Thongs tend to earn a bad rep as the least comfortable underwear. But despite their negative notoriety as "butt floss," they're actually ideal for not only avoiding panty lines but also irritating wedgies — especially during a workout. Enter: the best workout thongs, which are as comfortable as they are functional.
Of course, everyone has their own notion of the the best underwear for working out. But if you haven't given thongs a chance in the gym, there's plenty of reasons to try one out. Sure, the no-show cut is great if you're not into sporting visible panty lines, but for many people, the real draw to a workout thong is the lack of fabric. If you've ever had to stop in the middle of spin class to readjust your underwear, you know how irritating bunched up panties can be, but with the right thong, you'll never have to worry about them riding up again.
Additionally, many workout thongs are specially designed to stay in place while exercising and offer a moveable four-way stretch that's ideal for unconstricted movement. Their sport-focused design also means many of these thongs are made to handle sweat and offer quick-drying technology.
However, if you're still worried about the comfort factor surrounding thongs — regardless of their many benefits — you're not alone. That's why I compiled this list of the best workout thongs that are actually comfortable.
1. A Low-Rise Thong That's Treated To Prevent Odors
Go the extra mile in this low-rise workout thong designed with four-way stretch and an active fit for high energy routines. Each pair is made from an ultra-light, breathable mesh fabric that dries fast and keeps the body cool. ExOfficio also gives each thong an antimicrobial treatment that stops bacteria growth, which reduces odor. This five-star underwear is available in 12 vibrant colors to round out your workout wardrobe.
2. A Tagless Thong That Prevents Chafing
Chafe no more with Adidas' Climacool thong that features flat stitching and a tagless label to prevent irritation and panty lines. Made out of a soft mesh fabric that combines nylon and spandex, each pair offers a breathable four-way stretch. Comfortable and cool, this thong comes in a variety of fun patterns and solid colors to mix up your underwear drawer. One reviewer said this is the only pair she's found that truly do not move.
3. A Stretchy Thong That Fits Like A Second Skin
Designed to be form-fitting without uncomfortably squeezing the body, this mesh thong is made from a nylon and elastane blend fabric with a cotton gusset. Each pair features no tags, four-way stretch, and anti-odor technology, so your only focus will be working towards your fitness goals. And, if visibility (or a lack thereof) is a priority, these thongs have laser cut edges for a smooth, hem-free construction and no-show silhouette.
4. A Seamless Thong That Wicks Away Moisture
Prioritize long-lasting comfort with Balanced Tech's durable and breathable thongs. Their athletic briefs offer a no-seam design to ditch the panty lines and chafing, while ultra-comfortable nylon and elastane fabric conforms to the body without constricting movement. With odor resistant and moisture wicking performance technology, these underwear keep you feeling dry and fresh beyond the gym. Their quick-drying fabric also makes them great for travel, with the ability to wash on-the-go. Sold in a set of three, each pack comes in almost two dozen color options.
5. A Raw-Cut Thong With Quick-Drying Technology
This thong embraces what the brand touts as "the world's first cool-to-touch fiber," which offers UV protection and high absorbency. The lightweight fabric features raw-cut edges for a skin-tight fit without the panty lines. Each low-rise thong also has a cotton gusset made from organic unbleached cotton. Available solo or as a six-pack, they come in a variety of neutral hues.
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