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There’s been a decent amount of buzz about FRIGO RevolutionWear recently.
Over the last couple months I’ve seen billboards for the product scattered throughout my area.
They even got some exposure on the TODAY Show.
To celebrate the official U.S. release of the product, a few weeks ago FRIGO hosted a star-studded launch party in NYC that the very generous folks over at Freshpair invited me to.
FRIGO Underwear: Why all the hype?
Well, in a nut-shell (pun intended), FRIGO’s new Exclusive No. 1 boxer-brief sports a series of design innovations.
One of which is a newer method in which to support — ahem — your nuts.
Freshpair sent me samples of the FRIGO RevolutionWear products (boxer briefs & undershirt) for me to try out and comment on.
To be perfectly honest, when I unboxed and put on the boxer briefs, I was utterly perplexed.
I really couldn’t figure out how to wear them, or even where to put my “package”.
So, I reached out to Freshpair for some guidance, and it resulted in a series of semi-lengthy email exchanges that got simply hysterical.
Here it is in it’s raw form.
You might want to go grab a coffee or a drink first — it’s kinda lengthy.
got the package — this might sound like a really stupid question — but how in the heck do you wear these underwear??
the top edge/opening of the pouch sits about 3″ down from the bottom of the waistband, and i don’t know about you, but that’s not where the bottom of my “package” sits normally.
the whole thing is kinda confusing — there is an opening at the top and the bottom, the enclosure is “v” shaped that is bonded on the left and the right (like a cone).
so the only place to gain access to the pouch is from above or below, and below doesn’t make any sense.
if i try to use the top opening, even trying to adjust the elastic, the only thing that is providing any support is the top edge of the opening where the elastic feeds through.
i found this video of the frigo underwear, but the pouch opening in the video rendering is completely different than the pouch opening in the underwear i received.
Typically, the FRIGO Exclusive no 1 comes with a little instruction guide – though, I believe the first round of samples I had didn’t include the guide.
I’ve attached a few images that may help, but will allow M to clarify.
funny — an instruction guide.
btw, if you look at the FRIGO-pouch-breakdown image — look at where the top of the pouch is.
i dunno about you, but my privates don’t sit up that high (:
color me confused.
I think we might have a semantic misunderstanding.
So as not to get too graphic, by “package” do you mean the twig or both the twig and berries?
Both are designed to go in the pouch.
Once everything is inside the pouch and you’ve put the underwear on, you can unbutton the soft-lock adjustable strap on the front and you can make it tighter or looser, depending on your preference.
Tighter will give you more support, a lifted profile and will also make sure everything stay in the pouch when you move.
Please let me know if this was helpful and this solved the problem. If not, let me know and we’ll work through it!
this is actually a very funny email conversation (:
i was referring to the twig and berries both (we’ll call it the fruit basket).
but i’ll have to tell you — the proximity of the top of the pouch on the frigo does not seem to align well with the natural proximity of my fruit basket.
not knowing any other way to put this, but the top band of the pouch just seemed to traverse the bottom side of the berries — like a ledge kinda — but not one i’d want to be standing on very long — if you catch my drift.
also, if the twig changes shape — as it sometimes does during the day — the pouch would not be the twig’s friend for very long.
did i take my stupid pill today?
am i totally missing something?
I think I get it… I hope I didn’t get lost in the fruit metaphors :)
If I understand correctly, the interior pouch is too low to really hold anything like it’s intended – since everyone’s fruit basket is different they made it adjustable.
The top band of the pouch should be higher to make sure that everything stays in place – it should hit you at the very top of the back of your fruit basket.
To raise the top band, unbutton the buttons on the front and pull the band outward, then refasten the buttons and try again – it should be higher.
It may take a few tries to get it in exactly the right place but you can make it a lot tighter/higher if needed!
I hope this solves it, let me know how it goes!
Regarding the twig changing shape, once we get this working properly I’d love to get your opinion!
The feedback so far is that it’s more comfortable since it actually prevents it from moving around too much and getting stuck in an uncomfortable position.
ok, so I wasn’t confused how to use it.
hmmmm, i’m still a bit perplexed.
take a look at the attached graphic.
(a) top opening of the pouch
(b) where my fruit basket naturally sits
measuring from the top of the pouch laying flat, it’s about 4.5″ – 5″ from (a) to (b).
if the pouch is flipped outward as if it were holding the berries, it comes down a bit further closing the distance to about 3″.
assuming that’s all correct, then it suggests that my fruit basket needs to get elevated at least 3″ from it’s normal resting place.
just didn’t seem that natural to me.
of course i understand that i can adjust the pouch to be lower, but the idea that the support is solely at the bottom/back of the fruit basket seems a bit odd to me.
i’d like to believe that i’m a fairly smart guy, so i’m a bit worried that if i’m having this much perplexity with these boxers, what about the average customer?
the other thing too, if i understand it correctly, a retailer such as freshpair can’t accept returns of underwear if tried on.
so, if a guy buys a $100 of underwear, tries it on like i have, but decides it’s just too complicated for him to want to wear, is he really left with a $100 loss?
what i do truly respect out these boxers is the innovation in construction, but the pouch thing is simply confusing.
are you worried that the average customer will be confused and possibly frustrated with the purchase?
I’m not sure if this is helpful, but perhaps this puts the pouch in more context: the No. 1 Exclusive that we sent you was designed as a performance garment so it was meant to be a more comfortable athletic underwear than the compression garments on the market.
Those garments give you support by pushing everything in.
The purpose of Frigo’s pouch is to put a breathable layer of mesh between your fruit basket and legs (since you’ll sweat more with skin-on-skin contact) and to prevent your fruit basket from moving around (thereby reducing discomfort and the need for adjustment).
— Follow-On Email —
Ok, I think I understand now – thanks for the diagram!
The pouch shouldn’t change where the fruit basket sits – it should still sit at B even in Frigo.
The pouch isn’t meant to flip outward or hold everything from underneath, but rather should be tightened to the point that it’s pushing the fruit basket into the same position as any other underwear from behind.
If your fruit basket is resting on top of it, it’s not tight enough and can be adjusted with the buttons/strap on the front of the garment.
I agree that the new pouch is potentially confusing since it’s completely different than anything on the market.
It’s especially difficult to explain for internet orders; we don’t have the advantage of being able to talk a customer through it in the store.
Before we launched, we made sure to partner with Frigo so that we’ll issue a customer credit if he doesn’t like the underwear.
With that said, it’s been our biggest brand launch ever and we’ve only had [a small amount of] negative feedback on Frigo orders.
Again, I hope this helps!
actually, that is very helpful context.
i can see how that differentiator could be helpful in an athletic situation.
if i may, i’ll just grab a few more moments of your time to share my thoughts, as it will also help me crystallize some things.
i just wore frigo to the gym and did notice how the pouch provided some support for the berries and separation from the legs, but the effectiveness kinda varies.
as i went through a bunch of different exercises and positions, my fruit basket didn’t always like staying in the pouch — mostly due to the direction the twig wanted to go (:
humor me for a second as i describe three scenarios:
natural fruit basket — this seems to be the most optimal scenario for frigo. the full basket may be placed into the pouch from the top (twig in downward position, berries relaxed) and with the right amount of tension on the elastic bands, the pouch will partially surround and hold the basket.
cold fruit basket – twigs and berries don’t like the cold, so they will retract into the host. when this happens, the pouch can’t really surround the basket very well because the berries are no longer relaxed and there’s no room behind them for the pouch to wrap around.
happy fruit basket – happy twig reaches for the sun and in the opposite direction of the pouch. also, the berries kinda behave like when it’s cold. in either case, the fruit basket is not happily sitting in the pouch.
again, maybe i’m still missing something — but i don’t think so — unless of course i’m wearing them incorrectly.
here’s the net-net for me
i guess i could see how frigo could be a more desirable underwear to wear to the gym.
i get the value of the support it can provide in that scenario — i don’t think it’s ground breaking, but it’s probably better than being smushed.
i just don’t see the “frigo no. 1 exclusive” really being a daily-wear underwear alternative.
maybe for subset of guys who are struggling to find super support.
but outside of that, i can’t see the average joe consumer really buying into the concept or the nuances in wearability.
technically i absolutely love and fully respect some of the construction innovations they have done with the sonic bonding, laser vent holes, and the leg grips – to name a few.
to your point about being the biggest brand launch ever
respectfully, that doesn’t mean anything more than the company is doing a good job promoting the product.
it has no bearing on true consumer adoption or the longer-term viability of the product.
the pet rock was popular back in the 70s and so was the cha chia pet — and those are ridiculous products.
but they sold millions and millions of them. good marketing.
i saw all the revolutionwear billboards, so i know they’re putting out some big bucks to raise awareness about their underwear.
if you put a good amount of money behind promoting any new unusual product, consumers will bite and buy, especially if there’s enough “buzz” about a product.
as an average joe consumer – i try to separate hype/buzz from the equation to look at the merits of the product alone, and ask myself if i buy into the product concept.
also, as a writer, i’m not going to write hype just because everyone else is, unless i really believe the hype.
anyway, that’s my 2cents.
i’m going to wear the stuff a bunch more to see if i change my mind, but for now, i see frigo a bit more of a novelty than a revolutionary new boxer-brief.
though, maybe it’s a decent gym underwear alternative.
thanks for listening.
Thank you for sharing – some really great points!
Regarding the gym and level of effectiveness in different positions, I completely agree.
Since as you pointed out (I really enjoyed your terminology, by the way) the fruit basket tends to move around a lot and can change size/shape, it’s a very hard problem to solve to keep it in place without smushing everything.
The idea with Frigo is that they want to make it more comfortable, more of the time and eliminate some of the need for adjustment.
The silicone-lined leg bands are a great example of this.
While there’s no way that any underwear can permanently stay in place while still providing free range of movement, the friction of those leg bands certainly reduces it.
With that said, I agree that the pouch isn’t well suited to either the happy or cold scenarios.
We’ve gotten behind the product [not just as a business], but because I think that the features you mentioned – laser-cut vents, sonic bonding, silicone leg grips – plus a few others – CoolMax waistband, ultra-light + near-seamless microfiber over the pouch, mesh vents in key zones, and sewing the body inside the waistband to reduce chafing – are revolutionary and haven’t been available together in a non-technical garment (i.e. a triathlon suit).
Closing Thoughts about FRIGO Underwear
While I may not be sold on the merits of the fruit basket holder, I will say that I’m incredibly impressed with the innovation in the rest of the boxer-brief’s construction details.
Is it revolutionary?
Well, this underwear is not going to change my life, and I won’t be throwing out all my other underwear to be replaced by FRIGO.
That said, I will give kudos and send out props to the company and designers behind the product for making a very technically advanced-construction athletic boxer brief.
To learn more about FRIGO or to make a purchase, please visit the FRIGO Collection section Freshpair.com.
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