UNDERWEAR GUY REVIEW: LIFE UNDERWEAR STRING BIKINI

Life Underwear String Bikini
Life Underwear String Bikini
Life Underwear String Bikini
Life Underwear String Bikini
Life Underwear String Bikini
Life Underwear String Bikini
Life Underwear String Bikini
Life Underwear String Bikini
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SUMMARY

PRODUCT INFORMATION:


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

As an exclusive line created by Jockey to be sold in Walmart stores, Life Underwear has cemented itself in the market as a popular, cheap underwear option for guys looking to stock up. The Life Underwear line has always been about no-frills affordability but there are more than a few upsides with a variety of cuts, colors, prints and materials to choose from and of course a price that's hard to beat.

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TOP FAVORITE ASPECT


It's not easy to find a true string-bikini/sport brief style these days and the Life Underwear version offers an authentic version of that style for men in a nice range of colors.
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LEAST FAVORITE ASPECT


The pattern design of this brief leaves much to be desired as it causes an ill-fitting and unflattering wearing experience.
OVERALL GRADE
B-

MATERIAL

Jockey went with a 100% cotton fabric for these string bikinis and it's a no-frills affair with limited stretch and wearable finish to the surface but nothing that's going to stand out compared to other premium lines. The fabric is light-weight and breathes well as any cotton material should.

The available colors in the 5-packs vary from year-to-year and sometimes mixed with solids and stripes. My 5-pack included all the basic, primary colors including black, white, red, gray and a couple shades of blue. The saturation and evenness of tone in the fabric is good with no fading or other flaws to note.

With the advent of modern fabrics there's still a place for 100% cotton but in this case I wasn't particularly impressed with the Life Underwear material, it works decently for underwear but it's not as nice to wear as some other brands, a solid "B" grade seems appropriate.
FABRIC TYPE
100% COTTON
AVAILABLE COLORS
       
       
WHITE, BLACK, RED, BLUE, GRAY,
DARK BLUE, LIGHT BLUE, MAROON
(AND OTHER
ASSORTED COLORS AND PATTERNS)
MATERIAL GRADE
B

STRETCH

NONE
LOW
MEDIUM
HIGH
VERY HIGH
4.0

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 pattern design of this brief couldn't be any more simplistic, it's essentially two triangles of fabric edged by elastic. The front is completely flat and not shaped in any way to conform to your package and as such tends to flatten you down and feel somewhat restrictive. The fabric width at the base of the pouch and between the legs seems a bit too wide and thus excess sagging occurs there.

The cut in back is very full and uses too much fabric for the average guy. Unless you have a particularly sculpted or generous backside you'll notice the excess fabric causing some unsightly sagging which no guy wants to see. The overly generous cut in back tends to make the waist rise quite high which makes calling this a "low-rise" style a bit of a miss.

The waist itself has a medium-amount of give, I'd say there might be issues if you fall on the higher end of each size range e.g. a 34-inch waist guy wearing a medium might feel like the elastic is digging in to his sides a bit. The overall fit and feel seems to be true-to-size so I would recommend you go with whatever your normal underwear size is when buying these.
FIT GRADE
C

POUCH SIZE

EXTRA-TIGHT
SNUG
REGULAR
ROOMY
EXTRA-ROOMY
5.0

SIZE

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


DESIGN & STYLE

String Bikini style underwear for men is unfortunately a fairly rare style to find. Most of the time if you do find a brand that's willing to design an item with no sides it will be with a tall exposed elastic waistband (traditional sport brief style). I'm glad Life Underwear still offers this cut despite the lack of more interesting design touches. The variety of colors and patterns available is a definite plus with some nice options for guys who might be tired of sticking to white or black all the time. The printed fabric tag is a nice touch and a better effort than some higher-end designers implement on their underwear.

The light-weight fabric and single-layer pouch in front can make for some revealing genital outlines so this does tend to veer into more "daring" territory for guys who aren't afraid to leave less to the imagination for other viewers.

This are very utilitarian briefs and as such I'd say the work best for standard all-day wearing. I don't recommend them for sports because the pouch isn't particularly supportive and there are more interesting options for erotic or night out underwear.

One of the high-points I think everyone can agree is the pure affordability of this underwear, Life Underwear is the definition of thrifty/affordable men's underwear and if you're tight on budget or want some underwear that you don't have to worry about replacing then these are definitely worth a try.
DESIGN & STYLE GRADE
B+

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
1.0


CONSTRUCTION & CARE

Construction quality on Life Underwear is usually pretty good and on par with underwear that typically falls into higher price points. The stitches are straight, the seams are clean and there weren't any loose threads to be found on my purchases. The consistency of construction across the 5 pairs within my box was also good with the same level of quality apparent in each item.

Knowing that these are not premium materials, it's understandable that durability is going to take a hit, that's partly why you get 5 in a pack. I'm not saying these are disposable underwear but they definitely are the kind you can potentially wear out fairly fast and simply replace them with another 5-pack. I think it's fair to say you can also be a bit more "rough" with these briefs as a consequence of their low price, regular detergent, machine wash and machine dry are all perfectly fine for these items.

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 Life Underwear String Bikini 5-Pack
Life Underwear Men's String Bikini 5-Pack
Date Published: 09/29/2013
The pattern design of this brief leaves much to be desired as it causes an ill-fitting and unflattering wearing experience.
3 / 5 stars
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