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Meriwool Merino Wool 160 Boxer Briefs Review

A good pair for merino wool travel underwear that's easy on the wallet
Meriwool Merino Wool 160 Boxer Briefs
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Price:  $27 List | $26.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, casual fit, good odor control
Cons:  Not ideal seam placement, less refined construction, baggier than most
Manufacturer:   Meriwool
By Ethan Newman ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 29, 2021
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  • Comfort - 35% 7
  • Breathability - 20% 6
  • Odor Control - 20% 7
  • Durability - 15% 3
  • Drying Time - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Meriwool Merino Wool 160 Boxer Briefs are one of the least expensive pairs of merino wool underwear we've found, packed with the usual benefits of 100% merino wool fabric. We like the feel of the fabric; soft but substantial and fairly breathable. We also find it does a decent job of fighting off odor with wool's natural lanolin coating. We do think the construction and durability could be significantly improved, and we wish there were a few design tweaks. We believe most folks could benefit from paying a little more for a better pair of merino wool underwear.

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Pros Inexpensive, casual fit, good odor controlLightweight, soft fabric, dries quicklyInexpensive, very breathable, thin fabric, very fast dryingBreathable for synthetic, soft meshSoft, excellent nonrestrictive support, less expensive than most
Cons Not ideal seam placement, less refined construction, baggier than mostOdor control could be better, not as breathable as we'd likeThin waisband, legs roll upFabric runs easily, nylon holds some smellNo fly, not great odor control
Bottom Line A good pair for merino wool travel underwear that's easy on the walletAn affordable lightweight pair of performance boxer briefs at a reasonable priceThese boxer briefs feel lightweight, cool, and breathable for fast-moving travel at an excellent priceAn improvement on Patagonia's previous synthetic underwear, this pair is light and breathable, but not as durable as we'd likeThe Vibe is an innovative pair of underwear with comfortable features
Rating Categories Meriwool Merino Woo... ExOfficio Give-N-Go... Outdoor Research Ec... Patagonia Sender Saxx Vibe Boxer Brief
Comfort (35%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Breathability (20%)
6.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Odor Control (20%)
7.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
Durability (15%)
3.0
8.0
5.0
4.0
6.0
Drying Time (10%)
6.0
9.0
10.0
9.0
6.0
Specs Meriwool Merino Woo... ExOfficio Give-N-Go... Outdoor Research Ec... Patagonia Sender Saxx Vibe Boxer Brief
Material 100% merino 89% Nylon, 11% elastane 100% Polyester 89% Recycled nylon, 11% spandex mesh 95% Viscose, 5% spandex
Inseam (inches) 6.75 in 6 in 6.4 in 6 in 5 in
Measured weight (ounces) 3.1 oz 2.7 oz 2.2 oz 2.4 oz 2.6 oz
Fly? Yes Yes Yes No No
Flat-lock seams Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air Dry Test 2 hrs 1 hr 45 min 1 hr 2 hrs
Dryer safe? Yes Yes Yes Yes, tumble dry low Yes, tumble dry low

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Meriwool 160 Boxer Briefs aren't quite as refined as some of the other merino wool options. It's not as sleek or well designed as other models we've tested, but the fabric is excellent. We love that the underwear is 100% merino wool, which does well with odor even through multiple days, and it held up decently well to repeated washing and wearing cycles. We do wish the seams were placed elsewhere, and the bagginess isn't great for hot weather or high output activities. The Meriwool Boxer is still a great option for 100% merino wool on a budget.

Performance Comparison


We are big fans of the fabric of this pair, but feel that it just...
We are big fans of the fabric of this pair, but feel that it just misses the mark.
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Comfort


As with the other merino wool skivvies we tested, we love the fabric. It's soft, smooth, and glides against the skin nicely, but not so slippery that it rides up a lot. We didn't feel hot in these, although they did sometimes bunch up, specifically under more fitted pants or shorts, due to their looser fit.

What we don't love is the placement of the seams. There is a square of fabric on the underside of the crotch that allows seams to rub on either side of our tester's legs, among other things. The waistband is thinner than some and doesn't get too hot, which is a plus.

The Meriwool fabric pills up, and there's a lot of seams right...
The Meriwool fabric pills up, and there's a lot of seams right between the legs.
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Breathability


The merino wool fabric is pleasantly breathable, and the underwear performed well as long as there wasn't bunching due to the looser fit. The fabric is a touch thicker than some of the other underwear we tested, so it isn't quite as breathable as other merino wool options, but we didn't notice it too much. We think that with a slightly more fitted shape they would have scored even higher in this category, as this would stretch out the space between the fibers to promote more breathability.

The Meriwool was average weight at just over 3.2 ounces.
The Meriwool was average weight at just over 3.2 ounces.
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Odor Control


We love the odor control that 100% merino wool provides, due to the natural antimicrobial properties of the lanolin coating. The fabric is a touch thicker than some of the other wool underwear we tested, and so we sweated a bit more than in some of the other pairs, which may have contributed to the score being slightly lower than some of the other wool pairs.

The idea with travel underwear is that it can be worn multiple days...
The idea with travel underwear is that it can be worn multiple days in a row, and washed easily.
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Durability


So far the fabric itself is holding up, but the stitching started unraveling after just a month of use. It seems that the construction of the Meriwool isn't quite up to par with some of the other brands that we tested, as the fabric is also cut unevenly around the waistband, and the hems are coming undone. We aren't sure if the wear came from repeated wearing, or from machine washing, but either way, the durability of these skivvies leaves a lot to be desired.

After a month of wear, the Meriwool seams are already unraveling.
After a month of wear, the Meriwool seams are already unraveling.
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Drying Time


Because of the thicker fabric, and because the wool fibers themselves absorb water, unlike polyester or other synthetic fabrics, the drying time on the Meriwool Merino Wool 160 was just over two hours, among the slowest we tested. Still, if you're able to line dry them in the sun, they should dry more quickly, as the black fabric will absorb the radiation and dry out nicely, though that may cause some color fading over time.

Value


These are the least expensive 100% merino wool underwear we tested, and so for that, they do stand out in value. However, it seems you get what you pay for, especially in the construction of the product. We think if you're willing to shell out cash for a nice pair of merino wool underwear, it's worth going all the way and getting something a touch nicer or going with something synthetic but better made.

Conclusion


While we liked the fabric and feel of the Meriwool Merino Wool 160 Boxer Briefs, we found the shape and construction somewhat lacking. We think that with some improvements it could be a much stronger contender in the travel underwear category.

We wished there was some additional attention paid to the...
We wished there was some additional attention paid to the construction of these boxer briefs.
Photo: Ethan Newman

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