Ibex Woolies 1 Boxer Brief Review

January 6, 2016
Ibex Woolies 1 Boxer Brief
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
85
Wicking
6
Dry Time
6
Active Performance
7
Wearing Comfort
8
Temperature Management
8

The Good

  • Tag free comfort
  • Supportive without constricting
  • Good wicking and drying

The Bad

  • Not attractive
THE VERDICT

We balked at the idea of wool next to our important bits too, but in the name of testing we gave it a go and emerged happily surprised. Not only were these boxers soft next to skin, but they wicked moisture and dried fast while remaining one of the most comfortable pairs we tested.

FULL REVIEW

Wicking
We’ve found wool to do a descent job at wicking, not as good as some synthetics, but pretty good. The same can be said for these 100 percent merino wool boxers. Ibex weaved the wool into a rib knit—basically channels and grids—that helped suck moisture off the skin. It’s excellent wicking for wool but not quite as powerful as some synthetics.

Dry Time
Wool doesn’t dry as fast as synthetic because of the way it wicks moisture, pulling it into the wool fibers. These boxers are almost see-through, so there isn’t a lot of space for water to soak into. Like the wicking performance, dry times were fast for wool but not as fast as synthetics.

Active Performance
The rib knit creates enough elasticity to offer surprising amounts of support. Despite a lack of Spandex, Lycra or even elastic in the waistband, these hugged just the right amount to stay in place and keep everything in position even while trail running.

Wearing Comfort
Impressive knitting kept seams to a minimum and the not-too-tight fit made these our go to for overnight trips.

Temperature Management
Despite an almost see-through thinness merino’s temperature regulation kept these just right almost all the time. The rib knit weave trapped heat close to skin when it was cold and breathed when it was hot.

 


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MSRP
$50.00
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