Runbreeze was established in 2008 by two Loughborough University graduates who set out to develop a range of high quality ankle and compression socks for running. Six years down the line following the success of their award-winning socks, they have gone on to launch Runderwear™, a line of underwear (duh!) that is again specifically designed with runners in mind.
Before I get into the review, I would first of all like to assure readers that there are no images of me modelling this product within the galleries so you can scroll down with confidence!
Like most men (I’m guessing), the main time I tend to wear underwear when running is under tights in the winter to provide extra support, insulation and to get more than one-wear out of the tights between washes (Is that still a bit gross? I’m not sure…). I’ve chosen to review the boxers over the briefs to reduce the dreaded faux-pas of a visible panty line but this is obviously a personal thing.
The polyamide / elastane mix that Runbreeze have used to construct the shorts is soft, stretchy and feels great against the skin. They are lightweight without feeling flimsy with reinforcement in areas where additional support is required and thinner material in other areas to promote flexibility and breathability.
I am somewhere between a 30″ and 32″ waist (probably closer to the latter at this time of year) and when I first removed the size small boxers out of the box, I was surprised by how small they looked and wondered if I would need to go up a size. My concern was put to rest immediately when I tried them on as the fit was immediately very comfortable thanks to the stretchy material. The design isn’t completely seamless as there are some small areas of stitching around the gusset and leg openings but they are completely unobtrusive and I didn’t notice them whilst running.
This is undoubtably one of those products where the greatest compliment you can give it is that you almost forget you are wearing them during use. The shorts provided excellent support and comfort with no chafing or discomfort whatsoever throughout the test period of around two months of regular use. I have exclusively used them for running but see no reason why they wouldn’t work just as well for other active past times. The moisture-wicking properties of the material also performs well and they remain lightweight if they do get wet.
Mine have been through the wash numerous times now and they are still looking good….. right up until I accidentally put them through the tumble drier which sent them a bit bobbly (it tells you not to do this on the care label). That mistake aside, I have no concerns about durability.
It’s pretty rare that I test a product where I can’t find some minor design feature that I would change but my experience of using the Runderwear briefs has been so overwhelmingly positive that I honestly can’t think of anything. It’s always great to see a British company producing quality products and Runbreeze have done a fine job of coming up with a great design. At £18, the price is right where I expect it to be so if you are looking for some high-quality underwear for running and other active past-times, these get the thumbs-up from me.
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If you live in the Leicestershire area, why not support an independent retailer and pay a visit to the excellent Melton Sports to pick up a pair of these and have a browse around!
Alternatively, if you are further afield you can also purchase Runderwear via Amazon.
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