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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.
|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|
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.
|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.|
|Buy it here||www.deadgoodundies.com|
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.
|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.|
|Buy it here||www.deadgoodundies.com|
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.
|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.|
|Buy it here||www.deadgoodundies.com|
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.
|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.|
|Buy it here||www.rounderwear.com|
One of my personal favorite brands over the last year or so has got to be HOM. Much like brands such as Bruno Banani and Olaf Benz, HOM excels at high-quality, beautifully crafted briefs in the not-so-cheap-but-definitely-worth-it category. You can tell that the designers of this brand and their customers have a true passion for the brief style – which incidentally is also my own preference when comes to everyday underwear.
HOM have really gone to great lengths to explore the brief category, offering sub-styles such as micro briefs, mini briefs the regular brief. The topic of today’s review is the HOM H01 Cotton Modal Mini Brief. As you can imagine, given my enthusiasm about this brand, I had quite a few HOM briefs in my drawer to choose from when having to pick out one for this week’s review. The reason I chose the H01 is simply that this brief combines the 3 underwear qualities I value the most: Proper craftsmanship and design, a supreme fit and excellent fabric choice.
The H01 Cotton Modal Mini Brief simply feels exquisite to wear an entire day. Made from a 67% cotton, 22% micro modal and 11% elastane fabrix mix the brief are soft as kitten, stretchy and breathable. A winning combination this time of year.
Messieurs Belpaume and Anselme probably didn’t quite know what they were starting when in 1968 they introduced the HOM brand to France. The Marseille-based duo invested every design with that uniquely French ‘je ne sais quoi’. HOMSports debuted in 1995 (later worn by the French team that won the 1998 Football World Cup), swiftly followed by ‘happiness for men’, HOM’s patented HO1 horizontal opening.
And here we have the link to final feature that I want to highlight about the H01 Cotton Modal Mini Brief – the stylish and eye-catching horizontal fly opening. It just looks cool, and for those of you wondering, yes, it is fully functional. In terms of making this brief stand out in the bedroom, in the locker room – wherever – this fly really is the defining feature.
In conclusion: Absolutely one of the best briefs I have worn this year.
|Style and look?||Low rise mini brief with full back cover and fully functional horizontal fly.|
|Suitable for?||Everyday wear, yet also for situations where you would normally go for more lightweight, breathable underwear.|
|Fit and quality?||Top quality cotton/modal fabric quality with proper amount of stretch to avoid chafing.|
|Is the price right?||$31 USD retail; More than your average brief, but you get what you pay for.|
|Best thing about it?||Fabric blend/quality, fit, and high-end design.|
|Buy it here||www.deadgoodundies.com|
NDS Wear distributes a wide variety of gear, from an Egyptian God Costume to pleather shorts to completely, see-through mesh boxers and more thongs than anyone could know what to do with. Given the costumes, extreme cuts and bold looks, their collection appears to be inspired by comic book heroes and action movies. The NDS Wear Gold Status Anatomic Pouch Jock easily falls within that story line.
I imagine that the Gold Status Anatomic Pouch Jock story begins in some sort of magical locker room where the hero, maybe a Roman gladiator, is suiting up for an epic battle. Naturally, he wears the Gold Status Anatomic Pouch Jock under his gladiator uniform. The pouch in front is large enough to accommodate the hero’s package without constriction, and the luxurious purple rayon fabric and the gold waistband evoke his royal heritage and will not chafe his perfect skin while in battle. The waistband features raised Jacquard embroidery in brushed black; according to the abcunderwear.com website, the matching rear straps are to make sure that the hero “look[s] classy from all directions.”
The Gold Status Anatomic Pouch Jock is a great choice for a man drawn to that kind of fantasy. Given the soft, stretchy fabric and the natural hang in front, this jockstrap is made for novelty, not utility. Stories aside, I found the jock to be pretty comfortable and, in particular, I liked that the leg straps were made of rayon, rather than elastic. I also thought that the purple/gold color combination was unexpected.
Keep in mind that I do not typically wear jockstraps, but if you are a guy that does, I imagine that you’d find this one to be comfortable. While I like the Gold Status Anatomic Pouch Jock, it is better suited for a costume party than a dinner party.
|Style and look?||Bold jockstrap with a large front pouch.|
|Suitable for?||Underwear parties; magical locker rooms.|
|Fit and quality?||Fashion jockstrap made of a soft rayon material.|
|Is the price right?||$25 retail; on sale for $22.95 at abcunderwear.com. Fair price if you are drawn to the look.|
|Best thing about it?||Very comfortable material; fantasy-inspired styling.|
|Buy it here||www.abcunderwear.com|
For those of you who have tried “profile enhancing” underwear made by Obviously, John Sievers, 2xist, Gregg Homme and their competitors, and have thought to yourself, “gee, this brief really does not give me the bulge I am looking for,” your requests for more bulge have been answered. Lobbo’s Matteo Support Ring Bikini Brief will provide you with a bulge that will give the impression that your endowment rivals that belonging to any farm animal.
While some profile enhancing briefs provide a larger pouch (e.g., John Sievers, Obviously) or a bit of a lift (e.g., 2xist, Tulio) or a distinct contour (e.g., Ergowear), what sets the Matteo Support Ring Bikini Brief apart from its competitors is its panel design featuring a built in c-ring. Behind the pouch is a separate panel with a hole surrounded by elastic. Once you fit your entire package through the hole, it’s protruded forward against the front pouch creating a bulge bursting effect. The pouch itself is large, but sits kind of high, so along with the big push forward, the brief lifts you up. The bulge enhancement provided by this feature is truly remarkable.
Given that I wore the Matteo Support Ring Bikini Brief in preparation for writing this review, I was curious to see how they felt just running around town, but I only made it to the end of my block before I turned around to go home and change out of them. No question about it — there was a really noticeable bulge, front and center and it was a bit extreme. (If I saw another guy with such a bulge, I’d think he had rolled-up sock in his underwear.) Wearing them around the house, they were comfortable at first but, after an hour or so, the tightness of the elastic pulling on my package made me want to take them off. And because the front panel occupies most of the space in the front, the Matteo Support Ring Bikini Brief is not made to be worn without using the c-ring. Also, likely due to the lift provided by the brief, there is a seam in the middle of the pouch that looks sort of bunchy.
Tthe Matteo Support Ring Bikini Brief is made of a smooth, stretchy microfiber blend (80% nylon/20% spandex) that felt good against my skin, and I liked the full coverage in the back, but I almost forgot to mention those features in the review because this brief is all about the bulge. I’ve never worn anything made by Lobbo before but I give the company credit for resetting the bar for profile enhancing briefs.
|Style and look?||Bulge bursting bikini brief.|
|Suitable for?||Exhibitionists; occasions when you want to get attention.|
|Fit and quality?||Low-cut with full coverage in the back; smooth, stretchy microfiber blend.|
|Is the price right?||The brief retails for $25, which is fair if this is a look that you are good for. Currently on sale at abcunderwear.com for $15.95.|
|Best thing about it?||The brief makes an impact.|
|Buy it here||www.abcunderwear.com|
The Pump Touchdown Sky Brief is best worn by a guy who routinely gets carded when he enters a bar. With its bold blue color, playful styling and a 2-inch waistband that proclaims PUMP! in large block letters, the Touchdown Sky Brief does not hint — it practically screams — “young.” According to the International Jock website, the brief will “make you look so hot, they’ll all want to tackle you.” Whether that is true, the subtext is that the brief is made for an in-shape, young, confident guy who wants to be noticed.
Putting aside my attempt to analyze the philosophy underlying the underwear, I liked wearing the Touchdown Brief (although no one tackled me when I did). The low cut with full coverage in the back and a front, contoured pouch reminds me of some of my favorite briefs, and would be flattering on many men. And like several other briefs I see on the market lately, the Touchdown Brief features gym shorts-inspired, microfiber mesh fabric on the sides of the front pouch and around the back, along with contrast piping. The front pouch, which offers both sufficient space and support, feels like it is made of cotton. The overall blend is 64% nylon, 19% cotton and 17% spandex.
I wore the Touchdown Brief to work and while exercising and found it to be as comfortable as the various, low-cut microfiber briefs that I typically wear every day. The difference is really in the details: the color blocking, locker room styling, bold waistband and youthful vibe set the Touchdown Brief apart from its competitors.
|Style and look?||Athletic inspired, low-cut briefs.|
|Suitable for?||Great for underwear parties or occasions when you will be seen, but comfortable and functional enough to be worn every day.|
|Fit and quality?||Moderately low-cut with full coverage in the back; comfortable front pouch; good quality microfiber blend.|
|Is the price right?||$28.00 is not unreasonable, but a little steep given that there are numerous, similar styles on the market.|
|Best thing about it?||Youthful meets tasteful.|
|Buy it here||www.internationaljock.com|
I’ve been a fan of Gregg Homme briefs for a while, but I keep them like a secret stash in the back of my underwear drawer. All of the briefs are very low cut and feature a variety of provocative attributes: big pouches in the front; built in c-rings; sheer, virtually see-through materials; tiny cuts; strings that stretch over the briefs to outline the butt; just to name a few. Gregg Homme isn’t afraid to “go there.” I usually like to wear them under a suit or when I’m scheduled to attend a dull meeting — they remind me that a very sexual man lurks beneath his all-business attire.
So, I was excited to test out the brief from Gregg Homme’s new Target collection and I was very pleased with my experience. Made of a very soft and almost shiny microfiber blend (80% polyamide, 20% spandex), the Target Brief features 2-1/2” sides, full coverage in the back and a large pouch in the front. The military-inspired waistband is in an army green color with black and red accents, and has a small GREGG label on the left side. I don’t typically like bold waistbands, but this one wasn’t overwhelming or particularly loud and actually looked pretty good with the army green-colored brief.
Importantly, it is a very comfortable brief. I wore them to work (under a suit, of course) and just around town and felt good in them all day. Given the large front pouch, however, I did not feel comfortable wearing them to the gym or under loose shorts. But I have other underwear for that.
Notwithstanding the shine of the material, the Target Brief itself isn’t flashy. Maybe that’s what I like best about it. Now don’t get me wrong, the brief exudes sex, so anyone looking for that will not be disappointed. In comparison to some of the other Gregg Homme styles that I have in my underwear drawer, however, it is not cut so low. The focus on fit and styling, rather than gimmicks, made this brief feel a little more grown up. When wearing the Target Brief, I definitely felt the homme in Gregg Homme.
|Style and look?||Low-cut, sheer microfiber briefs with a distinct, military inspired waistband.|
|Suitable for?||Everyday or special occasions (underwear parties, nights in, nights out).|
|Fit and quality?||Low-cut, full coverage in the back and a large front pouch; good quality microfiber fabric.|
|Is the price right?||$36.95 is a bit expensive, but they are made in Canada and the price is pretty consistent with other provocative styles from other brands.|
|Best thing about it?||Comfortable while exhibiting Gregg Homme trademark sexiness.|
|Buy it here||www.internationaljock.com|