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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Low-rise Excites (Xzytes) - A Review

I've mentioned Xzytes a couple times in the past as being a great place to get cheap, fun underwear.  While today I want to review one of their own styles, their low-rise boxerbrief.

As far as the fit of this thing goes, it's decidedly very skimpy - no question about it.  You are definitely going to want to size up on these (if you normally wear a small get a medium) because they are super small and tight.  I normally wear a small and I can barely fit all my junk into the medium.  Consult their size chart for information, although I'm a 28 inch waist and I'm pretty sure that this medium would not fit someone with a 33 inch waist.  So size accordingly. These undies are super small and low-rise, they are not nearly large enough to be considered a boxerbrief.  They barely cover my ass-crack and some of my cheeks hang out the bottom.  Guys with bubble butts beware, these are not going to cover you in the least.  They also have a tendency to conform to your body and the center seam in the back rides right up your butt.  The front is super tiny with barely any extra room in the pouch - try not to get hard because there's no room.  The cut is super sexy and when they say super-low-rise, they mean it.  

As far as the comfort of these things goes it's a little varied.  The nylon/lycra blend is surprisingly smooth and not itchy as you might expect.  It is very light-weight and quick-drying - perfect for a hot summer day or a hot night in the club.  The fit, however, hinders the comfort.  While I feel adequately supported, at times I almost feel squashed - especially when you first put these things on.  The center seam, however, often makes it feel like you're wearing a thong even though you're not.  This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's worth pointing out.  After a little getting used to them though they feel a little better.  But I find myself wanting to pull them up to cover my crack.  But if you pull them up your cheeks hang out, and when you pull them down your crack hangs out.  So it's hard to win.  But if that's what you're going for these are perfect for you. 

That being said, the style of these SCREAMS go-go boy and would be the perfect skimpy pair to wear in the club.  They're really about showing off, but without looking like you're trying too hard.  Their skimpy coverage looks sexy, but not vulgar.  And the subtle sheen of the fabric would look great under the disco ball.  Bring on the dancing!  But for everyday wear, these probably aren't the thing.  

These undies are currently on sale at Xzytes for only $10 (originally $20).  That's definitely a steal - you can get two for the price of one!  The quality of these is quite exceptional and will certainly hold up to a lot of bumping and grinding.  

Overall, I give the Xyztes Boxerbrief a total score of 7 based on the following criteria:
FIT -- 8 (out of 10) - Super skimpy, not really a boxerbrief  Does not cover it all at once - you have to choose between your crack and your cheeks.  Runs small - make sure to size-up from your normal size. 
COMFORT -- 7 (out of 10) - Fabric is surprisingly soft.  Don't feel covered due to the fit.  Requires adjusting.  No room to grow. 
STYLE -- 5 (out of 10) as underwear; 9 (out of 10) as clubwear - Sexy and hot.  Feels more like clubwear than underwear though. 
QUALITY -- 9 (out of 10) - Well made. Holds up well. 
VALUE -- 10 (out of 10) - Great deal for $10.  Great for summer fun. 


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

C-In2 Relaunched + New "Hand Me Down" Collection

You may have noticed that popular C-In2 underwear brand was nowhere to be found for a while.  But now they're back and better than ever with their relaunch.  They are re-making some of their most popular collections like Pop Colors and Kinetic while at the same time they are creating some new ones as well like the new Hand Me Down collection that just launched.  The C-In2 Hand Me Down collection is C-In2's vintage collection in collegiate colors.  It comes in all the popular styles that you would expect like the no-show brief and no-show trunk as well as ringer tanks and boxer shorts.  They are also implenting what they call "burnt" fabric for the first time in underwear.  I prefer to call this type of fabric "mottled".  It is quite popular in outerwear and basic t's, but this is the first time it has been used for underwear.  The idea of the Hand Me Down collection is that these undies look and feel a little worn-out, but in a comfy way.  I'm not sure that this is the greatest title for the collection, but I definitely like the way it looks.  And they definitely look comfy.  Check out this new collection and more at C-In2. Also, as a relaunch special get free shipping until the 15th!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Obviously Low-Rise - A Review

We've discussed Obviously numerous times in the past.  Just as a quick refresher, Obviously is an Australian brand that specializes in making "anatomically correct" underwear for men.  The idea is that there is a separate pouch that allows your junk to hang as it naturally would.  They promise no sticking, squashing, readjusting, chaffing, or sweating.  I've reviewed their Sinuous line bikini brief in the past, today I'm going to review their low-rise brief which is available in a lot of different colors and in all their collections.  

The fit of this brief is actually quite skimpy, although upon first glance it appears that you are well covered.  In reality, the sides are quite tiny with less than an inch of fabric at the smallest point.  However, this is augmented by a rather large waistband, so the overall visual impression is that more is covered.  These briefs fit true to size and are very form fitting across the sides, butt, and perineum.  The low-rise of these briefs just barely covers the assets.  As I have pointed out in my previous review, the pouch seems a little unnecessarily large at times and doesn't really hold your member in place but rather allows it to flop around - but that is afterall the point of these.  I personally find this to be a little annoying at times.  This is especially true when wearing tighter fitting pants as the underwear lets your member hang freely in the front, thus tight pants tend to squeeze things awkwardly up front.  As was the case with my previous Obviously experience, you are not completely hanging free and the pouch does allow a certain amount of support. 

Just like all Obviously products, these are made from an oh-so-soft and smooth modal and lycra blend.  The fabric is super soft and sensuous against the skin.  It is also thin and feels almost weightless, a perfect choice for hot summer days.  The tag is printed onto the inside for additional comfort.  My only complaint comfort-wise is there is a seam at the bottom of the pouch across the perineum area.  This seam I found is too far forward on these briefs and tended to brush up against my balls in an uncomfortable manner that required an occasional readjustment.  While this is not a deal breaker, I found myself adjusting these undies way more than I would like.  Part of this, however, has to do with the pants you wear them with and how much you make the pouch expand to handle your manhood throughout the course of the day. 

As for the style of these things, these briefs are sizzling... sssssss.... They're almost too hot to handle.  As I said, they are super skimpy.  The back is full coverage, but the sides are practically non-existent.  These come in a fun array of colors that are bright and playful as well as more subdued colors for the more reserved individual.  I really love the way the logo waistband is set with the type not quite fitting on the band. 

As with all Obviously underwear, these will set you back a pretty penny or two, but they are very good quality and well made.  These will last you a good time.  And with summer coming up, something this light-weight is perfect for keeping you covered and comfortable during the hot, sticky, summer days ahead.  For even more comfort this summer from Obviously, try their thong. 

Overall, I give the Obviously Low-Rise Brief a total score of 8 based on the following criteria:
FIT -- 9 (out of 10) - Low-rise, minimal coverage.  Anatomically correct pouch - a little too large. 
COMFORT -- 7 (out of 10) - Soft fabric.  Lightweight fabric perfect for summer.  Occasional readjustments necessary. 
STYLE -- 9 (out of 10) - Sizzling.  Lots of fun colors to choose from. 
QUALITY -- 9 (out of 10) - Well made. Will last you. 
VALUE -- 8 (out of 10) - Good value.  Great for summer.


Thursday, May 05, 2011

Craig Ferguson Tucks in His Banana Republic boxerbriefs

I just wanted to share with you guys this fun(ny) video of talk show host and comedian Craig Ferguson talking about his underwear and sharing them.  He explains that he always tucks his shirt into his undies so that the shirt won't bunch up while on television.  He also mentions that it helps hide his large endowment.  He even pulls down his pants around 00:24 to reveal black Banana Republic brand boxer briefs.  

This brings up an interesting question for discussion: when you get dressed up, do you tuck your shirt into your underpants?