OK, now that we’re moisturized and deodorized, we can start getting dressed. Inasmuch, the next logical item to don is the most basic of the base layers: Underpants. Today, we’ll be looking into some Jockey grotchies to see what’s up in the world of mass-market underwear.
As luck would have it, we have two similar, but slightly different boxer briefs to get into. The first is the Slim Fit Cotton Stretch Boxer Brief. Though the word “slim” is part of the descriptive title of these undies, do not despair. As a near lifelong member of the fat-boy club, I had my reservations about the slim fit of these shorts. However, I soon discovered that he who wears these underwear need not be slim, but rather that the underwear has been slimmed down.
To make these underpants “slim fit,” Jockey has basically taken your average boxer brief, which can be a bit loose fitting and bulky, and removed any unnecessary material. What’s left is a low-rise short that terminates at the the top of the thigh and has a tighter seat than you’d find in most boxer briefs. The end result is a boxer brief that fits and feels like a box-cut trunk, but features an off-center vertical fly. However, if you happen to be in a hurry when it comes time to actually use this particular fly, you’ll likely be better off just lowering the waistband because trying to figure out its mysteriously circuitous routing, especially in a public restroom setting, can take so long that all that fiddling about is sure to raise suspicion.
All in all, the construction of these underpants is exactly what you’d expect. Most of the seams are smooth, flat and well finished, with only a couple spots left with untrimmed excess thread. The overall fit is quite good, though the Jockey Pouch line, with its easy-access horizontal H-fly, fits me better and is a bit more user-friendly.
If you’re looking for some solid, supportive, better than average multi-pack undies, the Slim Fit Cotton Stretch Boxer Briefs from Jockey are a good choice. Since this is Jockey we’re talking about, you can get them in just about any big box retail store. However, if you’d rather shop for underwear while wearing nothing but your underwear, you might want to consider visiting the Jockey website.
**Full disclosure: These underpants were provided at no cost for the purposes of testing/reviewing, to think otherwise would be unrealistic.