Patagonia Active Briefs - Women's

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Description

If you want guaranteed comfort from the skin-out, start with the Patagonia Active Briefs for women. These polyester underwear have a touch of spandex for a body-hugging fit that wicks moisture, dries out quickly and feels soft and breathable during long rides in the car, long hikes on the trail and long runs on snow-drenched mountains. The recycled polyester content comes from used soda bottles, unusable fabric scraps and recycled garments – to keep your impact on the earth minimal. The flat elastic waistband won’t bind or roll, the single-sided binding at the leg openings won’t chafe and the min-rib crotch breathes for maximum comfort. Patagonia panties are built to last – through washings in camp to sink laundry in hotel rooms to third world laundry ladies, the Patagonia Women's Active Briefs will ride comfortably and always have your back… side.

Specifications

  • Fabric: Solids and prints: 5.9-oz 91% polyester (78% recycled), 9% spandex
  • Fabric: Stripes: 6.6-oz 93% polyester (43% recycled), 7% spandex
  • Stretchy recycled polyester/spandex blend wicks moisture
  • Seamless waistband lies flat, won't roll or bind
  • Breathable mini-rib crotch
  • Soft single-sided binding at leg openings won't chafe or creep
  • Formfitting
  • Made in Israel
  • Weight: 28 g, 1 oz

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

48 Reviews

Pros
  • Build quality: 5
  • Performance: 5
  • Great design: 4
  • Great value: 4

Cons
  • Cost: 6
  • a little pricey: 1
  • underwear lines: 1
  • Wears quickly: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 4.9 / 5
Durability: 4.9 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5

48 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
zmonsty
from Portland
35-44 yrs

Undies built to move
January 22, 2012

The material is high quality and the design is perfect for women who are active and need a snug but flexible fitting underwear! They also breath well and wash out and dry quickly in camping conditions.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, fit
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CMittura
from Birdsboro, PA
25-34 yrs

They are my fav!
January 23, 2011

My go to pair- so comfortable. Fits great- wicks away sweat and are perfect for all day wear. I keep buying more in every color! Just like everything from Patagonia- great quality!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
naturegal
from Santa Barbara, CA
25-34 yrs

love me my patagonia undies
October 03, 2012

I always come back to the active briefs. I love to run, do yoga, tennis and also dress up and I find these can come with me in all situations. Really comfortable and love the fabric and design. I have had one or two tear but other than that love them.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Wears quickly
ComfortShoes: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
pumagirl
top50Contributor

from denver, co
18-24 yrs

Not just for sports
May 26, 2011

I have about 10 pairs of these. Originally bought them for backpacking, but now I wear them everyday. I'm retiring all my cotton undies, because these are so much more comfortable. They are seamless, and don't get clammy when you sweat. They also hold up well - I still have my 2 pairs from 10 years ago, and they are in excellent shape.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
alyn1120
from Phoenix, AZ
25-34 yrs

Best Underwear Ever!
March 23, 2011

Yes, they are a little pricey, but they are worth every penny and more. No more sweaty, soggy panties, especially during the long, hot AZ summer. No more tugging and adjusting back into place whether I'm wearing workout clothes or dressed for the office. I originally bought 2 pair for running/hiking/kayaking but had to order more because I just can't stand to wear anything else. I'm 5'5" and about 135, normally wear an 8 in most pants, and the size medium fits perfectly.

Pros: Great design, Performance, stays in place, wicking
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
GuyInMD
from Maryland
55-64 yrs

Great underwear
May 09, 2011

These fit really great and are extremely comfortable. I recommend that they be marketed as unisex. Other guys will enjoy wearing them too. Once I tried the first pair, I was sold and now have 10 pairs or more. They are light to pack and will dry quickly, when you need to wash them by hand.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: a little pricey
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Jkayak
from North Carolina
45-54 yrs

Never leave home without them!
April 28, 2011

These are the most comfortable briefs I've ever worn. I wear them under work clothes, to the gym, and most importantly kayaking. They stay put, no riding up , dry fast, and have held up after many washings, no unraveling of legs or rolling of the waistband. A little more than average price for briefs but last longer so are worth it.

Pros: Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
ClothesHound
from Central Oregon

Still a bit of a ride
June 28, 2011

These are really comfortable and mostly stay in place. The only downside is that these show lines and I was hoping for underwear that were a bit more invisible. Still, very comfortable and I keep wearing 'em.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Cons: underwear lines

Very Comfy
April 26, 2010

These are great for running in, very comfy and they wick sweat very well. I do prefer the solids to the stripes--the stripes are made of a different fabric that doesn't stay put quite as well.

comfortable but a bit big
April 23, 2010

Love the material and shape, but they run big. The small feels more like a medium or a large. I am considering getting the extra small. Although, the black ones I bought only a few weeks ago, also size small,fit much better. Can't see any reason why, the both are called Women's Active Briefs size small.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
SquirrelGirl
from Park City, UT
35-44 yrs

Great Undies EXCEPT . . .
November 09, 2011

Make sure you buy the striped colors. The plain black and tan ones are cut differently and are made of slightly different materials that are less comfortable. I had the same problem a few years ago when I purchased these undies. The flowered versions fit great, the solid colors were just a bit off.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
NatureSeeker
from California

The most comfortable briefs ever made!
October 25, 2011

There are no better briefs than these! These briefs will conform to your body without binding and will move with you. Don't fret about the price... they will last you for many, many years... I know this from experience!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
summerhiker
top500Contributor

from Oregon
25-34 yrs

A Must Buy!
May 19, 2011

These are now the only underwear that I buy. They last forever, wash and dry well and never ride up. I still have my original pair from at least 3 years ago and they still look like new. Would highly recommend.

Pros: Lasts forever, Performance
Mookie
from Belfast NY
35-44 yrs

Awesome fit
March 06, 2013

These are the best panties ever. AAA+++++++. I will definitly purchase more in the future.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
HAWKSINKALISPELL
top1000Contributor

from Kalispell, MT
35-44 yrs

Comfortable and true to size
January 21, 2013

Only had these underwear for a few weeks but they comfortable and fit true to size. She says they are well built, no seams, super soft fabric and therefore they feel like a second skin. Little pricey but so far top notch.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
KateO
from Chicago, IL
25-34 yrs

Great underwear!
November 09, 2010

I needed underwear for working out that wouldn't ride up. The rise is perfect, and they really are moisture wicking. They are amazing! They are probably great for traveling as well!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
SkiBikeSwimGal
from Sacramento, CA
35-44 yrs

You are a Goddess
November 06, 2010

On the inside of this underwear reads,"You are a Goddess." The first time I noticed it was in the restroom at the Emergency Room after I got hit on my bicycle by a distracted motorist. It made my day! In addition to comforting me, this underwear did a nice job of wicking in the AM commute to work and withstanding some wear and tear from rubbing up on concrete. They're not quite as comfy as the Patagonias but they are cheaper. They are a bit narrower in the hips than the Patagonia as well. I'd recommend.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Great value

felt great, however they fell apart after one washing
July 15, 2010

love these. they are very comfortable and do not ride up. The problem was after one wearing and one washing the inside began to fray. On the positive side, Altrec was great. I called and had no trouble with a return and refund. I will purchase another pair since I have never had this problem before. I assume this was a one time abnormality with the material.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
carpediemkath
top500Contributor

from Tucson, AZ
35-44 yrs

best undies out there
January 30, 2013

I've been field testing these undies with other high-quality brands for over a year now, and these win hands down. They are by far the lightest (weight), most comfortable panties ever. They dry the fastest, too. These undies don't pinch or roll, and don't retain odor. Two pairs got me through three weeks on the Appalachian trail. They're also great for hot yoga. Did I mention they're really cute? These are the only panties I feel comfortable hanging from the back of my pack to dry while I walk. I usually buy myself a new pair or two every year, but I really can't tell between the new ones and the old ones when I'm wearing them. These panties last forever.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
jpkp
top250Contributor

Nice fit
November 10, 2010

I really like these panties. They fit nicely & don't ride-up, they won't shrink upon washing. A little pricey for panties, but worth the extra money.

Pros: Performance

Active briefs
July 31, 2010

Fit perfectly, so comfortable, feels like they are barely there.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Katt5
from Illinois
55-64 yrs

Outstanding!
June 20, 2011

These briefs are terrific. They wear and wash like a dream. I used to run in cotton briefs, but never again now that I have these. I wish they were more readily available. While expensive, they are well worth the cost! Highly recommend!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
kayaker00304
25-34 yrs

the best
December 05, 2011

These are by far the best underwear. Very comfortable and last a long time. I won't buy anything else. I would highly recommend them for people that travel and those that are active.

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever

Previous reviewer wrong - these run true to size!!!
July 23, 2010

I read the review stating that these run big. I wish I had ignored this review. These run true to size. Now I have to pay for return shipping and wait another week to have briefs that fit. If you are considering these, buy your correct size. They do feel nice and soft however and I am looking forward to receiving the correct size to work out in.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
casual
from Sherborn, MA
55-64 yrs

Always a favorite
May 07, 2011

I have worn these briefs for several years now and they wear exceptionally well. Excellent fit, very stretchy and soft, do not ride up, no lines/bulges under clothes. Always happy to see these go on sale!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Never looking back!
May 12, 2010

For years I was a big fan of the Victoria's Secret cotton bikini. Then the style changed, and they started riding up. My search for the perfect undies began. It has ended with the Patagonia Active Brief. These are best undies out there. You won't regret the money spent on these.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
BerryBird
35-44 yrs

Uber Comfort
November 15, 2010

Thes are the most comfortable underwear I've ever worn. I bought the first pair for their wicking ability, primarily to wear for serious hiking, but started wearing them as often as they were clean because of their extreme comfort. Then I got pregnant, and they became the only underwear I wanted to wear. I have since purchased four more pairs. The lack of seams and soft stretchy fabric make them incomparable to standard panties. They might be pricey, but are so worth it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

Great Fit
August 20, 2010

This brief provides a comfortable fit without creep. It is perfect for any active pursuit.

Fabulous
August 03, 2010

I am going to throw out all of my other underwear and only wear these!

naturegal
from Santa Barbara, CA

love me my patagonia undies
October 03, 2012

I always come back to the active briefs. I love to run, do yoga, tennis and also dress up and I find these can come with me in all situations. Really comfortable and love the fabric and design. I have had one or two tear but other than that love them.

Cons: Cost
anothergator
from Gainesville, FL
55-64 yrs

wonderful
January 17, 2012

I have been buying these briefs for several years. Yes, they are expensive, but worth it. They are very, very comfortable and perfect for active and everyday use.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
annon

good stuff
July 28, 2011

This is a great product. I find it fits well and it washes up very beautifully. These briefs are easy to travel with a s they quickly dry. The briefs look good under pants as well as other clothes Very comfy and I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
ScouterLady
45-54 yrs

In love with these!!
March 10, 2011

I ordered these to take to the Boy Scout National Jamboree. 105 degree heat index every day for a week. Living in a tent and hiking 10 miles a day. I came home and bought more. Now I wear them almost every day. I ordered based on the size charts, I wear a L and the fit was great.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
MelissaM
from CT

Perfect workout underwear
May 18, 2011

It may be a bit pricey but it's worth it- this underwear is the best. I have worn it for 5ks, 10 milers, and half marathons and now for marathon training. I wont run or race in anything else. It's comfortable, wicks, stays in place, doesn't chafe, doesn't ride up or bunch up, etc.

Pros: Great design
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
westernslope
55-64 yrs

The BEST!
August 01, 2011

This underwear is so comfortable, you forget you have them on. They are so fast drying I don't ever put them in the dryer. I wear them for casual and sports activities alike.

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
all3sports

Great brief's
March 21, 2011

These Patagonia brief's are the best fitting, most comfortable that I've ever owned. Love the material also. Recommended them to my sister and friends. I won't wear anything else.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
alliCO
from Denver
45-54 yrs

best panties ever
January 16, 2012

They fit great, don't cause panty lines, breathable and tolerate years of washings. I have several pairs of active briefs.....they are now the only panties I buy

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever, Performance, comfortable
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
yellowfly
top1000Contributor

from Ann Arbor, MI / Frisco, CO / Wilson, WY
55-64 yrs

Love my briefs
November 22, 2012

I've stopped bothering buying any other brand. I just treat myself to a couple new pair each year ... yes, they are that durable. I can't tell the difference between the old ones and the new ones in the drawer on my bod. Love them period.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use

best undies
April 29, 2010

I love these active briefs. They are so comfy, fit well, wash nicely, dry fast and come in cute colors and prints. I've been wearing these for awhile and always buy the new colors when they come out.

Heavenly
August 16, 2010

while pricey, these briefs are worth every penny. Comfort, fit and to die for fabric. Happy girl.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
DCMommy
25-34 yrs

Not as Great as They Used to Be
February 14, 2013

Since Patagonia changed the style of their briefs, they just don't fit the same. Granted, they're still the best undies on the market, but I wish they would go back to the style and fit of a couple seasons ago. One of my favorite things about these briefs is the selection of fun colors. That said, it would be nice to have a light, nude color that would be truly invisible under, say, the Patagonia hemp pants.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CaRRRnE
from San Francisco
25-34 yrs

Love Patagonia underwear
February 08, 2012

These briefs are amazing. I was converted when I originally bought a pair for travel but these are the only underwear I get now. They don't dig into your skin and don't roll around the waist and quick drying. Lovelove love

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
horseluvr

April 11, 2011

Great fit. Don't ride up. Fabric is of a high quality. Seems to wick sweat while horseback riding. They seem to run a tad bit large. I will possibly order a size smaller next time.

Pros: Great design, Build quality

Comfie
July 30, 2010

I was unsure about purchasing these undies due to the price. But after wearing these ATVing they are the most excellent pair I've ever owned. No wedgies or wetness from sweat.

AllisonF

Like these - I bought another
September 24, 2010

I bought them at first because I wanted wicking briefs and was interested in the color. The comfort is great and they fit just right. The wicking properties are also good. I bought another later. A bit pricey but I decided they are worth it.

Fantastic Briefs
April 08, 2010

These are the best briefs ever. I am extremely impressed at how they stay in place after several washings.

pumagirl
top50Contributor

from denver, co

October 13, 2010

Dries very quickly, never rides up. It's perfect for active sports from running to hiking to snowboarding. I have 2 from 10 years ago, and they have yet to wear out.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
adventurejane

love these
March 14, 2011

started buying these a couple of years ago and have not looked back. super soft, fit well, never ride up, cute designs. have curvy hips and they stay where they should even while very active.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
comfortonly

very comfortable
April 20, 2013

These are great and very comfortable. I have purchased many and they hold up very well. They dry quickly for when you want to hand wash. The sizing seems right on. I wear a size Small and am 5'3' and weigh 115lbs- usually wear a size 2 or 4 pant. These are expensive but they do last a long time.

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Attagirl/ Nile Blue, Attagirl/ White, Black, Dahlia Stripe/ Catalan Coral, Dahlia Stripe/ Tobago Blue, Dalila Stripe/ Chromatic Yellow, Dalila Stripe/ Sky, Felicite Stripe/ Lilac, Felicite Stripe/ Morning Sky, Felicite Stripe/ Natural, Ladies' Fitz Roy/ Cerise, Light Balsamic, Netta Graphic/ Aloe Green, Netta Graphic/ Rubellite Pink, Ombre Stencil/ Pineapple, Ombre Stencil/ Polar Blue, Ombre Stencil/ Radiant Magenta, Quartz and White..

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs, size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: xs, s, m, l, xl.

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