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Pop&Go Knickers: Travel Underwear

pop&go knickers briefs in action

I’m a firm believer in second chances. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Pop&Go Knickers, but I’m changing my tune after another test of their products.

Pop&Go Knickers produce a line of travel underwear that connect on each side with clasps, making them easy to change without needing to take off your pants. These are especially designed for women who are hiking, camping, or just trying to change in the small bathrooms at festivals and on airplanes.

First Impressions

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The Pop&Go clasps rubbed on my hips too snugly.
When I first tried Pop&Go Knickers, I didn’t much see the point. I found the clasps to rub on my hips too snugly and never had a reason to use the clasps for a quick change. They weren’t as comfortable or functional as my ExOfficio Give N Go travel undies, nor as breathable. I more or less got the concept, but found that wearing my normal everyday underwear was just as easy.

Second Chances

But after some changes and improvements were made (improved sizing chart, new briefs model with press studs instead of clasps, etc.), Pop&Go sent me another two pairs to try out – this time also made from a quick-dry technical fabric. I was very impressed at how much they wanted to change my mind. Here are my findings.

The Cuts

  • Bikini – While a bigger size fit much better than the last pair I tried,  which were two sizes too small, I still didn’t love the cut, despite preferring the style in other brands. The clasps dug into my admittedly bigger hips and once came undone. They are certainly good for certain body types, just not mine.
  • Brief – I was glad to see the addition of this cut, which was much more flattering on me. The clasps were better quality and stronger, having been replaced with press studs. It’s much more suited to those of us with bigger derrieres.
  • Thong – I didn’t try this one out, but having an easy-to-change thong makes sense.

The Purpose

I also really saw the usefulness of Pop&Go at a music festival when I was constantly changing in my tent or portable toilets. I was able to get out of there as quickly as possible.

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The new briefs model from Pop&Go Knickers – with press studs instead of clasps.

The Fabric

You can purchase the cotton and quick dry varieties, giving you an option on whether or not you need them to be more breathable. This time around, Pop&Go sent me their new models made from Dri-Release fabric that is said to dry 4 times faster than normal cotton. They are also treated with FreshGuard technology to make them anti-microbial and prevent odor; they won’t lose shape or shrink in the wash.

I think these breathable pairs are softer than the cotton versions.

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Further Improvements?

I would love to see more colors in the Pop&Go brand, possibly a nude color if you don’t want your underwear showing under a light colored skirt or pants. I think a pair of boyshorts would also work well, as that’s my preferred style.

The Verdict

I would now recommend the breathable brief style for travelers going camping or attending music festivals. I still wouldn’t wear the bikini style because it’s not best for my shape. While I still prefer my ExOfficio as far as comfort goes, there’s nothing better than being able to change in a hurry with Pop&Go.

>> Learn more about Pop&Go Knickers on their official website.

Have you ever given a product a second chance? Were you impressed?

*Photos from the Pop&Go Knickers site. Caroline was given the underwear free of charge, but all opinions are her own.

Written by Caroline

Caroline Eubanks is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but has also called Charleston, South Carolina and Sydney, Australia home. After college graduation and a series of useless part-time jobs, she went to Australia for a working holiday. In that time, she worked as a bartender, bungee jumped, scuba dived, pet kangaroos, held koalas and drank hundreds of cups of tea. You can find Caroline at Caroline in the City.

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  1. Laurie says

    I feel like it would be really easy to make your own pair of these for cheaper. Just buy a comfortable pair of undies, cut the sides, and then sow in some clasps.

    • Brooke says

      Hi Laurie – If you’re handy with sewing, absolutely you could! For me, however, the time spent would probably cost more… and might not work as well 😉

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