I’m not usually in the habit of buying $50 boxer shorts (plus tax and shipping). Actually, I didn’t even buy these ones. They were a very generous Christmas gift.
But… if you do feel like treating yourself to a rather lovely pair of (94%) merino underwear… then I can wholeheartedly recommend them.
Being Rapha, they come in a limited choice of trademark colours – black, pink and grey. I prefer the black, with it’s Liquorice Allsorts trim around the elasticated waistband.
As a general rule, I only carry two pairs of underwear on a bike tour. And as I don’t wear cycling-specific shorts during the day (although these ones are available with a pad for $65), mine have been getting a lot of use.
There’s not much more to say about them really, except that the fit is great, the flatlock stitching doesn’t chaff, and they feel oh-so-luxy and soft. Being a merino blend, they shouldn’t get too stinky so quickly, if you neglect to wash them. Not that I’ve tried. Yet.
I’ve had a couple of Rapha products over the years, and despite the undeniably hefty price tag and associated image, I have nothing but positive feedback to report. Hopefully these shorts will hold up just as well. More when I’ve seen how they fare after a couple of thousands miles of saddle time…
Disclosure: A Christmas gift, purchased at full retail price.