Gear review: Runderwear

Runderwear: Men's boxers and women's low-rise hipster briefs

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My underwear drawer sports a stark divide. It opens with nice pants (new, good quality, colour unsullied by laundry mishaps), and then switches to run pants (big, comfy, where nice pants go to die). In spite of what I once thought was a flawless strategy to ensure my running comfort, I still often find myself with the dreaded mid-run knicker migration.

So, when I took Runderwear’s low-rise hipster briefs out for a run, I was pleasantly surprised. Their design is hugely comfortable, with a broad waistband and functional shape that fits snugly without digging in. Entirely seamless, chafing is a mere nightmare of long runs gone by.

I tend to be dubious about underwear made from synthetic materials, particularly in hot or humid conditions, but Runderwear’s technical fabric is a dream. Its sweat-wicking properties are exceptional and the micro-perforations in their fabric mean the briefs are highly breathable.

With three different styles – regular brief, low-rise hipster brief and G-string – there’s something to suit no matter your pant preference. £16 may seem like a hefty price tag for a single pair of knickers, but after countless runs and washes my Runderwear is still holding up as it always was – a level of durability that can’t be said to exist for most underwear. You and your chafe-free nether regions won't regret it.

Women's Runderwear comes in cyan or black and costs £16 per pair of briefs or £15 per G-string. Visit Runderwear.co.uk for more information and stockists.


For him

Few of us get excited about receiving a pair of pants for Christmas, but Runderwear briefs might actually be a welcome discovery under the tree. I have to admit that when it comes to my running kit, it’s my undies that I worry about least. But really I should be more concerned, because if they’re rucking up or not keeping everything in place they can make for a few uncomfortable miles.

But I didn’t have any of these issues with the pair of cyan blue Runderwear pants I wore for a long 15-miler the other day. In fact, they felt great from the moment I slipped them on. They felt light, stretchy and hugged all my bits just right, making for a very comfy ride. There were no knobbly seams or rough stitching to cause any painful chafing either.

The best compliment I can pay them is that I forgot I was wearing them because they felt that close to my skin. And as it was a chilly morning, I’m glad to report everything was toasty in there too.

The pants’ wicking system was impressive: as I headed for the shower after I’d finished my run, the rest of my kit was pretty sweat-soaked, but my briefs were fairly dry to the touch.

So if you can’t face another three-pack of Simpsons boxer shorts this Christmas, steer that persistent pants-giver in the direction of these briefs or boxers.

Men's Runderwear comes in cyan or black and costs £16 per pair of briefs or £18 per pair of boxers. Visit Runderwear.co.uk for more information and stockists.