UNDERWEAR GUY REVIEW: C-IN2 H+A+R+D "STRAP JOCK" (JOCKSTRAP)

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SUMMARY

PRODUCT INFORMATION:


Suggested retail price: $24.00
Line Name: H+A+R+D
Available Sizes: XS->XL

C-In2 has proven their staying power as a men's underwear brand over the years with an ever broadening array of designs and styles brought to the market. One of the more interesting new designs introduced by C-In2 has been the H+A+R+D line with bold contrast graphics combined with cutting edge style that results in some very eye-catching underwear.

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TOP FAVORITE ASPECT


The design is one of the strongest aspects of this jockstrap and I'm a big fan of the overall look.
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LEAST FAVORITE ASPECT


I really have nothing negative to say about this jock, besides looking great it fits and performs very nicely.
OVERALL GRADE
A

MATERIAL

The pouch fabric for this jockstrap is a stretchy cotton spandex blend. Of particular note is the very specific pattern that the fibers have been woven into which results in a retro/classic heavy ribbed look. The large ribs in the material have been cut to run vertically across the pouch.

The 2% spandex isn't a lot but it adds enough stretch that combined with the fairly open weave of the fibers you are given a material that stretches to a greater degree than typical blends.

As I mentioned above the fabric is fairly open on the weave pattern so it has a mesh quality to it allowing for extra breathability and sweat-wicking performance.

The waistband does not have composition information included but I can state that it feels like a more classic natural fiber and elastic blend e.g. cotton and spandex than the usual soft microfiber waistbands we might have gotten used to in modern underwear. The elastic material feels incredibly strong and durable with good return strength after being stretched.
FABRIC TYPE
C-In2 HARD Fabric
98% COTTON
2% SPANDEX
AVAILABLE COLORS
       
       
WHITE, BLACK, ORANGE, NEON
YELLOW, AND DARK GRAY
MATERIAL GRADE
A+

STRETCH

NONE
LOW
MEDIUM
HIGH
VERY HIGH
6.0

MATERIAL WEIGHT

VERY LIGHT
LIGHT
MEDIUM
HEAVY
VERY HEAVY
4.0

FEATURES

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


FIT

I've read some other consumers reviews that have indicated certain cuts of the HARD line run small with the exclusion of the jockstrap and my own purchases have born that out. I purchased the jockstrap in my normal medium and it fit well with just some slight tightness in the waistband evident.

The pouch is fairly roomy with a basic design that doesn't necessarily do a lot in terms of package enhancement for lift or profile shaping. Although lacking the benefit of enhancement the pouch itself is comfortable and easy to wear with a standard center seam construction.

The sides of the pouch are reinforced and I experienced zero "gaps" or otherwise ill-fitted components to the jockstrap design. The straps are anchored in a slightly less traditional location on this design since they start at the top-front of the pouch rather than the hips off the waistband. This strap design doesn't affect the fit in any way and might actually help improve the freedom of movement for your legs.

The wide elastic waistband and leg straps look great but do keep in mind with their durable construction and strong elastic response they aren't going to be forgiving on anything less than an athletic frame. Any slight excess fat on your body or areas around your waist or legs that aren't suitably toned will get exposed by the bands on this jockstrap. I wouldn't call that a negative aspect of the fit but it's something one should be aware of before purchasing.
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

I'd like to start with one of the more mundane aspects of most underwear which is the wash/care label design. On this line C-In2 has gone with their usual printed approach which has a flat base coat of paint that provides the white backing and then detailed text and logo applied on top. The text treatment is very crisp with clean edges and easy-to-read information. The printed area is very large and has the downside of "locking" the stretchability of the waistband in the back. The printed area is so large that it has a tendency to crack apart in areas under minimal wearing conditions.

Moving on to the more exciting parts of this jockstrap, it's time to focus on the impressive waistband and strap designs. In front you have the large C-In2 logo which dominates the visual landscape in a bold and striking manner. The rest of the length of the waistband and leg straps are covered in a variety of seemingly random number combinations separate by a "+" symbol. I don't personally know of any special meaning behind the numbers other than the fact that they make for a great graphic image not typically seen on a jockstrap design.

I've already mentioned the unique open mesh rib design of the fabric pouch but I'll highlight it again here as it lends an interesting retro/classic style to the look of this jockstrap that contrasts nicely with the very modern contrast text on the straps.

The H+A+R+D line originally launched in just black and white color options but recently C-In2 has added a bright neon orange and neon green option available across all the cuts including the jockstrap. There is also a dark gray option with bright blue text to round out your color choices. The colors are bright, saturated and very eye-catching which goes well with the bold nature of the line. I'm a fan anytime we can get something different beyond the traditional black and white so major points to C-In2 for the latest options on this jockstrap.

With the single-layer pouch you'll find the style personality is elevated a bit into the "confident" category since you will be revealing a bit more with the thinner, open mesh nature of the material. Personally I would have liked a dual-layer front pouch since that would help with performance and durability but it seems that this is simply a rare design choice for jockstrap designs.

This is a rare jockstrap that spans a broader range of activity opportunities. The breathability and strong nature of the straps lends this a good option for athletic activities while the intense graphic nature works well for a night out as well. Lastly, I think the heavy masculine energy provided by the design and the array of colors can work in a fun way for erotic situations.

Pricing on this jockstrap is in the "premium" category given the $24 you'll be spending on these for a single item but I think it's still a reasonable investment given the durability and very unique design features.

There were a few negatives I pointed out in this category which prevent this from being a perfect "A+" score. The positive elements were very impressive so what might have otherwise earned something closer to an "A-" without the extra touches is resulting in an "A" due to the strength of everything else.
DESIGN & STYLE GRADE
A

STYLE PERSONALITY

CONSERVATIVE
MODEST
CONFIDENT
DARING
EXTREME
6.0

RECOMMENDED USES

ATHLETIC
EROTIC
LOUNGING
SLEEPWEAR
NIGHT OUT
ALL-DAY
OFFICE

VALUE

THRIFTY
AFFORDABLE
PREMIUM
LUXURY
EXTRAVAGANT
6.0


CONSTRUCTION & CARE

C-In2 rarely disappoints in the construction quality of their underwear and I have nothing negative to note on the stitching or cuts of this jockstrap. Clean lines, high-quality finishing and crisp construction were evident in all areas of the H+A+R+D jockstrap.

The wash and care information indicates you can machine wash this item in regular detergent which is a nice, no-fuss cleaning option. For the best longevity of the fabric and elastic it is of course recommend you dry this item in lower heat since high heat will quickly deconstruct the fibers.

The thickness and apparent strength of the elastic and accompanying stitching indicate this will be a jockstrap that holds up well over time so I'm giving it a "Strong" rating on the durability scale.
DURABILITY GRADE
A

DURABILITY

FRAGILE
DELICATE
AVERAGE
STRONG
HIGH PERFORMANCE
7.0

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 H+A+R+D Jockstrap men's underwear.
C-In2 H+A+R+D Jockstrap
Date Published: 08/29/2014
The design is one of the strongest aspects of this jockstrap and I'm a big fan of the overall look.
5 / 5 stars
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