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Men’s underwear review: The Jake Joseph Adhesion Trunk

By Valdamar

Hello my Gubbers! It’s been a while since I’ve been on here, and what better way to return than with Jake Joseph. You know how I feel about my JJ undies, I nominated them for brief of the year in 2012.

Very little has changed with Jake Josephs since they first came out. Do you know why? Because there is no need for change! That has always been what I have loved about Jake Joseph; they have a classic chic style with unbelievable comfort. They are not loud, in your face nor do they try too hard to make a statement. They are timeless and always look and feel good.

These underwear are designed after the suave sophisticated mad men era of the 60’s with a modern sexiness, they are not trying to keep up with ever changing fads. I personally have about 10 pair and they are as awesome now as they were the day I first put them on.

Enough with the praise, you get the point, I love Jake Joseph underwear. Recently, however, Jake has made a modification. In addition to the classic Jake Joseph, they have created the Jake Joseph Adhesion. I’m not sure I’m the biggest fan of the name but it’s very descriptive of the product.

The Adhesion has thin red elastic/rubber line around each leg to hold the underwear in place. It keeps them from riding up. This makes it a great option for men with active lifestyles. Other than that they are the same great underwear with that same smooth lasting style.

Like all Jake Josephs they are made with the incredible combination of 95% bamboo viscose and %5 spandex, a material perfect for underwear. After wearing this material all other fabric seems unqualified.

Honestly I wasn’t sure I’d like this new addition to the underwear. In the past I have worn underwear with leg gripping rubber and it has seemed uncomfortable. And personally I have never had  a problem of underwear riding up my leg, yet I hear some men do.

However I was pleasantly surprised.  Jake Joseph has kept this elastic grip pretty thin so you don’t feel it hugging your leg and cutting off circulation like some bike shorts I have do. Really after the initial sensation of the rubber holding my skin I didn’t notice it at all through daily wear. They were just as comfortable as ever other Jake Joseph I own.

So good work Jake on another magnificent pair of underwear! I liked them so much I put them in my 2015 Underwear Calendar, pictured below on my February model.

Thank you Jake for the amazing undies, although my favorite is still the classic brief by Jake Joseph, and all you GUB fans really need to have at least one Jake Joseph in your collection!

What Verdict
Style and look? Sophisticated, classy, ageless, martini and a tux. They are what James Bond would wear!
Suitable for? Everyday comfort, lounging at home, showing off for that special someone.
Fit and quality? Very standard sizing. The quality is about as high as you will see in mens underwear.
Is the price right? $30.50 for the trunk, and $31.50 for the boxer. A little high, but worth it for the quality.
Best thing about it? They will last a long time and will NEVER go out of style.
Overall grade ★★★★★
Buy it here www.jakejosephco.com

Jake Jospeh Adhesion No Rise Trunk

Jake Jospeh Adhesion No Rise Trunk Back

FEBRUARY 2015 Jake Joseph

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Men’s underwear review – Envy Mens Wear jockstrap and trunks

By Eric

One of the most challenging things about buying underwear is choosing the right size.  For me, a 2xist or CK small fits just right, but if I wear something a little more adventurous, like Delio Dietz or Gregg Homme, I’ll choose a medium.  When I am not familiar with a brand, however, picking a size can be a crapshoot — especially if I cannot return!

One of the newer brands to hit the market, Envy Mens Wear seeks to resolve that dilemma by collapsing five size choices (XS, S, M, L, XL) into three (S/M, M/L, L/XL).  It’s a clever idea.  In theory, the S/M would fit like a medium that tends to run a little small; the M/L would fit like a medium that tends to run a little large; and so forth.  For guys like me who are often on the fence about sizing, the Envy size model removes the guesswork.

It’s a clever concept, but does it work in practice?  I tried three styles, which I review below, to find out.  The answer is yes and no.  It works in the sense that I had no trouble picking a size — I did not have to think about whether to choose a small or a medium; I just picked the Envy small/medium.  In practice, however, none of the three styles fit as I expected them to.  S/M didn’t feel like a smallish medium.  If felt like a medium, if not a larger medium.

One more thing about Envy Mens Wear: the company is a bit of an enigma.  Its website, envymenswear.com, features an extensive catalog of almost 70 styles – ranging from understated to gaudy (check out the red sequin thong!) – but tells us nothing about the company.  Further, the website does not provide basic information about (a) price or (b) the fabrications of its many styles.  Instead, I relied on the packaging to learn about the company.  It appears that the underwear is made in China and is imported by a company headquartered in the Miami Design District called The Next Adventure LLC.  The company shares an address with a women’s lingerie boutique called Baci, and you can purchase Envy underwear on Baci’s website, which is how I learned the prices mentioned in my reviews. You can also purchase Envy underwear fro a number of Australian websites.

The styles under review

In terms of the three styles, I tried the Logo Elastic, Low-Rise Jock; the Black and White Microfiber Trunk; and the Logo Sport Trunk.

The Logo Elastic, Low-Rise Jock is made of a comfortable 95% cotton/5% spandex blend and features the brand name, ENVY, printed on the waistband.  Of the three styles, the size problem was the most notable here.  This jock felt like a medium or even a large.  Is there anything particularly distinctive or exciting about them?  Not really.  The black straps provide a nice contrast to the white pouch and waistband; overall, however, it looked and felt like any “fashion jockstrap” that you can buy most places.

 Logo Elastic, Low-Rise Jock

What Verdict
Style and look? Fashion jockstrap.
Suitable for? Most environments where you might feel comfortable wearing a jockstrap – working out, hot date, underwear party, brunch.
Fit and quality? The small/medium skewed toward the medium/large; the cotton/spandex blend was soft and comfortable.
Is the price right? $24.99 is pretty consistent with the prices charged by competitors for similar styles.
Best thing about it? The black straps give this otherwise non-descript fashion jockstrap a distinct look.
Overall grade ★★✩✩✩
Buy it here www.lingerieinc.com.au
www.fantasylingerie.com.au

Envy Logo Elastic Low-Rise Jock

Envy Logo Elastic Low-Rise Jock back

Black and White Microfiber Trunk 

The Black and White Microfiber Trunk was definitely the most notable selection.  It features a unique 95% nylon/5% spandex blend that had a distinct pattern – almost Zebra-like – and a texture that was new to me.  The S/M distinction was less pronounced here, likely due to the stretch of the microfiber material.  The cut was a little different from what I am used to wearing, as well.  The trunks sat low on my hips and sort of dipped in the back, which gave them a unique look.  Although I didn’t particularly respond to the Black and White Microfiber Trunk, I give Envy credit for bringing something new to the table with this style.

What Verdict
Style and look? Low-rise trunk featuring a distinct black and white pattern.
Suitable for? Any environment – the office, hanging out, dinner, the gym.
Fit and quality? Comfortable fit with a unique dip in the back.
Is the price right? $22.99 seems reasonable given the material and styling
Best thing about it? The unique texture of the fabric.
Overall grade ★★★★✩
Buy it here www.lingerieinc.com.au
www.fantasylingerie.com.au

Envy Black and White Microfiber Trunk

Envy Black and White Microfiber Trunk back

The Logo Sport Trunk 

The Logo Sport Trunk features a “cute,” sporty look, which is well suited for a gay cruise.  It is made of a 90% polyester/10% spandex blend that felt a bit like swimwear, and features branding that is supposed to resemble the logo of a sports team.  I tried the blue trunks, which featured a Team ENVY shield printed in silver on the right thigh.  (Each color features a different logo.)  With respect to the fit, I thought that the Logo Sport Trunk was fairly comfortable.  The trunk sat low on my hips and the front pouch gave me a little lift.

What Verdict
Style and look? Athletic-inspired trunks.
Suitable for? You can wear these anywhere.
Fit and quality? Low-rise trunk with a lift in the pouch.
Is the price right? $22.99 is around the same price as similar athletic-inspired trunks.
Best thing about it? The youthful spirit of the design.
Overall grade ★★★✩✩
Buy it here www.lingerieinc.com.au
www.fantasylingerie.com.au

Envy Logo Sport Trunk

Envy Logo Sport Trunk back

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Men’s underwear review: Sexy thongs from N2N Bodywear

We wanted to share with you guys our experience with a couple of N2N thongs from their current collection. We know a lot of you guys like this kind of underwear and N2N really produce some of the best men’s thongs in the business.

Specifically, we picked out the N2N Signature Thong and the N2N Performance X Thong.

Why these two?

N2N Signature Thong
The Signature thong is a proper choice if you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary from the fashion thong niche. Made from 90% cotton and 10% spandex it’s suited for all-day wear and everyday purposes.

As you would expect, it comes with the roomy and accentuating pouch design that N2N has become world-famous for. It’s single-ply, contoured with support seam and contrast binding on the sides.

The center Strap is a very comfortable 3/8-inch wide with a sexy triangular cut-out at top.

All in all, this is a comfy, no bull shit thong that tucks everything in nicely, doesn’t chafe, fits like a glove and looks stunning. Final grade can be seen in the chart below.

N2N Performance X Thong
We picked out the Performance X thong for its sublime ability to function as workout underwear. And it really does work well in an athletic setting.

For any pair of undies to make it as a sports-friendly undergarment, it must allow for the skin to breath and wick moist from the body. The Performance X thong checks this box with a lightweight and breathable 96% Micropoly/4% Spandex fabric composition that feels totally awesome to the skin.

And you know you’re like us. Even though you’re working out in the gym or running laps, you want to present yourself at your most impressive. And you can thank the designers at N2N for having implemented the N2N signature nHANCE pouch in this thong. It will neither give you a grossly overstated package nor compress your manhood into nonexistence. It will simply giver you proper support and a bit of lift. Just the way we like it.

A few words on the center strap… It’s a generous 2 inches wide and ever-so-slightly tapered. But again, no chafing. That’s key to a great thong.

And now for the final grades.

N2N Signature Thong

What Verdict
Style and look? Classic g-string thong with accentuating pouch and a center strap ending with triangular cut-out at top.
Suitable for? Everyday purposes and special occasions.
Fit and quality? Great fit, size chart is accurate. High quality cotton blend.
Is the price right? $20 is spot on for this level of quality and production.
Best thing about it? The superb fit and roomy pouch.
Overall grade ★★★★✩
Buy it here www.internationaljock.com

N2N Performance X Thong

What Verdict
Style and look? Sports thong with a clean stylish look
Suitable for? Athletic activites, workouts, running. Even special occasions on hot days when your skin needs to breathe.
Fit and quality? Exceptional fit. Great quality and light weight fabric.
Is the price right? $24 is a very reasonable price for specialty underwear like this.
Best thing about it? The fabric blend, superb fit and the pouch/support.
Overall grade ★★★★★
Buy it here www.internationaljock.com

N2N Signature Thong

N2N Signature Thong 1

N2N Signature Thong 2

N2N Signature Thong 3

N2N Performance X Thong

N2N Performance X Thong 1

N2N Performance X Thong 1

N2N Performance X Thong 1

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Underwear review: Olaf Benz RED 1365 Neo Brief

By Eric

I love the way that pretty much all Olaf Benz underwear looks.  Olaf Benz briefs hug the body, are cut low and feature distinctly flattering back coverage that I have not seen anywhere else.  The RED 1365 Neo Brief exhibits all of those features, as well as soft, synthetic fabric with a unique metallic finish, color-blocked styling and high-cut leg openings.  Although the look is a little bold, it’s not obnoxious or flashy.  The brief is made of a combination of 90% polyamide/10% elastane that feels good against the skin.

The only criticism that I have is that the pouch felt a little small.  Given the body-hugging stretch of the fabric, the front was slightly tight, even though the brief otherwise fit like a glove.  Overall, the RED 1365 brief is probably my favorite of all of the styles that I tried this year.

What Verdict
Style and look? Low cut brief featuring flattering back coverage and a distinct sheen.
Suitable for? The brief would be comfortable in most environments – but it is definitely a good choice for a date night.
Fit and quality? Low-cut with a comfortable pouch; good quality viscose/polyester/elastane blend.
Is the price right? $22.90 which seems reasonable given the fabric and styling.
Best thing about it? These feel great to touch.
Overall grade ★★★★✩
Buy it here www.deadgoodundies.com

Olaf Benz RED 1365 Neo Brief

Olaf Benz RED 1365 Neo Brief

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Underwear review: Manstore M316 Retro Brief

By Eric

From machinery to mineral fuel and electronics to automobiles, German engineering is in high demand around the world.   While not the largest export in volume, one of Germany’s best, however, is its underwear.  I recently tried styles from two brands influenced by German engineering, Manstore and Olaf Benz, both of which are sold on deadgoodundies.com.  (Although I’ve seen some pieces from Olaf Benz on American websites, Deadgoodundies carries a much broader selection.)  True – there are plenty of briefs from the United States and other countries, made of distinct fabrics and featuring distinct styling, there is something about the German engineering in these briefs that set them apart.

This will be a two-part review starting with the MANstore Retro brief. We will post the Olaf Benz review same time next week. So check back in next Thursday to get our thoughts on this brief as well.

Although the brand name, Manstore, makes me think of a website where I have to confirm that I’m over 18 before I enter, it is actually a well established underwear line.  Their offerings, however, are definitely adult rated.  I tried one of its tamer styles, the Manstore Retro Brief.  The brief features retro styling with contrast piping around the waistband and seams, but the low-rise cut is particularly modern.  The brief also features full coverage in the back.  The combination of the retro and the modern is very flattering.  I wish, however, that the pouch were a little more contoured and comfortable.

The brief is made of a 92% polyester/8% elastane blend that felt a little more rubbery than I would have preferred; although the brief is very light and thin and featured sort of a cool sheen, it didn’t feel completely soft against my skin for some reason.  Also, the color – brown with tan contrast – wasn’t my favorite.  That said, I liked that there was no pretense behind the synthetic fabric other than the sexy look and feel.

What Verdict
Style and look? Low cut brief featuring unique retro styling and a distinct fabric.
Suitable for? Relaxed environments; date nights; being seen.
Fit and quality? Low-cut with a comfortable pouch; good quality polyester/elastane blend
Is the price right? Approximately $41.77 which seems a little high.
Best thing about it? The retro styling updated with a modern cut and fabric.
Overall grade ★★★✩✩
Buy it here www.deadgoodundies.com

Manstore M316 Retro Brief

Manstore M316 Retro Brief

Manstore M316 Retro Brief

Manstore M316 Retro Brief

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Underwear review: Croota 90s Neon Hipster Boxer Brief

By Eric

I’ve been a briefs guy for as long as I can remember, so I was a little skeptical about trying the Croota hipster boxer brief.  These distinctive boxer briefs, however, merit an exception to my policy.  Croota, an Australian line, produces a substantial number of choices, all of which feature bold styling and branding.  I tried the Neon 90s Hipster.  The one detail that made it really stand out to me is the texturing on the back of the underwear.

The boxer brief is made of very smooth fabric, but there are three textured lines on the back, running from the butt to the thighs, which I just felt compelled to touch.  I am sure that if someone else were wearing this boxer brief, I’d feel compelled to run my hands over the smooth fabric and textured lines, too.  Simply put, this boxer brief is meant to be touched.

The Neo 90s boxer brief is made of a smooth 50% viscose, 45% polyester, 5% elastane blend.  The styling is bold with a big CROOTA logo on the thick, yellow waistband.  (The light gray version of the boxer brief features a light blue waistband.)  In addition to the textured lines, there is a graphic and some text on the back, which is also textured, which I thought was gratuitous.

The front pouch is contoured and comfortable.  Personally, I prefer an understated look – especially with respect to the waistband – but for the most part, the boxer brief isn’t so bold that I feel awkward wearing it.  I think that the biggest testament to the boxer brief is that I washed it at the end of the day so I could wear it again.

What Verdict
Style and look? Low cut boxer brief featuring bold styling and texture details.
Suitable for? The boxer brief would be comfortable in most environments – but it is definitely a good choice for a date night.
Fit and quality? Low-cut with a comfortable pouch; good quality viscose/polyester/elastane blend
Is the price right? $22.90 which seems reasonable given the fabric and styling.
Best thing about it? These feel great to touch.
Overall grade ★★★★✩
Buy it here www.croota.com

Neon 90s Hipster

Neon 90s Hipster two colors

Neon 90s Hipster back

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Underwear review: Ken Wroy briefs

By Eric

Are men’s underwear companies the new tech startups?  It appears that way given that we seem to discover a new line of fashionable men’s underwear every few weeks.  Hopefully, we not heading toward some sort of underwear bubble.

Ken Wroy, based out of New York City, is one of the newest brands to set up shop.  The premise is pretty simple: four basic cuts – a brief, boxer-brief, trunk, and another square cut described as “low-rise” – made of a cotton/elastane blend, enlivened with unique patterns.   The underwear itself is made in Colombia.  The shape and fit are familiar and fairly conservative.  The pattern I chose was a little gaudy, but not so much that it would stop me from wearing them in a particular environment.

From what I learned on their website, the people behind Ken Wroy were on a “quest… to break the monotony of boring men’s underwear and make men ‘fashionable all the way.’”  Given the broad range of styles, shapes, patterns, fabrics and looks already out there in the marketplace, Ken Wroy’s quest is a mighty one, indeed!  However, if you are a guy who is used to basic white or black briefs and is interested in trying something new, then adding a bold pattern from Ken Wroy is a safe place to start.

What Verdict
Style and look? Traditionally-cut briefs with distinctive patterns.
Suitable for? Any environment — going out, staying in, at work, at the gym, a hot date.
Fit and quality? Fairly full cut; blend of 94% cotton/6% elastane.
Is the price right? $24 seems a little high, but it’s pretty consistent with market value for stylish men’s underwear.
Best thing about it? The wide variety of patterns.
Overall grade ★★★★✩
Buy it here www.kenwroy.com

Ken Wroy briefs

Ken Wroy briefs

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