Saturday, October 30, 2010

Equmen - A Review

Performance underwear has long been a staple in the men's underwear world, but recently there has been a push towards making performance wear also stylish.  These new ideas for men's performance underwear are represented by the Equmen collection.  Specially designed with a precision fit to give you the ultimate in support and performance, Equmen helps keep you comfortable while working out or just hanging at the office.  Equmen is most noted for their core precision undershirts that help support your core and reduce back pain and stress.  Today, however, I will be reviewing their precision brief (I tried a blue one). 

These things fit like a glove.  These low-rise briefs are streamlined and well fitted.  There are no extra seams or stitches, they've taken the brief back to the basics in terms of construction.  Upon first glance, the fabric looks as though it's not going to be very comfortable.  It has a very sexy sheen, but it looks thick and artificial.  But don't let that fool you, this fabric is soft and stretchy.  It is a blend of nylon, micropolyester, and spandex.  It breathes well and has wicking performance to keep you dry all day long now matter how hard you're working.  The rear has a special vent to help keep you dry where you tend to sweat the most (right in the lower back above your crack). The fabric here has a slightly different stitch, but you won't notice it unless you're looking for it.  The fabric is design to stretch and pull in a way that works with your anatomy to keep everything optimally supported and in place.  The contoured pouch is double layered and has a seam down the middle and two on the sides.  It expands well when needed, but holds everything in place as well. 

These briefs are very basic looking, but there is a sophisticated style about them.  They aren't just your everyday, boring briefs.  They come in blue, black, gray, and white.  There is a line of accent color on the waistband (the blue ones have a white band).  There is no writing on the waist, instead it is kept plain and simple - sophisticated.  Centered, in the back of the waistband is a logo patch that is very sexy and stylish peeking above your pants. As I already noted, the fabric has a slight sheen to it that makes these things not just your average briefs. 

I have had these for quite some time now, and have worn them many times.  In fact, they're one of my go-to pairs, especially on hot days or when I know I'm going to be doing some physical activity.  I like them because they keep me dry and comfy, and they're just easy - effortless style.  That being said, I've washed them many times and they are holding up beautifully.  There is only slight pilling starting to happen on the waistband after almost a year of wear, so that's pretty good. And they should be too, because these things run in a little high at $50 a pair.  But that being said, these are performance underwear, which usually runs a little more than regular undies.  These are good quality undies that will hold up well under pressure - and we all need a pair like that sometimes.  So if you're willing to pay a little more for performance wear that's gonna hold up well and last, these are the pair for you.  They also make trunks and long trunks if you prefer those styles instead.  Personally I like my legs to be a little more free when working out that's why I opt for these briefs. 

MY RATING:
Overall, I give the Equmen Briefs a total score of 8 based on the following criteria:
FIT -- 10 (out of 10) - Stripped down to the basics.  Well fitted and low-rise. 
COMFORT -- 9 (out of 10) - Surprisingly comfortable fabric.  Keeps you dry with wicking performance. 
STYLE -- 8 (out of 10) - Basic and sophisticated. 
QUALITY -- 9 (out of 10) - Holds up great after a long time, only slight pilling on waistband. 
VALUE -- 6 (out of 10) - Expensive but good quality. 

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