Boxer shorts are the unsung heroes of the fitness kit world. You might not think they’re too important, but get the wrong pair and you’ll soon know about it.

Support is at hand, however, with these sweat-wicking, chafe-resisting, performance-focused options.

Best men's sport boxers Men's Fitness UK

MF BEST BUY:
SAXX Kinetic Boxers
£29, runnersneed.com

With the soft seam placed on the inside rather than out, and a stretch micro-mesh fabric ensuring everything moves as you do, you’ll be hard pushed to find a comfier pair of briefs. A ‘semi-compression’ fit keeps everything in place.
Comfort: 4.5/5
Support: 4.5/5
Style: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5

Best men's sport boxers Men's Fitness UK

MF RECOMMENDED:
Tree Trunk SueMe
£20, sueme.com 

Made from fast-drying beech tree pulp, which is silky soft and odour-resistant, the seams are placed in out-of-the-way spots that aren’t prone to chafing. What’s more, every pair comes with tree seeds to plant yourself.
Comfort: 4.5/5
Support: 4/5
Style: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

Best men's sport boxers Men's Fitness UK

Björn Borg Stretch Shorts
£30 (pack of two), bjornborg.com

Made from soft BCI cotton, these have a mid-rise waist with a medium leg length. A panel on the crotch keeps things stable (though some might want more support) and an all-over soft elastic microfiber means comfort is king.
Comfort: 4/5
Support: 3/5
Style: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5

Best men's sport boxers Men's Fitness UK

EDZ Merino Wool Boxer Shorts
£22.99, edzlayering.com 

The greatest asset of this pair is the fact they keep their shape, resisting the urge to ride up regardless of your activity. Merino wool dries at the drop of a hat, while breathability, natural sweat-wicking and odour resistance are also ensured.
Comfort: 4/5
Support: 4/5
Style: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5

Best men's sport boxers Men's Fitness UK

Runderwear Chafe-Free Boxer
£20, runderwear.co.uk

Runderwear made its name in, well, running underwear, with plenty of support and chafe-free comfort. These are light as a feather, and made with seamless, flat-lock stitching to eliminate irritation and rubbing.
Comfort: 3/5
Support: 4/5
Style: 3/5
Overall: 3/5

Best men's sport boxers Men's Fitness UK

Lululemon Always in Motion
£22, lululemon.co.uk

Lululemon is best known for its women’s activewear, but now it’s making a move into men’s fitness, and the Always In Motion boxer shows the brand knows what it’s doing, with ultra-soft Modal® fabric the star of the show.
Comfort: 3.5/5
Support: 4/5
Style: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

Best men's sport boxers Men's Fitness UK

Stance Cactus Rave Boxer Brief
£15, stance.eu.com 

Nothing says ‘rave’ like breathable boxer shorts. These offer more than just a pretty pattern, though, with a feather-seam and non-restrictive wasitband providing supreme comfort.
Comfort: 4.5/5
Support: 3/5
Style: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5

Best men's sport boxers Men's Fitness UK

Kalenji Running Boxers
£3.99, decathlon.co.uk

Decathlon’s cheap and cheerful kit can’t be beaten on price, but these do a pretty good job of holding their own when it comes to quality, too, with sweat-wicking fabric and chafe-resistant displaced seams.
Comfort: 4/5
Support: 3.5/5
Style: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5

Best men's sport boxers Men's Fitness UK

UA Tech 6″ Boxerjock
£24 (pack of two), underarmour.co.uk

Under Armour’s cool-down tech is a feature of all its sports gear and it’s a welcome addition to these sports boxers. Also present is ‘4-way stretch construction’ to help you move freely.
Comfort: 3.5/5
Support: 4.5/5
Style: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5

Best men's sport boxers Men's Fitness UK

Uniqlo AIRism Boxer Briefs
£9.90, uniqlo.com 

Uniqlo is best known for its casual wear, but these briefs are light and breathable enough to feature in your fitness wardrobe. Enhanced with odour-neutralising properties and ventilated comfort for any exercise.
Comfort: 4.5/5
Support: 4/5
Style: 4/5
Overall: 4/5