Eyes back on Teamm8! I want to wrap up this week with a review of the excellent Teamm8 Block trunk. This is the second post in my Teamm8 series, which also includes a review of the Signature brief.
When I do reviews, I always try out both briefs and boxer briefs/trunks from the brand in question. This is no coincident. First of all, these two are my own personal favorite men’s underwear cuts.
Second of all, I can see from the underwear polls, which I keep asking you to participate in, that most of you guys are the same as me. So far more than 500 men have participated in the poll asking what type of underwear they prefer to wear. The poll shows that more than 50 % of you prefer either briefs or boxer briefs.
From what I’ve experienced this past week, Australian-based Teamm8 is an example of proper craftsmanship. Once again I am amazed at how Australia is spewing top quality men’s underwear unlike anywhere else in the world.
One day I must go visit this country that’s so full of creativity, innovation and courage when it comes to men’s underwear fashion.
For now, though, I enjoy the mere privilege it is to try out these many inspiring new styles and designs.
Enter: Teamm8 Block trunk.
I often have to clarify what type of cut I’m reviewing. Their are as many interpretations of labels like “trunk”, “boxer”, and “brief” as there are underwear brands.
For once, however, I think the style under review is properly labeled. The Teamm8 Block trunk is a classic trunk. Not a square cut, not a boxer brief, but a good old-fashioned trunk. In my world, this means a cut with short legs that extend to cover just the top of the thighs. The sides and legs of the Block trunk are about 8,5 inches.
As a style, the trunk is a safe bet for any man and any purpose. Along with regular boxer briefs, it’s probably the least controversial, but in many ways also the most comfortable and no-nonsense, men’s underwear cut out there. If you’re a trunk-kind-of-guy, do yourself a favor and spice it up by going for eye-catching colors or print designs. More about this later.
As was the case with the Signature brief, the Teamm8 Block trunk comes equipped with a standard-sized, double-layered pouch. Everything is held nicely in place, and I can’t put a finger on the combination of pouch room and the overall ability of the pouch to provide support.
The back of the Block trunk does its job just right. In my book, this means A) no butt crack will be revealed, even when the trunk is worn for an entire day. B) The fabric has enough stretch to not make the backside of the trunk sag – even after bing washed several times. C) The legs and back of the trunk must never ride up and force you to rescue fabric from between your buttocks.
With its 2 inches wide waistband with tonal logo detailing, the Teamm8 Block trunk is line with the current mainstream men’s underwear trend. For trunks and boxer briefs such a wide waistband adds a masculine touch while ensuring a tight-feeling fit around the waist.
Sometimes tight, wide waistbands can create a muffin-top effect if you’re not super fit. If you’ve experienced this effect before, and you’re usually in-between sizes (e.g. a waist size somewhere between a M and a L), it may be a good idea to choose the larger size. In this way, you’ll be sure to avoid the dreaded muffin top.
Even when sizing up, I would say that the waistband has sufficient stretch to keep the trunk well in place. The waistband has a Teamm8 logo patch as well a separate production information patch stitched on the inside rear of the waistband. The stitching is done so that you won’t be bothered by the patch, and the product information patch can easily be cut off.
The Teamm8 Block trunk is made from the same 95 % cotton / 5 % Elastane fabric blend as the Teamm8 Signature brief. This blend is the perfect choice for everyday wear, and as I’ve touched upon, the Elastane provides a perfect amount of stretch to ensure support and freedom of movement.
When wearing a classic trunk I always go for a crazy bright color. I wore the funky pink variant. Generally, bright colored trunks and boxer briefs are extremely popular among guys a few years younger than me (I’m 26). So if you going for that young, vibrant look, the bright pink or yellow Teamm8 Block trunk is the underwear for you.
If you’re just not feeling the 20-year-old look, go for the more subtle gunmetal gray variant.
I wore a size M for a 32” waist and the trunk fit fine. As mentioned, if you’re usually in-between sizes, do consider sizing up one size.
The Teamm8 Block trunk is a mid-range product clocking in at around US $29,50. I think this a very fair price for a pair of proper-quality pair of trunks. And if you like the cut, I just wanna remind you that Teamm8 offers an abundance of other trunk cuts.
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