CM9692When the review package arrived from Tim, I was a bit excited because my life has recently changed dramatically (and for the better) with the birth of my first child. I haven’t had time to really think about underwear outside of browsing the new Spring offerings from my favorite brands. When I opened the package and out came the Candyman 9692 Brief also referred to as the “Zip Around Brief” (on Freshpair). My first reaction in a word, was “Wow!” The brief is definitely on the more risque side, and since my only other pair from this brand is the mostly basic,  Candyman Jockstrap 9656 I wasn’t prepared for something I’d consider out of my comfort zone. The 9692 Brief comes in White and Black and is available anywhere Candyman is sold online.

Since I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a full day’s wear out of these briefs, I decided to wear them from post-evening workout until my bed time on a night in which I’d be running around the house packing for a vacation to Florida. Given the overall construction of the brief (I will delve into specifics shortly) I was surprised how well it stood up over the 4-5 hours I had them on, while running up and down our stairs to pack. While generally this brief is probably better for “a night of fun” I would venture to guess that you could wear it all day, but as I’ll discuss shortly, you probably won’t want to.

As has been the case with Candyman so far, the 9692 Brief fits fairly true to size to perhaps just slightly larger (American Sizing). My pair was an XL (34-36) and they seem to fit my 36 inch waist comfortably. Since Candyman doesn’t have any gaps in their size chart (L=32-34, XL= 34-36) you may want to size down if you’ve got one of the matching waist measurements, e.g. If you’re a 34 inch waist, get a Large.

The brief itself is constructed with 96% Nylon and 4% spandex. The majority of the brief features what Candyman refers to as a “Modern Mesh” which given the materials used, are fairly elastic and move with you. Unlike most mesh briefs that are micromesh, the mesh pattern on these briefs is large, almost emulating a typical lace design. As if the mesh weren’t enough to put this in the “Erotic” category, twin zippers on both the front fly and covering the crack of the wearer’s butt on the rear send this into another dimension in terms of erotic underwear design. Both zippers are made up of a gold (on the black brief) or silver (on the white) leaf like textiles, and are fully functional. The zippers platform also gives the brief its structure, providing a surprisingly roomy pouch for your boys.

On the whole I like the brief for what it is, and I dislike the brief for what it isn’t. I like the attempt  I see with this brief from Candyman. The designed with this brief wanted to adequately marry their fairly standard fare of highly erotic pieces with their less standard, but still readily available practical pieces. It is a goal that I think the designer achieved with the 9692 Brief, which is what makes the pair likable for what it is. There really seems to be a “catch” to this success though, and that is even though they found a way to make a sexy and somewhat practical product, the brief has too many elements that make it unwearable as daily wear, and I just simply can’t get over that. While I stated that this brief had a “surprisingly roomy” pouch, that doesn’t mean I was satisfied. Given the design itself, I knew the pouch was going to be cramped and it still is, it was just less cramped than I expected it to be once I got it on.

Personally this is an extremely difficult review for me to write. While I definitely am an adventurous underwear fanatic (no problem wearing skimpy thongs, briefs, etc) this particular pair is hard to really compare to any of the other “risque” underwear for a couple of reasons. The first is that my mind has a hard time getting over underwear with large sturdy zippers as a part of their design because I typically associate designs with those elements as conducive to an erotic BDSM lifestyle with which I know nor feel nothing. The second issue is perhaps more relevant to the review itself-which is the fact that until now, there really isn’t a pair of underwear I own that I can’t wear all day, including all of the more risque styles in my drawer. I want a brief to be wearable and this one isn’t for daily wear purposes at least.

Overall, while I personally wouldn’t buy the Candyman 9692 Brief for myself, that does not mean it isn’t a good or even great pair of underwear.


  • The color options. I love gold on black and silver on white. 
  • Nice marriage of overtly erotic design, combined with solid construction of a basic look (the brief design).


  • Zippers in both front and back can get awkwardly placed while sitting or walking. 
  • Overall design isn’t quite as inclusive (to a broader customer base) as the “marriage” I talk about above might want it to be.

Ratings (1-10 Scale, 10 is Best):

Daily Fit – 6

Sizing – 9

Construction/Materials – 10

Styling – 9

Daily Performance – 4

Overall – 7.6 out of 10

Candyman furnished this pair for review.

One of my goals this year working on the Underwear News Briefs blog is to expose our readers to some brands of underwear that they may not know about. Candyman Fashions is one of those brands that I wanted to bring to our readers.

Candyman Fashions looks to role playing costumes to get inspiration for their underwear. However not all of their undies have a “costume” feel. They have some great undies with a lot of fun, unique, and sexy features that you will not find with any other underwear company. Their fabric is one of a kind and you must experience it to really grasp its uniqueness.

I received the”9516 Zebra Boxer” in a size medium to review. This is one of those styles from Candyman that is not a costume, but just a fun pair of undies. They feature a zebra style pattern on the hips and butt, and a solid black front and inside thigh panel. A solid black logo waistband trims it off and adds a little extra “pop”. When I first pull these undies out of the package, the first thing that I noticed was the fabric. It has a shiny look to it. The black front and inner thigh panel almost looks like leather. However, this fabric feels nothing like leather. It is thin but durable, and it stretches and moves with you without any issues. These undies fit great and looks even better .My first impression of the front pouch wasn’t the best. I found it to be a little small, but as I wore them, they almost conformed and molded to my body and we actually very conformable to wear. The one drawback that I did notice is the leg openings did ride up a little, but not enough for me to really notice too much.

These and many of the other styles from Candyman are great to wear for daily wear, but these undies really shine when you wear them out on the town. The fit is great for all day wear, but the patterns, colors, fabric, and sex appeal of these undies are meant to be noticed. They also can add a little extra spice in the bedroom. I wouldn’t recommend wearing these to the gym or out for a run. I am not saying that you couldn’t, but I believe there are better undies for that. Best to let these eye catching undies be seen in the wild and not full of sweat while you are doing to squat workout.

Overall, I really enjoyed these undies. They add an element of fun and a little “something different” to my ever expanding underwear collection.

Fit 4
Materials 5
Put Together 5
Look 5
Daily Wear 4
Overall 4.6

You can purchase any of the Candyman Fashions collection from a variety of online men’s underwear stores. The reviewed boxers retail for around $30 online. This zebra style also comes in a brief. Check out Candyman’s new Spring 2010 collection that was just launched for some new styles on their website. Also, check out my company write-up on Candyman to learn more about this fun and exciting underwear company. Candyman Fashions provided me with these boxers to review.

For those of you that have read my reviews and articles here on the blog, you know that I have a few favorite brands of undies.   I don’t, however, have a true brand loyalty to one company or another.  Call me a free spirited underwear guru if you must.  I love having the opportunity to try new brands whenever I can!

A few weeks ago, I received one of the many underwear email promotions I subscribe to and I saw a brand I had never heard of before…Candyman!  I did a little research online and contacted the company to find out more about them since there isn’t a lot online.  After exchanging emails, I scheduled a conference call with Candyman’s vice president to see exactly what this new underwear line was all about!

Candyman was launched about six months ago with the idea that they wanted to provide guys with “something different” when it comes to men’s underwear.  If you haven’t seen anything that Candyman has introduced, they definitely have different nailed down.  The thing I like about Candyman is that they allow you to get as wild as you want, but yet they offer some styles to let you be fun as well.

Candyman gets its inspiration for designs and styles from role playing costumes.  The parent company of Candyman also has a women’s line of role playing costumes and wanted to bring that same fun to a men’s line.  Their 2009 collections offers costume-style undies like “Office Naughty”, “Ride On Cowboy”, “Knockout Nurse” and “Take me in Prisoner”. These are styles that will add an element of fun and excitement to whoever wears them.

Candyman Fashions will be launching their Spring 2010 collection in a few short weeks.  They will be offering about 20% more products over their current collection.  You will see a styles return from their past collection, but you will also see the addition of a firefighter and pilot costume as well.  Candyman’s Spring 2010 collection will also feature some new styles that revolve around a new shiny fabric that looks almost like Latex and will be available in 5 different colors.

Candyman is focused on keeping things fresh.  They will be updating their collection twice a year as opposed to most underwear companies that produce a new line once each year. They pride themselves on shipping orders within 24 hours and have plenty of options including overnight for those of you that can’t wait to get into these undies.  Candyman can be found at numerous online men’s underwear stores as well as many brick and mortar retail outlets.  Check them out and let us know what you think of this fun, crazy, and different underwear company!

Candyman has also sent us underwear for reviews, so be looking for those in the next couple weeks!