Sometimes the difference between a good workout and a terrific workout is one simple thing: comfort.
When you’re worried about your underwear riding up, contributing to chafing, or rolling up and down and in every direction with the slightest of movements, suddenly breaking your deadlift record can seem a bit daunting.
We’re here to show you the best of the best underwear options for every type of workout you’re looking to tackle.
(Wedgies not included).
- BEST FOR CYCLING
adidas Men’s Sport Performance Climalite boxers
“I bought 2 packs of these and as soon as I tried them, I purchased the 3rd pack. I use them for working out at the gym and love the performance. The longer length is perfect to stay hidden but not ride up even when doing squats, lunges, and other active or compound movements. My favorite part is that the waistband is on the thinner side.”
– MkeWi, Amazon (5-Stars)
“Seriously my favorite pair of underwear. I have two pairs of the 6 inch as well. Bought them for the gym/golfing on unbearably hot days/summer in general and they get the job done. I sweat profusely when it is hot out and these keep me comfortable. Throw out all of your garbage underwear and restock with these. You’ll be glad you did.”
– Justin F., Amazon
“Wonderful product. I was in the market for a durable pair of compression shorts, and I came upon these. While the price may be a bit higher than others, it is well worth it. The level of compression is not too high, so I can wear these for hours upon hours. They are extremely comfortable whether they’re used at the gym or with normal daily activities. Otherwise a boxer briefs guy, these are much more cooling and have a wonderful feel. Snug, but not restricting. If there was a way to buy more pairs for a slightly discounted price, I would use these to replace boxer briefs altogether. Highly recommended.”
– Zacker, Amazon
- BEST FOR THOSE #SUPERSWEATY WORKOUTS
Hanes Comfort Flex Fit Ultra Lightweight Mesh Boxer Briefs
“These Hanes Confort Flex Fit Lightweight Mesh Boxers are just that; lightweight. Hard to believe they can stretch onto your body. They fit my husband well and are just the right weight for wearing under shorts for the gym. They wash well, maintain their sizing and my husband loves them. All seems are stitched well and they don’t ride up.”
– Fritosgirl, Amazon
“I work out and sweat a lot, plus I wet wade fish They support “wonderfully” and dry quickly. I walk to my fishing spot and pretty much dry by the time I get back to the car.”
“Fits just as expected. Good quality and a very comfortable fit. Good at wicking sweat when working out or playing sports.”
- BEST FOR LIFTING
Under Armour Men’s Tech Boxerjock Boxers
“I’ve slowly been converting over all my old boxer briefs to Under Armour briefs as I just haven’t found anything that compares in quality, breathability, and movement. This boxer briefs are just the best. Extremely well made, hold up to tons of washings, never stretch out, always remain their fit, hug your legs and waist tight but aren’t restrictive, super stretchy and stay in place while at the gym/running/etc., breathe very very well, and are incredibly comfortable. If you make a habit of showing your boxer briefs off to others, they also look really good and are very flattering. These are also pretty odor resistant which is great as well. There simply aren’t better boxer briefs for anybody who is active. I’m a 34 waist and the large fits me perfectly.”
“Wear them under my gym attire which is snug. Comfortable and no issues with looseness, once you tuck they rarely roll.”
“This is a synthetic support boxer brief. Synthetic for sweat wicking qualities while remaining fairly dry for comfort. The support is here to as it has a kind of pocket support that reduces any unwanted movement even when running or working out. The thinness is also on purpose for optimum performance. The only thing you’ll need to do is remove the scratchy inner tag (one of two, you’ll know which) for a supportive comfortable high-tech underwear solution.”
– John Werner,
- BEST COMPRESSION OPTION
COOLOMG Compression Base Layer Underwear
“I use them for my morning workouts. They are just a great product. You get exactly what you ordered. As always sizing can be an issue, but I buy large (even though I consider myself medium) and fit is excellent. I recommend the product and I can’t find anything to complain about ….”
– Mark Rudolph,
“Liked them so much the first time that I decided to buy more.
Still like them.
– Michael Noble,
“Good base layer for cold weather activity. Hold their shape well after several washings. I expect them to last a long time. Gives good support.”
- BEST FOR AN OUTDOOR SWEAT SESH
wirarpa Mens Cotton Underwear Soft Brief
“ I am pleased to report that these briefs fit well and comfortably, and best of all they stay put all day with no tendency to creep down. They have the familiar look of briefs I have been buying for many decades, aside from the wide printed band, but that is comfortable too so it’s all good. I am going through my socks drawer and tossing all the annoying underwear, and I will be getting many more of these breathable briefs for sure.”
– Bruce M. Walker,
“These were a great fit, perfect fit as expected. Happy… For working out and daily wear they are a good product.”
– Peniero, Amazon (4-Stars)
“Feel well constructed, fabric is soft, waistband is secure but not uncomfortable. I’ve worn them both day to day and to the gym, and haven’t had any issues with riding up or moose knuckles.”
– Pashalinn, Amazon (4-Stars)
- BEST FOR TEAM SPORTS
Holure Men’s Sport Compression Shorts
“I have ordered these multiple times in the plain black and camo. They fit well, deal with moisture well, and feel thicker/better quality than some of the other off brand compression shorts.
I wear these as boxers for work and sports, I wouldn’t exactly say they are “compressing” anything. Just very comfortable spandex style boxers that don’t rise up to often and feel good even when wet.”
“They fit as expected and are comfortable. So far I have not had issues with durability and I use them for rugged sports on a regular basis.”
– Dave, Amazon (4-Stars)
“For the price, these are excellent shorts. I wear them running and for gym workouts.”
- BEST BANG 4 YOUR BUCK
New Balance Mens Dry Fresh Boxer Brief
“These are great, super comfortable/great fit & great price for such a good product. Yet another New Balance product I’m pleased with. Only issue is not all colours are available in all sizes but that’s not too bad.”
“These are great shorts for the price. They fit close to give me good support for active sports use and have enough stretch to avoid shifting and binding. The wicking fabric keeps me cool and dry. Unlike some similar products, these have a fly so they’re good for casual wear as well.”
“What other reviews say it’s true, they feel tight, specially around the leg, but the fabric gets used to the body and after a day of wearing them they feel great. They don’t move up and down, they feel very comfortable and hold everything nicely, and the material doesn’t make me sweat. These are my go-to now every time I go to the gym or even on a rest day.”
- BEST FOR MAX COMFORT
Saxx Men’s Trunk Underwear
“This is my first SAXX underwear, I heard they are very comfy, and the rumors are true! It’s very warm too!”
“If you can put a little more money for something better this is the best option ! Its soft, supportive, very comfortable and nothing that I’ve ever wear before.”
“These are by far the best trunks I’ve ever owned. Perfect fit, super comfy. I like the trunks better than the boxer briefs, as the boxer briefs are too long on the legs and ride up too much. Highly recommended, as these are the best ones out there.”
– A. Pacheco,
- BEST COLOUR SELECTION
INNERSY Men’s Cotton Boxer Briefs
https://www.amazon.ca/INNERSY-Cotton-Rainbow-Colorful-Underwear/dp/B07F2TY1DG/“Seriously great. Material is amazing, colors are vibrant, and seems to be super good quality. Doesn’t ride up on the legs at all. Would agree with other reviewers that they are higher rise than normal but that doesn’t bother me at all. Incredibly comfy!”
– Joe,“I was tired of seeing my husband’s boring grey and black underwear. There’s more to life! Found these and ordered them. They arrived on time, fit him well, and he says they’re very comfortable. I would recommend it. Now if only I could find dinosaur print…”
– Deborah D,“I’ve never worn boxer briefs before. I have worn briefs and boxers but never boxer briefs. These fit perfectly based on the chart size for me. They are very comfortable. Since they fit snug they don’t bunch up at all. I just got them and have only worn them for a day so I can’t comment on how long they will last. They do appear to be well made.”
– Dan Westlake,10. BEST TRUE-BOXER OPTION
Perry Ellis Men’s Luxe Solid Boxer Shorts
https://www.amazon.ca/Perry-Ellis-Solid-Boxer-X-Large/dp/B00CMNDKYG“I appreciate a comfortable brief under my jeans or even my track pants. I have tried out quite a few and in the end, when I’m looking for comfort, I like loose-fitting, limited seams and a micro fiber-like texture. These shorts are all of that. There is no smashing or uncomfortable rubbing. I really don’t notice them and don’t notice any sweating, unlike silk shorts. Good fit too.”
“These are the perfect boxers. Soft, impossible to not feel comfortable, lightweight, and – more or less – breathable. They don’t ride up, at least no more than most if you aren’t rushing and put them on right, and more often than not don’t even feel there.”
– Jacord Dring,
“These are the best pair of boxers I have ever had the pleasure of wearing … will definitely be back for more!”
So? What do you think? Is there a particular brand that we missed on our list that you know we should have added on here?
Let us know your favourite fitness underwear brands and we’ll be sure to check them out!