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Birddogs makes pants and shorts with built-in underwear. Extremely comfortable and great for golf or any other activity.
No matter how good your underwear is, it’s going to require adjustments during a round of golf. With all the twisting and bending that golf requires, there’s likely to be bunching and discomfort. Unless your underwear is actually built into your pants. Built-in underwear is the primary thing that sets Birddogs pants and shorts apart from the rest, but, as I found out, it’s far from the only thing.
In their pants, Birddogs’ style is quite conventional. The two models shown here – Jeff Pesos (left) and Stephen Jobs – are part of a five color lineup which also includes black, navy, and off-white. The interior of the pants is bolder – navy and bright blue, respectively – but very few people will get to see that.
Birddogs offers a much wider array of shorts, including some truly bold choices. The shorts line up has five families: Khaki, Seersucker, Oxford, Gym Shorts, and Bathing Suits. Khaki and Oxford are all pretty standard, but the others include wild patterns and bright colors.
One important stylistic note on the shorts: even the Khaki and Oxford shorts fit like gym shorts. They have belt loops, but the waist is elastic with a drawstring. These probably won’t cut it at a hyper-traditional country club, but they look great everywhere else.
Also, while this has no relation to the way the pants or shorts look, it needs to be mentioned that Birddogs has a truly unique sense of humor. The cartoon that accompanied my order confirmation was utterly bizarre. It’s a love-it-or-hate-it thing, because it’s way out there, but it gave me quite a laugh.
As soon as I pulled on Birddogs pants, I started falling in love with them. First, the nylon/spandex and poly/spandex materials are extremely soft and stretchy. These are bottoms that you’re going to be putting on the minute they’re out of the dryer.
In the pants, I found the cut to be ideal. I ordered the pants in 34″ X 32″ and found both the waist and length measurements to be accurate – no vanity sizing here. Even more important for me and my tree trunk thighs is that the legs are not skinny. The cut is tailored with a little taper around the calf but plenty of room to move.
The shorts come in three different lengths: 6″, 7″, and 9″. I tried both the 7″ and 9″ and found that the latter hit at the very top of my knee, the former showed a little more thigh but wasn’t scandalous. Birddogs sizes their shorts small through XXXL rather than using waist measurements. I tried the medium and large. In both cases, the waist was very comfortable, but the medium was not well suited to my aforementioned giant thighs.
Birddogs offers a 90 day trial period for all their pants and shorts so you’re never stuck with a bad fit.
I’ve put it off long enough – let’s get to the built-in underwear. Regular readers may know that I’m a huge fan of 2UNDR [review HERE], so the bar for comfort was very high. With both the pants and shorts, I didn’t miss my underwear a bit. The shorts in particular are a revelation. By pulling on one piece of apparel, I can be comfortable, decent, ready for activity, and well-dressed. It’s worth noting that the pants can be ordered without the liner if you’re married to the notion of separate underwear.
The built-in underwear isn’t the only reason to love Birddogs pants and shorts. What I like even more is the way that they move. The softness and stretch of the pants and shorts makes them perfect for golf, hiking, workouts, biking…any activity you can think of. And, getting back to the underwear, because the liner is built-in, it never bunches or gets uncomfortable.
Finally, I need to mention the numerous zippered pockets in the pants and shorts. Zippered pockets are underrated and far too rare. If you’re riding a bike, they’re going to keep your valuables from falling out. When golfing, they can keep your ball marker separate from your tees. It’s a small but appreciated feature.
I’ll admit that the first time I heard of pants with built-in underwear, I thought it was a solution in search of a problem. After a few weeks of wearing them, I’m a convert to Birddogs. Leaving aside the built-in underwear, these pants and shorts are extremely comfortable and built for an active lifestyle.