3rd REVIEW UPDATE - June 10th, 2018
So, I just had to try again by buying another pair at a local Outdoor Sports Shop (after running into bad pilling and spiderweb type Velcro issues with my first pair of ExOfficio Sport Mesh Boxer Briefs.
I simply could not get over how comfortable the Sport Mesh ExOfficio’s were…I thought to myself that I must have gotten a “bad batch”, so I wanted to try again. I noticed from Amazon the ExOfficio Sport Mesh came in a plastic bag, where at the Outdoor Stores, they same pair come in a nice ExOfficio Box (in the end it made no difference).
Unfortunately I have to report that in less than 1/2 a day…while wearing my very loose fitting jeans…the ExOfficio Sport Meshes have begun to PILL not only in the crotch against themselves, but they are pilling again the sides where my jeans touched, too.
So either, I got two (2) bad pairs from two (2) different retailers…or ExOfficio is having some sort of serious material Pilling and Velcro Spiderwebbing problem.
It is a shame, really it is…because again, the Sport Meshes have support that no other underwear has had yet. The closes that I’ve found is from SAXX, as I’ve now tried them all, too…and the closest SAXX models are the Platinum and Quest 2.0 (the other SAXXes just didn’t fit me as well, again that’s just me).
2nd REVIEW UPDATE - June 9th, 2018
(After Discovering Bad Pilling and the legs sticking together like actual Velcro with microfine spiderwebbing strings.)
I AM SO VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!
I cannot properly relay how disappointed I am! Especially after writing a long glowing review less than a day ago (which was based on 2 days use). It is VERY UNFORTUNATE that the 1 Star Rating Reviews I'd read before purchasing a pair turned out to be correct. I have not done any special activities...I'd ONLY worn them to work where I sit most of the day...I took them off tonight and they are all "Pilled"...at it does indeed act like Velcro...when I took them off it was literally "popping" like velcro being ripped apart...with fine lil' strings...I could NOT believe it...it is they craziest thing!
It's very unfortunate, but I must conclude that ExOfficio as a serious problem, or I’ve gotten a “bad batch”! Which I am VERY sorry to have to say, because for two (2) days these were the most comfortable and supportive underwear that I'd EVER had on...I had literally ordered 9 more pairs late yesterday afternoon...and when I took these off...I just now canceled my order...and here I am correcting my previous glowing review. Shaking my head...just very disappointing!!!
INITIAL REVIEW - June 6th, 2018
(This was my glowing review before discovering the bad Pilling and Velcro type effects of spiderwebbing after the 2nd day of wear).
These are fantastic so far!
To start with…I'm 6'-5" and almost 300 lbs. (so I'm in the no small man category). ;-)
Preface to My Underwear Search Mission! :-)
I've been on a rampage, trying all kinds of different brands and types of underwear for a couple weeks now. What got me shopping finally was that I've been wearing the UnderTech UnderCover Coolux Undergarment T-shirts & Tank tops...and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the mesh no cotton 79% Polyester / 21% Spandex material they use...LOVE IT! The shirts are SUPER expensive ($59 each so I wait for sales).. BUT I can sweat like a pig with yard work, cut down trees, go for long bike rides, and now kayak...you name it...and I'm cool as cucumber with NO sweat passing onto my dressier shirts. So, I've been trying to find that same mesh material for underwear...especially with our new kayaks where I don't always want to wear swim trunks. Plus, situations like theme parks "wet rides" that would normally soak a person’s cotton underwear and ruin a person’s day compared to some Non-Cotton Quick Dry.
So back to these great ExOfficio Sport Mesh…
Until now I've been wearing Ringspun Combed Cotton Briefs from Stafford / J.C. Penny for as long as I can remember (black is my color). And my "old Stafford's" have been comfy (I thought) until I got these ExOfficio Sport Mesh Boxer Briefs.
I've even tried BOTH the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Classic and these Sport Mesh's in BOTH size XL and 2XL (and for me, the Sport Mesh 2XL have by far the best support and fit…again for me). So in my initial out of the box “Feel” Test between the Classic and Sport Mesh…I honestly liked the "feel" of the Classic Diamond material over the Sport Mesh (it actually is a lil' thicker and is ever so slightly heavier, I weighed them). So initially I thought I’d like the Classics; HOWEVER again for me, when I put them on...the Sport Mesh with how ExOfficio cuts and sews them together...they are PHENOMENAL with their support and fit. For me, the Classic version was like my old Staffords (which I used to like with a wider looser crotch), but I never realized how good and supportive underwear could ever be. The Sport Mesh version really has a form fitting "cup". I joke, but it actually makes a person look like those studley fashion models. ;-)
Seriously of all the underwear that I've tried in the last few weeks I've never put on a pair that just holds my family jewels so perfectly as how the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Boxer Brief do! ;-) I never realized how I used to constantly adjust myself, or how it feels to side into the car or truck with great support…or sit on a hard wood chair…because the Sport Mesh Boxer Briefs are AMAZING at keeping the jewels up and upfront instead of sliding down lower (best I can explain).
So again I'm a big guy, but my old Stafford's were size XL...I have a 44 in waist. My legs are still tree trunks with no fat at all...the fat is around my belly. So for me, the 2XL ExOfficio are fitting perfectly or maybe I should say the most comfortably. Again, I did try the XL size of both the Classic and Sport Mesh…and they actually fit fairly good too with my initial thoughts…but the seams in the crotch were not quite in the "perfect" spot for me...and the XL size would kind of ride up the leg a lil' with bending and such. So again for me, the 2XL it totally staying put, it does not ride up the leg, the band does not fold over...I put them on and it really is as if they surround the jewels and support them perfectly as I slide them on (because they do)...I don't even have to make an adjustment (it’s almost weird how they go on). They just gently put everything in place. Again just best I can relay. :-)
I’d NEVER under normal circumstances wear underwear 2 days in a row...but I actually did that just to test, and it's amazing how they don't stink (or at least very little stink). ;-) Since then, I’ve even tried the washing in the sink w/VERY little soap, burrito towel wrap and stomping on them and hanging...and they were totally dry when I got up...so it actually works. But I still will not use them that way. :-) I will only be wearing my athletic shorts all day as the Operations Director. And it has been warm...so I have not been wearing any jeans or anything yet. So if things change...I'll update my review...but for now I could not be any more pleased if I had to be...and I'll be buying several more pars because I'm finding them to be totally worth it so far.
Hope this might help other detail folks...who have read enough to get eye strain by now! :-)