While they indicate “Breathable” Micro-Mesh Briefs, please be aware that, all things being equal, that these synthetic (93% Polyester / 7% Spandex) briefs will trap more body heat in than conventional all cotton briefs. This is due to the fact that they are made with two layers of fabric in the front, and one layer of fabric in the back. This could work out well if you have to be outdoors in the winter and can use the extra warmth. You may not want this during the torrid Tampa summers.
Additionally, I like the fact that they are tag-free, machine washable (cold), and available in four colors, although the colors you get may not necessarily be the same as those pictured. The 1-1/2” Comfort Waistband is about as perfect depth (width) size as you can get for an average six foot tall man. The brand name Fruit of the Loom is embossed into the waistband, but this is accomplished in a very low-key and conservative fashion, for those of us who don't necessarily like advertising on the waistband.
What makes this particular product unique is the design of the Contoured Pouch for Extra Support. While it may not appear to be obvious in the product photography, there are three vertical bands of reinforced fabric trim on two layers of fabric, which very effectively mimic the soft knit pouch of a conventional jock strap. Therefore, while it would be untrue to say that these briefs will provide exactly the same amount of support as a conventional jock, the support that they do in fact provide is pretty darn close. Much more support than what you would ordinarily find in a standard pair of men's briefs, regardless of the fabric content.
Since we had absolutely no way of being able to guesstimate the size on these garments, we decided to purchase one package of each Smalls, Mediums and Large. Good thing we did, because each size fits me very differently. The small size provides the most support, they are quite comfortable, but may not cover completely. The medium size corrects this problem, but may not provide quite as much support as the small size. The large size, is by far the most comfortable of the three sizes. It would be the most suitable for long car trips or for business meetings – in short – any situation where you must remain seated for long lengths of time. But the large size also did not provide anything in the way of support, so.
The take away is that if the want the most support, and are willing to give up a little comfort in obtaining thus, wear the small size. Conversely, if all you want is comfort, and don't need any support, then you definitely want to go with the large. Choosing the medium should (theoretically) provide the best of both worlds.
Okay, now when we talk about quote-unquote “support”, well – support is relative. Will any of these Fruit of the Loom briefs provide you with the exact same support that you would come to expect from, say, a Safe-T-Gard jock strap? Well, no. But if all you are going to do is go fishing or go bowling or play tennis or play golf, chances are, they will provide you with enough protection. On the other hand, if you are planning on setting any world records any time soon, then you should definitely go with the old-fashioned, tried-and-true jock strap.
Nota Bene: Some folks accuse me of obsessing. When it comes to my “equipment”, well let's just say I'd rather be safe than sorry. I've personally know too many guys who had to suffer through hernias, that's not for me thanks.
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