Is the Hammock Pouch worth it?
Yes, we think it is. Not only does it provide a little more support/confidence, but it also helps to alleviate any chafing. If you are prone to chafing, definitely pay up for the Hammock Pouch.
How do I decide between the boxer briefs, mid-length, trunks, relaxed fit boxer, square cut and briefs?
Unless you’re Cristiano Ronaldo, you probably shouldn’t be rocking briefs or square cut. Our personal favorites are the Boxer Briefs (8” inseam). The boxer briefs are ideal for wearing underneath shorts. Most of the ladies we polled (basically just Jill, Jackie and Julie) said they like it when their men wear trunks (4.5″ inseam), but these can ride-up during the course of a day which leads to you having to adjust them periodically. The new mid-length 6″ option is the perfect compromise between the briefs and trunks if you are undecided.
The relaxed fit boxers are too loose for our taste. But if you are a current boxer (not boxer briefs) wearer, these might be a good gateway option.
What’s the difference between second skin, cool cotton, air, 360 sport and go anywhere?
Each one has a slightly different feel and function. They’re all useful in their own ways but our clear favorite is the second skin. If in doubt, we highly recommend just keeping it simple and going with the second skin. I own a few pairs of the Second Skin x Air line which are a lighter overall feel. The Second Skin’s are extremely light anyways, but if you’re the type that has historically gone commando often and absolutely hate the feel of any fabric down there…maybe check out the Air line for your purposes.
Can you work out in the second skin fabric?
I personally do and I enjoy it. If you do want to work out in the second skin boxers, we recommend going with the boxer briefs (8” inseam) so they don’t ride up at all. The 360 sport is TJ’s actual activewear line which gives you the most compression. I own a few pairs of those and we have found them to be the best option for high performance compression active underwear.
Why is the fly horizontal? That just seems like a lot of extra work for no reason.
The Quick Draw horizontal fly that Tommy John uses in every pair they make is very awkward to get used to. But there are a few reasons why it’s advantageous over the traditional double flap vertical ones:
- Easy access – it becomes much easier to use one hand going forward
- It’s more breathable – instead of having two panels of fabric like there are on traditional vertical flys, heat can escape out of the top of the single paneled horizontal fly
- You don’t have to worry about your junk sticking out accidentally – If you don’t properly re-tuck after using a vertical fly, you can be subject to the occasional peek-a-boo which can be uncomfortable, at best, and embarrassing, at worst
How do you wash/dry them?
Machine wash cold and dry them as you would anything else in the dryer. They recommend “tumble dry low” but I sometimes throw them in on high with the rest of my gym wear without much of an issue. Just be careful not to put them in the dryer with anything sharp, like zippers, which can snag at the soft fabric.