The Best Mens Pouch Underwear for Ball Support & Comfort

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Here’s something I don’t say out loud very often, mostly because (warning) literally no one wants to know:

My balls get sweaty. (Toldya.)

If I don’t powder them properly and/or reposition them regularly, then my crotch can get sweaty, chafed and sometimes even painful by the end of a hot summer’s day.

And while most guys probably never will (and definitely never should) confess it in a blog post read by thousands of people, I’d be willing to bet that they can relate.

Tennis ball soaked in green water
Given the subject matter, this was actually one of the least gross images I could have chosen….

Enter men’s pouch underwear.

By keeping your boys nicely separated from your thighs, pouch underwear is arguably the best way to spare yourself from the dreaded batwing that even the best boxer briefs can’t prevent.

They provide a comfortable fit that prevents chafing (and, in my opinion, improves your quality of life) in addition to giving your boys some extra support.

It’s the perfect solution for men who suffer from a similar condition as the one I over-shared bravely described above.

To help you find new underwear that will protect your prized possessions, In this post I’ll round up the best pouch underwear for men, and explain what makes each one the perfect pair to support your… well, perfect pair. 


The Quick & Dirty↓

You can jump to more info about each pair by using the table of contents below, but here’s a quick summary of our top picks:


Why You Should Trust Us 

Irreverent Gent Founder and Editor-in-Chief Dave Bowden has been a style-obsessed service journalist for more than a decade. 

A lifelong clotheshorse with a passion for style, he’s been covering men’s fashion since founding Irreverent Gent in 2016, and his style advice and shopping recommendations have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and Men’s Health, among many others.

How We Chose the Best Pouch Underwear for Ball Support

Personal
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User
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Design & Construction

For this post Dave combined his knowledge as a style expert with his personal experience wearing various types of pouch boxer briefs, and took a close look into each pair’s materials, design, and pouch style.

He then did a deep dive into user reviews and online ratings in forums like Amazon and Reddit to find out what other guys had to say, and combined all the data into a single, comprehensive list of the best pouch underwear for men.

To learn more about how we rate and review products, check out our product review and round up policy here.

Alright, preamble over. Let’s get to the details!


The Best Men’s Underwear for Ball Support

Rounding Up the Best Ball Hammock Underwear on the Market
Overall Best Ball Pouch Underwear ↓

Saxx Men’s Ultra Boxer Briefs

Saxx Ultra
Features:
  • Material: 95% Viscose, 5% Spandex
  • Pouch Style: Ballpark pouch 
  • 5” inseam 
Why We Like It: 

No one has gently caressed more balls than Saxx, and with good reason. (Yeah, I heard it. Leaving it in!)

A pioneer in the ball hammock game, Saxx makes some of the most comfortable underwear I’ve ever tried, earning it a reputation as one of the best men’s pouch underwear brands on the market.

Their boxer briefs offer (way) more support than traditional boxers from old school brands like Fruit of the Loom, while doing a better job of accommodating body movements than the snug tighty whities that designers like Calvin Klein have been pushing for years.

The main claim to fame of Saxx underwear is the so-called “ballpark” pouch, which has just enough fabric to avoid saggy balls syndrome and keep your boys from rubbing up against your inner thighs. 

But it’s not so much that it bunches up and gets in the way.

Saxx sells a pretty wide variety of different models, patterns and fabrics, but for everyday use your best bet is probably their Ultra line of boxer briefs.

With a 5″ inseam and a blend of viscose and spandex materials, they can comfortably be worn under shorts, skinny jeans or any other kind of pants.

As I wrote in my full review of Saxx’s Ultra and Volt models

“The Ultras have become my favorite pair, and if sweating is an issue for you, I definitely recommend that you do yourself a favor and pick some up.” 

Why Some Might Not: 

The main knock against Saxx is the price. They’re definitely great underwear, and the best ones I’ve found for everyday life, but they’re not cheap. 

Personally I think great underwear is worth investing in, especially since we’re talking about something that’s going to be rubbing against your privates all day, everyday.  

But there are definitely cheaper options on the market. 

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Best Dual Pouch Underwear ↓

Separatec Dual Pouch Boxer Briefs

Separatec dual pouch underwear
Features:
  • Material: 95% Rayon, 5% Spandex
  • Pouch Style: Dual Pouch (duh)
  • Breathable panel between the two pouches
Why We Like It: 

Another brand with a separate pouch for your package (and a name that’s a little on the nose), Separatec’s dual pouch underwear uses different synthetic materials, including a mixture of rayon and spandex.

This makes it great for both everyday life and athletic activities, which helped it nab our top pick over some of the other dual pouch models listed in the Best of the Rest section below.

In addition to being great underwear for guys with an active lifestyle, Separatec also has a panel between the two pouches that’s designed to allow for airflow, which will let your bad boys breathe. 

Why Some Might Not: 

While the blend of rayon and spandex make these great for athletic activities, some guys prefer more natural-feeling fibers like modal or good ol’ cotton underwear. 

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Best Cheap Pouch Underwear ↓

David Archy Men’s Dual Pouch Underwear

David Archy dual pouch underwear
Features:
  • Material: 92% Modal, 8% Spandex
  • Pouch Style: Dual pouch
  • Comfortable stay-put waistband 
Why We Like It: 

If you’re looking for cheap underwear that still provides scrotal support, maximum comfort and a good look, then look no further.

With more than 13,000 reviews on Amazon and a sterling rating, David Archy is one of the best-reviewed pouch underwear brands online, and comes at some of the most affordable prices.

As one reviewer on Amazon so perfectly put it when summarizing Archy’s dual pouch boxer briefs, “Holy Hot-Dog Holder!”

To which we would only add: “…Batman!”

Why Some Might Not: 

There’s honestly not much to dislike here, unless you’re looking for more athletic underwear that you can wear while working out or playing sports. In that case I’d recommend going with the Separtec model listed above. 

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Best Cheeky/Fun Pouch Underwear ↓

Shinesty Ball Hammock Briefs

Shinesty Ball Hammock Briefs
Features:
  • Material: 95% Viscose, 5% Spandex
  • Pouch Style: Ball hammock 
  • Relaxed fit 
Why We Like It: 

Shinesty is easily the most irreverent of the men’s pouch underwear companies (which, given the name of this website, I obviously appreciate).

And their flagship ball hammock boxer briefs constitutes one of the best men’s underwear pairs I’ve tried in a long time.

In addition to a great blend of viscose and spandex that provides excellent support and all day comfort, their ball hammock underwear comes in your choice of standard or fly. 

So whether you like to flop over the top or sneak through a front fly, you can still enjoy the moisture-wicking ball support of the pouch.

I’ve had multiple pairs for years now and they’ve become one of my go-tos because their soft, comfortable and have held up well after many trips through the washing machine. 

Plus, these are great underwear for guys with a sense of humor:

If you prefer to askew the typical black, blue and gray solids used by most brands, they offer their ball pouch underwear in all sorts of funny and crazy patterns, which will make anyone who happens to see you in your underwear laugh (in a good way!). 

Why Some Might Not: 

Some (apparently quite gifted) users have reported that the pouch was too small for them. 

From reading the reviews, it’s possible these guys just ordered the wrong size, but if you’re more of a shower than a grower, this might not be the pair for you. 

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Best Large Pouch Underwear ↓

Public Rec Barely There Boxer

Public Rec large pouch underwear
Features:
  • Material: Micro modal  
  • Pouch Style: Figure-forming (aka “large”)
  • Vertical fly
Why We Like It: 

Made from the same sweat wicking micro modal fabric as their (excellent) shirts, pants and shorts, Public Rec’s boxers are some of the best trunk underwear on the market.

Unlike some of the ball hammock underwear on this list, Public Rec’s pouch isn’t quite as snug.

It has a large “figure-forming” pouch that gives you a little extra room, as opposed to the ball hammock models above, which are more supportive underwear specifically designed to combat scrotal sag. 

Instead, this one’s designed to offer both an optimal amount of room and a sufficient amount of support, so it’s a good option for guys who actually need a pair of large pouch underwear. 

Why Some Might Not: 

While this one provides light support that’s great for guys who need a little more room, it isn’t really designed to separate your boys from your leg like Saxx, Shinesty and some of the other models on this list. 

It’s a great option for guys who prefer a little more room (and could be a good alternative for the ones who found Shinesty too restrictive), but admittedly might not be the first pair that come to mind when hear the phrase “pouch underwear.” 

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The Best of the Rest ↓

Sheath Men’s Dual Pouch Underwear

Sheath pouch underwear
Features:
  • Material: 95% Modal and 5% Elastane
  • Pouch Style: Dual pouch
  • No roll waistband
Of Note:

A sheath is a thing you put your sword in, and Sheath’s underwear comes with a pouch you can put your—well, you see where this is going.

While their name is a little on-the-nose, Sheath makes some sleek, sexy underwear that has a slightly different design than you usually see on this type of underwear.

Sheath’s pouch boxer briefs take a “dual pouch” approach, meaning they feature one pouch for your sword and another for your family jewels.

In our opinion the Separatec model listed above is probably the best option for guys who want to make sure that their entire package is snug, secure and sweat-free, but this version from Sheath provides another strong alternative. 

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2UNDR Mens Swing Shift

2Undr pouch underwear
Features:
  • Material: 95% Lenzing Modal Beechwood Fiber, 5% Elastane
  • Pouch Style: Joey pouch
  • Disperses moisture
Of Note:

Not to be confused with kangaroo pouch underwear (on which, more below) 2UNDR calls their pouch the “Joey pouch,” which is similar in design to Saxx’s “ballpark” pouch.

One thing I like about 2UNDR is that they’ve put a lot of thought into men’s packages. (I know, I know. Look, considering the subject matter, these puns could have been much worse.)

In addition to the pouch, they’ve strategically placed the seams to avoid what they call “potential rub zones,” so that no stitching will rub up against your most sensitive areas. 

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Ben Sherman Contoured Pouch Boxer Briefs

Ben Sherman men's underwear with pouch for balls
Features:
  • Material: 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex
  • Pouch Style: Contoured support pouch
  • Multiple colors and patterns available
Of Note:

Ben Sherman has inserted himself into your nether regions—and the results are almost as good as this phrase was gross. (#sorrynotsorry)

Ben Sherman’s entry into the world of men’s pouch underwear uses a classic polyester and spandex combo that’s sweat-wicking and fast drying, so your boys will stay dry while ensconced in the contoured support pouch.

The polyester/spandex blend isn’t quite as comfortable as some of the other blends in our top picks, but still a good option for guys who tend to sweat and want to avoid typical cotton boxer briefs. 

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BN3TH Men’s Classic Boxer Briefs

BN3TH pouch underwear
Features:
  • Material: 95% Modal, 5% Spandex
  • Pouch Style: MyPakage pouch
  • Lightweight Tencel fabric
Of Note:

BN3TH’s contribution to the pouch underwear world features what they call their “MyPakage” pouch, which is similar in design to Shinesty’s “ball hammock” and Saxx’s “ballpark” pouch.

In addition to a bit of spandex, they use a lightweight fabric called a tencel modal, which is breathable, soft and designed to make your balls feel supported while simultaneously feeling like you’re not wearing any underwear at all.

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Hanes Men’s Comfort Flex Fit Total Support Pouch

Hanes pouch underwear
Features:
  • Material: 76% Polyester, 19% Tencel Lyocell, 5% Spandex
  • Pouch Style: Breathable mesh pouch
Of Note:

Not to be outdone by new entries into the men’s underwear game, Hanes has come out with their own line of ball-supporting briefs.

Theirs uses a blend of polyester, tencel and spandex and sports a pouch that has a breahtable mesh liner, offering your boys both support and breathability.

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New Balance Boxer Brief Fly Front with Pouch

New Balance Boxer Brief Fly Front with Pouch
Features:
  • Material: 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex
  • Pouch Style: Lightweight, 4-way stretch designed for sports
Of Note:

New Balance’s pouch briefs use a blend of sweat-wicking polyester and stretchy spandex to keep your package comfortable all day long, and offer a fly front that gives you easy access to your unit when needed. 

With a six-inch inseam these boxer briefs are a little longer than some of the other options on this list, and provide a degree of compression in addition to the comfortable pouch.

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Reebok Performance Boxer Briefs with Fly Pouch

Reebok Performance Boxer Briefs with Fly Pouch
Features:
  • Material: Polyester/Spandex Blend
  • Pouch Style: Breathable mesh pouch
Of Note:

It’s no surprise that one of the world’s best known sports brands (and top Nike competitors) has gotten in on the pouch underwear game.

Reebok’s version uses a sweat-wicking blend of polyester and spandex, making these a great option to wear while working out or playing on sports teams.

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Tommy John Air Mesh Hammock Briefs

Tommy John Air Mesh Hammock Briefs
Features:
  • Material: 77% Nylon Mesh, 23% Spandex
  • Pouch Style: Contour pouch 
  • “Quick-Draw” horizontal fly
Of Note:

If you’ve ever listened to a podcast, you’ve probably heard of Tommy John.

Their brand was built around comfortable, well-made underwear that doesn’t cost a fortune, and they take the same approach to their entry into the pouch underwear game.

Their “Hammock Pouch” briefs use the company’s Air Mesh fabric, a super light and anti-microbial material that dries quickly.

And the quick-drying element is key, since it helps you avoid the dreaded “bat wing” that occurs when things get damp down there and your boys start to stick to your thigh.

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UFM Underwear

Features:
  • Material: 95% Bamboo viscose, 5% spandex
  • Pouch Style: Adjustable pouch 
Of Note:

On any list of the best men pouch underwear, most of the pairs you’ll find are made from synthetic materials like polyester and nylon.

While quick-drying fabric can wick moisture and prevent unwanted sogginess and offer great support, some guys prefer to stick with (mostly) natural material on such an important part of the body.

Featuring 95% bamboo with just a bit of spandex thrown in for stretch, this UFM product provides a perfect balance between nature and nurture.

In addition to stretchy and soft fabric, it features an adjustable pouch that offers complete freedom in the amount of support offered.

(For those who prefer a longer trunk, they also offer another pair that extends further down the thigh.)

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Stance Wholester Boxer Brief

Stance Wholester Boxer Brief
Features:
  • Material: Butterblend (proprietary) 
  • Pouch Style: Wholester 
  • Side entry fly 
Of Note:

The only things you really need to know about these boxer briefs from Stance are that they’re made with the company’s “Wholester” pouch (get it?), which is designed to be both breathable and non-bunching. 

And they’re made from the company’s proprietary “Butterblend” fabric, about which they’re pretty tight-lipped. 

(The fabric’s name is trademarked and I’m guessing they have a number of intl patents for the fabric blend itself, hence their secrecy.) 

While they don’t reveal exactly what goes into the fabric blend, they say it’s made from premium fibers using purpose-specific finishing techniques, and users say it provides something pretty damn close to ultimate comfort. 

As one user going by the screen name MSTR put it, this pair is “super soft, and I wish that I could have my entire boxer collection be these types of boxer [briefs].” 

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Conclusion 

Before wrapping up I wanted to issue a quick word of caution, because since first publishing this post I’ve heard from some older men and a few other other readers who suffer from medical conditions that are exacerbated by traditional boxer shorts.

These can include everything from so-called senior sag to more serious issues like testicular swelling and even testicular trauma.

If you need to find the right underwear to accommodate your medical condition, I strongly recommend you consult your physician.

The Recap ↓

Overall Best Ball Pouch Underwear

Dave Bowden

Saxx Men’s Ultra Boxer Briefs

Summary

A pioneer in the pouch underwear game, Saxx’s bread and butter is its “ballpark” pouch, which has just enough fabric to prevent chafing, but not so much that it gets in the way.

4.5

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About Dave Bowden

Dave Bowden

Founder, Irreverent Gent
Author, Man in Command and Stop Doubting, Start Dating
Writer, Really Wordy Author Bios

Dave Bowden is a style blogger, menswear expert and best-selling author (in Canada—but still!) whose advice on how to look good and live well has been featured in New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Men's Health and more.

When not obsessing over style and self-improvement, he can usually be found spending time with his wonderful wife and two amazing sons, indulging in a hoppy craft beer, or sobbing over the woeful state of Toronto's sports teams.

Check out Dave's Style Story to find out how a chance encounter with his friend's step-dad taught him the value of looking good and living well (don't worry—it's less creepy than it sounds!), or email him at [email protected] if you want to get in touch.

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