After 25 hours of research evaluating 120 products, we picked Under Armour Men's Original Series Printed Boxerjock as our top choice.
According to Dr. Pamela Peeke, men don’t care what they look like while they work out. In fact, they’d prefer to look like they just put themselves through a rigorous workout. As she puts it, “the sweatier the better.”
But as you put their bodies through an intense workout, you have to be careful. Sure, pulling a muscle would suck, but I’m referring more to the dreaded chafing.
Here’s the thing:
With the right pair of workout underwear, you won’t have that problem. Although we’ve covered the best active underwear for running before and we’ve also called out a number of the best underwear brands for their workout crossover capabilities, this list is strictly about high performance workouts.
These active undergarments going to fit you like a glove, but still give you the freedom to move however you need to. And they’re going to breathe and dry quickly.
Don’t settle for less when it comes to getting a pair of underwear (or two) for working out. If you really want to tackle that intense workout, you need reliable workout underwear that’s going to feel great and keep you comfortable no matter what.
Jockey’s always going to be a reliable underwear brand, so it’s no surprise that they’d make the cut for the best men’s underwear too. This particular pair of underwear not only feels great, but it’s also breathable, making it perfect for those sweaty workouts where you want to focus on your form and not on your underwear.
Probably not as high-quality or as high-performance as others on this list, but that’s why these are the best cheap workout underwear.
Comfort: While these boxer briefs fit great, they also give enough breathing room so you don’t feel as though you’re suffocating.
Support: With a firm waistband, fitted microfiber fabric, and legs that stay put, you won’t have to worry about support here.
Breathability: The self-described “cotton-rich” fabric does a great job of wicking away moisture to keep you dry and cool while you work out.
Price: Two pairs come with this purchase, so this is definitely a fantastic value.Learn more:Jockey Men's Underwear, Tagless Sport Midway 2 Pack »
Looking for an underwear that offers comfort, support, and breathability to your workouts? This two-pack of boxer briefs promises to keep everything (meaning you and your underwear) in place.
There are two commonly noted issues with this underwear. Some users report that the sizing runs small. There are others who’ve had issues with the stitching blowing out after about 10 washes, so clean with care.
Comfort: The waistband won’t roll over. The legs won’t roll up. And the stretchy, breathable material will feel great on your skin whether you wear these strictly for workouts or all day.
Support: This underwear comes with a built-in mesh support pouch, so your junk will stay in place, while still sitting away from the rest of your body.
Breathability: The special Climalite fabric does what it promises: keep you cool and dry.
Price: This is a good deal for a two-pack, just take note of the durability issues noted by some customers (as the cost of replacements may drive up the value).Learn more:adidas Men's Sport Performance Climalite Trunk Underwear (2-Pack) »
These boxer briefs by Calvin Klein are the epitome of soft—something a lot of people take for granted when they’re focused on high performance underwear for working out. But why can’t you live the dream and have both? (We say you can!)
Some users have said the sizing is off.
Comfort: Some customers report feeling like they’re wearing nothing when they work out with these boxer briefs, and not in a bad way. Also, people really like how wide the waistband is and say it adds to the comfort.
Support: In addition to a wide waistband that won’t roll down on you, these underwear are perfect for the man who worries about chafing, riding, and an overall lack of support. These are just that good.
Breathability: There isn’t a lot said about the breathability of this underwear, positive or negative.
Price: For a single pair, these are definitely pricey.Learn more:Calvin Klein Men's Underwear Intense Power Micro Boxer Briefs »
The Saxx Kinetic Long Leg is probably the most popular and highly lauded workout underwear we’ve found that satisfies both critics (like Men’s Health, Runner Click, and Outside Online) and consumers alike. There’s no slipping, no riding, no chafing, and no soggy mess to deal with afterwards. These are awesome.
None! Aside from the fact that they are a bit expensive.
Comfort: Because these are made with a longer leg, you’re not going to have to worry about the legs rolling up on you and getting in the middle of your workout. And the fabric itself feels great.
Support: Customers rave about the almost compression-like feel of the fabric that keeps everything put while they work out.
Breathability: The comfort pouch comes with an inner sling that separates your junk from the rest of you, helping to add to the coolness of this underwear.
Price: These are definitely on the expensive side, but if you need reliable underwear for high performance workouts, this is a smart pick.Learn more:Saxx Kinetic Long Leg Boxer Brief »
Under Armour is pretty much synonymous with performance, so of course they were going to end up on this list. What many customers were surprised by, however, was the effectiveness of these fun-looking underwear during workouts.
Some customers had problems with sizing back in 2016, but it looks like that issue may be resolved now. Oh, and for some reason, they don’t sell all their colors together, so you have to hunt around to find them. But don’t worry, we gathered up all the options for you: set one, set two, set three, and set four.
Comfort: This underwear fits great (some say it fits like a glove) and also just feels really silky-soft against the skin.
Support: This underwear is going to stay put, so you won’t have to worry about it moving around, riding up, or chafing while you exercise. Also, because it’s built with four-way stretch it never really feels like you’re wearing compression underwear or anything too restrictive. The support is spot-on.
Breathability: Under Armour tackles this one from every angle: HeatGear mesh fabric keeps your lower half feeling cool, the moisture transport tystem keeps you feeling dry, and the anti-odor technology keeps you smelling so fresh and so clean clean.
Price: For our pick for best overall men’s workout underwear, we were actually surprised at how cheap these are.Learn more:Under Armour Men's Original Series Printed Boxerjock »