As part of my marathon training, I have been testing and reviewing a number of products that will hopefully assist me during training and on race day. I was made aware of Chaffree underwear via the UK run chat community and Chaffree kindly allowed me the opportunity to test and review their boxer shorts.
It’s pretty self-explanatory what Chaffree are trying to achieve with their range of men’s and women’s underwear. Made from moisture wicking fabric and with no seams, Chaffree boxer shorts, briefs and knickerboxers are designed to keep you dry and comfortable. The lightweight and stretchy material hugs your body, in turn reducing friction and chafing which makes them super comfortable to wear.
The purpose of the test was to see how the Chaffree underwear held up when running. I have quite large thighs and when I run for too long they often rub together, which is not pleasant! I typically wear compression shorts under my running shorts to counteract this, so was curious how Chaffree would perform. Their boxer shorts did an excellent job, the soft fabric enabled my legs to almost glide off of each other and they were snug to wear.
Chaffree men’s boxer shorts are available in two leg lengths (7″ and 5″) and range from size Small/Medium to XXL. I typically go for a longer leg in boxer shorts, but I did test both from the Chaffree range. As a 33″ waist I opted for the medium to large boxer shorts. I wore the longer leg shorts for my running test and the shorter leg for day to day “normal” wear.
Ideal for exercise
Chaffree cites their key features as being seamless, stretchy and lightweight – all of these features are ideal for my needs. A key factor is the Coolmax technology that pulls the sweat away from your skin, it should be no surprise that these were very comfortable when running. On my first run the shorts did ride up a little bit, but after a wash, I found that the next time out they were fine.
I’ve tested the long shorts for five different runs, I feel they may suit me better for the shorter runs. When running longer distances, I personally prefer something more compression focussed which can help reduce injury risk. At the moment I am running two short runs per week and one long run, so I’ll continue to use Chaffree for most of the week.
About the town
I also tested the Chaffree shorts as normal day wear and I was really pleased. My only slight criticism is that the waist band is not particularly robust and it tends to fold over. This can be a little annoying but nothing that would put me off buying the product. I suspect that this may be down to trying to prevent chaffing on the waist, so possibly unavoidable. They are perhaps not designed to be your “pulling pants”. With the Chaffree brand featuring on the waistband, it might perhaps ask more questions of your admirer than providing answers. If your priority is comfort, consider these to be your “Bridget Jones pants”, only much classier and possibly more even more comfortable.
I like them! As it stands they are a staple in training wear for shorter runs when training. They tend to be my go to boxer shorts for the remainder of the day after my longer runs. The softness and comfort mean that there is one less thing to worry about whilst everything else aches. My Chaffree boxers shorts will be coming with me to London for after the marathon, quite the accolade.
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