I am a die-hard Capilene(R) fan, and these are my go anywhere, do anything underwear. Supremely comfortable, super durable, and worth every penny of their price, these boxers are strong and haven't done let me down yet. I use them for everything: hiking, skiing, running, camping, swimming, and teaching. IMO these can be used for any activity that requires clothing, and a few that don't.
Pros of this item:
- Strength: After years of use, my oldest pairs (+5 years) are starting to loose some elasticity in the waist, but these are old pairs that have been washed literally thousands of times, and are still wearable. Not a single pair has developed a rip or hole.
- Fast drying: they dry... fast.
- Comfort: as long as you have 'em sized right, they're great. Other reviewers likened them to diapers, and this can be true if you've bought them to big. I recommend boxers that fit right.
- Earth friendly: you can recycle these in Patagonia's Common Threads program.
- Ease to clean: I don't know how Patagonia does it, but these boxers wash completely clean every time, and are really resistant to dirt/grime. Yeah, they'll smell a little after a week of nonstop use, but they don't keep the smell like some synthetic fibers. I recently completed a 3-day horse trek, nights spent in a Tibetan tent next to a yak dung fire, using one pair of these. I changed them afterwards only out of a sense of decency, not because of smell.
Cons of this item:
- Price? I buy 'em at the outlet store in Freeport, ME. I suppose 32.00 USD is a little steep for boxers.
My bottom line: I packed every single pair I owned when I started my Peace Corps Service, and I'll bring every single pair home with me.