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The Best Merino Underwear We Haven't Sweated In So Far

Photo: Civic

Moisture-wicking, temperature regulating, anti-microbial, merino is a magic material, and you’ll never feel its benefits more acutely than on your nether regions.

Civic is Taylor Stitch’s merino offspring brand, and one of my favorite new clothiers of 2017. Their Oscar Sweater is my favorite pullover, I’m wearing their fantastic Jack Shirt for the first time today, and I’ll be writing up their socks soon as well.


Pictured above, Civic’s 95% mercerized merino boxer briefs might be the best-looking men’s underwear on the market, in addition to being a damn good take on this merino subcategory.

Traveler-targeted, Unbound’s unassuming line of merino basics is ready for your reuse. Their murdered out 100% merino boxer briefs are minimally branded and ready for the long haul.

Photo: Saxx

The only merino pair with a pouch, Saxx’s well named Black Sheep line features both boxer briefs and tights. Stay tuned for an upcoming deeper dive into this whole pouch thing.


Your favorite sock maker also makes a great pair of underwear. Smartwool is synonymous with amazing merino, and their underwear are available in standard and performance constructions. In literal stark contrast to the first three entries on the list, Smartwool’s underwear is clearly built more with adventures of the outdoor variety in mind, and hey, they also have women’s options!


Icebreaker also makes regular and more athletic variants of their merino underwear, with the sportier “Zone” line incorporating 33% Tercel for keeping you that much cooler. They also offer long and even brief options, as well as women’s.


With any of the options above that are available on Amazon, you can potentially save quite a bit depending on which colors and sizes you want, and/or by buying last season’s stock.


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Shane Roberts

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