January 23, 2016


travel underwear


A men's underwear that gives you the sensation of freshness and coolness.  Linen underwear create air flow comfort, dry comfort and thermal comfort.


Maqoo is a comfortable underwear


Maqoo is about comfort and good design. We develop amazing fabrics and combine them with minimalist design style.

linen underwear provides comfort 

The Guide To Comfortable Men’s Underwear

The Guide to comfortable men’s underwear series are design notes shared from the Maqoo underwear design team.  

guide to comfortable mens underwear

We wanted to make a better underwear, so we surveyed men to find out every issues they had with their current pair.  We asked them what the problem was, and what they thought could fix it.  With the power of a community we created a better designed underwear.


I consider myself a clean guy, but I have a pair of polyester microfiber briefs that start to smell half way through the day.  – Dave Shea, British Columbia, Canada.

Common underwear issue: Poor odor resistance.  Certain fabrics allow bacteria from sweat to breed and cause odor.  

Design solution:  A bacteria resistant fabric should be used.  Linen or merino fabric are exceptionally bacterial resistant, so are ideal for this purpose.  The worse offender for odor tends to be synthetic fabrics.  Despite their ability to wick moisture, they act as the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to grow on, and the result from that is odor.  By using fabrics that provide a poor growing environment for bacteria we can eliminate odor.  Linen is ideal for cooler climates and merino for warmer.


Why do always develop a sweat line just along the waistband? This causes a lot of discomfort and irritation. – Bill Page, Oregon.

Common underwear issue: Sweat line along waistband.   Often, one type of fabric will be used for the body and of the underwear and a polyester microfiber covered waistband.  Although it initially feels soft, polyester microfiber waistbands have nearly zero breathability and causes sweat to develop along right along the waistband area.

Design solution:  The waistband should be covered with the same fabric as the body of the underwear is made of.  This maintains the same fabric performance throughout the underwear as to avoid and weak links in the underwear performance.


The waistband on my underwear leaves marks on my waist, and it feels uncomfortable. – Stephan Reese, Washington. 

Common underwear issue: Waistband pinch.   When a waistband is too narrow it will spread the pressure of the elastic band over a smaller surface area, and the wearer feels this as discomfort.

Design solution: Waistband should be wide to spread out the pressure over a large area and also used a high stretch band to minimize the pressure.  The combination of these two design features makes should eliminate any waistband pinching.

WAISTBAND HACK: If you always find your underwear waistband is too tight, and sizing up doesn’t help, try stretching it out around a chair overnight.  This will expand the size of the waistband.


My underwear feels damp and sticky all day.  I live in a hot climate and there seems to be no way around this.  –  Eric Chapman, Florida.

Common underwear issue: Damp and sweaty.  Due to high humidity and sweat, underwear becomes damp and stays damp.  Once this happens the underwear feels extremely uncomfortable.

Design solution: Use a linen (flax) fabric that wicks moisture.  This was a drastic departure from traditional underwear but necessary because we found that cotton does not release moisture, so it is quick to become damp and stay then stays damp.  On the other end of the spectrum, linen absorbed moisture quickly, but also released it.


I usually buy underwear with thin fabric because I find they are more breathable, but this leads to the problem that the outline of my privates are a bit too visible.  – Vince Prisco, California.
Common underwear issue: See-through underwear.  Wearing thin or slightly transparent fabric makes the outline of one’s privates a bit too clear. 
Design solution: Use two layers of fabric on the crotch panel to create a thicker barrier.  This will eliminate excessive detail being visible. 

The Guide to comfortable men’s underwear series are design notes shared from the Maqoo underwear design team.  


My boxer’s ride up, especially when I’m wearing tighter pants. Drives me crazy! – Marc Madrigal, New York.
Common underwear issue: Ride up.  Underwear rides up during the day and the extra fabric bunches up and causes discomfort.  We noticed this complaint came especially from people wearing boxer.  Boxers have a lot of extra fabric and length in their design, and as a result are prone to underwear ride up.

Design solution:  Reduce extra length and excess fabric with a trunk style design.  Ultimately the design needs to minimize excess fabric so there is less of it to bunch up and cause discomfort.  Initially, we tested using a long boxer brief design hoping that the extra length would pass the thick part of the thigh and stay down on the legs.  People found initially this would work well, but the same complaint would arise at the end of the day – there was just no way to prevent the boxer briefs from riding up.  We realized the best design to alleviate ride up was to go with a shorter trunk style design.  The shorter length left less redundant fabric to bunch up.




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inches 27 - 30 30 - 33 33 - 36 36 - 39 39 - 42
cm  68.5 - 76 76 - 84 84 - 91.5 91.5 - 99 99 - 107


These are USA sizes.  Size down for European. 


Wrap a measuring tape around your hip bone line, making sure the tape is parallel to the ground. This measurement determines your waist size.  IMPORTANT: Do not rely on your jean size measurements. Just because your jean size is 34 does not mean your waist is 34 inches. Usually, your waist measurements are greater than your jean size.



 (Unisex sizing)

US Men's US Woman's Euro UK
XS 31 -34
S 4 - 6 34 - 37 2 - 4.5
M 6 - 8 7 - 9 38 - 41 5.5 - 7.5
L 9 - 11 10 - 12 42 - 45 8.5 - 10.5
XL 12 - 16 46 - 49 11.5 - 15.5