My dear friend Andrew Pate and I, Zach Miler, have many things in common. We both have over 30+ years of musical experience between the two of us, we love the outdoors even more, we were both started at The Backpacker the same day, and we have both been wearing two pairs of underwear each for the past six weeks.
Now before the dread-headed tie-dye hippie accusations pour in, let me set a few things straight. ExOfficio’s underwear has a tag line “17 countries. 6 weeks. One pair of award-winning underwear. (Ok, maybe two.)”. This has been a laughing matter between the two of us for a while, but then one day we decided that it was time to challenge the matter, each other, and ourselves.
Now there is no wager or prize, in fact if the other quit it would not have been a big deal, however, the pride to try and spoof such a boisterous tag line was what really drove us. What might come of defeating such a claim? This was it, it had to be done. The ground rules were set:
-Two pairs of underwear each; no more, no less
-Wash one pair in the shower and wear the dry, clean pair
-Be honest about it
-Stay mindful of health issues (an unfortunate reality)
I’ll admit that it was tough finding a routine of washing and drying. Seems simple enough but it really can be hard to not instinctively throw the dirty pair in the hamper. Now as for washing, I recommend anti-bacterial bar soap, however, my all time favorite soap to use is Dr. Bronner’s soap. Dr. Bronner’s is an all purpose soap I discovered in The Backpacker’s camping section and have fallen in love with. It cleans very well, is all-natural, and has a pleasant smell that makes you feel clean. Now, get in there and scrub like you’re playing the washboard for a zydeco band. Since the material is synthetic, don’t use a dryer. Ring out as much liquid as you can and hang dry.
Just like anything else, we began to fall into a routine with the challenge. We didn’t realize what the difference between our cotton underwear and these high-tech skivvies really were. I’ll spare the details, but just know the difference really was in what I wore. South Louisiana has thrown a lot at me in my day, but I now feel as if I have a tool that really helps me fight the high heat and humidity.
In the end, we like this product for several reasons.
-Washes and dries easily
-Aegis microbe treatment
-Give-n-go nylon/lycra spandex blend is highly breathable and mobile for active
-Comes in a variety of colors and styles for men and women
-Perfect for the outdoors, travel, recreation, and anything you throw at it
-ExOfficio holds true to their claims
Whether or not anyone else chooses to challenge ExOfficio’s claim, it is definitely worth having a few pair in your arsenal for travel, outdoor life, and just everyday loving. I have put this test through the ringer and have even failed to mention an intense climbing trip with just the two pair, but I’ll spare the details. When the weather cools off, Andrew and I will have a cotton underwear bonfire. We’re converted and those who want to join are comfortably welcome.
Andrew and Zach have both worked at The Backpacker at Bocage since January 2015. They are both gear heads for music, climbing, and camping.