ExOfficio Give-N-Go Stretch Underwear

Underwear is underwear, right? Oh so wrong. Especially if they go into your suitcase or backpack and need to be airy and dry quickly so you can lighten your traveling load. The ExOfficio Give-N-Go Stretch Underwear has become a go-to when SNEWS® packs its bags -- or even just for comfy at-home wear.
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Underwear is underwear, right? Oh so wrong. Especially if they go into your suitcase or backpack and need to be airy and dry quickly so you can lighten your traveling load.

The ExOfficio Give-N-Go Stretch Underwear has become a go-to when SNEWS® packs its bags -- or even just for comfy at-home wear.

Why? It's light, breathable and extremely moisture-wicking, so whether you're in a hot climate just adventuring around town, working out or out for a hike, these undies will let your nether regions breathe and stay dry. Nothing ruins a good adventure or shopping outing like soggy undergarments!

What we also just adore is how quickly they dry -- we've had them along in hot and dry climates and even packed them along in very humid climates. No matter where you are, they dry in hours. Heck, in a hot, dry place, practically minutes! (OK, we exaggerate, but you get the point.)

Nah, these "stretch" Give-N-Go undies (the material feels like a bit like a fine, soft mesh) aren't the sexiest and softest of the lot that ExOfficio is now offering. The company also has Give-N-Go Seamless and, new in early 2007, a seamless lace (yes, lace!) version for women that could even be called sexy. Under snug garments, the seamless lie flat better (less of the dreaded VPO or Visible Panty Line), but -- here's the give-n-take for the Give-N-Go Stretch -- these just dry so darn quickly because of the lighter-weight fabric (3.6 ounces per square yard vs. about 6 ounces per square yard for the seamless).

On the women's side for your bottom half, there are bikini briefs, string bikinis (we are partial to these since they hide well under lower cut fashion items), full-cut briefs and boy-cut shorts. For the top, there are tanks, a sports bra (for lower-impact activities and just regular daywear), and a shelf-bra cami that actually feels pretty dang supportive for general wear.

On the men's side, there are boxers, boxer briefs, briefs and below-the-belt briefs. Our team prefers the boxer briefs as they are a bit snug around the legs and less inclined to migrate upward when wearing pants that are tighter around the thighs. One of our testers did have a problem with, ummm, how do we say this delicately -- unplanned evacuation from the briefs via a fly that was not well-designed. ExOfficio told us the company has addressed this issue and full containment is now guaranteed.

We would highly and without question recommend them as dandy for the traveler in your life. Or yourself.

SNEWS® Rating: 4.5 hands clapping (1 to 5 hands clapping possible, with 5 clapping hands representing functional and design perfection)

Suggested Retail: $16 to $34, depending on gender, item or whether a top or bottom

For more information:www.exofficio.com

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