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REVIEWED: SueMe Womens Beech Shorties

This comfy underwear proves to be a dream to wear despite being made of mashed-up tree fiber

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Is beech tree pulp better than merino for travel underwear? Made from a fiber manufactured in Austria from beech tree pulp, we put SueMe’s latest travel-friendly underwear to the test.

SueMe Womens Beech Shorties: comfort

Tested in hot climes they proved to have wicking abilities similar to their merino competitors, as well as the soft-touch that all underwear should aspire too. Thoughtful positioning of seams resulted in no rubbing or chaffing points.

SueMe Womens Beech Shorties: drying time

Our tester has a three-pant travel rule; wash, wear, and emergency. This means that pants in a travel bag must be quick-drying, ideally overnight. When washed at the same time as a merino pair and left out to dry these came second place. Only just, but the tester felt they were still too damp to don them for a day out the following morning (thank heavens for that emergency pair!). A couple of extra hours and they dried completely and returned to be as silky smooth as new. But still … merino wins.

SueMe Womens Beech Shorties: the limitations

There is only one style, which is a shame, and it doesn’t live up to its name. The shorties are perfect when traveling, with no risk of a VPL, but while the size was true, this tester is a size 10 (UK size) and the small size fitted like a glove. But not everybody wants pants that go nearly up to their belly button; some prefer a lower cut. On test, these were worn with the waistband turned over once for better positioning. The ‘shorties’ name is therefore not totally accurate.

SueMe Womens Beech Shorties: conclusion

Despite that caveat about a slightly longer drying time, the SueMe Womens Beech Shorties are definitely one for the travel bag. They’re just so soft, and we liked the range of colors (black, grey, purple, and patterned). Keep the shorties design, lower the cut, and we’d definitely invest in more pairs.

Price as reviewed: UK£20
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