How To Find The Best Men’s Underwear That Prevents Chafing

If you’ve ever experienced chafing, you know the pain can be unbearable.

But before resorting to using powders and lotions, consider buying the right underwear to prevent chafing in the first place. You may have heard of underwear that prevents chafing, but how well does anti-chafing underwear really work?

In this article, I’ll cut to the chase and review the best men’s underwear to prevent chafing, along with some tips on underwear styles and fit.

The Best Underwear For Chafing: Top Recommendations

If you want to prevent the misery of painful chafing, invest in good-quality, non-chafing underwear for a whole new level of under comfort. Here are some brands to consider.

Tommy John

Without a doubt, Tommy John offers one of the largest varieties of anti-chafing underwear. They come in 6″ and 8″ lengths, different fabrics, lots of color combinations, and different pouch styles.

The main underwear lines include:

  • Second Skin – Non-pilling, silky MicroModal stretch fabric
  • Cool Cotton – Breathable, lightweight cotton stretch fabric
  • Air – Lightweight Nylon Mesh stretch fabric
  • 360 Sport – Soft, moisture-wicking 360 polyester stretch fabric

Website: tommyjohn.com | 8″ Boxer Briefs | 6″ Boxer Briefs

RibbedTee

The G3 Boxer Briefs from RibbedTee are a fan favorite, and also one of my all-time favorite boxer briefs. They feature flatlock seams, a three-dimensional X3 pouch, a low-profile hidden waistband, and are made from a nylon/spandex blend fabric that is odor and abrasion-resistant. Plus, they’re made in the USA.

Note: The brand has recently gone on hiatus, but there are rumors they may re-emerge. Visit the site and be sure to jump on their waitlist.

Website: ribbedtee.com

Men's underwear Made in America. G3 CoolNylon Boxer Briefs
G3 Boxer Briefs from RibbedTee

Shinesty

This brand is known for their crazy designs and in-your-face marketing, but their Ball Hammock pouch boxer brief underwear is definitely worth considering. Shinesty boasts 1,400 reviews, with an average 4.25+ star rating.

Their boxer briefs are made with a 95% Modal and 5% Spandex fabric blend. Most reviewers state the underwear runs true-to-size. They also carry long boxer briefs that are 2.5″ longer than their standard boxer briefs.

Website: shinesty.com | Long Boxer Briefs: shinesty.com/long-boxer-briefs

Shinesty Boxer Briefs - Extra long legs
Shinesty Boxer Briefs – with extra long legs

UFM Underwear

UFM is known for its adjustable pouch underwear, but did you know that their underwear comes in two anti-chafing lengths? Choose either 6″ or 9″ leg length and keep your thighs chafe free.

Website: ufmunderwear.com | UFM Pouch Underwear Review

ufm anti chafing underwear for men
UFM 9″ long leg boxer briefs
UFM Underwear for men with smaller penis
UFM 6″ leg boxer briefs

What is the Best Underwear to Prevent Chafing?

Boxer briefs and compression shorts are the best type of underwear to prevent chafing because they stay close to the skin and are long enough to protect the inner thighs.

It’s also important to choose anti-chafe underwear with some moisture-wicking capability and stretch. Synthetic fabrics that have moisture-wicking characteristics include:

  • Cellulose-based fibers like Modal, viscose / rayon, TENCEL, MicroModal
  • Nylon / Polyamide
  • Polyester

Moisture-wicking fabrics pull wetness away from the skin, enabling it to evaporate. Plus, moisture-wicking fabrics are quick-drying, keeping you comfortable.

To help keep the underwear and legs in place, I recommend finding underwear with a good amount of stretch and recovery. Boxer briefs with 3-15% of spandex (i.e., elastane or Lycra) are good choices.

What’s the Best Fit for Anti-Chafing Underwear?

Choose close-fitting underwear that will stay in place, especially in the inner-thigh region where chafing occurs the most. If your underwear rides up, twists, or causes wedgies, it can rub against your skin and cause painful chafing.

Underwear with hidden waistbands is an excellent choice since it stays put and doesn’t bind around the waist and love-handle area.

Exposed waistbands can roll over or move around on your body, causing added bulk or unnecessary rubbing. Plus, they tend to make your waistline look bigger (i.e., muffin top) because they fit tighter than underwear with hidden waistbands.

underwear that rides up causes chafing
Photo credit: stepone.life (an Australian underwear brand)

Are There Anti-Chafing Boxers?

It should go without saying that wearing boxers instead of briefs will result in less thigh chafing. However, if the legs of your boxers are too loose, the boxers may ride up throughout the day. 

If that happens, not only will it create unnecessary bunching within the legs of your pants, it can cause chafing. This is why I typically recommend boxer briefs, since the legs on boxer briefs will fit better and be less prone to move around.

If you prefer wearing boxers over boxer briefs, you can find some in my article about Made in USA underwear.

Are There Anti-Chafing Underwear Briefs?

In brief (pun totally intended), not really. Chafing occurs when your thighs rub together. Since underwear briefs don’t cover the thighs, it’s more likely that chafing will occur. However, it ultimately depends on whether or not your thighs rub together.

If you prefer underwear briefs but are still looking for a solution to prevent thigh chafing, you may want to consider wearing anti-chafing thigh bands.

What Anti-Chafing Underwear is Best for Working Outdoors?

The best anti-chafing underwear for people who work outdoors (like landscapers, farmers, construction/city workers, firefighters and police officers) would be mid-length boxer briefs made from polyester, nylon, or viscose (rayon) blends.

These fabric blends will wick moisture and dry faster than their cotton counterparts. Polyester will usually absorb the least amount of moisture, so it will dry the quickest.

However, wearing polyester underwear may result in more sweat passing through your pants or shorts, causing visible sweat marks on your butt and legs.

Underwear That Keeps You Feeling Dry

If feeling cool and dry is your top priority and you don’t care about visible sweat marks, then you may want to consider purchasing mesh polyester underwear such as:

devops polyester mesh anti chafing underwear: for outdoor workers
DEVOPS Cool Dry Mesh Underwear (Amazon)

More Underwear Resources

If you’re curious about how to maintain good testicular health, be sure to check out my article that covers which type of underwear is best for men’s health in depth.

If you’re looking for domestically made underwear, check out my Made in USA Underwear article for a list of 20+ brands making underwear here in America.


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8 thoughts on “How To Find The Best Men’s Underwear That Prevents Chafing”

  1. Nice article on chafing: I plan to try vasoline, unless you can recommend another similar product that’ll work. problem: I really enjoy wearing bikini type briefs … so hope the vasoline works.

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    • heya mike, thanks for stopping by!

      i know there are vaseline-alternative products specifically for chafing, but it wouldn’t hurt to try vaseline first to see if it works for you. if it doesn’t work, be sure to come back here and i’ll see if i can find an alternative for you.

      you may also want to try chassis for men (link in this article). chassis is an alternative to talc that does not absorb moisture, and it’s slicker / silkier too.

      one final idea — you could try anti-chafing leg bands. i have an article that covers them in more detail here:
      https://undershirtguy.com/mens-anti-chafing-leg-bands-review/

      keep me posted, ok?

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    • Mike I’m a landscaper and walk around for an average of 6 hours a day 5-6 days straight and I use a product called Bag Balm.

      It was originally made for cow udders so they would not chafe or chap after being milked, and I swear by it.

      I apply it to my inner thighs and groin area after shower at the end of day once in the morning before work and sometimes if I’m doing a lot of walking I will reapply midday. And I stay comfortable all day at work. Best part it’s like 10-12 dollars for an 8oz can and get 6-8 months out of it. Give it a try you won’t be sorry. WALK ON-

      -Danny-

      Reply
      • heya danny — thanks for this awesome recommendation! sounds like a great anti-chafing option, so i included it in the article above.

        also, bag balm might be a great product to treat my endlessly dry feet. so, i think i’m going to buy some and give it a go.

        thanks again buddy (:

      • What brand of underwear do you wear as my husband is also a landscaper and has been complaining of chaffing. He comes home soaked and so wondering what the best underwear for him would be. Thanks, Karen

      • heya karen — thanks so much for your question! hopefully danny will get back to you with info on the underwear he wears!

        in the meantime, i thought it would worthwhile to provide some recommendations of anti-chafing underwear for people who work outdoors in the article above. the link will take you directly to that section.

        the suggestions are of underwear that should keep him feeling the most dry and prevent chafing. he should try those options first.

        if he finds that too much sweat is reaching his pants or shorts (showing visible sweat stains), then i’d recommend that he try some viscose/rayon/modal or nylon blend mid-length boxer briefs. if you need some recommendations of those types of underwear, please let me know!

    • I got my husband using Aquaphor for years. He works in a die Cast environment, he melts down metal so he’s constantly sweating and he will sometimes come home with chafing and he applies aquaphor and when he wakes up it’s mostly gone, if not all gone. Aquaphor is amazing and it’s the only ointment that has ever been able to help my childrens’ rashes, cuts, burns, and diaper rash, and then to help my husband’s chafing overnight, even put it on new tattoos to help healing. It’s a miracle ointment that’s overlooked by many for sure.

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      • thanks for the great recommendation beth! i’ll work on getting aquaphor added to this article as well (:

        thanks again!

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