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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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Underwear review: Marcuse Ultra Brief and Boxer

By Eric

I think we all understand that different occasions call for different underwear. I often wear Hanro when I want to look polished and Gregg Homme when I’m feeling a little dirty.  When I am in a rush, 2xist is a no-brainer and, when I’m in weekend mode, I’ll often reach for John Sievers.  The choice goes beyond how any of these briefs fit, look or feel, though.  As corny as it may seem, I have some sort of emotional connection with them.

When I tried on two new styles from an Australian company, Marcuse, I didn’t really feel much of anything.  I can describe the products: the Marcuse Ultra Brief and the Marcuse Ultra Boxer; both are made of good quality cotton with a small amount of spandex; the styling is attractive, with solid colors, contrast piping and a subtle logo on the waistband.  The Ultra Brief is uncomfortably low, especially in the back, and did not seem to mold to my body.  The pouch also felt really small.  The cut of the Ultra Boxer actually resembled that of a traditional brief and, in contrast to its bikini counterpart, was comfortable to wear to work and while working out.  Beyond the facts, though, there wasn’t much feeling.  Although the Ultra Boxer and Ultra Brief have good features, for whatever reason, I just did not respond to them.

The best analogy I could think of is an unremarkable first date.  The date may be nice and attractive, and have many good qualities, but for whatever reason, I don’t feel much of a connection.  Wearing the Marcuse styles was like one of those first dates.  Although the Ultra Brief and Ultra Boxer are “fine,” I do not imagine taking the time to get to know them better.

What Verdict
Style and look? Very low cut bikini brief and trunk-style underwear with subtle, mature styling.
Suitable for? The Ultra Boxer would be comfortable in most environments — going out, at work or at the gym; the Ultra Brief is suitable for the office or another environment where you are not particularly active.
Fit and quality? Low-cut; good quality 95% cotton/5% elastane blend.  The Ultra Brief fit nicely, but the pouch on the Ultra Brief is too small and is cut unreasonably low in the back.
Is the price right? The Ultra Boxer costs AU$19.95 ($18.90 U.S. dollars) and the Ultra Brief costs AU$17.95 ($17 U.S. dollars), which seems reasonable given the fabric and styling.
Best thing about it? Handsome styling.
Overall grade Ultra Brief ★★☆☆☆
Ultra Boxer ★★★☆☆
Buy it here www.marcuse.com.au

Pletts twins model Marcuse underwear

Pletts twins model Marcuse underwear

Pletts twins model Marcuse underwear

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Underwear review: Best brief under $15. Part 3/3: The Doreanse Men’s Brief (1351)

By Eric

Today we reveal the final and best brief in our series on the Best Briefs under $15 USD. Previously we have investigated the Sloggi Basic Mini Brief and the Doreanse Micro Brief.

Today’s item is the Doreanse Men’s Brief (1351) which is my favorite of the three.  Sexy, yet subtle, the Doreanse 1351 Brief is a solid-color bikini, featuring contrast piping on either side of the pouch, which gives it sort of a distinct, sporty (and more expensive) look.  The side seams are around 1-1/2” so, the brief is cut rather low, but not so low that I would feel like I was desperate for attention if I changed in or out of them at the gym.

The brief is made of a 45% cotton/45% modal/10% Lycra blend that is soft and comfortable.  Even when I first took the brief out of the box and felt the material, I could tell that this is a good quality style.  Like many bikini briefs, though, the pouch was a bit smaller than I like; but once I arranged myself in them, I was comfortable in them all day.  At £9.00 (approximately US $14.50), the price cannot be beat.

What Verdict
Style and look? Low-cut bikini brief in a variety of colors with sporty contrast piping around the pouch; sophisticated and sexy.
Suitable for? Any environment — going out, staying in, at work, at the gym, a hot date.
Fit and quality? Low-cut with full coverage in the back; good quality cotton/modal/Lycra blend; the pouch was fairly small, though.
Is the price right? At £9.00 (approximately US $14.50), this brief offers terrific value.
Best thing about it? The brief is suitable in any environment and the price cannot be beat.
Overall grade ★★★★★
Buy it here www.deadgoodundies.com

Doreanse 1351 mens brief

Doreanse 1351 mens brief

Doreanse 1351 mens brief

Doreanse 1351 mens brief

Doreanse 1351 mens brief

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Underwear review: Best brief under $15. Part 2/3: Sloggi Basic Mini Brief.

By Eric

Today we continue our run-through of some of the best briefs under $15. Yesterday we got started with the very nice Doreanse Micro Brief.

Today we take a closer look at European underwear super brand, Sloggi. I tried the Sloggi Basic Mini Brief, £9.17 (approximately US $13.99), which, again, offers great value for a quality product.  This is perhaps the most traditional of the three styles (the last of which we will get to tomorrow), featuring a 96% cotton/4% elastane blend, 2” side seams, a very comfortable fit, and a SLOGGI logo printed around the waistband.

I was immediately comfortable when I put the brief on: the pouch is comfortable; the fabric is soft; and there is full coverage in the back.  I was able to wear this brief to the gym and to work and didn’t think twice whether it would be suitable for either venue.  Although I chose black, the Sloggi Mini Brief is available in a number of colors so, again, it is great if you want to add some color to your underwear collection.

For me, the only downside was the printed, elastic waistband, which is a styling feature that I tend to avoid in general.  Also, given the fact that the brief reminds me of some other styles that I have already, I did not feel like it added something different to my underwear collection.  Overall, though, I think that this is a very good product and offers terrific value given its reasonable price.

What Verdict
Style and look? Familiar, classic, low-cut briefs in a variety of colors; printed SLOGGI elastic waistband.
Suitable for? Any environment – work, gym, going out, hot dates.  This is a classic style, but it is still sexy.
Fit and quality? Low-cut brief with full coverage in the back; good quality cotton blend.
Is the price right? Retailed at just over $17 (£11), this brief is often on sale. We saw it around £9.17 (approximately US $13.99), this brief is a quality product at a reasonable price.
Best thing about it? This is a reliable, comfortable brief that is suitable for any environment.
Overall grade ★★★★☆
Buy it here www.deadgoodundies.com

Sloggi basic mini brief front

Sloggi basic mini brief rear

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Underwear review: Best brief under $15. Part 1/3: Doreanse Micro Brief.

By Eric

Former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, Alan Greenspan, famously noted that he reviewed sales of men’s underwear as an indicator to determine the health of the economy.  The premise being that, when the economy is stable, purchases of new underwear remain consistent, but in times of financial strain, sales drop because men will wait longer before buying new ones.

And if the current prices of underwear are any indicator of the current demand, then now may be the time to start investing in the stock market.  Indeed, internationaljock.com, one of my favorite sites, features over 750 choices in the “briefs” category alone, but only 6 styles retail for $15 or less (and they are not, in my opinion, the most desirable styles either).  In order to find some interesting briefs for $15 or less that I might actually like to wear, I looked overseas to deadgoodundies.com, where I found many styles that were stylish, distinctive and affordable.  Three of them caught my eye: two are made by Doreanse, a label from Turkey; and one is made by Sloggi, an established German line.

Over the next three days I will go through each of the briefs, starting with the Doreanse Micro Brief.

The Doreanse Micro Brief (1281)

I first tried the Doreanse Micro Brief (1281).  This bikini brief features a 45% cotton/45% modal/10% Lycra blend and a cut that is indeed “micro,” with side seams measuring approximately 1”.  The pouch on the brief may be even smaller than the pouch on the 1351 Doreanse Brief – which we will look closer at on Saturday -  but after putting them on and spending a minute or so arranging myself, I was able to wear them comfortably all day.

I also like that they offer full coverage in the back.   Given their ultra-low profile, however, and being a fairly modest guy, I would not feel comfortable exercising in the brief or changing into them in public.  That said, the 1281 Brief is a great choice if you’re looking for something very sexy, yet very affordable: £6.66 (approximately US $10.16).  Plus, I like that they are available in a rainbow of colors, which is great if you want to mix up your underwear collection with a little color.  To the extent that I feel like wearing something a little sexier than usual, I would easily reach for these in my underwear drawer.

What Verdict
Style and look? Sexy, very low-cut bikini brief available in a variety of colors.
Suitable for? Most environments, but this is probably best worn going out with friends or on a hot date.
Fit and quality? Ultra low-cut with full coverage in the back; good quality cotton/modal/Lycra blend; pouch is a bit small.
Is the price right? At £7.99 (approximately US $12.86), this bikini is a terrific value.
Best thing about it? We all need something sexy or colorful in our underwear drawer and this brief allows you to make such an addition without investing a substantial amount of money.
Overall grade ★★★★☆
Buy it here www.deadgoodundies.com

Doreanse Micro Brief (1281) full

Doreanse Micro Brief (1281) front

Doreanse Micro Brief (1281) rear

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Underwear review: Rounderwear Jam Gold Brief

By Eric

Did you ever have a case of underwear déjà vu? Like, when you try on something that you think is a new addition to your collection, you think “wait – do I own these already?” I recently had such an experience when I tried on the Rounderwear Jam Gold Brief. Even though it’s offered by a brand that I don’t know well, everything about it — the fabric, fit and styling — felt very familiar. And then I realized: it’s a slightly modified version of the Calvin Klein Steel Micro Hip Brief.

Nearly everything about the Rounderwear Jam Gold Brief, from the soft, microfiber fabric to the 1-3/4” wide, metallic waistband to the low cut – reminds me of the Calvin Klein Steel Micro Hip Brief, which has been available for years. (When I put the two briefs on top of each other to compare, though, I noticed that the cut of the Jam Gold Brief is slightly lower: 2-1/2” vs. 3”.) In any event, the similarity to the Calvin Klein Steel Brief isn’t a bad thing. Like the Steel Micro Hip Brief, the Jam Gold Brief is high quality, comfortable and flattering, and wearable in pretty much any environment. Manufactured in Mexico, the brief is made of a soft microfiber blend (92% micromodal/8% elastane), and features full back coverage, a comfortable pouch, and a wide, gold waistband with a cursive “Jam” logo that IMHO is a little tacky.

Not that every brief I try on needs to blow me away, but it’s nice when a new line offers something distinctive. The only distinctive features that I noticed about the Jam Gold Brief were the logo and the slightly, lower cut. The primary difference is the price. The Jam Gold Brief retails for $35; the Calvin Klein Steel Micro Hip Brief retails for $24. I do not know what counts for the $11 difference. As I’ve noted before in previous posts, I am frustrated when manufacturers charge a significant premium that is not correlated to anything in particular; this is reflected in my rating. If I didn’t know the price, I would probably give these 4 stars. Although the Jam Gold Brief is nearly 50% more expensive than its older brother, the Steel Micro Hip Brief, it is certainly not 50% better.

What Verdict
Style and look? Low-cut briefs in black or white with a little flash around the waistband.
Suitable for? Any environment – going out, staying in, at work, at the gym, a hot date.
Fit and quality? Low-cut with full coverage in the back; comfortable front pouch; good quality microfiber blend.
Is the price right? $35 is a bit high in contrast to its competitors who are offering very similar products.
Best thing about it? You can wear them anywhere.
Overall grade ★★★☆☆
Buy it here www.rounderwear.com

Rounderwear Jam Gold Brief

Rounderwear Jam Gold Brief

Rounderwear Jam Gold Brief

Rounderwear Jam Gold Brief

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