Are High Price Underwear Worth Buying?

August 2, 2015 | By | 44 Replies More

Nearly every product and service category I know of has value-priced offerings, as well as those that are premium-priced.

The question is whether or not it’s worth purchasing the high-priced items over those lower-priced ones.

A reader recently wrote in asking about whether or not it made sense to purchase more expensive boxer briefs:

Tug –

I have been reading a lot lately about the higher-end underwear and shirts (even found some shirts based on your recommendations, so thanks for that), but do you have a list of your favorite brands of underwear?

You have the link to Tug’s Favorite Shirts. Since they’re so related, do you have a list of “Tug’s Favorite Underwear”?

I’m basically trying to see the justification in paying $30-40 for a pair of Mack Weldons when I usually stick with the Hanes ComfortSoft boxer briefs for daily wear.

Are they worth the 1000% increase in price?

Thanks in advance, and keep up the good reviews.


Are Higher Priced Underwear Worth The Investment?

My response to Jason:

Heya Jason,

Good to hear from you and thanks for your question!

I think it’s a good idea for me to put together a fave underwear list on my site, so I’m definitely gonna do that.

Your question about whether or not it’s justifiable to pay more for certain brands of underwear is a great question.

The honest answer is that it depends on whether or not you find that the product fits you the way you want it to, and whether or not you connect with the brand in a way for you to feel the price is worth the value.

That may sound a little vague, but I think the two combined make up a large part of how we as guys make purchases.

saxx-boxer-briefs-black-with-black-waistbandI’ve tried a lot of different brands of underwear, and currently my faves are:
– Saxx (link)
– MyPackage (link)
– Ceceba Divine (no longer available)
– Evolve (no longer available)

Keep in mind, that what I like in boxer briefs may not be what other guys like.

I’m an average built guy, with slight love handles, and larger thighs. So, I prefer underwear that fits close, but not tight, especially around the waist and legs.

The brands I listed above all have a boxer brief that fit me the way I like them to. Plus, they all are reasonably priced (under $30).

But, if you’re a skinnier guy, you may care about something entirely different, so my faves may not be to your liking.

Personally, I’ve never come across a value brand boxer brief that I really like. But, I do wear some old stretched out Hanes boxer briefs to bed every night because I find the loose fit great for sleeping in.

I’m a big supporter of Mack Weldon, and do think their gear is pretty good. That said, so far I prefer the other boxer briefs I mentioned more, but I do keep a couple pairs of MW in my drawer. Note, I haven’t tried their Silver Boxer Briefs yet.

I hope the above helps you make a buying decision. Please keep me posted on your search and what you think of the underwear brands you try.

I’ll also plan to share this with my readers in an article, plus I’ll be creating a faves underwear page too very soon (:

Thanks for the inspiration!

Favorite Underwear?

Although I’ve tried many brands of underwear boxer briefs over the years, I do plan to spend some time evaluating many other brands and writing about them here.

Some brands I have my eye on include:

  • Comfortable Boxers Co.
  • 2UNDR
  • UFM
  • UnderArmour
  • G-Star
  • ExOfficio
  • Slix
  • Mack Weldon Silver
  • MeUndies
  • Naked Silver Boxer Brief

Do you have a favorite brand of underwear?

If so tell me about it in the comments section below.

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  1. Justin


    What are the best silver Boxer Briefs???

    So far, Mack Weldon & Naked seem to be the 2 brands to choose from.

    What do you guys suggest???

    PS: Am i right to think that Silver is the highest end underwear you can get?

    • Tug says:

      heya justin, good to hear from you buddy!

      from the mack weldon products, the silver line is their higher-end offering, due to the special fabric blend they use which contains…well…silver yarn.

      depending on your build, you may either love the mack weldon boxer briefs, or find them at par to other boxer briefs in the same price range.

      naked is another option, but there are some other popular boxer briefs including:
      – saxx
      – mypackage
      – 2undr

      also, let us not forget the new tommy john air line-up of boxer briefs (and undershirts)

      personally, i tend to gravitate to wearing my saxx, mypackage, and ceceba divine (no longer made) before i reach for anything else.

    • Mack Weldon says:

      Good question. Ultimately the fit is subjective, so try a pair of Mack Weldons and we’ll give you a refund or send a different size/style if you’re not satisfied.

      Personally I prefer our Airknit style/fabric, because I’m not active enough to really need Silver. However for a long flight or road trip, Silver is fantastic because it simply feels fresher longer.

  2. Tug



    am i detecting some narrow bands of elastic in the leg hems of your silver boxer briefs?

  3. Tug says:

    starting a new comment thread for some quick mack weldon silver observations:

    compared to my original size large cotton/modal/spandex blend mack weldons, i’ve noticed the following about the size large mack weldon silver boxer briefs:

    1. waistband is narrower. silver is about 1″ wide, original mack weldon boxer briefs waistband is 1.5″

    2. body profile is wider. in laying my original mack weldon boxer briefs on top of the silver boxer briefs, the silver are 0.75″ – 1″ wider.

    3. leg opening is wider too. along with the body being wider, the leg opening is larger, by about 0.75″.

    mind you this is comparing a worn and likely somewhat stretched out pair of cotton/modal mack weldons to an unworn pair of silver mack weldon boxer briefs.

    what i mean by that is that naturally i expect some stretching out of the silvers, but they likely fit better because of the larger sizing.

    @mackweldon — have you guys modified the sizing of your boxer brief profile in the last few years? or are the silver b-briefs purposely bigger than the cotton modal boxer briefs?

    • Mack Weldon


      Good question and thanks for the specifics.

      As you point out Silver does have slightly different measurements than our 18 Hour Jersey line.
      From our head designer:

      “Since it’s a different style in different fabric it measures differently. For example, one style may “grow” on the body more than another due to fabric difference and we cut it shorter. So when you look at 2 garments side by side one could be longer off body, but when you wear it, the fit is more similar than the off-model measurements may indicate.”

      Hope that’s helpful – looking forward to your feedback from the wear test!

  4. Tug says:

    quick update:


    wearing my uniqlo airism mesh long boxer briefs today. not bad, but i’m not sure i’d list them in my top 5. wearability is good, lightweight, breathable too.

    i sized up to an xl for a looser waist fit which turned out to be a good idea, but crotch-to-waist height is a bit too long for my preference. so i folded the waistband down one turn.

    also i like the side-wall protection you get from saxx or mypackage moreso than not as i’m noticing my thighs coming into contact with my outer berries.

    overall, not too shabby — but i dunno if i’d buy a drawer-full of these. that said, i think they’ll happily fit into my workout underwear rotation — hitting the gym with them sometime later today.

    mack weldon silver:

    just got them and gonna take them for a test drive tomorrow. dunno how they’ll fit, but i do like their dark/sleek zip-lock packaging.

  5. Aaron


    Hi, Tug. My favorite undies are the Calvin Klein BODY MODAL BOXER BRIEF. I’ve worn them for almost a decade (not the same pair mind you). I’d recommend them to anybody looking for a super soft and stretchy pair of underwear that will last wash after wash after wash, year in/year out. Plus they stay put on the thigh and won’t ride up…at least mine don’t.

    • Tug says:

      heya aaron, good to hear from you buddy!

      thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about the ck body modal boxer brief.

      i could swear that i’ve tried those, but for the life of me, i can’t find them in my underwear inventory. i’ll have to do a little more digging to see if i still have those.

      if not, maybe i’ll pass by macy’s and pick up a pair to try them out.

      thanks again!

  6. Jason


    Tug –

    Thanks for replying to my email (and even making it a post!) I went ahead and tried both MeUndies and Mack Weldon boxer briefs, and honestly I’m just not sold on them.

    I did enjoy how soft the material was, but they both are just too snug on my legs. The waist is fine, so it’s not a matter of going up in size. (I tried that with a pair of Under Armour Boxer Jocks, and it was way too loose around the midsection.) I guess too many years of heavy weightlifting gave me tree trunk legs. lol

    Eventually, I might have to make my way through the rest of your recommended brands. But until then, I guess it’s back to the ol’ standard Hanes ComfortSoft until something else pops up on the radar.

    Thanks again!

  7. Dean


    Mac Weldon trunk is by far the best investment I’ve made in my own comfort. They seriously never ride up like most trunks or boxer briefs tend to, they provide the support for my family jewels that boxer shorts lack (can’t compare them to briefs, as I haven’t worn briefs since 9th grade)

    • Tug says:

      thanks for the note dean! glad to hear the mack weldon boxer briefs are working out for you (:

      • Dean


        Looking at the other comments here, I do have to fess up that I’m not exactly the thickest legged guy on the planet (when I wear short pants outside, I have to watch out for Col. Sanders), so that might be why the Mack Weldon shorts work on me and not on some of the other guys.

  8. Chris H


    Hey Tug, You know I have been trying out the uniqlo micro tencel boxer briefs and I seem to be reaching for them now more than the other ones.

    I do like them for the value you are getting and am very happy with them so far. They are working very good in this bad heat we are having.

    Although, I can not rate them in relevance to the ones you guys mention here as these may not compare. For the money, they work very well for me.

    • Tug says:

      good stuff chris. yeah, maybe i’ll try these too.

      just might have to drop by a uniqlo store and see if they are carrying any of these micro tencel boxer briefs.

      • Chris


        I’ve been very happy with their airism boxer brief line. I can’t figure out which ones on their website I have since I picked them up while traveling in Asia. Added benefit for traveling is how light they are so they take up very little space in my luggage and if I have to wash them during a long trip they dry fast.

        C9 has a tech fabric line I think work well too.

        • Tug says:

          heya chris, thanks for stopping by and posting your thoughts about airism & c9!

          i actually just took delivery of an airism mesh undershirt as well as the airism mesh boxer briefs. gonna give them a test drive tomorrow and see what i think.

          honestly, the airism undershirts and underwear are such a good overall value, even if they don’t become my favorite, it’ll be hard not to give them high marks just because of the price-to-wearability factor.

        • Tug says:

          hey chris, if you look at the fabric blend, that might give you an indication of which airism boxer brief you have.

  9. Mack Weldon


    Great question from Jason and thanks to both of you for the Mack Weldon shout out.

    Generally, you get what you pay for, but comfort is subjective and you never know until you try it on.

    So we created the Try On Guarantee: if you don’t like it, let us know and we’ll send a different size, style or issue a refund for your first pair without the hassle of a return. (just email [email protected]).

    Buying great underwear should be easy, so we made it.

    • Tug says:

      good stuff mack weldon. thanks for sharing information about your “try on guarantee”. that’s a nice option.

      hopefully people don’t abuse the guarantee program by saying they don’t like a pair of underwear, when they actually do, just so they can get a refund or a free pair of underwear.

    • Jason


      That’s outstanding that the manufacturer pays attention to their customers reviews and requests!

      I really wanted to like your boxer briefs, but as mentioned they just didn’t work out for my legs. Thanks again for the great try-on and/or return policy.

      Returned the unworn pairs and was refunded for the pair I did try out.

      Do the Silver series ones fit any differently?

      • Mack Weldon


        Hi Jason, Good question.

        The Silver boxer briefs and trunks are more cotton (84% vs 47%) so they have a more relaxed/looser feel.

        We have guys in the office that swear by them, personally I like the fit of the 18 hour jersey, but it’s all subjective.

        If you’re looking for a more relaxed fit, I recommend trying them. Otherwise the waistband, legs and fit are the same as what you tried. (thanks for giving them a shot!)

        • Jason


          Thanks. I just received an email from one of the people in your Customer Service, where I had been discussing my issue with the standard. It sound like I might have to check out the Silver. (as well as look forward to Tug’s review)

  10. Clint


    That’ll be an interesting list. I’ve been wearing Saxx for a couple years now but recently found MyPackage and love them. They’ve replaced Saxx as my daily underwear, but I still use Saxx Kinetic for working out. I’ll be looking forward to your reviews on the other brands.

    • Tug says:

      heya clint, thanks for sharing your thoughts about mypackage boxer briefs.

      for me, it’s a close toss-up between mypackage boxer briefs and saxx boxer briefs.

      i decided to try size extra-large in saxx underwear just so they fit more relaxed. while they fit a hair on the loose side, i’d prefer that over underwear that fits too tight. because of that, the saxx boxer briefs are the ones i normally reach for first.

      that said, the mypackage boxer briefs i have are size large, and now that i’ve owned them at least 2-3 years, the fit in the waist and body has relaxed out some, and they are really comfortable as well – practically undetectable.

      i do look forward to checking out the underwear brands i’ve listed in the article above. i’ll also be checking out mack weldon silver boxer briefs, as well as the slix boxer briefs.

      oh, i also have the uniqlo airism boxer briefs in size xl, and they fit pretty good too — but honestly, i still prefer saxx and mypackage over the uniqlo airism boxer briefs.

      • Clint


        Funny you mentioned sizing. I recently went from XL to L in the Saxx Kinetic and they fit great, so I ordered a couple pair of mypackage in L as well.

        I just went to wear them today and they’re way too small. The kinetic it’s way more stretchy. Guess I’ll give them to my slightly more svelte brother.

        Between the Saxx and mypackage, I prefer the mypackage “pouch” to the Saxx “side walls.” I like the addition it adds to the undercarriage separation as well as the effect of seemingly lifting “my package.” Kind of a push up effect for men ;)

        Also, what Saxx models do you prefer? I had to give up on the Vibe because of the waistbandv rollover from my slight belly. Drove me nuts.

        Do you know if any of the other brands employ the same ideas of Saxx or mypackage? I’d be interested in checking them out.

        • Tug says:

          heya clint! yeah, the combination of fabric blend, weight, waistband elasticity, and sizing all play an important role in how a boxer brief will fit.

          the other brands that i know off off the top of my head that have similar concepts in front pouch designs to saxx & mypackage are:
          1. 2undr
          2. ufm

          i dunno which saxx boxer briefs i have off hand. i’ll have to check the fabric blend and get back to you about that.

          if you wind up trying ufm boxer or 2undr boxer briefs, let me know what you think of them.

        • Tug says:

          heya clint — i just confirmed the saxx boxer briefs i have are the vibe boxer modern fit ones. 95/5 viscose / spandex.

          i don’t have much of a belly, but do have small/moderate love handles. i haven’t had any issue with roll over with these yet.

          that said, i am starting to find myself having a preference toward covered waistbands that are a bit narrower (

  11. K. Williams says:

    Hi TUG –

    When you compile your list of favorite underwear, I hope you will consider Slix. Let me know if you need more samples.


    K. Williams

    • Tug says:

      heya kevin, oh man — totally slipped my mind about the slix underwear! i just added you to my list in the above article.

      have i received recent samples of your underwear?

      sorry if i over looked them, but i get a bunch of stuff all the time and it’s hard to keep up with what i have and have not tried.

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