I treated myself to an upgraded underwear drawer to celebrate a new job, and I decided to go with Uniqlo’s Airism Boxer Briefs. I’m not happy with my decision.
I’ve loved my pairs of Smartwool boxer briefs. They’re 100% Merino wool. If you’re keeping up on your base layer fabrics, you’ll know that it’s great at wicking moisture away from the skin. Smartwool did a great job making their boxers ultra-thin too, minimizing the warming nature of the Merino wool. Why didn’t I go with a full drawer of Smartwool boxers then? I thought I’d be clever and find something more affordable than $60 boxers (though they are on sale for just $37 from Backcountry.com at the time that I’m writing this).
The Uniqlo Airism boxer briefs have been recommended by men’s style blogs for years. With those high recommendations, and the fact that they’re just $12 a pop, how could I go wrong? Let’s walk through the good and the bad.
The Uniqlo Airism Boxer Briefs are silky smooth to the touch — both with your hands and on your unmentionables. The cut gives you a great fit (I got mediums for my 5’10, 180 lb. skinny-fat frame). They also make my ass look great. And not just according to me, my wife even said so!
They’re warm. It’s winter in Chicago and they’re still warm. The fault is partly the fabric (they keep my legs warm), and partly the making-my-ass-look-great (compression-based swamp-ass is a thing).
They’re a polyester/Spandex 90%/10% blend, or so they say. I have 2 blue, 2 grey, and 2 black pairs and the fabric of each is slightly different in fit and feel though they all behave the same. Polyester is supposed to be cooler than wool and wick moisture as well. All three different colors and fabrics insulate the heat and moisture with very little wicking action compared to my Smartwool boxers.
The combination of the boxers keeping me warm (too warm) and the lack of moisture wicking compared to my other boxers will keep the Uniqlo Airism Boxer Briefs on the B team of my underwear drawer. They may get occasional wear because I like they way they look and feel, but because of the discomfort caused by the heat and moisture build-up over time, there’s no way I can regularly wear them.
I’ll keep the boxers I have (because who returns underwear, really?) but I will not recommend the Uniqlo Airism Boxer Briefs to anyone, nor will I buy any more for myself.
I’m keeping an eye out for future sales on the Smartwool Boxer Briefs. They are amazing, and I should have bitten the bullet to purchase them in the first place. Shame on me for trying to save a buck when my family jewels are on the line! Honestly, I’d rather wear my standard Jockey boxer briefs (about $30 for a 3 pack) than the Uniqlo Airism.
And next time, I’ll buy a test pair when contemplating an addition to the team.
Please contact me directly if you’d like my used underwear. I’m sure that we can work something out.