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Compression Boxer Briefs: Our Top 5 Picks

A great hybrid of compression shorts and boxer briefs built for activity and all day comfort.

Three male athletes exercising.

As athletic brands continue to develop new active clothing options, we’re seeing lots of exciting and innovative products that you can incorporate into your everyday routine.

One such product is the compression boxer brief, also known as an active underwear version of boxer briefs. While original compression shorts were designed to be worn during activity, this new take has both active and casual wear in mind.

It’s also worth noting that many guys simply prefer the way compression boxer briefs feel compared to more traditional boxer options. Factors like how they fit under clothing, how the legs stay put without rolling or bunching, as well as their overall sleek appearance makes them a great choice for anyone.

With this in mind, we picked out our Top 5 Compression Boxer Briefs on the market today. Check out the list and try a pair for yourself.

Note: Featured products are independently selected and reviewed by Compression Athlete. If you purchase through our links, we may earn commission.

1. Nike Elite Micro

The first two pairs we’re going to take a look at are both new styles from Nike. While Nike had a previous version of compression boxer briefs called the Training Boxer Briefs, we see some really cool modifications and improvements in these new designs.

The first pair we’ll look at from Nike is the Nike Elite Micro. These compression boxer briefs offer all the support you need for a workout while maintaining optimal comfort. They use a bonded-seam construction to comfortably stay in place while you move and utilize Nike Dri-FIT to wick sweat and keep you dry.

Shop at Nike: Nike Elite Micro Boxer Briefs

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The former Training Boxer Briefs version used a 92% polyester, 8% spandex material blend, which is very similar to your basic compression shorts. The Elite Micro has an 84% polyester, 16% spandex blend that prioritizes comfort and allows your body to move freely.


  • 84% Polyester, 16% Elastic

  • 4-way stretch and Dri-FIT technology

2. Nike Luxe Cotton Modal

The second pair from Nike we’ll take a look at is the Nike Luxe Cotton Modal. In terms of the hybrid design of compression boxer briefs, this pair leans more toward boxer brief than compression shorts. So, they’re probably better for lower-intensity activity but this also makes them the most comfortable option on the list.

Shop at Nike: Nike Luxe Cotton Modal Boxer Briefs

The Nike Cotton Modals have smooth and stretchy fabric for free movement, as well as Nike Dri-FIT technology for ventilation and sweat-wicking capability. The cotton modal fabric is incredibly soft and great for your everyday wear.


  • 57% Cotton, 38% Modal, 5% Spandex

  • Ultrasoft cotton modal fabric for comfort.

3. Under Armour Tech Recover Boxerjock

Up next, we have two great options from Under Armour. The first is the new Under Armour Tech Recover Boxerjock, which utilizes a mineral-infused fabric to help your muscles recover faster.

Shop at Under Armour: Under Armour Tech Recover Boxerjock

This fabric absorbs the energy that your body gives off and uses minerals to reflects it back into your muscles and tissues. This process helps to localize blood flow in the area, which increases oxygenation for improved muscle rebuilding and recovery. And from the reviews, we’re seeing that many athletes note actually being able to tell a difference from wearing them.

Meanwhile, these compression boxer briefs are incredibly soft, breathable, and stretchy (4-way stretch). Their design incorporates a performance waistband, sweat-wicking ability, and no side or back seams for comfort.


  • 90% Polyester, 10% Elastane (Spandex)

  • Mineral-infused technology to reduce muscle fatigue.

4. Under Armour Boxerjock

Gotta throw in the popular classic from Under Armour while we’re here, called the Under Armour Boxerjock. These compression boxer briefs helped kick off the trend. They’re soft, breathable, and forgo any side or back seams to optimize comfort.

Shop at Under Armour: Boxerjock 6" and Boxerjock 9"

Available on Amazon: Boxerjock 6" and Boxerjock 9"

They also utilize a performance waistband and a snug (but not tight) fit to stay in place during activity without any distraction. The UA Boxerjock has 4-way stretch and a working mesh fly panel. The material wicks sweat, dries fast, and prevents the growth of odor-causing microbes.


  • 90% Polyester, 10% Elastane (Spandex)

  • Working mesh fly

5. Adidas Climacool Brief

Our last pick featured here, but certainly not the least, is a great option from Adidas called the Adidas Climacool Brief. Time and again these compression boxer briefs have been praised for their comfort. The Climacool technology is a breathable micro-mesh fabric that provides extra breathability and targeted ventilation.

Shop at Adidas: Adidas Climacool Brief

The Climacool Brief comes in a longer 9” length for a no-ride-up construction. They use a smooth-stitching technique and a tagless waist for comfort. The Climacool Brief also has sweat-wicking capability and a mesh-lined pouch.


  • 91% Polyester, 9% Spandex

  • Mesh-lined pouch

When to Wear Compression Boxer Briefs

So, what’s the difference between compression boxer briefs and compression shorts? Overall, not too much. But we can look to a few key differences that distinguish the two.

For starters, compression boxer briefs are a hybrid between compression shorts and boxer briefs, encompassing qualities of both. Just like boxer briefs, you can wear your compression boxer briefs all day, anytime.

While this is true for your compression shorts, as well, compression boxer briefs have a few modifications that result in a more relaxed fit for extended wear. For example, the material is likely to be made of the same fabrics but with a modified blend. Often this is slightly decreasing the percentage of polyester while increasing the percent of spandex, which results in a less compressive feel.

So, if you were competing in a sporting event or heading to a workout, you’d probably opt for your typical compression shorts. But if you wanted something a bit more relaxed to wear for a longer period, or if your activity is not going to be very strenuous, you might prefer opting for some compression boxer briefs.

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