OWNER REVIEW - REI Mesh MTS Brief - Men's - Ken Helms
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REI Mesh MTS Brief - Men's
BY Ken Helms
July 09, 2007
NAME: Ken Helms
LOCATION: Boise, Idaho
HEIGHT: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
WEIGHT: 150 lb (68.00 kg)
The backpacking bug bit me around 1984 when I moved to California and
has stuck around through the years. It even prodded me into snow
camping and ski touring so that I could get into the mountains during
the winter. I've visited the back country in California, Wyoming,
Alaska, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and my home state of Idaho. I've
lowered my pack weight and enjoy trails and off trail pursuits with
my wife and dog throughout the year. Our trips typically range from
two to six days and we usually camp between 25 and 40 nights each
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.rei.com/"
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MSRP: US $16.00
Listed Weight: None Listed
Measured Weight: 2.1 oz (60 g)
Fabric: 95% polyester/5% Lycra spandex
Available Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X Large, XX Large
Available Colors: Heather Gray, Black, Blueridge
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A further description of these briefs as given on the REI website is
that they are made from a stretch polyester mesh that wicks moisture
and dries quickly. They have an elastic waist with flat seams at the
front fly opening. The flat seam construction minimizes chafing.
Additional waist sizing information from the REI website is:
Small 28 in - 30 in (71 cm - 76 cm)
Medium 31 in - 33 in(79 cm - 84 cm)
Large 34 in - 36 in (86 cm - 91 cm)
X Large 37 in - 40 in (94 cm - 102 cm)
XX Large 41 in - 44 in (104 cm - 112 cm)
Care: This information is on the label on the inside of the brief:
Machine wash cold. Wash dark colors separately. Do not use bleach
or fabric softener. Tumble dry low. Do not iron. Do not dry clean.
Like any frugal backpacker, I used my department store cotton
underwear for years. While on a trip, I noticed that my wife's
synthetic Patagonia briefs were almost dry after a rinse while my
cotton briefs hadn't even finished dripping. I bought two pair of
the REI briefs after returning home.
I've used them for two seasons. I typically wear one pair while
hiking and the other pair is either in my pack or drying on the back
of my pack.
I've worn them in the mountainous terrain in Idaho while backpacking
or day hiking at elevations from 5000 feet (1524 m) to 10,000 feet
The temperatures during these trips have run between a low of 12° F (-
11° C) to a high of 105° F (40.56° C) with conditions ranging from
sunny to cloudy, rain, snow or hail.
There were three performance issues that I was looking for: (1) no
chafing (2) minimal odor retention and (3) quick drying.
Chafing: I haven't had any chafing issues with these briefs. They
have a more snug fit than my everyday brief and if I don't make sure
that the waistband is below my pack hip belt, I get some "ride-up".
Minimal Odor Retention: My typical method of washing my briefs in
the wilderness is an end of the day quick rinse while swimming in a
lake or stream or a wash and rinse in a bucket of water at camp. I
then wring them out and hang them to dry on a nearby rock or bush. I
seldom use soap so I wanted a material that wouldn't hold odor.
These briefs hold very little odor if any after a simple water wash
Quick Drying: This really depends on items like the temperature,
humidity, sun exposure and wind speed. I've had them dry as fast as
20 minutes or still be damp after spending the night in a sealed tent
during rain but, in general, they dry noticeably faster than my old
cotton briefs and are comfortable when damp.
My frugal nature steps in after the performance issues have been
attained. I want the briefs to last a long time! They cost quite a
bit more than my old cotton briefs. So, after two seasons of use and
home launderings after the trip, the waistband shows no sign of
losing its elasticity. There are no holes, rips or loose seams on
the briefs and it appears that I will get many more seasons of use.
No chafing, minimal odor retention, quick drying.
A small amount of waistband "ride-up" when not positioned properly.
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EDIT: you need to spell out their name the first time
EDIT: what is MTS? Since you are reviewing it you need to explain
what it stands for. After that you can just write "MTS" all you want.
***I noticed that my wife's synthetic Patagonia briefs were almost
dry after a rinse
EDIT: as we are not supposed to compare other brands in our review
could you please drop patagonia's name and just leave it
at "synthetic briefs"?
***to a high of 105° F (40.56° C)
Edit: they like us to round these off, so this would be 41 C
with conditions ranging from
sunny to cloudy, rain, snow or hail.