Well it’s about time that someone came up some ideas to improve men’s underwear. It’s no surprise these innovations come from one of the big three names that dominate the product category. There are several reasons why I dislike wearing underwear and near the top of the list is lack of ventilation. Yes there are those brands that are all or mostly mesh but they’re not very durable and in some case they are actually uncomfortable. What we’ve always needed is to have built in air conditioning right at those places we need it most. These recognize that, at least partially, by sewing in a ventilated area at the pouch, which they do without sacrificing structural strength or comfort of the all important support area. Now if they would only do the same thing to ventilate the crack the same way.
Other than the small mesh area these are very much just ordinary underwear that are 90% cotton and 10% polyester. They look, feel and fit like any other similar pair. Their claim that they don’t ride up seems to be accurate, of course everybody’s body is different so there are no guarantees they will fit you like they fit me. These share a common trait I’m seeing lately in that they ride very low on the hips, especially in the back. That’s not a problem for me, I’m not into showing off the label on the band.
So what about that mesh area? To me it looks and feels exactly like the rest of the shorts, and doesn’t really look like a mesh at all. The product label says that area is 94% cotton and 6% polyester, which isn’t a lot different from the rest of the fabric. So in other words, that advantage that I talked about of built in air conditioning seems more like marketing promises than anything that really makes a difference.
Start by understanding that there are 29 different style choices of 5-packs here, available in either regular fly, Coolzone fly or traditional fly ranging in price from 9.99 to 49.99. That means every review you read may be for a different product. So to be clear, mine are the model they call “No Ride Up Boxer Brief Black/Gray Coolzone Fly Large”. That model goes for 14.99 for five boxers, or three bucks a pair. That is an exceptionally good value for name brand shorts and that is the main reason I like them. Would I buy them anyway if it wasn’t for the mesh feature – yes. Would I buy them only because of the mesh feature – no.