If you’ve thumbed through any outdoor magazine, or attended any show or event with outdoor gear featured, you’ve heard of ExOfficio clothing. Their bug-repellent, eco-friendly, comfortable clothing is everywhere. But bottom line, you don’t hear much about their underwear. I’m here to rectify that.
I bought a pair of ExOfficio undies at a Backwoods girl event, when I didn’t have to deal with a male clerk. I’m old-fashioned that way. It was a life changing moment. You NEED these underwear (well, a pair of your own, not mine).
If you are sitting in a kayak full of water because you are too cheap to buy a spray skirt, you NEED the underwear.
If you are trekking through the underbrush because your backpacking buddy said “maps are for wussies,” and now you’re off-trail and sweat is coursing down your spine and filling your boots, you NEED the underwear.
If you are sitting in your deer stand on a cold, damp hunt that turns into a cold, wet hunt from that 10 percent chance of rain, you NEED the underwear.
It’s a half-ounce of nylon/spandex heaven. They dry right on your body, so there’s no worry about “rafter’s rash.” They dry even faster when you hang them on a tent pole in camp. [Editor’s note: Or, obviously, if you throw them up on a tree branch, Traci!] When people stammer,“Is that your … underwear?” I just snarl, “Yes, danggit, I’m doing research.” I don’t know if it’s the snarling or the lacy briefs-as-camp-flag, but they back off pretty quickly.
Clerk gender be damned, I went back and bought two more pair. I plan on filling my drawer, and my backpack, with them. You need some — and … no ifs, ands, or but(t)s about it.