My Hands-On Review of Give-n-Go Travel Underwear by ExOfficio
Anyone who has read our backpacking Europe packing list or our guide to travel underwear already knows how much we like wearing quality underwear when we travel. Without a doubt the most popular travel underwear is the Give-n-Go series from ExOfficio.
I wanted to give you all a firsthand account to why ExOfficio underwear has become a favorite among travelers. In this review I talk about the Give-n-Go boxer briefs, but ExOfficio has multiple styles for men and women (view them on Amazon.com for the best prices).
Note: ExOfficio underwear isn’t just for travel. They are great for everything from exercising to everyday use. Many people say these are the best underwear and they won’t wear anything else.
ExOfficio Give-n-Go Features and Benefits
The main thing I love about these underwear is that they’re super breathable. This is especially great during the summer to help keep things light and airy. And if you do work up a sweat, these underwear will naturally dry out much quicker than underwear made of cotton or other materials. In the image below I held the underwear up to my camera and you can see how sheer the underwear is (don’t worry, you can’t see through them when you’re wearing them).
The Give-n-Go underwear are made out of a high performance 94% Nylon/6% Lyrca blend that air-dries extremely quickly. After a long work out I found that these were dry much faster than any other underwear I’ve owned. If you’re traveling, these can be washed in a sink and they’ll be dry in the morning — this means you only need to take a few pairs since they’re so easy to wash.
The nylon/Lycra blend, along with the special weave of the fabric, naturally wicks away sweat from your skin. This really helps keep you comfortable. If you sweat a lot you can pair these underwear with Anti Monkey Butt powder or Gold Bond Body Powder for extra comfort.
Stops Odor-Causing Bacteria
ExOfficio says the fabric is treated with Aegis Microbe Shield — I have no idea what this is, but I do know I can wear these underwear for 3 days and they still do not smell. This is nice because it means you don’t have to wash them as often.
How To Wash ExOfficio Give-n-Go Underwear
As mentioned above, you can easily wash these underwear in the sink and they’ll dry in a few hours. I thought I would show you all how to wash them and I’ll record how long they take to air-dry.
To wash all you need to do is put some laundry detergent in a sink of warm water — I recommend getting travel laundry soap. I normally wash 2-3 pairs at once. Be sure to rinse them well.
After they’ve been rinsed you can wring them out to remove most of the water. Next you want to lay the underwear flat on a towel and roll the towel up (like a burrito). Then stomp on the rolled up towel a few times to remove more moisture.
Now all you have to do is let them dry. When I’m traveling I’ll hang them up on a travel clothesline or off my hostel bunk bed. Don’t put them on a hot radiator as some people have reported that it will damage them. I’d recommend always washing these by hand (or on the gentle cycle) and letting them air-dry.
The drying time will vary. It perfect conditions it will take about three-four hours to dry, but the longest they’ll take is around eight hours.
One thing I’ve heard from other travelers is to make sure to keep this underwear away from velcro and other things that can snag the fabric because it could create a run in the fabric.
It is easy to see why ExOfficio Give-n-Go underwear has earned such a loyal following. They are super comfortable and I wish I could replace all my underwear with these. However, at $20-$26 per pair (via ExOfficio.com) they are a bit pricey when compared to normal underwear — but there are a lot of people who feel the price is justified. Be sure to check out ExOfficio on Amazon.com because you can often find the underwear cheaper there. Click here to view all the mens and the women’s versions.