It’s not easy to pinpoint the exact category that David Archy boxer briefs fit into: on first glance, their marketing, their bamboo rayon construction, and their premium design features such as a “3D” pouch and no-roll waistband would suggest this is a premium-tier underwear meant to compete with brands like Tommy John and Mack Weldon, but the emphasis on value (they’re sold in 3 or 4 packs that cost the same as one pair from a premium brand) suggest something else is going on as well. And the more you look into the brand, the deeper the mystery, as their glossy marketing hides some truly odd copywriting that looks like it’s been run through Google Translate and a host of customer reviews that make it seem like contacting the company is nearly impossible. As best we can tell, this is mass produced Chinese underwear with a not entirely convincing presentation that claims to be a premium, US-based brand.
Of course, none of that is disqualifying if the underwear can hang with the prestige brands, which David Archy comes surprisingly close to doing in some respects. The waistband is well-designed and mostly avoids rolling, while the pouch does indeed separate your privates to avoid sweat and stickiness in much the same way as several of the premium brands. Most importantly, the bamboo rayon material is by far the softest, most breathable, and most comfortable of any value-priced brand we tested.
But with extended wear, it’s not hard to see some areas where David Archy falls short of the mark. The cut and sizing don’t seem to conform to universal standards, and many testers reported that their standard sizes were way off- their medium, for example, fits much more like a standard small, while the XL was all over the map, with our XL tester reporting a close to perfect fit but many online reviews saying they needed an XXL when they run between L and XL with most American brands. A reinforced seam on the bottom of the crotch caused uncomfortable chafing for some (but not all), making this a brand they couldn’t comfortably exercise with despite the breathability of the material. And pilling and tearing after the first few washes indicates a durability issue that, while not a dealbreaker given the price, makes it tougher to wholeheartedly recommend. Still, with four pairs selling for the price of one premium brand pair, we do give David Archy a conditional recommendation for those looking to refill their drawer with multiple pairs of soft, comfortable underwear without breaking the bank. Just make sure to do your homework on sizing before you order.