WoolX Lightweight Merino Wool Boxer Briefs

Disclosure: WoolX contacted me to try their Merino Wool Boxer Briefs at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to write this review. I was not pressured to make a positive endorsement.

WoolX was created in 2013 by Hanks Clothing who has been in business for more than 60 years. Realizing there was a need in the clothing business for a 100% Merino Wool baselayer, their goal was to find 100% Australian Merino Wool with absolutely no itch, and turn it into garments that fit and have the functionality required by outdoor enthusiasts. They began selling product in the Fall of 2013. WoolX is located in Endicott, NY.

Whether you’re going backpacking or mountain biking for a couple days, WoolX guarantees the ultimate in comfort and performance with their lightweight Merino Wool boxers. One big benefit of merino wool is that it has a wicking ability like no other and will keep you dry and comfortable no matter how fast you are biking or how many hills you climb throughout the day. Customers have worn these, then washed them in the creek, and hung them to dry. They will dry extremely quick, and be ready to go the next day. Merino Wool Boxers do not hold in odor and will keep you feeling fresh and comfortable for days if need be.

What did I think?

Woolx was quite responsive with the sample boxers as I received them a mere two days after I was originally contacted about a product review.

The first thing I did after opening the package was cut the annoying tag out of the back. Apparel companies need to learn that those of us who prefer activewear for outdoors activities hate nuisance tags, especially with next-to-skin garments. They scratch, they itch, they are quite simply a turn off. Hanes has it right. So get with it folks.

With other brand men’s activewear briefs I wear size small. My first time putting on the WoolX briefs, they were a little snug, but conformed to my size within 15 minutes. They were actually quite comfortable after that, but if you find yourself kind of between sizes, you maybe should choose to go with the larger of the two.

I wore the WoolW boxer briefs on two hikes, the first about three miles, and the second around eight miles. In both cases, I didn’t even notice what I was wearing under my pants. That’s a good thing. I don’t want to be thinking about my underwear while I’m hiking. There was no chafing, no riding up, and they provided good support for my delicate man parts.

The WoolX boxers are very lightweight and breathable, and are cut to conform well with my hip and pelvis shape. I have had unfortunate experiences in the past with other brands that have misplaced seams and pattern cut, but no such problems with WoolX.

I laundered the boxers between hikes checking for shrink, and while they were snug once more after washing, again they conformed to my shape within a matter of minutes. I even used warm water to wash, so don’t be concerned about major wool shrinkage.

At present, the WoolX boxers only come in black, but who really cares what your underwear looks like anyway. They have sizes, S, M, L, XL, XXL and they retail for US$34.00. If that seems steep for a pair of boxer shorts, remember that these are 100% Merino Wool. Other manufacturers of similar products charge even more.

Conclusion: I can happily recommend WoolX lightweight Merino Wool boxer briefs. They provide a comfortable fit and solid wicking performance in an area of the body where dryness is important. If you’re in the backcountry and want to swim in a lake before turning in for the evening, your WoolX boxers will be plenty dry within a couple hours, unlike cotton. WoolX carries a full line of lightweight, midweight, and heavyweight Merino Wool baselayers.

Disclosure: WoolX contacted me to try their Merino Wool Boxer Briefs at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to write this review. I was not pressured to make a positive endorsement.


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