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Under the Hood

by Myron Mariano

Others may not see them all the time, but your choice of underwear still matters.
The Athlete: Trunk
The shorter and more snug cut of trunks is ideal to show off some well-developed quads. Druthers trunks are the world’s first underwear range to use a recycled poly-cotton blend of yarn, which saves approximately 300 gallons of water each pair. Druthers; drutherswear.com

The Fashion-Forward: Boxer Brief

Combining the full coverage of boxers with the fit of briefs, boxer briefs go with every body type. There’s no silhouette that isn’t flattered by this shape of underwear. For November, SAXX is partnering with the charity Movember, in order to raise funds and awareness about men’s health. For each limited-edition pair sold, $2 will go to the foundation to help further fund research. Vibe; saxxunderwear.com
The Classic: Brief
Briefs are mainstays in every guy’s underwear drawer for good reason: They are no-frills and have universal appeal. But tighty-whities have had their time in the spotlight—upgrade to darker ones to reflect your more contemporary wardrobe (and taste). These Fair Trade-certified briefs are made with a lightweight poly-spandex jersey for a comfortable stretch. Capilene Daily Briefs; patagonia.com
The Anti-Chill: Base Layer
You do not have to be out camping in the middle of winter to require a base layer; an early morning commute in the bitter cold is more than enough reason. These premium long johns are made from merino wool, which means they are excellent at keeping you warm and dry. Charcoal Heather First Layer Pant; mypakage.com
The Lounger: Boxer
Favored as the underwear of choice for lazy Sundays, boxer shorts are loose, comfortable, and—let’s be honest—breezy. Don’t think these ExOfficio ones should be relegated to your home, though. These boxers travel well with their lightweight fabrication and quick-drying technology. They are also odor-resistant and moisture-wicking, to meet the demands of extended voyages. Give-N-Go Boxer; exofficio.com

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