Monday, December 20, 2010

New Stonemen Styles Reviewed!

So a while back I reviewed the original collection of Stonemen underwear.  While I wasn't totally explicit about it (or aware of it at the time), my main complaints with the older styles are that the fabric is a little too thick and the print makes the fabric not as soft as it could be.  Also, as I did explain, the fit isn't quite perfect and they need to be shrunk a little bit in the wash before they stay up. 

Well today I'm back to review the latest styles from Stonemen - the Hibiscus Square Cut.  As before, they are a little too big for me when I first got them on.  It's not just an issue of the body of the fabric, but also the waistband is a little too big and doesn't snap against my skin.  This could be partially an issue with me as the smalls are meant for those with a 29 inch waist - 31 inch waist, but I am actually a 28 inch waist.  But that shouldn't make that much of a difference.  But after a good wash and a hot dry they shrink perfectly to my size.  But they do not shrink after subsequent washes, so I've concluded that they may not be adequately preshrunk or something.  Anyway, these things fit great (after slight shrinking).  As I found before, they hug everything well but they don't feel too tight.  The cut is a nice hybrid between trunk and brief being somewhere in between in terms of coverage.  This makes them sexy, but also good for the modest guy.  The legbands are thick as far as legbands go, but this holds everything in place throughout the day without need for adjustments.  

The fabric on these undies is treated differently than previous stuff from Stonemen.  It feels a lot softer.  And the big key is that the fabric is quite a bit thinner.  The original ones were  210gsm, the new ones are only 190gsm.  So quite a bit lighter. And that makes a big difference making for easier movement and a freer feeling.  These things feel great.

Of course what is really great about these undies is the style!  These things sure have style.  In fact, the style of these is so great that even though these just came out they're only available at the moment in L and XL (the other sizes should be back in stock soon).  These things are just so fun and playful.  The print is fabulous and wraps around the brief continuously without any interruptions from seams (except for at the pouch) and such.  And let's be serious, who doesn't want to imagine they're at the beach during the winter.  So these can at least provide a bit of escape from the cold for you and your partner.  Taking off your pants with these can be like a trip to the beach.  The new collection also comes in a "Red Sunset" print. 

So all in all.  I think these are a great new collection from Stonemen.  They were already good to begin with.  But they have gotten even better with much lighter, softer fabric, fun wrap-around prints, and as always a big dose of style.  These undies are well-made with great attention to detail and will definitely last you for a good time.  At $35 AUD, they're much less than a vacation to the beach. But you can get 10% off with coupon code MUBTEN. 


MY RATING:
Overall, I give the Stonemen New Hibiscus Square Cut a total score of 9.5 based on the following criteria:
FIT -- 9 (out of 10) - Not quite perfect out of the bag.  Requires shrinking. 
COMFORT -- 10 (out of 10) - Very comfortable.  Super soft. 
STYLE -- 10 (out of 10) - Tons of style.  Feels like a trip to the beach!
QUALITY -- 9 (out of 10) - Well made, will last well.
VALUE -- 9 (out of 10) - Pricey, but well made. 


**********9.5

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