Very heavy materials are almost exclusive to fetish gear where specific finishes and implied sexual metaphors are to be derived from the usage of specially-selected materials. You may find chain-mail aluminum, rubber and neoprene employed to create interesting underwear items that will have a very thick, almost armor-like feel to them. Probably the most common heavy-weight material you will see in men’s underwear are leather jocks and harnesses.
Because of the less flexible nature of heavy materials they are not typically useful for every-day wear. Exotic materials often require special cleaning care since washing machines are not suitable for leathers or the kinds of metal hardware frequently used to construct the undergarments.
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Heavy-weight materials are less commonly utilized for underwear construction nevertheless more than a few designers and labels have found ways to incorporate this weight of fabrics in their designs. This is a broad category which can include more exotic fabrics like denim or even man-made materials like vinyl but some cotton blends can also be made to a heavier weight than normal.
Because the material is heavier weight it could be useful for cold weather seasons e.g. waffle-weave cotton for longjohns. Another common application for these materials is in erotic/fetish gear where the cut of the jockstrap can make an otherwise unwearable material functional.
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Medium-weight materials make up the majority of every-day wear for most guys. Mainstream designers like Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss as well as department store brands like Jockey and Hanes utilize this weight of fabric in their lines. Medium weight fabrics are good for a broad range of activities from office wear to athletic wear and can be made with almost any available blend from 100% cotton to more exotic microfibers.
The thicker weight of these materials will prevent any excessive outlines being revealed when the underwear item is worn. Durability of this category of material should be considered good to excellent with the ability to withstand regular machine washing and drying.
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Light fabrics often make effective appearances in a variety of cuts including mini briefs, briefs and thongs. Spandex blends will usually lend stretch and comfort to this weight of fabric although some 100% cotton weaves can be manufactured to a light enough weight to qualify for this category. Light fabrics are excellent for warm weather and can often work well as every-day wear assuming the cut and color is executed correctly. There will be some noticeable outlines visible when wearing underwear of this weight of fabric.
Light-weight materials can sometimes be subject to faster breakdown over time due to the nature of their weaker durability in comparison to heavier-weight fabrics.
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Very light fabrics will have an airy feel to them, nearly weightless and typically soft to the touch. Most frequently very light materials are going to be made from a blend of synthetics including plenty of spandex. Cottons, and nylons in a very thin weight will lend themselves well to erotic and loungewear purposes. Due to the nature of a very light fabric there will typically be some noticeable transparency to the visual look of the garment when worn.
An upside to very light fabrics are that they tend to cause less heat buildup when worn and are good for summer temperatures. A downside to very light fabrics are their increased fragility in construction when exposed to repeated wear and wash handling.
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