Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Style: aussieBum PocketJockit

I know we haven't talked about aussieBum in a while, but they're still strong and kicking and pumping out sexy, innovative undies. Today I just thought I'd share a new style from them, the PocketJockit. This style features a pocket in the pouch "to store anything you can imagine". I also imagine that you could stuff the pouch to enhance your profile if you like. I just thought that this video was fun and cheeky so I wanted to share it. The PocketJockit normally retails for $25 USD, but it's currently on sale for $16 USD. So that's a great deal. No idea how long this sale will last, so act fast!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Weight-Loss Update



Hello. It's me again - the guy who writes about normal guy thoughts in and about underwear. Sorry I don't have a hot body or any other eye candy to offer, like the other interns.


But I am working on the body shape part of things. When I first wrote awhile back, I was down 19 lbs and just starting to notice the positive changes. Well, as of today I am 26 lbs down, and still feeling good. This losing weight business is tough stuff - way harder than putting it on in the first place. I've kinda hit a point where my losses have slowed down, because I've been busy lately, and I've been lazy about my diet and exercise. Next week it's back to the routine, hopefully.

Here are some progress pics for you. The navy blue pair is a Stafford ribbed trunk, available from JC Penney. I chose to post in this pair, because even two months ago, it was too tight and made me look and feel awful. Now I can wear them comfortably, although the muffin top is still there. I keep losing inches higher up, and the fat is settling down just above my hips (argh).

The other pair is a Calvin Klein X trunk. I put these on today because they are all stretchy and a bit flashy, and they just make me feel nice when I wear them. Hope you like 'em.

Neither of these pairs has a fly, but quite a few of the pairs I own do. That was one place where I noticed that I needed to lose weight. A number of my pairs have small rips or tears at the seam of the fly where the pouch was stretched too far because my thighs were too big before. (No, it's not because of how much is filling the pouch. I wish.) Now my flys work properly. Guess I'm just going to have to add those to the list of pairs to be replaced. Any suggestions on what to replace them with? I'm still waiting for UMan to hook me up with anything...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fruit of the Loom Ad: Rings

Just saw this Fruit of the Loom ad on TV and I have to say I'm unimpressed. Now it's not just because I'm biased against boxers (which I am). Seriously I didn't even know what they were selling. The guy has a great body, but these boxers aren't remotely flattering on him. In fact I didn't even know what they were selling and I certainly didn't realize they were his undies. And now that I realize what they're selling, I certainly don't want it.  Do guys actually wear stuff that looks this bad on them and want to look this way?

What are your thoughts on this commercial? Discuss.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sales Round-Up


Here's a brief round-up of some of the sales going on for Cyber Monday.  Happy Shopping.  
  • Cocksox - Pre-christmas sale.  10-30% off entire range.  Now until Dec 9. 
  • Undergear - 25% off + free shipping through Cyber Monday (11/26).  Use code U2VG
  • His Trunks - 30% off Geovanny until midnight 11/26.  Use code "Goevanny" 
  • Deal By Ethan - 15% off everything.  Until 11/27 at midnight.  Use code "CYBERMONDAY15".
  • Wyzman - 30% off sitewide plus free shipping on orders over $75.  
  • Topdrawers - 20% off sitewide til midnight.  
  • MaleBasics - 25% off sitewide til midnight.  Use code "Thanks". 
  • International Jock - Designer sale.  25%-50% off select brands til 12/9. 
  • Rufskin - Free shipping on orders $100 or more.  Valid til midnight.  Use code "RUFNOIR".  
  • Timoteo - Free worldwide shipping on orders over $50.  Use coupon code "FREESHIP2012".  Valid til midnight. Plus free tank as a gift with purchase. 
  • Jockstrap Central - 15% - 50% off.  
  • Pants - 20% off already discounted Diesel underwear.  Through 11/27. Use code DIESEL.  

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Brief Boys Review Calvin Klein


Panel Stripe Hip Brief
Calvin Klein
Avg. $24 US


Brief Boys Mitchell and Patton give the run down on the Panel Stripe Hip Brief from Calvin Klein, “a comfortable, supportive, and enhanced fit made from 95% cotton and 5% elastane.”

Patton: What exactly is elastane?

Mitchell: Apparently it’s just another name for Spandex. At least according to Wikipedia.

P: Fancy.

M: So everybody knows Calvin Klein. They call themselves pioneers of the “wholesome underwear look.” It’s pretty safe design, but good design—very well made, very durable. If you’re looking for something relatively basic, it’s an appealing brand.

P: Basic, but not totally conservative. They’re low rise—but not ultra-low rise—and fit snugly under a pair of jeans. They even have an extra seam for each cheek that more or less works like a jockstrap, lifting and providing a little more definition than the average brief.

M: Really? I didn’t think it was very flattering. It kind of reminded me of wearing a diaper. Not that I’ve done that recently.

P: Of course not.

M: I do think they’re true to size, like all other CK products I’ve tried, but they have a generous amount of stretch, which makes them prone to sagging now and then.

P: I guess it depends on your preference—sometimes a little extra stretch can prevent a brief from ending up in your ass crack. But it can also bunch up under your junk.

M: There is that. From the wrong angle they sometimes have a weird camel toe thing going on.

P: You mean moose knuckle?

M: My mistake.

P: Plenty of room for the whole kit and caboodle, though. However, while there’s a spacious pouch, the fabric’s elasticity gives that weird pointy effect—where your junk looks like a cone aimed at the floor. But at least these are versatile for all package preferences. Whether you stash it to the left, right, or over the balls, you’re good to go.

M: What do you mean stash it?

P: When not in use.

M: Of course. You’re right though. While it’s not something to be ashamed of, the CK Hip Brief is definitely more about comfort than appearance. The pouch isn’t as shaped as others, nor is it as flattering. But you can go through a whole day at work without that trapped, suffocated feeling you sometimes get with a brief, and the tag is barely noticeable.

P: Ugh. The tag—I always try to buy tagless. But yeah, this wasn’t that big of a deal, which is surprising. Overall, though, I agree with you. Aside from the fun stripes—including the matching waistband—these are everyday, wear-to-work briefs.

M: But still stylish enough to be seen at the gym.

P: Precisely.

M: So would you recommend them?

P: Well, I tend to work a long day. I get dressed somewhere between six and six-thirty, go through a nine-hour work day, and don’t really end up in PJs until eleven or so. The only… let’s call it recess I get in all that time is while I’m at the gym. There aren’t many briefs that stay comfortable during an entire 21st Century day, but these do.

M: I agree. You should probably change before you head out for drinks, though, or any other special occasions.

P: Undressing occasions, for sure. So how about the score?

M: Here’s what we came up with:

 FIT Good
 COMFORT /  Excellent
 STYLE /  Poor
 QUALITY /  Excellent
 VALUE /  Average

 BOTTOM LINE /  Embodies today’s basic fit. Extremely comfortable, but not the sexiest pair around.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Functional Forms

Does form follow function? Or does function follow form? This is a question a lot of designers, engineers, and artists debate. Is it more important for something to be aesthetically pleasing, or for it to be supremely functional?

I think that we see a wide range of answers to this question in the underwear world. You have the posing straps, the barely-there items, or the new singlets with the seat cut out - all of which are about aesthetics and not function. (Alright, you might argue about the functionality of the ass-less singlet, but I'm not going there.) On the other hand, you have extremely utilitarian options, like your traditional tighty-whities, or - to take it one step further - the "union suit". Yes, I do own one, and yes, it is very warm and comfy when you have to work outside on frigid winter mornings in the Northland. And then there's the matter of full-cut boxer shorts, which are neither aesthetically pleasing nor functional, at least in my opinion.

Anyhow, right now I'm in my second pair of undies for the day. The first pair - grey cotton 2(x)ist trunks - was more toward the functional side, since I spent the morning driving and doing dirty work. Yes, I'm a country person, and yes, I do dirty jobs sometimes. When I'm doing such work, I choose undies that are comfortable and practical, and generally inexpensive, in case they get wrecked with animal byproduct. And when I'm driving long distances, regardless of whether I'm going to be doing hard work, I choose comfortable pairs. Because really, who wants to sit for hours and hours with a thong chafing in your crack while you drive?

The second pair, black CK hip briefs, is more aesthetically pleasing. It's not the most fancy pair I own, but it's one of my better everyday pairs. If I may say so, I clean up pretty good, and I like my undies to reflect that. Nice clothes should include nice undies.

If you were to look in my drawer, you would find a number of pairs in there for specific occasions/purposes. I have a pair of UnderArmour boxerjocks for race-day running. I have a gym-ready jockstrap from when I used to frequent the gym. I have a few pairs of cheaper undies for when I'm doing outside/dirty work. And I have a few pairs of "special occasion" undies (let the reader understand).

So... do you have specific pairs with specific duties? Are there times when you would wear one pair and definitely not others?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

DealByEthan's Election Day Sale

The choice between Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is a weighty one. A much easier choice is which pair of undies or swimmers or other fashion styles one wants today at DealByEthan's Election Day Sale. You can save 15% sitewide today only using coupon code ELECTION15 at checkout. Can't choose? You can't vote for two Presidents, but you can choose two or more styles at DealByEthan.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

InTouch Hulk Boxer Briefs Reviewed


Hello old and new readers of MUB. I am very excited to be joining the team as the result of the recent “Join our team” announcement. I am a 25 year old who recently graduated from college. I have recently begun to see results from working out and have put on some muscle, which has been my dream for most of my scrawny life. With this change comes the confidence to dress myself up well and be seen. What better place to start than the most basic layer of clothing? As I outgrow my current collection and start to amass new pairs, I look forward to telling you about my new discoveries in the world of men’s underwear. Hope you will allow me a little stumbling room as I get used to things around here.

Now, I might have forgotten to mention in the intro that on most days, I work from home as an animator. Working from home certainly has it’s benefits, one of which is, not having to get dressed. As somewhat of an underwear enthusiast, I own easily over 25 pairs. Which in my opinion is not an extremely large number while making sure that there is everything from boxers to thongs in my underwear drawer. My purchases span everything from lounging, classy, raunchy and erotic while others are just plain fun.

For my first review for the site, I will be reviewing a pair of underwear that I own which falls in that category of “plain fun”. Being a geek and superhero movie fan, I just had to get my hands on (or "my ass in," more accurately speaking) this “Incredible Hulk” boxer brief as soon as I saw the picture. These boxer briefs are by a brand called InTouch (site works sporadically) and can be ordered for about $15 on eBay (auction ended).

As with all Asian sizing, I went for a Medium and it fit me perfectly. The back, and legs are snug without being uncomfortably tight. The pouch provides good support in the front and due to the soft and very stretchable material will also accommodate a sizable package. What I also like about the underwear is that the pouch is just one layer of cloth, thus it is more comfortable in warmer weather and also allows for the hulk (sorry, I had to do it) to expand comfortably.

Finally, lets talk about the aspect that really made this a must buy for me: The print. The back sports the big “HULK and the super mariner” title which could be read from across the room. A smaller image of the hulk lies underneath which isn’t going to be seen if you have a very round butt. But the front is where the impact is. The face of the Hulk is front and center on the pouch with his green arms on the sides accented by Hulk’s pink pants. The colors will survive washes so you don’t have to worry about it wearing out.


All things considered, I believe this pair is a great value for money. The elastics, stitching and fabric have all passed the test of time really well. This is one pair that is a must for all superhero fans.





Tally:

• Fit: 4 out of 5 for asian size discrepancy 
• Comfort: 5 out of 5 
• Look: 5 out of 5 
• Value for money: 5 out of 5

Friday, November 02, 2012

It's Getting Cold Outside



It's getting to be that time of year again when a skimpy little thong just isn't going to cut it -- it's just too cold (although heated seats do help). But if you just can't give them up, maybe it's time to add another layer.  That's right guys, I'm talking about long johns.  I used to shudder at the thought of them; but like the rest of the men's underwear world, long johns have really come a long way with much more streamlined, stylish designs.



So here's some hot eye candy from Jockstrap Central of the new Nasty Pig long johns.  They come in black, white, and red and retail for $39 a piece (which is pretty competitive for "designer" long johns).  I really love how fitted these are and how beautifully they accentuate those rears.  Yum.  Enjoy!