12 February 2007

Hanes ComfortSoft: I'll never buy another brand of boys' underwear

Hanes ComfortSoft briefsI never thought I'd get evangelical about underpants, but here it is. Regular boys' briefs generally come with scratchy elastic waistbands -- they always gave my son uncomfortable red welts on his waist no matter what size he wore. No more: Hanes ComfortSoft boys' briefs are made of the softest cotton, but, more importantly, they enclose the elastic in the same material as the brief. I bought him nine pairs two years ago and they're as study as ever, and only get softer with each washing.

Note: These briefs are on sale at Amazon right now at almost half off: $5.90 for a three-pack (usually $10).

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My son wants all the characters on them, but when I bought the ones he chose, he then made me cut out the tags causing the elastic to start to ravel. I'll show him the picture of these but I'm not sure he'll go for them. Star Wars undies seem very important. (Hope that's all they're comparing in that kindergarten bathroom!)

These and a similar style by BodyBasix are the only underwear my ultra picky son will wear. They are incredibly soft and I can understand why he likes them.

I agree that this is the greatest design for underwear. My youngest son is especially sensitive to tags and stuff bugging him. Before these came out, he would only wear his brother's hand me down underwear because they had been "broken in".

Thank goodness. I didn't know how he was going to handle that problem as an adult.

I agree that this is the greatest design for underwear. My youngest son is especially sensitive to tags and stuff bugging him. Before these came out, he would only wear his brother's hand me down underwear because they had been "broken in".

Thank goodness. I didn't know how he was going to handle that problem as an adult.

If the elastic in undies is causing welts, it could be a latex allergy. I am allergic to latex and elastic gives me welts (along with latex gloves, condoms, and bandaids).

Also, Hanna Andersson makes similar underwear for boys and girls, but with organic cotton.

Hmmm. Good point. We've got a family history of latex allergy.

Can anyone give me sizing information? I don't know what the size equivalent a "small" is.

And they come in boxer briefs too! Those are our underpants of choice!

My son is a Hanes ComfortSoft boxer-brief guy since the age of 5. I thought it was just him! And he refuses to waer any pants that aren't sweatpants to boot!

Any recs for sweatpants that wear well but aren't babyish looking for an 8 year old? He comes through the kneees of even fancy Lands End pair in a matter of weeks. He doesn't like the "cuff" on Hanna Anderson- thinks they look like pajama pants- and he says the polyester blends are scratchy.

Yep! This is why I only make undies for my kids. I get knits for the characters if they like them, and they have their own, great fitting soft undies.

Here is the size information from Essential Apparel, through Amazon.com:

Small
Weight 38-58 lbs. Waist 21-23"

Medium
Weight 58-86 lbs. Waist 23-26"

Large
Weight 86-114 lbs. Waist 26-28"

XLarge
Weight 114-140 lbs. Waist 28-30"

Hope that helps!

I agree. I just started my 3 year old on the boxer brief style and he loves them. The character undies were binding and a lot tighter (he has a pretty ample rear). Plus seeing your son in tight undies is only cute for a little while.

I immediately thought latex allergy, too. Something to consider.... Being latex allergic, I can tell you that it is serious and the darned stuff is everywhere. If the old underwear was causing welts, you may want to keep an eye your son for other possible latex reactions.

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