If you’ve considered buying pouch underwear, but not sure what to expect, this article will answer many of your questions.
The following reviews of Saxx, UFM, and Duluth Trading Bullpen pouch underwear are courtesy of John M.
John is in the process of testing out several different brands of men’s underwear. Though, these are not just ordinary underwear, he is specifically testing those with pouches.
Before we get to the reviews, let’s first answer some frequently asked questions.
Pouch underwear is a sub-category of men’s boxer brief underwear that provide some form of separation between your penis/scrotum & thighs. Some briefs are also equipped expanded pouch designs.
In simplest terms, to prevent the chafing that can occur between a man’s penis/scrotum & his thighs.
There are various designs of pouch underwear. Some underwear could be equipped with chambers where you place your penis & scrotum into them together, or separate chambers for each. An alternative design could be fabric panels on either side of the pouch.
The most well-known brands of pouch underwear include Saxx, BN3TH (Formerly MyPackage), Sheath, and Separatec. However, they may not be the best. As you will see from the reviews below, each brand of pouch underwear has pros/cons. Which is best for you, will depend on what features match your needs the closest.
Yes. Because of their design, briefs naturally provide separation from the thighs. However, there are underwear briefs available that offer expanded pouch designs, over the traditional pouch.
Pouch Underwear: Sizing Information for Context
I’m generally a size Large, with a waist of almost 36”, a weight around 175lb, and a height of around 5’11”; this should help someone wanting to know about the sizing. I also have a fairly long torso and slightly shorter legs.– John
Duluth Trading Bullpen Underwear
Here’s a picture I took of the Duluth Trading Bullpen pouch underwear. They look similar to the Saxx design though not quite the same.
The fabric is a sort of mesh, which feels pretty good and breathes well. Note that the Duluth pair here is a Size Medium, and mostly, though not perfectly, spread flat. I pulled up the waistband in front to show the entire “pouch” area.
In general, I think the flap they use to create the pouch should be a bit bigger/wider but stretchy enough to conform to your body.
One good thing is that the design pictured allows the private parts to move around somewhat as I change posture, which ensures there is no uncomfortable pressure in any position, especially when I’m bending forward. (Unlike the UFM drawstring pouch, or other pouches that try to grab onto the back of the private parts to keep them steady.)
These are a bit small for me, but while the legs are bit too tight and the pouch is a little small, the overall rise and fit isn’t bad.
The waistband is definitely snug, though I usually prefer that to ensure they stay put, and the rise is about right.
While the Medium is a bit small, when I got them some time ago I tried size Large first, which felt like it hung too low for the flaps to keep proper isolation, and the legs were a bit loose rather than snug.
It’s possible the Large size would fit slightly better now as I’m a bit bigger, but given that the Medium size still barely fits I doubt the Large would be comfortable.
I bought them in a store, and was able to exchange the large size that didn’t fit for the medium size. Their online policy (which I haven’t tried) is great too: free returns, with free online exchanges coming soon.
Product Info: duluthtrading.com | Sizes tested: Medium & Large
UFM Boxer Briefs
The polyester fabric of the UFM boxer briefs was quite soft and felt fairly thin (it feels thinner and softer than their polyester briefs). I think it breathes well and dries fairly fast.
It has a mesh front pouch, which is great, but the fly they provide is a joke. It’s just too small.
Their signature drawstrings do provide support, but they need to go further back into the pouch. I found it too easy to slip out of the pouch if I bend over too much.
The UFM drawstring also feels a bit lumpy to me, and the pressure from it can get uncomfortable after a while. Also, because of the slipping out issue, I still experienced some chafing against my leg.
Finally, I’d say that the back of these boxer briefs comes up too high. I needed to pull them up too far to get any support.
Based on my experience with the briefs, I doubt a size Medium would help; it would just be too small.
I previously had tried the briefs in size Medium, and while the overall size of the briefs felt about right for a Large, the drawstrings proved hopeless for me, only causing uncomfortable pressure and discomfort. In my opinion, the drawstrings need to go further back into the pouch.
The polyester brief was snug — sort of like the low-rise Jockey Sport Mesh Brief.
The viscose one was more relaxed, making me think that a viscose brief in size large would have too much rise and maybe be a bit too loose to fit nicely. Though, the viscose fabric itself felt great and dealt with moisture well.
I found the tailoring of the briefs good; the leg bands have an interesting bend on the very outside of the thigh (sort of the mid point) that helps keep them in place.
The fly on these was also a joke.
My summary for the briefs: They felt great, except for the drawstring, which is supposed to be the selling point!
When purchased directly from the brand’s website, they unfortunately only allow returns of unworn, unwashed items with the original packaging undamaged. (Probably because they are a smaller company?) So be sure to only try on one of a particular style if you’re not sure it fits.
Product Info: ufmunderwear.com | Sizes tested: Medium & Large
Saxx Pouch Underwear
I tried a couple in Size L (which is nominally for size 36-38; I’m close to 36”), and they were bigger and looser than I expected, especially for the Volt pair that claimed to be slim fit.
Again, I needed to pull them up too high to get into the pouch. Some chafing was possible depending on the circumstances because of the looseness.
I gave up on Size L and picked up a couple of Sport Mesh briefs in Size M instead (nominal size 33-35). Those felt about right, despite the manufacturer saying that they have a limited amount of stretch and recommending sizing up if you’re near the next size.
Pulling them up for a snug fit put the waist at about the right height and they felt snug but pretty good.
My only gripe with the sizing for the medium size is that the legs are a bit tight and tend to cause some fabric creases due to my pulling them up high for good support. So I guess I have slightly thick thighs.
The leg wrinkling thing seems to happen with almost any boxer brief design for some reason; when I pull them high enough to provide support, the legs seem to get into slightly the wrong angle.
The pouch would also benefit from just a little bit more room in front, though it’s pretty good; it’s on the snugger side.
Their separation panels are a fine mesh, which is pretty comfortable but I think it’s not quite as good as using a nice fabric like the CoolNylon in RibbedTee’s boxer briefs.
The fine mesh used in the separation panels are thin enough that It could potentially allow sweat stickiness between the leg and the privates.
Maybe they’re thinking that the boxer brief hangs down a bit in front instead of fitting snugly like a brief? But then what’s the point of the pouch?
I’m still not sure it’s quite as good as briefs. They do seem to have a bit more tendency to cause chafing, but they’re at least close for once.
After wearing them for a whole day, I found that even the Size Medium Saxx sport mesh boxer briefs don’t quite stay in place. They seem to get dragged down a bit by pants, and the mesh on the left side failed to do its job and keep things inside, so I experienced rubbing on my leg.
So they still aren’t as good as normal briefs.
If purchasing directly from the brand’s website, they offer a Comfort Guarantee. This worked out well for me as I didn’t end up having to pay for the ones that were too large.
Product Info: Amazon | Sizes tested: Medium & Large
Summing It Up: 3 Brands of Pouch Underwear
None of the above “wonder brands” have really lived up to the hype. I think there are some good ideas that could work great if tweaked.
For example, running the drawstrings in the UFM underwear in a slightly different or totally different route, and making sure they don’t chafe or squeeze uncomfortably.
But, considering these brands of pouch underwear are rather expensive, I’d wait till they’re on sale and maybe try a couple to see if you like them.
Though, do keep in mind that they won’t likely be as amazing as the reviews and ads make them sound.
As a final comment, something I have often wondered is why no boxer briefs seem to be designed as effectively a brief with legs added.
That should provide the comfort, support, and isolation of a brief, while giving the look of a boxer brief and also providing the legs with some anti-chafing fabric and compression, and possibly helping disperse moisture by adding more fabric to absorb and wick it away.
But instead, pouch boxer briefs seem to all be designed as a retrofit boxer brief, with something to isolate the private parts.
As I asked in my review of Saxx, does this just have to do with how people like their boxer briefs to feel? Do they not want them to be a little snugger for more support?
So far the most comfortable underwear I have found has all been briefs (or variations on that style).
One thing I’ve occasionally considered and may need to try is using anti-chafing leg bands while wearing regular briefs. This will prevent any leg chafing, while keeping the feel I like up top.
Hope this information helps others make good decisions.
– John M.
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