RW Test: Sports Briefs

RW tests Jockey Sport Stretch Trunk, Thuasne Men's Sport Short, Sloggi Sports Short, Freya Active, Falke Women's Panties, Dorina D6901 Briefs


Posted: 26 April 2009

Many running shorts come with webbing to act as built-in underwear – but these can chafe or, for men, may not provide enough support. Wearing sports briefs under your shorts can make your running more comfortable. Here's what to look for:

Support Your briefs should hold everything firmly in place without being constricting.
Wicking The more you sweat, the more likely you are to chafe, so opt for a fabric that moves moisture away from the body, such as polyester, elastane, nylon and Lycra.
Breathability Look for mesh panelling to provide temperature control.
Comfort Ensure the waistband is wide and fleecy on the inside, the seams are flat and not in uncomfortable areas, and the cut and fit of the briefs looks like they'll stay in place on the move.


MEN'S BRIEFS


Jockey Sport Stretch Trunk, £14
Contact www.deadgoodundies.com

Extremely comfortable and wicked sweat away well. The waistband has a towelling inner, and mesh panels around the groin and on the underside provided breathability. The double-layered pouch at the front gave good support without being constricting but the inside of the legs bunched up slightly on longer runs.

How It Rated
Fit 6 Wicking 7 Comfort 7 Breathability 8 TOTAL 28

 

 


Thuasne Men's Sport Short, £24.99
Contact www.1000mile.co.uk

Coolmax fabric meant that they wicked sweat away well and regulated temperature, while the flat seams didn't chafe. However, the minimalist cut around the legs caused the pants to ride up, requiring them to be tugged back down on a regular basis. These come up very small, so buy one size bigger than normal.

How It Rated
Fit 5 Wicking 9 Comfort 5 Breathability 9 TOTAL 28

 

 


Sloggi Sports Short, £15
Contact www.sloggi.com/uk

Extremely light and comfortable to wear, even for long periods. The longer leg design meant they stayed in place and didn't bunch up. Breathability was excellent, while the polyester and Elastane mix of fabrics proved decent wicking ability. The front pouch provided more than adequate support.

How It Rated
Fit 9 Wicking 7 Comfort 9 Breathability 8 TOTAL 33


WOMEN'S BRIEFS


Freya Active, £9.99
Contact www.freyaactive.com

The slightly glossy 'ice-finish' fabric gave these the feel of a swimming costume but in fact they wicked away sweat very well and proved exceptional at keeping our runner cool. Fit was slightly on the small side but they held their shape without digging in or chafing.

How It Rated
Fit 8 Wicking 8 Comfort 9 Breathability 10 TOTAL 35


Falke Women's Panties, £22.50
Contact www.falke.com

A good dual-purpose garment, these are underwear but could also be worn as cropped shorts. The fit was good. Elasticated panels around the crotch and on each buttock provided excellent support, but the inner leg had a tendency to ride up.

How It Rated
Fit 7Wicking 7 Comfort 7 Breathability 8 TOTAL 29


Dorina D6901 Briefs, £12
Contact www.lessbounce.com

These traditional-shaped briefs felt slightly too snug around the waist and a bit too generous around the buttocks, but they stayed in place, except on very long runs. A thick seam across the crotch was irritating. A good all-rounder but not outstanding in any area.

How It Rated
Fit 6 Wicking 7 Comfort 6 Breathability 6 TOTAL 25


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I recommend Sweaty Betty's ones. £12

They come in hot pink as well as black and white


Posted: 28/04/2009 at 21:32

Why pay twelve quid for a pair of knickers when you can go commando for free?

I see no point in wearing an extra layer and doing extra washing.


Posted: 29/04/2009 at 09:35

Wilkie wrote (see)

Why pay twelve quid for a pair of knickers when you can go commando for free?

I see no point in wearing an extra layer and doing extra washing.

Unless like me you need something to stop your inner thighs chafing! I wear lycra under shorts; probably the best are the Nike ones, but they seem hard to find now and are expensive. The Sloggi underwear look like they may be worth a try though.


Posted: 30/04/2009 at 10:32


SV
Anyone know where you can buy the Sloggi sports short from? Can't find a product with that name anywhere and the "Active" range at Sloggi doesn't look like the picture in the magazine. Runners World, can you help? Was this last year's range or something?
Posted: 18/05/2009 at 10:04

Primark seamless underwear.  £3 for 2 pairs (I think) brilliant.
Posted: 18/05/2009 at 10:56

Yeah, RW??? I'm with SV on this one - can't find Sloggi sports short anywhere - certainly not on Sloggi site or on Google. What's going on? Is this a rehashed and repeated review/ article from previous years for a product that doesn't exist anymore?? Or is it a groundbreaking review for an article of clothing that Sloggi don't know they've made yet?
Posted: 24/05/2009 at 21:53

I'm with Wilkie on this.  A bit of Bodyglide will prevent chafing.
Posted: 25/05/2009 at 09:47

Commando and Bodyglide every time


Posted: 29/05/2009 at 19:16

This stops chafing - used by a lot of racing cyclists

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Udderly_Smooth_Chamois_Cream/5360036098/
Posted: 30/05/2009 at 19:55

jason d wrote (see)
Yeah, RW??? I'm with SV on this one - can't find Sloggi sports short anywhere - certainly not on Sloggi site or on Google. What's going on? Is this a rehashed and repeated review/ article from previous years for a product that doesn't exist anymore?? Or is it a groundbreaking review for an article of clothing that Sloggi don't know they've made yet?

Adam here from deadgoodundies (company that provided the jockey short in the article)

The Sloggi sports short was from the Spring 2009 collection  BUT here is the rub in that it was only available in the UK from us as normally the most interesting ones from Sloggi for men don't get taken into the UK (and we did a special order).

If we had known that Runners World would of been including them in their article we would of ordered more (we only provided them with the jockey) but as it is we've totally run out of them now
Sloggi Sports short
We do still have some sizes in of the Mid briefversion
Sloggi Sports midi

At the moment im in talks with Sloggi to see if we can get anymore in, normally we wouldn't be able to as only a certain amount are made and once they run out that's it but after seeing the article I thought no harm in asking if the interest is there for them.

Anyway i've asked Sloggi the question and fingers crossed will hear back soon, if we can get them in they usually take a couple of weeks to arrive so if you are interested keep checking back on our site www.deadgoodundies.com OR if you subscribe to our newsletter you will get a notification as soon as they are back into stock (enter email at bottom of our sites page to subscribe)

Edit: Ok just heard back from Sloggi. Non in the UK for us to have, they are trying Europe next. will keep you posted


Posted: 03/06/2009 at 09:18

I wear Sloggi thongs. It seems that these are now a discontinued item.

Not all of my running shorts allow for camando - my capris most definately do not and I wear them most often. (mesh panel, you can see through).

Last time I was in Belguim I bought a selection of knickers from a cycle store in a vast range of colours - I'm a complete sop when it comes to undies.  Oh, and they were for kids, most adult clothing just doesn't fit me. unless Nora Baty stle comes into fashion.


Posted: 07/06/2009 at 17:59

Where's the mesh panel BM, surely not in the crotch area?!!  If its just side, doesn't matter
Posted: 11/06/2009 at 16:10

Of course it's in the crotch area. Maximum breathability.
Posted: 11/06/2009 at 19:49

Ok update on the Sloggi sports shorts.

I've managed to get more of them but it's really a small amount and this is after getting sloggi to scour both their European and Russian distro centers for them.

 I've literally got 

1 X small (32")

2 x medium (34")

1 x large (36")

2 x Extra large (38")

1 x XX large (40")

I've got a email list of people I need to contact as well who were asking about them so they might only last a few minutes.

Sloggi sports shorts as shown in above review


Posted: 19/06/2009 at 09:02

knitted by chinese toddlers,no thanks
Posted: 04/07/2011 at 23:17

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