Quick Notes: I used to be a boxer short only guy, but transitioned to boxer briefs for a while, then to sports trunks, then to trunks and finally settled on this type of underwear, so do note I have a preference to these types of drawers. I sleep in regular boxer shorts, but my days are active and I prefer the security of trunks. I also don't like underwar's that just squash everything or surrender and loose comfort throughout the day.
Great pair of trunks, but nearly impossible to find under $22 a pair, which is nuts. $15 for a pair of any unders would be reasonable, but sometimes these are just too expensive, especially at the original price of $35. However, that being said, I think that out of all Calvin Klein underwear, these are my personal favorite—so I'll add a third star.
The quality of these trunks is amazing. Don't get the "limited edition" two color toned variants of the Air FX as they seem to have a different fabric composition, these regular ones are soft, silky and have an incredible feel. The seams on this trunk are very well tailored and done perfectly, nothing itches or is irritating. They hold up all day and fit perfectly even after multiple washes.
The Squat Test: ★★★★★
Call me whatever, but this is the best way that I found to see if I'll like a pair of underwear long term. Put them on, squat, and get back up. If they rebound to the same supportive comfort that they were before, then we're golden. This is a simple test, but I've tried over 15 brands and not many can do this well and very, very, few can do this perfectly.
The Calvin Klein Air FX trunks pass this test with flying colors. Unlike some of their underwear, although I haven't tried a lot from the CK brand, these have a well contoured pocket that goes low enough to where even when you squat it helps retain all the support and springs right back when you stand up. Also, some underwear have basically a no-bulge pouch that just smashes everything to oblivion as if you're about to go swim some olympic laps and you need the one hundred thousandths of a second shaved off. Once again, these are perfectly tailored where you have the support and room to feel comfortable in, but small enough to contour and offer support. They also don't ride up as much as other trunks, particularly cotton ones. I don't think they offer much in the line of being "cool" but they arent hot either and wick moisture very well to prevent chafing.
The Look: ★★★★☆
I like the dark blue cobalt ones, but I also got the brilliant red and it's more of a intense, dark pink. It looks red at first glance, but in some light it looks like dark pink. Also, in bright light you can kind of see through them in the back—something to think about. Other than that, they look like just regular trunks, I'd be cool if the stitching lines where in a contrasting color, but who really looks at that anyway.
Although expensive for a single pair of underwear, they are extremely comfortable. They pass the infamous worldwide ArtSHOW Squat Test(TM) rating with flying colors. They are silky soft, supportive, and unlike cotton trucks, keep their shape, don't ride up at much—for me at all—and stay supportive all day.
Recommend to a friend?: ✔ Yes, if they ask.
Would buy again?: ✔ Yes, if I wasn't broke.
A good gift idea?: ✔ Depends on whos giving, but I'd love another pair.