UNDERWEAR GUY REVIEW: LIFE UNDERWEAR MICROFIBER LOW RISE BRIEF

Life Underwear Microfiber Low Rise Brief
Life Underwear Microfiber Low Rise Brief
Life Underwear Microfiber Low Rise Brief
Life Underwear Microfiber Low Rise Brief
Life Underwear Microfiber Low Rise Brief
Life Underwear Microfiber Low Rise Brief
Life Underwear Microfiber Low Rise Brief
Life Underwear Microfiber Low Rise Brief
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SUMMARY

PRODUCT INFORMATION:


Suggested retail price: $12.00
Line Name: Cotton
Available Sizes: S->XL

Life Underwear has encompassed a range of styles and materials over the lifespan of the brand with a couple different ventures into non-cotton blend fabrics. These low rise briefs are a current offering that attempt to provide consumers with an alternative material in a fashionable range of colors in modern low-rise styling. I'll admit initially I was not impressed with these briefs out of the box and felt like they were going to earn a low score but after wearing them for a while and giving them a fair chance I was pleasantly surprised. There are flaws in execution in a couple areas so they didn't earn a perfect grade but given the low price point there's some room to be a little forgiving on the final grade.

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TOP FAVORITE ASPECT


The price is right at a very affordable level for 3 pairs of briefs which makes for a reasonable underwear option when you're looking outside the traditional cotton offerings.
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LEAST FAVORITE ASPECT


The overall fit could use some improvements and the construction shows where the shortcuts were made to bring the price down to the department store level.
OVERALL GRADE
B-

MATERIAL

Unlike the majority of the LIfe Underwear line this brief is made from a total synthetic blend of 92% polyester and 8% spandex. The fabric has a surface which is generally pleasant to the touch and comfortable on the skin although there's something about it that feels like it "catches" if you happen to have any dry or rough surfaces on your own skin.

The weight of the fabric is quite light but still opaque from a visual standpoint so you have a contrast of not seeing through it from the outside but genital outlines are quite visible regardless. .

The 3-pack that I picked up included a gray, dark red and black brief but I also know a navy blue color combination is available. I have not seen any prints or stripes in the microfiber line so far.

The extra spandex in this fabric lends a high degree of stretch which is good for movement but the fabric doesn't totally recover from extreme stretching thus making it feel a big flimsy at times. The overall quality of this material feels somewhat second-rate and as a consequence I'm giving it an average grade of a "B-" -nothing terrible but nothing to write home about either.

FABRIC TYPE
Polyester Spandex Fabric
92% POLYESTER
8% SPANDEX
AVAILABLE COLORS
       
       
BLACK, NAVY, RED AND GRAY
(OTHER ASSORTED COLORS
MAY BE AVAILABLE)
MATERIAL GRADE
B-

STRETCH

NONE
LOW
MEDIUM
HIGH
VERY HIGH
8.0

MATERIAL WEIGHT

VERY LIGHT
LIGHT
MEDIUM
HEAVY
VERY HEAVY
4.0

FEATURES

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


FIT

The official label for this cut is "low rise" but my experience out of the box and on the body is a far cry from that description. These are closer to a mid rise brief with a fair amount of vertical coverage that suits a more standard brief designation.

The back is full coverage and at least doesn't suffer from an excessive amount of fabric that commonly plagues department store underwear. The leg-bands offer fabric-covered elastic for a secure but comfortable fit that works well throughout the day.

The overall brief feels true-to-size with the mediums working well for my frame and feeling like they could accommodate guys a little larger or smaller reasonably well.

There isn't any particularly engineered or structure pouch in front but there is a basic seam at the base of the front of the brief which provides a bit of extra room to prevent a completely flat-front design. This brief doesn't do much to shape, lift or contour your package so don't expect any particular benefits on that side of the equation.

The very stretchable fabric allows for a fairly broad range of genital sizes so I believe a pretty broad range of guys could wear these briefs without feeling like they are swimming in them on the one side of the spectrum nor being crushed on the other end of the spectrum.
FIT GRADE
B

POUCH SIZE

EXTRA-TIGHT
SNUG
REGULAR
ROOMY
EXTRA-ROOMY
6.0

SIZE

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


DESIGN & STYLE

The design of these briefs is the epitome of basic with literally no design elements to speak of on the outside. The front and back are completely plain with just the flat expanses of fabric and the waistband to show. I wouldn't' say that's necessarily a bad thing because not every style of underwear requires extra flair or visual callouts -just don't expect anything particularly eye-catching out of this underwear item.

The very light-weight fabric tends to shoe genital outlines fairly prominently even with the dual-layer pouch so despite the coverage being more on the "modest side" the reveal gives these more of a "confident" rating on the Style Personality grade.

One of the ares of this brief where you can tell they cut corners is the handling of the fabric layers in the pouch. The inside of the pouch
has a piece of fabric sewn to the base and then at the waistband while it is left to move freely in-between. On a pure functional level this approach to making the pouch dual-layer works but aesthetically it doesn't look great on the inside and on the outside it shows up as a frequently uneven and slightly haphazard pair of lines.

One of the design touches that was interesting was the way they designed the seam of the waistband to hit on the hip rather than the center back. I'm not sure how much this really improves on the traditional back placement but it's not a bad idea. The logo and wash/care patch is a smooth fabric execution that helps cover the seam on the inside and remains unobtrusive while wearing.

Value on these briefs is very good considering you're getting 3 of them per pack for less than $15 (not including taxes). At that price point these briefs hit the "thrifty" category in my book.

In my mind these briefs can work for lounging and sleepwear purposes particularly well. The fabric is light-weight and works well when comfort is more important than style or enhancement.
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
2.0


CONSTRUCTION & CARE

Construction quality on these briefs took a bit of a dip below the ideal grade mostly for uneven stitching and sometimes very bad edges on the fabric. The stitching is durable but it tends to wander a bit along the waistband which knocks the score down a bit. The edges of the fabric vary in quality across each brief with some of the edges cleaner than others but there are definitely some flaws to be found here and there.

The wash and care instructions indicate you can machine wash and dry these briefs which makes sense since you wouldn't want to spend extra time worrying about an inexpensive pair of underwear being hand-washed all the time. Although there were some misses on the construction I don't think those issues would actually impact the overall durability of the brief which seems about average here.

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 Life Underwear Microfiber Brief men's underwear by Jockey.
Life Underwear Microfiber Brief
Date Published: 11/26/2013
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.
3 / 5 stars
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