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#1
Ok ladies, I need your input (especially veterans)...
I haven't purchased any underwear for the trip yet and would love some advice about the best types (brands and fabrics). I have seen some of the pricey tech underwear and am wondering if it's worth it to purchase these ones. What's your opinion???
Thanks!
 

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Artemis

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2006, Camino Portuguese 2009
#3
I took Barely There briefs. They are constructed of seamless microfiber and don't have tags. They were very lightweight, comfortable and they dry really fast. I found some at TJMAXX so they were even on sale. I took a couple of microfiber sports bras too.
 
#4
Definitely take microfiber underwear because of its moisture-wicking, comfortable and quick drying capability. A must in springtime as your wash must dry quickly and when it rains, things might not dry overnight. You might expedite the drying time if you roll them in your towel and hang to dry.

- Briefs: I took 3 Barely There, which I got at Costco but haven't found them there in months. Next time I will take ExOfficio Bikini Briefs are more comfortable though kind of expensive at $16. You can see them at this link: http://www.rei.com/category/10062717.

- Sports bras: 2 Moving Comfort Daylite. Lightweight, moisture-wicking, breathable , very comfortable and quick drying. View at: http://www.rei.com/category/40003550.
 
#5
For panties I took what I owned, did not buy any special types and they worked fine. They were thin, quick drying.
For bras this time I bought tank tops with built in bras. They serve as bra and keep me warm under something else, or when it is warm I can just wear it alone. Last time I took one regular bra and 1 bralette which I liked alot.
Did not and do not need to buy any special kinds.
I spent my money on outer wear.
Lillian
 

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ksam

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese '08, Frances '11, del Norte '14, Invierno '16, Ingles '17, Primitivo October 2018
#6
Ok. Since we're on the topic!! What about sports bras..I ran into an issue w/one of my favs...it and my back pack hit my collar bone at the same spot...and wound up with a really impressive bone bruise right on the front of the collar bone....hurt all week! Any other recommendations regarding types or brands or number of!!??!!?

I too have the Barelythere briefs...for reg. use they are soo comfy! so am planning on 3 pairs...Got'em at Kohls..on sale so they were like 3 pairs for $18.

Karin
 
Camino(s) past & future
I tried in 09, it went horribly. Gonna try again. Aug/Sept this year
#8
ExOffico all the way!!! Wicking and lightweight....$18 a pair at REI... but I just got two pair from Travel Smith for 13.50 a pair. I LOVE them and want to wear them every day... I have 5 pair now and really have no desire to even go back to my cotton panties....and anyone who sweats in the nether regions will LOVE these. Just like my american express ( just a saying, I don't even have one) card... I'll NEVER leave home without them!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#9
I just took my normal undies.. I think they were "barely there" brand.
They were fine, and dry each morning after washing.
 

Tia Valeria

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
#10
Cotton tends to hold the moisture and can be a problem for some of us, I find it uncomfortable if I have been sweating. I take lightweight ultra silver briefs (made by Rohan UK) and nylon bras. My briefs dry overnight so 3 pairs would do, but I prefer to take 4 pairs. I can change after a shower in the afternoon and still have a clean pair for next morning if there has not been a chance to do washing. The briefs technical details can be seen on the Rohan site which might help you then look for something similar.
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-18
#12
Ex Officio briefs wear like iron. My first set, purchased in 2009 and worn both for travel and at home, is still going strong. Of course, I've added to them via the various sales at REI and TravelSmith over the years.
 

SafariGirl

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés, Vía de la Plata, Primitivo, Norte, Lebaniego & Vadiniense,
Aragonés
#13
Patagonia Hipsters get my vote. Not done the Camino yet but have invested in 3 pairs & do all my training walks in them. They're super-comfortable and wash/dry really easily/quickly. Prícey but worth it to me.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese 2015
#14
Ok ladies, I need your input (especially veterans)...
I haven't purchased any underwear for the trip yet and would love some advice about the best types (brands and fabrics). I have seen some of the pricey tech underwear and am wondering if it's worth it to purchase these ones. What's your opinion???
Thanks!
Exofficio gets my vote. I'm a hiker and wouldn't wear anything else: they dry in a flash, are comfortable and durable. Take two pair. I also taking an exofficio tank with shelf bra to wear in the evenings/nightime
 
Camino(s) past & future
frances(Sept 2018)
#16
I bought exofficio underwear. Seamless tagless, quick drying, antimicrobial and worth every penny!!! They dry out in 15 minutes. Great for breaks in walking.
I found them to be completely worth the price.
Ice breaker undies are great too. I just found that they didn't last a long time.
Also the exofficios could double as a swimsuit bottom.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Norte/Liebana (Planning)
#17
Any opinion on bringing swimsuit bottoms instead?
Mind if I ask why? Do you intend to take a coastal route?
Just my two cents, but I would not like to walk in swinwear bottoms - too thick, eventually the seams would start being annoying, and it could get quite hot there - in a bad way.

I usually use Bonds underwear (that I already own). I just choose the lighter, microfibre ones that dry quickly.
 
Camino(s) past & future
santiago to muxia
#18
ExOffico all the way!!! Wicking and lightweight....$18 a pair at REI... but I just got two pair from Travel Smith for 13.50 a pair. I LOVE them and want to wear them every day... I have 5 pair now and really have no desire to even go back to my cotton panties....and anyone who sweats in the nether regions will LOVE these. Just like my american express ( just a saying, I don't even have one) card... I'll NEVER leave home without them!!
I, too, preferred the Exofficio panties (even over my tried/trusted Ibex wool bikinis - longer dry time). So much so, that now at home, I won't wear anything else. I have all of the sites that carry them on permanent "sale alert"!! They do stay nice longer if you don't put them in the dryer.
 
Camino(s) past & future
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
#20
I bring swimsuit bottoms so I can take advantage of any pools that I find along the way, or the sea on the Norte. Also works for backup underwear.
I take no swimsuit bottoms as underwear but vice versa. If I want to go for a swim I can do it in my black underpants and bra. Unless you take a very close look on that, you think it is a bikini.
 
#22
I am a fan of Patagonia undies too. I wore them on the Camino, I've been hiking in them for years, and they are my go-to under skirts and dresses during the summer.

For sports bras - I wear Champion sports bras for hikes and workouts, and I like them, so I took them on the Camino too. They worked great. They aren't quick drying, but I took to bras and never had an issue waiting for one to dry.
 

Morgan Holmes

Every day is a path to walk.
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances to Santiago from SJPDP (2014); Sahagún to Santiago (2018).
#23
I'm also a fan of the Patagonia hiking underwear and their sports bras. I get mine at MEC. I have icebreakers too and I love them but they are *fragile* and won't stand up (quality changed over the last 3 years) to such quick rotations through the wash/wear cycle of a Camino, so they are staying home.

Nobody else has mentioned this, but I did have to buy smaller things at two different stages on my last Camino and I really like the bikini briefs I was able to find at *Intimissi* in León. Those are now 4 years old and still comfortable, soft and in good condition. I plan to get more in León this year. Or in Santiago if I can find the shop there.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP – SdC (2017)
Waiting for an opportunity to walk again...
#24
I took a cheap 3-pack of Fruit of the Loom undies from WalMart. They are 92% Polyester and 8% Elastane, but have a little cotton insert. I was very comfortable in them, although I usually wear cotton only. They dried super quickly, maybe in an hour or so in good weather.
Make sure you choose a good cut so nothing "rides up" while walking, even if that means getting something less fashionable than you usually wear.
I also find that a darker color, like dark blue or black, makes me feel more "dressed" in mixed accommodations.
 
Camino(s) past & future
frances(Sept 2018)
#25
I walked locally with " normal" underwear. It was hot...HOT after 20 km the tag had made a small hole in my back and the seam were the gusset is sown had rubbed raw. I can't stress the importance of trying out all of your clothing in all kids of weather if at all possible before you go. I discovered that my $200 + dollar Arc'teryx pants that were going to be so so so perfect on my camino as to justify the price have a weird completely annoying seam on the knee of all places. Scrapped those.
 

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