If you’re like me and over the cold weather we are experiencing here in the States, I think we need a nice warm picture featuring Marcuse underwear. I wish I was there…
Marcuse is a brand I had never heard of before receiving the test pair. It is yet another import from an Australian company. AUS seems to be home to a growing number of designer underwear manufacturers. This review covers their ‘bounce brief.’
This pair is made in China from a blend of 90% modal/10% elastane. I am a fan of modal blends which are really soft and have a lot of stretch to them. The fabric used in this pair is extremely thin, almost sheer. It is very comfortable, but the use of such thin fabric has some tradeoffs which I’ll get into later.
The cut of this pair is closer to what I’d consider to be a bikini than a brief. The sides are quite narrow, tapering down to about 1″ (excluding the waistband thickness) and creating a higher arch along the edge of the leg hole as it moves back. I don’t mind that cut, but figure someone considering purchasing this pair should realize what it is.
I do like the manufacturer’s choice of color panels. These pairs have a two-tone scheme which is not completely apparent in the photos since the alternate color panel only exists in the few inches of your… ahem, how should I phrase it… taint region? Again, not completely visible, but I think it’s a nice touch. Similarly, the exterior stitching in the contrasting color is aesthetically pleasing. Not too garish.
I had an extremely easy day wearing these. I did very little physical activity. I essentially sat at my desk for 9 hours and then drove home. In spite of this relative softball of a day the underwear had a hard time staying put. It didn’t ride up at all, but what I found was that the narrow parts of the sides and front became a bit twisted or bunched up on themselves. Looking at how this pair was made I see two possible culprits.
First, going back to the fabric, like I said it is very thin which is comfortable, but I also suspect limits its ability to retain its shape over time. I would love to see them use a slightly heavier gauge of the same fabric and see if it makes a difference.
Second, the trim around the leg-hole has an unusual detail near the hip. Instead of a making a continuous loop about the leg-hole, the trim stops, makes a 90 degree turn north, and makes a B line for the waist band. I think was more for looks than any functional reason, but I think that discontinuity in the reinforcement of the leg hole seems like somewhat of a weak link, letting the fabric do whatever it wants. Perhaps it’s the traditionalist in me, but I would much prefer to see how the pair would perform if they made that detail continuous.
Last, I would note that the pouch design, as with several other pairs of late, follows the trend of pushing things up and out. I’ve come to accept that this is a theme in designer underwear that will not go away anytime soon. Personally, I could do without it, but I would not call it a deal-breaker given all the other nice aspects about this pair.
To sum things up:
- Nice use of contrasting colors. Conservative, yet interesting
- Incredibly soft material
- The softness seems to let things creep pretty easily, even with light activity
- Daily Fit 8
- Sizing 9
- Construction/Materials 7
- Styling 9
- Daily Performance 8
- Overall 8.2
Marcuse furnished this pair for review
By Marcuse – Michael
To me, it has to be a balance of style and comfortable. I would not wear any underwear that is lack of one of those above.
I was a brief guy when I was younger, but I found the comfy of boxer later on. But there was always a problem with ‘holding it in place’ and it is annoying! So it was either ‘in place but not comfy’ with briefs or ‘comfy but hanging..’ with boxer.
I have been looking for an underwear that is both comfortable with the support needed, plus to give it a ‘Outstanding’ look men want. So we created our first underwear ‘Bounce’, it looks like an advertisement to you probably, but it is really the most comfortable I ever wore and I am still wearing them since they had been launched.
The good thing about ‘Bounce’ is it gives you the support needed, it is stylish, used a fine single layer fabric and it breaths.
To me, it is still the best undies around! 🙂
Find Marcuse at http://www.marcuse.com.au/
We have all kinds of underwear lovers on the site. There are those who love the wild and to wear a pair of white briefs would be blasphemy. It goes against everything they hold dear in underwear. However there are times when you may need to wear something a little more sedate but you should not have to give up fit for styling.
Those times maybe as simple as going to the doctor, changing at the gym or having your underwear seen in public. We know not everyone will want to wear a leopard bikini print to the gym. Because of that, we are here to show you some pairs that are classic but definitely not boring. They are made with classical styling but with great materials, construction and design. Here are a few pairs we think you should check out
We have listed out some basic info on each line. If need a pair, compare the brands and see which one best fits your needs.
- This line has very classic styling in the Pouch Brief, No-Show Brief, Trunk and Boxer brief.
- Made out of 100% Cotton
- Colors available are black and white
- Simple 2(X)ist logo waistband
- Sold at the 2(X)ist website
Marcuse Ultra Brief
- This is the smallest of the ones on the list. It is stylish but not over the top.
- Made out of 95% Cotton 5% Elastane
- Colors available are black, grey and white
- A matching branded logo and red accents on the brief body
- Sold at the Marcuse Website
C-IN2 Core Line
- Available in a Lo No Show Brief, Profile Brief, Army Trunk, Boxer Brief and Boxer
- Made out of 100% Cotton
- Colors available are black, white and grey
- Simple C-IN2 logo waistband
- Sold at the C-IN2 website
2EROS Black Label Brief
- Not every pair has to be a solid waistband and Brief, has classic styling but not materials/waistband
- Made out of 87% Tactel (Nylon) /13% Elastane (same as their jock series)
- Colors Available are white and navy
- Each color has a navy 2eros waistband designed specially for the line
- Sold at the 2EROS site
Baskit Simple Line
- Available in two styles a brief and a boxer brief.
- Each style has a wide grey waistband with the Baskit logo
- Made out of 96% Cotton 4% Elastane
- Colors available Cool Yellow, Deep Red, Peppermint, Rivera Blue and Super White.
- Sold at the Baskit Site
CK Body Collection
- The Body collection is specially contoured to fit a man’s body
- Available in Trunk, Hip Brief, Thong and Boxer Brief
- Has a tagless design for added comfort
- Made out of 100% cotton
- Colors available are Black and White
- Sold at the International Jock Website.
Go Softwear Boxed Basics
- The Signature styles from Go Softwear that have a classic look.
- Styles include: Low rise Brief, Boy Brief and Trunk
- Made out of 90% Cotton, 10% Lycra Spandex
- Available in Black and White.
- Sold at Mens Underwear Store
Mundo Unico Essentials
- Unico is known for their great fit and pouch, which they have taken and made into classic line of underwear
- Available in a Bikini, Brief, Short Boxer, Mid Boxer, and thong
- Made out of 93% Cotton, 7% Spandex
- Available in Black, White, Navy and Grey.
- Sold at the Mundo Unico Store.
Don’t worry, we will continue to bring you fun undies, but we think everyone needs a few classics in their underwear drawer. Let us know what your favorite classic underwear pairs are, and why you like them so much!
Marcuse is going to release a new basic underwear line called ULTRA. As you can see by the pics, just because something says it’s basic doesn’t mean it’s boring.The new line will be available in black, white and grey. I can hear a few of you groan. I am admittedly not fan of most companies that use those three colors . However that said, I think the design is something that will win you over. When I first looked the pics over, I didn’t focus on color but the designs. It wasn’t till I read the email that I realized those were the only color choices.
Marcuse didn’t make them solid grey, black or white. They created a cool waistband that accents the color. One thing I really like is the Marcuse “R” is the same red that is used in the accent stitching. Also, they created a great pouch in the pair. You can tell they put a lot of work in this new line.
So these are anything but boring. Marcuse has designed a classic and fun line. Its great to see a company take on a basic line and put their own spin on it. You will be able to find these at the Marcuse site this next week!