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)