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Old February 25 2013, 12:15 AM   #16
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I easily spend hundreds of dollars every year
You might consider purchasing some silk knit underwear, the up front cost is more, but they last a lot longer.

And wash them in the sink (or a bucket) with cold water and some woolite.

Regular detergent (owing to their thin material) is murder on underwear.

Woolite, for all your delicates.

It's elastic. It doesn't shrink, it stretches out and loses it's elasticity.

When I was growing up, there was either boxers or tighty-whiteys. No one complained about their underwear, or even cared what it was. I have 10 year old Hanes and Fruit of the Looms that are still perfectly wearable.

Patrick Warburton's character on Rules of Engagement said, "When I play softball I wear tighty-whiteys. When I run in boxers it feels like they're shooting dice down there." Or something like that.

It's not the skivvies, it's you. So suck it up, sailor. Being uncomfortable is part of manhood. It's a rite of passage.
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Old February 25 2013, 12:40 AM   #17
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My dad seems to have good luck with your average Hanes. The white kind that goes in a hot wash and low tumble dry.
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Old February 25 2013, 12:42 AM   #18
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I get Hanes boxer briefs. Never had a problem.
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Old February 25 2013, 02:08 AM   #19
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Re: The Underwear Conundrum

Don't wash underwear in hot water. It's totally unnecessary. There are detergents that will work fine in warm or cold water to get underwear clean.

Don't run underwear in a drier on HIGH. That seriously shortens their lifespan, shrinks the heck out of them and blasts the cotton fibers to leave the material thin (and your lint screen rather thick).

For my good quality cotton t-shirts and underwear, I run them in the drier on medium, and also take them out a little early if they're mostly dry. Better to let the slight dampness dry naturally. Another trick is to run the spin cycle one more time, letting centrifugal force help wring out a little more moisture. Also, with any expensive t-shirts or underwear that you've bought (once in a while it's nice to treat yourself to top quality materials), run them in the drier for about 15 minutes then take them out to hang dry.

Using these methods, I have underwear that has been able to last nearly 10 years before showing holes. I have a couple of t-shirts that have survived even longer.

As for brands, I prefer Calvin Klein (they use very good quality cotton) and 2(x)ist. I usually buy 3-packs, but sometimes select solo pieces when on sale. Also, there are some cotton/lycra blends now that make for a great fit and excellent comfort, without binding. Sometimes you can find great deals at TJMaxx.
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Old February 25 2013, 06:31 AM   #20
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Re: The Underwear Conundrum

I agree with Gary7, it is the DRYER set too HIGH that causes shrinkage, as much as, washing in hot water.

I took Michael Jordan's advice and tried Hanes ComfortFit boxers. The waistband is covered with material, so the waistband does not come in direct contact your body. This may help your situation.
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Old February 25 2013, 08:06 PM   #21
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Incidentally, The Underwear Conundrum = the worst Jason Bourne spin-off flick ever.
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Old February 25 2013, 08:31 PM   #22
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I get Hanes boxer briefs. Never had a problem.
Same and same...
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Old February 25 2013, 11:02 PM   #23
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My dad seems to have good luck with your average Hanes. The white kind that goes in a hot wash and low tumble dry.
There's something very "serial killer" about this statement.
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Old February 25 2013, 11:51 PM   #24
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2xist is a great brand.

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Old February 26 2013, 03:01 AM   #25
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It's elastic. It doesn't shrink, it stretches out and loses it's elasticity.
All right, then. The above brands of Calvin Klein tend to keep their elasticity.
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Old February 26 2013, 07:42 AM   #26
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2xist is a great brand.

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I'd never heard of them so I googled out of curiosity. Then got very distracted at the image search.
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Old February 26 2013, 08:12 AM   #27
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Fun thread. . I did buy a couple of CK trunks that had sort of spandex material, but I washed and dried in high temp, so now they're hugging me just a bit too tight.
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Old February 26 2013, 09:36 AM   #28
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2xist is a great brand.

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I'd never heard of them so I googled out of curiosity. Then got very distracted at the image search.
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