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Men's Essential Boxer Briefs - 3" Reviews

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Ms Essential Boxer Briefs - 3

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September 22, 2023

Probably okay for a desk jockey.

I've been buying Patagonia for over forty years and always been happy, I can't say that about these. I recently sent back ten (yes, TEN!) pair with all sorts of defects. I count ripped seams as defects. As nice as they are, they simply do not hold up well and aren't worth the price. As said above, these are probably better for the gu... Read Moreys who wear suits and ties. Be well all!

Response from Patagonia
September 25, 2023

Hey Ray, thank you for your review. We're glad to hear that you were able to take advantage of our fantastic warranty; which covers any performance issues with our products, including our undergarments. You can read more about our warranty [here]( It's unfortunate that these didn't hold up well for you but hopefully with your feedback, this will change in the near future. Thank you!

September 10, 2023

Just right

Soft, comfortable, breathable

September 4, 2023

Great Fit and Comfortable

They are a great fit but like the 6" a bit better because of the fly.

September 4, 2023

Lovely underpants

My rear hath not hitherto been doted by such lovely under bottoms.

September 2, 2023

Generally comfortable

All good, except for somewhat tight at waist - not sure if it shrunk after being washed. I wish the sizes were numbers (36 waist) instead of L (large). Next time I'll try the X-L and see if that fits better. As usual, Patagonia customer service was excellent in fixing my order...

August 31, 2023

Not bad…but not as good as before

Great fit and quality, but the material has changed since the last time I purchased. The old model was much better for hiking and would air dry after washing very quickly.

August 27, 2023

Great fit

Fits well, softest fabric. Only wish the they were tagless.

August 25, 2023

Good but short life

I have been using these shorts for a while now and really like the fit. The only issue is I have to replace them every 6 months because of tears in the material just below the crotch. Otherwise good product.

August 23, 2023

boxer briefs

These are terrific

August 12, 2023

Great fit and very comfortable

They fit so well and are so confortable

August 9, 2023

Fabric wears our very quickly

I have had probably 10 pair of these over the last few years. Initially they are the most comfortable, great performing and fitting boxers I've found, however after just a handful of uses and within the first few months there are holes everywhere! I've had several pairs that the fabric rips away from the waistband, and several others that... Read More just end up with random holes in the seat and legs. Reading the reviews now I wish I would have saved them to return instead of throwing them away and hoping for improvements in the next pair. Definitely an anomaly in regard to quality from Patagonia.

Response from Patagonia
August 9, 2023

Hi Nate, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're very sorry to hear about your experience. And, yes, in the future, if you do have gear that doesn't perform to your expectations, please feel free to begin a [warranty return under our Ironclad Guarantee](

August 4, 2023

Not durable - avoid

There boxers were so comfortable that I immediately ordered two more pairs. Unfortunately, they all fell apart and have been thrown in the bin within months. Very disappointing!

Response from Patagonia
August 7, 2023

We're sorry to hear these briefs didn't last the way they should have! Thank you for this feedback. This sounds like an issue that would have been covered under our warranty, so rather than throwing them away you could either follow our online [return]( process or reach out to our Customer Service Team for assistance.

August 4, 2023

Boxer Briefs 3"

The underwear is perfect. Extremely comfortable, easy to care for and fits perfectly.

July 28, 2023

If only it these were durable....

Probably the best pair of briefs I have ever owned. The fabric is really light, with the perfect amount of stretch, but that's the problem. It's so light these will eventually will tear along the seat seam guaranteed. Patagonia has been great in regards to warranty, but they have admitted to this being an issue. If it wasn't I'd... Read More wear nothing else.

July 20, 2023

Doesn't last.

I finally found a pair of 3" boxer briefs. They fit great! They felt great! BUT, they have holes and hasn't even been 6 months. Oh well. Thanks for coming through on everything else!

Response from Patagonia
July 20, 2023

Thank you so much for writing this review Jeff. We are incredibly sorry to hear about how quickly your boxer briefs have developed holes! Please feel free to [return]( them at any time as we want you to be completely satisfied with all of your Patagonia purchases. In the meantime, we will be passing along this durability feedback to our Product Design Team.

July 18, 2023

Needs a little tweaking . . .

Fit's good, material works well in our current hot weather. Two issues: Of the four briefs I purchased. three have long plastic-feeling tags that irritate the heck out of the small of my back. There is a short seam to remove them, but that's a pain too. One of the pair has a screened tag--that's how they all should be. The other issu... Read Moree is one of the four has developed a small hole. I'm not in a place where I can return them. I'll just patch that hole with Tenacious Tape and hope for the best.

Response from Patagonia
July 19, 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review Dan! We also want to apologize for all of the issues you've had with these boxer briefs. Although you cannot send them back now, please know that you are more than welcome to [return]( them at any time as we want you to be satisfied with all of your Patagonia purchases. In the meantime, please rest assured that we will be passing this feedback along to our Product Design Team.

June 7, 2023

super comfortable but last only for a few month

they fit very well and are soft but 3 month later they are full of wholes :(

Response from Patagonia
June 9, 2023

We're so sorry these briefs weren't as durable as they should be! We will reach out to you about returning them under our warranty. Thank you for this feedback, Rene!

May 11, 2023

Not Durable, Not Quick Drying, NOT ESSENTIAL

I've had 4 pairs of these with 1.5-2 years of use now. First thing I noticed is that that don't dry very quickly. I frequently hang these and underwear from other brands to dry overnight. These are always damp the net morning while the other brands are dry and ready to wear. I also notice that if I sweat in them they get damp and just sta... Read Morey damp, they will never dry out as you wear them like others can. This is kind of wild because they are also super thin. So thin that when I bend over they become totally see through. The thinness also seemed to lend to a lack of durability because they all developed at least one hole within the first year. After a year more holes developed and I've retired them all at this point. This is probably TMI but when I spend $30+ on a pair of underwear it's because it I expect them to perform well and last for many years. I have a handful of pairs from other brands AND older Patagonia underwear that are 10+ years old and still perform better then these new "Essential" ones, plus they are in better condition and still wearable. I don't understand when companies have to take a pretty much perfect product and "evolve" it into being garbage.

Response from Patagonia
May 12, 2023

We're very sorry to hear about the disappointing performance of this product and we appreciate your detailed and thoughtful feedback. Please know that your purchase is covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee]( so don't hesitate to reach out to our Customer Service team to discuss your options. We will be glad to help!

May 2, 2023

Great fit but do not last.

I want to love these as the fit is great but they simply do not last long. Bought several pairs and have a good rotation going but they only last a couple of wears before developing holes in the inseam area. Not what I would expect from a Patagonia product. Fix the material but keep the fit please!

Response from Patagonia
May 3, 2023

Hey Quinn, thank you for the review. Our Ironclad Guarantee stands for all of our items, even our underwear. These should definitely last more than a couple wears before they begin to show wear and tear. Please reach out to our [customer service team](*128b5o8*_ga*NjQ4MDAzMDY0LjE2ODI5NTAxOTA.*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY4MzE0NjE2Mi4xMS4xLjE2ODMxNDYxNzEuNTEuMC4w) and we'd be happy to begin a warranty evaluation for you.

April 28, 2023

Great But New Design Lacks Durability

Great underwear, I wear them everyday but the recent ones I bought are getting holes a lot faster than the old design. Wont buy again until they fix due to the cost of them. Worth it when they last more than a year but when they get holes so fast probably not.

Response from Patagonia
April 28, 2023

Hey Elijah, thank you for your review. We agree and also expect our gear to last a lot longer, even if it's a pair of our underwear. Luckily, all of our items are backed by our [Ironclad Guarantee]( We think you might have a warranty issue on your hands. You're welcome to go in store for an evaluation, or you can send the briefs back to us using our return portal.

April 27, 2023

Holy holes

The most comfortable underwear I have ever owned but there is a ton of holes that came so fast. Hard to pay this much holes

Response from Patagonia
April 27, 2023

Hi David, we're very sorry to hear about your experience with the Essential Boxer Briefs. Please feel free to begin [warranty return under our Ironclad Guarantee](

April 19, 2023

Very poor quality

Been a Patagonia customer for over 30 years and the quality has gone down dramatically in the last few. Had the previous iteration of these boxers and they lasted over 11 years. These lasted approximately two months before they all blew out in the exact same spot. Never tumble dried, always washed on cold with light or no detergent. Embarrassing fo... Read Morer Patagonia to put their name on this product.

Response from Patagonia
April 20, 2023

Hi Brendan! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear the briefs failed after two months of use. We greatly appreciate this feedback and we'll share this with our design team. Please note, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

April 12, 2023

Bummed - Two Pairs with the same problem

I purchased 4 pairs of the 3" boxer briefs about 11 months ago. One pair ripped in the seat within the first month. Patagonia CS was great. They offered to replace them. I opted not to (didn't seem like it was worth it on a few levels). Now a second pair ripped in the crotch. Not sure if I would purchase this again based on these results.... Read More I have had much longer lasting underwear from other companies. I really wanted to like them. They had great colors and fit. The fabric just isn't holding up to normal wear. I really wanted to like them :(

Response from Patagonia
April 13, 2023

We're so sorry these briefs aren't holding up better for you, Brad! Thank you for letting us know. If you decide you'd like to return them under our warranty after all please reach out to our [Customer Service Team](*13p7yxt*_ga*Mzk0ODI5NzUzLjE2ODE0MDQ0NzU.*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY4MTQxMjY0My4zLjEuMTY4MTQxNjA5NS42MC4wLjA.) for assistance; we want you to be happy with everything you get from us!

April 5, 2023


These boxer briefs are not just essential, they're fundamental. I've been wearing them exclusively for over a decade now. Not the same pair! I get roughly two years of weekly wear and laundering before the butt or the elastic blow out on a pair. I'm no underwear expert, but that seems like good mileage considering I put them thro... Read Moreugh the wringer hiking, biking, climbing, yogaing and everything in between. And yes, I own more than one pair. I'm not out there lovin' every minute of it on the other six days of the week.

April 3, 2023

Comfortable but not long lasting

I bought 6 pairs of these briefs so that I had a good stock to rotate through the week with my existing briefs. Despite having many pairs to wear these briefs are discolored and wore holes in the crotch in less than a year's time. For the high cost per brief, I would expect a much longer life of the product, I have shorts 5 years old that don&... Read More#x27;t have anywhere close to the wear that these briefs show.

Response from Patagonia
April 4, 2023

Thank you for sharing this feedback, Todd. Those briefs should have held up better than that. We're sorry about this! Please feel free to [return]( them under our warranty.

April 2, 2023

Comfortable, but not durable

Probably the most comfortable underwear Ive ever worn, cozy in winter and somehow still cool in the summer. Unfortunately the fabric wears out fast. Every pair gets holes in the crotch where the tencel disintegrates, then the spandex mesh rips out and theyre done. This is with normal casual wear, nothing stretching or stressing the fabric to any ... Read Moreextreme. Always washed on cold gentle cycle and air dried. For the price Id expect much better durability. The waistband and fabric everywhere else is fine, so its clearly an issue just at key friction or stress points. Wish there was a way to repair or at least recycle them, but I definitely wouldnt buy any more.

Response from Patagonia
April 4, 2023

We appreciate the feedback for our designers and w're sorry to hear about the lack of durability. Your purchase is covered under our Ironclad Guarantee, so please reach out to our [Customer Service]( team for assistance to get those sent back for recycling. We'll be glad to help!

March 29, 2023

my new fav

I could have got Large, but don't like super tight fit. XL for me

March 22, 2023

Great but the durability......

I'm not one to get excited about underwear. However these fit great and are really comfortable; both for casual use and fishing. The problem is that they aren't durable at all. I have probably 10 pairs and most all of them have tears, are worn out in spots, etc. Kinda expected them to last longer. Not sure if i'll buy more

Response from Patagonia
March 24, 2023

Thank you for this feedback, Nate; we will definitely share it with our design team. In the meantime, durability would be a warranty issue, so you are welcome to [return]( the pairs you have if you wish!

March 11, 2023

Essential Boxer Briefs

It's underwear. Ok, The fit is good. The three sewn in labels are irritating and not easy to remove. Evidentially the Patagonia Testers had butts of steel or the labels had been removed for them.

March 6, 2023

Tough Love from a Friend

Dear Patagonia, I deliver this message as a friend. I've been a customer for nearly 30 years, and I'll continue to be until they spread my ashes in a non-religious ceremony in my local riparian forest. Now to the tough love; these boxer briefs are too good to be true. They have an amazing cotton feel while wicking moisture *but* these ... Read Moreparadoxical fabric qualities make the brief too fragile for your prestigious iron-clad label. I own seven pairs; half are in varying states of decay after roughly a year of wear. The common failure point is the tissue-thin Tencel fabric pulling apart from the rear waistband. You'll no doubt correct course and re-engineer these briefs in a future season, but until then, I might have to send these back. Who returns multiple pairs of underwear to a beloved company trusted more than god and country? It feels shameful to admit, but I think I'm that person. Thanks for all you do; looking forward to the next version of these briefs.

Response from Patagonia
March 10, 2023

Hi Nate! We truly appreciate your review on our Essential Boxer Briefs. We're really sorry to hear about the lack of durability you've experienced with the briefs. We truly appreciate feedback, especially from long time customers such as yourself. We'll share these comments with our design team to keep in mind for future seasons. We completely understand that you're considering sending them back to us, and we'd encourage you to [return]( them for warranty review.

March 1, 2023


I found the product had good quality and fit comfortable.

February 26, 2023

Tears at Waistband

I'm a long-time user of Patagonia briefs. Several briefs Style 32555 (made in Sri Lanka) are tearing where fabric is sown to waistband. Have had no problems with Style 32478 Capilene (polyester). I have no plans to return these as I have gotten a few years of use from them.

February 18, 2023

Strange shape fly

The fly on this pair of boxer briefs is different from all the others I have bought from Patagonia. I found the brief difficult to use and will not buy them again. The entry is offset to my right to far to easily use.

Response from Patagonia
February 23, 2023

We're sorry to hear the design was a disappointment, and we welcome a return under our [Ironclad Guarantee]( Please reach out to our Customer Service team for a warranty. Thanks for the review, Kent!

February 8, 2023

Very Solid Thus Far, 4 wks

Extremely pleased with comfort and fit of these underoos after 4wks. haven't washed yet so cannot comment on durability from cleaning as well as long term but holding up great 1 month in. would purchase again

February 2, 2023


Perfect underwear

January 28, 2023

great fit and feel but issues on most pair after 2 years of use

A weak spot in the fabric under the waist band in the back center developed after 2 years of use on more than half of my pair. I gave it 4 stars because up until that point these are possibly the best boxer briefs I have ever owned. I have other Capilene boxer briefs that have lasted 8+ years to date with minimal issues. Although the Tercel fabric ... Read Morefeels better, I would go back to the Capilene if I had a choice. I expect to get 5+ years out of a pair of boxer briefs (I have Uniqlo ones that I've had for over 10 years), and I expect Patagonia products to certainly last more than 2.

January 27, 2023

They fit and feel great.

They fit and feel great.

January 26, 2023

Max Comfort

Nice light weight, comfortable fit.

January 24, 2023

fabric too delicate

The fabric of this generation of boxer briefs is incredibly soft and comfortable and the fit is true. I was surprised at how quickly the fabric wore through. I purchased four pairs and all four have had holes or significant thinning within a year of casual wear. While I need to replace my current supply, I'm reluctant to purchase the same prod... Read Moreuct.

January 19, 2023


Threadbare after just a month of occasional wear. Not worth any amount of money at that rate. Two out of the five pairs in my rotation have giant holes in the back.

Response from Patagonia
January 27, 2023

Hey Isaac, thank you for the feedback. We're sorry to hear that the briefs wore so quickly. Even the underwear we sell is backed by warranty, so if you'd like to start an evaluation reach out to our [customer service team](*14l8l3y*_ga*MTE3MzgxOTU4OS4xNjQ3NTMxMTc0*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY3NDg1MjA2Ni40NjcuMS4xNjc0ODUzOTI0LjAuMC4w) so we could get that started for you.

December 31, 2022

Material fails too fast

They are comfortable, but jut don't last for the cost. I have 4 pairs of assorted models of Patagonia boxers and the material used in the essential just doesn't hold up compared to the other pairs and Patagonia clothes in general. one pair failed in a year, the other in 24 months of casual once a week use.

Response from Patagonia
January 12, 2023

Hi Jesse, we're very sorry to hear that the Essential Boxer Briefs aren't meeting your expectations. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback, and we'll be sure to take your constructive criticism into consideration.

December 27, 2022

I like it

Looks and feels good. I am 5'9, 174lbs I purchased a medium fits true to size. I wear it for work, for running/walking, calisthenics training, hiking, etc. The boxer I purchased is 7months old and it still feels good to wear there's no stitching coming out it doesn't rub or scratch when I'm running or doing HIIT workouts. It sta... Read Moreys cool and wicks away sweat pretty fast it doesn't leave an odor after a few days of sweating in it. I haven't worn the boxer in cold temperatures so I don't have any comments on that. I typically don't wear boxers in colder weather I put on a moisture wicking thermal bottom layer. Overall good product I will purchase more when I travel abroad.

December 12, 2022

New favorite

have worn boxers for a long time and decieded to try a pair of boxer breifs. Very happy with the fit and feel. They do everything they should.

December 9, 2022

Pretty wimpy

Threadbare after just a few months of occasional wear. Not worth any amount of money at that rate.

Response from Patagonia
December 12, 2022

Thank you for sharing this feedback, Bill. We're sorry to hear you were disappointed in the durability of the briefs you purchased! We want you to be happy with everything you get from us, so we will reach out to you about options.

November 4, 2022


Very durable after two years of washings and wear. Very comfortable and gentle fit. Like the nylons of old they can snag easily and get holes that get larger with repeated washings. This essential line of underwear has no added ordor control which I perfer unlike the capilene. A very good buy.

November 3, 2022

Take My Money, Again

OMFG, I dont even feel human without these cradling my berries! The band is tight enough to keep a IWB holster in one place and stay for draws, but still move around for in and out of vehicle comfort. The cradle material finally blew out after 3 years of solid daily abuse from my thighs lol. Looking forward to another set to destroy. Do yourself a ... Read Moresolid and order 7.

October 24, 2022


Best underwear Ive ever worn. I would hope that they would also be offered in the original material. However, current material is pretty damn good. Fits great. No pulling, binding, bunking, or cutting. Great underwear.

October 10, 2022

Best underwear

Very soft, long lasting underwear. My daily go to.

October 7, 2022

I love the feel and

I love the feel and would wear them every day but my girlfriend would balk if I didn't wash them.

October 6, 2022

Best boxer briefs I've found!

Best boxer briefs I've found!

October 6, 2022


My go-to briefs....super comfortable is a range of activities. Soft to wear and comfortable fabric.

September 28, 2022

Different fabrics

I bought 5 pairs. Depending on the color/print of the underwear the fabric is different. Some of them are very soft other are less soft. Totally different fabrics. Im not impressed by that inconsistency.

September 17, 2022

Best underwear ever.

Sincerely, these are the best fitting underwear I have ever owned. I bought two pairs, wore them once and immediately ordered three more pair. The fit is fabulous, the color is great. They are remarkably comfortable. I like everything about them. It is my intention to eventually replace all of my underwear with these.

September 8, 2022

The best underwear, hands down!

These are perfect, the pouch keeps everything where it should be even in the most active movements. Keeps me dry and happy!

September 6, 2022

Nice fit but wears out fast!

I bought 2 of these and both of the pairs had several holes in them after only a few months of use! Can you please bring back the capilene boxer briefs? Now those were quality! I have several pairs that I have worn relentlessly for 3 years and they are still comfy as ever!

Response from Patagonia
September 13, 2022

Hi Matt, we're sorry to hear these briefs aren't holding up as they should! We'll share this feedback with the right teams. Please keep in mind you are always welcome to [return]( anything that doesn’t work for you. Please reach out to us if we can be of any help!

August 29, 2022

Most comfortable fit, wears out quickly

I have bought at least two dozen pairs of these briefs because they fit well and look great. However, they wear out quickly in the crotch, always on the back panel right at the seam. I could understand someone feeling like they are not getting value for money.

August 27, 2022

Comfortable, lightweight, breathable.

Comfortable, lightweight, breathable.

August 27, 2022

Great fit, wears out quick

Great fit, but the thighs wear out quick. Its not the quality I expect. You no longer back up your warranty on items not meeting quality manufacturing, so get rid of the ironclad gaurantee because that no longer exist. I still purchase even though I know they will wear out in a short time. Thats my choice being a long time devoted customer

Response from Patagonia
August 31, 2022

Hi Michael, thank you so much for leaving this review and we are truly very sorry to hear about how quickly your boxer briefs wore out. Please know you are always more than welcome to [return]( your item at any time.

August 20, 2022


New, so I can't say how long they will last, but they are comfortable and seem well-made.

August 17, 2022

Superb comfort

Soft and comfortable, supportive and reliable. Clearly these are made of sturdy materials and the wear is excellent. Only comment pertains to the tags which are a bit long but can be easily addressed. Love thes boxer briefs.

August 12, 2022

Just Right

Have tried many brands of boxer briefs and patagonia has this one right. Fit and wearability is great. Pricy but worth it.

August 8, 2022

Great product. Disappointing packaging

The underwear itself is typically Patagonia goodness. Much softer than I expected for wicking fabric. Fits comfortably. Solid quality. I ordered online direct from Patagonia. The underwear come in a cardboard box with no plastic window. Two thumbs up. But then each box is in its own plastic bag. When I complained on the socials, my friends sent... Read More a link to Patagonias explanation. I get it. The waste of damaged product is greater than the waste of 100% recycled plastic bags. However, their study was done with loose product not product in boxes. I will keep shopping at Patagonia because they are way better than most companies. But they still have work ahead of them.

Response from Patagonia
August 11, 2022

Hi Robert, thank you for sharing your product feedback, and for sharing your thoughts about the packaging. You're right, there has to be a better alternative to the plastic inner bags, and we're working on finding other options. So far there have been problems with products getting through machinery if not in that plastic bag, so the search continues. In the meantime, you may have noticed we're changing how we fold our products, so at least the packaging is smaller. We will continue to look for more environmentally-sound forms of packaging.

July 25, 2022

Supremely Comfortable

Love these briefs. Never feel in danger of chafing. Feels like I'm wearing almost nothing while still providing support. Also, they don't seem like they're falling apart any time soon! That said, I will rarely put them in the dryer. Wash and hang dry for the most part.

July 20, 2022

tends to tear

I really liked these which why it was very sad to see that they start to tear after 6 months. I got a few from Christmas time and now 2 out of the 3 are un wearable. the material is very soft and stretchy, but they just wear out a bit to easily.

Response from Patagonia
August 3, 2022

Hi Pablo, we're so sorry to hear that the Essential Boxer Briefs suffered untimely wear and tear. We'd be happy to help out with a [warranty return]( under our Ironclad Guarantee. We'll also reach out to you privately just in case you need further assistance.

July 20, 2022

Comfy if your not active

Love the design and overall fit bit in all honesty they are not comfortable once you become active. They quickly bunch up and I find myself picking at my short and pants like a 5yr old. Quite embarrassing to be honest. Material is definitely differently than previous versions and runs a bit hotter as well. Not sure if the is because they are 3&quo... Read Moret; vs the 4.5" but I'm guessing 4.5's do same thing. Such a bummer

Response from Patagonia
July 25, 2022

Hi Rob, we're sorry to hear that the Essential Boxer Briefs - 3" are uncomfortable. Please feel free to begin a [return or exchange]( at any time.

July 7, 2022

Comfortable? Yes. Durable? LOL.

These boxer briefs are a rare miss by Patagonia. While comfortable, they're comically lacking in durability. I bought four pairs in late February 2022. By June 2022, all four pairs had large holes in the sit bone area, as other reviewers reported. I suspect this is a defect in the fabric, as the previous iterations I own have been going strong... Read More for years. I returned all four pairs, which are probably destined for the landfill. What a shame. I urge Patagonia to go back to the drawing board here, and for everyone else to avoid these until they're fixed.

July 2, 2022

Raving Fan!

I purchased 4 pair and as impressed immediately upon opening the package. The fabric is very soft and comfortable. Unfortunately, one pair developed hole in the crotch after the first wearing. I was disappointed and called customer service. They sent me a new pair - no questions asked - which I received in a couple of days. Wow! I was a big fan of ... Read MorePatagonia before - now I'm a raving fan!

June 26, 2022

Fabric seems a little thinner

Fabric seems a little thinner than the previous. Loose the attached care tags - too long! Beyond that, great product.

June 23, 2022

Fabric doesn't last

I bought a couple of these to try out and loved the fit and feel. The fabric is super soft and stretchy. Unfortunately, that prompted me to buy a bunch more. In hindsight, that was a bad decision, as now most of my boxer briefs now have holes. The fabric is simply not durable enough to make the purchase worth it. I'm very disappointed with the... Read Morese.

June 19, 2022

I have been a loyal

I have been a loyal and very satisfied Patagonia customer since 1985 - this product is used everyday - however, I have had a string of tears, for unknowns reasons, at the waist band line.

May 25, 2022

Tags! Why tags?

These are great, except for one massive, glaring flaw: they have a huge, multilayed, plastic-y, pokey tag inside the waistband! I can't understand it. Create such excellent, comfortable underwear, and then put a scratchy, bothersome tag inside them. I had several pairs of Patagonia boxer briefs that lasted me nine years. They had the fabric an... Read Mored wash information screen printed on the inside. No tags! Why the regression to something much worse?

May 25, 2022

Best undies out there

I've always been a huge fan of Patagonia undies. They always have a great fit, are super comfortable and hold together well.

May 20, 2022

Rolls up

Dunno if its my build, but these rolled up no problem. If I were designing them, I wouldn't use a double layer of material on the legs. Every brand of boxer brief I've tried that has a double layer rolls up, the brands that use a single layer don't

May 14, 2022

Greatest underwear ever

I wear these all the time, everywhere: travel, hiking, work, whatever. First set recycled after a couple years, now on the second set.

May 11, 2022

Too comfortable

I have gotten your boxer briefs for years and out of habit I was going to order more until I saw and ordered these. These were so comfortable that I will only getting more of them and wont be buying any more of your boxer briefs. Too comfortable!

May 8, 2022

Different colors, different results

I purchased three pairs. Two are great. But one style, The white with blue stripes, tore after the first wash and second wear. I would send them back, but the color isn't in stock for my size.

Response from Patagonia
May 11, 2022

Hi Brad! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review on the Men's Essential Boxer Briefs. We're really sorry to hear that one pair tore after the second wear. We'd definitely consider this to be a warranty issue so you're welcome to return them. We've reached out to you directly with further assistance.

April 24, 2022

All day comfort

Fits great, comfortable all day long in cold or hot weather, never notice I have them on. (At night I sleep in the boxer version.)

April 22, 2022

Hope they hold up this time!

These are the most comfortable boxer briefs Ive ever owned. Loved them so much I bought one for each day of the week. Sadly, the material in my previous 7 pairs all wore holes in the exact same spot (near the tailbone). Thankfully they were replaced under warranty. Im hoping the second round lasts more than a year or so.

April 21, 2022

Best underwear ever.

I'm a 77 year old male so I have had a lot of experience with underwear. I can say that these are the best I have ever owned. I'm going to have to buy more because these are gonna wear out getting washed every night. I was gonna say every other night but folks may not know that I bought two pair.

April 16, 2022

Love it but sizes are weird

I have a size 28 waist which should be an x-small but the regular small size fit me *perfect* and the waist size for the small is 30 according to the size guide. So happy they run small though, a 30 definitely would not have fit me. These are nice and firm with plenty of room in the junk pouch. Two thumbs up, I intend to buy more.

April 16, 2022

Holes form in fabric very quickly

These are great fitting underpants. Only problem is the fabric starts to develop holes in the seat after a very short time. Probably they're too expensive for such low-quality fabric. They're comfortable so they don't get 1star.

Response from Patagonia
July 7, 2022

Hi James! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear that holes started to develop in the material so quickly. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

April 16, 2022


PATAGONIA! Only and always the best quality material/craftsmanship!

April 15, 2022

The perfect boxer brief (Prolly)

From the moment I first tried these on, I fell in love. As someone who has spent a fair amount of money looking for a pair of boxer briefs that are comfortable and provide proper support, these hit the jackpot. One thing tho, I purchased the white with blue stripes one and they are a bit sheer, with the exception of the front pouch. I dont mind, th... Read Moreis these arent your traditional thick fabric briefs.

April 11, 2022

My favorite Undies

I have been buying and exclusively using Patagonia underwear for the past 5 years. Although, certain designs and material have worn out, the last 2 years of underwear look as new as the day they arrived. Elasticity and form have been consistent and always keeping me comfortable. With regards to sizing, I am a size 38-40 waist, but the large has bec... Read Moreome the perfect size for me.

April 10, 2022

The perfect underwear

I've tried lots of brands. Save yourself the time & $. This is the one. Great fit. Durable. Great for athletics. Perfect.

April 9, 2022

Comfortable but not built to last

Initially I loved these boxes because they were super comfortable, but after about 7 months of owning them they started to tear and become unwearable. I would not buy again just because I don't want to have to spend $30 on a new paid of underwear every 7 months

March 29, 2022

Very Comfy

I am a longtime fan of the Essential Boxer Brief and I am really pleased with the new material and design for the Boxer Briefs. Much more comfortable but with plenty of wicking, stretch and stay in place well in active pursuits.

March 27, 2022

Soft, but not terribly durable.

Very soft fabric, but if you are doing any sort of biking/commuting, they will not last long. Sit bone holes form within a few commutes. Buy the Sender Boxer Brief instead.

March 17, 2022

Most favorite Undies!

I've had Patagonia's other lines of underwear but these are my most favorite kind. They breath right, fit just right, and you barely feel them on.

March 16, 2022

Awesome Undies

Love the feel. Bought one pair last year and bought 3 more during the sale. Great fit, great feel. Straight up love em!

February 3, 2022

Best ever underwear

My son tipped me off to Patagonia underwear saying it was most comfortable hed ever worn. Hes right! Fit is perfect and the material is like wearing air. Also best waist band. Worth every penny.

January 29, 2022

Almost perfect

Love 'em. Super comfortable. Patagonia name, so, I know I'm doing the best I can for the planet and people while purchasing quality. My only feedback, why are there so many tags?

January 28, 2022

Really nice but not built to last at ALL

I have a love/hate relationship with these undergarments. They're comfy, they look awesome, and they don't bunch up on you when you're walking. But man - they are without a doubt the shortest-lived underwear I have ever owned. I have had some pairs get holes within 3 months of owning them. And we're not talking small holes; we&#... Read Morex27;re talking the entire rear end gets ripped out and they're unusable. If you're OK with replacing them frequently, they're a good option but I wish they were built to last just a tad bit longer.

January 22, 2022

Great daily underwear

Really loving these essentials boxers. Very comfy throughout the day, never ride up. 10 / 10

January 19, 2022


Comfy is something I take very seriously when using underwear. This product breaths, fits, almost like you have nothing on at all. Thanks designers!! I win because of you.

January 9, 2022

Great Material and Sizing

I've been on the hunt for the perfect boxer brief for 5 years. The material these are made of is extremely soft, comfortable and breathable. The waistband is also well sized with appropriate stretch. As I replace old pairs of boxer briefs, the only new ones I'll be buying are these.

January 8, 2022

Nice shirt


January 7, 2022

Nice product

I agree with the other reviews, this a good product, feel confortable, will make good for the traveler.

December 27, 2021

Good fit

They fit and feel better than the competitors which I have tried. Keep making them!

December 10, 2021

Best Underwear

Best underwear I own.

November 23, 2021

Good underwear.

Good underwear, fit nice.

November 16, 2021

Poor fit

Leg region is pleasantly snug and comfortable. Middle section is pretty darn tight but okay. Waistband is loose, with ripples/not stretched tight. I bought a medium and am 6'2" and 160 lbs.

November 16, 2021

Best underwear - tag issue fixed

Most comfortable and breathable (non smelly) underwear I have ever owned. They also finally fixed the inner tag issue and they are now made TAGLESS! So ignore any previous reviews from the date this is published. I think the 3'' essentials are the perfect length for these boxer briefs. It might seem weird but you can wear these for 2 days... Read More or so without washing and they are not gross...

November 15, 2021


Great fit. Super comfortable.

November 4, 2021

Fabric Wears fast

I absolutely LOVE these unders BUT... I have to reorder them often because they wear out super quickly. I walk or hike maybe 20 miles a week. The walking friction is what is wearing through the light fabric.

Response from Patagonia
November 12, 2021

We're so sorry to hear about the lack of durability. Your purchase is covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](, so please reach out to our Customer Service team to discuss returns, exchanges and other products that might suit your needs better. Thanks for your review, James!

November 4, 2021

Most comfortable underwear ever

I have loads of gear from Patagonia and other brands. To be honest, my favorite item is their underwear. It is a game changer!

October 26, 2021

Exceptionally Comfortable

Really Comfy, well fitting boxer briefs. I switch between the patagonia essentials and the arteryx merinos, and find that these are as warm as a premium merino boxer. the legs do well to stay in place and not ride up while im active or riding my bike to commute.

October 17, 2021

Super Comfortable but not very long lasting

Purchased a few pairs of these on sale about 4 months back. The fabric is super comfortable and light although it doesn't seem to be too durable. After regular use, a few pairs have already developed holes in the fabric.

Response from Patagonia
October 21, 2021

Hey Nate, thank you for the review on the Essential Boxers, we're sorry to hear about the holes. What you're describing would be considered a warranty issue, we've emailed you with more information to see if you'd like to return.

September 28, 2021


Bought a pair in California and when I got home from that vacation I bought 3 more pair online. Im throwing out the others. Soft comfy no tugging Im impressed. Just pricey

September 27, 2021

Best fitting underwear!

I've bought several of these for my husband--they are his favorite underwear. They are super soft, breathe well, and slim-fitting without being tight. The 3" length is perfect under shorts and outdoor pants. Great quality. Highly recommend these!

September 25, 2021

Excellent fit, not bulky, extremely comfortable ...

The fit is excellent. They are not binding, but provide support and room where needed. They are extremely comfortable. They are ideal to wear with stand up shorts, as well as long pants or suits. The cloth feels good next to the skin. I like the colors and designs -- the wilder the better.

September 21, 2021

Exceptionally Comfortable

Really loving these new Patagonia Essential Boxers. I have been trying different brands seeking a new go-to pair and have loved the quality and fit of these so far. They don't ride up on bike commutes and stay comfortably in place all day long. 10 outta 10 would / will buy more.

September 20, 2021

Didn't hold up

Here's the email I sent to Patagonia when every pair I bought failed. To Patagonia's credit, they made it right. They also asked me to post a review, so here it is. --- Dear Patagonia, I write to you with a sad tale of underpants. Some time around 2015 you made what I consider to be the perfect pair of underpants, the Capilene Daily B... Read Moreoxer Briefs, Mens if I read my REI purchase history correctly. Style 32477 Fall 15. I bought several pairs of these and if you had kept making them, I would gladly keep buying them until the end of my days. Eventually my older, lesser pairs of underpants began to wear out and I said to myself, self I said, imma buy some more of those awesome STY32477 Patagonia boxer briefs, because they may be pricy, but they are the shiz. To my sorrow, I found that you had stopped making them. But OK, fine, said I. Patagonia makes good stuff, I trust them. I shall buy whatever it is that replaced my beloved STY32477FA15 in their product line. So, I took myself to REI and I bought five pairs of Essential Boxer Briefs, Mens, STY32555. This was in 2019. Fast forward to the spring of 2021. To make a long story short, every single one of those pairs of STY32555 failed in exactly the same way the waistband tore away from the briefs, on the right hand side above my hipbone. My older STY32477 from 2015 are still going strong, theyre like new! But every single pair of their STY32555 brethren has failed ignominiously. The first couple pairs I threw away, before I realized over the course of a couple months that this was a trend, not a fluke. Ive saved the last three pairs to fail, in case you want to do an autopsy. So now I have finally made the time to write to you about it. I dont know what your warranty policy is on underpants one doesnt expect them to last forever. Still, I hope you will agree that something is wrong here, considering the coordinated failure of these bad boys and the fact that their older brethren are still fine. Im not sure what remedy to propose, since I imagine you will not be interested in restarting production of STY32477 (although I encourage you do to so, did I mention that they were the perfect underpants?). Thanks for reading, John

Response from Patagonia
September 30, 2021

Hi John! Thank you for providing feedback on these. We've looped in the design team.

September 3, 2021

nice underwear


August 24, 2021

High Quality Underwear

Just good underwear. Good longevity so far for the 3in boxer brief. Had the 6in and there was wear pretty quickly in the crotch. Absolutely love these. Came back for more.

August 24, 2021

Kind of flimsy

There isnt much elastic in the legs so they tend to ride up. The fabric feels kind of cheap, disappointing for such expensive underwear. I was surprised after seeing all the glowing reviews.

Response from Patagonia
August 30, 2021

We're so sorry that you don't love the fit and fabric of your new underwear. Please feel free to send them back for a warranty return.

July 21, 2021

Perfect All-around

Really pleased with this underlayer short: fabric feels like soft cotton, perfect leg length, and great to have a fly designed in.

July 21, 2021

Great fit

Comfortable and easy to wear all day long, great for daily use in a variety of activities.

July 13, 2021

Best boxer on the planet?

I think these are the best boxers on the planet. I can do anything in them without getting in a bind. I've worn them for years and know they will last, which is why I keep buying more after I do finally wear them out.

June 30, 2021

Perfect everyday underwear

I'm 5'11", 155 lbs, 30" inseam, 31" waist patagonia pant and 30"-31" waist for other brands, but wear my pants on my hips, not at my waist. Thigh diameter 20". I could probably wear small or medium but I just got a couple pair of the Men's Essential 3" in small. The fit is great for my current body.... Read More By that I mean I'm not doing much cycling right now. If I was, I might upsize to a medium since the legs would probably be a tad too tight.

June 30, 2021

Absolutely Terrible Huge Hole After A Few Months

Well I have been purchasing these boxers over the years in the same style as Patagonia has updated the design to make these worse and worse over time. I wont go into all the negative things Patagonia did to these underwear but this version is the worst yet. The material is now much more fragile and ripped in the crotch area so so easily its unreal.... Read More There is a massive hole in the crotch area after just three months. They used to last for years and years and years. Honestly dont buy the navy blue as they will just rip on you. They are not worth the price anymore. Its such a bummer because they used to be the only underwear I would wear.

Response from Patagonia
July 7, 2021

Thank you for this valuable detailed feedback! We're very sorry to hear about the lack of durability, especially in comparison to your previous product experience. Please reach out to our Customer Service team for a return under our Ironclad Guarantee. We'll be happy to [help](!

June 30, 2021

wish they were a tad shorter

love them, but wish they were maybe 1/2-1 inch shorter. otherwise, they're great.

June 23, 2021

Very comfortable

Size and fit is great, comfort is excellent. These are now my favorites.

May 21, 2021

Comfortable, but durability issues

Could be the most comfortable boxer briefs I've ever worn/purchased. The only issue is the durability, where holes and tears appear after 1-3 uses. The most recent pair I purchased had a tear after only 1 use and I'm unsure about repair or return since they're underwear.

Response from Patagonia
May 21, 2021

We're sorry to hear about the untimely wear and tear of your Men's Essential Boxer Briefs, Patrick. You're welcome to return these under our Ironclad Guarantee, just be sure to launder all garments before sending them back. If you need any assistance with your [return]( just reach out to our Customer Service team.

May 9, 2021

Tighter fit than last version

I bought several pairs of the 3' Essential Boxer briefs a fews years back and am still wearing them--they were the perfect fit. The new ones I bought to replace the 2-yr old boxer briefs run smaller and tighter than the original so they are not at comfortable. I would not buy these again. My weight or waist size has not changed so I feel the b... Read Moreoxes briefs are slightly different rather than caused by my size changing. Right now I am wearing the old ones more as they are more comfortable.

May 8, 2021

Unfortunate New Material?

Okay, Ill start by saying I hate to give these a 2 star review because I own seven pairs and have worn them for two years with nothing but great things to say about them: theyre extremely comfortable, they keep their shape very well, they look and feel very premium, and after two years of washing and tumble drying, they still look practically new. ... Read MoreI would have worn these for the rest of my life. However, I recently bought three more pairs because my size and color finally came back in stock, and something has definitely changed. Theyre still very comfortable, but unfortunately after only two washes, they look absolutely horrible: extremely pilly and faded. Im scared to see how theyll look even a month from now. Now, this may sound silly, but if you had experienced how perfect they were before, you'd also be terribly disappointed. And yes, I bought these with a Pro account, but I would be far more disappointed if I paid full price for even a single pair of these and after two washes they looked like a year old pair of cheap cotton underwear. Im uncertain if its just the black color, or if the batch I got was a fluke, or if every pair will look like this, but Patagonia, please, please, please return these to their former glory.

May 6, 2021

Best Brief Ever

Love these briefs. There is quite a difference in size between the small and medium - I like some of each. They are breathable, durable and comfortable. What more can you ask for?

April 29, 2021

Built to Last

Very soft and confident that they will hold up well.

April 27, 2021

Comfy Fit

Great briefs, I have multiple pairs. Wonderful for and comfortable fit. Good length and do not slide up.

April 27, 2021

Best in the biz

These are a dream come true. The anti roll waistband is legitimate. The butt doesnt stretch and sag throughout wear time. The leg hem is a wonderful detail; robust enough to mitigate some of the natural rising up/bunching. Havent had long enough to speak to the quality of its longevity. But Im really hoping these will last a long long time. Thats t... Read Morehe most important thing to me; to find the toughest of undies. Ive tried probably over half of the other top ten mens boxer brief brand options in the US. Their claims are just unsubstantiated marketing. Finally went back after a decade and tried Patagonias option. Doesnt disappoint! Hopefully stocks remain stable so I can get more.

April 25, 2021


just wish they had a xs, but still awesome.

April 25, 2021

Incredible boxer briefs ruined by tag.

These are probably the best boxer briefs Ive ever worn, but I cant wear them because of the tag. Other companies print the information on the fabric or make tags that are easily ripped off. You cant even remove these tags with a seam ripper because they are sewed into a main seam. Tried cutting the tags down but youre left with a sharp stubble of t... Read Moreag that scratches your skin. Please fix the tag issue. Just make them so we can rip them off, and print the care instructions on the product page online so people can reference the information if they need to.

April 22, 2021

Best Brief Ever

These are amazing underwear. I wear them every day... super soft, breathable, stay in place, and have cute patterns and basic solids to choose from. I have some in small and others in medium - I like the variety depending on the fit of the clothing I'm wearing over them. Also, as a woman wearing them I appreciate that the pouch isn't too... Read More big...

April 22, 2021

Great pair of drawers!

I have always liked Patagonia underwear, and these are no different. Great material. Solid waistband. What else could you ask for?

April 13, 2021

Light, soft, and great fit!

Soft, light, and a great fit! Very breathable, and have a fly. I've only had them for a few weeks, so we'll see how they last, but very happy with them so far!

March 31, 2021

It's the best underwear I have ever owned

What more can I say than the title? Love these briefs. I hope Patagonia comes up with some more graphics.

March 31, 2021

super soft

initial thoughts when putting them on was nice fit, not too tight not loose, and super soft. However these boxer briefs will ride up at times.

March 27, 2021

comfortable and stylish

comfortable fabric and nice classic pattern - recommend

March 23, 2021

max comfort

This is the only underwear I have worn since they came out a few years ago. I always buy when new colors come out, so please keep adding new designs and I will keep buying. Great product!!!

March 20, 2021

Very comfortable

Very comfortable, absolutely perfect

March 16, 2021

Perfect everyday boxer briefs

I bought these originally for wearing under running tights. They don't work for that purpose. At all. However, they work just fine as everyday underwear. I'm typically a medium in most Patagonia gear, but I sized up for these thinking they'd be a bit too snug. As is they're juuuust a tad roomy. Not noticeable everyday, problemat... Read Moreic running. I also bought a 6" inseam pair and would recommend these over the 6", but that's just my personal taste. The 6" feels much longer than that for some reason. These are perfect.

March 16, 2021

Super comfortable

Love these. Great fit, great material, expensive, but worth it.

February 28, 2021

Great undies

Best undies i own, perfect length, no bunch, super soft, 2 year thick thigh durable.

February 9, 2021

So soft

I bought my first pair because it was on sale, and OMG, it was the best decision I made. Now I won't buy any other brand.

November 8, 2020

Unreal how comfortable they are

These are by far the most comfortable underwear Ive owned. Nice and soft, stay in place and breathe on warm or active days.

November 1, 2020

Bad quality

I've had these for just over a year and they are falling apart. Super expensive for such poor quality.

Response from Patagonia
December 8, 2020

Hi Matthew, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the boxers haven't held up very well over the last year. We definitely expect these boxers to be much more durable. With that said, you're welcome to [return]( them under warranty.

September 23, 2020

Very Good

I like that this underware is not made out of Capilene, which usually requires some sort of oder control. I prefer less additives on clothing. The TENCEL lyocell material is soft and comfortable. Lyocell is a great fabric and a favorite in the garment industry. The design of this product is well thought out and constructed.

September 4, 2020

Super underwear!

Underwear for my68 husband . He loves them and the prints are fun!

September 3, 2020

Comfortable Briefs

Fit well and are very comfortable.

August 5, 2020

I have switched to men's undies!

I am a 60 year old woman who finally got fed up with tight, itchy women's underwear. My husband wears Patagonia boxers and I have been eyeing them for awhile as an alternative to what I have been wearing. Bought my first pair a week ago and was instantly in Heaven. I am 5"2, 100 pounds with an athletic build and these fit me a bit like co... Read Morempression shorts, but not tight. I immediately bought 3 more pair and intend to buy all Patagonia's inventory. I highly recommend these gems to women. Love, Mrs. Carter Faber P.S. Both me and hubby are 30 year customers!

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