Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Guest Review: M-N Briefs


Today I'd like to introduce you to an enthusiastic new guest contributor Tantalus.  If all goes well and you like what he has to say, I'm hoping to make him a permanent part of the MUB team!  Please let us know your thoughts.  ~UMan

Uman previously reviewed M-N’s line of trunks.  As you might remember from the review, the trunks are cut high enough that they almost look like a longer brief.

Tantalus in M-N briefs.
Their briefs, however, are a good deal shorter.  As far as the fit goes, the angle in the back is much more severe than the trunks leading to an accentuated butt.  The inner thigh cut is still rather conservative.  Men with ample junk: This design is practically made for you.  The design has a pouch in the front and enough fabric around it on the inner thighs so that you won’t hang out the sides.

Comfort-wise, these briefs have a feel very similar to their trunk counterparts.  The fabric is the same: a cotton-elastane blend that stretches nicely without digging into your skin.  They stay reasonably close to your skin even after a full day’s wear, a welcome change from some cheaper band fabric. In short, the basics on this underwear all function well.

The style of this range hasn’t changed too much. The specific style I’ve been wearing, Street Squares (Pictured), has a vertical stripe-seam on the pouch.  All of the briefs also have a seam directly down the center of the brief’s backside (a key difference from the trunks) that does a great job breaking up the print in an edgy way.  It makes whoever is checking out your backside think, “Wait, what? I gotta look again!”  Finally, there’s some interesting double-stitching going on in the thigh elastic; the creators of this line clearly paid attention to every detail.

The briefs are extremely well made and tend to last, much like the trunks. Everything fits tightly, and each stitch and seam fits extremely well with the overall design and enhances the cut.  The elastic is durable and lasts. Men with junk in the trunk, though, beware – you might have to make some adjustments throughout the day.

TANTALUS' RATING:
Overall, I give the M-N Azure Range Brief a total score of 9 based on the following criteria:
FIT -- 8 (out of 10) - Brief, severely cut in the back. 
COMFORT -- 9 (out of 10) - Soft and smooth fabric.  Ample pouch keeps everything in place. 
STYLE -- 10 (out of 10) - Distinct and edgy look.
QUALITY -- 10 (out of 10) - Well made. Great attention to detail. 
VALUE -- 8 (out of 10) - Slightly expensive, but worth the investment.

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