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September 25, 2023

Fits great

Awesome fit and comfort.

September 20, 2023

The Good Stuff

When I am getting dressed in the morning and I pop open my underwear drawer and see the Essential Boxers sitting there, I know its gonna be a good day. Simply put, these are the best boxers I have ever owned. They are very comfortable and they breath well.

September 12, 2023


Ordered four pairs the last year and they are fading quickly and causing chafe. Will be returning. Very dissapointing.

September 10, 2023

Supper soft

Most comfy unders Ive ever had

September 7, 2023

Where are you in life’s journey

If you are at a point in life where the appearance of your underwear and how it profiles your wedding kit is of negligible importance compared to comfort and feel, you have arrived at the essential boxer moment.

September 5, 2023

Essential boxers

This fabric takes at least twice as long to dry compared to my older ones. I hang dry and these will last a long time , are comfortable and fit well

September 4, 2023

Damn comfy!!

I've been wearing this style of boxers for 25 years and keep buying the same style when they wear out ... which has been about 15 years for each pair ... and make no mistake; I wear underwear (almost) all the time! A great product.

August 31, 2023

Fits perfect.

Boxers fit perfect and feel fantastic.

August 24, 2023

Damn comfy!!

So, I've been wearing the "Essential Boxers" for over 20 years ... and these new pairs are replacing their elders that have been worn & worn & repaired & worn a long time. I've tried "other brands" but they're all lame and I'm hoping that these pairs will get me into my 80s??!!!

August 24, 2023

Strong chemical smell.

I am a Patagonia shoppohollic but can never support their underwear for men. They dont dry fast. Sometimes more than 24 hours. However, my worst experience is one of these underwears that I bought in the beginning of the year. It has a string chemical stink. I thought the smell might go after washing it. However, I have washed the thing several tim... Read Morees but the smell is not gone. I dont even know if it is safe. So much for environmental correctness.

Response from Patagonia
August 30, 2023

Hello Ahmad, thank you for your review. We're very sorry to hear of this chemical smell you're experiencing. We've reached out privately to set you up with a warranty evaluation. If you run into any issues in the future, please connect with [customer service](*4wx8ld*_ga*NjQ4MDAzMDY0LjE2ODI5NTAxOTA.*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY5MzQwMDE3OS4yNzMuMS4xNjkzNDAzNTE5LjYwLjAuMA..) and we'd be happy to help.

August 22, 2023

Not the old version

I bought the original essential boxers years ago and they have held up extremely well. The only risk is the waste band losing elasticity, particularly if using a dryer. The new ones I just purchased seem to run tighter, be made of thinner, more cotton like material and imo likely arent made to last. Like many products made these days, the goal is t... Read Moreo reduce cost at the sacrifice of quality. Same appears true here but time will tell. I will have to update after washing and wearing for a while.

Response from Patagonia
August 24, 2023

We appreciate you sharing your feedback on fit, and fabric. These boxers have a regular fit design, and use a fabric blend that is 5.8-oz 95% TENCEL™ lyocell/5% spandex jersey. For [product care](, we recommend machine wash in cool water with like items, mild detergent, no bleach and no fabric softener. They'll last longer if you hang or lay flat to dry, but a tumble dry on low heat will work too. Please reach out to our Customer Service team if you have any questions or concerns. We'll be glad to help!

August 16, 2023

Not the same

Bought a few of these on sale and disappointed in the overall quality and likely durability. Like many things they are not what they used to be. Own several pairs that have lasted years but they are made of a thicker material that has a much smoother feel. Not sure I would buy these again and certainly not at full retail. Bring the old ones back pl... Read Moreease.

August 9, 2023

Bring back the capilene boxers

The predecessors to these boxers were made of silkweight capilene and they were my all-time favorites. So comfortable and durable. These? They're not bad. Prone to ride up but otherwise fine for daily use. Too soggy to wear exercising. Ive had none of the fabric durability problems others have had. The waistband may even prove more durable th... Read Morean prior versions (always how they failed first, even hang-dried), though I hate the loud branding. On balance, after a couple years use Ive realized I actually prefer REIs which happen to be a lot cheaper. Patagonia, please bring back silkweight capilene boxers.

August 7, 2023

great boxers, but those tags

The clothing tags are roughly two inches long and made of a paper-like material that is uncomfortable. Since they are right on the waistband I have to cut them off with care not to damage the fabric. Other Patagonia labels use a silk-like product which works better.

August 2, 2023

LOVE the material but not at all durable.

I love these boxers and hate to move away from them but as cozy as the material is, it rips, and wears through extremely easily. I wear a pair of these everyday and would bet a new pair only makes it only a dozen days before they wear through. Love them but for a Patagonia product, they should certainly hold up much longer.

Response from Patagonia
August 4, 2023

Thanks for the review, Tanner. We're sorry to hear that these boxers are not holding up well. We'd be happy to review them under warranty if you'd like to send them in. To begin that process, give the boxers a good wash and [click here]( when you're ready to generate a return label. You're also welcome to return in store if you live near one of our retail locations.

August 1, 2023

different material

I really liked the older version of the boxers when they were made out of the thinner Capolino type of material.

July 31, 2023

Super comfortable

Most comfortable under wear I have ever worn. I don't even know it is there.

July 30, 2023

My daily wear

I wear Essential Boxers everyday. Comfortable waistband and cool material. Still, I preferred the older ones that used Capilene rather than newer Tencel. My Capilene boxers dry twice as fast as the Tencel ones. Important if you like to travel light, and are dependent on washing clothes at night in the sink, hoping that they are dry in the morning.

July 28, 2023

My BFs Fav Boxers

My bf had one pair of these that he would save for comfy days so I just got him a bunch so he can be comfy all the time!!!! They are his FAV! So worth it

July 23, 2023

Great value and comfort.

Best underwear I have ever bought, its not customary for me to spend $35 dollars for a single pair of underwear, but after buying a single pair a few months ago, I knew I needed to buy more, they are well worth the money and then some!

July 19, 2023

Great at first, then they fell apart

Liked the fell and fit so well that I ordered two more pairs. Then after a month or two they all started to fall apart. Started at the bottom hem, then the crotch area disintegrated.

July 16, 2023

Smell gross even after wash

Used to really like these boxers. Now they smell strongly like a latex no matter how many times you wash them. Patagonia quality goes down every year. More recycled materials and lower quality.

Response from Patagonia
July 18, 2023

Thank you so much for writing this review, Tyler! We are very sorry to hear about the smell you are encountering with these boxers. If you'd like, you can attempt to wash your items with a small amount of white vinegar and light detergent. This should help with any lingering smells these boxers may have. If this still does not work, please know you are more than welcome to [return]( them at any time.

July 10, 2023

Disintegrate within a year.

After nearly a decade of the old Capaline Boxers I gave the new boxers a try after a short stint with another brand that advertises as "Travel Boxers". Extremely disappointed with this purchase. I picked up 5 new pairs and I can say that within a year all pairs have worn out with huge holes. I guarantee it is not what I eat. For a company... Read More that has you questioning every new purchase to see if it will hold up, this is not one. Better off buying 10 pairs of cheap off brands.

Response from Patagonia
July 13, 2023

Hello Kyle, thank you for your review. We're incredibly sorry to hear of your disappointment in the performance of these boxers. There is a plan to update the fabric in future seasons. We've reached out privately to provide further assistance. Please note that all of our items are backed by our [Ironclad Guarantee](, including our underwear. If you come across any other issues like this in the future, please connect with customer service and we'd be happy to help.

July 1, 2023

Good fit, very comfy

Good fit, very comfy

June 28, 2023

Ms essential boxers xl

Brilliant I am 5.9ft tall and 16 stone These are by far the best boxers I have ever bought, they are not to warm and feel some comfortable on. They are expensive but you get what you pay for, I would like to see a button on the front opening but that's something I can get done myself. 5 stars and I will definitely buy again.

June 25, 2023


I don't typically write reviews, but after this many years I have felt compelled to say something . I have been a loyal Patagonia customer for over 30 years. I have been paying more for the same products because I believe in the company and have always really liked the products. That is until it comes to underwear. I was always a brief guy unt... Read Moreil I found silk boxers and wore them for a short while but they lacked durability. Then I found Capilene boxers when I started buying Capilene underwear while skiing and fell in love with that material. I still have every piece of Capilene underclothing I ever owned and they are still being used on a daily basis. For years, I would even buy Capilene boxers for friends as Christmas presents which ultimately resulted in them purchasing more Capilene boxers for themselves. When the Capilene was no available, I purchased your next iteration (which also went the way of the dinosaur), and now most recently the Essential, with Tencel, which my wife bought for me. It reminds me of Cotton boxers I bought from Sams Club. They are soft, but they ride up, bunch up with activity, hold moisture, and lack durability. Pairs are already coming apart at seams, and the legs seem to be a bit large. I am sure that had I not had the Capilene boxers to compare them to, I would like them better, but the whole thing is just a huge disappointment. How can a company throw away a product that became the industry gold standard? I have never heard of anyone who didn't like the Capilene boxers, and yet they were discontinued and Patagonia has been struggling to find a suitable replacement since. The Capilene material is soft, wicking, does not hold odors, does not bunch up, it is durable, and has the feel of silk without the short shelf life. Sadly, after many many years as a loyal customer, I am beginning to look elsewhere for both boxers and thermals for skiing. It just makes me very sad. When it is all said and done, ALL companies must be profitable to survive, why would you leave your best horse in the stall on race day? Please bring back Capilene boxers, and the lighter weight thermal underwear.

Response from Patagonia
June 27, 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review Michael and we are very sorry that we no longer carry the product you adore so much. Please rest assured that we will be passing this feedback along to our Product Design Team so they are aware of the want/need for these previous under garments to return. In the meantime, please feel free to [return]( your damaged boxers at any time as your satisfaction is always guaranteed.

June 19, 2023

A new favorite

Fits and feels great

June 18, 2023


These boxers are ok, but the leg part is a little loose for my taste. Could fit a bit tighter on the leg.

June 12, 2023

Great but not what they used to be...

I have been buying Patagonia boxers for over a decade now. I have several pairs of the old boxers with the capilene material they still use to make their shirts. Those pairs have held up and I still have multiple that are in great condition. That boxer type is the greatest pair of boxers ever made - they were soft and wicking never bunched, held ... Read Moreup on hikes, didn't ride up or bunch. Then the senders came and while they weren't great they weren't bad. The material was still soft and wicking but it pills and deteriorates a little faster. Now we have the Essential Boxers and they're the worst of the last decade. I swear up and down they don't wick as well, they bunch up, and they get uncomfortable in the field. I can't recommend these in good conscience and I can't continue to purchase this category from Patagonia while they insist on ruining this product with worse and worse iterations when they had the greatest one ever made from already figured out. Add insult to injury they still offer capilene in the baselayer category as leggings so it's not like they don't have the supply chain and manufacturing in place to produce them.

Response from Patagonia
June 16, 2023

We very much appreciate your detailed and thoughtful review, as it's valuable to our product design team. Thank you for taking the time to send it to us. We hope you'll check back with us in the future for any improvements!

June 12, 2023


I can't speak to the various qualities I look for yet. I travel a lot and value things that can be handwashed and dry by morning nor can I speak to the comfort in tropical countries where I work. So far though it is good quality and comfortable though quite expensive

June 6, 2023

Only boxers you'll ever need

Comfortable, soft, nice fit. Feels great.

June 1, 2023


These boxers are ok except the waistband rolls and becomes uncomfortable. Bring back the sender boxers.

Response from Patagonia
June 2, 2023

Hey Warren, thanks for the review. We're sorry to hear that these boxers have been uncomfortable. Please give them a good wash and feel free to begin a return. We may not have the Sender Boxers anymore but we do have a boxer brief version which you can check out [here](

May 15, 2023

Best and Most Soft Boxers Ever

Incredibly soft, comfortable, and stretchy. Super loose too. Wedgies happen but not as punishing as other boxers. They do ride up during hikes and climbing, so I occasionally have to re-adjust them. Especially if you have tighter pants, they can ride up and get stuck. For me, this is the boxer experience and I don't mind. Prefer them over brie... Read Morefs just due to personal preference. Replaced all boxers I had with these. I tried other brands which were nice but nowhere as soft.

May 2, 2023


Very comfortable and chill, soft nice to wear.Glad I got them...

April 22, 2023

Comfortable quality

Comfortable, quality

April 16, 2023

Softer but not durable

I have several pairs of the old boxers with the shiny capilene material and those lasted 8 years and still going strong. This new material will not last more than a year! It feels softer but thats about it. It does not wick moisture better than the old material neither. Also I wish Patagonia can offer a real explanation for the material deficienc... Read Morey instead of just telling everyone to return it under warranty. You are supposed to be environmentally friendly, and wasting resources on shipping back and forth doesnt cut it.

April 11, 2023



March 21, 2023

not very durable

I have several pairs of these new boxers made with Tencel. Each of them has holes worn in the front of the thigh after less than a year of wear. I have several pairs of Capilene boxers that have survived more than 15 years of use. Pleaes bring back the Capilene boxers!

Response from Patagonia
March 23, 2023

We appreciate this feedback, Elliott; thank you for helping other customers and our product designers in improving our gear. We're very sorry these boxers didn't hold up as they should have, and of course you're welcome to [return]( them under our warranty.

March 17, 2023

Nice but Not Senders

I checked back into the website when I got the email about new wicking socks and underwear. Was hoping for the Sender boxers which are the best and I own multiple pairs. I tried one pair of the new ones and they are not really breathable so they become hot. My pair fell apart within 6 months. Love Patagonia but maybe something can be done to bring ... Read Moreback the other version.

Response from Patagonia
March 21, 2023

Thanks for the review, Dan. We're sorry to hear that these boxers fell apart so quickly. Believe it or not, even our underwear are covered by warranty, so we suggest giving them a good wash and sending them in for an evaluation. You're also welcome to do this in store if you'd rather not wait. As for the Senders, we no longer have the boxers available but we do have the Boxer Briefs which you can check out [here](

March 17, 2023

Comfortable but not durable

While these fit great and are super comfy, they are extremely disappointing from a durability perspective. All have worn through above the leg seam in less that 2 months or roughly 12 days of use. I would definitely not purchase these again. Ive got capilene boxers that are 10+ yrs old that are in better shape and show less wear after 100+ days of ... Read Moreuse each. As with most everything, they don't make em like they used to.

Response from Patagonia
March 21, 2023

Thank you for this feedback, JD. We're sorry to hear these boxers haven't held up for you as they should! You are welcome to [return]( them under our warranty.

March 12, 2023

Too heavy

The material is soft but too heavy for me. I love the Sender boxers but they are gone from the website. These dont work for me. I will have to search for boxers elsewhere unless they bring back the Senders.

Response from Patagonia
March 15, 2023

Hi Javier! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disapointment with the material. We truly appreciate your feedback and we'll share this with our design team. Please note, your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

March 4, 2023

Bring back the old Capilene boxers!

Why mess with perfection. I purchased a pair again as slowly running out of my old boxers made from capilene. These are an extremely poor substitute. Whereas the old ones were comfortable, breathed well an could hardly wear out (have some at least 20 years old) , the new ones don't fit as well, bunch up and just darn hot. I would pay extra mon... Read Moreey for capilene boxers of old. I would bet I am not alone.

Response from Patagonia
March 9, 2023

Hi Randall, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Our Design Team will take your feedback into consideration. In the meantime, please feel free to begin a [return]( if you're uncomfortable with your gear.

February 28, 2023

Super soft and comfy!

Bought these for my husband and he absolutely loves them! Not too riding up and comfortable! Score!

February 25, 2023

Extremely comfortable, doesn't last though

These are the most comfortable boxers I own and I wanted to love them but unfortunately the material just doesn't last. I have 7 pairs and every single one starts to tear before 1 year of ownership. Its always the same spot, right beneath the waist band. You can see the material start to thin out after about 6 months and then a few months late... Read Morer a tear will inevitably develop. On my last order, the same three pairs all literally tore within a couple weeks of each other. I tried summing it up to highly worn item use, but I have other pairs of boxers that Ive owned for 7 years that were 1/4 the price and theyre still in great condition. I still rice them 3 stars due to how comfortable they are but sadly Ill probably be looking for a new favorite boxer.

Response from Patagonia
March 2, 2023

Thank you for this feedback on the durability of these boxers, Ben; we will share your experience with our design team. We're sorry these haven't held up for you! Please also keep in mind you are welcome to [return]( anything that isn't living up to the standards you or we would expect.

February 18, 2023


Felt very comfortable on the body. Only problem with one was the threads were coming off. Don't know how long it will last.

Response from Patagonia
February 24, 2023

Hi Hitesh! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're sorry to hear that some threads are coming undone. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

February 15, 2023

New boxers are great. I

New boxers are great. I like the cut, not to snug,not to loose. The fabric feels great, and the prints are cool.

February 11, 2023

Good boxers

They feel great. The only downside is the very long, multiple tags on the waistband.

February 10, 2023

Ive been looking for a

Ive been looking for a mens boxer with a perfect fit and these are them. They have just enough fabric, too much causes the fabric to scrunch up and too little would make them too tight. Ended buying 6 pair!

February 9, 2023

Breathable Comfort

The elastic waistband is an improvement over previous versions of this boxer.

February 9, 2023

Fly gaps open

Longevity and comfort of all previous #45093 Silk weight boxers is legendary. From comfortable elastic waist band to moisture absorbing fabric to non bunching fabric, what else could a guy ask for? Today's name is 'Essential Boxers' #32550, and that's about as accurate as a label could be. After all the years of sewing and craft... Read Moreing and designing these gems by one of the premier clothing companies in the world why does this latest style offer a slightly longer and appreciated leg but also have an ever so slightly shorter and smaller fly opening with an unexpected gapping fly? Hopefully its just me.

February 8, 2023

Most comfortable ever️️

Im a boxer guy .started wearing them four years ago.. now have 10 pairs

February 8, 2023

Starting with the fundamentals

I couldn't be happier with these boxers. They are soft and comfortable yet still retain the same great wicking qualities and durable waistband that make they so coveted.

February 2, 2023

Almost 70 years of age, and... very first Boxers experience... I know, hard to believe, but I have been in briefs my entire life! My youngest daughter told me to stop tucking shirts a few years ago, and I did so successfully . Recently she suggested the Patagonia Boxers since I have worn Patagonia since before she was born. So... I'm 5'11"and honestly 175 lb... Read Mores., but I have a 38" waist. I really appreciate the comfort of the lightweight material... Very minor chirps from me, but the legs' circumferences could be a bit tighter and the waistband could be very slightly larger... for me. I expect a size smaller or larger would not work at all... for me. For younger guys, I am sure the Boxers would be excellent.... especially if those younger guys prefer Boxers anyway!

Response from Patagonia
February 10, 2023

We really appreciate your thoughtful and detailed feedback. Thanks for taking the time to send us a review, JC!

January 30, 2023


Soft and roomy. I bought 6 pairs!

January 29, 2023

Best Boxers Around

Gentlemen, these are the best boxers you will ever own. Worth the price.

January 25, 2023

Roomy, comfortable and soft

These are super-soft, spacious, classic boxers. Lightweight/fast drying, so good for travel. I am slender, and the waist/M, fits just right. I have a number of pairs of Patagonia classic boxers, and they hold up well through wear and washings. I recommend this product.

January 24, 2023

Insanely comfy, not the most durable

I love these underwear. They are super soft and don't bunch up like most boxers do for me. The material is so light and breathable while still being incredibly soft. The only downside is the durability, the light material doesn't quite hold up to everyday use as I would hope. The seams at the leg openings quickly ripped from tucking them... Read More in, and now most of my pairs have holes at the leg openings. My oldest pair, which I had for around two years, have completely fallen apart. There are holes on every bit of them. They still hold up better than any pair of cheap cotton boxers I've had, but increasing the durability would really make these perfect.

January 24, 2023

They Are Quite Good

I would say they are halfway between traditional cotton boxers and boxer briefs, but they are quite good!

January 23, 2023


The lyocell fabric is soft, super breathable and lightweight, and the fit of the boxers is loose and comfortable. According to the care tag, the boxers should not be washed above 30°C, which is below recommended temperatures for underwear.

January 19, 2023

Not durable

The boxers are soft but fit a little big. Unfortunately it seems like the boxers can not be both soft and durable. Each pair I have now have holes in them after only a few months. The comfort is nice but the lack of durability makes them not worth the money.

Response from Patagonia
January 27, 2023

Thank you so much for providing this feedback, it really helps us! We also want to extend our sincere apologies for all of the trouble you've had with these boxers. Please rest assured that we will be passing along this feedback to our Product Designers so they can look into making adjustments. In the meantime, please feel free to start your [return]( so we can help get you into replacements.

January 17, 2023

Most comfortable

These boxer briefs are the most comfortable underwear I've ever owned. Great for hiking and everyday use.

January 15, 2023

Comfortable but not Capilene

Echoing what others have said, these are comfy and true to size, but lack the durability and utility of Capilene. They don't air dry, so you can't use them for conditions where you will sweat. You likely need to put them in the dryer if you want to wear them within 24 hours of washing. And they aren't as durable as Capilene; they are... Read More wearing through after a few years whereas my Capilene boxers have lasted for over a decade. Hope the older fabric returns.

January 15, 2023

Best Hybrid Underwear I've Found

I've been a boxer guy all my life and have resisted the cultural move to briefs. I just find briefs too tight, constricting, and too warm. At the same time, most boxers don't flex well or pack well for travel. My hunt is over. These Patagonia Essential Boxers have a boxers feel with the benefits of a brief. They give the freedom to move, ... Read Moreproper cooling, and pack down tight for travel. All while being buttery comfortable. I've bought several pairs and they'll be my go-to for many years to come.

January 11, 2023

Please bring back the old capilene boxers

I have about 10 pairs of capilene boxers that I purchased around 2002 and I wear them every single day. Were talking about over 700 days per pair and they are still kicking..but barely. Im looking for my next round to wear for another 20 years. But unfortunately the fabric on these just doesnt feel like its going to cut it. Please bring back the ol... Read Mored fabric and style. Ill pay whatever you ask for another 10 pairs

January 8, 2023

Worth the $$$$

Started these 12 yrs ago as my husband was traveling with work and these were designed for travel! He still has the original ones from that first purchase! They have held up well and he loves the style and fit! Thanks for a great staple !

January 7, 2023

Super Soft

Best boxers I've ever had.

January 5, 2023

Mens Essential Boxers

We cannot say enough about these underwear. 12 years ago I bought my husband four pair and that is all he has worn since so when he was asked what he wanted for Christmas he said my Patagonia underwear, we told him they were all sold out and we surprised him with 12 new pairs. He opened his package and literally cried. That is how much he loves the... Read Morese underwear. The Quality is amazing. Ive washed four pair for 12 years and can attest to the durability, and he can attest to the comfort. Four pairs in 12 years sounds bad but we swear by them.

December 29, 2022

Super comfy

Super comfy

December 27, 2022

Super comfortable

The boxers are a little larger than what I was expecting (can't wear them with short shorts) but super super comfortable. The perfect amount of stretch and breathability while remaining durable.

December 25, 2022

If not for the tags

My rating of the boxers would be a five star, if not for the tags. Theyre too long but then when cut off, they Itch. The previous design had the brand and size info printed on the inside of the garment, rather than on the tags. I cut them off as close to the seam as possible, but it didnt help. Love the boxers. Dont like the tags.

Response from Patagonia
January 17, 2023

Hi Bart! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the tag on the boxers. Feedback like this is crucial to improving things for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team.

December 25, 2022

Love these

I started with one pair and now have five. They are really comfortable and well constructed. When the sweat comes on, they do a good job of wicking. They dry quickly when they get dunked while wet wading.

December 25, 2022

Silky smooth

These are the most comfortable boxers I barely feel Im wearing anything. Silky smooth and perfect for nighttime comfort as well.

December 16, 2022

Uber Comfortable

The material on these boxers is the most comfortable I have ever worn. I highly recommend these. They are the Cadillac of Men's boxers.

December 10, 2022

Best ever wore

These boxers are the best. They are comfortable, don't ride up, fit well and wear extremely well. I have had some for years.

December 10, 2022

Boxers improved!

I have had Patagonia boxers since 1997, and they have changed over the years. There were a few batches in the last few years that left the seam at the bottom susceptible to tear. The new ones have a double seam again! All well and these are great.

December 5, 2022

Comfortable all day wear

I pair these with my relaxed fit jeans (yeah, I wish Patagonia still made those). Very comfortable. Everything feels like it should. Neither too much room nor not enough. These are my 2nd pair. Bought them again because I liked the 1st pair so much.

November 27, 2022

Soft & Comfortable

Soft & Comfortable

November 17, 2022

Nowhere near Capilene

Am writing this after I had just thrown out my 2nd and final pair of Tencel boxer briefs due to wear & tear - 5 years after getting them. They were either thinning or the seams were fraying Contrast with the Capilene boxers I had bought before I had my second kid - and she is a teenager now. Enough said - will hold onto these 3 pairs for dear l... Read Moreife

Response from Patagonia
November 25, 2022

We're sorry to hear that the fabric blend on the newer boxer style has been disappointing and we've passed your feedback to our product designers. You're welcome to return items under our [Ironclad Guarantee]( so no product ends up in the landfill. Thank you for the review, Marcus!

November 7, 2022

Long lasting.

Only underwear I wear

November 4, 2022

don't trust the boys to anything else

I am very particular when it comes to my underwear (and anything else i put on my body). I love the Patagonia boxers because I put them on and forget they are there. No binding, no creeping up, just pure comfort.

November 4, 2022

Just Right!

It took me a LONG time to treat myself to these boxers. Now I am hooked! They fit great, and are comfy in warm and cool temps. I love em

October 31, 2022

Way Comfortable

Very, very comfortable and cool in our climate. Well made and take multiple washes without any show of wear. Excellent product.

October 29, 2022

Soft and comfortable

I am a 33yo woman so maybe not the target audience, but I absolutely love these. I wear these boxers as sleep shorts and when multi-day hiking as underwear (when it gets really hot on trail I wear only these and they just look like regular shorts on me). They are incredibly soft and comfortable, and so light you can forget you are wearing them. I n... Read Moreow have one in every colour.

October 29, 2022

Soft and comfortable

I am a 33yo woman so maybe not the target audience, but I absolutely love these. I wear these boxers as sleep shorts and when multi-day hiking as underwear (when it gets really hot on trail I wear only these and they just look like regular shorts on me). They are incredibly soft and comfortable, and so light you can forget you are wearing them. I n... Read Moreow have one in every colour.

October 26, 2022

Perfect feel

Great blend of smooth and soft

October 23, 2022

Definitely comfortable but with a severe durability issue

I have had four such boxers for around two years. It is true that they are comfortable for daily wear or whatever activities. I only wash them by hand, just to protect them for long lasting. However, they have got very big holes at the back. And the material at the back is getting really thin, like "see-through". At the begining, I though... Read Moret it was me not taking good care of them. But it seems that quite some other usesers are having exactly the same issue according to the product review. I have contacted custom service to check whether there is a way to repair them and it seems to be a "no". By paying such a price for this product, I would expect it to last for a longer time, definitely more than two years. I want really to find a way to extend their life spans instead of put them into waste after just two years.

Response from Patagonia
October 26, 2022

Hello Xiao! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the durability issues you experienced. You're correct, we don't accept items for repair worn next to body for the consideration of our repairs team. That said, you're welcome to [return]( them under warranty.

October 12, 2022

Major fabric issue causes stink after first wash

I've been wearing Patagonia underwear exclusively for a couple of years now, though I've always stuck to black and grey color options. Recently I bought numerous pairs of these in various colors and ran into a major problem: they absolutely REEK if they come into contact with white vinegar. As many people do, occasionally I add a small ... Read Morecup of white vinegar to a load of laundry to freshen and help remove odors. Much to my surprise, all of my brand new, unworn Patagonia boxers came out absolutely reeking of sulfur. Except, that is, for the brand new pair of plain black which leads me to believe there's something amiss in the dying process for the printed patterns here. I had one remaining unopened pair in 'Forest Floor' color so I did an experiment - I unpackaged them. They smelled perfectly normal. I then placed directly into a clean bin with a 1:1 mix of water to distilled white vinegar. Within about 15 minutes my mudroom reeked of sulfur, emanating from the pair of boxers. This wasn't a slight smell, it carried into adjacent rooms. Unfortunately this smell is permanent and I will have to get rid of the numerous pairs of these I've bought in the last couple of weeks. Very disappointed.

Response from Patagonia
October 13, 2022

Hi Ben, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about your experience with the boxers. We haven't received this feedback regarding washing with white vinegar, but we'll share this with our product team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

October 10, 2022

Super Comfy, durability issues

These newer generation of boxers with the tencel material are super comfortable next to the skin, however I have a couple pairs that are around 2 years old now that developed a bunch of holes in the crotch area from regular casual use and have to be thrown out due to the 1-year patagonia warranty. I have around 4 boxers of the capilene older genera... Read Moretion that are still holding up great, but the new material is not as long lasting.

Response from Patagonia
October 11, 2022

Hey Connor, thank you for the review. We wanted to inform you that our warranty stands for the lifetime of the garment. The life of a garment varies from product to product, but our boxers are definitely supposed to last longer than a couple years. If you'd like to discuss your options, please connect with a [customer service representative](*1heo26v*_ga*MTE3MzgxOTU4OS4xNjQ3NTMxMTc0*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY2NTUyMjgzNS4xMzYuMS4xNjY1NTIzMDIzLjAuMC4w).

October 8, 2022


Very nice soft fabric

September 24, 2022

Not for outdoor activity

I'm not sure how anyone can wear these doing anything sweaty. They do not dry at all. Really only for cold weather, and casual activity. They have also started stretching out like crazy where they are now way longer at the inseam, and sometimes I can see them when wearing short cuts. I really liked the Sender boxer and Capilene boxer, but for ... Read Moresome reason they no longer make.

Response from Patagonia
October 3, 2022

Hi Daryl, we're so sorry to hear you've been disappointed with these Boxers! They're designed to be wicking and breathable; it sounds like they haven't been so for you, and that stretching issue is no good either. We will reach out to you about returning them.

September 24, 2022


The stretch fabric is comfortable and this version of the boxer seemd to be heaviery weight material than previous versions, which is nice. Elastic waist is stronger but not too tight.

September 22, 2022


Have worn these for many years and got these to replace several pairs that had lived long useful lives. Comfortable, like they're not there. Also, wife thinks theyre cute.

September 22, 2022

Luxury comfort

Very soft and high quality fabric. Got good feedback from my partner. What's not to like?

September 21, 2022


I have worn the old 100% polyester capilene daily version for the last 5 years and it shows no sign of wear, and will probably last another 10 years with good care. The new lyocell version, however, is complete rubbish and starts to wear down after only a couple washes. Patagonia needs to understand that sometimes, stuff made out of oil that last... Read More literally 500 times longer is better for the environment than some high tech natural fiber that comes apart after only a few weeks of use and needs to be thrown away and bought again... TL;DR: lyocell sucks, don't buy this.

September 19, 2022

Magnificent.....the best I have ever

Magnificent.....the best I have ever owned...

September 16, 2022

Comfortable and fits well Will

Comfortable and fits well Will buy more

September 15, 2022

terrible product

This version of patagonia boxers is a poor imitation of the capilene boxers. Why change a great product into an inferior one? I have purchased the capilene boxers for years. I tried one pair of the tencel boxers and will never buy another one.

Response from Patagonia
September 27, 2022

Hi Frederick, thank you for taking the time to submit this review. It sounds like you weren't happy with the fabric of these boxers. We're sorry to hear this! We've reached out to you about options.

September 14, 2022

I'm like on my 12th pair...

I've found a product I like and am sticking with it! Most Patagonia stuff runs large...These are on the large side of "True to Size." Comfortable, breath well, and are durable.

September 8, 2022

Great fit and good breathable

Great fit and good breathable material. Much better than older ones.

September 7, 2022

great boxer

This is a great boxer. It's true to size, soft and love the pattern. It's very comfortable to wear.

September 6, 2022

Still the best

I have been purchasing Patagonia essential boxers for at least 25 years. They remain the best, most comfortable, best fitting boxers I have ever owned. I don't even look at other brands. I bought a couple of pairs to add some fresh patterns to my underwear drawer. That said, I still have the first pairs I bought and they are only showing a lit... Read Moretle wear. Typical Patagonia quality!

September 5, 2022

comfortable but seams fail

I have several pairs of the boxers and 2 of them have started failing along the bottom seam. I haven't sent back to Patagonia yet. I know they will repair but more annoying to have 2 of them fail the same way suggesting an issues with the design.

September 5, 2022

Well done

These are my new favorite boxers. For years I have been wearing boxer briefs and thoughts I would try these boxers. I really like them. The main selling point for me is the fabric. The spandex in them makes all the difference. They are super soft and have great stretch. I can't comment on their longevity as I only wore them a handful a times, ... Read Morebut I am sold. In fact I went back to get more pairs. Great boxers made of very soft and stretchy material. Well done, Patagonia.

September 5, 2022

Favorite Underwear

These are my favorite underwear by far. Tried several before settling on these. Very soft and cool.

September 4, 2022

Boxers all get holes around waist!

These boxers are probably the most comfortable I own, however unlike other Patagonia products Im extremely disappointed with the quality. I have purchased 3 pairs and 2 already have holes in the same spot where martial meets the waste band, which suggests a defective product. I love all Patagonia products but I cant advocate for these based on the ... Read Morerecurring defect.

Response from Patagonia
September 12, 2022

Hi Billy! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that the boxers have started to develop holes. We definitely expect better quality out of our gear so we'd consider this a warranty issue. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

September 3, 2022

Best in class

Superb craftsmanship combined with excellent feel of material and awesome design of prints. I own a dozen of these shorts and no other.

September 3, 2022

Comfortable Casual Boxer

This is a really decent boxer for casual wear. The material is quite soft and comfortable, and I like the colorful designs. However, they aren't my go-to for high output (sweaty) activities because they don't dry as quickly as one would like for a technical underwear. Compared to the performance of past Patagonia boxers like the Capilene ... Read MoreBoxer (discontinued) and the Sender Boxer (apparently no longer available), the Essential Boxer doesn't really hold up.

Response from Patagonia
September 9, 2022

Hey Matthew, thank you for the feedback. We're sorry to hear that these are not living up to past versions. If you're unhappy with them, you're welcome to give them a wash and send them in for a refund or merchandise credit. To begin that process click [here](

August 24, 2022

Best underwear ever!

Perfect item. Aside from the fly that I have to sew shut on all my Patagonia underwear. Guess why.

August 12, 2022

Best Boxers Ever

Finally had to buy several more of these-last batch still going strong after 12 years but a little faded, lol..incredibly comfortable, easy drying, and virtually indestructible..

August 12, 2022

Soft and Flexible

Softest and most flexible boxer shorts I have ever owned!

July 31, 2022

Boxer Shorts

Very stylish boxers, and soft and comfortable.

July 29, 2022

Best pair of boxers I own.

These have to be hands down the best pair of boxers I have ever owned. They are lightweight, have a nice stretch to them, and are super soft. I will definitely be investing in some more of these!!!

July 25, 2022

Good quality

The boxers are very comfortable and the material feels quite silky. They are expensive and I would not have paid so much but for the information on provenance, working conditions etc

July 20, 2022


Patagonia boxers are very comfortable to wear.

July 19, 2022

Miss the old product

Three pair wearing out, tearing near the leg hem as others have noted, while silkweights from many years prior still wear well. The fabric is a step down. Wonder where to find something like the old silkweight?

July 13, 2022

Boxer Veteran- soft, perfect fit

I lost my shorts, No really, I lost ALL of my Patagonia shorts in a recent flood in southcentral Montana. In the days after the flooding I orders a couple of new pair from Patagonia. These are the 41/2" which are relaxed fit, but don't bunch up in your pants, are super soft and should last for a long time if they are anything like the ori... Read Moreginal shorts that are down the river!

July 11, 2022

Doesn't compare to the old ones

I was a huge fan of Patagonia's boxers from a few years ago. I kept hoping they'd come back but gave in a tried these. Sadly, they're not in the same league as the old ones. I knew going into it these were just Tencel but hoped Patagonia had done some of their magic to make it a performance fabric. Unfortunately it's the same a... Read Mores you'd find from any Tencel. It bunches under pants, stretches out and doesn't wick the same. With so many brands doing Tencel, modal or plain lyocell it's hard to justify the significantly higher price of these. Please bring back the old fabric :'(

Response from Patagonia
July 13, 2022

Hi Dan! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the changes to the boxers. Feedback like this is crucial to improving things for future seasons. We'll share this with our design crew.

July 10, 2022

Great for sleeping

I wear for sleeping and they are very comfy.

July 8, 2022

The old ones were better!

I have a few pairs of old capilene boxers (bright orange!) that are still working well to this day. Almost 10 years old. These new ones though hold more heat and are hotter to wear. Not all that comfortable in the summer. They also fit much closer to the body more like boxer briefs. They also pill pretty easily and each time I wear them some materi... Read Moreal comes off. They are ok I guess. They new ones are really soft which has that going for them. But I wouldn't choose them over the old model, and probably wouldn't buy the new ones again at this price point.

Response from Patagonia
July 12, 2022

Thank you for sharing this review, Christopher. We're sorry to hear these boxers weren't comfortable for you! We want you to be happy with everything you get from us, so we'll reach out to you about returning them.

July 6, 2022



July 5, 2022

Great product, very well made.

Great product, very well made. I use them for nighttime lounging and sleeping. Do not change anything about this product. Its great

June 23, 2022

Great stuff

Really comfortable fabric for the hot weather and cold. But I'm particularly impressed with how great they are in the desert. Thats were Im living so thats counts to me. Most comfortable underwear Ive found. I did have a problem with one pair. Only happened to one pair on both legs so I figure its a fluke. Maybe the stitching was too tight. A... Read Morenyway front bottom edge by the stitching have torn on both legs. Otherwise they still work. Guess I can convert to 4 inch length easy enough.

June 13, 2022

Comfy Max

There are boxers, then there are Patagonia Boxers. Im done trying and buying any one elses boxers. Ultra soft, super comfortable, you cant even tell you are wearing them. Thanks Patagonia!

June 9, 2022

Super comfy!

These are some of the most comfortable boxers ever! Love the soft feel and superior breathability. Typically wear large but went with XL and happy I did.

June 2, 2022

Pure Comfort.

Super comfortable. Perfect stretch and softness

June 1, 2022

Best boxers ive ever owned

These are simply the best boxers I have ever owned. They are comfortable, light, and breathable. I wear them to sleep, around the house, and as an everyday boxer under my pants and shorts. When I start my morning and throw these on, I know its gonna be a good day.

May 31, 2022

Only boxers youll ever ware

These are my only Boxer shorts. I have been warring them for over a decade. Love them.

May 29, 2022

They do the job, but perhaps not my ideal pattern/fit

There is something a little off about the fit and pattern of these. They don't seem to hang and flow like normal boxers (or your older versions). The middle fabric panel that stretches along and between the thighs seems too tight and stretches out like a hammock, especially when you squat down, making you feel like you've got something in... Read More there. And then sometimes I have to pull the leg parts down out of my crotch after I stand up. To me, they have a fit more like boxer-briefs. This may be only something I experience. Other guys might like the way these fit and feel. I am just relating my experience. The pattern from years ago with three panels across the back and only one cross seam running along the inner thighs, closer to the front, seemed to feel much, much better. (I'll send you photos or an old pair if you want, haha.) If any designers read this, I hope they take a look at redesigning it and trying it on themselves through a range of movements and have other testers do the same. Other than the pattern and fit, the material, while not as comfortable as the old Capilene, does the job, so I will use the 5 pair that I have and occasionally get a new pair each season to see if anything changes. Oh, also, I know you will not change this and it is super-picky, but I preferred when the Patagonia name was not so prominent all along the entire waistband. I want to love these and once again have these as my go-to everyday boxers, but I am hesitant to do so at the moment. Thanks, though, for all that you do, and all the other quality goods that you produce. Most of my wardrobe is Patagonia.

Response from Patagonia
June 2, 2022

We're sorry to hear about your disappointment in our Men's Essential Boxers - 4½". Please know your satisfaction is guaranteed so please, feel free to [contact us]( if you need assistance returning these. We also passed your thoughts along to our Design Team. Thank you so much for all of your very helpful feedback.

May 20, 2022

Great boxer

Soft material, nice sizing. I use these only for sleeping so I can't comment as to riding up as an undershort

May 15, 2022

Very Comfy!

Product is great! Very soft and comfortable! My absolute favorite boxers!!!!

May 15, 2022

Quality Product

True to size fit and comfortable material. Patagonia is the only place I purchase underwear.

May 4, 2022

super comfy

feels like you're not even wearing them, waistband doesn't dig in. best boxers I've ever had

April 26, 2022

Very comfortable

Ive been wearing Patagonia boxers for years and they are very comfortable and last a long time .

April 17, 2022


I found the older capilene ones much more comfortable and lightweight. These are still somewhat comfortable but they also start to smell quicker and I wish the older ones were still available.

April 9, 2022

Newer & Improved, but not as durable

I have been wearing Patagonia boxers for over 15 years. The fabric has changed over the years and this version is 95% Lycocell vs. older ones that are 100% Capilene (polyester). Although these new Lycocell fabric boxers are more comfortable, they wear out much faster. Mine of 2 years ago are showing age/holes on some color fabrics, but not all colo... Read Morer ways - really weird. So, just dont expect 10 years+ of use like the older Capilene version which are Energizer Bunnies, but these new ones are still worth 5 stars.

March 29, 2022

Life is better in great underwear

These are super soft and have some stretch to them. They don't ride up. They breath effectively and have great all day comfort.

March 28, 2022

Excellent product!

Excellent product - feels great, good fit, only downside is the 4-5inch tag on it.

March 27, 2022

Comfort to the Max

This is my 7th or 8th pair of the essential boxers. I have found that they are very comfortable but tend to wear out quickly. Patagonia has been great about honoring their ironclad guarantee and replacing the pairs that have worn out quickly. The new design seems to have an additional layer of fabric, so I am hoping it will improve durability. Supe... Read Morer soft. Super comfortable. Great colorways.

March 27, 2022

Comfortable and durable

These were replacement for several pairs I have owned over the years. 3set. Much better than tightly whiteys.

March 26, 2022


I just re-upped my old briefs. Duplicates what I had been wearing the last 10 years. Comfortable, longevity theyre awesome

March 22, 2022

Comfortable in all temps

Fits great, feels great, only boxers I wear

March 22, 2022

Super Bargain-Last Forever

I have pairs of Patagonia underwear that are 10-15 years old that have yet to fray or loose elasticity of the waist band. Do the math: the cost-to-longevity ratio is a small number which is what you want. Comfy too!

March 20, 2022

Great boxer short

The very best fit and feel.

March 17, 2022

Very comfortable, good fit

Very comfortable, good fit. I actually like them a little better than the previous version of these.

March 14, 2022


Looking for new boxers to replace my old go to which tend to shrink after several washes. Through multiple washes and wears, these have been soft and comfortable, and hold their shape perfectly. These are my go to for daily wear from now on.

Response from Patagonia
March 22, 2022

We're glad to hear you're loving the new boxers! With some great [product care tips](, they should last you a long time.

March 2, 2022

Sooooooooooooooo SOFT

These run big, so I always use mine to sleep in. The experience is pure perfection!

February 23, 2022

Falls apart at the seams

The fabric falls apart at the seams in a few months even when following the care instructions for washing. These are very nice and comfy until they fall apart. The Sender version is better made but always out of stock.

Response from Patagonia
March 2, 2022

We're sorry to hear about the lack of durability with these boxers. If you haven't done so already, please reach out to our Customer Service team to return them under our [Ironclad Guarantee]( We'll be happy to help!

February 23, 2022

Fabric wears out fast at hem seam

Very comfortable, but the fabric is not durable. In ~3 years of wearing this Men's Essential Boxer (at an average of <3 days/month) the hem seam on the front of both legs began tearing open. The hem stitching itself is intact, but the fabric just above the seam appears to be wearing through & opening up as holes parallel to the seam. A ... Read Morepricey item, considering its short useful life.

February 21, 2022

Why change what worked?

After years of solely wearing Patagonia boxers, Im disappointed in the changes made to these boxers. The fit, feel and quality changed. With 20+ pairs of Patagonia boxers, Ive always ordered a Large for my 34 waist. These run somewhat tight in the waist and extremely loose everywhere else. They also feel heavier than prior versions. Im bummed that ... Read MoreIll need to switch brands to find another pair of boxers instead of relying on the comfort and quality that I knew, and expected, from Patagonias boxers.

February 3, 2022

Great Boxers!

These boxers feel great to wear and dry quickly. I highly recommend them for strenuous activities.

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