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 Saxx Quest Underwear

Test Report by Joe Schaffer

INITIAL REPORT - June 1, 2018
FIELD REPORT - August 1, 2018
LONG TERM REPORT - October 26, 2018
REVIEWER INFORMATION:
NAME: Joe Schaffer
EMAIL: never2muchstuff(at)yahoo(dot)com
AGE: 70
GENDER: Male
WEIGHT: 175 lb (79 kg)
HEIGHT: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
WAIST: 34 in (86 cm)
HOME:  Bay Area, California USA

     I enjoy California's central Sierras, camping every month with a goal to match my age in nights out each year. For comfort I lug tent, mattress, chair and such. Typical summer trips run 5-8 days; 40 lb (18 kg), about half food and water related; about 5 miles (8 km) per hiking day in the bright and sunny granite in and around Yosemite. I winter base camp most often at 6,000 to 7,000 ft (1,800 to 2,000 m); 2 to 3 nights; 50 lb (23 kg); a mile or so (1.6 km) on snowshoes.

INITIAL REPORT
Product: all teasQuest 2.0 Boxer Brief

Manufacturer: 
    Website: http://www.saxxunderwear.com
   
        Weight: not listed
      
        Features: (from website)
            •Moisture-wicking nylon fabric (77%) with a splash of spandex (14%) and polyester (9%)
            •5 in (12.7 cm) inseam, 1 3/8 in (3.5 cm) waistband
            •Machine washable, low-heat dry
            •Ballpark Pouch--3D hammock-shaped pouch prevents skin-against-skin friction and ensures chafe-free support
            •Flatout Seams--Flatter, softer side against the body for an itch-free experience
            •Three-D Fit--Nine-panel construction to create 3D support
            •Moisture-wicking--Combats clamminess and allows moisture to dissipate
            •Anti-odor
            •Anti-roll waistband

       Colors: Solids in Dark Sage, Brick Red, Midnight Blue, Black; and Dark Charcoal, as requested and received.
   
       Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL,  XXL

       Styles: Available in form-fit, loose-fit and long-leg.

My Specs:  Form-fit Medium back
        Weight: 2 5/8 oz (75 g)     
        Dimensions:
             Length: 12 3/4 in (32.4 cm)
             Circumference, waist: 27 1/2 in (70 cm)
             Circumference, leg: 18 in (46 cm)

MSRP: US $31.95

Received: 5/29/18

My Description:
   I find the most notable attribute of construction is the pouch, which has a panel sewn in each side of the crotch to make a 'hammock' or modified jock for the vitals. Stretchy, very light, somewhat "cheese cloth" (note right-hand side of lower photo) style of fabric makes for a gossamer feel to these form-fitting boxers. The large waistband has a camo design. The front of the garment is comprised of a single large panel down each leg, with a three-seam pouch in the middle and a fly opening. Each side and the back is a single panel. The inner thigh is a single panel on each side, conjoined by a flat seam that runs from the back of the crotch to the waistband in front (one of the three aforementioned seams). Except for the leg and waist cuffs, seams appear to be flat-fell, 'inside-out' for a smoother inside. Logo/care/provenance, etc., are printed inside just below the waistband center-back. The one-piece waistband seam in back has a company logo sewn over the seam and a larger logo printed front center.

pouchImpressions:
   The 100% synthetic material is light and certainly well ventilated. The stretch-to-form fit feels good in the brief time I've worn the boxers to see if they fit, which they do. The fabric feels barely noticeable on the skin where worn, but my chafed fingers stick to it, making the material feel awful on the fingertips.
   I note the product accolades make the barest claim of anti-odor; I'll have something to say about that after a few days on the trail.
   I'm anxious to give the garment a walking workout to test the claim that the compilation of material to make the pouch prevents irritation. One reason I occasionally wear boxers is that I don't much care for the feeling of cloth edges between my legs. After an hour wearing these boxers I'm noticing the pouch edges in the very uppermost part of the crotch; i.e., the edge insinuating itself between body parts until it bumps to a stop in the crease between them.


Field Conditions:
   
1. Multiple days: general wearing, 38 hours/4 mi (6 k)
    2. June 6-9, 2018:
Stanislaus National Forest, California, USA. Four days/64 hours, backpacking 10 mi (15 km). 5,000 - 5,200 ft (1,500 - 1,600 m). Leave weight 36 lb (16 kg). Temps 45-70 F (7-21 C). Dry, no wind.
    3. June 15-21, 2018: Emigrant Wilderness, California. Seven days/133 hrs wearing, backpacking 25 mi (40 km) trail and three mi (5 km) cross-country. 7,200-9,300 ft (2,200-2,800 m). Leave weight 36 lb (16 kg)/return 30 lb (14 kg). Temps 35-75 F (2-24 C). No wind or rain.
    4. June 23-29, 2018. Emigrant Wilderness, California. Six nights/seven days with 138 hrs wearing, including 12 mi (19 k) backpacking. Camping at 7,100-7,600 ft (2,200-2,300 m). Leave weight 41 lb (19 kg), return 31 lb (14 kg). Temps 45-80 F (7-27 C). No wind or rain.
    5. July 8-15, 2018. Emigrant Wilderness, California. Seven nights/eight days with 152 hrs wearing, including 28 mi (45 k) backpacking. Camping at 7,100-8,600 ft (2,200-2,600 m). Leave weight 36 lb (16 kg) return 26 lb (12 kg). Temps 45-85 F (7-30 C). No wind or rain.
   

Impressions:
    1. Multiple days: At first I didn't care for the pouch at all, but after a few hours of wearing I began not to notice it unless I thought about it.
   
    2. June 6-9, 2018: I wore the boxers from trailhead to trailhead. The pouch gained no notice. I can't say it did or didn't do anything. Hiking hours were often hot, but never more than two hours. I got no rash and wouldn't have expected any. The boxers of course got very wet at the hip belt but did not elsewhere get soggy or in any way feel uncomfortable. They dried on me in a reasonable time at camp, probably under an hour. During that time I also had on my hiking shorts and shirt, both very wet in the back. Even with five-and-a-half hours of hiking and eight hours of campfire smoke, they do not stink. The legs never rode up, nor did the garment ever sag at the waist. I might say that in the middle of the night when a fellow is sleepy and driven to the call of nature, fishing things out through the fly lost favor with pulling the waist band down. The garment is a snug fit and I generally don't care for that, but I never got the itchies from leaving them on the whole time.

    3. June 15-21, 2018: Again I wore the boxers almost continuously except for an hour one day in the sun to wash them; and then one evening I rinsed them too late for them to dry to sleep in. In direct, hot sun on a warm rock they are dry enough to wear in about half-an-hour and completely dry in about three-quarters of an hour. Some of the cross-country worked me pretty hard and again the boxers got wet in back each time. The two washings were more a matter of opportunity than demanding need. I can't say I like or don't like the pouch. I often hike in swim trunks with fairly minimal suspension and have had no issues, so to have more support than that hasn't yet made me feel any different. I perhaps should note that I'm not doing any running, jumping or acrobatics. I just walk.

    4. June 23-29 & 5. July 8-15, 2018: No additional observations.
   
   


Field Conditions:
    6. Aug 9-11, 2018. Spider Lake, California. 5 mi (8 k) backpacking. Camping at 6,700 ft (2,000 m). Leave weight 35 lb (16 kg) return weight 30 lb (14 kg). Temps 50-90 F (10-32 C).
    7. Aug 22-28, 2018: Emigrant Wilderness, California. Six nights/seven days with 140 hrs wearing, 24 mi (39 k) backpacking including 3 mi (5 k) cross-country. Camping at 7,200-8,400 ft (2,200-2,600 m). Leave weight 40 lb (18 kg) return 30 lb (14 kg). Temps 45-85 F (7-30 C). No wind or rain.
    8. Oct 5-12, 2018: Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, California. Eight days backpacking 15 mi (24 km) including 4 mi (6 km) cross-country. Camping at 8,300-10,000 ft (2,500-3,000 m); 29-65 F (-2-18 C). Half the days mostly sunny; rest of days partly or all cloudy with brief snow showers one day. Overnight freezing.
  9. Oct 20-25, 2018: Emigrant Wilderness, California. Six days backpacking 12 mi (20 km) including 3 mi (5 km) cross-country. Camping at 7,200 and 7,600 ft (2200 & 2300 m); 32-60 F (0-16 C). Sunny, no-to-light breeze. Overnight freezing three nights.

Impressions:

    6. Aug 9-11, 2018. I slept in the boxers overnight and then hiked out in them. I did not wear them hiking in. By comparison, I felt drier with them on. They do a great job of wicking. I have noticed one small bit of pilling on the front of one leg. It wasn't there when I put them on for this trip, and I don't know how it got there. I spent several hours in the morning wearing only the boxers and found that to be the most comfortable part of the day. Perhaps that cavorting about in the near-buff put the material in contact with something that snagged it. Much as I dislike pilling, I find the annoyance a common trade-off for the benefit of quick-drying synthetics.

   7. Aug 22-28, 2018: I wore the boxers continuously for the week except one afternoon for a few hours to rinse and let them dry. Several mornings I wore the boxers alone. I felt no chafing or binding. While hiking or backpacking the boxers never accumulated enough perspiration to feel sloppy. They add a layer under my hiking shorts that I'm not used to and don't immediately prefer, but the trade-off is keeping things drier and cooler. I observed no additional pilling in the fabric.
   
    8. Oct 5-12, 2018: Temps were a mite chilly to dry wet clothes, so the boxers had to make do on no laundering for this eight-day trip of 163 hours and 15 mi (24 km) backpacking. The back of the boxers got wet from hiking, of course, but they dried quickly enough to avoid discomfort in camp. I spent most hiking hours in shorts and the boxers helped keep things from getting frosty. I felt comfortable in the boxers the entire time. However, perhaps I don't do any activity at a level robust enough to appreciate the pouch. I can't say it troubled me, or that it aided in comfort in any way. I can feel it, and I'd probably rather not.

    9. Oct 20-25, 2018: Once again it was too cold to do any wash, and the boxers went 119 hours / 12 mi (20 km)--the full duration of the trip--without being laundered. The boxers remained comfortable; there is no sign of stretching or fabric degradation; and they did not get scratchy or gummy. Body heat dries them quickly after hiking. Excepting the one thread of pilling on a leg the fabric remains looking and feeling as good as new. There is no pilling or rolling of the waist band. They've been washed now a dozen times and remain fresh as new.

Total wear: 967 hours / 129 mi (208 km) backpacking

SUMMATION:
Light, form-fitting boxer.

Quick shots:
   
a) comfortable
    b) quick-drying
    c
) airy
    d) stink-resistant
   
Thank you Saxx and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test this product. The test series is completed.



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