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ExOfficio Modern Travel Bikini Review

Super comfortable, breathable, and a flattering fit that allows you to forget about your undies and focus on your adventure
ExOfficio Modern Travel Bikini
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Price:  $28 List | $28.00 at REI
Pros:  Silky fabric, stays in place, cute design, breathability, bonded seams prevent chafing and panty lines, quick drying
Cons:  Expensive, runs large
Manufacturer:   ExOfficio
By Trish Matheny ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 13, 2021
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  • Comfort - 35% 9
  • Fit - 30% 9
  • Drying Time - 25% 9
  • Packability - 10% 8

Our Verdict

With high scores in all key areas of performance, it's easy for us to recommend the ExOfficio Modern Travel Bikini. The silky soft fabric feels great next-to-skin and stands out from the competition. We also loved the sheer stripe mesh side panels that increased breathability and reduced weight. The bonded seams allow the garment to lay flat against the body, not sticking out under clothing and reducing bulk in your backpack. It also dries incredibly quickly, which is extra convenient for hand-washing. We are confident that the Modern Travel Bikini would be an excellent option for logging miles in the backcountry or exploring a new city.

This is one of the few pairs that our lead tester needed to size down to a Small from a Medium to get the right fit. Especially if you're on the fence between sizes, you are likely to be better off sizing down.

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Pros Silky fabric, stays in place, cute design, breathability, bonded seams prevent chafing and panty lines, quick dryingMost comfortable fabric, well-constructed design, quick drying, true to sizeBreathable, comfortable, inexpensiveInexpensive, soft, quick-drying, no bulky seamsAffordable, breathable, nice waistband
Cons Expensive, runs largeExpensive, heaviest thong testedTight fitImperfect fit for someNot very durable, flatlock seams unraveling with minimal wear
Bottom Line Super comfortable, breathable, and a flattering fit that allows you to forget about your undies and focus on your adventureThis exceptional thong-cut garment is a super comfortable, well-designed product that excels in urban and backcountry travelThe Barely Hipster is a super comfortable and affordable product made to stand the heatSoft, stretchy, and quick to dry, this value-forward garment won us over without making us pay a high priceThe affordable price tag is alluring, though our testers were disappointed by the fit, durability, and longer drying time
Rating Categories Modern Travel Bikini Icebreaker Siren Thong Patagonia Barely Hi... Pure Stretch Hipster REI Co-op Active Thong
Comfort (35%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Fit (30%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
8.0
Drying Time (25%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
9.0
5.0
Packability (10%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
Specs Modern Travel Bikini Icebreaker Siren Thong Patagonia Barely Hi... Pure Stretch Hipster REI Co-op Active Thong
Material 82% Nylon, 18% Spandex 83% Merino Wool, 12% Nylon, 5% Lycra Spandex 89% Nylon, 11% Spandex 68% Nylon, 32% Elastane 86% Polyester, 14% Spandex Mesh, 100% Cotton Liner
Measured Weight (oz) .8 oz (S) .9 oz (M) 0.8 oz (S) 0.7 oz (S) 0.4 oz (M)
Flat-lock Seams Seamless Yes Seamless Seamless Yes
Cut Tested Bikini Thong Hipster Hipster Thong
Cuts Available Bikini Thong, bikini, hipster Hipster, bikini, thong Hipster, cheeky, thong Bikini, thong

Our Analysis and Test Results

Featuring a moisture-wicking HeiQ technology, these undies not only perform, but the 82% nylon, 18% spandex fabric also feels great next to your skin. We loved how they stayed in place and kept us dry no matter what activity we pursued. The overall flattering fit, bonded seams, and sheer side panels were the icing on the cake, making the Modern Travel Bikini our go-to for mountain adventure.

Performance Comparison


The Modern Travel Bikini scored high marks across all of our testing...
The Modern Travel Bikini scored high marks across all of our testing metrics, and our lady testers readily recommend it as a fantastic pair for travel and adventure.
Photo: Trish Matheny

Comfort


Comfort is a key component when determining which pair of travel underwear will be the best option for your next mission, be it in urban or rural landscapes. We have highlighted a few important comfort characteristics to help us evaluate each model. We started by assessing the material and asking questions. What type of material is it? Does the material feel soft or itchy? How thick is the material when compared to its competitors? Finally, we considered the breathability of each model and these are our results.


We love the silky fabric and breathability of the Modern Travel...
We love the silky fabric and breathability of the Modern Travel Bikini.
Photo: Trish Matheny

As soon as we took this pair out of the packaging, we were blown away by the soft and silky fabric of the Modern Travel Bikini. This material simply felt great when we tried them on. We are impressed by how well the high-tech material is able to breathe during activity and love the unique sheer side panels that offer even more breathability. Comfort is queen and we have no problem recommending this pair for a super comfortable bikini cut that breathes while you move.

Most brands make it easy to remove the manufacturer tag in order to...
Most brands make it easy to remove the manufacturer tag in order to increase the next to skin comfort, as is the case here. The silky smooth fabric of the Modern Travel Bikini is also hard to beat.
Photo: Trish Matheny

Fit


We understand that the right fit can make or break a long day in the mountains. Your underwear should be able to breathe and perform as well as conform to your body while it moves. For this metric, we considered everything that encompasses overall fit such as how well the garment performed during activity, whether or not it required lots of adjusting, how the stretchiness allowed for movement, and how well the waistband kept our undies in place.


The low-waisted bikini cut of the Modern Travel Bikini fits like a glove. We love the way these undies hug our hips and the sheer stripe mesh side panels make them flattering. The bonded seams successfully reduce bulk, chafing, as well as those distracting panty lines, which many other models fail to do. After testing these undies on trail runs and rock climbs, we loved how the stretchy material afforded freedom of movement while the waistband kept them in place. The Modern Travel Bikini offers a great fit that made it stand out from the competition.

The Modern Travel Bikini features sheer stripe mesh side panels that...
The Modern Travel Bikini features sheer stripe mesh side panels that increase breathability and give this bikini a little sex appeal.
Photo: Trish Matheny

Drying Time


An important characteristic when considering travel underwear is how quickly it dries. We approached this testing metric by soaking each pair of undies in water, wringing them out by hand, and finally hanging them on a line to dry in partial sun at 6200 feet outside of Victor, Idaho.


We are super impressed by the Modern Travel Bikini in this metric, too. At 31 minutes, you will not waste much time wishing for those undies to dry so you can get back to your adventure. We attribute the speedy dry time to a silky soft nylon and spandex fabric combination and sheer mesh side panels that also increased breathability. It was the seams on the side panels that took the longest to dry.

The silky, soft fabric of the Modern Travel Bikini was easy to hand...
The silky, soft fabric of the Modern Travel Bikini was easy to hand wash on the go and dried in an impressive 31 minutes.
Photo: Trish Matheny

Packability


Now, we don't think you're going to notice fractions of an ounce when deciding which pair of undies to pack for your next adventure. However, it all adds up when carrying everything on your back. For this metric, we pulled out the scale and weighed each garment side by side. Perhaps more importantly, we also assess how much space a pair takes up in a suitcase or carry-on luggage, and how bulky they felt next to their competitors.


The Modern Travel Bikini offers a competitive weight at .78 ounces, even lighter than one of our favorite thong options that weighed in at .88 ounces. We also noted that this pair is anything but bulky. The slim, bonded seams and silky smooth, thin material keep the footprint light within your luggage.

The Modern Travel Bikini features bonded seams that allow this...
The Modern Travel Bikini features bonded seams that allow this garment to lay flat and reduce bulk.
Photo: Trish Matheny

Value


The Modern Travel Bikini is one of the more expensive pairs of undies that we tested. However, we think the performance of these undies makes the price tag worthwhile. It was easy for us to give this garment high scores due to its soft and silky fabric, excellent bikini fit, bonded seams, super quick drying material, and competitive weight. A high-quality product like the Modern Travel Bikini is definitely worth the investment.

Conclusion


The ExOfficio Modern Travel Bikini receives high scores in every testing category, making it one of our go-to pairs for extended travel and mountain adventure. The soft and silky material stood out amongst the competition and the flattering fit with sheer side panels even gave these travel undies a little sex appeal. Also featuring a rapid drying time and being lightweight and compact in your suitcase, we are confident that you will not be disappointed by this standout pair of underwear.

Trish Matheny