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Product Review: Tactical Underwear

Mentioned how the quality of underwear has slacked off in recent years. I guess the Pakistani kids they pay to sew them up are having some quality control issues. Anyway, I snagged some of these. The package says something to the effect of: 17 countries, 6 weeks, one pair of underwear. I’ll pass on wearing them for six weeks. Or even more than a day. But nice to know I could, I guess. But so far, I’m impressed. The pros: Quality, lightweight and snug. The con: expensive. $25 for some underoos is steep.

13 Responses to “I see China. I see France.”

  1. Matt Groom Says:

    The perfect way to complement your girlfriend’s Tactical Corset and the proper attire for when you wear your Tactical Kilt.

  2. OH SHAWN Says:

    gotta agree with you, those boxers rock. Might be TMI, but I’m wearing a pair right now. I picked a couple up a year or so ago and wore them on a 5 day backpacking/kayaking trip and was very pleased. They hold your junk comfortably, they wick away moisture and they are just a lil slippery to avoid any kind of motion rash while hiking. I now own bout 7 pairs. They are expensive, but I find good deals at places like campmor and sierra trading post from time to time. I also recommend their nomad pants as they have many of the same qualities for hiking, etc. While I’m at it, I will say I have thrown out all my cotton socks and replaced them with more expensive “whicking” socks from addidas and others. Trust me, when your feet and family jewels are dry and comfortable, life is good.
    As for the wearing them for more than one day, I do rinse and dry before wearing them again, hence the two pairs for the 5 day trip. I carry an extra nalgene bottle on top of my pack, attached via a caribiner, and put yesterdays socks and underwear in there with some water and camp soap. They get washed as the water rocks back and forth during the days hike. Take ’em out at the end of the day and hang them up in your tent, near the fire, whatever, and they are nice and dry and ready for you the next morning. Modern fabrics are a wonderful thing….
    Now that I have done a review of underwear and socks, and how to do your laundry, I’m going to go do something manly like kill a bear with a knife or maybe eat a cheeseburger…

  3. Standard Mischief Says:

    I assume they are meant to be washed out and air dried. But even backpackers take at least two pairs.

    As far as tactical goes, I’m glad you can buy teh tighty whities in a color other than white. Otherwise you would have to dye your own like this.

  4. SayUncle Says:

    yeah, being tactical, i felt obligated to get black.

  5. Standard Mischief Says:

    (bad link)

    dye your own like this.

  6. Weer'd Beard Says:

    How well do they support the penis you compensate for?

  7. Standard Mischief Says:

    five bucks cheaper at campmor

    (oddly enough, I’m doing a post-hike gear assessment right now)

  8. Laughingdog Says:

    I’ve actually been very pleased with the wicking underwear from Wickers ( It costs less, and doesn’t have that same synthetic feel that things like Underarmor or Champion brand wicking underwear has.

  9. chris Says:

    What’s underwear?

  10. BobG Says:

    “$25 for some underoos is steep.”

    It depends on how much you value the package they are protecting…

  11. ZerCool Says:

    $25 for some underoos is steep.

    Haven’t bought much lingerie, have you? 🙂

  12. Unix-Jedi Says:

    Just found some at a salvage store. Previously I’d be wearing UnderArmor, which are also designed to compress.

    After all day, not so delightful.

    the ExOfficios are more comfortable, wick just as well, and my lovely wife found them on sale for $15.

    As to the cost, I’ve been wearing the UnderArmor for at least 3 years (5 pairs), and they’ve held up. (Wash in cold, air dry. The Dryer will do Bad Bad Things to them.)

    For shirts, the cheap wal-mart UA knockoffs work just as well, but for underwear, the wallyworlds are … missing something. Like a seam to go to the bathroom without unbuckling…

  13. Unix-Jedi Says:'s-Underwear/Basic-Underwear/

    $16, sorry.