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November 01, 2016

Ultimate Showdown: Boxers vs Briefs

boxers vs briefs

It’s time for the title fight. Boxers and briefs have been the main heavyweight contenders for men’s underwear for decades. It’s time to settle once and for all which will be the ultimate staple for every man’s wardrobe.

Boxers

Pros
To begin with, boxers are often considered more comfortable for daily use. They also come in a much wider variety of styles and colors, which makes them more presentable when seen. You can also just wear boxers at home and it isn’t typically a social faux pas. Most notably, they keep the covered region much cooler. The unintended consequence will be a pro to some and a con to others, but boxers promote healthier sperm counts than tightly fitting briefs.

Cons
It all comes to support, and boxers offer none. While this might be fine at work or lounging at home, boxers are terrible for athletics. They chafe and ride up easily, and they are bad at mitigating sweatiness and smelliness that can accompany a good workout.

Briefs

Pros
As just discussed, briefs shine when you need to be active. Outside of the benefits of support and a tighter fit, the elastic legs make them less prone to shifting or bunching. They are also typically easier in terms of washing and care, and they take up a lot less space, which is great for travel.

Cons
On the other end of things, briefs rarely match the aesthetics of boxers. They don’t really look good as attire. Functionally, they are more difficult to remove and the flies are nowhere near as accessible. Primarily, they keep the crotch much warmer, which is typically not ideal.

The final conclusion may feel dissatisfying, but the truth is that both have their place. Most wardrobes should have an adequate supply of boxers, for both more comfortable settings and the formal occasions. On the other hand, briefs are the undeniable go-to for anything that will keep a man moving. As for the weapon of choice when nothing is on the line, stick with whatever makes you most comfortable.

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