UNDERWEAR GUY REVIEW: C-IN2 CORE JOCKSTRAP

C-In2 Core Jockstrap
C-In2 Core Jockstrap
C-In2 Core Jockstrap
C-In2 Core Jockstrap
C-In2 Core Jockstrap
C-In2 Core Jockstrap
C-In2 Core Jockstrap
C-In2 Core Jockstrap
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SUMMARY

PRODUCT INFORMATION:


Suggested retail price: $20.00
Line Name: Core
Available Sizes: XS->XL

C-In2 offers the Core line as a consistent go-to for customers who want to buy premium underwear in basic colors with that maintain a modern design sensibility and every-day functional form.

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TOP FAVORITE ASPECT


I think the best aspect of this brief is the bold elastic waistband which provides a strong visual "pop" without going overboard on the design elements.
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LEAST FAVORITE ASPECT


My least favorite element of this jockstrap would have to be the single-layer fabric design of the pouch. I think there's definitely room for improvement in bringing a more premium feel to the cotton material but that would be mitigated if the pouch were doubled up like it is in the other core underwear styles from C-In2.
OVERALL GRADE
B+

MATERIAL

The fabric for the pouch is 100% cotton woven in a such a way that it offers good horizontal stretch on the pouch but it has very little stretch on the vertical direction.

For all the very high quality elements in this jockstrap I can't help but feel like the pouch fabric could use a little more premium feel to it. I think some spandex would make the fabric more useful for movement and support and a thicker weave would help make the pouch feel more substantial. As it is, the cotton fabric is a decent material but feels like it's closer to a department store brand underwear rather than a premium underwear label.

You get three "color" options for the core line which includes white, gray and black. The waistband and leg-straps are color-matched to the pouch material.

The material for the waistband is very high quality and really helps bring the score up after my disappointment with the pouch fabric. The leg-bands are also another high-point with the use of a very soft and stretchable microfiber elastic.
FABRIC TYPE
100% COTTON
AVAILABLE COLORS
       
       
WHITE, GRAY, BLACK
MATERIAL GRADE
B+

STRETCH

NONE
LOW
MEDIUM
HIGH
VERY HIGH
5.0

MATERIAL WEIGHT

VERY LIGHT
LIGHT
MEDIUM
HEAVY
VERY HEAVY
3.0

FEATURES

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


FIT

Considering the height of the waistband it's not surprising there's a bit of snugness tot he feel of the waist on this jockstrap. It's not in anyway bothersome but you might not be used to the feeling of that much elastic wrapped around your waist. I'd say this jockstrap runs just a hair on the small side given how it felt more than a little snug and I tend to fall on the lower range of a medium.

The pouch is not as supportive as I'd like personally for a functional jockstrap. I think one of the primary points of a functional jockstrap is to keep your package a little more snugly supported and "cupped" but the pouch on this jockstrap doesn't feel as crisply designed as I'd like. Part of this will be dependent on your personal endowment but regardless a little bit more snugness would serve a sports/active design better. Overall I'd say the pouch is a bit larger than average which works well as a fashion jockstrap for guys who would like that extra room up front.

The leg bands are a high-point on this jockstrap with just the right mix of tension and give to feel comfortable while wearing the jock and not restrictive while moving.

The extra-tall waistband is going to provide good stability but do keep in mind it's also going to be less forgiving for anyone with less than an athletic frame. You'll be exhibiting some noticeable waistband muffin top if you aren't particularly fit -not a flaw in the design of the jockstrap of course.
FIT GRADE
A-

POUCH SIZE

EXTRA-TIGHT
SNUG
REGULAR
ROOMY
EXTRA-ROOMY
7.0

SIZE

RUNS A FULL SIZE SMALL
SLIGHTLY SMALL
REGULAR
SLIGHTLY LARGE
RUNS A FULL SIZE LARGE
4.0


DESIGN & STYLE

Despite the apparent simplicity of the design, there's actually a lot of choices to be made when considering the look and style of a jockstrap. The strap material and width, the waistband height the material pouch choices and the pouch shape design can dramatically affect the visual impact of a jockstrap.

C-In2 manages to keep their design aligned to a functional and classic look while still finding a way to be innovative and unique with their approach. More than anything else this jockstrap is all about the waistband. This is one of the most substantial waistbands you'll find on a jockstrap today with a full height of no less that over 2". The bold C-In2 logo lettering is woven into the microfiber waistband in a metallic silver color that is striking and eye-catching.

The rest of the jock is a fairly standard affair with plain leg-bands which are made from a nice stretchy microfiber elastic that function very well to anchor the base of the pouch.

On my newest C-In2 Core purchase of the Sport Brief style, the old C-In2 logo and wash/care "booklet" of tags in back has finally been updated with a much more streamlined printed piece. This change is a big improvement since I always had issues with the "bulk" of the fabric tags in the original version. I'm going to assume this change was made after I had purchased my Jockstrap since it still uses the old tag design. My review score reflects the assumed tagless design which is shown below on the right.

C-In2 Core Jockstrap Tags
The single-layer pouch in front is the most significant detractor for me from a design standpoint as the thinness of the fabric as noted earlier really warrants a double-front design. I'm not sure why, but for some reason a dual fabric layer pouch jock seems to be an elusive design concept for most manufacturers even though it seems to me to make a lot of sense. On the other Core underwear I have from C-In2 the pouches are double-layer and the thinness of the cotton doesn't present an issue so I'm taking the score down on the design/style category rather than take it out on the fabric category.
DESIGN & STYLE GRADE
B+

STYLE PERSONALITY

CONSERVATIVE
MODEST
CONFIDENT
DARING
EXTREME
7.0

RECOMMENDED USES

ATHLETIC
EROTIC
LOUNGING
SLEEPWEAR
NIGHT OUT
ALL-DAY
OFFICE

VALUE

THRIFTY
AFFORDABLE
PREMIUM
LUXURY
EXTRAVAGANT
5.0


CONSTRUCTION & CARE

My belief is that this is meant to be a truly functional sports jockstrap and not just a fashion statement. As a consequence of that assumption, my expectation is that this jockstrap it should be durable and require little extra care when washing. The construction on C-In2 underwear is typically very good and this jockstrap carries on that tradition with clean seams, strong stitching on the pouch join to the fabric and on the leg straps. The fabric cut on the pouch appears even and I couldn't find any loose or errant threads.

Although the instructions say non chlorine bleach when needed I think we all know a white jockstrap is definitely going to need some more stronger cleaning once in a while. I think this jockstrap will hold up well under most machine washing conditions and even bleach now and then won't cause excessive wear beyond what you can expect whenever using a harsh chemical to treat fabric. I do have to say that the thinness of the cotton material leads me believe that this jock will wear a bit faster over several cycles so the durability score isn't going to be perfect as a consequence.
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 C-In2 Core Jockstrap men's underwear.
C-In2 Core Jockstrap
Date Published: 11/02/2013
The microfiber elastic on the waistband and the leg straps feels incredibly soft and smooth providing an excellent wearing experience. The material feels premium and works well with an active jockstrap design.
4 / 5 stars
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