Looking for comfortable, anti-chafing running underwear to help you go the distance?
Check out this runner's 14 favorite undies...
...And out come tights and track pants, and along with them, underwear.
You might be thinking:
At times, neither do I.
In fact, according to the 2016 Runner’s World State of the American Runner survey:
While commando is great, sometimes underwear feels better, especially when:
Because they’re all constructed from lightweight, moisture wicking, quick-drying materials, I wear them for EVERYTHING, every day, which sets me up for being run-ready at all times.
Branwyn aptly calls their underwear and merino wool bralettes (I own three, they're wonderful!) “performance innerwear.”
A runner friend recommended the brand...
Not only are the underwear exceptional, so is the company. Branwyn:
ExOfficio ranks high on almost all “best underwear” for running/ working out/ traveling lists.
My favorite styles:
All of the ExOfficio underwear on this list give me that commando feeling, making me forget that I’m wearing any underwear at all. Ideal!
When I first took the Oiselle Wazzie Wool Briefs, size small, out of the package, I thought:
Then I tried them on, and though they come pretty darn close to my belly button:
Furthermore, when I get home from a run, they dry super quickly.
Bonus: the placement of seams and stitching and wide, bird-print waistband give them a fun, feminine look.
As a long-time dedicated Patagonia lover...
✅ Company founder Yvon Chouinard famously donated the entire company to fight climate change after Forbes listed him as a millionaire in 2022. This is one gargantuan step in the right direction.
Because running all year in all types of weather is my jam, I got a pair of Ridge Merino Women's Ridge Boy Shorts Underwear, per the recommendation of a runner friend.
THEY. ARE. AWESOME.
If you wear these with leggings:
Perhaps the Runderwear Running Boy Shorts, which I wear in size small, is where Runderwear has won their acclaimed awards.
The Running Boy Shorts are:
If it weren’t for the word “Runderwear” printed on the hip, I would rock these as shorts.
These are great for runners who like a boy short underneath their leggings or track pants.
Bonus: they’re perfect as stand-alone shorts for at-home yoga and workout sessions!
The Smartwool Merino Sport Seamless Bikini, which I wear in sizes small and extra small, are a classic staple when it comes to merino underwear.
Also, not to base my sizing recommendations on this...
😲But once I jumped into a sub-40-degree river in nothing but these and a sports bra, and on the way out, the underwear were so water-logged and heavy that they were falling off!
The Smartwool Merino Sport Seamless Hipster, which I wear in size small, is a fuller coverage version than the Bikini with all the same wonderful components.
All in all, Smartwool knows how to make a quality product.
When I think Tracksmith, I think posh, high-end, exquisitely designed running apparel.
The Tracksmith Brighton Briefs, which I wear in size small, exemplifies these qualities.
That’s the goal, right?
When it comes to romantic gifts from my husband, I’ll take some strong and sexy Tracksmith briefs over a lacey Victoria Secret number any day!
In 2021, I invested in period underwear to eliminate the use of pads, which are heinous.
The Thinx air Bikini period underwear, which I wear in size small, are my go-tos for running.
Recently Thinx settled a lawsuit concerning PFAS in the underwear:
Ditch those cotton multi-packs from the local department store and treat yourself to some quality running underwear.
You’ll be happy you did!
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