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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Review: Undergear Ribbed Brief

Undergear has long been a great place to get quality underwear. In addition to selling many different brands of underwear, they also sell their own house brand. The Undergear line is notable for making high-quality, basic underwear.

Today I'm going to review their basic cotton ribbed brief. This brief is all about comfort. It is the perfect go-to brief for days when you just want to be comfortable. If underwear could give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside this underwear would do it. It is made of soft, cotton ribbing material that conforms perfectly to your body. The underwear stretches just enough to accommodate you but the ribbing holds it tight enough so that you are held in place. After wearing them all day they do get stretched out a little bit and there is a little bit of gaping towards the leg holes. But all you have to do is wash them and throw them in the dryer and they're back to normal and ready to wear. These are one of the few pairs of underwear that I throw in the dryer, usually I just line dry my underwear so it maintains its shape. But this underwear needs to be machine dried to maintain its shape - the white elastic banding prevents the briefs from shrinking too much in the dryer.

The style of these briefs is very reminiscent of American Apparel briefs; they are very basic but still stylish. They have white contrast banding around the legs and fly and a white logo waistband. This makes for a very crisp and classic look while still being hip and stylish. The only major difference between Undergear and American Apparel is that American Apparel makes a much larger array of colors. But I feel that the quality of Undergear's briefs is much better than that of American Apparel therefore making up for the lack of color choices.

As I just mentioned, the quality of these briefs is excellent. They hold their shape and color after repeated washes and machine dries - quite a feat for basic cotton briefs. And at the price of $12.99 each (or $10.99 if you buy two or more) they are well worth it. In fact, select colors are now on sale for $3.99. That's an absolute steal! If you're looking at Undergear's site, don't get confused. These are not the low-rise spandex briefs. Those fit quite differently and are not anywhere near as comfortable in my opinion.

So overall, these are incredibly comfortable briefs. They are basics with no frills, but they do their job well. The colorfulness of the briefs, however, gives them a bit of style and fun. You will definitely get your money's worth out of these briefs, especially if you get one of the pairs for $3.99.

Overall, I give the Undergear Ribbed Brief a total score of 9.3 based on the following criteria:
FIT -- 8.5 (out of 10) - loses shape during the day
COMFORT -- 10 (out of 10)
STYLE -- 9 (out of 10) - basic
QUALITY -- 10 (out of 10)
VALUE -- 9 (out of 10) - a 10 if you get the ones on sale

********** 9.3

Question of the Day:
What are your thoughts on basic underwear vs. fashion underwear? Do you have a go-to pair when you just want to be comfortable?


Anonymous said...

So what was wrong with the spandex low-rise briefs?

UMan said...

The fit is not as comfortable and the fabric doesn't allow them to conform to the body as well. They are tighter, and not in a good way.

Wil said...

These look really awesome. I sometimes see peeps talking about the old hanes ribbed that were pretty awesome. Are these akin to that? They also look considerably lower rise than the american apparel ones. Is that true or am I just seeing things?

I want underwear.


UMan said...

Wil, I can't really speak to the Hanes ribbed briefs as I've never tried them. As for how they are in comparison to American Apparel I think it really depends. On me these are nowhere near as low-rise as they are on the model in the pictures. I think it's a matter of how big your butt and thighs are and how much they stretch out the underwear. The bigger your butt and thighs, the more stretched out the brief will get and the lower it will rise. So on me these briefs are about the same if not higher rise than those of American Apparel.

Victor C said...

I agree with your American Apparel comparison. Right when I saw the top pic I instantly thought of AA's style and cut.

I'm glad to hear that the quality of the briefs are much better, although I would love it if they came in more colors. I suppose the cheap price makes up for it though, especially the select.

I don't think I'll buy this pair though. Underwear that loses its shape and gets looser during the day doesn't sound very good, especially since I enjoy a tighter fit.

Personally, basic underwear is at the top of my list when it comes to underwear shopping. Once in a while I'll find an AMAZING pair that I can't wait to show off and I'll go for it.

I want underwear bonus

UMan said...

It really doesn't lose it's shape that much. It's really only if you're doing lots of physical activity like running. I only really noticed the loss of shape after wearing them for a day AND sleeping in them.

But as I said, they are pretty basic and they do lack the colors that AA offers.

Anonymous said...

i'd have to agree. i tried both the one you reviewed and the cotton/lyrca low rise. wore both to the gym. the ribbed brief withstood a vigorous three mile jog.

i just got back from kickboxing class in the cotton/lycra lowrise. those don't stay in place and after taking them off noticed that they had stretched quite a bit. i hope a washing will pop them back into shape!

thanks for the review!!