I found Ballistic Menswear because a photographer tweeted about the Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-based brand. Ballistic has underwear for sale now, but the brand plans to offer swimwear and gym wear for sale in the future.
Author’s note: I wrote a blog post about Kyle Hynick, a model who is from Halifax.
Ballistic sells briefs and two types of boxer briefs: mesh and athletic. The size charts from Ballistic underwear is located conveniently on the product page.
The fabric composition (for the briefs and mesh boxer briefs) is 95 percent bamboo viscose and 5 percent Spandex. The boxer briefs have a mesh panel in the front; the athletic boxer briefs have solid fabric.
For the athletic boxer briefs, the fabric composition is 95 percent Polyester and 5 percent Spandex.
(Note: To read more about the styles and types of men’s underwear, read another blog post for more information.)
Ballistic Menswear uses Canada Post and DHL (outside Canada).
When I published this post, the brand accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal.
Ballistic Menswear daily underwear, with a little bit of daring (with the mesh underwear versions). With the nice selection of colors and good size range, many guys can find something they like.
Perhaps you are a newbie Crossfit enthusiast preparing for your first WOD, or you are a skilled Crossfit athlete seeking to find the best men’s shorts that will be as tough as you perform your exercise movements. This article will explain the various types of Crossfit shorts that are on the market.
WOD or Box Shorts Are Just Gym Workout Shorts
According to the wodhopper website, a Crossfit box is a gym that affiliates with Crossfit. An affiliated gym must have Crossfit-certified trainers on site. WOD in Crossfit stands for workout of the day. As each gym is independent, the workout emphasis varies from gym to gym.
According to Invictus Fitness, Crossfit gyms typically “post one workout each day for their members and online followers to complete.” So box shorts or wod shorts are essentially gym shorts.
For a reflection of a new person starting Crossfit from mens physique, read a blog article about Tom Seed.
Crossfit Shorts that Will Work as Hard as You During Your WOD
Crossfit uses functional movements. As a result, shorts that allow you to achieve the full range of motion is the best. You have a range of shorts from which to select your favorite.
Several brands create Crossfit shorts, including Nike, No Bull, Reebok, Ten Thousand, and Rogue.
Crossfit Board Shorts
In this blog, I wrote an article for board shorts in mens physique competitions. The board shorts there are closer to the leg. For Crossfit, the board shorts have a wider leg opening given the demands of the Crossfit WOD. For example, see the Reebok board shorts; the shorts have a wide leg opening that could suit demanding leg-focused exercise movements. Reebok’s board shorts have pockets.
The Rogue brand also has a board shorts option available. The board shorts, like the Reebok, have a pocket.
Crossfit Cordura Shorts
What is Cordura?
Cordura is a trademarked brand name for a fabric that INVICTA (a subsidiary of Koch Industries) manufactures. The synthetic fabric is available for civilian use. Cordura can withstand abrasions, is generally water repellent and flame resistant. Read more about Cordura at Sailrite’s website.
I was not able to find any shorts with Cordura. If the reader finds one, please let me know in the comments.
Crossfit Kevlar Shorts
What is Kevlar?
Kevlar is a trademarked brand name for a synthetic fabric known best for its use in bullet-resistant body armor. Kevlar’s creator is Stephanie Kwolek, and DuPont owns the trademark. Kevlar is cut and puncture resistant and flame resistant.
Why is Kevlar used in Crossfit shorts? The workouts can be demanding, but not to the extent of needing Kevlar’s strengths. I was not able to find any shorts with Kevlar. If the reader finds one, please let me know in the comments.
Crossfit Compression Shorts
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Considering the functional exercise moves in Crossfit, a compression short is available. The use of compression shorts is wide in fitness. Ten Thousand’s Tactical Short can incorporate an optional compression liner in the shorts. The Interval shorts also have pockets.
There is a compression short that is a separate item, such as the one from No Bull.
Crossfit Fight Shorts
The Rogue brand offers a fight short for MMA fights, Crossfit WODs, and gym workouts. The fight shorts have a velcro closure. The Rogue fight short has a side zipper pocket.
What to Wear under Crossfit Shorts?
Given the amount of movement with this activity, briefs, boxer briefs, or compression shorts would work well. Some shorts, like the Interval Shorts discussed above, can incorporate a compression liner under the top shell of the shorts.
The Underwear Expert did a video several years ago asking Crossfit athletes about their underwear preference.
This article has covered the shorts available to the new and experienced Crossfit athlete. The fabrics of the shorts will sustain rough treatment during challenging WODs.
Also, Crossfit shorts have a place in the athleisure category, with most of the shorts having pockets.
Any of the shorts featured are your favorite? Please let me know in the comments.
In August 2020, Box Menswear released 4 new underwear styles. One was a new version of the King Fit boxer, the Evo version. Three other styles were more bold selections within the well-searched and competitive men’s lingerie category:
All over lace boxers
The new range is a departure from the current range of men’s underwear available for sale at Box. Based on the number of people searching for items in the men’s lingerie category, it is a good bet. The available sizes for the new range are XS to XXL. (Further details are below in this article.)
Note: At the time that this post was published, the new items are available for pre-order.
Other New Items
In addition to these new items, I have learned that there are other new releases, for example, new colors for the king fit boxer brief as well as shorts. (Further details are below in this article.)
Presenting Matt Luscious and Photographer Paul Jamnicky
In viewing Box Menswear’s Instagram pages, I saw previews of the new range. Photographer Paul Jamnicky and Canadian fitness model Matt Luscious created images, with Matt wearing the new range. Both men posted photos on their respective Instagram pages.
In October 2020, Matt competed in his first classic physique competition.
In 2021, Matt moved to New Brunswick, Canada.
Aaron Connor Mead and Photographer Paul Jamnicky
Also on Paul’s Instagram is another model wearing Box Menswear clothing–Aaron Connor Mead. Aaron is a college student on Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Box Menswear’s New 2020 Additions
King Fit Boxer Briefs (Pink, Powder Blue)
The King Fit boxer briefs are a popular style at Box. The company added new color options: pink and powder blue.
New Selections for Shorts
Box also added new shorts in the 2020 range, including compression shorts and retro thigh cut shorts. (See the full selection on the Box website.)
King Fit Boxer Briefs, Evo
.With the new Evo version, there are several changes from the current version. The first is the bigger waistband with larger lettering for the brand. According to the brand description, the Evo is made of cotton fabric.
(The current king fit boxers have a fabric composition of Body: 96 percent bamboo viscose, 4 percent elastane; vent: 88 percent polyamide, 12 percent Spandex.)
The Evo features more room in the front as well. The Evo only comes in one color, nude (appears to be a beige color).
The suspender jock is a new addition to Box’s jockstraps range. The suspender jock, like the king fit Evo, features a bigger waistband with the larger typeface of the brand. The styling of the jockstrap is different in two ways:
The rear of the jockstrap has more straps, the usual two at the rear but bigger and more elastic grip. There are two vertical straps are each side.
The front of the jockstrap has a blue fabric panel, with an opening at the top.
The overall look is strong yet more-revealing. You can see more images (NSFW) on the website.
The G-string is a more-revealing brief style. The only real fabric covering with the g-string is the front, which is a thin, see-through material. There are thin straps that have the brand name which holds the g-string on the body.
You can see more images (NSFW) on the Box Menswear website.
All Over Lace Boxers
With the lace boxers, the wearer gets fabric coverage like a boxer brief, but the fishnet-style solid fabric is see-through. The styling is similar to the new king fit Evo style discussed above.
With the suspender jock, g-string, and lace boxers, Box Menswear has made its entry into the men’s lingerie market. After glancing at the search traffic numbers, the category has high interest and many brands trying to fulfill the wants of the people in this market.
Perhaps, you want to add some variety to your underwear selections. Check out what Box has to offer.
Have an interest in men’s lingerie? If so, leave a comment as to your favorite styles in the comments. If there are styles that are not widely available, but you think should be, let us know of the rare or missing styles in the comment section.
I placed an order through the store associated with the Men and Underwear blog. I have been a longtime fan of the blog, so I knew the blog had a store associated with it. The blog is based in Greece and sells Walking Jack, a brand also based in Greece.
As Men and Underwear, the shop, is located in Greece, the prices are in euros. I paid through PayPal, which performs the currency exchange.
My order: Walking Jack and Bluebuck
I ordered a Bluebird Collection trunk (23 euros) and two of the trunks in the Fern Print Collection (25 euros). Separately, I had been looking at the brick trunk by Bluebuck (29 euros), a brand based in the United Kingdom. I decided to include it in the order.
Delivery through DHL
For delivery, I chose DHL, a more-expensive delivery option (18 euros). Given the distance between Greece and the United States, I preferred the shorter delivery time, with location tracking. I ordered on July 14 and I received the package through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on July 18. (DHL delivered to its District of Columbia office and then used the USPS to deliver to my home through Priority Mail.)
My order arrived in a yellow and white DHL plastic envelope, with four packages inside. There was also a small bag of gummy bear candy in the envelope. The Walking Jack underwear was packed inside dark blue envelopes and the Bluebuck came inside a recyclable clear bag.
The Walking Jack underwear. The Fern Print collection has a fabric composition of 90 percent polyester and 10 percent Elastane. The fabric feels really soft and the stitching is neat. The Fern Print trunk almost has a boxer-brief type fit, which is perfect for me.
The Bluebird collection also has excellent production quality and a soft feel to the fabric. The Bluebird is slightly shorter than the fern print and has a snug fit. The amount of stretch is on point.
I had a concern that the underwear would be smaller than the size shown. With relief, this was not an issue. The size I picked fit well.
Walking Jack underwear is made in Portugal.
Bluebuck uses recycled polyester in its fabric. The fabric composition is 46 percent cotton, 46 percent polyester—from plastic recovered from the ocean (material by Seaqual), and 8 percent Elastane. The Bluebuck trunks are lightweight, have a nice color and a soft feel. The trunks fit well. The lighter fabric is perfect for hot, summer days.
Like Walking Jack, Bluebuck underwear is made in Portugal.
I have been a reader and fan of Men and Underwear for many years. I had pages saved on my internet browser of underwear that I wanted to try. With trying out Walking Jack, I was able to try out the store associated with the blog and to add in one from my saved list to my order.
I am impressed with the quality of Walking Jack and Bluebuck, and I am happy with my purchase. If you are looking for new brands to try out, I recommend both. Check out my blog post on the Bluebird Collection.
Let me know your favorite brands by email or in the comment section.
Walking Jack is an underwear brand based in Greece. The underwear is designed in Greece and made in Portugal. The brand applies a modern take on classic men’s underwear. The Bluebird is available in the following styles: trunk, brief, and solid brief.
I am a fan of blue and the underwear looks great. I am interested in trying on a pair of the trunk style. (See another post with my personal review.)
Bluebird Collection Photo Campaign
Walking Jack had a photo shoot for its Bluebird Collection. The model was Roger Zacha, a physiotherapy student in the Netherlands. The photographer was Louis C. The photos were taken in Cyprus.
Walking Jack’s Bluebird Collection
Walking Jack’s Bluebird Collection offers an all-blue design, with a fabric composition of 95 percent cotton and 5 percent Elastane. Also, underwear in the Bluebird Collection offers a longer waistband and a lined pouch.
The underwear is suitable for the gym and daily wear, an indication that the underwear can be worn to work and school as well as to a workout (gym or at home).
Walking Jack has a wide variety of sizes from Small (27-29 in or 70-75 cm) to XXL (36-39 in or 91-99 cm).
Walking Jack delivers worldwide. I live in the United States. According to Walking Jack’s website, I would be in zone 4. The shipping fee would be 6.50 euros (registered post) for an expected delivery time of 10 to 14 business days or 20 euros for an expected delivery time of 2 to 4 business days. As I use the U.S. dollar, there is an international currency exchange element.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delivery can be affected. Walking Jack provides a delivery advisory for customers to review.
The Bluebird Collection is a great new addition to Walking Jack’s product lineup. The shade of blue selected for the collection is on point.
If you are looking for something new to add to your wardrobe, consider the Bluebird Collection.
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Note: This story is based on observations in a pre-pandemic New York City. May we recover from this pandemic experience, so that we will be able to scale back up with deliberate care–over time–to pre-pandemic levels.
One-time fitness model and personal trainer Kyle Hynick posted some photographs from his photoshoot with New York-based Photographer Jade Young seemingly in Times Square in New York City. The backdrop had people there who appeared not to be looking at a dude posing for photographs in his Calvin Klein underwear. The people essentially appeared to be fully engaged in doing tourist things. Initially, I thought that the background of Times Square was a creation of photo editing.
My thought was not correct. A commentator on Kyle’s photos stated that the commenter viewed Kyle’s photoshoot in person. I was immediately intrigued. Of course, physique competitors seek the limelight and can pose their well-trained and dieted physiques on stage in front of an audience. Posing a physique on a public stage is just a matter of scale.
I discovered that another model, Tyson Dayley, a WBFF pro fitness model, also had a photoshoot in Times Square. In his photos and video that he posted on Instagram, however, the people in the background also were taking photos of Tyson. People were sitting close by.
Times Square, Manhattan, New York City. What draws Photographer Jade Young there? Why a male in underwear appears to be an unsurprising sight? I did a quick Internet search on the history of Times Square to find out.
Times Square: from Gritty to Upscale Tourist Destination and Corporate Location
Times Square, a tourist destination and business area, was once home to adult films and gritty culture. There is a blog post on the history and transformation of Times Square at the Times Square District Management Association website.
Times Square and Calvin Klein Underwear
In Photographer Jade Young’s photos in Times Square, at times the models wear Calvin Klein underwear. There is a connection between Calvin Klein underwear and Times Square: the billboard ads for the underwear brand made history there.
In 1982, Calvin Klein had a billboard ad with Olympic athlete Tom Hintnaus in Times Square. The photographer was Bruce Weber. According to a New York Timesarticle, the billboard ad stopped traffic.
Since then, Calvin Klein ads pushed underwear advertising forward, including the next model, Mark Wahlberg. Following Mark Wahlberg, other models became famous after being featured in a Calvin Klein underwear ad. The New York Times published another article about another former Calvin Klein model, Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Also in Times Square, is a guy who has made a lot of money walking around Times Square in cowboy boots and underwear, the “Naked Cowboy“. Freshpair’s National Underwear Day, August 5, had a runway show in Times Square.
Jade Young and Times Square Photoshoots
When the Calvin Klein ads first appeared, high-speed Internet or social media sites did not exist. But that history seems to have had some influence on fitness models and influencers, who often feature underwear or men’s clothing brands in their social media posts.
In addition, there are more underwear brands in the market. Still, Calvin Klein, now part of PVH Corporation, remains a strong market player in underwear.
Jade Young now also takes photoshoots in Times Square with men in underwear in person rather than in a billboard photograph. I think the transition also humanizes the model as you could interact with the model and the photographer and perhaps even get an autograph. Formerly, you only could look up at a huge billboard ad.
Jade Young and Kyle Hynick
Kyle Hynick, featured on this blog, posted several photos from Times Square.
Jade Young and Tyson Dayley
Tyson Dayley, a pro fitness model and fitness influencer, also posted photos and videos taken in Times Square.
When I looked at Jade Young’s photos of models in Times Square, I did not expect that it would lead to a blog post. But the notion of posing in public so openly was an attention grabber. When doing research and finding articles that traced a story, my old journalistic love for a story was reawakened. I could not resist.
How interesting that a Calvin Klein ad pushed the mainstream culture forward as well as developed many new underwear brands. Despite that, Calvin Klein remains a market force.
If you notice any Instagram posts with other fitness models in Times Square, please leave a comment with the link.
When Kyle posted these photos on Instagram, I thought they were a photomontage. (No one in the crowds of people is looking at him.) Nevertheless, the 2019 photos are really in Times Square, New York City. Someone who saw him there wrote a comment. The photographer is Jade Young.
Check out a related blog post on Times Square, Calvin Klein billboard ads and today’s fitness influencers.
Author’s note: Some of Kyle’s photos with Jade were featured in DNA Magazine.
Workout Transformation; A One-Time YouTuber
In doing a search on YouTube, I found that Kyle had been a fitness YouTuber starting about 8 years ago. At the time, Kyle was focused more on bodybuilding. A transformation video received 2.3 million views in 2013, according to an interview of Kyle in a Canadian newspaper.
Mens Physique, Classic Physique, and Bodybuilding
In mens physique, the contestants wear board shorts and do semi-flexed body poses. The emphasis is on overall physique not muscularity. The categories are determined by height. According to the Canadian Physique Alliance, contestants are rated on the following criteria:
While at the Texas Box Menswear photoshoot, Kyle was in pre-contest condition. In October 2019, after the Texas photoshoot, Kyle competed in and won the novice mens physique division at the 2019 St. John Fall Classic in Canada. Kyle had some photos from the contest period.
In early 2019, Kyle was in New York for a photo shoot for Box Menswear, with Photographer Jade Young. Also, at that photo shoot was New York-based model Josh Riquelme. In July 2020, DNA Magazine featured some of the images from Kyle’s photo shoot with Jade.
In November 2020, Kyle was featured in an advertorial in Attitude Magazine for Box.
Later in 2019, Kyle was in Texas for the 2019 Box Menswear photo shoot. (Josh Riquelme was also at this photoshoot.)
In July 2020, Kyle traveled to Puerto Rico for a photo shoot with Photographer Michael A. Downs.
In early 2020, before the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Kyle went to Miami, Florida for a photoshoot with Michael.
Kyle got some great images while he was in Florida.
While Kyle was in Miami, he also did a photoshoot with Photographer Luis Rafael. Again, Kyle created amazing images with his photographer.
While Kyle was in Miami, he also did a photoshoot with Photographer Mark Jenkins.
While in Florida, Kyle did a photo shoot with Photographer Steven Schmidt. Photographer Schmidt mentioned that Seth Holbrook connected him with Kyle. I have noticed how the models from the Box Menswear photo shoot in Texas have supported each other.
In addition, Kyle worked with Photographer Stevan Reyes in Florida.
Kyle has been involved in fitness and modeling for many years. He had a great physique foundation to build upon to achieve his current physique.
I look forward to continuing to seeing more of Kyle’s work.
Valentine’s Day is a holiday where love is celebrated. The holiday celebrates the relationship with your loved one (or maybe you are getting ready for a great relationship) with food, chocolate, and so on.
Some selections from Box Menswear can also assist you find men’s underwear for Valentine’s Day to present your best self not only for Valentine’s Day but for the rest of the year.
Unrelated to my social media work with Box Menswear, I decided to place a self-paid order to get a feel for the ordering and receiving clothes. The stages I went through were selecting and ordering clothes, selecting delivery option, and then receiving and trying on the clothes at home.
During my social media work, there were some clothes that I wanted to try: the lounge (bed) shorts, the king fit boxers (black), and the peach boxers. I read the product descriptions, looked at the photos (many of the models are muscular men; I am not right now (maybe one day :)) to see how the clothes fit (also at the Box Instagram page where customers (wider range of physiques) post their photos), as well as how to care for the clothes.
I placed my order for the items I wanted. When offered a mystery box (later discovered to be one of the following: jockstrap, briefs, king fit boxers, socks, and sports shorts (see discussion below)), I accepted and added it to the order.
The overall cost was not too high but quite more for a first order without being able to feel the fabric in my hands.
Delivery–to the United States
Box Menswear is based in the United Kingdom. As I live in the United States, I have found that international packages tend to get stuck in customs. Being a Black Friday special, there was delivery special fee to the United States US$5.99 for 5-8 business days (Landmark Global shipping) and another with DHL for US$17.99 for 1-3 business days.
I chose the cheaper version, even though I knew about the specific customs issues. While the wait was not overly long, I think I would pay the extra US$12 for the DHL shipping for more-certain tracking and quicker delivery. The Landmark Global option did have tracking information, but there were days in which the information was not updated.
I placed the order on 30-November-2019 and received it on 16-December-2019.
I received a grey envelope with 2 smaller packages of red boxes. One box had my order and the other was the mystery box.
My selections: lounge shorts, king fit boxers, and peach boxers
The photos posted on Instagram and on the website provide good images for how the shorts look and fit. They are comfortable and soft. Great for bedtime and as well as spending time relaxing at home.
King fit boxers
The boxers are the long 6-inch inseam version, which covers the whole thigh on me. They should not ride up. The fabric feels great on the skin.
I have gotten used to a shorter inseam (mid-thigh length), but I will see how the king fit works on a typical workday.
I think I will love wearing them; they felt fantastic when I tried them on for fit.
I selected these boxers because of the orange color. The color is more light orange that what they appear in photos. The cotton fabric is soft, though not as soft as the king fit, which is made mostly of bamboo viscose. In addition, the peach boxers have seams on the rear while the king fit boxer does not have any rear seams.
While the stitching looks that it may be uncomfortable to wear, they do not pose any problems when I tried them on.
Overall, while I do not regret trying the peach boxers (and I will wear them), I will probably concentrate on the king fit boxers for future purchases.
The mystery box: jockstrap, briefs, sport shorts, king fit boxers (white), sport socks
A little background
The mystery box was a mix of pros and cons for me. I was able to see other Box product that I did not select. However, some items pushed me out of my comfort zone.
I tend to be a fashion conservative when it comes to underwear. I used to be a black boxers guy. Just wait for the holiday sales of a large underwear competitor and stock up on all the black boxers versions. Recently, I have selected more colors, which is good.
Winners: socks, king fit boxers, sports shorts
The mystery box had the shorts that I wanted to try as well as the king fit boxers (white) and socks.
The sports shorts are thin and light. I could see them being more like a more-fitted lounge short or another version of boxer shorts.
The socks are mid-calf length and are black and white. The socks are comfortable and have the right amount of elasticity.
The king fit boxers in white are like the black king fit boxers that I reviewed above. White is a non-forgiving color, so I hesitate in buying anything white except t-shirts and dress shirts. Again, recall, I am used to buying all-black underwear as well (smile).
Nonstarters: jockstrap and briefs
In the box was a pair of jockstraps and for styling, my past still has a strong effect on the present. The jockstrap is a huge step forward. While the fabric felt good, the styling felt too forward. The briefs do not look right on my physique.
I am happy with my purchase, especially the lounge shorts. For delivery, I think that for living in the United States, I would pay more for quicker shipping to accommodate the customs processing time.
Despite the mystery box having items I did not want, the items which were included in the box (and I liked) were worth the price paid. (Maybe I will try the jockstrap one day.)