The temperature here is cold by Dallas standards. However, that hasn’t prevented Texans from shopping at the area’s top underwear retailer, Skivvies, in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Below are three of the locals’ top choices in anticipation of love’s favorite holiday.
PrimeMan Hipster Brief
Australian manufacturer Obviously’s newest collection finally incorporates stripes! Locals are snapping up pairs faster than Godiva chocolate truffles disappear at a Weight Watchers meeting.
Composed of a soft, four-way stretch blend of MicroModal and Lycra, the PrimeMan Hipster Brief (pictured in red/navy/white) retails for $32. The yarn-dyed stripes will never bleed, run, or fade if one follows the garment’s care instructions.
The brief incorporates Obviously’s AnatoMAX anatomical pouch feature, which provides natural body positioning and virtually eliminates the need for readjusting. Garment care instructions are printed inside the waistband to eliminate the itching and scratching associated with sewn-on labels.
Jockstraps are selling well in Big D, and enthusiasts also turn to Obviously for choosing a ’strap in red. The PrimeMan Jockstrap is #1 in Dallas.
Engineered to provide freedom of movement for active guys, this jock sits low on the hips and features the AnatoMAX pouch. The deep navy leg straps are a perfect 20 millimeters wide.
The waistband is shorter, which makes this garment perfect to wear under your favorite low-rise jeans. The PrimeMan jock retails for $25.
For those Texans wanting something festive for Valentine’s Day – but in a slightly less risqué silhouette – Unico’s “short boxer” perfectly fits the bill.
A contoured pouch provides excellent support. An M.C. Escher-eque square pattern (shown in steel-grey/blue/red) provides unique visual interest to this more traditional cut of underwear. And the fabric has an unbelievably soft hand that invites touching by anyone lucky enough to see it up close. It retails for $32.
Skivvies has Dallasites covered, whether they’re looking for a trunk, a brief, a jock, or something even more daring this coming Valentine’s Day.
Many thanks to Skivvies owners & staff to opening their doors to UNB.
AussieBumis celebrating Jockstrap Week by offering up to 50% off new and best-seller jocks. No promotional code is needed, but quantities are limited.
Through Sunday, Beach-N-Dance(formerly known as “Dore Swimwear”) is offering 30% off your entire order. If you’ve never before tried their suits, this provides an excellent opportunity to dive into the world of custom-made swimwear!
Want something adventurous for the upcoming Valentine’s Day? Pick up something daring from Mexico’s own Bruno Men’s Wear, especially during its 20% off underwear sale. The website is in Spanish (and prices are in Mexican pesos), so you might need to install a translator on your webbrowser if you’re not fluent. This a great opportunity to pick up that specialty item at a tremendous savings. The sale ends January 27.
Feeling naughty? Head to Good Devilduring their site-wide sale to save up to 25%. See website for details and restrictions.
Intymenis having a closeout sale! Enjoy up to 50% off select underwear. No promotional code needed.
JJ Malibuhas all underwear on sale through January 28th. Save up to 70%. No promotional code needed.
Aussie Bum’s clearance sale is nearing its end. Select items, including Hitch Brief in ice blue for $8.88, are being discounted at up to 50% off. No promo code required!
In preparation for Valentine’s, Beach N Dance, proprietor of custom-made swimwear, offers 10% off your entire purchase + 1 free surprise Valentine’s Day themed swimsuit with every order. Sale ends January 25th.
C-In2 Clothing’s Boxing Day Sale continues. Selected styles are available at 7 for $77. No promo code required!
Gear Essentials is offering Cell Block 13’s Grid Iron Short Jock for $29.67 (a 34% savings) if you use promo code “GRIDA19” at checkout.
Also on sale is Cell Block 13’s Velocity Jockstrap for $19.17 (a 40% savings) when you use the promo code “VELA19” at checkout.
Want both the Grid Iron & Vela offers in one order? Gear Essentials can provide a personalized promo code upon request! Sale ends Jan. 15th.
Intymen’s Happy New Year Sale continues. Enjoy up to 30% off selected items and up to 70% off clearance.
www.mensuas.com “It’s good for you sale” continues. Select styles are on sale, including the Feel FEK 005 Thong in black for $12.99 (26% off).
Thanks to Osgon for putting this together! I have been down with a cold that will not go away. If you didn’t get what you wanted shop now!
C-In2’s incredible Boxing Dale sale offers selected styles at 7 for $77, long johns for 50% off, and over 500 other styles at 40% off.
Shop Link: C-In2 Clothing
Code: None Required
Get 40% off everything at J.J. Malibu.
Shop Link: J.J. Malibu
Expires: December 27, 2018
Promo Code: XMAS40
Enjoy 15% off almost everything at Jockstrap Central + $5.50 flat rate shipping!
Shop Link: Jockstrap Central
Expires: Dec. 30, 2018
Promo Code: None Required
Just until January 2, 2019, save up to 70% off discontinued products and some of the current stock. Enjoy free delivery for every order over $100 AUD.
Shop Link: Obviously Apparel
Expires: Jan. 2, 2019 (or until stock runs out)
Promo Code: None Required
Prevail Sport is offering 33% off when you spend $40 or more. It’s a great opportunity to try out their terrific thongs.
Shop Link: Prevail Sport
Expires: December 28, 2018
Promo Code: BD9
While most mall-based retailers only stock swimwear during the summer months, Skivvies in Dallas is one of Texas’ few brick-and-mortar stores to carry a full range of men’s swimwear year-round. Need a pair of classic trunks for Labor Day in South Padre? Need a new speedo for that a post-Thanksgiving cruise or a square cut suit for Halloween in Rio? Skivvies has you covered! Topping Texans’ swimsuit shopping lists are clothing from Savage, Tribe, & Bwet.
Shorts in bold prints, such as those from Savauge Swimwear have drawn the eyes of many Texans. These blue hibiscus print shorts feature an on-trend shorter length hemline. A logo tag on the left thigh completes a refined, classic look. This pair retail for $72.
Square cut suits from Bwet Swimwear remain consistent best-sellers at Skivvies. Key to the Spanish designer’s success lies in its attention to detail. In this Sentosa trunk one notices the hanging “B” from the waistband, the Bwet signature drawstring, the coordinating leg elastic, and the Bwet moniker on the left thigh. All those details establish that the wearer (like the suit itself) are worth a second look. This pair retails for $59 at Skivvies.
Finally, Texans looking for a “modest” swim brief turn to Australian design house Tribe Swimwear. Tribe’s line of low rise briefs, such as the Riviera Shimmer, show slightly more thigh than a traditional square cut or Brazilian sunga but aren’t quite as revealing as a typical men’s swim bikini. Tribe’s pouch also offers a cowboy more room up front than one might find in a 2” Solar from Speedo. The coordinating signature drawstring keeps the suit on tight even in Galveston’s roughest surf. Skivvies offers this suit for $59. It may also be ordered directly from Tribe Swimwear, where it retails for $73.95 (AUD$).
Many thanks to the generous owners and staff at Skivvies for spending time with UNB. We talked and photographed – and shopped – for nearly two hours on a recent Monday.
Considering the weather in the Lone Star State is hotter than Papa Bear’s porridge, we here at UNB thought y’all might be interested in what underwear is selling like hotcakes in Texas. A quick trip to Skivvies in Dallas (http://www.skivviesdallas.net) provided lots of information about which underwear is flying off the shelves.
Nasty Pig’s Jockstraps top the underwear shoppers’ lists in Big D, the local’s moniker for the City of Dallas. Texans can’t get enough of Nasty Pig’s Take Down Jock, especially the version in black with white piping. The Take Down retails for $29 at Skivvies. Other color options include blue/white and red/white. Texans are also picking up the coordinating Hook’d Up Sport Socks for $12 to complete the NP look.
Texans’ top second and third choices for new undergear also come from Nasty Pig. The Xposed Brief and the Xposed Jock, both in red with blue accents, rival each other in weekly sales stats. Both retail for $32 each. Skivvies’ store manager shared that the NP line of underwear has fast become a favorite of both gay and straight clientele.
Finally, honorable mention status goes to the 2018 ribbed briefs from Pump! Underwear. The navy has proven extremely popular; red and military green are also available. The pair retails for $31 at Skivvies.
Many thanks to the generous owners and staff at Skivvies for spending time with UNB. We talked and photographed – and shopped – for nearly two hours on a recent Monday. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on Skivvies’ website, they accept phone orders at 214-559-4955. A trip to their physical location at 4001 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas is also worth your time.
During a recent trip to Skivvies in Dallas, Jockmail’s low rise “No Fly Brief” caught my eye hanging on a wall display. I’m always on the lookout for unusual patterns and unfamiliar brands. I loved this brief’s bright yellow camo pattern, and the Jockmail brand was completely unknown to me. $29+tax later, I was on my way home with something new to test for UNB’s readership.
My test for this pair involved a day of grocery shopping and puttering around the house. This brief proved to be exceptional.
The pouch provided ample, comfortable support, although it isn’t as generous (and the fabric isn’t quite as stretchy) as that found in an N2N Bodywear bikini. Nonetheless, I never felt too constricted or needed to readjust things upfront.
The brief provided perfect, all-over backside coverage. The black leg bands stayed in place without ever being too tight or too loose. Any time I needed to squat down, the fabric stretched appropriately without creeping up the back. In short, this brief’s fit fell within the “Goldlocks zone” of comfort.
The 1.75” black elastic waistband didn’t roll and stayed well below the bellybutton. One unique design feature is the pair’s tag: it’s sewn into the waistband along the right hip. The tag never felt scratchy or uncomfortable to me, but this location might be a turnoff to some.
This brief’s camouflage fabric is composed of 80% polyester and 20% spandex. This blend doesn’t “breathe” as well as a cotton-based fabric, and this brief might not provide comfortable long-term wear if you’re going to be out in extreme temperatures. Otherwise, it is extremely comfortable and supportive.
The brief sadly no longer available from Jockmail’s website (www.jockmail.co), but you might be able to find it in your local brick-and-mortar establishment. You can also contact our friends at Skivvies (www.skivviesdallas.com or 214-559-4955) and order a pair. (For items not available on Skivvies’ website, they will accept and process special requests over the phone.)
The brief comes in five colors: yellow (purchased), red, blue, green, & grey. Sizing includes medium (30” – 32”), large (32” – 34”), and extra-large (34” – 36”). Sizing proved accurate.
I was thrilled with this brief’s performance. I look forward to buying more underwear from Jockmail in the future!
Taking its color cues from the BDSM community, Timoteo’s Liquid Shadow brief pays homage to Cellblock 13’s Leather/Levi/Rubber history by emphasizing blue highlights on a black brief, white piping detail, and a rubberized Cellblock 13 moniker on top of a plush waistband. The garment’s top note also features a red “13” (possibly in place of the more “traditional” red heart).
A 93% modal and 7% elastane fabric provides the garment with a soft hand as well as ample support and stretch where needed. If a finer fabric for underwear exists, this reviewer hasn’t yet found it.
The brief moved comfortably all day without sagging or necessitating readjustment. It employs true full coverage of the backside Elastic leg openings held securely without binding or pinching at any time. The supportive front provides that “Goldilocks pouch” – not too big, not too small, but “just right” in terms of depth & stretch.
Previous Timoteo (and Cellblock 13) purchases have proven great long-term investments. I expect the Liquid Shadow brief to perform similarly well for years to come.
Nevertheless, be careful when sizing. Timoteo’s size chart runs small: Small (28”-30”), Medium (31-32”), Large (33”-34”), XL (35”-36”).
The Liquid Shadow brief retails for $28 from various retailers, including Boxer & Brief.Com (a bricks-and-mortar establishment headquartered in Raleigh, NC).
The Liquid Shadow line includes a similarly styled trunk, jock brief, and jock strap. Other color options include dark gray and red.
Valentine’s Day is about love and passion! Some of us will have it and others of us will celebrate Singles Day! This post you have me the single guy giving you two recommendations and Osgon and UNB Ryan who each has a significant other give his suggestions. Don’t be sad I’m used to the single life! And dating will happen when it happens.
UNB Tim’s Recommendation
Just because you are single doesn’t mean you can’t wear great undies. I have two suggestions for you for the big night of watching Netflixing and chilling alone. The first pair is the Cocksox CX01 Bikini. This is hands down one of the best pairs to make you feel great. The bikini gives what you got a bit of a lift and shows it off! The fabric is amazing and fits very well. It’s super fun and I feel super sexy when I wear them.
Another pair that I LOVE is another bikini! It’s the Ergowear Suave X3D Bikini. The X3D is my favorite pouch. Followed by the Max and Feel pouches. The pouch is great but the fabric really makes the Suave collection. It’s amazingly soft and feels amazing on you. Those are the two things that I look for most!
Being single isn’t about not wearing great underwear because no one will see it. You know you are wearing it! So break it out and enjoy!
I’ve always viewed Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to try a new and daring pair of underwear. This might include a designer that’s new to me, or it might be a style that I don’t wear on a typical day. I also use VD as an excuse to spend a little more on a pair of underwear, especially if I think my husband might appreciate my extra effort.
In past years my selections included a variety of jocks, thongs and g-strings in varying fabrics and colors. Silk, cotton, microfiber, pleather, and even leather have made a Valentine’s Day appearance. A favorite from many years ago was a red silk contour thong from the now gone Undergear.
If you’ve never tried silk, you should. Silk is always appropriate for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day. It’s a sexy, unisex fabric. Whether you choose a boxer, bikini, thong, or g-string silhouette, silk provides a smoothness and a coolness next to your skin that is unmatched.
If you’re looking to step outside your comfort zone and try silk underwear, online Retailer His Room currently offers two different silk knit thongs by Magic Silk. I recommend both. The first (featuring a moniker waistband) is on sale for $16.10. The second (without a branded waistband) sells for $15.75.
Other silhouettes and colors are also available at www.hisroom.com at varying prices.
UNB Ryan recommendation
I don’t get too excited about Valentine’s Day, but will absolutely use it as another excuse to buy some new cute underwear. If you’ve read anything I have written in the past you’ll know that my favorite thing to wear is a thong, both as underwear and swimwear. Unfortunately living in North Carolina it’s gonna be too cold to wear my swim thong on Valentine’s Day so I’ll have to settle for a sexy pair under my pants!
For this Valentine’s Day I plan to wear my white Joe Snyder Sock It Thong. It is crafted out of white lace, which is perfect for a sext Valentine’s Day surprise for your spouse or partner. I am married, and try to think about what my wife will like to see me in when picking out a date night outfit. Picking out my underwear is the first step. First, I always pick something that suits my mood and what we’ll be doing. Next, I always try to find something that will be exciting for her to see me in! Last, I always want something that accentuates my better features. For me I definitely think that’s my booty!
Looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas? Here are a few suggestions from mild to wild:
Pikante labels its Victory line as a brief, shown here in red, but it fits more like a trunk. The back is see through mesh – perfect for Valentine’s Day! The cut-outs beside the pouch provide the illusion of coverage while also proving the wearer has a playful side. The 83% nylon & 17% fabric offers ample support where it counts. This item sells for $20 at Pikante’s website.
Pump!’s “Access” jock-trunk hybrid provides a form-fitting boost in both front and back. It’s made from a blend of micromesh and cotton. On Pump’s website the jock-trunk retails for $30, but at last check Pump! was including a free 2018 calendar with every purchase.
C-IN2’s 100% cotton “Oxide” low, no-show profile brief (shown here in “misty day”) will set the right mood with color, style, and comfort. And though the garment’s cut won’t break any taboos, this is something you won’t be afraid to wear in the locker room weeks after Valentine’s has passed. It sells for $24 on C-IN2’s website.
Dallas-based designers Marek & Richard carry traditional basics, but their best sellers trend toward the irreverent. This, their Devil Jockstrap, features a Valentine-appropriate heart tail in the back and a sequined red bow tie above the 92% cotton and 8% spandex contoured, anatomical pouch. It’s a bit pricey at $38.50 on Marek & Richard’s website, but consider it an investment you hope to wear on multiple occasions.
Finally, if you’re looking for something that’s NSFW, check out the Daddy DDK010 Slip Thong (shown here in red). At $14.99 on Mensuas’ website, it’s sure to provide great bang for the buck. The minimalist pouch covers your manhood with a fabric composed of 89% polymide and 11% spandex. The metallic O-ring above the pouch provides a shiny accent to what lies beneath.
This Valentine’s Day, choose to wear something that excites both you and your intended!
UNB writers have previously discussed different ways of organizing an underwear drawer. But the problems in organizing underwear also arise when trying to keep straight a growing swimwear collection. Here’s what I did recently to try to contain the clutter and ease the process of selecting the appropriate swimwear for my chosen watersports activity.
I started with a Skubb drawer organizer from Ikea ($7.99). It’s inexpensive, and the seven divided compartments of varying sizes helped group different swimwear by style. The organizer also takes up only two-thirds of my drawer, leaving a large additional space for more swimwear. Here’s a look at the final outcome:
And here’s how I got there:
A. I first folded lengthwise my three pairs of swim trunks and put them stacked in the open space to the left of the Skubb organizer.
B. I folded and placed my single pair of board shorts in the top left square of the organizer. These are Andrew Christian board shorts, so they’re neither as thick or as long as most board shorts.
C. One pair of square cut trunks resides in section C. (The other two pairs of square cut trunks went to section G.) There’s room in section C for at least 1-2 more pairs.
D. The sections marked D hold swim briefs that would be appropriate to wear at any beach or public pool. I folded and turned each brief so that the back faces the front of the drawer. Folding and storing in this manner provides the largest possible view of each brief’s pattern when later selecting which suit to wear.
E. The small, top right corner of the organizer holds swim thongs. I don’t often wear these, but folding and stacking them so that the pouch faces front makes choosing easier when the right wearing opportunity does arise.
F. I utilized the organizer’s two medium sized sections to store the swim briefs and bikinis that might be too immodest to wear to the neighborhood pool. (These swim briefs typically have a profile pouch or are custom-made swimwear from designers such as Muscle Skins, Beach-N-Dance, or Jovana Design.) As like before, I folded each so that the rear of the suit faced forward, making the pattern more visible and easing a later search for a specific suit.
G. Finally, I folded and placed two of the more modest square cut trunks next to my all-locations-appropriate swim briefs. The square cut trunks in this section lack the profile pouch of the square cut found in section C. (Think “more James Bond” and less “Magic Mike.”)
In total, the Skubb organizer provided an inexpensive solution for organizing and storing over 35 pairs of swimwear of varying styles. All my swimwear had previously been just stuffed randomly in the drawer. I am pleased with results of my attempt at organization, and I hope I can maintain this level of order through the end of next summer.
Andrew Christian’s Affair brief has several good attributes. Nevertheless, the brief’s execution failed to live up to the promise of its design.
First, the good: The 95% cotton, 5% spandex blend is very comfortable against the skin and breathes all day. The full-back provides complete coverage for the athletic American backside. The colorful waistband stays flat against the hips without rolling or binding. The bikini design – featuring cutout panels and a profile pouch – screams masculine sex appeal.
Next, the bad: The leg bands were tighter than normal. (This has been a problem for some Andrew Christian products after he changed manufacturing plants. Some products, such as the recently reviewed Massive Icon brief, have leg bands that are completely comfortable. The Affair brief’s leg bands were not.) The cutout panels bunched and gaped later in the day rather than remaining flat against the skin. The pouch, while comfortable, also tended to gape open. This means the brief wouldn’t be appropriate for anything except the most sedentary of activities.
In sum, the flaws in design execution mean I cannot recommend this brief. I won’t throw it away, but I won’t be excited to slip it on when it rises to the top of my underwear rotation.
If you’re in the market for Andrew Christian underwear, a better choice is the Flash City brief from AC’s Massive collection. The Massive collection’s products are better made, they feature the same “almost naked” pouch, and the Massive collection’s polyamide-spandex blend fabric combines a luxurious feel with four-way stretch to provide all day (and all activity) comfort.
Fabric has slightly less stretch than “Knockout” brief
Osgon’s Recommendation: Buy!
Two years ago I reviewed Nasty Pig’s Knockout brief. It’s still a favorite, so I used the Knockout as my baseline for reviewing NP’s new Ignition brief from the company’s Sport line.
For the Ignition, Nasty Pig has chosen comfortable, breathable mesh composed of 90% polyester and 10% spandex. The brief is manufactured in Thailand and moved with me all day without any noticeable bunching, twisting, or binding. This is an apt choice if you wear briefs for sports.
Nasty Pig offers the Ignition in three colors. The green brief has a green pouch, green leg bands, yellow inset panels and a black back. The blue brief has a white pouch, white leg bands, blue inset panels and a black back. The red brief has a black pouch, yellow leg bands, yellow panels and a red back.
The Ignition sits low on the waist. The leg openings rise about ¼” lower than the Knockout’s leg bands. The Ignition has a full back that fits the American derrière well.
The brief’s 1.5” waistband features a nonrepeating, scripted Nasty Pig logo centered on the front. Each waistband contains the brief’s three colors in varying configurations to complement an overall scheme. The double-locked seams showed no flaws anywhere.
The Ignition’s overall styling evokes a traditional brief silhouette, yet the brief’s color options and aggressive waistband embody that rule-breaker mentality for which Nasty Pig is known. The Ignition was truly a well-made garment.
My singular quibble is that the Ignition’s pouch is slightly less deep than the Knockout brief. This difference could be the result of each style line being composed of different fabrics. The Ignition’s depth difference isn’t a major flaw per se (and won’t matter to most) but might be something to consider if you’re on the bubble between sizes.
I take a mostly utilitarian approach to underwear organization. My collection consists of more than 175 pairs of everything from the smallest of “anatomical pouches” to traditional boxer shorts. Such a large stock requires using multiple drawers within the chest of drawers, with certain drawers dedicated to specific styles of underwear. I also rotate what I wear within each style so that everything wears (almost) evenly.
For my “show me your drawers” submission, I chose one drawer dedicated to briefs and bikinis and a second drawer dedicated to multiple styles. (Two additional drawers hold the trunks, boxers, undershirts, boot socks, and still more briefs.)
To organize briefs and bikinis, I place them flat in four separate stacks within the drawer. Underwear most recently washed appear on the far right; underwear to be worn next reside front-and-center. As the front stack is depleted, replacements are rotated forward in a counterclockwise fashion. (Pictured are favorites from Andrew Christian, Nasty Pig, Buffed Bod and N2N Bodywear.)
A Skubb drawer organizer from Ikea ($7.99) helps corral socks, g-strings and K’Mando pouches in another drawer. These too are roatated, but certain pairs nonetheless get more wear than others. (Pictured across the top are g-strings from Andrew Christian, Hotline and Gigo, as well as pouches by K’Mando Sport.) The Skubb organizer leaves about five additional inches inside the drawer, providing space for thongs (not pictured).
Avid readers who remember the Fort Troff Sport Trunk review may wonder about athletic gear – compression shorts, running tights, jock straps and swim briefs – that are undoubtedly part of the collection. Well, that’s another story altogether . . . .
Pouch enhances your profile better & is more comfortable than AC’s “Show It” collection
Fabric’s unusual pattern makes this brief a must-have winner
AC has fixed previous problems with too-tight leg bands.
It’s sold out on AC’s website, but some brick and mortar stores still have them.
Osgon’s Recommendation: A Strong Buy!
As some readers know, Andrew Christian not long ago shifted manufacturing from Taiwan to China. This resulted in sizing problems. More specifically, leg bands from products made in China were much tighter than those coming from Taiwan-based plants. Garments made in China also appeared to have slightly smaller pouches. Testing of this brief (manufactured in China) suggests AC has corrected those sizing issues.
To make sure past manufacturing problems had been ameliorated, I tested this brief by washing, line-drying, wearing, washing, line-drying and wearing again on two different days. Both days involved 16+ hours of wearing the garment. The leg bands held true to size during the second wearing and weren’t overly restrictive. The overall fit of the brief was perfect (including the pouch) and the colorful print did not bleed or noticeably fade after being washed twice.
As is true with most AC “almost naked” pouch products, this tagless undergarment was very comfortable. The fabric contains a very comfortable blend of 90% polyamide and 10% spandex. The fabric’s blue body has a ½” repeating ghost character. The 1¼” black waistband perfectly centers the Andrew Christian moniker up front and repeats it around back.
Andrew Christian’s website has sold out of its stock in all sizes. This brief is still available at some brick-and-mortar outlets such as Tapelenders in Dallas. An internet search reveals a few online stores haven’t yet emptied their stocks.
Because this brief was so comfortable – and because AC appears to have fixed the sizing problems for its made-in-China items – I recently ordered a few similar AC products from its website. Stayed tuned to UNB for updates
Pouch has tiny holes allowing air to circulate around your crotch
Pouch has tiny holes allowing air to circulate around your crotch
Stretchy fabric wicks away moisture; no chafing
Legs stay put without riding up
Color selection limited to choosing a black, gray, or white waistband.
Osgon’s Recommendation: This workout wear will take anything you can give it.
You might not be familiar with Fort Troff. They primarily market sex toys to the gay market. However, Fort Troff makes incredible workout gear worth checking out.
Short backstory: Several years ago, Fort Troff went to the same factory that makes Under Armour compression shorts and asked it to manufacture compression shorts for Fort Troff. Fort Troff then tinkered with the fit and design. The result? Compression shorts that are even better than those made by Under Armour.
Fort Troff achieved perfection by modifying the compression short’s pouch in two ways. First, Fort Troff’s compression shorts have a three-dimensional pouch that cradles (rather than squishes) the meat and potatoes. Hurrah! Second, Fort Troff added small holes that help circulate air around your crotch during your work out. Everything stays nice and dry.
I own compression shorts from both Under Armor & Fort Troff. Fort Troff’s fabric (84% polyester, 16% spandex) has the same density and strength as Under Armour gear, and the FT shorts will last for years. (The FT fabric is also far superior to Nike’s wimpy-thin “combat” compression shorts.)
I’ve now tested the FT shorts over several months through some pretty brutal workouts (weights + HIIT/cardio, 75-120 minutes). Afterward, I throw ‘em in the wash and let them air dry. My shorts still look brand new and fit great. If there’s a better compression short out there, I haven’t found it.
I’ll never buy any other brand of compression shorts for working out, regardless of the price. Fort Troff’s shorts are that good.
Andrew Christian furnished an “Ace” jock from its “Almost Naked” collection for review.
Daily Fit: 10/10
Daily Performance: 6/10
That perfect “Almost Naked” pouch
Leg straps are attached underneath the waistband
Narrow leg straps feature subtle embossing of Andrew Christian brand
This is streetwear, not gym wear
The leg straps curl and loosen when sweat-soaked
Osgon’s Recommendation: A worthwhile buy if you like fashion jocks
With around 50 in my collection, you might say I’m a fan of the athletic support (aka “the jock strap”). So I was excited when UNB Tim asked me to review the “Ace” jock from Andrew Christian’s “Almost Naked” collection.
Unless clearly marketed as fashion or fetish wear, I believe athletic supporters should be able to withstand the rigors of a real workout. I tested AC’s Ace Jock by putting it through a rough, 90-minute at-home gauntlet of lifting weights (leg day!) plus HIIT cardio.
The Ace Jock is extremely well-made. The seams are nicely constructed. The fabric finish is trim and neat. Its leg straps are attached underneath the waistband, which provides a more polished aesthetic. (All designers should follow suit.) The “Almost Naked” pouch provides exceptional support, just as one would expect. And the 95% cotton, 5% spandex offers a soft hand to the material.
Alas, the Ace Jock didn’t stand up to the rigors of a workout. When the leg straps became sweat-soaked, they curled. They also loosened slightly. Leg straps should remain flat and taught against the buttocks throughout a workout, even when wet. Neither issue became so problematic as to interfere with the workout, but each issue is a fault worth noting. And each fault necessitates one consider the Ace Jock as “street wear” and not “gym gear.” (As a “street wear” product, the Ace Jock would probably receive a 9.6 or higher rating.)
If you wear a jock strap under your jeans on date night or under shorts while running errands, the Ace Jock makes a stylish, functional choice. Just don’t expect it to be your go-to supporter for a heavy leg day or Kickboxing Cardio at 24 Hour Fitness.
At last check, the Ace Jock is available only in size medium (30-32”) at www.andrewchristian.com. Other online stores may have additional sizes in stock. I would expect other jock straps within AC’s “Almost Naked” range to perform similarly.
Pouch enhances your profile better & is more comfortable than AC’s “Show It” collection
Fabric’s unusual pattern makes this brief a must-have winner
Leg bands are slightly tighter than other AC products
The pouch initially seems like it will provide less room area than found in the “Almost Naked” line, but the 4-way stretch fabric overcomes this deficiency
This limited edition brief will sell out quickly
Osgon’s Recommendation: A Strong Buy!
I’ve loved Andrew Christian products for years, as evidenced by dresser drawers filled with AC boxer briefs, briefs, jock straps, thongs, and swimwear. I also own several items of AC athletic wear (and even a sweater). So imagine my excitement when UNB Tim asked me to review the new Icon brief from AC’s “Massive” collection.
My test involved a day of running errands, putting together a new aquarium, and a brief stint outdoors. These events provided opportunities to bend, squat, lean, lunge, lift, stand, walk, and – not surprisingly in this Texas heat – sweat. The fabric and construction of the garment were up to the task, and the brief performed exceedingly well. The brief held my kibbles and bits firmly in place, without even the slightest need to readjust. Everything also stayed nice and dry due to the moisture wicking properties of the polyamide-spandex blend fabric. The unusual, limited-edition print provided visual novelty. I hope AC continues providing similar forward-leaning fabric patterns in future editions of its “Massive” collection.
I have only two criticisms of this brief. First, I’m a huge fan of AC’s “Almost Naked” collection, and this brief has only about ninety percent of the initial roominess of cotton versions of the Almost Naked line. Rather than have everything fall comfortably into the pouch when slipping on this underwear, one has to place one’s equipment into the pouch. It’s not a deal breaker, but it is something that was unexpected. Second, the leg elastic was tighter than that found in most other AC products. It was not uncomfortable, but it was slightly tighter. I don’t feel either criticism warrants purchasing a larger size, but each merits your consideration.
In sum, I loved the Icon brief from AC’s new Massive collection. Any guy who enjoys an unusual pattern and the anatomically correct pouch will be happy he added this brief to his top drawer rotation.
At last check, AC does not have this brief available at its official online store. A jock strap is available there. A google search shows other online stores have the brief in stock. If you like this pattern, order it A.S.A.P.; you won’t be disappointed.