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Longer legs and easier fabric care than Jockey Performance Midway Briefs
on July 15, 2014
SEE UPDATE ON 11/28/2014 BELOW CONCERNING AN IMPORTANT QUALITY CONTROL ISSUE
- ORIGINAL 5-STAR REVIEW -
There are two important things to consider when deciding between the Performance Midway Briefs and the Pouch Midway Briefs by Jockey:
1) Although the Performance Midway Briefs are clearly longer in the legs than boxer briefs (about 2 inches longer than comparably sized Jockey Pouch Boxer Briefs), they still have significantly shorter legs than those on these Jockey Pouch Midway Briefs - about 2 to 2.25 inches shorter.
Thus, the first question worth answering is: How long do you want the legs to be on your midway briefs? Should they be about 2 or 4 inches longer than the legs on a Jockey Pouch Boxer Brief? Decide and then purchase accordingly.
2) The required fabric care, laundering of the Performance Midway Briefs may not be to everyone's liking. Unlike the easy-to-care-for 100% or nearly 100% cotton briefs (wash warm, normal cycle, etc.), the Jockey Performance Midway Briefs do require some special handling: wash cold, delicate cycle, no bleach of any kind, no fabric softener, etc.
For those desiring the somewhat greater robustness and easier maintenance of a higher-content cotton garment, the Jockey Pouch Midway Brief (97% cotton with 3% Spandex and an identical H-fly) is clearly the better choice! The Jockey Staycool Midway Brief (100% cotton) is also an option, but these only come with a standard right-hand fly.
I purchased several of these Jockey Pouch Midway Briefs described here directly from Jockey on the Internet and ended up saving more than 50% over full retail during the recent July 4th sale with free shipping and free returns as well as a risk-free guarantee. The aforementioned Performance Midway Briefs by Jockey were also on sale at a substantial savings of about 43%.
If you don't have your heart set on getting specific colors (only 5 or 6 different colors were available for each size), then this may also be something that you should look into. Additional pertinent discount coupon codes are not hard to find on the Internet throughout the year.
UPDATE ON 11/28/2014 - NOW A 4-STAR REVIEW
After about 4 months of daily wear and tear and laundering as required, three (3) of these briefs have started to exhibit seam splitting at the very same location on the back of the brief. This is much to soon for this to happen and is unacceptable! Other Jockey briefs and/or t-shirts that I have purchased in the past would not develop this problem before the two-year mark was reached. At a bare minimum a useful life of 12 months should be expected. In light of this, I have reduced my star rating by one star to 4 out of 5 stars. Jockey avoids a 3 star rating for these briefs, because the company does stand behind its products: Customer Service responded immediately by e-mail to my concerns and already has sent me three free replacement pairs.
UPDATE ON 02/26/2015 - NOW A 3-STAR REVIEW
After an additional 2 pair of these pouch midway briefs have started to exhibit seam splitting in the exact same location as the previous 3 pair, I have essentially transitioned my personal preference to the most reasonable alternative midway brief by this same manufacturer, namely the Jockey Men's Performance Midway Brief (see my review).
While these Performance Midway Briefs have somewhat shorter legs and require greater care while laundering (see above), they have clearly proven to be more durable than the defective briefs being discussed here and have never exhibited any seam splitting whatsoever. I have correspondingly lowered my rating on these Jockey Men's Pouch Midway Briefs from 4 to 3 stars.
Jockey Customer Service did come through with flying colors once again by replacing these most recently defective briefs with 2 brand new pair of the more expensive performance midway briefs ($18.00 retail per pair) at no cost to me. I strongly suggest that you too consider making this switch.