With an outrageously comfortable design, a luxuriously soft material, and a top-notch ability to keep us dry and odor-free, the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Hipkini stood out quickly as one of our favorite pairs of women's travel underwear. We awarded it our Editors' Choice Award because we simply never wanted to take it off. Whether hiking in the Patagonian mountains, climbing in the Utah desert or running to catch a flight in Mexico, the Give-N-Go Sport Mesh can keep up, all without hindering your range of motion or comfort. A durable build and quick drying time rounded out this great design, all at a very reasonable price.
ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Hipkini Review
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Hipkini met all of our underwear standards and more. Its soft, breathable material let us forget we even had it on, and its snug but stretchy fit prevented any discomfort while moving quickly in the city or the mountains. Great coverage and a quick-drying construction had us choosing this pair over and over again.
If your underwear isn't comfortable, its performance in any other metric doesn't matter. To evaluate comfort, we looked at material type, softness, thickness, and breathability.
While everyone has their personal underwear preferences, we aimed to describe the undies as objectively as possible so you could make more informed purchases. Luckily for the Give-N-Go Sport Mesh, we were impressed with it as soon as we laid our hands on it. Made of a stretchy nylon/ Lycra blend, we couldn't believe how soft it felt on our skin. The waistband and leg openings are made of a different material than the bulk, but this too was impressively soft and smooth.
The seams along the waist and leg openings are a bit bulky on the Sport Mesh, but we never noticed these once we had them on. Breathability is a significant concern while traveling or being active, and in this arena, the Give-N-Go excelled. The thin material kept us feeling fresh and clean for days on end.
The only other pair of undies we scored as highly for "comfort" is the Patagonia Barely Hipster. Both made of incredibly soft polyester, the Barely is a bit thinner and worth checking out if the seams or bulk of the Give-N-Go isn't your style.
While "fit" is closely linked to "comfort," we created two separate metrics to fully cover the whole spectrum of properties that describe how these products feel. In this category, our testers looked at the cut, waistband, and stretchiness of each item, as well as its ability to stay firmly in place no matter how active we were. The Hipkini model provides moderate coverage which we appreciate while traveling. The waist is low-cut but modest, and the back and crotch cover enough to prevent fidgeting. We loved the skinny waistband that never created sore spots on our hips under the weight of a heavy pack or under a climbing harness.
Worried about wedgies? Not with the Give-N-Go! This model is snug enough to stay in place and never disrupt your busy day. Additionally, the seams that run along the back seem like they might be a nuisance, but we never noticed their presence and think that they might contribute to the snug but comfortable fit. This product wasn't as stretchy as some of its competitors, but we never felt constricted or limited in our range of motion.
On a perfect day in the Eastern Sierra of California, we soaked each pair of undies in a bucket of water, wrung them out by hand, and patiently waited for them to dry.
With 9% humidity, a light breeze, and partial sun, the Give-N-Go dried in about 75 minutes, putting it right in the middle of the competition.
Drying time is vital for a variety of reasons. Whether you're washing your undies in the sink of your hostel or sweating up a storm on your run, one of the significant advantages of synthetic materials over cotton is the ability to dry quickly. While some models in this review dried in less than forty-five minutes, the Sport Mesh took a little over an hour to dry completely. Unless you're traveling in a sweltering climate, our testers found the average drying time of the Give-N-Go Sport Mesh to be more than enough. If you are looking for a faster time, however, the Patagonia Barely Hipster and Smartwool Merino 150 have exceptional comfort and weight and improved drying times.
We're committed to accuracy here at OutdoorGearLab, so we took each pair of undies in this review and put them on the scale to make sure we had the right numbers.
As people who are often traveling with limited space, we know that every ounce counts. That being said, the range of weights in this review was just over half an ounce from the lightest to the heaviest models, so we wouldn't get too carried away with weight when making a purchase.
At 1.1 ounces, the Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Hipkini is right in the middle of the pack. While the lightest models might bring concerns of durability, we didn't mind that this model had a bit more bulk to it. Additionally, its thin material lets it pack down impressively small. We were happy to find that we could easily stuff it into little gaps in our backpacks and suitcases, making it an easy addition for trips near and far. If you're an actual counter of ounces, we might recommend the Barely Hipster or Merino 150. Both weigh around .7 ounces and are a bit more compact when folded.
Made of synthetic materials, the Give-N-Go Sport Mesh is most at home when moisture is the enemy. Whether partaking in sweaty sports or jumping into alpine lakes, you can rest assured that these undies will keep you dry, fast. Their stretchy build and uber-soft design made them our favorite baselayer whether we were climbing or just running errands around town. Odor-resistant and relatively lightweight, this product was undoubtedly our first pick for any big adventure.
At $24, the Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Hipkini is one of the least expensive products we tested. For this, we believe this model provides excellent value as it was also one of the most comfortable models we tried. It is similarly priced to the Patagonia Barely Hipster, which we think is an excellent choice if breathability is more important to you than overall fit.
We cannot say enough good things about the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh Hipkini. Our testers awarded it our Editors' Choice Award for its impeccable fit and silky smooth comfort in addition to above-average weight and drying time. We found these undies to be right at home in the high mountains of Argentina as well as the Utah desert. No matter how sweaty we got or how many days we spent in the backcountry, these skivvies kept us feeling fresh. While there were a few other models that excelled in one department, like breathability or drying time, the Give-N-Go Sport Mesh was the all-around highest scorer across the board. If you're looking for one pair of travel undies to accompany you on your most epic adventures, you can't beat the low price and excellent performance of the Give-N-Go.
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