combination with blisters. So remember to stay hydrated.
- Moisture Wicking Technology
- Supportive Fit with added stretch
- Soft Brushed Waistband for added comfort
- Flat Lock Stitching
- Stay Put design to prevent riding up
Waistbands & Seams
Generally, thinner waistbands (not all) tend to roll down, which could be irritating to your waist. So you'll want to look for something with a thick but gentle band.
You should also look for underwear with as few seams as possible. Ensure the seams aren't directly located between the inner part of your thighs. If an underwear has a lot of seams, they should at least be enclosed, or be flat lock seams. Also look for underwear with no tags, cause those are annoying as well.
- 85% Nylon 15% Spandex
- Machine Wash
- Features Saxx's patented ergonomic comfort pouch
- Parallel mesh side panels made from soft breathable nylon/spandex mesh
Chub Rub Line
You'll need to figure out where your chafing line is and pick an underwear style that's at least 2" longer. Now underwear typically come in three major styles;
- Boxers which are extremely loose-fitting and go all the way to mid thigh levels. Nothing's compartmentalized, so it's breathable. It usually has a fly for pee breaks. You'll want to wear this whenever you're lounging about in loose pants, cause they'll bunch up when paired with tight or formal pants.
- Briefs are your typical tighty whities and have been around forever. They're like bras, but for guys. They cover up all the important stuffs but leave your thighs exposed, so not the best anti chafing underwear for men.
- Boxer briefs are TYPICALLY shorter than boxers, but more form fitting. They'll come with a pouch instead of a fly to hold up your junk, so they're the gold standard for athletes.
Most anti chafing underwear are different variations of boxer briefs.
Top 10 Best Anti Chafing Underwear For Men
Ready to grab a pair of new underwear that won't irritate your skin? Here are our picks for the 10 best anti chafing underwear for men:
1. Adidas Men's Sport Performance Climalite Boxer Brief
Pro: Pro-athlete design
Con: Needs extra special laundry care
Great active wear: As one of the biggest names in sportswear, Adidas is probably one of the first names that come to mind when you think of a guaranteed anti chafing underwear. And they don't disappoint. This climalite boxer brief carries on the tradition of high quality craftsmanship. Made from Polyester and spandex, so wicks sweat away from the skin. It features a logoed elastic waistband and a double lined mesh pouch, thus providing the much needed support and climate control you'll need during intense physical activities or hot climates.
While this is generally great, you'll need to take special care during laundry, which will suck if you're a "throw 'em in the washer and leave 'em" kind of guy. You can machine wash with cold water, but you shouldn't use a dryer on high heat (better yet, line dry) if you want them to last.
2. ExOfficio Give N Go Boxer Brief
Pro: Dries fast
Con: Material frays/pills pretty badly
Wash and go: These briefs dry pretty fast and are so insanely comfortable that you can wear them to swim at the beach, and they'll dry off before you go home (2 hours give and take). You can wear this slim brief under fitted pants without worrying about chafing. It may come off as a little pricey, but life's too short to subject your man parts to torture.
It's made from nylon and lycra spandex, so will feel super soft on your skin but with some stretch. If you're not too psyched about colors and patterns, you'll love the minimalist design on this boxer brief. As with all lightweight materials, you'll need to wash this really carefully to avoid pilling.
3. Hanes Men's Comfort Flex Fit Lightweight Mesh Boxer Brief
Pro: Feels like you're going commando
Con: Not very durable
Super slim design: This isn't as well known as the previous brands, but it's great none the less. Consider this boxer brief as your bang for buck. If you're not willing to part with tons of cash, but still don't want your crown jewels hurting, you can try this pack of 3. Firm's name is branded on the waistband, so it doesn't have those annoying tags that irritate from behind.
It's made from polyester and elastane, so you get a soft underwear with a lot of give to move about in multiple directions.
4. Puma Men's Tech Boxer Brief
Pro: Snug without being too tight
Con: Weak seams
Supportive fit: These briefs go up to mid thigh, which is really great if you want to avoiding thigh chafing (especially on days you're in denim). Puma's an easily recognizable brand, so you'll be paying for the brand name as well as the brief. Get it when you're ready to splurge on something really nice.
Made from polyester and spandex, this has a 360 degree stretch, is super soft, breathable and has great moisture wicking technology. It's the undy you'll want to have for intense physical activity, so you can buy a two in one pack, and save them for specific activities. It's also tag free, so yay!
5. Calvin Klein Micro Modal Trunk
Pro: Has great support
Con: Less pronounced pouch, which can make things a bit tight
Very form-fitting: This is another underwear whose waistband you'll want to show off. The micro modal material is super soft, virtually on the same comfy scale as bamboo and cotton. It's particularly great for guys with thick thighs who find boxer briefs too constricting.
Fits like a second skin, and the reinforced pouch means you can wear it without adjusting your junk every single time. The length is also great because you can turn your trunk to an every day underwear, especially when the weather gets too hot.
6. Saxx Men's Kinetic Boxer
Pro: 3D ergonomic design to support your glutes
Con: High-end price
Friction-free support: This kinetic boxer was the last and most advanced to be released amongst its peers. It's the only Saxx (in this line) specifically designed for sports. It goes way past your mid thigh, so your quads and hamstrings will be covered as well. It has flat lock seams which drastically reduce irritation in your nether region.
Because it's made of nylon and spandex, none of which has natural anti-microbial properties, Saxx uses its anti-odor technology to keep you feeling refreshed down there. It also has a semi compression fit, so it's breathable and supportive without restricting your movements.
7. Reebok Men's Performance Boxer Briefs
Pro: Comfy waistband that doesn't ride up or down
Con: No pee hole
High intensity sports and everyday wear: Even though most guys start out with tighty whities, these boxer briefs are pretty good alternatives for everyday wear, particularly for those who work in heated environments. They cover up all the important parts, and keep your thighs from rubbing the (no doubt tough) material of your pants or jeans.
Moreover, this Reebok's boxer brief has a super slim fit design, so won't be bunching up at the waist or rolling up at the thighs. The only issue you may have with this is that, like most boxer briefs, this has no fly, so you'll have to go all the way over the waistband when you want to pee.
8. David Archy Men's Ultra Fast Dry Performance Boxer Briefs
Pro: Extremely lightweight
Con: Not a lot of pouch support for guys who "need" support
Get three unique briefs for the price of one famous brand: This 3 in 1 pack has three different versions - a mesh with no fly, solid with no fly and a mesh with fly. So you can switch them on days you anticipate being in the office or gym. Each version (solid or mesh) is made with different mixtures of polyamide and spandex.
Aside from being very affordable, you also get to pick the color you want before submitting your order. So if you need something to make your day less gloomy, you can opt for brighter colors, instead of getting the default black. They do come with those dreaded tags (despite the waistband being branded), but the firm says you can easily tear it off with your hand.
9. Clevedaur Men's Antimicrobial Micro Modal Underwear 6"
Pro: No seams on the sides, only on the back
Con: Waistband doesn't hold well
Friction-free stitching: This is made from a biodegradable Beechwood so its eco-friendly. This design is as minimalist as it gets. The brand logo printed matches the color of the boxer brief you choose, so it's barely noticeable. It's also tagless, which is always great.
Fits like a second skin, so it's like you're naked underneath your pants. You can wash this in a washing machine without worrying about it pilling or shrinking.
10. Adidas Men's Sport Performance Climacool Boxer Brief
Pro: Engineered for athletic fit
Con: Not for everyday use
Form fitting, with cooling technology: It's only fitting that this list starts and closes with Adidas. Like the climalite, this climacool from the sport performance is built with high intensity activities in mind. If you want an underwear with some prestige attached, and a reputation to protect (ergo guaranteed anti chafing), get something from this sports performance line.
Keep in mind that you may not like wearing this daily (no easy access), especially if you wear dress pants, because you'll need to unbuckle every time you need to take a piss. One difference between this and the climalite is that climacool is 6" while the other is 5". The deciding factor between these two should be where your chub rub line ends.
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