UNDERWEAR GUY REVIEW: C-IN2 ZEN SLIDER BRIEF

C-In2 Zen Slider Brief
C-In2 Zen Slider Brief
C-In2 Zen Slider Brief
C-In2 Zen Slider Brief
C-In2 Zen Slider Brief
C-In2 Zen Slider Brief
C-In2 Zen Slider Brief
C-In2 Zen Slider Brief
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SUMMARY

PRODUCT INFORMATION:


Suggested retail price: $26.00
Line Name: Zen
Available Sizes: S->XL

Lately many underwear labels have adopted a typical fashion lifecycle where they flood the market with a bunch of new designs and induce rapid turnover with little consistency year to year. C-In2 Underwear has taken a different approach to their product lineup by carefully introducing new designs that stay on the market for a longer period of time while also evolving their better-selling lines. This approach has helped to provide a nice sense of stability and reliability in the C-In2 Underwear brand for those looking for sporty, functional and eye-catching underwear that's well-made.

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TOP FAVORITE ASPECT


I like several aspects of this brief but my most favorite element is the design innovation on the leg-bands. Having exposed elastic not only contributes to the design aesthetic but I believe has the potential to improve durability over time.
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LEAST FAVORITE ASPECT


There wasn’t anything I could find that I didn’t like about this brief so C-In2 hit a home run here.
OVERALL GRADE
A

MATERIAL

The Zen line has always been made as a mesh material but the blend has changed a bit over time. The current iteration is a cotton, rayon and spandex blend that breathes very well and stretches more generously than other standard cotton blends.

The fabric is light-weight and performs well as a warm-weather or active lifestyle brief given the high-degree of breathability and air flow allowed with the mesh construction. Given the single fabric layer construction of the pouch combined with the thin fabric, you can expect to reveal visible genital outlines in this brief.

C-In2 tends to rotate their colors on a seasonal basis so you’ll see a broad variety of color options over time. As of the time of this review I spotted 5 main colors including a warm gray, a bright turquoise and a bright magenta color. You can also find the Zen line in more traditional black and white options as well. All the options include contrasting accent colors found on the waistband and leg-bands.
FABRIC TYPE
59% COTTON
39% RAYON
2% ELASTANE
BLEND
AVAILABLE COLORS
       
       
       
BLACK, WHITE, ELECTRIC ICE,
VIOLET STORM, CLEARWATER,
GREEN FLASH, BLUE STONE,
FROTH HEATHER, VOODOO,
LIMONCELLO, POLAR ROSE
MATERIAL GRADE
A

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

C-In2 underwear has reliably always fit true-to-size and this Zen brief continues that tradition. The pouch in front has a nice curve to it which does a good job of accentuating your package. It’s always tricky to judge pouch fit but I’d venture to say this is about average in size and one that I can see feeling a bit snug for well-endowed guys. The waistband feels secure but not too tight. The exposed microfiber elastic waistband and elastic leg-bands are very smooth to the touch and feel excellent while wearing.

Speaking of the waistband, the tagless design of the fabric and wash/care information which is handled via printed text makes for a nicely unobtrusive feeling on the inner-back. I would say the leg-bands are just a bit snug but not uncomfortably so (I have larger leg muscles).
FIT GRADE
A-

POUCH SIZE

EXTRA-TIGHT
SNUG
REGULAR
ROOMY
EXTRA-ROOMY
4.5

SIZE

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


DESIGN & STYLE

As I mentioned in the opening of this review, the Zen line has evolved quite a bit over time since its first introduction. The two biggest changes in my eyes are the waistband and the leg-bands. The waistband has gone from a microfiber with a brushed facing on the inside which would degrade a bit over time to a stronger and more durable smooth microfiber elastic material. The logo has gone from being a textured embossed treatment to one that is bolder and outlined in contrast stigtching. The contrasting stripes to the elastic lend a sporty and modern sensibility to the brief and I appreciate the masculine effect of the overall design.

Typical leg-bands are handled as covered elastic where the fabric of the underwear wraps around to cover the underlying elastic. In the Zen brief design update C-In2 has done the reverse where the microfiber elastic is wrapped around the edge of the fabric and stitched down to create a secure fit. This design allows for the unique opportunity to introduce graphic elements along the leg-bands which continue the contrast sport styling of the waistband. I think this brief is a good example of ways to introduce style and design that don’t interfere with function.

I wanted to also note that C-In2 has managed to engineer the seam on their waistband in the back to be remarkably smooth with very little surface interruption due to extra material or thread that typically ocurs. Combine the flat seam with the printed information rather than an obtrusive tag and you have a smartly engineered brief inside and out. The colors offered allow for a nice range of options from more conservative tones to bright and loud. Whatever your personality you’ll be able to find the Zen line in a color that suits you.
DESIGN & STYLE GRADE
A+

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
5.0


CONSTRUCTION & CARE

C-In2 underwear is well-known for construction quality and I’ve rarely had much of an issue with their underwear. With the Zen line I will say historically the fabric can be a bit more likely to degrade faster over time given the thinness and mesh weave. I think this newer blend with the cotton will hold up better but I’d still be careful to not mix this brief in with anything that could “catch” the mesh and pull the fabric apart when in the wash. Obviously you can’t bleach this item due to the color but otherwise regular detergents and machine washing and drying are going to be OK.
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 Zen Slider Brief
C-In2 Zen Slider Men's Brief
Date Published: 09/21/2013
I like several aspects of this brief but my most favorite element is the design innovation on the leg-bands. Having exposed elastic not only contributes to the design aesthetic but I believe has the potential to improve durability over time.
5 / 5 stars
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