Ex Officio Give-N-Go Brief

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The Men's Give-N-Go Brief by Ex Officio. Comfort that air-dries. High-performance and low-maintenance, these Give-N-Go Briefs are the perfect solution to over-packed suitcases and tricky climates. Ex Officio clothing field-tested and approved by the African Wildlife Foundation.

SPECIFICATIONS of the ExOfficio Men's Give-N-Go Brief.


  • Stretch diamond-weave mesh fabric
  • ExOfficio Give-N-Go boxers are made from a quick-drying nylon/spandex fabric
  • Travel-friendly Give-N-Go Stretch™ -- 94% Nylon / 6% Lycra® Spandex. 4 oz/sq yd


  • Terry-backed elastic waistband for a soft, comfortable fit
  • Form fit

Wash and Care:

  • Quick drying so you can wash them on the go and pack fewer pairs


  • Highly breathable
  • Extremely breathable moisture-wicking fabric keeps you dry and comfortable
  • Odor resistant, lightweight and breathable.
  • Moisture wicking, speed-dry (dries in 2-4 hours).


  • Import.


  • Lightweight and extremely packable
  • Aegis treatment delivers all-day odor-free freshness
  • Treated with Aegis Microbe Shield™ to control odor-causing bacteria
  • Tag-less label to prevent rubbing
  • Field tested and approved by the African Wildlife Foundation
  • Antimicrobial treatment helps control odors
Whether you're on safari in Kenya, or mobbing through traffic on your commuter, the Ex Officio Men's Give-N-Go Brief keep the crucial bits cool, dry and comfortable. Okay, depending on your trip length, that might be extreme. Field tested and approved by the African Wildlife Foundation, this ultra-breathable, moisture-wicking, stretchy brief dries quickly after a wash in the hotel sink and features an Ex Officio odor-resistant finish to keep you fresh all day and night.


The Exofficio Give-N-Go Briefs are quick-drying, odor-resistant underwear for active men. A microbe shield blocks odors, while the nylon spandex fabric maximizes breathability and stretch. These are high-performance underwear for a variety of activities.

Underwear born to travel, the Give-N-Go® Brief just needs a quick sink wash and it's ready for another day of adventure.
is snug, but not tight, for next-to-the-skin support.
is highly breathable and dries quickly.
Aegis® Microbe Shield™ treatment eliminates odor-causing bacteria.
Novelty elastic waist provides a comfortable fit.
Functional fly.
94% nylon, 6% Lycra® spandex.
Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.

Optimized to deliver comfortable performance to travelers and adventurers, this performance underwear will go anywhere in the world with you and return as good as new.  ExOfficio’s special Give-N-Go® fabric is lightweight, packable, wrinkle-resistant, moisture-wicking, fast-drying, stain-resistant and treated with bacteria- and odor-fighting Aegis Microbe Shield™. The fabric blend offers protection from UV rays. Carefully constructed to outlast traditional undergarments, these are also easy to wash on the road. Just wash by hand, wring out, lay flat on a towel, roll it up in the towel, apply pressure, then remove and hang dry. Depending on humidity, it will be dry and ready to wear in two to four hours. Get by for weeks in as little as two changes of underwear. Machine washable. Imported.
Sizes: S-2XL.
Colors: Black, Charcoal, White.


The Give-N-Go® Brief from Ex Officio is the one pair you'll pack every time. They've been designed to fit comfortably without bunching or binding on even the most demanding travel days. Odor resistant and quick to dry without a dryer, you can bring fewer pairs, wash as you go and free up room in your luggage.

Oregon Mountain Community
The ExOfficio Give-N-Go® Brief is designed to excel at backpacking, hiking,and travel. But the optimal performance and comfort might just make these your everyday briefs as well! Long-lasting, odor-resistant and quick-drying, these are the perfect companion for any activity!

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
High performance and low maintenance—ExOfficio's Give-N-Go briefs dry quickly and adapt to tricky climates with breathable, moisture-wicking fabric.

Fiber Content: 94% nylon, 6% Lycra spandex.
Country of Origin: Imported


The ExOfficio Give-N-Go Brief for Men offers high-performance with low-maintenance to create to perfect solution to over-packed suitcases and tricky climates.

Massey's Outfitters
17 countries. 6 weeks. One pair of award-winning underwear. (Ok, maybe two.) Join the thousands of people who have discovered the ExOfficio travel underwear revolution. Just toss your Give-N-Go’s in the laundry or wash them in a sink. Within hours you will have a fresh, dry pair of underwear. Breathable, lightweight, odor resistant and long-wearing, you will toss them into your carry-on for every trip. Soon they will replace every other pair in your underwear drawer.

A basic travel necessity! The ExOfficio Give-N-Go° briefs for men dry fast, so you can pack less--hand wash them, hang them up and they dry overnight.


Appalachain Outdoors
The Give-N-Go briefs from Ex Officio are odor free and moisture wicking to keep you enjoying the outdoors longer.
Best Uses: Backpacking, Camping, Everyday, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, In-Transit, Lounging, Outdoor Work, Paddle Sports, Resort, Stay Dry, Urban Exploration.

• Fabric: Travel-friendly Give-N-Go Stretch -- 94% Nylon / 6% Spandex. 4 oz/sq yd Imported.
• Air-dries within hours so you can wash as you go and pack fewer pairs.
• Extremely breathable, moisture-wicking, odor resistant finish keeps you comfortable.

Half-Moon Outfitters
Treated with Aegis® Microbe ShieldT to eliminate odor-causing bacteria
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Best Uses:Backpacking, Camping, Everyday, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, In-Transit, Lounging, Outdoor Work, Paddle Sports, Resort, Stay Dry, Urban Exploration
Fabric:Travel-friendly Give-N-Go Stretch -- 94% Nylon / 6% Lycra Spandex. 4 oz/sq yd Imported.
Give-N-Go Stretch:94% Nylon, 6% Lycra Spandex
Inseam (in.):Unavailable
Material:94% Nylon / 6% Lycra Spandex
Moisture wicking:Yes
Quick drying:Yes
Sun-protective fabric:No
Weight:2.5 oz. (71 g.)
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Ex Officio Give-N-Go Brief Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Must have for travelers

For most of my 70 years I have maintained travel clothes which are easily washed, dry quickly, are extremely comfortable and pack very compactly. Five pairs of these shorts replaced five pairs that I slightly outgrew. On a recent three week European trip they proved to be everything that I was expecting except that when they were washed at midnight they were not quite dry at 0600. I knew that would be the case - that's why I bought five instead of one. Besides, I don't like doing laundry every night. If I'm moving around a lot I place the damp laundry in a plastic bag and hang it again at the next stop. On trips of more than three days (the length of most motorcycle rallies) I always plan to do laundry and pack my special travel clothes. I also carry along a 30 foot section of jet line for pulling electrical wires which is incredibly strong and only weighs a few grams. I use it for clothes line and jettison it at the last stop. These shorts performed exactly as anticipated. I could not be happier. My girlfriend liked them also. I would wear them daily if they were not so pricey. For daily use I still use the 3 for $5 cotton shorts from the local farm store.
Pete at Campmor on 07/07/2013

Surprisingly comfortable

I'm determined to travel with only one bag on my next trip to Europe and so instead of packing several weeks' worth of underwear and shirts, I wanted to be able to take only a few pair that I could wash in my hotel room at night. This meant they had to be quick-drying. I ordered these briefs to see if I'd like them, because I was suspicious that synthetics would be anything except hot and uncomfortable. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were breathable and felt little different from the cotton briefs I usually wear. They also did dry overnight. I soaked them one evening, wrung them out as much as possible, then wrapped them in a viscose towel and wrung them again before hanging them up--they were perfectly dry by morning. I've since ordered more. Thank heaven synthetics have come a long way since those horrible double-knit polyesters of the 1970s! This is a pricey item but it should last for years as I intend to use it mainly for travelling. It is also thinner and lighter than cotton so should take up less room in a suitcase.
Paul S. at Campmor on 03/03/2013

Not just for travel

I bought three pair (two black and one green)to use for travel to Europe this summer. Decided I better try them out to see if I liked them and haven't used any other underwear since. They are the most comfortable underwear I've ever owned. To clean them I just wear them into the shower, lather with soap, rinse, and hang to dry on the towel rack. One word of caution: the green pair bleed so I would not wash them in a sink with any other clothing. Amazingly, they continue to bleed even after a couple months of use (I would estimate they have been washed 20-30 times). However, the black ones don't bleed at all; so in the future I'll just stick with black or white. I don't know if bleeding is problem with the blue, but it certainly has been with the green. Despite this one problem, I still give this underwear 5 stars; they are worth every penny.
WayBorg at REI on 03/03/2012

Yes, they perform as advertised.

I wish I had learned of this underwear product when I had a job (a few years ago) of traveling to Asia for several weeks at a time. As it is, I bought three pair for a 5 week tour of a dozen National Parks. I only needed one pair because every night I would just wash the pair I was wearing out in the hotel sink with shampoo, then rinse, lightly wring, put in a bath towel and stand on it for about 30 seconds, then hang them on a hanger in the closet. They were always dry every morning. Now when I travel I wear one pair and pack another (just in case I don't get time to wash the pair I wearing at night), but I've only ever needed one pair. I never take cotton briefs when traveling anymore. They are very comfortable.
Paul at Campmor on 11/11/2010

Great Shorts

Purchased for use on a 5 day backpacking trip in the backcountry of the UP of Michigan. It was very warm, and these shorts worked great. I bought them based on the reviews I had read, and they were all very accurate. The pants are breathable, stretchy, and dried quickly. I was able to rinse them out at the end of each day and dry them in the sun, which did the trick. I only needed one set for my pack and one to wear, since I could wash them out each day. These are great for the activity I was doing. Drying time in the humid woods I was in ranged from 2-3 hours max. Quicker when I was able to hang them in the open beach areas we may have been in. Great product, a bit pricey, but worth it.
Z Man at Campmor on 08/08/2012

At last a good fit!

I bought these October 2009, so maybe that is why my impression is different from some unfavorable reviews I have seen.
Anyway, several years ago I bought some very good, comfortable, properly supportive, polyester travel briefs, and I have recently been shopping for some new pairs. That has been frustrating, as every recent pair of synthetic travel brief that I have tried seems to have been designed by people unclear on the concept of men's briefs. Maybe some guys are comfortable in that French-cut nonsense. Not I.
Then I found these. On my body they fit comfortably.
I haven't gone on my trip or really put them through their paces yet, but I'm very confident they will be fine. My Ex Officio shirts have been very durable. Anyway, the fact that these briefs fit like men's briefs should isn't conjecture--they really do.
Martin_G at REI on 10/10/2009

Great for hot weather backpacking

I needed quick drying briefs for a 1 week backpacking trip to the mountains of Tennessee. I got three of these. During the trip I was sweating nonstop, but the briefs dried quickly. I actually wore the first pair for three days so that I could save the third pair for my trip home - they did great. At first they looked huge compared to my cotton briefs but they fit perfect. My waist is 35 and I have large thighs as a cyclist. The size large fit great.

I started to wear them to work now that its pretty hot here in PA (100 degrees today) and will probably get a few more and wean out the cotton briefs over time. These are very comfortable and they have noticeably more support than the cotton style.
Cyclingdaddy at REI on 07/07/2012

The only ones I wear, well worth the $.

It was a big step spending this much money on underwear, but now I can't go back. I tried terramar first because of cost, and they are not roomy enough in the crotch. I grudgingly spent even more on these hoping for the best, and I got it. I was having serious moisture issues with cotton, and these saved the day. I started out with three pair so I had to wash them constantly, 2 1/2 years later the first pairs I got are still awesome. I know it's a lot of money, but if you sweat a lot, buy a couple pairs, you won't be dissapointed. I wear with the boxer briefs also. Unbeatable at preventing chafing and "monkey butt" type rash. Spend the money, it's worth it.
LC138 at Campmor on 01/01/2011

Light packing for long trips

I do global marketing so I travel all of the time. In the past I had to pack about 8-9 sets of briefs so that I would have enough to last for at least a week without having to have laundry services. Now that I've switched to Ex Officio Briefs I only carry three regardless of the length of my trip. I can wash them in the shower in the morning and they are dry by the time I get back to the room at night. They make my packing lighter and easier to accomplish and they are comfortable to wear. I would recommend this product to anyone doing lots of travel or who needs to minimize their packing for their holidays and vacations.
Dave at Campmor on 11/11/2010

Staying Cool Down Under

My wife and her friends think I've crossed the line when I recommend Ex Officio Briefs to my friends and relatives who live here in Florida. I think maybe it is either that they are not working up a sweat as often as my male friends or that their different anatomys allow them to be cooler "down under."

My best friend is a park ranger who is in the humid woods all summer long. My brother-in-law is a builder. They complain about the discomfort of staying wet "down under" from morning til night. It doesn't take long to find out that there is a BIG, BIg difference between the cotton underpants your mother bought you and breathable, wicking, quick drying Ex Officio Briefs.
Frank the Map at REI on 09/09/2007

Negative Reviews:


Every underwear I have is either REI brand or ExOfficio. ExOfficio BRIEFS are by far the MOST comfortable undies I’ve own. HOWEVER, something happened, and in the past year or so, they changed the design and I have had to return them every time. Once again, I am returning the recent purchase.The main problem I find is the elastic around the waist. I have 34 to 36 inch waist, and I used to buy LARGE size, but I find the new briefs too SMALL or too TIGHT. While an argument could be made that I don’t want to acknowledge that I have a bigger belly, my response would be that: a) I have gradually LOST weight in the past few years, b) I used to buy 36- and even 38-waist pants, now those are too loose, and c) I keep buying the same size L REI brand, and they fit the same. In conclusion, the EXOFFICIO waist is sized too small, so the elastic is too tight to be comfortable.I hope they redesign them soon. I absolutely love the old ones I have. HOWEVER, if they happen to fit your body type (very small waist and big butt?), then you should consider them. They are NOT pretty, some reviewers have compared them to old Mexican wrestling-style "calzones." If you were looking for something small and se*y, you should probably look at other brands. If you wanted something comfortable, that you can wear every day, and they fit your body type, then these are for you. If you are looking for something that you can wear during a 16-hr transcontinental flight, that you can wear around wet humid climates, even during stressful business meetings, that you could wash at night and wear the next day, and if they fit you well, then this product is for you. ExOfficio, please check the design? You messed up a good thingA suitable replacement are the REI-brand undies, although I find them just a little big around the butt, and I hate the REI advertisement around the waist. The elastic, however, is very comfortable.
Business Traveler at REI on 05/05/2009

Not what they used to be!

What used to be the best pair of Men's underwear are now sub-par.Last year I bought three pair of size M. They fit perfectly and were the most comfortable underwear I had worn. They were put to use in isolated jungles and cloud forest. This year I needed replacements and bought two more pair. Unfortunately they are completely redesigned and for the worse. 1. They removed the elastic that went around the legs. 2. They upsized them significantly. The space around the legs is now so loose that withour the elastic the back sags down. What once provided nice support for strenuous activity now leaves things hanging and prone to chafing! 3. The build quality is not as high. The size of the leg opening was not equal. One side bunched out a good deal more than the other. The fabric remains the same great super wicking material. If they fir well with these you could go for a long time travelling with only two pairI would not buy these again. In fact upon my return I will be returning these two pair. At this price they should be perfect. Thank goodness I checked them before going into the field. [@]
BioHorn at REI on 06/06/2008

Made in China with strong chemicals.

I usually buy the REI MTS underwear as my sporty and day to day underwear. They are great either made in the US or Taiwan.

I saw the ExOfficio on sale and have wanted a pair since they are advertised as a premium high quality brand.

I forgot to check the label in the store, got home and realized they were made in China. That is ok for cheap brands, but these are more expensive than REI, Patagonia and other undies. There is no reason for the premium price if they are manufacturing in China. They should be less than REI's brand.

As soon as the bag was opened, a strong chemical smell came out. The material is extremely chemical, something I notice more often with Chinese made clothing. My wife's pair of ExOfficio undies had the same smell. I worry about wearing them and even soaked them for a long time to neutralize the chemicals.

I will not buy this brand again, and had I not thrown out the packing material, I would return them for another pair of REI MTS undies.
NZ ED at REI on 10/10/2009


I copied a previous reviewer because his review described my experience exactly. And I couldn't come up with another phrase with words appropriate to this forum to say "neither support nor contain".

I spoke with a REI rep and she told me I could return the not up to quality pairs to the store didn't have to wait and return them to Ex Officio.

If they are going to upgrade in 2009 to their previous quality I would buy again .....but not till I see several good reviews

"Based on my own excellent past experience with this product I bought 4 more pair and was very dissapointed. They're not what they used to be.
The fabric is still soft, comfortable and fast drying, but the cut is different. They are loose around the inner thigh and the fly is set awkwardly off to one side. They neither support nor contain."
Brom at REI on 09/09/2008

Called ExOfficio:2009Model to be updated

UPDATE:I just got off the phone with ExOfficio. The Customer Service representative said they are aware of the 2008 problems with the lack of elastic in the leg openings. You can return yours to them after January 2009 to be exchanged for the updated/ fixed design.Note that these problems are the same in both the 2008 Brief and Sport Brief models. I got each design in order to check them.Good to hear these great underwear will be back up to par in '09! I will get a couple pair more then.I give them a recommend for '09.
BioHorn at REI on 09/09/2008

Inadequate elastic in Leg

I bought 2 pairs a few years ago for travel and loved they fit and how they dried overnight even in a tropical climate. I bought a third pair a few months ago for a trip to Europe and like most recent reviewers, discovered that the new pair had inadequate elastic in the legs and were uncomfortable. They still dry quickly, but the new pair will be returned.
Lopezian at REI on 10/10/2008

Heed the Warnings

Based on my own excellent past experience with this product I bought 3 more pair and was very dissapointed. They're not what they used to be.
The fabric is still soft, comfortable and fast drying, but the cut is different. They are loose around the inner thigh and the fly is set awkwardly off to one side. They neither support nor contain.
TripTaker at REI on 09/09/2008

Simply Dreadful

A complete letdown. Expected to be reasonably form fitting, they were completely baggy (and I'm at the high end of medium). These were made for someone whose waist is about 8 inches higher than mine. These fit like granny's underware. My wife laughed when she saw how they (didn't) fit.
Dr Black at REI on 03/03/2009


Seemed okay at first but they stretched and then the elastic has expanded so much it no longer supports them. They do dry quickly but my old (cheap) cotton briefs outlast them easily !!
mike_pelham at REI on 07/07/2010

Very Disappointed

It kept bunching up IN my rear which caused extra sweat & finally a rash (it was only about 75 degrees). Very uncomfortable & had to frequently "adjust" it - quite awkward.
Hike at REI on 06/06/2009

Neutral Reviews:

Medium is too snug

Like everybody else says, they look good, the fabric is comfy and breathes, and they dry in a jiffy.

I've had several pair for probably 3 years or so that I only used for travel, but recently I decided to get a few more so I could wear them every day (yes, I like them that much).

The few pair I already had were size L, but I had lost some weight and had switched to size M for my cotton briefs, so I figured I could get these in M as well.

It turns out that was a mistake. Although the size is OK for the waist and legs, they're much too snug in the crotch area. So I'll probably exchange these for one size up.
sashy at REI on 05/05/2010

Waistband problems

Very comfortable. Wear them every day. My one and only problems with these (and other brands like REI and Patagonia) is that before long the waistband just stretches itself out so that they no longer hold up the briefs. This seems to happen over about a three to four month period, even though the rest of the material is holding up fine. Seems to me Ex-Offici tends to last least long, then REI, then Patagonia. Why can't they improve on the quality of the waistband? I'd rather pay a few dollars more for something long lasting that stays put than having loose underwear slide around under my pants, or having to keep buying new ones, especially when there's no REI store for at least a 1,000 miles.
Caribbean resident at REI on 04/04/2012

Nice while they last

Very comfortable and effective at handling moisture and wetness.

However, I've now had all 3 separate pairs' waistband elastic simply disintegrate after a few years of light use. I save them for travel and hiking, and often hand-wash when necessary, and the disintegration occurred while they were just sitting in a drawer. So it must be a factor of age, not usage or exposure.

This was very disappointing given their cost. Inexpensive cotton briefs last longer than these.

Thus, they're probably a better product when the need is intensive use over a short time period than infrequent use over a long one.

Keeping my eyes open for a different wicking/quick-drying brand that will better fit my usage needs.
Duglius at REI on 08/08/2013

Too much fabric/rides too high

I totally agree with BP3000: these are a great product if you normally wear your briefs at your navel like superman. I tried these with the idea of comparing them to the sport briefs and I like the sport cut much better. The regular cut of these results in too much fabric bunching up if you don't wear them up high. However, if you like to wear your briefs high on your waist you will love these. If not, go for the sport brief cut. Overall, I love ex-officio products and recommend them highly.
Teacher Chris at REI on 01/01/2008

Overall good

I got this brief for my husband for travel. I ordered S-M which was too small. The next size was L - XL which would have been too big. He liked the brief but would have been more comfortable if they had been a true medium.

Also they did not dry over night, even after being rolled in a towel to get out as much moisture as possible. These were dried in our room because it was not possible to dry them outside.
Grandma Moony at Campmor on 08/08/2011

Nice material, no nice fit.

Like other reviewers have stated, the cut of these is strange and the pouch isn't large enough. I have very skinny legs and the boys were getting pinched between the thighs and the thigh bands. The leg holes are cut too low on the outside. At least they aren't that expensive. It was worth a shot. They also ride a bit high on the abdomen. A bit like granny panties. And too tight in the wrong places.
bypod at Campmor on 03/03/2011

Great as long as the elastic lasts

My only prob with these is that the elastic wears out in about one year.

Wickers brand (also avail at Campmore) last longer, and so do Jockey brand (cotton only) which goes for 3 years or more.

I can not figure out why they are putting poor elastic (on legs and waist) on such pricy items which otherwise are of great value.
hiker at Campmor on 07/07/2011

Great material, but the waistband...

The material is great, but the elastic waistband is heavy and holds the heat. In addition they are Baby Huey-like. They come up high, so I have to fold them down and that doubles the material thickness and makes them hot around the waist.
Tropical Bill at Campmor on 07/07/2013

Worthwhile for me

If you do the "towel trick" as described in the product literature they dry in a couple of hours. If you just wring them out and hang them up they did not dry overnight, at least for me.
fuzzy at Campmor on 06/06/2011

ok but go for the boxer briefs

Also have a pair of boxers and they are much more comfy
Bart at Campmor on 08/08/2012