I have been wanting to do a running underwear review for a little while as I’m always on the look-out for warm practical cold-weather underwear (mostly because I live way up north in Canada).
It seems that mostly men’s underwear is made to cover a bit more than traditional girl underwear, but I did find a women’s version of warm under-shorts made by Sugoi.
I test drove three pairs (two men’s, one women’s) during a winter outdoor activity: cross-country skiing and/or running outside.
The MEC ultra light merino boxers are men’s boxers and fit a bit large and sit very high (like 1980’s high) and were just a lightweight merino – not as warm as I had hoped. For folks outside of Canada, MEC is Mountain Equipment Co-op. MEC would be similar to REI in the USA (I love that store).
The other pair, also men’s, the MEC T2 wind boxer, fit true to size and were warm and made of a super soft fabric. The bulgy front part has a wind proof fabric on it so it’s extra bulgy for girls. Regardless these ones fit true to size, were warm and quite comfortable (and don’t ride so high).
The Sugoi Mid Zero Bun Toasters have nice long legs and are made from a very soft warm technical fabric. They fit well, but sit a bit low on the backside, like plumber’s butt low. That’s the last place I want a subzero draft getting in. Not to give you more information than you need or want, but I don’t have a ton of junk in my trunk so I think the shorts are the ones lacking on the backside versus me having just too much junk for them.
I was really hoping to rave about the Sugoi’s as they seemed to have it all and were even made for women. Perhaps it is just a matter of going up a size. There is a men’s version of these too and I’d recommend those as the fabric is super soft and warm.
My top pick is the T2 wind boxers for serious cold conditions. The Sugoi Bun Toasters are very warm and nice and long, but just don’t sit quite right unfortunately.
Oh, and it just wouldn’t be proper if I didn’t post a photo of Kobi…