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ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxers Review

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Magnifying Glass IconThis post is part of our Travel Product Review series. At Tortuga Backpacks, we love to find the perfect tool for the job. We couldn’t find the perfect travel backpack, so we created it. When we find other great products, we like to let you know about them with a review. The following review was unpaid and unsolicited. It reflects the opinion of its author only and is based on his/her own experiences.

17 countries. 6 weeks. One pair of underwear.

This boast is the tagline for ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go Boxers. While only taking one pair would be ambitious, that itinerary is doable with only two pairs. Believe it. Plus, honestly, what are you smuggling that you couldn’t fit a second pair of underwear in your bag?

We’ve all seen nuveau riche tourists dressed head to toe in the latest from REI, but lots of technical travel clothing has high price tags without matching benefits.

Not ExOfficio.

These boxers are the real deal. Don’t believe you could travel the world with only two pairs of underwear? Read on!

[Ladies, you can check out a review of ExOfficio’s women’s underwear by former guest blogger Brooke Schoenman on Her Packing List.]

ExOfficio Men's Give-N-Go Boxers

Biggest Benefit: Staying Dry and Odor Free

The Give-N-Go boxers are lightweight and quite comfortable in addition to their technical advantages:

Quick Drying: Because they are made primarily of nylon, these boxers dry much faster than typical cotton underwear. Since they can dry overnight (or faster), you need less pairs for your trip. You could even travel with only two pairs if you’re willing to hand wash the used pair every night.

Moisture Wicking: Let’s skip the gory details and just say ExOfficio boxers will keep you dry in the most important areas far more effectively than cotton underwear.

Odor Resistant: Even the most hygienic of us are not always at our freshest while traveling for months on end. ExOfficio boxers are treated with an Aegis Microbe Shield to control odor-causing bacteria, which your roommates at the hostel will greatly appreciate.

Field Test

As a certified Ex-Officio fanboy, I now own four pairs of boxers, which, in addition to regular use, are my default travel underwear.

When discussing such a delicate subject, the best evidence of quality is reliance on the product. I’ve used Ex-Officio while backpacking across Europe and as my official in-flight boxers of choice.

Sixteen hour flights can be very demanding, but ExOfficio has never let me down. The Give-N-Go boxers are the most effective precaution against swamp ass on the market.

Final Verdict

Pros:

  • Dry quickly
  • Prevent moisture and odor
  • Are comfortable and lightweight

Cons:

  • Expensive at $25/pair but are worth it and can be found cheaper on Amazon

Bottom Line: ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxers are the ideal travel underwear because of their ability to keep you fresh and to dry overnight.

Have you tried the ExOfficio underwear? Tell us what you thought about them, or your preferred travel underwear, in the comments.

(Photos: ExOfficio)

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  • Yes, there underwear is just about perfect for extended travel – no one else does it better. I’ve tried even more expensive merino wool but Exofficio’s material panned out better. HOWEVER… I’m not a big fan of their shirts made of the same material as their underwear – it frayed and wore out like no ones business. Dried super quick and all but just doesnt work well when exposed. Oh and never ever let velcro touch it.

    • Totally agree on the shirts. Mine hasn’t worn out yet, but the material feels a bit weird and can be scratchy. Not sure why it doesn’t translate well.

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