Over the last few months the underwear companies who have been on Kickstarter continue to grow. This time brand Jake Joseph is taking to Kickstarter to get more funds to make amazing underwear.
I love the crowdfunding model because it gets money to companies that may not get them through traditional means. Jake Joseph has been a great brand over the last few years. We have reviewed them and they have always done well with our reviewers.
You may ask why are they turning to Kickstarter? One of the reasons is they are trying to bring the price point down for its undies. Currently they are around $36 and they want to drop them to $14-21. Which is a price our readers are used to paying.
Second they are wanting to introduce the ZenSho Trunk and Boxer Brief. The ZenSho. Nameed after a Sumo Wrestling term and is branded the “first underwear not to bunch.” If this is the case then sign me up! That is the biggest gripe behind sizing for me!
There are man levels you can join. We suggest you go to the Jake Joseph Kickstarter page and see them and invest if you can!
Jake Joseph trunks are an exciting change from the regular fabric trunks I am used to. Composed of 95% Bamboo Viscose and 5% Elastic, these trunks are soft and stretchy. They conformed to my body and felt extremely nice against my skin. Size Large was a good fit but I think a medium may have been a better fit as this pair seemed to be a bit big.
To be competitive in the trunk market, I get the impression that most companies feel they have to have a pattern or some exotic design printed on the trunk. With Jake Joseph trunks, the gimmick is the fabric. The overall design is what one would think of when considering trunks. The design is basic black but the waistband has the Jake Joseph name in stylized silver lettering. This made the trunk feel slightly more fashion-forward.
The pouch was the same soft material and extremely comfortable—soft and supportive for everyday wear and all day comfort. The pouch was interesting with a normal fly look, but a look inside revealed a horizontal bar. I tried the fly and it seemed rather normal to use. Even though there was a fly, there was also the pouch aspect. While the pouch was fairly standard, the elasticity and softness of the fabric would conform to a guy of any size.
I wore these for normal daily wear and found them to be comfortable, stretchy, supportive and soft. The fabric allowed for my khaki pants to slip on easily and I never felt like the trunk was sticking to the fabric and pulling on my pants. This is something I cannot tolerate from a pair of underwear.
Overall, the fit was good with a soft and comfortable fabric. I found the underwear to be a bit big, but washing and drying them fixed that issue and made them true to size. The style was fairly normal, but I loved the bamboo fabric (I will be buying more bamboo undies). While I thoroughly enjoyed these trunks, I did find a couple of negatives. The price, with no discounts and straight from Jake Joseph, is $37. Quality isn’t cheap. Also, the pouch/fly combo was rather strange.
- Odd Pouch/Fly Combo
|*OUT of 5*
These were furnished for review by Jake Joseph.
Jake Joseph Classic Brief
From the various reviews I’ve conducted in the past several months, I’ve noticed one common denominator that runs true with every brief that I’ve tested—if the design isn’t well constructed, you’ll fail with that particular style. I don’t know if it’s pure luck or coincidence, but it all comes down to construction. In my humble opinion, this must be the fundamental focus when designing a brief. Because they cover the least amount of the body of any other pair of underwear (minus thongs and jocks), it’s critical that the manufacturer hits the mark when it comes to how a pair is technically constructed.
The black pair of Jake Joseph briefs I recently tried simply failed in this area. Don’t get me wrong, the quality of materials, which include 95% bamboo viscose and 5% spandex, nailed it when it comes to comfort. Likewise, the classic black color along with a perfected waistband that includes the signature Jake Joseph name makes for a pleasurable aesthetic. Simply stated, I expected a better brief in this price point.
Recently, I wore these for a full day which included my regular work schedule as well as a lot of physical activity. I was constantly pulling these back around my buttocks. I don’t think it was a problem with an ill fitted pair for my body size. These briefs were a size medium and I have a 31 inch waist so I’m convinced this wasn’t the root of the problem. Perhaps it’s simply a pair that didn’t get caught during quality control inspection. However, buyer beware if this a common problem with you as well when trying to purchase the perfect pair. I guess you can’t win them all but I have to stay true to my convictions and assessment.
Personal scoring as follows:
These briefs wereprovided by Jake Joseph and can be purchased at the following website:http://www.jakejosephco.com/