Sounds like a great band name, right?
Firstly some grammar…
I chafe. I am chafing. I chafed.
You chafe. You are chafing. You chafed.
We chafe. We are chafing. We chafed.
They chafe. They are chafing. They chafed.
He chafes. He is chafing. He chafed.
She chafes. She is chafing. She chafed.
It chafes. It is chafing. It chafed.
This, on the other hand, is a chiffchaff…
It has nothing to do with chafing.
It does ‘chaff‘ however… and indeed ‘chiff‘s (though not necessarily in that order). It is a bird so named due to its call, that sounds a bit like ‘chiffchaff‘.
This post is just about chafing.
It has nothing to do with ‘chaffing’ at all. In fact, I’m not even sure ‘chaffing’ is a word other than my rather contrived use of it, above.
STOP PRESS – quick Google search…
So. It is a word…BUT has nothing to do with chafing.
I am fed up with chuffing people referring to chafing as chuffing chaffing! Ok?
Shall we move on?
I run. I am a runner (It’s ok – I’m not doing the whole grammar thing again!).
And as a runner I have experienced some pretty nasty chafing in my time. It happens. It has happened sometimes when not even running.
Now, I’m not a huge size. That’s all relative, I know. So, yes, probably (definitely) I am officially overweight, and with a BMI of 32, I could do with losing a few pounds, but I genuinely don’t consider myself to be large.
I do admit however, that I have a rugby player’s thighs rather than svelte runner’s legs. You can barely pinch any fat on them (probably the training they get from carting the rest of me around), but they are big and solid. And they rub. Especially on a run. They rub. Especially on a long, sweaty, hot run. They rub.
If I was a caveman, I’d have been famous as the one who discovered fire by rubbing his upper thighs together.
I have experimented in the past with different types of running underwear… cotton / polycotton / Polyamide 82% Elastane 18% /tight / loose / existent / non-existent (sorry…yes), and up until last week I’d have advocated the tight, low-friction option. And there would be plenty of Vaseline.
Let’s face it though, nobody really likes using liberal amounts of Vaseline down there on a cold winter’s morning….well…they might…but I don’t.
I was sent some underwear by the above company and was politely informed that I was not required to actually model them myself on here (although if I did then the SUSTYM would have come in very handy).
After I recovered from my exhibitionist disappointment, I agreed simply to write a review instead. So here goes…
I have now run some long runs of 15 miles plus wearing the men’s boxers…obviously… I had not been sent by any of the women’s knickerboxers or briefs so I couldn’t wear them to test…and I probably wouldn’t have worn them, even if they had been sent, but my guess is that they would work too.
Here’s the long version of the benefits:
-Seamless & Stretchy
-Lightweight, quick drying and machine washable
-Keeps skin cool, dry and comfortable through high performance wicking fabric COOLMAX®
-Anti Bacterial properties
-Gives relief from sweating and chafing
-Double stitching to strengthen seams
-No irritating labels
-Soft flexible fabric with a second skin feel for minimal movement.
-Short (5″) and Long Leg (7″) Lengths
-Available in 1 (individual) 3 or 5 pack
And here’s the short version:
They were supportive, cool, really comfortable, and prevented thigh fires.
Ha! That will have to be what they use on their ‘customer reviews’ section now.
Now, I don’t want to be all positive and not present a balanced review here, so here’s a couple of negatives:
1) How can a product have ‘double stitching to strengthen seams‘ AND be ‘seamless‘? Ok I’m being pedantic (very unlike me, I know). And to be fair, I know the point is that they certainly feel seamless. Flat. No harsh lines.
2) The company is called ‘Chaffree’ – not ‘Chafefree’.
After everything I said at the beginning, too. I guess I’ll just have to let that one go.
But ultimately, the point is that they work.
What more do you want?
They do the job… and they do it really well. They don’t roll over on the waist band. They keep their shape and they keep me running pain free…well at least pain free from chafing.
They aren’t cheap, at £17 for a single pair (although increased purchases result in decreased unit costs), but you pay for quality and I can honestly say that I will make sure that I have some of these boxers ready for any future long run, including my upcoming marathon.
They are definitely a part of my stock running kit now and I will not be going on another long run unless I’m wearing a pair of these beauties.
Disclaimer thingamy bit: I was sent three pairs of Chaffree boxer shorts free of charge in return for writing a review here, but was under no obligation to be nice about them. This post contains affiliate links.