UNDERWEAR GUY REVIEW: ADIDAS ATHLETIC STRETCH SPORT BRIEF

Adidas Athletic Stretch Sport Brief
Adidas Athletic Stretch Sport Brief
Adidas Athletic Stretch Sport Brief
Adidas Athletic Stretch Sport Brief
Adidas Athletic Stretch Sport Brief
Adidas Athletic Stretch Sport Brief
Adidas Athletic Stretch Sport Brief
Adidas Athletic Stretch Sport Brief
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SUMMARY

PRODUCT INFORMATION:


Suggested retail price: $18.00 (2-pack)
Line Name: Athletic Stretch
Available Sizes: S->XL

Adidas is best known for their shoes and athletic performance wear but as the trend goes these days almost every major label has to offer some type of underwear to go along with the rest of their apparel lineup. There are two distinct lines of men's underwear available from Adidas including the Sport Performance line and an Athletic Stretch line. This review takes a closer look at the 2-pack sport brief

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TOP FAVORITE ASPECT


The graphic design of the waistband is a nice touch with bold contrast stripes that are an iconic symbol of the Adidas brand.

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LEAST FAVORITE ASPECT


The fit of the pouch leaves much to be desired on this brief which results in a somewhat constrained feeling when wearing this underwear item and provides little to no enhancement in visual appearance to your package.
OVERALL GRADE
C+

MATERIAL

The material for the primary body of Athletic Stretch brief is a cotton spandex blend that is light weight and offers a medium amount of stretch in all directions. There is a different type of cotton spandex material supplied for the second layer in the front which has a sport mesh weave leaving opportunity for better air flow and moisture absorption. THe stretch on the second type of fabric is virtually the same as the rest of the brief.

The surface of the material feels a bit harsh to the touch which is slightly surprising given the high level of spandex. I've felt 100% cotton blends that were softer and smoother than this material. I believe with more wash and wear cycles this material will soften up a bit but it's definitely not my favorite underwear fabric.

I couldn't really identify any particularly stand-out properties for this fabric so there's not much to callout other than it is functional and wearable for men's underwear.
FABRIC TYPE
90% COTTON 10% SPANDEX
AVAILABLE COLORS
       
BLACK, MAROON, TURQUOISE
MATERIAL GRADE
B-

STRETCH

NONE
LOW
MEDIUM
HIGH
VERY HIGH
5.0

MATERIAL WEIGHT

VERY LIGHT
LIGHT
MEDIUM
HEAVY
VERY HEAVY
4.0

FEATURES

SWEAT WICKING
STRETCH
SUSTAINABLE
KEEP WARM
QUICK DRYING
ANTI-PILL
BREATHABLE


FIT

From an overall size perspective I found these briefs to run true-to-size with the mediums fitting the standard 32-34" waist range comfortably. The waistband is a comfortable brushed microfiber that stretches very nicely and provides a secure fit that still allows for a good deal of free movement.

The leg holes are reinforced with elastic and they seemed reasonable secure if perhaps just a hair snug but that's on my body which has larger athletic legs so I think most guys will find the fit just right.

With department store brands the area I pay particularly close attention to is the rear seat which is often cut far too generously and leaves excess fabric. Thankfully this Adidas brief doesn't suffer that problem and I found the rear provides good full coverage but is of a reasonable cut that doesn't have any extra material.

Oddly enough, the backside wasn't the issue in these briefs but the front pouch which didn't fit at all like I expected. Being a mainstream sports underwear label I assumed the front design of this brief would be cut for an average amount of room but despite having a three-piece seamed design, the pouch felt quite constricting and snug. It wasn't necessarily uncomfortable to wear these briefs but I've definitely worn much better fitting underwear designs. The pouch does absolutely nothing to enhance your package and actually tends to flatten and constrict you down to appear smaller. I realize not every pair of underwear needs to be enhancing but I believe these were just poorly designed and should have been through through much more carefully to provide a decent amount of room up front.
FIT GRADE
C

POUCH SIZE

EXTRA-TIGHT
SNUG
REGULAR
ROOMY
EXTRA-ROOMY
3.0

SIZE

RUNS A FULL SIZE SMALL
SLIGHTLY SMALL
REGULAR
SLIGHTLY LARGE
RUNS A FULL SIZE LARGE
5.0


DESIGN & STYLE

Although these are not intended to be a high-fashion line of underwear there are still some nice design touches to be found on these Adidas Sport Briefs. Starting with the waistband you'll find a nice visual "pop" is supplied by the bold contrast of the Adidas logo against the black microfiber elastic. The signature 3-strips Adidas brand element is employed along the entire circumference of the brief to add some additional sport-inspired styling.

Some additional design thoughts went into the color options for this brief which are available in basic black as well as some nice, saturated dark hues. I am not sure of the entire color range offered but I bought a 2-pack that included a nice turquoise color and I've seen a dark maroon version as well. The colors are masculine but add some range of choice and expression of style for the wearer. On the black brief that was in my 2-pack there was contrast stitching which provided a nice visual accent.

At $9 per pair of underwear these are fairly inexpensive options. You can frequently find Adidas underwear on discount or sale as well so the price is rarely the full $19 for the 2-pack. I'd categorize this as an affordable pair of underwear available at a substantial discount in comparison to the more premium brands

As far as coverage and style personality I would say these are fairly modest given the dual layer front with a non-enhancing pouch and the full rise in back. These are good every-day underwear that don't try to draw too much attention for themselves. Because of my issues with the fit I'm not able to fully endorse these "Sport" briefs for their intended usage. I think these could work fine as all-day or office wear but you'd still be contending with a somewhat uncomfortable pouch regardless.

The size, care and brand information is printed on the inside-back of the brief which has the benefit of avoiding any pitfalls from a poorly designed tag. On the downside these kinds of printed tag solutions tend to wear/rub off pretty readily and they also can cause some visible wrinkling where the glue fuses the fibers.
DESIGN & STYLE GRADE
B

STYLE PERSONALITY

CONSERVATIVE
MODEST
CONFIDENT
DARING
EXTREME
4.0

RECOMMENDED USES

ATHLETIC
EROTIC
LOUNGING
SLEEPWEAR
NIGHT OUT
ALL-DAY
OFFICE

VALUE

THRIFTY
AFFORDABLE
PREMIUM
LUXURY
EXTRAVAGANT
3.0


CONSTRUCTION & CARE

For a department store brand I usually have lower expectations regarding construction but these briefs were a pleasant surprise with almost nothing of concern to call out. The fabric edge along the seam with the waistband is superbly crafted with very nice stitching and extremely clean finishes. The stitching overall is very well executed including on the dual-layer pouch and the leg-bands. The seam at the back for the waistband is nicely stitched flat and causes very little interference when wearing.

The official wash and care information indicates that you can machine wash and dry these briefs and even iron them if desired (for the perfectionists!). I think these briefs will hold up pretty well through extended wearing and washing although you'll want to watch the leg-bands for wear given the thinness of the fabric.
DURABILITY GRADE
A

DURABILITY

FRAGILE
DELICATE
AVERAGE
STRONG
HIGH PERFORMANCE
5.0

GARMENT CARE

MACHINE WASH
MACHINE DRY
AIR DRY
REGULAR DETERGENT
DELICATE DETERGENT
HAND WASH
HIGH TEMP

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PUBLICATION SUMMARY



In depth review of the Adidas Athletic Stretch Sport Brief men's underwear.
Adidas Athletic Stretch Sport Brief
Date Published: 01/15/2014
The fit of the pouch leaves much to be desired on this brief which results in a somewhat constrained feeling when wearing this underwear item and provides little to no enhancement in visual appearance to your package.
2.5 / 5 stars
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