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Your workout outfit can have a HUGE effect on your training session and while you may already have the perfect shirt and workout shorts, but don't forget one of the most important pieces of clothing: the best active underwear!
The best active undergarment for women is usually (but not always) moisture-wicking underwear. After all, if you're continually having to shift, adjust, pull down/up, and de-wedgie, there's no way you can concentrate on your workout.
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The right active undergarment will improve comfort while you work out—wicking away moisture, keeping you cool, and staying in place without riding up. Plus, breathable underwear reduces infection risk. Finding a few good pairs of active underwear is a must for sporty women.
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Below, we've done the research to bring you the best active underwear for women, everything you could need for a comfortable HIIT session, marathon, spin class, or weightlifting workout. Check out the options to find the perfect underwear for you.
Affordable, lightweight, and comfortable underwear that have no pantylines.
These are a bit high-waisted so they may show if you're wearing something with a lower waistline.
These underwear are made of two types of materials, 92% nylon and 8% spandex, and feel super soft and stretchy. This combination gives you just the right amount of elasticity without compromising durability. And, since there is no cotton in these underwear, they are quick-drying and moisture-wicking.
Kalon offers multiple color combination packs including: basics, all black, all white, all beige, neons, spring colors, and winter colors.
The fit is true to size and offers minimal, high-waisted coverage. However, they're incredibly comfortable to wear, with good ventilation to prevent excessive dampness. The no-seam design reduces both visible panty lines and chafing.
These are designed with a ribbed upper band that ensures they stay in place, too.
Perfect For: These are the perfect underwear for most types of sports and activities where you want total freedom of movement, such as yoga.
At $24 for a 6-pack ($4 a piece), these are the best-priced active underwear on our list. They're durable, comfortable, and reliable—everything you need!
Well-priced, slim, no pantylines, lightweight, versatile, low profile seams, multi-pack, great for summer fun, breathable, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and odor-resistant.
Sizes tend to run large and these underwear do not offer total coverage.
These underwear are made of two types of blends: 65% polyester, 27% nylon, and 8% elastane; or 92% nylon and 8% elastane. These combinations give you just the right amount of elasticity without compromising durability.
The synthetic fabric is both quick-drying and moisture-wicking, and the underwear will keep you cool all day long. Thanks to the reinforced construction, the underwear are surprisingly durable. Best of all, you get an odor- and bacteria-resistant lining that protects your genitals no matter how much you sweat.
The fit is a bit large, yet offers minimal coverage (less than you'd expect from an active thong). However, they're incredibly comfortable to wear, with good ventilation to prevent excessive dampness. The no-seam design reduces both visible panty lines and chafing.
Perfect For: All active use. Considering their minimalist cut, they're an excellent choice for most types of sport and recreational activity where you want total freedom of movement.
At $13 for a 3-pack, these are the best-priced active underwear on our list. They're durable, comfortable, and reliable—everything you need in your sports clothing!
Sleek bikini cut, bamboo-sourced rayon, seam-free, beautifully comfortable and soft, moisture-wicking, and excellent breathability.
Sizes run too small for curvaceous women and these underwear often leave visible pantylines.
These underwear are made of 80% bamboo-sourced rayon, which makes an ultra-soft, certified natural fabric that is beautifully comfortable. However, the other 20% is nylon and spandex, incorporated for both durability and elasticity. The material will wick moisture away from your body, and its excellent breathability ensures that you're cool and dry all day long.
If you're looking for the classic bikini fit, you'll love these underwear. They're small enough to be stylish while still offering ample coverage. Given the snug fit, you'll never have to worry about them slipping down or showing too much.
However, for women with larger butts and hips, these underwear may be a bit small. Users complain that they tend to ride up, requiring constant adjusting.
Perfect For: Beach and pool use, running, and sports. They're so soft you'll forget you're wearing underwear, but you'll get all the coverage you need from the bikini cut.
At $11, these run slightly on the pricier side. However, the classic cut makes them versatile, and you'll find few pairs of underwear as soft and comfortable as these.
Soft, comfortable, great for active use, provides decent coverage, flat-lock seams, tagless label, great for non-active use, good breathability, good quality product, and affordable.
Tend to ride up.
These underwear are made of 80% polyester and 20% Spandex, meaning they have just the right amount of elasticity and are both moisture-wicking and quick-drying. They're soft, comfortable (except for their tendency to ride up), and will give you ample protection while offering the stylishness of "cheekies".
The fit runs slightly tight, which is ideal for women who want their underwear to stay firmly in place while they train. Additionally, the flatlock seams won't show through your leggings or Yoga pants. You won't have to worry about the label chafing or irritating, as the underwear are tagless. With its 4-way stretch, you have all the versatility you need for a comfortable workout.
Perfect For: Yoga, dance, and spin class—basically any workout where you wear leggings or yoga pants. The underwear come in a bright range of colors and styles to match any outfit.
At just under $8 per pair, these are a fairly affordable option. They offer durability and reliability at a good price—all in all, a great pair of active underwear!
Good elasticity, stay-put fit, full rear coverage, tagless label, soft and comfortable.
A pad/pantyliner will not stick to the fabric.
These underwear are made from a mixture of nylon and spandex, giving it a good elasticity while still offering the moisture wicking and quick drying you want from your athletic underwear. The fabric is comfortable yet stretchy which is perfect for high intensity workouts. Thanks to the higher hipster cut, you get full rear coverage without getting in the way of your fast-paced movements.
The sizes on these underwear tend to run slightly large, so you'll need to consider buying a size smaller than normal. However, the snug fit will ensure that the underwear stay firmly in place no matter how much you move around.
The laser-cut edges give you a hem-free design that will eliminate visible panty lines and give you a solid rear coverage.
Perfect For: Any woman that wants ample coverage. The hipster style accentuates your booty and makes you look great while still covering everything important.
At $24 per pack of six, these are one of the cheapest on our list.
Breathable, moisture-wicking fabric lining, comfortable, odor-resistant, quick-drying, superlight material, stylish, and feature a smooth waistband.
Large in the butt and not made with the most durable material.
These underwear are a beautiful mix of 94% Nylon and 6% Lycra, giving them just the right amount of elasticity for active use. The material is breathable, comfortable, and both quick-drying and moisture-wicking. Sadly, the fabric tends to pill, and it's not the most durable option on the market.
However, you get good odor-resistance, and the antibacterial lining will keep your "lady bits" safe as you train.
For those packing a bit more "junk in the trunk", the extra-large butt makes them the perfect choice. The fit is snug but not so tight you can't move around, and the bikini brief style is ideal for those engaged in high-intensity exercise.
Perfect For: Hiking, camping, cycling, traveling, and high intensity exercise. They're a comfortable pair you can wear for hours every day!
Starting at $12, these are definitely on the pricier side. However, you'll find they're a great choice if you're engaging in outdoor recreation or long-haul travel.
Made from sustainable materials, feels soft and silky, well-priced, great for active and casual use, quick-drying, breathable, bacteria-resistant, and non-binding fit.
Unusual style and cut, plus the sizes run a bit small.
The bamboo fibers used to make these underwear feel incredibly soft to the touch, making them an excellent pair to wear at the gym, at home, even in bed. Bamboo is bacteria-resistant, so you can use them without worrying about infections. You'll find few pairs of active underwear as soft and comfy as these.
The fit of these underwear is non-binding, with no elastic bands in the legs to reduce circulation. The sizes tend to run small, though, and the style is also a bit odd, with a higher cut in the back than most briefs.
Perfect For: Light workouts, lounging around the house, and sleepwear. Supple, smooth, and soft, these underwear are designed with your comfort in mind!
Starting at under $9 per pair, these are slightly on the pricier side. However, once you try them on, you'll never want to take them off.
Extra long inseam, reduces chafing, good elasticity, offers freedom of movement, great for active and daily use, good fit, no sheerness/transparency, and moisture-wicking.
Sizes run large and these underwear are not made of the most durable material.
These shorts are made of 85% nylon, 12% Spandex, and 3% cotton—a blend that is soft, comfortable, and fairly durable. Some users have complained that the shorts split at the seam, making them unsuitable for outerwear. However, as boy short underwear, they're a good option for active use thanks to their moisture-wicking, quick-drying fabric.
The shorts have a full rise, offering total coverage. The sizes run a bit large, but once you find the right fit, they'll stay firmly in place—no bunching or drooping. The cotton gusset helps to reduce chafing while you run, lift, or train.
Perfect For: Runners, athletes, weightlifters. The triangle-back construction offers good freedom of movement for athletes, runners, and resistance trainees, and the underwear are warm enough that they make a suitable base layer beneath leggings in cold weather.
At $15, these are slightly on the pricier side. However, given their versatility (perfect for active and everyday use), they're a good pair of underwear to have for work and gym sessions.
Bikini undies in a soft, smooth fabric that you won't even know you're wearing. Soft, no-dig waistband lies flat against your skin.
Expensive price tag.
The bikini is made using a MicroModal fabric that is supremely breathable and quick-drying, keeping you cool and dry. It's soft, lightweight, and one of the most comfortable pairs of active underwear you'll ever own.
We love MicroModal fabric for its lightweight, naturally breathable construction and super-soft feel. Soft, wash well, perfect amount of coverage. What more could you ask for?
The bikini style makes them ideal for most activities, and they'll stretch with your movements keeping you nice and flexible. Thanks to the flat waistband and tagless label, you'll never have to worry about chafing.
Perfect For: Runners and yogis. They're a comfortable pair of underwear that can keep up with any workout.
At $18 a piece, these are a high-priced pair of active underwear. Although pricey, these will last for years to come. And, they're the perfect choice for active women looking for maximum comfort.
Good elasticity, stay-put fit, full rear coverage, tagless label, soft, comfortable, hem-free design, flattering silhouette, and stylish.
Sizes run small and prone to bunching/wedgies.
These underwear are made from a mixture of Elastene and nylon, giving it a good elasticity while still offering the moisture wicking and quick drying you want from your athletic underwear. The fabric has a four-way stretch that is perfect for high intensity workout. Thanks to the higher hipster cut, you get full rear coverage without getting in the way of your fast-paced movements.
The sizes on these underwear tend to run slightly small, so you'll need to consider buying a size larger than normal. However, the snug fit will ensure that the underwear stay firmly in place no matter how much you move around.
The laser-cut edges give you a hem-free design that will eliminate visible panty lines. On the downside, they tend to bunch up or cause wedgies.
Perfect For: Very active athletes that want ample coverage. The hipster style accentuates your booty and makes you look great while still covering everything important.
At $11 per pair, these are a bit on the pricier side. However, if you want to look your best while you work out, you'll love how stylish and attractive these are.
Are you active? Good for you! Are you a runner, a boxer, a yoga addict or a cross fitter? Do you go to the gym at least twice a week? If you work hard to keep your body in shape, then keep on reading.
As one of the most personal pieces of clothing, active underwear can’t be tried on — making it complicated for you to see if it’s a good fit or not. You can only make your decision based on friend’s recommendations, brands you know and trust, the type of materials, and aesthetic criteria such as colors or fit. Lastly, the price will be your last indicator.
Choosing the right active underwear requires a bit of research, but we’ve done the work for you. First, when you practice a sport, you need comfortable activewear which will absorb sweat and keep your body warm — or regulate your temperature if you go outside. You also need underwear that has good elasticity. So what types of activities do you need active underwear for? Which materials are good? How do you balance sexiness and sport performance? Let’s explore.
Yoga: A sought-after practice across the world, yoga — which has 14 different types — has numerous benefits from improving your flexibility to clarifying your mind. Whatever your intentions are — and preferences for either the sweaty Ashtanga or Vinyasa yoga to more relaxing, calming Yin or restorative yoga — you will need comfortable, light, and absorbing underwear. Yoga wear is utterly sexy and you need the right panties to go along with your yoga pants. Find invisible tight-fitting undies that stay unseen underneath your yoga pants.
Running: Did you know that running makes women more attractive? A study also showcased that after a 9-month period, runners reported having greater sex with their partner. Running has great benefits as it increases bone mineral density. A perfect running attire requires a good pair of pants or shorts, good sneakers, and the right active underwear. As you run, you need to prevent your body to be cold. High-waist underwear may also keep your back in place when jogging. Choose anti-microbial and odor-resistant undies to go running.
Boxing: As a sport, boxing requires athletic prowess. The required attributes of boxing encompass power, strength, eye coordination, and endurance. For those of you who love boxing workouts, find underwear that stays in place and keeps moisture away. For high-intensity sports such as boxing, find underwear made of breathable materials like mesh and with a comfortable shape to maintain and support your body in your active moves.
Cycling: Riding a bike is a fun exercise which has countless health benefits such as decreasing stress levels and protecting you against various diseases from cancers to strokes. Cycling is also accessible to everyone — no matter how old you are.
For cycling, go for padded cycling shorts if you practice long hours. Go for a quick dry and lightweight underwear that fits your cycling pants.
Rock climbing: If you fancy rock-climbing and wish to prepare yourself for the Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya or Rinjani in Indonesia, then you need the right outfit and underwear.
Go for underwear that provides support and comfort without squeezing you while you work out. Prefer materials that keep the sweat away and dry easily and thermo-regulate your temperatures as temperature may change from one climb to another such as mesh or nylon.
CrossFit: Popping up around the world as its popularity increases, CrossFit is a form of high-intensity power fitness (HIPT). The benefits of CrossFit include improving agility, performance, and flexibility. Many may wonder if this sport is safe as it requires to lift some weights. If you work alongside a trained fitness professional, then CrossFit is for you.
To choose your best underwear for a good session, go for undies that stay put so you don’t have to keep adjusting them.
Dancing: Choosing the right dance undergarments is important if you practice dance regularly — or if you are a professional dancer.
Will it be classical or contemporary dances or more explorative types of dance from Balinese to Afro? Select a hidden, high quality and appropriately supportive dance underwear. To keep you fresh and cool, pick up breathable materials and go for nude underwear to keep a discreet look.
Depending on where you live and exercise, whether it’d be outdoor or indoor, and the types of workouts you will go for, you need to choose the right materials for your active underwear.
For example, if you actively workout in Montreal in the summertime, then you won’t need the same materials as if you were planning to hike in the countryside somewhere in Asia. Here are some of the most common materials and fabrics for your active underwear:
Wool: An all-purpose fabric, wool is good for hiking, running, or backpacking.
Pros: Wool has some perfect properties. It wicks moisturize easily, repels odors and thermo-regulates your body temperature, making it a good selection for outdoor activities. On top of it, wool is very comfortable and provides support, plus dries very fast.
Cons: Wool doesn’t last as long as cotton or nylon.
Nylon: A synthetic fabric that’s been around over a hundred years, nylon is popular for active underwear.
Pros: Lightweight, nylon can match your body shape perfectly and keep the body free of moisture. Plus, nylon has a heightened level of comfort and breathability, making it one of the best fabrics for active sportswear, especially cycling and running, and is also known for its great elasticity.
Cons: Nylon has a limited life span.
Spandex: Almost 60 years old, spandex has been famous since Olivia wore them in “Grease” (1978). A synthetic fabric which is also known as Lycra or Elastane worldwide, spandex was first used to replace rubber.
Pros: Spandex fabric provides excellent stretch and is form fitting, making it an ideal material for sports like boxing or rock climbing that requires extreme movements. Spandex is also water resistant and antimicrobial providing the best protection for intense outdoor activities. Finally, Spandex comes in a variety of shapes and colors and can stay fit after many uses.
Cons: Spandex fabric is quite sticky, and doesn’t allow the body to breathe that easily.
Cotton: Versatile, cotton is a natural fabric that is widespread and has multi purposes.
Pros: A favorite and perfect everyday fabric, cotton keeps your body free of moisture and provides smooth comfort while protecting you against temperature changes. Furthermore, cotton insulates and is hypoallergenic, being a good material for sensitive skin.
Cons: The biggest drawback of cotton fabric is that it absorbs moisture, making it not so great choice for an intensive, active workout. Choose cotton fabric if you practice a sport that is more gentle such as Yin yoga.
Environmentally-friendly fabrics: you may wonder what are the most environmentally-friendly fabrics for your workouts? Go for materials that are naturally breathable such as plant-based materials or organic cotton.
Whenever you work out, you can select between different shapes for your underwear. For dancing, you can go for a discreet thong and for cycling, select a comfier but less sexy shape.
Here are the most common shapes for active underwear:
Classic briefs: Timeless and popular, classic briefs bring the right level of support and protection and are ideal for any situation. If you seek a moderate amount of coverage, this shape is the best! Classic briefs are great for practical workouts such as running, walking, or going to the gym.
Hipsters: A favorite of dancers and gymnasts, hipsters underwear provides security while allowing flexibility in the moves you make. Providing full coverage but leaving the waist free, hipsters underwear leave enough space for another garment. I’m a big fan of hipsters underwear since they cover well and leave the waist free to make graceful moves.
Bikinis: One of the most famous underwear shapes in the world, bikinis feature a narrower side seam and a shorter rise and is perfect if you are after a minimalist — yet covering enough — underwear. Bikinis are comfortable and easy to find throughout many stores as they are very popular.
Boyshorts: cozy and comfy, boyshorts protect the lower tummy and keep your butt looking nice. Not every girl loves thongs, so boyshorts are a good compromise between elegance and a bit of glamour without sacrificing comfort and style. Boyshorts are good for girls looking for intense, rewarding gym workouts.
Thongs: The sexiest and most discreet of all active underwear, thongs are a good choice for yoga or dancing, or whenever you need thin and light materials over your skin. They come in a variety of colors but choose a nude or black thong depending on the color of activewear (pants or shorts).
Shorties: Provide the largest security and coverage and are a good choice if you go cycling or running outside, or even if you do baseball or basketball. If you want the maximum comfort and support, then shorties are for you. While not very sexy, they are the most comfortable.
High waisted underwear: Preserve the elegance of your shape. High waisted underwear also provides good comfort for your back, making it a great choice. Although slightly less elegant than a thong, high-waisted underwear balances between sexiness and comfort in the best possible way.
Decide what to wear according to the type of sport you practice and the season.
Pick up a variety of shapes, colors, and brands.
Always choose underwear from well-known brands to ensure there are no added chemicals that may damage your skin.
If you have sensitive skin, please choose hypo-allergenic materials.
Don’t wash your underwear at high temperatures, especially for nylon or lycra as you may damage the material.
Don’t wear a shortie with a yoga pant and don’t wear a thong if you go hiking.
Male underwear won’t fit you! So don’t steal your boyfriend’s super cool active underwear.
If you want to order online, look for your right sizes from XS to XL. Choose the best size according to your weight and body length.
Take care of your underwear and preserve them in a dry environment after washing them.
When going to a public laundry, ensure you don’t forget your underwear in the machine.