Friday, December 24, 2010

Andrew Christian Keeps Me Dry and Naked - A Review

Andrew Christian has long been touted as a stylish brand known for their innovative technologies when it comes to men's underwear.  They've introduced all sorts of performance and enhancing technologies such as the anti-muffin top waistbands, flashback underwear, show-it briefs, ActiveSHAPE, and much more.  Today I'd like to talk about one of their performance boxers - the Dry and Naked Sports Boxer.  

The fit of these undies is what I would describe as snug.  They are very form fitting throughout.  Unlike most undies, these trunks have no real excess fabric and they hug your perineum all the way down it.  The pouch has room, but is not too roomy.  The back hugs your butt nicely with a center seam to help shape the look.  The legs are just a little longer than the pouch, making these trunks a great fit for running and other athletic wear as they don't restrict movement.  

As for comfort.  These undies are a little different.  They are made of a special fabric that is moisture wicking and also designed to be anti-bacterial and anti-staining.  This is perfect for the gym-rat.  The fabric itself feels a little stiff and doesn't stretch a lot - but this helps hold everything in place, which is great for the gym.  The fabric is super thin and super light feeling making them great for working out. Despite being made mostly of polyester, the fabric is surprisingly comfortable to the touch. The black side panels are made out of regular fabric to allow for a little give.  

The style of these is great, especially for athletic underwear.  Usually performance underwear is one color and boring looking - they usually look like they're made for performance but at the risk of style.  That's not the case here.  These undies are very stylish.  They have a little bit of retro flair about them with the grey and white color blocking.  They have black contrast seaming and a black contrast waistband and side panels.  They're definitely the kind of undies I wouldn't mind showing off in the gym.  The fabric is punctured with small holes throughout to allow the moisture-wicking properties to take effect, but despite this the fabric still appears opaque.  I do wish that these came in more color options so I could have a couple different pairs in different colors to wear to the gym. 

These are very well made undies.  As promised, they do not stain or fade.  I've had these for almost a year with no noticeable changes in the undies after washing.  In fact, these things feel like new every time I pull them on.  It's fantastic!  At $26 a pair, these undies are comparable to a lot of performance underwear.  But for the style and the way they last, they're definitely worth the investment.  They also come in a brief style if you prefer. 

MY RATING:
Overall, I give the Andrew Christian Dry and Naked Sports Boxer a total score of 9 based on the following criteria:
FIT -- 9 (out of 10) - Fits snugly throughout. 
COMFORT -- 8 (out of 10) - Light fabric keeps you dry.  Stiff fabric, but holds you in place. 
STYLE -- 10 (out of 10) - Very stylish retro flair, especially as far as performance underwear is concerned.
QUALITY -- 9 (out of 10) - Well made.  Does not fade or lose its shape. 
VALUE -- 9 (out of 10) - Moderate, but comparable to other performance underwear.   


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2 comments:

JayToday said...

You said that the back panels are made of "regular fabric" in the back to allow a little give.
What exactly does that mean ?

UMan said...

Not back panels, the SIDE panels. If you look at the first photo in this article. The black stripe down the side is what I'm referring to. These are made of regular cotton jersey fabric as opposed to the mesh/performance fabric that the rest of the undies are made out of. The performance fabric doesn't give very much, but the side panels do thus allowing them to move a bit. Does that help clarify?