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Quality has suffered over time. Does not last or fit as well as earlier versions of the product.
on November 22, 2013
Fit: Tight. They're compression shorts. Of course they're tight. Maybe a little tighter than previous versions of this product.
Performance: Unreal. They wick away sweat from the hottest, sweatiest part of a man's body. If you're curious, get a pair. You will not be disappointed.
Quality: Lacking. If you're biking/running/walking in them 4-5 days a week, you'll have to replace them in six months or less. I'm not aware of a better performing product.
When I first bought these, in 2011, I would have given them six stars. They're amazing. They're life-changing. However, the "Under Armour Men's HeatGear® Compression" underpants product line has changed over time. It was once a sturdy product with heavy cloth waistband, crazy-strong stitching on the seams, and lasted years. The current generation is flimsy in comparison. I'm now retiring shorts I bought in early 2012, along side ones I bought in mid-2013. The product I bought in 2011/2012 for $30 a pair (B001EN027S is unavailable. The current generation of this product performs well, but does not last. All the awesome things you read in the other reviews are true, but not for long. The inner thigh seams tear after six months of exercise (treadmill or biking 4-5 days a week).
I compared a new pair with an old pair and noted the following differences:
-The fabric is lighter and thinner.
-The waistband is lighter and thinner.
-The stitching in the new pairs are uneven. The seams on the inner thigh are not symmetrical.
-The new pair does NOT have a pouch to put an athletic supporter. The old one does.
-Both pairs have a rectangle of material, dead center where the inner seams meet. Think of it as a little shelf for your family jewels. Gives them some space. On the new pair, this rectangle is much smaller and oriented back-to-front. On the older pair, it is much larger and oriented left to right. The result is, the new pair is much tighter in the crotch. Also, because there's less fabric, they can expose your inner thighs and result in chafing. I have to continually hike them up when I'm on the treadmill.
It seems the fundamental difference between the old product and the new product is the lack of pouch for an athletic supporter. Under Armour no longer offers a compression short product with an athletic supporter. [...] . The old, awesome product has been discontinued. The current sub-standard product misleadingly carries over the overwhelmingly positive reviews of the original product. As I retire the last of my originals and am left with only the new ones, I cannot recommend the product. They wear easily. The inner thigh seams split with little use. I have the chafing marks to prove it. If you want a comfortable pair of underpants, they're great. If you want a product in which you can regularly exercise, do not buy these.