Trying to get rid of my thong tanlines from last time I came to Venice Beach.

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A tough tanline to hide in the showers

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My hot neighbor at the beach today.

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At the beach today just south of Ketch tower…come say hello.

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Me under the Santa Monica pier

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06th
April
Let me say from the outset that I’ve worn thongs exclusively for the last 6 yrs so i know what works and what doesn’t. Though a relatively new kid on the block with only a few select styles, Intymen know what they’re doing. Here I’m reviewing the Euro Thong. I’ve been wanting to try this one since it first hit the market but I’d been hesitant due to the price tag. I finally found it at its cheapest on Skiviez and went for it….Saving roughly $6 on the usual $23 pricetag, not factoring in shipping. Since that time I’ve ordered another pair from HisRoom which has them at $13. At either price ($23 included), it’s worth the money and is in my top 3 of thongs along with the discontinued Andrew Christian Shock Jock Thong (once the silly, over-the-top padding is removed) and the N2N Mojave Gee Thong.
First thing first…size up. My hips are around 29” and I typically wear either a XS-S, but with this style of Intymen, the medium is great on the hips but still snug on the pkg, but without being uncomfortably tight. That said, at one size up, the 96/4 cotton/spandex blend make these some of the most comfortable underwear I own. Somehow, the material seems to really “hug” that special place without bunching up or feeling like it’s going to cut off circulation (N2N, I’m looking at you). The Intymen Euro has a wide strap in the back which I particularly love as it creates a “booty short” aesthetic while simultaneously preventing the thong from riding up and becoming uncomfortable. After a full day of wearing this thong I’ve not had to tug at it once and it stayed in place all day. The pouch does little for the bulge in the way the Intymen Swing or the mesh Sport thong does but it holds everything in place and the material does a great job of keeping everything cool. Too many thongs are all about the buldge, including the next review I intend to write (Clever Jumbo). Creating a good bulge is great and all, but the Intymen Euro Thong brings a level of class never before bestowed upon thong underwear for men. They are sexy without making it obvious that they are trying to be sexy…it’s a delicate balance that Intymen masters with this effort.
That said, the material is incredibly soft and, what’s more, somewhat transparent, adding a distinct layer of sexiness that isn’t over the top. Many thongs try to be sexy and attempt this by trying to be skimpy. This of course leads to the presumption that men who wear thongs are gay. Again, I’ve worn thongs exclusively for ~6yrs and in no way does my underwear selection bear on my sexuality. I am very much straight…I just happen to love the way thongs look and feel.
The black on black…that is, the black band on the black underwear… gives a contiguous aesthetic that is, to me, a much more appealing aesthetic than the blue or red variety which are also offered. If I have one complaint for Intymen, it’s that they need to offer color options (which they do) but do it so that the the entire garment the same color. Also, I don’t love the shimmer of the band but I’m not terribly put off by it either. The logos and identifying marks are obscured as watermarks on the band rather than as imposing self promotional logos which I appreciate.
For the price, you cannot beat the Intymen Euro Thong, especially if you get it at the discounted rate available right now at HisRoom and you size up one size.
Overall I’d rate this thong among the best I’ve tried;
Style: 10 (a very classy shape for a thong)
Comfort: 10 (a very soft, sheer blend of cotton and spandex)
Fit: 9 (but 10 if you size up)
Quality/Construction: 10

Let me say from the outset that I’ve worn thongs exclusively for the last 6 yrs so i know what works and what doesn’t. Though a relatively new kid on the block with only a few select styles, Intymen know what they’re doing. Here I’m reviewing the Euro Thong. I’ve been wanting to try this one since it first hit the market but I’d been hesitant due to the price tag. I finally found it at its cheapest on Skiviez and went for it….Saving roughly $6 on the usual $23 pricetag, not factoring in shipping. Since that time I’ve ordered another pair from HisRoom which has them at $13. At either price ($23 included), it’s worth the money and is in my top 3 of thongs along with the discontinued Andrew Christian Shock Jock Thong (once the silly, over-the-top padding is removed) and the N2N Mojave Gee Thong.

First thing first…size up. My hips are around 29” and I typically wear either a XS-S, but with this style of Intymen, the medium is great on the hips but still snug on the pkg, but without being uncomfortably tight. That said, at one size up, the 96/4 cotton/spandex blend make these some of the most comfortable underwear I own. Somehow, the material seems to really “hug” that special place without bunching up or feeling like it’s going to cut off circulation (N2N, I’m looking at you). The Intymen Euro has a wide strap in the back which I particularly love as it creates a “booty short” aesthetic while simultaneously preventing the thong from riding up and becoming uncomfortable. After a full day of wearing this thong I’ve not had to tug at it once and it stayed in place all day. The pouch does little for the bulge in the way the Intymen Swing or the mesh Sport thong does but it holds everything in place and the material does a great job of keeping everything cool. Too many thongs are all about the buldge, including the next review I intend to write (Clever Jumbo). Creating a good bulge is great and all, but the Intymen Euro Thong brings a level of class never before bestowed upon thong underwear for men. They are sexy without making it obvious that they are trying to be sexy…it’s a delicate balance that Intymen masters with this effort.

That said, the material is incredibly soft and, what’s more, somewhat transparent, adding a distinct layer of sexiness that isn’t over the top. Many thongs try to be sexy and attempt this by trying to be skimpy. This of course leads to the presumption that men who wear thongs are gay. Again, I’ve worn thongs exclusively for ~6yrs and in no way does my underwear selection bear on my sexuality. I am very much straight…I just happen to love the way thongs look and feel.

The black on black…that is, the black band on the black underwear… gives a contiguous aesthetic that is, to me, a much more appealing aesthetic than the blue or red variety which are also offered. If I have one complaint for Intymen, it’s that they need to offer color options (which they do) but do it so that the the entire garment the same color. Also, I don’t love the shimmer of the band but I’m not terribly put off by it either. The logos and identifying marks are obscured as watermarks on the band rather than as imposing self promotional logos which I appreciate.

For the price, you cannot beat the Intymen Euro Thong, especially if you get it at the discounted rate available right now at HisRoom and you size up one size.

Overall I’d rate this thong among the best I’ve tried;

Style: 10 (a very classy shape for a thong)

Comfort: 10 (a very soft, sheer blend of cotton and spandex)

Fit: 9 (but 10 if you size up)

Quality/Construction: 10

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06th
April
The N2N Mojave Thong has resurfaced and at a discounted rate. The urgency of this review is to ensure that our readers appreciate the importance of acting quick.  This thong had been discontinued for nearly a year, before recently resurfacing for $10 (down from it’s prior $18).  When you find a great thong at an affordable price, you snap it up.  I own at least 6 pair of this thong, and I’m planning on buying more before they’re gone (unless of course N2N is interested in providing a few reviewer/customer loyalty pairs).
 
The N2N Mojave Thong is the little black dress of the thong world…appropriate for every occassion. It has a classic silohuette, is perfect for all day wear or athletics, great under a nice slim fit suit or all by itself, shows a great buldge while providing excellent support, had wide strap in the back for a comfortable fit, and is constructed of a durable and well stitched blend of cotton. 

This thong is constructed of 60% poly 32% rayon 8% spandex and while not having quite the softness of a microfiber like the Emporio Armani is nevertheless incredibly soft at a much cheaper price point and is thin enough to adjust to your “contours” for a very sexy fit. 

The strap of the mojave is wide and does what I love most in a strap, namely that it doesn’t stop when it reaches the band, but rather the cut curves around to trace the band, creating both the comfort and aesthetic of a wide strap as well as the aesthetic of a wider band. 

From a style perspective, my only complaint, and one of the original reasons I shied away front he mojave thong, is the branding along the band. I hate to be a billboard but for some reason smearing your name along my thong seems to be the thing to do. That aside, I’ve grown used to it and the text isn’t too bad and is it a nice, basic font. 
 
Fit: 10
Quality: 8 (the cotton will wear out and pill somewhat after a few months)
Construction: 10 (used constantly and shows no signs of tearing at the seems)
Price: 10
The N2N Mojave Thong has resurfaced and at a discounted rate. The urgency of this review is to ensure that our readers appreciate the importance of acting quick.  This thong had been discontinued for nearly a year, before recently resurfacing for $10 (down from it’s prior $18).  When you find a great thong at an affordable price, you snap it up.  I own at least 6 pair of this thong, and I’m planning on buying more before they’re gone (unless of course N2N is interested in providing a few reviewer/customer loyalty pairs).
 
The N2N Mojave Thong is the little black dress of the thong world…appropriate for every occassion. It has a classic silohuette, is perfect for all day wear or athletics, great under a nice slim fit suit or all by itself, shows a great buldge while providing excellent support, had wide strap in the back for a comfortable fit, and is constructed of a durable and well stitched blend of cotton. 
This thong is constructed of 60% poly 32% rayon 8% spandex and while not having quite the softness of a microfiber like the Emporio Armani is nevertheless incredibly soft at a much cheaper price point and is thin enough to adjust to your “contours” for a very sexy fit. 
The strap of the mojave is wide and does what I love most in a strap, namely that it doesn’t stop when it reaches the band, but rather the cut curves around to trace the band, creating both the comfort and aesthetic of a wide strap as well as the aesthetic of a wider band. 
From a style perspective, my only complaint, and one of the original reasons I shied away front he mojave thong, is the branding along the band. I hate to be a billboard but for some reason smearing your name along my thong seems to be the thing to do. That aside, I’ve grown used to it and the text isn’t too bad and is it a nice, basic font. 
 
Fit: 10
Quality: 8 (the cotton will wear out and pill somewhat after a few months)
Construction: 10 (used constantly and shows no signs of tearing at the seems)
Price: 10
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06th
April
The Papi Platinum Microfiber Thong is another geat thong and the best I’ve yet to try from Papi and miles ahead of the Cotton Stretch.  Unfortunately, these are becoming increasingly difficult to find, whereas the cotton stretch remains their staple. The cotton stretch seriously lacks in the pouch, so much so that I’ve actually thrown mine away because I would hang out of them. This seems to be more of a function of the cut than the pouch alone, as the pouch seemed to be no smaller than the standard Clever thongs. My only guess is that the back strap came a  little too far forward, creating a gap for my package to slip through.  As a result of discarding them, I no longer have them to review directly, but I think the fact I threw them away conveys the appropriate 0/10 stars rating I’d have given them. The Papi Platinum Thong however has a cut that fits to the body in a much more tailored way, and the microfiber material provides an accomodating stretch that holds everything in place perfectly.  Unlike most of the other styles I’ve tried, the strap in the back of the Papi Platinum is very, very narrow. It’s for this very same erason that I’ve not yet tried the Calvin Klein Steal Thong. On the Papi Platinum, the strap would have made these too effiminate for my personal taste, but for the fact that the Platinum has the widest band that I’ve yet worn.  The wide band provides a maculinity factor to thesethongs that is undeniable, and tends to remind me more of a jockstrap than a thong as a result of this aesthetical configuration.
 
Initially, I was hesitant to give these a shot after finding them on sale at Macy’s as I was weary that the narrow strap in the back would ride up.  Fortunately, the wide band lays against the hips nicely and helps to prevent these thongs from rising up and creating the “string up your ass” problem that non-thongers tend to thing is inevitable with thongs. The microfiber material is extremely soft and comfortable, but unlike some ofther thongssuch as the JM Skinz, there is no question that you are wearing these thongs. I like to think ofwearing thongsas either a passive or active experience, i.e., that you either feel them at every turn or you completely forget that you’re wearing them. I find that the thongs that are better for athlethics are the thongs that you actively wear, and that certainly fits the Papi Platinum. Snug, these thongs fit exactly as you’d want them to for running, football, soccer, basketball, yoga, or any other athletic venture. I’ve participated in all of the above in thesethongs and they help to keep you well-supported and comfortable, while keeping your goods out of the way. If you’re into the buldge underwear fetish, these are not for you as these certainly achieve function over any sort of “sexy” aesthetic.
 
The downside of athleticism-centric thongs is that the wear is greater. After two years of wearing these thongsprincipally for sports, I’ve found that the strap at the back has begun to separate from the wide band, which has, for the time, created a bit of a “y-back” thong aesthetic.  Additionally, the microfiber material has begun to peel a little bit, though fortuntely it’s on the outside alone, as peeling on the interior of the pouch could be an extremely uncomfortable experience.  I am inclined to believe that the principle cause for the strap tearing away from the band is that when using a moernarrow strap, the tension that is likely to be exerted at times on the strap has less surface aea to difuse and disperse, across the band, thus greater pressure is put on the more narrow strap causing it to tear away. I’d like to see Papi replace the Platinum line with a style almost identical, but where the strap connects using a wider connection along the band, even if the strap otherwise remains narrow (which, for sports, is preferable).
 
There are a number of colors for the platinum thong and as you can see from the image, I’ve got the light blue ones. I’ve also seen them in red, silver, black, white, and yellow, so from a colors perspective, Papi has been more than accomodating.
 
Overall, these are a great addition to your thong collection and can be easily worn for all-day wear, but they are at their best and at a distinct advantage over their counterparts when using them for spots.  Thongwearers and non-thongwearers alike should give these a shot for that reason alone as you’ll no doubt notice increased ease of movement, while retaining the breathability and comfort you’ve been looking for.  But do not, and I repeat….DO NOT, think that all Papi thongs are alike and buy the Papi cotton thong in its place. You’d be paying to go commando, albeit less comfortable. The Papi Platinum is a winner and I look forward to my next pair.
 
Style: 7 (these thongs focus on function over style)
Comfort: 10 (a very soft microfiber)Fit: 10 (optimized for athetics)
Quality/Construction: 8 (eventual seam deconstruction following repeated wears and washings)
The Papi Platinum Microfiber Thong is another geat thong and the best I’ve yet to try from Papi and miles ahead of the Cotton Stretch.  Unfortunately, these are becoming increasingly difficult to find, whereas the cotton stretch remains their staple. The cotton stretch seriously lacks in the pouch, so much so that I’ve actually thrown mine away because I would hang out of them. This seems to be more of a function of the cut than the pouch alone, as the pouch seemed to be no smaller than the standard Clever thongs. My only guess is that the back strap came a  little too far forward, creating a gap for my package to slip through.  As a result of discarding them, I no longer have them to review directly, but I think the fact I threw them away conveys the appropriate 0/10 stars rating I’d have given them. The Papi Platinum Thong however has a cut that fits to the body in a much more tailored way, and the microfiber material provides an accomodating stretch that holds everything in place perfectly.  Unlike most of the other styles I’ve tried, the strap in the back of the Papi Platinum is very, very narrow. It’s for this very same erason that I’ve not yet tried the Calvin Klein Steal Thong. On the Papi Platinum, the strap would have made these too effiminate for my personal taste, but for the fact that the Platinum has the widest band that I’ve yet worn.  The wide band provides a maculinity factor to thesethongs that is undeniable, and tends to remind me more of a jockstrap than a thong as a result of this aesthetical configuration.
 
Initially, I was hesitant to give these a shot after finding them on sale at Macy’s as I was weary that the narrow strap in the back would ride up.  Fortunately, the wide band lays against the hips nicely and helps to prevent these thongs from rising up and creating the “string up your ass” problem that non-thongers tend to thing is inevitable with thongs. The microfiber material is extremely soft and comfortable, but unlike some ofther thongssuch as the JM Skinz, there is no question that you are wearing these thongs. I like to think ofwearing thongsas either a passive or active experience, i.e., that you either feel them at every turn or you completely forget that you’re wearing them. I find that the thongs that are better for athlethics are the thongs that you actively wear, and that certainly fits the Papi Platinum. Snug, these thongs fit exactly as you’d want them to for running, football, soccer, basketball, yoga, or any other athletic venture. I’ve participated in all of the above in thesethongs and they help to keep you well-supported and comfortable, while keeping your goods out of the way. If you’re into the buldge underwear fetish, these are not for you as these certainly achieve function over any sort of “sexy” aesthetic.
 
The downside of athleticism-centric thongs is that the wear is greater. After two years of wearing these thongsprincipally for sports, I’ve found that the strap at the back has begun to separate from the wide band, which has, for the time, created a bit of a “y-back” thong aesthetic.  Additionally, the microfiber material has begun to peel a little bit, though fortuntely it’s on the outside alone, as peeling on the interior of the pouch could be an extremely uncomfortable experience.  I am inclined to believe that the principle cause for the strap tearing away from the band is that when using a moernarrow strap, the tension that is likely to be exerted at times on the strap has less surface aea to difuse and disperse, across the band, thus greater pressure is put on the more narrow strap causing it to tear away. I’d like to see Papi replace the Platinum line with a style almost identical, but where the strap connects using a wider connection along the band, even if the strap otherwise remains narrow (which, for sports, is preferable).
 
There are a number of colors for the platinum thong and as you can see from the image, I’ve got the light blue ones. I’ve also seen them in red, silver, black, white, and yellow, so from a colors perspective, Papi has been more than accomodating.
 
Overall, these are a great addition to your thong collection and can be easily worn for all-day wear, but they are at their best and at a distinct advantage over their counterparts when using them for spots.  Thongwearers and non-thongwearers alike should give these a shot for that reason alone as you’ll no doubt notice increased ease of movement, while retaining the breathability and comfort you’ve been looking for.  But do not, and I repeat….DO NOT, think that all Papi thongs are alike and buy the Papi cotton thong in its place. You’d be paying to go commando, albeit less comfortable. The Papi Platinum is a winner and I look forward to my next pair.
 

Style: 7 (these thongs focus on function over style)
Comfort: 10 (a very soft microfiber)
Fit: 10 (optimized for athetics)
Quality/Construction: 8 (eventual seam deconstruction following repeated wears and washings)
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06th
April
The JM Skinz thong is certainly the style that I have advocated on underwear forums more than any other over recent years and its the style I own the most of, owning black (7), white (1), purple (3), red (2), and fushia (2). I decided not to buy the yellow pair to avoid the “banana hammock” jokes with my wife. That is one of the refreshing things about the JM Skinz thong…the colors. Typically thong manufactures seem to be very limiting when it comes to color selection, and even the JM Skinz only consistently provides white and black, but on a number of occassions they’ve done limited runs of other color options to spice up the line and give their fans the option of additional colors.  One thing you might note from this review’s photos is the absence of the JM logo at the front.  Always being one to like to customize to simplify design, I always destitch the label to remove it to create a more clean aesthetic.  I understand why brands feel they need to apply their label to promote their product, but I prefer a cleaner look so when possible, I remove the logo and so I appreciate that JM uses a stitched-on tag rather than printing on the garment itself.
 
Fit: The fit of the JM Skinz thong is very traditional for a thong, while providing a great pouch. The material is 86% Micro Polyester and 14% Lycra Spandex so the pouch will stretch easily to accomodate your package without cramping you.  Because the stretch is an easy one, the pouch will create a nice buldge as well.  The strap in back is wide enough to prevent the thong from riding up and is a very comfortable thong for all day use, which is one of the principle reasons that I have so strongly encouraged others to give this thong a try.  Although JM is not one of the high fashion brands that tend to gain a lot of reviews or generate a lot of discussion, they make a fantastic thong that can be a great introduction to thongs for a first time wearer as it will quickly dispell any preconceived notions of how a thong feels.  In fact, by midmorning you’ll have forgotten that you’re wearing anything at all as the fit is so nice. 
 
The JM is a relatively low-rise thong and can be worn with low-rise jeans without the fear of creating the dreaded “whale-tail.” Additionally, the transition between the back strap and the band is contiguous and fairly thick, so even when the top of your thongs are showing, you’re still safe from the whale-tail effect. As mentioned earlier, there are a number of colors that you can find if you look around, and while the usual underwear stores may not always have each of the colors, you can typically find them on Amazon or other third-party reseller websites.
 
The durability is a point at which these thongs have only recently failed me, however having gotten 5 years of wear out of many of these thongs, they can hardly be said to truly fail in durability.  I’ve found that the elasiticity of these thongs have caused them to become a little stretched out. This may be largely my fault as I’ve lost 15 pounds since repeatedly wearing them, so it may in fact be that I stretched them out a little bit and then lost the weight, but now I find them to be a little baggy around the pouch area.  The garment itself has remain wonderfully in tact and even after destitching the label from the cover, not a single pair have suffered a stray or torn stitch.
 
For the money, I certainly have to recommend this style, particularly for anyone who is interested in trying outthongs for the first time. The JM Skinz thong typically retails for around $15 and although I’ve bought all of mine through FreshPair, they are no longer selling them.  Most of the other underwear retailers though continue to keep the JM Skinz Thong in stock and from discussions on some of the underwear boards I’ve visited in the past, there is a definite fanbase to keep them going.  The style is classic and timeless, the fit amazing, the colors aplenty, and the price is on point.
 
 
Style: 10 (plenty of colors and classic design)
Comfort: 10 (can be worn all day without ever having to tug them)Fit: 10 (a great stretch to the pouch makes for a wonderful and “barely-there” comfortable fit)Quality/Construction: 10 (may be subject to stretching, but only after countless wears and washes)
The JM Skinz thong is certainly the style that I have advocated on underwear forums more than any other over recent years and its the style I own the most of, owning black (7), white (1), purple (3), red (2), and fushia (2). I decided not to buy the yellow pair to avoid the “banana hammock” jokes with my wife. That is one of the refreshing things about the JM Skinz thong…the colors. Typically thong manufactures seem to be very limiting when it comes to color selection, and even the JM Skinz only consistently provides white and black, but on a number of occassions they’ve done limited runs of other color options to spice up the line and give their fans the option of additional colors.  One thing you might note from this review’s photos is the absence of the JM logo at the front.  Always being one to like to customize to simplify design, I always destitch the label to remove it to create a more clean aesthetic.  I understand why brands feel they need to apply their label to promote their product, but I prefer a cleaner look so when possible, I remove the logo and so I appreciate that JM uses a stitched-on tag rather than printing on the garment itself.
 
Fit: The fit of the JM Skinz thong is very traditional for a thong, while providing a great pouch. The material is 86% Micro Polyester and 14% Lycra Spandex so the pouch will stretch easily to accomodate your package without cramping you.  Because the stretch is an easy one, the pouch will create a nice buldge as well.  The strap in back is wide enough to prevent the thong from riding up and is a very comfortable thong for all day use, which is one of the principle reasons that I have so strongly encouraged others to give this thong a try.  Although JM is not one of the high fashion brands that tend to gain a lot of reviews or generate a lot of discussion, they make a fantastic thong that can be a great introduction to thongs for a first time wearer as it will quickly dispell any preconceived notions of how a thong feels.  In fact, by midmorning you’ll have forgotten that you’re wearing anything at all as the fit is so nice. 
 
The JM is a relatively low-rise thong and can be worn with low-rise jeans without the fear of creating the dreaded “whale-tail.” Additionally, the transition between the back strap and the band is contiguous and fairly thick, so even when the top of your thongs are showing, you’re still safe from the whale-tail effect. As mentioned earlier, there are a number of colors that you can find if you look around, and while the usual underwear stores may not always have each of the colors, you can typically find them on Amazon or other third-party reseller websites.
 
The durability is a point at which these thongs have only recently failed me, however having gotten 5 years of wear out of many of these thongs, they can hardly be said to truly fail in durability.  I’ve found that the elasiticity of these thongs have caused them to become a little stretched out. This may be largely my fault as I’ve lost 15 pounds since repeatedly wearing them, so it may in fact be that I stretched them out a little bit and then lost the weight, but now I find them to be a little baggy around the pouch area.  The garment itself has remain wonderfully in tact and even after destitching the label from the cover, not a single pair have suffered a stray or torn stitch.
 
For the money, I certainly have to recommend this style, particularly for anyone who is interested in trying outthongs for the first time. The JM Skinz thong typically retails for around $15 and although I’ve bought all of mine through FreshPair, they are no longer selling them.  Most of the other underwear retailers though continue to keep the JM Skinz Thong in stock and from discussions on some of the underwear boards I’ve visited in the past, there is a definite fanbase to keep them going.  The style is classic and timeless, the fit amazing, the colors aplenty, and the price is on point.
 
 
Style: 10 (plenty of colors and classic design)
Comfort: 10 (can be worn all day without ever having to tug them)
Fit: 10 (a great stretch to the pouch makes for a wonderful and “barely-there” comfortable fit)
Quality/Construction: 10 (may be subject to stretching, but only after countless wears and washes)
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