Ibex Woolies 1 Boxer Brief ReviewJanuary 6, 2016
- Tag free comfort
- Supportive without constricting
- Good wicking and drying
- Not attractive
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.
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.
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.
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.
Impressive knitting kept seams to a minimum and the not-too-tight fit made these our go to for overnight trips.
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.