Early one morning over coffee with a friend and fellow rider, the conversation took an unexpected turn. “Have you ever considered the topic of underwear?” he asked. Until then, we had not. He went on to explain, “There are not many riding-specific choices available for men, at least in America, and its frustrating because we have to keep everything firmly…up.”
Naturally, we love a challenge, and so we set out in search of
skivvies, manties, drawers, unmentionables, solutions that would meet the aforementioned requirement for men’s comfort in the saddle. While the matter of protecting one’s delicates can be addressed simply by cruising a few online message boards*, there is in fact a dearth of brands seizing the opportunity. Therefore, we thought it best to turn to the pros themselves and find out what they wear—ahem—under there.
What we learned was a combination of practical preferences, an amusing dinner party story, a startling disclosure from a cowboy, and the word “yarbles.”
*We included some of the best recs below for guys and gals.