Monday, May 23, 2016

Obviously AnatoFREE Brief

Obviously is an Australian clothing company that makes high quality underwear and undershirts. They’ve designed some of the most comfortable pouches available for their products, so they’re of great interest to this reviewer. The AnatoFREE brief is part of their basic Core collection. It is comprised of bamboo rayon and lycra. 

Materials and construction: The bamboo rayon/lycra material is thin and very stretchy. The elastic bands around the legs are not very tight, and the body material is rather loose, but the waistband it taut and will stay firmly in place. The pouch is well-designed, and, unlike the design on the trunks and boxer briefs, the seams which surround the pouch on the sides are far apart, creating a less constricting experience. There are no tags, opting rather for such information to be printed on the inside of the waistband. Other than the great pouch design, this garment is a pretty standard (but high quality) pair of underwear. 8/10

Comfort and usability: The pouch design, in conjunction with the stretchy material, feels quite large, which is the main thing I look for in a pair of underwear. The loose material doesn’t quite lay flat against me, and the weak elastic on the leg holes results in the garment riding up. While wearing this with a pair of jeans with an untucked shirt, this tendency could be ignored, but when I tucked my shirt in, it the shifting became a little obnoxious. The seams that surround the pouch are not very flexible, but that did not do much to compromise the comfort I experienced in wearing this brief. The material seemed to retain odors a little more than most underwear, so someone who uses this brief while exercising or spending time outdoors on a hot day might want to change when they’re finished. 7/10

Aesthetics: Obviously’s designs tend towards the more conservative, favoring function over flashy a flashy appearance. That’s not to say they’re bad, though: The construction, streamlined shape and blue color all look pretty good. Nothing offends the eyes, but the repeated “OBVIOUSLY” logo on the waistband looks a little cheap compared to the logos used in the AnatoMAX and premium ranges. 6/10

Overall rating: 7/10

Big enough? Yes.

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