Twig and berries. Meat and two veg. Bits and pieces. Three-piece set. Private parts. Big Jim and the twins. Wedding tackle.
There. I said it. And I didn’t even say all of it. (Check out this expandable infographic next time you need a comprehensive list of slang terms for the male anatomy, from the year 1360 to the present day. You’re welcome.) You’ve either got ‘em, or you don’t. And let’s face it, if you got ‘em, you want to make the most of what you’re mama (or your papa?) gave you. (Or in this age of gender nonconformity, maybe it’s about what they didn’t give you?!)
Even from a more practical standpoint, men are on track to spend more than $29 billion globally on grooming by 2024, an estimated $120 billion on apparel in the U.S. in 2020 — and don’t get us started on how much money we’re spending on gyms and fitness. Most of us aren’t just doing that for utilitarian reasons. It’s because we want to look good! And let’s face it, looking good when we’re mostly naked is pretty important.
Enter pouched underwear. Gone are the days when a pair of shapeless boxers were most guys’ uniform. Forget about classic briefs that tend to crush and bunch sensitive parts, despite their knit construction. Our gentlemanly parts have been complaining and underwear brands have been listening. There’s a whole new world of underwear that promises comfort and — dare we say — enhancement to our nether regions. See below for our picks of the best pouched underwear, from sports models to bikinis (all with construction that practically requires a permit).
Cocksox Inked Sport Brief
With a story intro like that, how could we possibly resist including a brand called Cocksox? Beside the fact that these briefs offer this awesome squid print, the brand’s Contour pouch holds your boys closer to the body, giving the ultimate comfort and support during periods of high activity. The brand takes its pouches (or sox?) seriously; also offering styles with the Cocksox Original pouch — a bit larger and noticeably more “enhancing” — and its Snug pouch, similar to traditional underwear but still pouched. This pair is made from modal fabric.
Saxx is probably the granddaddy of pouched underwear. Besides some lively prints, and tastefully hued solids in comfort-oriented fiber blends, the brand has just introduced this sport short that not only includes a “3D hammock-shaped pouch” but also mesh panels and “Flat Out Seams” to prevent friction and ensure chafe-free support. It goes on to offer a compression fit that is perfect for both training and competition.
Duluth Trading Co. Bullpen Corralling Boxer Briefs
Duluth Trading is known for its workwear, and this underwear is no exception. You’ll end up wanting to wear it if your work involves a construction site or a cushy office job. The Bullpen’s specially designed “corral” is like a pocket to hold your jewels. The lightweight nylon/poly/spandex blend keeps things cool and comfortable. An anti-odor treatment is an added bonus for those high-stress days when you might break a sweat.
Rhone Boxer Brief
Rhone makes their version of the pouch in our favorite super soft Pima cotton. The brand calls their engineered construction a “rocket pocket.” Who are we to argue? As the description puts it, a seamless fly opening cradles your cosmonauts for a friction-free ride to the moon and back. Dasvidaniya discomfort.
Bn3th Classics Trunk
Bn3th has got some serious print selections, but the focus remains on comfort. We like this Southwestern-inspired design that offers not only upfront support, but also some upfront information about your purchase’s carbon footprint; in this case, avoiding 4 km of driving emissions, as well as saving 359 hours of light bulb energy and 335 liters of drinking water. The pair is also made from Tencel Modal (made from wood pulp), which is not only soft and comfy, but also offers a sustainability advantage over conventional cotton. Bn3th’s MyPakage Pouch Technology lifts and separates. Aaaah.
T-Bô The Must-Have Briefs
The best part about T-Bô is that the underwear has basically been designed with the help of its direct customer base of 80,000 active purchasers and 160,000 email subscribers. These men all act as valuable resources in the development, production, and “co-creation” of each product. The Must-Have Brief is truly super comfortable and great for wearing every day. It’s made from luxuriously soft bamboo viscose, with the fabric wrapped around the waistband for extra comfort. The “ManShaped pouch” isn’t as engineered as some of the styles shown here, but it still excels at providing comfort and support.
Bang and Strike Strike Pro Emboss Sport Trunk
Bang and Strike offers a true performance trunk (in alloy gray, black, or white, but this forest green looks great) designed to keep you cool and dry during the heaviest of workouts (or long days at the office), complete with a breathable micro-mesh pouch and a quick-dry, moisture-wicking body. They’re constructed from lightweight, high-stretch microfiber for comfort and ease of movement.
Ergowear X4D Bikini
Many of the pouched underwear styles we see out there are either knit boxer or boxer-brief styles. For guys who prefer a bit less coverage, Ergowear offers this bikini style that offers a low cut but doesn’t skimp on enhancement. offering a three-dimensional, “nose-shaped,” pouch. The brand’s X4D collection is made from a soft, fast-drying microfiber that is also highly elastic. Body moisture easily evaporates through the fabric, making it less prone to stains and easy to wash. The fabric follows the natural contour of your accouterments offering a slight lifting and enhancing effect.
Shinesty Fantasy Suite 3-Pack
We like the cheeky prints of this wild variation on the traditional underwear three-pack, but Shinesty comes through with a comfortable MicroModal and spandex blend, a gusseted crotch, and a ball hammock to properly display our family jewels.
Sheath Camouflage Dual Pouch Boxer Brief
Well, there’s no hiding it. If you’re going to go for pouched underwear, go all the way. Sheath offers not one, but two pouches, carefully separating and enhancing to make your privates more … public. Let’s just get right to it: the Dual Pouch features a “urination hole” within an “inner kangaroo pouch” that leads to an outer vertical pouch, isolating the genitals from the inner thighs, as well as the penis from the testicles. There. That time I really said it. Whew. I feel better already.
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