Designed for life in motion.
We've all worn annoying, downright irritating boxer briefs that require constant adjustments, causing others to give us the look as we try to re-adjust our situation. Alleviating these fitment issues while you're working out, hiking, and just running errands, the Outdoor Research Men's Echo Boxer Briefs provide extremely lightweight, quick-drying comfort while remaining nice and secure with its next-to-skin fit.
Outdoor Research's Airvent fabric feels light and airy like its name suggests, all while pulling moisture across a wider surface area with its gridded structure. Ultimately, this means you'll remain cool, comfortable, and dry, and without having to re-adjust your boxer briefs while moving swiftly down the trail, running in the gym, or commuting in urban settings.
- Lightweight, cool-wearing boxer briefs for active use
- Next-to-skin fit without requiring constant adjustments
- Airvent fabric keeps you cool, comfortable, and dry
- Soft-wearing, elastic waistband won't chafe or irritate
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- Q & A
Not for wearing backpacks
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 180lbs
I primarily got these because of the long inseam (and they were on sale plus great reviews on the OR website) since shorter boxer briefs tend to bunch up worse on my thunder thighs. In that regard they are great, no bunching up and no constant adjusting necessary. Material is light and breaths well.
I agree with the other reviewer that the waist band runs tight. I wouldn't say they actually run small, as it fits fine otherwise, just know that the waist band will be tight. I'm a 33" waist with about 40" hips and the elastic waist belt on the Large feels overly snug, to the point where they start to hike up my back pretty high when I'm moving around. After wearing them for a bit I stop noticing the tightness but if I have any sort of stomach discomfort while exercising or mountaineering I start to notice the tightness again.
My biggest gripe is how and where the elastic waist band is sewn together. For some reason they decided that the elastic needed to be folded over onto itself before sewing it so there is a thick, abrasive chunk of fabric and stitching pressed up against your spine. If you're wearing these for running or working out it probably won't irritate you but the first time I wore this on an 8-mile speed hike (half jogging, half walking fast) with a camelbak MULE it rubbed by back raw almost to the point of bleeding. I also wore these on mountaineering trips to the summits of Mt Baker and Mt Adams and on both trips I had to consciously pull these shorts down, basically to the point where my butt is almost exposed, before tightening the waist strap on my backpack in order to prevent this rubbing from happening again.
I can't return these since I've worn both pairs but I am going to downgrade these to gym/workout use and get something else that isn't going to rub me raw on any backpack-toting adventure. It's mindblowing to me that a product like this marketed to outdoor adventure is so uncomfortable to wear with a backpack on. Did you even do real-world testing, OR? Otherwise I am a big fan of OR products but this one is a flop IMHO.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 180lbs
These are definitely lightweight as intended, but the fabric is not as comfortable as I had hoped. For me, they also ran a little tight - almost as if they needed to add an extra half to full inch in the length of the backside. I will be going back to Stance.