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Patagonia Men's Essential Boxers - 4½"

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November 11, 2021

great fitting boxer

comfortable and lightweight!

November 2, 2021

Super comfortable

These are wonderfully comfortable boxers, but dont last as long as I wish they would. These developed holes in the seat area within 2-3 months and then my wife made fun of me for the see-through view from the back side. I love these boxers but want them to either last longer at this price point or come down in price given their short lifespan.

Response from Patagonia
November 11, 2021

Hey Michael, thanks for leaving us a review on our Essential Boxers. We're so sorry to hear about the holes! Believe it or not, underwear are also covered by our Ironclad Guarantee, so you are still welcome to send them back under warranty we just ask that you give them a good wash ahead of time. To begin that process, please click [here](

November 2, 2021

Comfort Plus

A very comfortable boxer short that hold up well. I bought several pair.

November 2, 2021

Switched fabric

So love the brand and been buying your boxer shorts for years and they wear like iron. But recently purchased 4 pair and noticed when received the fabric changed and much prefer the previous fabric. Smoother, heavier and probably more durable ultimately. Thanks for listening. Quality just doesnt seem at par with previous fabric.

Response from Patagonia
November 11, 2021

We appreciate your review, Kevin! We did change our boxers from polyester to a Tencel lyocell and spandex blend a few years ago. If you find that these do not perform as expected, we welcome you to return them under our Ironclad Guarantee. We'll be happy to [help](!

October 24, 2021

If you gave this product a high rating, you definitely did not wear the prior generations

This new material is terrible, it lasts 1 year or so only and it's not as cool. I feel like I am buying over-priced cotton and not a very sturdy one either! Is Patagonia's idea of conservation to use materials that disintegrates while on my body? Bring back the old material!

Response from Patagonia
November 2, 2021

Hi George, thanks for taking the time to write a product review and we're sorry to hear you aren't happy with these. For some context, these are made with 95% Tencel lyocell and 5% Spandex Jersey. Tencel comes from the pulp of trees. The solution is extruded through fine holes to produce fiber and the solvent and water are recycled in a closed-loop process — more than 99% of the solvent is recovered and reused, making this an extremely sustainable and traceable alternative to synthetic fabrics. Additionally, Tencel naturally offers great moisture-wicking properties and breathability. Because Tencel is a high-tenacity cellulosic fiber, it should offer exceptional strength properties. With that said, if you aren't completely sold on these, feel free to [return]( them under our warranty.

October 21, 2021

comfy boxers

Most comfy boxers I've ever owned.

October 17, 2021


Forgot I was wearing them they are so comfy!

October 10, 2021

Family favorite

The guys in the family love these. Extra comfortable fabric and cut.

October 9, 2021

Feels good

Even though I was really attached to my old school capilene boxers these really feel good!

October 6, 2021


My thighs are of different sizes due to surgery and these boxers comfortably accommodate both.

October 4, 2021

Cozy classic

These boxers are great, I keep coming back to buy more because they fit nicely and the material is super soft. The elastic band lasts for a long time - even after a year of machine washes. Definitely recommended - a casual wear staple.

September 22, 2021

Sooo nice!

Cozy . . .

September 17, 2021

Best Underwear Ever

These boxers are unbelievably comfortable. They're so good, I actually look forward to wearing em. The fabric is thin yet soft, stretchy and basically all around awesome.

September 14, 2021

Perfect Boxers

Love them

September 13, 2021

Great Performance

I grew up wearing the capilene boxer and this is spot on. I travel and fish a lot and these are perfect for that. I can wash and dry overnight for minimal clothing on a trip and they are great when doing active sports too.. One of my favorites...

September 11, 2021

Ver nice boxers

Very soft material. Fit is a just little big in the legs on me. M 510 200lbs

September 10, 2021


I had the old capilene boxers which imo didnt breath well. This new fabric is softer, and more breathable. I love them, perfection! Im ordering 2 more pairs ASAP.

September 1, 2021

Most comfortable

Without a doubt the most comfortable Ive ever worn!!!

September 1, 2021

the fabric is thicker and warmer than the previous model

This is underwear. Very cute underwear. Very soft fabric. It is thicker and warmer than the previous model. It should be indicated for winter, I think.

August 25, 2021

Great, comfortable boxers

I have already purchased more of these. They are great!

August 19, 2021

Old Capilene Were Better

Finally got some new boxers when the sale started. And I knew these werent going to be exactly like my old Patagonia boxers THAT I LOVE. Now that Ive gotten them, they really are completely different. Fire the size is different. I am a small in the old style. In these new ones the small is too snug. So I am a medium, thats fine. The material isnt a... Read Mores soft. These new ones are scratchy. The whole boxer just isnt nearly as great of a product like the old ones were. I should have stocked up on the old ones. Ugh.

Response from Patagonia
August 19, 2021

Hey Daniel, thanks for the review on the Essential Boxers. These will not necessarily be a replacement for your old capilene boxers because these are made of Tencel. They should soften over time, but if you feel unsatisfied with your purchase you're welcome to send them back to us, we just ask that you give them a good wash beforehand. These are the only boxer style we have available at the moment, but if you're interested in trying a different material we recommend our [Men's Sender Boxer Briefs - 6"]( which is made from recycled nylon/spandex stretch micromesh fabric.

August 17, 2021

My balls couldn't be happier!

Very Comfortable and breathable. best boxers I have ever had. 10/10

August 17, 2021

Super Comfortable

Very comfortable for any activity.

August 16, 2021


Very comfortable!

August 8, 2021

Good but used to be better

This product has evolved over the 25 years I have been buying them. I have likely bought over 45 pairs of these and the waistband which was the problem 25 years ago is now really comfortable and long lasting. The issue now is that they use Tencel instead of silkweight capilene. When these where silkweight cap they where perfect. Long lasting and co... Read Moreuld go from soaking wet to nearly dry in about 10 mins. The Tencel while by no means cotton is not as quick to dry. The verdict is still out on longevity but they are not as comfortable as their predecessors. These are still the best boxers on the market but they need to devolve back to silkweight cap to make these truly epic.

July 26, 2021

Comfortable but poor quality

I quickly fell in love with these boxers. They are comfortable, soft, and fit well. I bought multiple pair. This is true of a lot of the Patagonia products. Where they fall short is on quality. After 6 months they are wearing out. These products are too expensive to be wearing out in a few months. I love and support the mission of Patagonia but I a... Read Morem feeling very disappointed in the low quality of their clothing. This has been my experience with their paints and fleece jackets.

Response from Patagonia
July 29, 2021

Hello Justin, we appreciate you taking the time to share your comment. We are sorry to learn about your experience with early wear on the boxers. Your valuable feedback will give our Design and Quality Departments and opportunity to evaluate the item for further improvements in the future. Our products are covered by Patagonia's Ironclad Guarantee, and you are welcome to [return]( items that do not meet your satisfaction.

July 22, 2021

Really comfortable

The only problem I have is that they dont have a button in the fly, otherwise they are perfect.

July 22, 2021

Super soft but somewhat fragile

These boxers are super soft and breathable. Only problem is that over time the hem at bottom can rip, because of the fabric characteristics. What makes them soft, breathable also makes the fabric somewhat fragile.

Response from Patagonia
July 23, 2021

Hi Vance, thank you for the review on the Essential Boxers. We're sorry to hear that you experienced some ripping on yours, this would definitely be covered by warranty if you'd like to send them in. Please launder them prior to returning, [here]( is where you can begin the process.

July 19, 2021

so soft

im a woman and i wear these as comfy shorts because they are genuinely softer than any pjs ive ever worn

July 1, 2021

Comfortable but wears out quickly

These are super comfortable boxers, however I bought 3 pair of these and all 3 developed holes in 6-9 months. I first noticed them wearing down along the inseam, and then holes developed along the waistband in the back as well. This is just from normal casual wear or under dress pants at work. Its too bad because I really wanted to like these. But ... Read MoreI cant justify buying new ones every year or so.

Response from Patagonia
July 8, 2021

Hi Daniel, thanks for taking the time to write a product review. We're so sorry that your Boxers developed holes so soon after you purchased them. All of our products are covered under our Ironclad Guarantee so please feel free to [return or exchange]( them at your earliest convenience.

June 29, 2021

very comfortable

most comfortable underwear that i have ever owned! I will be buying a couple more pairs of these!

June 16, 2021

Comfortable and nice

I have worn many boxers over the years. Some were gifts, some were novelties, some were just plain old cotton boxers from the local big box retailer. Eventually they all gave up the ghost. Either the waistband became too loose, or the fit bunched up where I really did not want it to bunch up, or they just developed holes in places where holes do no... Read Moret belong. These boxers are not those boxers. When I received them in the mail, I took them out of the packaging and thought "these look a little large for me, maybe I should send them back for a couple of smalls" because they looked like I would just get lost in them. I'm happy to report that I did not exchange them. Once I put them on, they fit comfortably but not snugly (know what I mean?). But the feel of these is unique. Not quite satin, but more like brushed velvet. Not thin like those big box boxers and not thick like the flannels that I just can't seem to find anymore, but somewhere in between. Somewhere nice and comfortable. I think I will pick up a couple more before Fall comes along.

June 6, 2021

roomy pjs

Wear them for pajamas. Roomy.

June 6, 2021

Funny fit

Bring back the the old Silk Weight Boxers. Those remain the best sleep wear I've ever had. They fit comfortably and were perfect. These boxers fit strange. The rise is too high, making them uncomfortable. Moreover, the fabric is not as good as what was used in the silk weight.

Response from Patagonia
June 7, 2021

Hey Brian! Thanks for taking the time to write this review. The Essential Boxers were designed as casual wear, if you're looking for a lightweight, performance-focused pair of boxers, we'd recommending checking out the [Sender Boxers- 4 1/2"]( We also make the Senders in a Boxer Brief design. Regardless, we've passed your feedback along to our Design Team who are constantly improving the fit and style of our products.

May 18, 2021

Soft and comfortable

Soft and comfortable and a little bit of a pattern if you want

May 16, 2021

Need more colors, fewer solid colors

See title

May 15, 2021

Super Soft

I use these as sleepwear, super cool, comfortable and no bunching, love em.

May 10, 2021

Never again!!

Let me start by saying I love Patagonia and Ive been a loyal customer for 20+ years. I bought boxers here several years ago that are still as good as new, so this last year I bought 7 pairs thinking Id have Patagonias legendary quality. These newer boxers are not what they used to be. Within 2-3 months they were threadbare and full of holes. This w... Read Moreill be the first Patagonia product that will have to be thrown away. I hope these comments are read and the quality will be addressed.

Response from Patagonia
May 12, 2021

Hi Nicholas, thanks for taking the time to write this review. We are so sorry to hear that the Essential Boxers did not live up to your expectations. We have passed your feedback along to our Design Team who are constantly improving our styles. All of our products are backed by our Ironclad Guarantee, so you are welcome to [return]( it if you are unsatisfied. We hope to not disappoint you in the future.

May 10, 2021

Great but not perfect

Im a big fan of the old silkweight boxers, not so much because of the fabric, but because of the cut and sizing. As others have noted, the fabric on these is super soft and almost like cotton, but it is not quick dry - but thats not a surprise - choose the Sender model if you want a tech fabric thats quick dry. But the cut of these (and the Sender)... Read More is just a little too roomy and the waistband is too high, meaning the rise puts these AT the waistband of whatever you are wearing, or over it. My preference is for a shorter rise and the waistband on these should be an inch or 1.5 lower than where it is. That being said, I like them enough to order another pair. 2 of these and 2 Senders is a great combo. Change the cut and you have a perfect next gen boxers. At least you are still making the true synthetic boxers for those of us who don't enjoy the boxer briefs - not many out there make them! Cheers.

May 8, 2021


So soft and comfortable, and very accommodating. Personally I use the boxer brief version of these for daily wear and then I slip into these beauties before bed. I've never had deeper or more restful sleep. Thanks Patagonia!

May 6, 2021


Love these, have worn for years, but wish elastic waistband wasnt so tight. I have 31 waist and wear medium

April 21, 2021

Comfortable, but every pair has tears/holes

I wear a size medium. I'm 5'7 and ~130lbs. Pro: Fit/Comfort, Lightweight Con: Weak construction The boxers are thin and lightweight, so I suppose that's why holes and tears developed in under a year. It may be the style ("Rain Fern: Stone Blue") that I bought (on sale) had issues to begin with (slubby texture). I have tw... Read Moreo pairs of Patagonia Daily Capilene boxers without tears/holes, but I do prefer the fit of these Essential Boxers. Ultimately, if I have to replace boxers - it is what it is.

April 20, 2021

Very comfy boxers

Soft comfortable fabrric

April 19, 2021

Quality Patagonia product

I was looking for boxers that were organic cotton / sustainable sourced. Bit pricey but like other stuff from Patagonia they don't disappoint. I now how 4 pairs.

April 13, 2021

Big decrease in quality.

Quality of these boxers has completely fallen off. Used to be able to get a fair amount of use from Patagonia, not so much. Theyre in the rotation, so I wear them once every two weeks or so. Five months later, theyre basically disintegrating.

Response from Patagonia
April 13, 2021

We're so sorry your Essential Boxers - 4½" didn't hold up. Everything we make is guaranteed so please reach out to our Customer Service team for a warranty.

April 5, 2021

Theyre OK but give me Capilene

Bring back silkweight Capilene. Still incomparable. These are just OK.

Response from Patagonia
April 6, 2021

Thank you for your feedback on our Essential Boxers. We're sorry that you feel like these don't live up to our old Capilene silkweights, we'll pass the word along to our design team. If you're unhappy with this purchase, you're welcome to send them back. Please give them a good wash beforehand and get started on a return [here](

April 4, 2021

soft and warm

Great fit, comfortable material for hiking long distances. Had to cut off the washing instructions label because it scratched.

March 31, 2021

Ok but needs improvement in sizing

I have size M in previous version of these boxers in capilene. They fit perfect under shorts, jeans etc. I wear a 33 or 34 waist in slim jeans depending on brand. Bought a M in these and theyre bigger in the thigh, waste and inseam. The issue is they can work with a pair of loose shorts, thats it. The new material feels nice but is too stretchy and... Read More the baggier thigh bunches up too easily in most pants for me. The material stretches twice as much as capilene. The sizing and fit doesnt work nearly as well as previous gen. Disappointed, bc the new material feels nice but not even close to a practical fit or function as an everyday boxer.

Response from Patagonia
March 31, 2021

We're so sorry to hear that the sizing in our Essential Boxers was off for you. If you're unsatisfied with your purchase, feel free to send them back for warranty evaluation. Please be sure to give them a good wash before sending. To get started on a return, please click [here]( If you decide you do like them, but think a size down could help, you're welcome to repurchase once the credit has been issued.

March 27, 2021

Best underwear

Slowly changing from Stance boxers to these. Stance lasted a while and was fine but these are more comfortable for same price and with the Patagonia commitment to our planet. Win win

March 27, 2021

Nice, but not as nice as the old Capilene

Perfectly nice, but nothing special boxers. The problem is I am in love with the previous version, the Capilene. I still remember buying the first pair for, and feeling dumb about spending so much on so little. Few years later, all my 10 pairs of underwear were Capilene, there was nothing as light, durable, pleasant. They seemed to last forever. An... Read Mored now, a pair broke, and to my great disappointment, they are no longer available. Ebay? Ewwww! I am writing this review hoping for a miracle.

March 22, 2021

Silky and cool

I love these boxers. It's like a soft, luscious pillow for your nether regions. These are comfy even during hard hikes, yard work, or other sweaty activities. They are snug but stretchy so you don't feel restrained.

March 22, 2021

Not at good as the capilene version

Though comfortable they do not hold up. I have owned the capilene underwear for over 10 years and they are still in great shape. These started to come apart in less than a year. The fabric is less robust and does not wear long term. PLEASE BRING BACK THE CAPILENE UNDERWEAR!

Response from Patagonia
March 23, 2021

Thanks for the feedback on the fabric. If you're having issues with them falling apart please reach out to our Customer Service team to discuss your warranty options.

March 19, 2021


I look for a highly comfortable and very long-lived elastic waistband. That's what I like about your products.

March 17, 2021

Tremendously comfortable

Perfect fit, ordering more!

March 16, 2021

Quality Comfy

I bought these not knowing if they would be worth the price, but after wearing them for a while, I totally think they are worth it. They feel great and seem to be made to last.

March 8, 2021

Comfortable, Quality Boxers

The boxers feel great wearing them and the fabric is soft & lightweight. Patagonia does have an issue though in shipping. I ordered 2 pairs. One came perfectly to me. The other had some heavy tape on the boxer shorts. Very hard to peel off. Thoughtless service from an otherwise great company.

March 3, 2021

Super comfortable

Got a few of these for the BF, and he loves them!

February 21, 2021

Buffalo, your secret friends.

Im not sure if they are wearing boots or socks. What do the numbers on their foot coverings mean? Reveal your secrets. Either way, I see why they are sold out. These are perhaps the most comfortable boxers I have ever worn. I bought two pair, I wish I had bought more. Get them, enjoy them.

February 11, 2021

Great Boxers

I really like these boxers. They fit well and are super comfy. No seam in the back where you wouldn't want it and well constructed. Now, they are still not as smooth and comfy as the old capilene version they used to make, but they are great. (If they brought back the old style I'd buy another 5-6 pairs immediately!)

February 3, 2021

I am not sure that this is progress.

I have had the capilene for years and I am very disappointed that Patagonia discontinued them. I have not worn the new ones enough to comment yet. I am also disappointed with the limited patterns - boring.

January 30, 2021

comfy boxers

They are comfy and soft and made from natural fibers without cotton (!?) I wish they had a few more fun colors as these days I need a bit more life in my life...

January 26, 2021

Comfortable, but new material

I purchased these thinking they were the polyester fabric of previous boxers with the same name - theyve been lasting me for years. This is more of a stretch jersey fabric that can bunch up a little easier. Still comfortable and good fit, uncertain if theyll match in longevity.

Response from Patagonia
March 1, 2021

Thanks for this feedback, Brandon! You may be thinking of the Cap Daily Boxers made prior to 2019. Those were 100% Capilene polyester, as compared to the Essential Boxer which is a lyocell and spandex blend. We hope these work out well for you, but please don't hesitate to reach out if you find a need to return under our [Ironclad Guarantee](

January 23, 2021

Good product

After a month, two pair of these boxers have been washed once a week. We air dry them with our other tec wear. They have held up fine. I use them for sleeping and find them to be cooler than expected for this type of fabric. I have never owned this type of fabric before. The waist runs normal in size and the legs are baggy, even on my huge Latvian ... Read Morethighs. I look forward to many years of good sleeping in these boxers.

January 14, 2021

Men's Essential Boxers

Our son requested Patagonia boxers for Christmas. He had purchased a pair and was very pleased with the comfort and wanted to increase his wardrobe. I wish they were stocked locally.

January 3, 2021

Best Underwear

I have bought my husband numerous pairs of these mens underwear. Im also still washing six year old undies that are in great shape! Its all my husband will wear!

December 27, 2020

Very Comfortable

Ive bought several pairs of these mens underwear for my husband. He really likes the fabric and the fit.

December 26, 2020


Comfortable, little more room than the brief version. 6/190 and L fits great.

December 11, 2020

Loose fitting but Comfortable!

I try to only wear Patagonia boxers and briefs but I've found the briefs get holes very easily. I'm hoping the boxers use thicker fabric. So far so good!

Response from Patagonia
February 2, 2021

Thanks for the feedback! We [recommend]( machine wash in cool to warm water with a mild detergent and hang to air dry. If you're washing them with heavy abrasive fabrics, zippers and velcro, then you'll want to separate, which should help to maintain the fabric durability.

December 7, 2020

Please Bring Back the Old Capilene Boxers

These boxers are fine. They are very average boxers, maybe even good. Compared to the old capilene boxers they are like sandpaper. I have 14 pairs of the old capilene boxers aqcuired over 15 years, and the first ones are just now giving out, after EXTENSIVE use. I understand the desire to be eco-friendly, but the old product was a true marvel of en... Read Moregineering. Perfect for daily wear and high performance outdoors activities, fast drying and the softest thing that will ever grace your "thighs". They will be dearly missed and I hope Patagonia brings them back, as I would buy another decade's-worth immediately.

Response from Patagonia
January 7, 2021

Hi George! Thank you for taking the time to express your feedback. We are very sorry to hear that they didn't work for you. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so please feel free to reach out to us. We are more than happy to [help](

December 2, 2020

Comfy boxers! Almost like cotton.

Very comfy boxers for everyday wear. I normally wear only 100% cotton boxers, t-shirts, etc for daily wear as I usually find synthetic fibers uncomfortable after a while and I'm sensitive to wool. I gave these a try after reading a bunch of great reviews and I'm glad I did. After trying one for a few weeks I bought 3 more and will likely ... Read Morebuy more when my old cotton boxers wear out. The fit is good, although it is a bit loose/flowy and the fabric is really soft and stretchy so they could definitely slim the fit down a bit to minimize bunching under clothing without any negative effects. The waistband is very soft and comfortable on the skin and just the right size, not too tight or too loose. I wear 33" pants and the medium is just right.

December 1, 2020

Love the fabric, patters, and waistband!

I have all of your boxer style shorts. These are the very best..In this style I have Buffalo and birds. Love these!!!!!

November 27, 2020

Perfect daily wearers

These things are SO soft, have the perfect fit, and are quick to dry! Sometimes when I travel/camp/dont want to do a whole load of laundry, I wash them in a sink and they're dry by morning. If I don't get a chance to wash them as soon as I'd like, they very rarely smell bad, which is borderline unbelievable. Whatever fabric these are... Read More made out of is amazing. If the same fabric could be used to make lounge wear/pj's, I'd buy it in an instant. Well worth every penny, the ones I got as a Christmas gift last year got more than their fair share of use over 2020, and have held up amazingly. I added 3 more pairs to my drawer and couldn't be happier.

November 23, 2020

Style deluxe

When I wear these babies walking down State Street -- heads turn. Oh yeah.

November 18, 2020

Good underwear

They fit well. The cloth is extremely soft and comfortable next to the skin. The colors I picked are not boring. Especially important for me is that Patagonia is an ethical business that subordinates maximum profit to environmental and social concerns, in particular fair and ethical treatment of workers. I began climbing in the early 1960's an... Read Mored have used Chouinard gear for many years. It matters to me that the owner of the company has set a good example of corporate responsibility. If I need something Patagonia makes, I buy it. Stand up shorts are a staple for me.

November 16, 2020

Super soft, super cool

Good waste band fit, very soft fabric. I have like 7 pair. Still loving them. Cool prints as well.

November 15, 2020

floppy shorts, creepy waistband

You will be very aware you're wearing these uncomfortable floppy shorts. The only part that fits is the elastic waistband. With waistband creep up your back and center these underwear easily rise above your pants waist for extra attention and reshuffling many times each day.

November 14, 2020

Best on the planet

These are perfect shorts

November 3, 2020

Fabric changed

These are not the same light, silky fabric that they have been for years. This stuff looks and feels like a double knit. Not to mention that the designs themselves are not nearly as colorful and imaginative. No thanks.

October 31, 2020

great product

Love the silk weight capilene material which is super comfortable.

October 28, 2020

Great boxers

Roomy fit, comfortable material

October 28, 2020

Soft and pliable

Soft boxer shorts. I live in northern Maine and these boxers are warm, pliable and comfortable in cold weather or when the mercury starts to rise. I have 5 pairs with different designs. No complaints. No worries.

October 25, 2020

Feels like wearing nothin-at-all!

But seriously, this is by far the best pair of underwear I've ever owned. I'm a boxers guy, and I don't like constrictive underwear. But a lot of the time, you'll find other brands where the material is chafing. This doesn't. It's silky smooth and you'll forget about wearing underwear, which is what it should do. ... Read MoreI haven't tried exercising in them yet, but I purchased them as everyday wear. I'll be slowly replacing my drawer with more sets of these.

October 24, 2020

Comfortable great boxers BUT...

I have been a patagonia fan for over 20 years. I still have some of my original capilene boxers from 20 years ago that I wore trekking in Nepal and Patagonia, although they are finally wearing out. I still have about a dozen capilene boxers and purchased your newer version. they are still very good but I think overall the capilene are still the bes... Read Moret that Patagonia has ever made. they were/are so very durable, comfortable, and Quick drying. I will always buy Patagonia products because they are extremely high quality but I do miss the old Capilene boxers. Please consider making them again! Take it from an old fan.

October 11, 2020

Poor Quality

I bought five pairs 9 months ago, and every pair is falling apart at the exact same place: lower seam at the front of the leg. I rotated the five pairs and only really wore them on the weekend. So after about 10 or so wears, the fabric at the seam began to deteriorate. I've never had these issues in the 20+ years of buying Patagonia. Hope it i... Read Mores just a one-off thing.

September 25, 2020

Good but not as nice as the old daily or silkweight

These are nice and plenty comfy for daily wear but I really miss the old capeline daily and silk weight versions. These are more thin and fading very quickly in comparison to the older ones

September 24, 2020

Not even close to the silk weight Capilene.

In every respect the old Capilene beats the new fabric. EVERY respect. Comfort. Quick drying. Durability (10+ years) wear, wash, repeat and repeat and repeat... And no, I am not one to return worn underwear. I'll just go elsewhere.

September 18, 2020

Super comfortable

Most comfortable underwear ever. Definitely buying more.

September 16, 2020

Lesser Quality than it was

Ive worn Patagonia boxers for 25 years. Prior design lasts darn near that long, if you can even conceive of that. The capeline fabric was silken and as comfortable as anything you can imagine. Wear with a suit or hike all day. What motivated such a radical redesign, of fit and material, mutating it into an all together different and lesser product,... Read More was fixing something that wasnt broken. Why? They will be missed.

Response from Patagonia
November 27, 2020

Hi David, thanks for sharing your feedback with us! The Essential Boxers were designed for casual wear, so we deemed the moisture wicking and quick drying properties to be less important. This allows us to use a natural fiber (TENCEL) that has a softer feel as well as excellent breathability and stretch. It also removes one more petroleum-based product from the line. If you're looking for a synthetic option, we'd recommend our [Sender Boxers]( which are more performance-focused.

September 15, 2020

Good but...

Tried one pair to see how they fit and feel. They were good, but still miss the capilene

September 10, 2020


Purchased fir grandchild

September 3, 2020


Best boxers I ever had. So soft and comfortable. After I found those, I got rid of all the others. Very soft and forming cut. Very comfortable for all day wear, no matter the weather. They are very roomy, but keep all your fruits in the basket. When they are on sale- I grab as much as I can

September 2, 2020

Comfy shorts

My husband use them for pajama bottoms and have for years

September 1, 2020

Great fit and fabric -- Top Notch!

This is a great product, especially for hiking or outdoor events on warmer days. These have a loose fit - a true boxer - with the softest fabric.

September 1, 2020


High quality and very breathable.

August 31, 2020

Love them, but....

I love these boxers. Super comfy, great waistband, cool prints. The three stars is a reflection of the durability. Two of the four pairs I own have holes worn through the crotch after about a year of average casual wear. I never bike or do other high-output activities in these.

Response from Patagonia
November 5, 2020

Thanks for taking the time to review these boxers. We stand behind everything we make and they are covered by our Ironclad Guarantee. You're welcome to [return]( them for a warranty evaluation.

August 18, 2020

Softer Boxers Do Not Exist

These bad girls are the softest and most comfortable boxers in existence. You get what you pay for, and the little extra dough gets you boxers that are miles ahead of any other I've ever worn. They fit true to size, have a good amount of stretch, they breathe well, and weather the washing machine. What else is there to ask for? I'm slowly... Read More replacing my entire inventory with these, I swear by them. I hope they come out with more patterns soon.

August 17, 2020

Softer Boxers Do Not Exist

These bad girls are the softest and most comfortable boxers in existence. You get what you pay for, and the little extra dough gets you boxers that are miles ahead of any other I've ever worn. They fit true to size, have a good amount of stretch, they breathe well, and weather the washing machine. What else is there to ask for? I'm slowly... Read More replacing my entire inventory with these, I swear by them. I hope they come out with more patterns soon.

August 5, 2020

The best underwear I've ever owned!

I'm normally a "boxer briefs" guy, but wanted to have something more comfortable for hot weather - these boxers are perfect! The texture of the fabric is smooth and comfortable (it's like wearing a cloud!), the boxers don't "ride up" or chafe at all, and they're exceedingly comfortable with shorts or with jea... Read Morens.

July 30, 2020

Fits to size, Measure yourself

These are worth the price, but apparently not if you are a man who cant size yourself lol. Compare to silk material, breathable & stretchy.

July 28, 2020

Still Good

I have been amazed at how long the pairs I bought fifteen years ago have held up and recently bought several more pairs. They are different, a bit heavier fabric perhaps, but they still have that familiar Patagonia quality. I'm sure I'll be wearing them for years and years and that to me is value.

July 27, 2020

A step backward

Like other reviewers I've been wearing the silk weight boxers for many years and am a great fan. Some are finally wearing out so I decided to purchase these as replacements. They are not in the same league as the originals. First, they dry at the speed of cotton. So, they stay wet all day long. I wet wade a lot and this flaw makes these boxers... Read More useless for fishing. As others have noted, the boxers come with a 3 inch long tag sewn into the waist band. On some of the boxers, this tag is plastic. It's a very annoying and irritating oversight that has to be removed carefully by the user. Finally, the rise on these boxers is huge. They want to ride over the hips to cover your navel. Maybe having that waistband emblazoned with "Patagonia" riding above your pants is an advertising ploy of Patagonia's?

Response from Patagonia
July 27, 2020

Hi Bob, thanks so much for your feedback and we're sorry you're disappointed with the new design. Our designs are constantly being revised, and customer's feedback is one of the contributing factors to these changes. We hope that we won't disappoint you in the future. Thanks again.

July 24, 2020

not as good as previous daily essential boxer

These almost hit my knees and much larger than the last series of daily essential capilene boxers. Patagonia needs to return to the previous trimmer, shorter fit; these aren't basketball shorts. Just saying....

Response from Patagonia
July 24, 2020

Hi John, we're sorry to hear that these ended up too long. Please don't hesitate to return these back to us if you were looking to do so, but haven't already. Your feedback has been passed along to our Design Team. Thanks for your review!

July 18, 2020

Ripped after only a few uses

I ordered two pairs of boxers and one pair ripped at the lower seam after only a few uses. The rip is about 6 inches wide. I would expect better quality given the price.

Response from Patagonia
August 21, 2020

Hi Michael, thank you for writing us a review. We're really sorry to hear that your boxers ripped after such little use. This is certainly not typically quality we expect so you're welcome to [return]( them under warranty. We've reached out to you directly with further assistance!

July 13, 2020


Ive been a faithful Patagoniac for 40 years, and recently two pairs of my Capilene boxers began to lose their elastic after 20 years. So i got these...what the heck??? NOTHING like the old capiline material- hot, clingy, nearly impossible to wear for any activity. if this is all you offer, i would be willing to buy USED capiline boxers!!! WHY????... Read More

Response from Patagonia
August 20, 2020

Hello Douglas. We're really sorry that the fabric changes aren't up to your satisfaction. Our designs are constantly being revised and customer's feedback is one of the contributing factors to these changes. We hope that we won't disappoint you in the future. Thanks for your review!

July 13, 2020

Not as good as they use to be

I have owned Patagonia boxers religiously for years. They past silk weight base layers were superior to any others. But they new material is not as soft nor seem to be as durable then the past. After a few washes they are becoming less comfortable/soft and matty. The area where the tag is sewn on is irritating to the waist line. I am a Patagonia fa... Read Moren through and through but these boxers are not up to par of a typical Patagonia product. Please go back to the silk weight and lose the tag

July 13, 2020


Super comfortable, they move with you, are quick drying and very durable.

July 13, 2020

Extremely comfortable

These are the most comfortable pair of boxers I've ever owned, and fit well under everything from snug shorts to baggy pants.

July 13, 2020

Excellent Quality

The quality is fine. I first bought XXL and it was a bit large. I then bought XL And it was quite tight. Since you dont have any in-between I wont be buying more.

July 13, 2020

Great gift!

Bought some of these for my boyfriend on his birthday. Hes a very active guy and instantly fell in love! Breathable with good coverage.

July 10, 2020


Super comfortable, they move with you, are quick drying and very durable.

July 10, 2020

Extremely comfortable

These are the most comfortable pair of boxers I've ever owned, and fit well under everything from snug shorts to baggy pants.

July 9, 2020

Great gift!

Bought some of these for my boyfriend on his birthday. Hes a very active guy and instantly fell in love! Breathable with good coverage.

July 6, 2020

Best boxers I own

Most comfortable boxers I own.

June 26, 2020


These boxer shorts are very comfortable to wear. They are a little on the large size for me with a waist size of 32 inches. The size I picked was medium, maybe I should have dropped down to the small size. I will try small on my next door for boxer shorts.

June 25, 2020

Good feel and look

Wanted something comfortable and less boring. This fills the bill.

June 24, 2020

Best sleep shorts

After buying my husband several pairs of these, I finally ordered myself a pair as sleep shorts. They are super soft and incredibly comfortable. Not having a center-seam on the backside is a game changer. So long midnight wedgies! I would highly recommend these for comfortable sleep for everyone.

June 24, 2020

Extremely loose fit

Bought a size S as that is where I am on the fit guide, and the fit is loose to the extreme, massively baggy and not at all what I was after. Might be the style for some people but not me. No picture of the item of the model makes it hard to judge the fit/style.

Response from Patagonia
July 29, 2020

Thank you for giving us your feedback on the sizing and we are sorry to hear that these didn't work out. Please feel free to [send]( these back to us.

June 24, 2020

Tearing within 6 months

I generally love and support Patagonia and its products. Was super disappointed with these. Within 6 months of purchase, holes are opening along hip/groin area. The material is too weak.

Response from Patagonia
July 29, 2020

Thanks for this feedback, Greg! We're sorry to hear the durability has been disappointing, but we'll be happy to help you return them under our Ironclad Guarantee. Please reach out for assistance here:

June 20, 2020

Comfy and cute

I bought this underwear for my fiancé and he loves it where is it as sleep pajamas mostly

June 19, 2020

Multi use

I wear these year round for everything except swimming. The new material for construction doesnt feel quite as comfortable as what was previously used. Thats why Ive only given 3 stars.

June 19, 2020

Very comfortable

My wife bought several for me and I am very happy about them. These have become my go to boxers.

June 17, 2020

PLEASE bring back the past generation of the 100% Polypropylene(Capilene) Boxers

Dear Purveyor of Quality Gentlemanly Products, I am with the plethora of reviewers that have voiced their requests that you bring back your past generation of the 100% Polypropylene Boxers. They were one of your great products: silky smooth, lightweight and cool, exceedingly well constructed and long-lasting, quick drying, a GENEROUS cut for wiggl... Read Moree-room, and a wonderful array of colors and interestingly patterned materials, especially the green trout pattern. I know Patagonia prides itself in manufacturing quality, long-lasting products, and you hit the bulls-eye with these boxers. Mine are probably a decade or two old and, like me at 76, are still going strong! Thank God I had the foresight to purchase multiple pairs, but I would love to again have the option to pick out a few more designs and colors. I would be more than happy to sacrifice (lend) a sanitized one of mine to you as a pattern for your re-establishment efforts!

June 17, 2020

Very comfortable

I've tried the old silkweight capilene and boxer briefs from Patagonia but these are amazing for all day use and then the gym or a bike ride or a sail. Soft, fit perfectly, and wick efficiently. Will be buying more for sure. Thanks, Patagonia!

June 17, 2020

Too big

Every boxer I own is Patagonia. Due to wear and tear I was replenishing my stock. Not as big a fan of the material from the older silk weight. Although the waist size seems correct the body of the boxers run super larger. Also the tag seems bulky and the area were the tag is sewn onto the waist band is rough and irritating. I am the biggest of Pata... Read Moregonia fans and will always be which is the main reason I feel I should make this review

June 17, 2020

Essential Boxers

Like the product but I prefer the old fabric. This one is soft and comfortable but it sticks to my jeans versus old one which was slicker

Response from Patagonia
June 28, 2020

Thanks for this great feedback, Eric!

June 17, 2020

Favorite boxers

Gave these as a gift. He says they're the softest, most comfortable boxers he has ever had.

June 17, 2020

just good casual boxers

I have a few styles of Patagonia boxers and these fit and feel the best for casual wear.

June 17, 2020

Very comfortable

Nice boxers. Soft fabric and the elastic does not pinch the body. The large was a bit tight and the XL is a bit larger.

June 9, 2020

Bring back the capilene boxers with the fabric covered waistband

The new boxers aren't the old boxers. Bring back the old capilene boxers with the fabric covered waistband. I'll say it again, bring back the old style capilene boxers with the fabric covered waistband.

June 3, 2020

OK, but not nearly as good as the Capilene boxes

Why oh why Patagonia? I'd been a faithful wearer of the Capilene version of Patagonia's boxers for around a decade, and was disheartened to learn that the Capilene boxers were no longer offered, so I decided to give these a try. On their own, these are ok. However compared to the Capilene model they are far inferior. The length is defini... Read Moretely longer than the cut from the Capiline model (too long for boxers, in my opinion), and the support for gentlemen is worse on this model. The fabric is fine but in my experience doesn't seem to have the same innate odor-fighting ability as the Capilene model. If you've never tried the Capilene boxers, I would say that these are adequate. However, for those of us that are trying to replace the Capilene version, these are seemingly not up to the task. I'll hold out hope that Patagonia brings back the older model, and if/when they do I'll buy enough to last me the next decade! Rating rationale: On their own I'd give these three stars, compared to the Capilene version I'd give them 1 star. The average of these yields 2 stars.

May 22, 2020

Essential Boxers = +

I have been wearing Patagonia boxers for many years....they are virtually indestructible! Love the new fabric!

May 19, 2020

Mens Boxers

I agree with many of the long time users that have written reviews. Ive worn the Capilene(polyester) Daily Boxers for years. I do not like the new tencel material. Ive searched the web high and low for the old Capilene model and cant find them anywhere.... Its all I wear, Id buy a lifetime supply today if I could find them.... Please bring the Capi... Read Morelene material back for us Patagonia! Mark

May 19, 2020

Tags are itchy

I've ordered these for over 15 years. I liked them more a few generations ago when the size were printed inside them. This time I ordered five or six new pair and the new ones with tags are really uncomfortable.

Response from Patagonia
June 3, 2020

We are so sorry to hear that the tags are causing a lot of discomfort. Legally, we have to include those tags and we hope you can remove them to your liking. If you have any issues doing so, please let us know.

May 10, 2020

Bring back the Silk weight boxers

Not very happy with the new material, within 6 months seems are opening up. I started buying the silk weight boxers in 2007 and they were comfortable and lasted forever. I only tried the new ones because the elastic started giving out. Please bring back the old boxers!!!!

May 3, 2020

Bring back the old boxers

Hi, Like others I want the old capilene boxers back. People who like the new material have probably never tried the old material. Like many, Ive had my old capilene boxers for years. I bought them when they first came out and they wore like iron. I still have all my original pairs. The elastic is giving up but the material is like new. It was a per... Read Morefect product. Durable, well fitting, comfortable. The new boxers bunch up and are too baggy. When I open my drawer in the morning I grab the old boxers as my first choice. Please bring them back.

April 27, 2020

So close to being rad undies

The fit is spot on. Its difficult to find true boxers without the seam up the crack, and these dont have it (no crack pack). These fit a little snugger than traditional boxers but still provides more room and air than boxer briefs. The best way, in my opinion, to make these better, is to offer them in cotton. Some peoples chemistry doesn't wor... Read Morek well with certain materials and well with others. My chemistry happens to work well with cotton, not as well with these synthetic blends in the nether regions. Patagonia has the best cotton! Make these seamless butt boxers in cotton, please!!!

April 27, 2020

Tencel Fabric

I've been buying Patagonia boxer's for 20+ years, made with Polyester fabric. The fabric is comfortable, washes & dries quickly, with fun patterns. Recently Patagonia switched to Tencel fabric, which clings to the skin, takes longer to dry and has much less interesting patterns. This is just feedback from one customer to request a swi... Read Moretch back to the more comfortable Polyester fabric, although I understand that Tencel may be a more environmentally appropriate option.

March 17, 2020

runs large, but great fabric

These do run large. Like a small is *actually* a medium. I got a medium pair and they fit a little loose, but they work great worn over a pair of longjohns when snowboarding. I got a small pair, and they fit exactly like a medium should. Other than that, the fabric is light, breathable, soft, and comes from trees. The less plastic the better I say!... Read More I'd be interested in one with a hemp blend too. Fix the weird sizing discrepancies, and you'd have a solid product. Honestly, they seem totally mislabeled.

March 10, 2020

Fantastic Boxers... at first

The first time I wore these I was on a backpacking trip in Texas so I figured something that would wick the sweat and resist odor would be necessary, and the first two days were fantastic! The problem came when I got home and threw them in the wash; usually you wash your clothes and they get rid of smells, right? Wrong for these at least. I thought... Read More maybe it was just because I wore them for two days and they needed another cycle but that didnt help either. I have washed these countless times and even right out of the shower if I put them on they have a noticeable stench to them. This makes them unwearable in public because even though theyre clean, they dont smell the part. Usually Im a huge fan of Patagonia gear and have no complaints but this was a failed purchase. Hopefully they change the fabric or perhaps I got a pair that doesnt work (as if!) Due to the inability to wear these in public I would proceed with caution and would tend to not suggest them to a friend.

Response from Patagonia
April 10, 2020

Hey Grant, thanks for your feedback on these boxers. Sorry you are experiencing issues with them. You are free to [return]( the boxers if you are not fully satisfied with them. We would also suggest you take a look at the [Men's Sender Boxers]( which are made with a nylon/spandex mesh specifically for high-output activities, like backpacking, that may fit your needs more than the Essential Boxers.

March 6, 2020

Have to Agree - Silkweight preferable

The former silkweight material was more comfortable, lighter, and dried much quicker. I concur with other reviewers - please restore what was a great product.

February 23, 2020


Why Patagonia why, o why?? You took a perfect product the capilene boxer that that i have worn for so many years and replaced them with this clearly inferior version. I spend 200 days a years on the water and relied on the capeline version as part of my standard kit. They were perfect and now this. Please Patagonia listen to your customers, you ... Read Moremade your name by providing great technical gear to people who use it out in the real world. As someone who relied on your capeline boxers for many years please bring them back. Please do not become another one of those companies driven by "fashion" or even worse profit margins.

Response from Patagonia
March 26, 2020

Hi John! Thanks so much for your feedback and we're sorry to hear you aren't happy with the redesign. Your feedback has been passed along to the appropriate team. We hope that we won't disappoint you in the future.

February 13, 2020

Only the Best for me

The highest quality gear and clothing far. I’ve never had to throw a single product away after years of heavy use. They become family heirlooms so-to-speak. I’ve had many products for 10+ years and even a particular pair of boxers for almost 20 years! Everything is always fits to size and becomes more and more comfortable year after ye... Read Morear....while maintaining structural integrity. Patta-Gooch for me!

January 14, 2020

Boxer Briefs

Great fit, Comfortable fabric. The waistband could be wider as it tends to roll.

January 14, 2020

What can I say...

These underwear are pretty spectacular. I purchases a pair of these along with some of the 'sender boxers'. both of these are extremely comfortable and breathable. This pair in particular are very soft and comfortable. Would highly recommenced for every day use. If you doing more physical stuff I would go with the 'sender' varia... Read Morent. Much more breathable and amazing. Couldn't be happier.

January 5, 2020


Great product! Soft, comfortable and wash well. Will be buying more.

December 27, 2019

My 4th purchase

I use these for PJ's. Nice loose fit.

December 21, 2019

Best ever

I’ve bought these boxers over the past 15 years - they modify them over the years and this version is the best. Got 3 then bought 3 more. Thinking about another 3 as they will likely change cut/fabric again. I still wear the 15 year old ones, but these are my favorites. A bit spendy, but they last a long time and are so comfortable. Waist 34 and la... Read Morerge size is perfect.

December 20, 2019

Great boxers

I have been buying these boxers for the men in my family for years. They are always a hit and appreciated.

December 17, 2019

Solid update

Patagonia boxers have been a mainstay for me for a long time for a wide range of activity in addition to everyday wear. The new boxers are a great update, particularly the materials used. One downside is that they do have a longer rise, making them slightly less comfortable while being active. Otherwise, thumbs up.

December 16, 2019

Forever Wear

What can you say: relaxed comfort, wash and wear, over & ocer, longlasting.. Like the new lighter, freer, casual cut. Improved waistband.

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