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Under Armour Pure Stretch Hipster Review

Soft, stretchy, and quick to dry, this value-forward garment won us over without making us pay a high price
Under Armour Pure Stretch Hipster
Photo: Under Armour
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Price:  $12 List | Check Price at Backcountry
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Pros:  Inexpensive, soft, quick-drying, no bulky seams
Cons:  Imperfect fit for some
Manufacturer:   Under Armour
By Lauren DeLaunay & Trish Matheny  ⋅  Mar 10, 2020
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  • Comfort - 35% 7
  • Fit - 30% 5
  • Drying Time - 25% 9
  • Packability - 10% 8

Our Verdict

At first sight, we were intrigued by the Under Armour UA Pure Stretch Hipster. Its nearly seamless design and ridiculously thin and soft material set it apart from the competition, and we weren't sure how it was going to perform. After weeks of testing, we found it to be comfortable and quick-drying, though our testers couldn't agree on the fit. We like its style, however, and as one of the lightest pairs of undies we tested, we had no qualms awarding it for the value it provides. It may not have excelled in any single category, but its solid performance across all our test metrics at a bargain price has us giving it two thumbs up.

Minor Updates

You may not find the pink color that we tested online any longer, but this pair of undies is still available in several colors, including the classic black shown above. You might also find this product sold commonly as 3-pack, which reduces the price per pair.

January 2021

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Pros Inexpensive, soft, quick-drying, no bulky seamsSilky 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, inexpensiveAffordable, breathable, nice waistband
Cons Imperfect fit for someExpensive, runs largeExpensive, heaviest thong testedTight fitNot very durable, flatlock seams unraveling with minimal wear
Bottom Line Soft, stretchy, and quick to dry, this value-forward garment won us over without making us pay a high priceSuper 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 heatThe affordable price tag is alluring, though our testers were disappointed by the fit, durability, and longer drying time
Rating Categories Under Armour Pure S... ExOfficio Modern Bi... Icebreaker Siren Thong Patagonia Barely Hi... REI Co-op Active Thong
Comfort (35%)
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Specs Under Armour Pure S... ExOfficio Modern Bi... Icebreaker Siren Thong Patagonia Barely Hi... REI Co-op Active Thong
Material 68% Nylon, 32% Elastane 82% Nylon, 18% Spandex 83% Merino Wool, 12% Nylon, 5% Lycra Spandex 89% Nylon, 11% Spandex 86% Polyester, 14% Spandex Mesh, 100% Cotton Liner
Measured Weight (oz) 0.7 oz (S) .8 oz (S) .9 oz (M) 0.8 oz (S) 0.4 oz (M)
Flat-lock Seams Seamless Seamless Yes Seamless Yes
Cut Tested Hipster Bikini Thong Hipster Thong
Cuts Available Hipster, cheeky, thong Bikini Thong, bikini, hipster Hipster, bikini, thong Bikini, thong

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Pure Stretch Hipster is nearly half the price of many of our favorite products. And with an exceptionally lightweight and quick-drying construction, we found it to be a pretty great buy. Its soft material had us reaching for it morning after morning, and at such a great price, we're sure to be stocking up.

Performance Comparison


The UA Pure Stretch's lightweight build blows easily in the breeze.
The UA Pure Stretch's lightweight build blows easily in the breeze.
Photo: Lauren DeLaunay

Comfort


Here at OutdoorGearLab, we sometimes let ourselves get carried away with performance. We count ounces, do rigorous testing, and meticulously weigh the pros and cons of everything we test. We pride ourselves on this commitment, but when it came to underwear, we were forced to relent. If your underwear isn't comfortable, the other metrics don't matter.


Fortunately for us (and you), the Under Armour Pure Stretch Hipster is mind-blowingly comfortable. Constructed with a nylon/elastane blend and a cotton gusset, our initial impressions of this product stayed true no matter how long we wore these undies. For next-to-skin softness, this is a great pick.

The material of the Pure Stretch is incredibly thin, and the lack of seams along the leg openings or waistband made for a smooth (and panty line-free!) fit. We loved wearing these undies under leggings or yoga pants for this reason. We also found the thin material to aid in breathability, and although there were others we might pick for super hot weather, we found the airflow to be adequate.

Super soft, thin material is the trademark of the UA Pure Stretch.
Super soft, thin material is the trademark of the UA Pure Stretch.
Photo: Lauren DeLaunay

The Pure Stretch was the only pair of undies we tried with a cotton gusset. This is the only part of the product that isn't synthetic, and while not great for odor control, this could be a winning feature for buyers whose bodies require some cotton.

Fit


To adequately detail all the different ways these undies felt on our bodies, we separated "fit" from "comfort".


For this metric, we looked at sizing, waistband, stretchiness, and, of course, the dreaded wedgie. Overall, we found the fit of the Pure Stretch to be above-average but still not our favorite.

The coverage is decent but not exactly modest on this product. The leg openings are relatively high, giving us the occasional wedgie despite the attractive cut. To maintain this "seamless" look, the only seam is located along the butt crack, which was not one of our favorite design features, though it wasn't too noticeable while in use.

High leg openings and an awkward seam left some testers disappointed...
High leg openings and an awkward seam left some testers disappointed in the Pure Stretch Hipster's fit.
Photo: Lauren DeLaunay

The Pure Stretch is, just like the name might imply, super stretchy, making this an excellent choice for activities that require our full range of motion. Whether running or practicing yoga, these undies were anything but constricting. While the Patagonia Barely Hipster has too-tight legs and the Smartwool Merino 150 a too-tight waistband, the Pure Stretch is essentially an elastic band, guaranteed to keep up with all your crazy movements.

Drying Time


Nothing puts our clothing to the test like traveling across the world and hiking into the Andes, but sometimes we need a good old-fashioned experiment to level the playing field.


For our drying time test, we took every pair of undies in this review, soaked them in water, and hung them side-by-side to dry in the warm California sun. The lowest-scoring models took more than an hour and a half to dry, while the fastest we could put back on in less than forty-five minutes.

The UA Pure Stretch is easily air-dried in less than an hour.
The UA Pure Stretch is easily air-dried in less than an hour.
Photo: Lauren DeLaunay

The Pure Stretch was one of those winners. Completely dry in just 42 minutes, this metric boosted this product's overall score. We're more confident than ever that we could easily rinse these undies out in the sink of our hostel or in an alpine lake and put them back on the next day. Another model that dried in similar time was the Smartwool Merino 150 Bikini. If you're willing to pay a steeper price, we'd enthusiastically recommend that model.

Packability


When measuring tents or sleeping bags, we're often discussing pounds of difference, a metric that really changes our enjoyment while traveling.


We wanted to discuss weight differences in undies, too, but we do want to issue a reminder that the difference between our heaviest and lightest undies was just over half an ounce! So while ounce-counting may be one of your favorite hobbies, we recommend using this metric as a secondary test to the first three properties we discussed.

Super small, we loved the UA Pure Stretch for its easy packability.
Super small, we loved the UA Pure Stretch for its easy packability.
Photo: Lauren DeLaunay

All that aside, at .7 oz, the Pure Stretch Hipster is lightweight, giving us the ability to pack two pairs of these undies for the same weight as one of the heavier models. The thin, stretchy material stuffs easily into a backpack or suitcase space.

Value


The Pure Stretchis a third of the price of some of the other products in this review. This product is comfortable, stretchy, and soft. It fills the basic requirements of women's travel underwear, without overwhelming in amazement or price. Because it works just fine and costs much less, its value is high.

Conclusion


While the Under Armour UA Pure Stretch Hipster didn't take home the very highest overall score, it did have an impressive rating for being the least expensive model in our review. It was more comfortable and faster to dry than many of its much more expensive competitors. We'd happily recommend these for anyone intrigued with synthetic underwear who isn't willing to shell out a dinner's worth of cash. That being said, if the fit is paramount, we would look to our other award winners.

Lauren DeLaunay & Trish Matheny