Saturday, July 12, 2008

Undertoys Reviewed




It's been a while since I last mentioned Undertoys, so if you'd like some background about the brand go back and read this post. Today I'm going to review these awesome underpants.

This brand is inspired by kids undies, but unlike similar (in terms of taking inspiration from boy's undies) brands like Ginch Gonch, Undertoys' designs are pure kid with no adult innuendo. My favorite two styles are the pinstripe and the super. The pinstripe is great because at first look it just appears to be a classy pinstriped trunk with little designs on it, but upon closer inspection you realize that each pinstripe is a road and the designs are little cars and planes driving around the city that is your underpants. And the 'super' style, well seriously, who doesn't like playing super man?

The other styles are fun, but they are a little too child-like for my personal tastes. The pinstripe is the most like ordinary underwear, but with a fun child-inspired twist. But really all of the styles are adult appropriate and are a fun way to break away from the norm.

Now the first time I tried these on I wasn't so fond of the fit because the all over graphic print made the undies very crisp, almost like they were starched. But after a few washes and wears they really got broken in (in terms of fit, the graphic print holds up well after repeated washing) and started to feel nice. I really love the softness of the waistband, there is no cutting or riding up and the tag is sewn flush to the waistband to avoid irritation. These undies are really comfy after a few washes (so just wash a couple times before wearing them, and line dry!). Now even though the tag instructs you to "wear more than three days in a row or inside out", I would suggest you just get yourself a couple pairs. They are really comfy, but you shouldn't sacrifice good hygiene for comfort. Plus, the tag is just a joke, don't take it literally.

The fit of these undies is a little different than your standard trunk/boxerbrief. The legs are a little longer than you would expect with no real legbands (just doubled over fabric). Because of the legband thing the legs do ride up when you sit down, but it is not uncomfortable and you really only notice that they ride up if you look in your pants and check. I like this approach to legbands because sometimes the elastic ones cut or are just too tight, but these are really quite comfy. These undies might not be great for active wear as the legs move around, but they are just fine for day to day wear. Another difference in fit is the pouch, it's cut a little flatter and a little bigger than most pouches. But the flatness works out because its size allows it to stretch more than other pouches.

One of my favorite feature of this line is something that you can't really tell from the photos, so I have to tell you about it because it is just that cool. On the waistband of each style is some sort of embroidered design that complements the overall style of the pant. For example, the skywars has a captain's badge, the camo one has military stars, and the invaders has a number that is the score of the game. I think this feature is so fun and the embroidery makes it very classy. Which leads me to the quality. The quality is really superb. The pouch is double lined and as I previously mentioned the design holds up well in the wash. I really can't ask for much more in the quality department.

The only thing that I'd like to see from this brand is more styles and maybe a briefs option.

Should you buy them? At around $20 a pair, I feel that you will get good value for your money. These are really great undies and something that every man wants (if only secretly) to own and to wear.

MY RATING:
Overall, I give the Undertoys trunks a total score of 9 based on the following criteria:
FIT -- 9 (out of 10)
COMFORT -- 9 (out of 10) (after washing a couple times, otherwise about a 6)
STYLE -- 10 (out of 10)
QUALITY -- 9 (out of 10)
VALUE -- 8 (out of 10)

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