Recently, the company that made my favorite undies changed ownership as well as the design of its beloved trunks. For years, I shared high praise of this company’s products right here in this column. In fact, it is likely due in part to this company that my column has been at #1 in men’s style for so long here at byteclay.com. Since the partial demise of these incredible trunks, I’ve been searching for a replacement. To make things interesting, I am documenting the process and will be publishing the findings in this column. Today, we take a look at some promising new undies from the Australian company, Obviously Apparel.
Obviously describes its underpants as having a “meticulously engineered anatomical pouch” and that its Bamboo Rayon and Licensed Lenzig Modal are non-GMO, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Additionally, the claims of durability, softness, and support are the three keywords I look for when shopping for skivvies. All of these things sound great, but there’s only one way to find out if all the claimed awesomeness is for real or just a bunch of public relations hype.
Obviously currently has three collections of underwear: Everyman Range Core, Premium Range Essence, and Original Range Basics as well as a collection of undershirts. Today, we take a look at the Premium Range Essence AnatoFREE Boxer Brief 3 Inch Leg and the Everyman Range Lumber Collection AnatoFREE Hipster Trunk. Do not expect these names to be typed out in full for the rest of this article.
Both the Trunk and Boxer Brief are cut from a blend of 90% Micro Modal and 10% Spandex. This combination is significant in that most undies feature much less, if any Spandex. Your average multi-pack underpants are 100% cotton with the only elastic being in the waistband which can make for a bulky or baggy fit. Fancier underwear tends to contain about 5% Spandex (or elastane) which makes for a much smoother fit that tends to be more supportive of the wedding tackle. The combination of commodious pouch and 10% Spandex gives Obviously an edge in the junk-hugging department.
The Hipster Trunk has less to do with hipsters and more to do with hips. Pulled all the way up with the man bits in the pouch, these trunks ride just at or below the hips. The AnatoFREE pouch, which is apparently slightly shallower than their AnatoMAX design, allows for total package isolation and support and looks like it might be as much a thing for package enhancement as it is a surefire way to prevent chafe and the much dreaded and adjustment inducing scenario of sticking to one’s own thigh. $22.95
Much the same goes for the Boxer Brief but with more material. It rides a little higher on the torso as well as a little lower on the thigh and it features a soft, supportive pouch into which the goodies are placed for safekeeping. The three-inch legs of these Boxer Briefs are designed not to ride up which should help prevent chafe if you happen to be among those of us who’ve misplaced their thigh gap. $30.95
For more information about Obviously Apparel and their extensive lineup of men’s undergarments, click here.