UNDERWEAR GUY REVIEW: ADIDAS SPORT PERFORMANCE TRUNK

Adidas Sport Performance Trunk
Adidas Sport Performance Trunk
Adidas Sport Performance Trunk
Adidas Sport Performance Trunk
Adidas Sport Performance Trunk
Adidas Sport Performance Trunk
Adidas Sport Performance Trunk
Adidas Sport Performance Trunk
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SUMMARY

PRODUCT INFORMATION:


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

After a less-than-stellar performance of the Adidas brief I had lowered expectations going in when trying out this trunk. Thankfully a different material and cut can make a world of difference and this time around Adidas delivered much closer to the mark of a wearable and useful pair of underwear.
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TOP FAVORITE ASPECT


The overall fit of this brief is very good with a nice balance between support and freedom of movement befitting a performance brief.

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LEAST FAVORITE ASPECT


There's still some room for improvement as I felt the pouch could have been just a bit more comfortable.
OVERALL GRADE
B+

MATERIAL

The fabric on this trunk is a pure synthetic blend of polyester and spandex which results in a smooth fabric that is soft and very wearable. The material stretches quite a bit in all directions thanks to the degree of spandex in the blend. The material is quite thin and as a result as an almost sheer effect in the black color. The lighter and medium tone colors exhibit less of the sheer effect simply due to color contrast against most skin tones.

The finish of the fabric has just a hint of shine to it but it's mostly matte unless you are under brighter lighting.

Beyond stretch I'd say this fabric is good for sweat wicking and was a good choice for underwear meant to be worn in sport and athletic activities.
FABRIC TYPE
91% POLYESTER 9% SPANDEX
AVAILABLE COLORS
       
       
BLACK, GRAY, RED, YELLOW, PURPLE
MATERIAL GRADE
B+

STRETCH

NONE
LOW
MEDIUM
HIGH
VERY HIGH
7.0

MATERIAL WEIGHT

VERY LIGHT
LIGHT
MEDIUM
HEAVY
VERY HEAVY
3.0

FEATURES

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


FIT

I purchased this 2-pack in a medium size which worked out well for me with just the right level of tension in the waist without going overboard and legs that weren't confined and left free to move. The rear seat is full coverage and cut nicely to fit securely without any excess fabric causing unflattering sagging or wrinkles.

The waistband is a very comfortable microfiber elastic with a brushed facing on the interior and definitely makes for a highlight of this trunk. The fit and comfort of this brief will hold up over a full day of wearing without any points of irritation. I particularly liked the clean finish of the seam in the waistband at the back which was nicely stitched in a manner to minimize any potential rough edges.

The printed manufacture and wash and care information saves me the trouble of commenting on whether or not a tag causes any issues scratching or otherwise irritating skin. The ink is smooth and lays mostly flat on the surface of the fabric so I don't any guy will be able to detect anything other than a comfortable all-around feel to the material.

The pouch front of this trunk is designed with two fabric panels that provide some extra room up front but not a lot of lift or shape. Since this is meant to be an athletic brief it's understandable enhancing your profile isn't necessarily the top priority but visual appeal aside, I think there could have been a little better engineering put into play to make the pouch fit better. The pouch design is somewhat narrow and goes straight up and down when more of a "V" direction would have provided a better contour fit. The narrow pouch design results in a look that will tend to flatten you down in front which doesn't necessarily feel as comfortable as it should. The feeling is certainly not one of tightness but simply not quite as natural as I think it could be.
FIT GRADE
B+

POUCH SIZE

EXTRA-TIGHT
SNUG
REGULAR
ROOMY
EXTRA-ROOMY
4.0

SIZE

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


DESIGN & STYLE

Each 2-pack of Adidas Sport Performance Trunks is available with a few different color combinations providing you with some welcome choice. There is a standard all-black version as well as variety of mixed color pairs including yellow/black, red/black, purple/gray and gray/black. With the mixed color pairs the black version utilizes contrast stitching that matches the color of the other trunk in the pack. The colors are nicely saturated although some of the options in the palette feel a little dated with the usage of bright primary colors.

The waistband sports the iconic Adidas logo repeated in gray tone around the waistband. The signature Adidas stripes are naturally found on the waistband running the full circumference all the way around

The style personality of these trunks is an interesting mix between technically providing a fair amount of surface area coverage and yet the thinness of the fabric reveals more than you might expect. I found the darker black material actually tended to turn somewhat sheer in the right lighting and angle combination which means the areas that are not double-fabric actually end up showing through quite a bit. Other colors do not tend to reveal as much as the black version so I'm led down the path of assigning a "confident" score that averages the surface area coverage against the sheerness factor.

This trunk is obviously designed and intended for athletic usage and I think it could serve that function nicely with the lighter-weight sweat-wicking fabric and generally secure overall fit. These trunks work well beyond purely athletic activities and I believe you would find success using these for all-day and office wear as well.

The fact that you are getting 2 full pairs of underwear for $18 makes these a very affordable offering from Adidas. That price point runs almost half what you can expect more premium underwear lines to charge for their trunks.
DESIGN & STYLE GRADE
B

STYLE PERSONALITY

CONSERVATIVE
MODEST
CONFIDENT
DARING
EXTREME
5.0

RECOMMENDED USES

ATHLETIC
EROTIC
LOUNGING
SLEEPWEAR
NIGHT OUT
ALL-DAY
OFFICE

VALUE

THRIFTY
AFFORDABLE
PREMIUM
LUXURY
EXTRAVAGANT
3.0


CONSTRUCTION & CARE

Generally speaking I found the construction quality on these trunks to be in the range of good to very good. The stitching is generally clean if not entirely straight in some areas e.g. the leg-bands. I did notice some areas where the stitching had been run over itself (back and forth) which wasn't the cleanest execution. The fabric edges have some noticeable rough edges to them with variation visible along the waistband. The aforementioned crookedness of the stitching on the leg-bands is what brings the score down to a very respectable but more average "B+".

The tag information says you can machine wash and dry these trunks so solid points for not being high maintenance to clean them. You can use regular detergents without worrying about damaging the color or material.
DURABILITY GRADE
B+

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 Sport Performance Trunk 2-pack men's underwear.
Adidas Sport Performance Trunk
Date Published: 01/30/2014
After a less-than-stellar performance of the Adidas brief I had lowered expectations going in when trying out this trunk. Thankfully a different material and cut can make a world of difference and this time around Adidas delivered much closer to the mark of a wearable and useful pair of underwear.
4 / 5 stars
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