Save 25 Percent During Our Memorial Day Weekend Sale

Just a quick note to those of you reading through your RSS readers: we’ve just finished putting up our Memorial Day Weekend sale. Clever, Ed Hardy, and Artificial Flavor are all 25 percent off now through the weekend. Also, the Kyle line continues to enjoy 25 percent off savings. Also still on sale is the DKNY Eco-Tech line.

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This is our first time putting Ed Hardy on sale since we started carrying the line. If you’ve never tried it before, then this sale is a great chance to add some high-quality underwear to your collection. Check out the Tiger Hip Brief; it’s gotten good reviews by underwear gurus around the Web.

Be sure to check the Sale Items page as well as our Last Chance Closeouts page, where you can get deep discounts on items that we’re trying to move out of our warehouse.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Selecting the Right Men’s Underwear

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Selecting the right underwear isn’t as hard as it may seem, but finding information about different men’s underwear styles and fabrics can be difficult because it isn’t something that most people frequently talk about. For you lucky readers, however, we’ll share a thing or two that we’ve learned from running a men’s underwear store.

Do you even need help choosing?

If you’ve found a brand, style, and fit that you like to wear, then go ahead and skip over this article. Stick with what you like–if you want to try something different, try a new color or pattern. We’re always getting the latest fashions and colors in stock. By adding our “New Products” feed to your RSS reader, you’ll always be the first to know when new inventory arrives.

If you like the freedom of boxers, then this article might not be for you, either. Some guys like to hang loose, and other guys need the free leg movement afforded by boxers. That added agility comes at the expense of support, however, and if you need your underwear to provide at least some support for your goods, then keep on reading.

If you have no idea what underwear to buy or have been buying Fruit of the Loom’s by the gross for the past decade because that’s what you’ve always worn, then we’ve written this article just for you. All you have to do is answer a few simple questions.

How tall are you?

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This may seem like an odd way to pick an underwear style, but the question is simple enough, and so is the consequence of your answer: shorter guys obviously need less fabric to cover their assets than taller guys.

If you’re over 6′, you’ll find that boxer briefs–not trunks, pouch briefs, or low-rise briefs–are made for you. This is especially true if you’re over 6’4”. Don’t worry about losing that low-rise style that the shorter kids enjoy; a boxer brief on a tall guy will fit similarly to a trunk on a shorter man. If you are tall and put on some trunks, you may find that your rear isn’t covered or the fit just isn’t right. (If you’ve ever bought a large T-shirt because you need the length to accommodate your torso but find that the shirt is as wide as a trash bag, then you’ve experienced a similar type of problem. Trust us on this one–boxer briefs are your friend.)

If you’re like most of us (5’9” here) and are under 6′, you will find that low-rise trunks and low-rise briefs will fit you perfectly and make you feel great. If you’re right on the 6′ border, try a regular trunk (but be cautious of the low-rise variety).

Do you need athletic support? A sexy profile?

Choosing among boxers, boxer briefs, and trunks seems simple enough. But who would want to wear a thong or a jock strap? These styles obviously don’t fit into our selection method based on your height. Instead, these satisfy distinct needs that different guys might be looking out for.

Jock straps are really designed for guys who want extra support for the gym. Alternatively, some guys wear them just because they’re sexy, and few things are more masculine than a jock strap. Thongs elevate this feeling to a new level. You’ll just have to try a pair to see what you think.

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What about extra room?

After you’ve selected a style, the next important decision that you’ll have to make is whether or not you’d like a pair of underwear that has a pouch. A pouch is designed to give extra room up front. If you’re a “show-er” or a guy with bigger equipment, then you’ll find that the extra room in pouch underwear makes for more comfort and a better fit.

There’s nothing wrong with not needing the pouch; it’s a simple matter of figuring out what fits best for your geometry. If you choose a pouch variety when you don’t need it, you may find that it doesn’t provide the support you need and leaves you with an unattractive, baggy appearance in front. To that effect, we carry our own line of underwear that lets you choose your unique pouch size, and it’s inexpensively priced to boot.

What kind of fabrics do you like?

You probably haven’t given much thought to the fabric content of your underwear before. Some people don’t even seem to realize that underwear is available in fabrics other than cotton! Cotton is a great, natural fabric that is widely used and enjoyed by men around the world for its comfort and simplicity, but it’s important to realize what other options are now available.

In recent years, some underwear brands–most notably C-IN2–have introduced fabrics that originate from bamboo, and it’s not the painful, splintery death that you might first imagine; instead, it’s a light, natural fabric that is soft and provides all-day comfort. If you’re just making your first steps away from cotton, then we definitely recommend that you check out the bamboo options that we have available.

If you’re planning on wearing your new underwear to the gym or on a jog, look for fabrics such as spandex or, less commonly, polyester. Spandex can be a little confusing because the same material is known around the world by different terms and brand names: spandex, Lycra, Dorlastan, elastane, Linel, and Elaspan are all closely related and for all intents and purposes are the same thing. The fabric is very strechy, light, and durable. Importantly, it also resists staining from body sweat, so you can avoid those evil-looking yellow armpit stains that form on your favorite cotton T-shirt. These high performance fabrics can help wick away moisture, too, keeping you dry while you’re doing your daily workout.

Never give up

If all else fails, try several different products. Snatch up a pair from our closeout page to give yourself an idea of what works better for your body type. Obviously, men have all kinds of different body types, and there are many different underwear types as a result. It may take a few tries, but you’ll eventually find something that you like.

Let us know if this helps you. Got a tip that you’d like us to share with our customers? Send an e-mail to info@skiviez.com.

New C-IN2 Bamboo Underwear Coming Soon

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Starting around the first of June, C-IN2 will re-launch Bamboo, their wildly popular line of men’s underwear. This new bamboo underwear features an updated logo waistband that prominently displays the C-IN2 logo. It’s also designed to wash and wear better.

The updated fabric now features a blend of 30% cotton and 70% bamboo. This combination adds more structure to the fabric and makes it last longer and feel better. Not to be outdone by the new fabric, the updated “trophy shelf design” enhances the look and shape of your package making it noticeably fuller.

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The new bamboo will have an updated slider brief, a new slim cut trunk called the “punt,” an army trunk, and a new jock strap. All styles are updated and better than ever. Be sure to sign up for our email list–as soon as the new Bamboo lands in our warehouse, we’ll send out an e-mail notification.

How to Wear C-IN2 Sling Support Underwear

If you had told me several years ago that I would one day be writing an article about how to properly wear C-IN2 sling support underwear, then I would have immediately asked you three questions:

  • Are you out of your mind?
  • Why would I ever do such a thing?
  • What in blue tarnations is “sling support underwear” and why and how would I wear it?

While the answer to the first two questions still eludes me, I’ll be answering one of Skiviez’s most top-asked questions today: how to actually put on and wear C-IN2′s sling support underwear. Don’t be embarrassed by the fact that the usually quite simple act of wearing underwear has now defeated you–quite a few of our customers are positively mystified by the intimidating strap.

But first, let’s talk a bit about the sling support line in general and what it’s meant to do.

Wherefore “Sling Support”?

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The esoteric diagram to your right is the same diagram that is printed within every box of the C-IN2 sling support line. The idea is that the adjustable strap will pull your package up and out, giving you that Wonderbra-like “Huzzah!” needed to make your naughty bits comfortably noticeable without being absurd nor obscene.

You just wrap the strap around your scrotum and the base of your penis and adjust the strap, much like one would adjust a belt buckle. Tightening the strap pulls your entire sexual array to higher elevations, much like how Popeye hoists the piano via a rope and pulley in the old cartoons.

But, considering how attached you probably are to these parts of your body and your general unwillingness to experiment, and given that the strap apparatus is deceptively complex, that strap adjustment is easier said than done. You might be tempted to just snip out the strap, shove a banana down your pants, and call it a day. But perhaps a how-to guide will help.

How to Wear C-IN2 Sling Support Underwear

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I’m in the boat with you–prior to this morning, I had never actually tried wearing any of C-IN2′s sling support line.

One of the first things that will strike you when you inspect the underwear is that the strap isn’t adjustable in the sense of adjusting a lap belt in your car; that is, the adjuster doesn’t slide back and forth. Instead, the strap loops around and is secured by a plastic button. The strap has several slits that you can choose from.

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  1. First, put on the underwear like you normally would. I’m assuming that you can handle this: put your legs through the leg holes and pull up.
  2. The underwear comes with the button already secured to the strap in a middle-of-the-road position. Grab the strap and stretch it so that you can shove your bits through the loop created by the button.
  3. “That tingling feeling means it’s working.” No, wait, this isn’t Icy Hot–that tingling feeling means that it’s too tight, and you’ve created a cock ring instead of sling support. If you’re into that, that’s fine, but let’s try loosening it up a smidge.
  4. To loosen the strap, remove the plastic button by stretching the strap’s slits around the edge of the button. (The fabric might “crunch” as you do this, but don’t worry; it’s pretty hard to tear.) To move up or down a size, cross the corresponding slits on each side of the strap and then re-insert the button. For example, to use the smallest size, then you’d make sure that the sixth slit on the left side crosses the sixth slit on the right side and then you’d insert the button. Check the “default position” diagram above. Which slit you choose is entirely up to your comfort level and preferences.

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If you ever get tangled and confused about how the strap should lay, place the underwear front-side down on a table. The strap should look like an inverted “Support Our Troops” ribbon; finished side up, crossed in the middle, folded underneath at the bottom.

And there you have it. I hope that I’ve managed to answer your questions about how to properly wear the sling support underwear. Why not give a pair a try today? In the best case, you’ll enhance your appearance. And in the worst, it’ll build character, and you can always snip out the strap with scissors and enjoy the larger-than-normal pouch size. Good luck!

2xist Fusion Has Arrived At Skiviez

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2(x)ist Fusion has just arrived here at Skiviez! We have the new 2xist Fusion No Show Brief, 2xist Fusion Trunk, 2xist Fusion Tank, and the sexy 2xist Fusion Sport Brief. These are available in three hot new colors including crimson, black, and smoke.

2xist underwear has always combined sexy style and color into all of their men’s underwear and this line is no different. The fusions of different colors combined with a unique waistband, retro styling, and modern day fabrics make this underwear stand out from the rest.

The microfiber is made from polyester and nylon and gives them stretch and comfort. The no show brief, sport brief, and trunk all feature a pouch front for extra comfort as well.

If you’re looking for what’s hot this summer in the world of underwear, don’t skip over 2xist Fusion. It’s sure to be the hottest thing in men’s underwear this summer.

C-IN2 Spring 2008 Prints are Here, Stay Tuned for Pop Colors

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As we mentioned earlier in the week, the C-IN2 Spring 2008 prints have arrived! We’ve worked double-time to check them into inventory quickly so that you all can get them before anybody else over the weekend.

We’ve got the “cubed” pattern and the “hatch” pattern, each of which comes in three unique colors. They’re a bit more subdued if you’re used to the bright colors of last fall’s honeycomb and brazuca patterns, but they still look great. Check out the C-IN2 collection now! We think that the cubed trunk is going to be an especially great seller.

All of the C-IN2 Bamboo line is still on a 30% clearance sale, by the way. We’ve got to clear out inventory at these great discounts because the line’s being totally re-done this summer.

Why is C-IN2 Bamboo on Clearance

In late May, C-IN2 is totally re-doing their Bamboo line. This change includes new colors and new styles, so we’ve got to clear out our current inventory. Now’s a great time to stock up on Bamboo underwear because once these in-stock styles are gone, they’re gone forever.

The new Bamboo line will feature a blend that includes slightly more cotton so that it holds it shape better. The new style also features a larger logo waistband to show off just how much you love your C-IN2 underwear.

Expect to start filling up your underwear drawer in late May or early June with the all-new C-IN2 Bamboo line. Check this blog regularly for updates!

New C-IN2 Colors and Prints Coming This May

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We’ll be getting in several new lines from C-IN2 in May. We’ll have the Spring 2008 pop colors. This season, the colors are “infinity blue,” “new fatigue,” “orange cream,” and “hot pink.” They’ll be offered in the low no show brief and army trunk both with and without C-IN2′s patented sling support technology. You’ll also be able to get these colors in jocks and a square neck tank.

Also coming this month are two new patterns. The hatch print will be available in the no-show brief (both with and without sling support), the army trunk, and the jock. These will be available in dark orange, dark “infinity” blue, and dark pink. The cubed print will be available in light fatigue, light chartreuse, and light “infinity” blue. We think the cool 3-D effect of this pattern will make it sell out quickly. The cubed print will be offered in the no show brief (both with and without sling support), the army trunk, and the jock.

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If that’s not enough to fill your underwear drawer, C-IN2 also has new items in the Vice Versa line coming this May. The heathery colors will be “tobacco,” “infinity blue,” and “rusty.” They’ll be available in the low no-show brief, army trunk, square trank, and deep v-neck t-shirt. Along for the ride will be the return of ever popular runner boxer!

All colors and patterns will only be available for a short period. Make sure that you’re on our e-mail list or subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed to know when we get them in stock so you can pick up your favorite before it’s too late.

Welcome to the new Skiviez Web site!

You may have noticed a few changes on our Web site. We’ve been listening to your feedback over the past year, and we’re excited to unveil the latest revision of our Web site, which incorporates much of your feedback.

The most obvious change is a new design for the site. We think that this design makes the site easier to read and navigate since we’ve removed a lot of clutter and lines from the interface.

Another major improvement is a simplified and streamlined checkout process. We admit that the old checkout process could be a little confusing–depending on whether or not you were a new customer or a returning one, you saw a different sequence of checkout pages. And many people didn’t like being asked to log into their account straight out of the gate. We feel we’ve addressed both of these issues in the new checkout, which we think is faster, simpler, and easier to understand.

You asked for alternative forms of payment, so we’ve added PayPal as a payment option. Even though we store all customer and payment information in a secure environment according to industry-accepted standards, we understand that some customers can get nervous over the idea. When you use PayPal, all of your financial information stays at PayPal, and you save time because you don’t have to re-enter all of that information on our Web site.

We’ve also made a boatload of small improvements to various areas of the site. These changes include prominently displaying fabric compositions and origin information on product pages and displaying discontinued products within search results. We’ve also added this blog, which we’ll use to let you know about Web site upgrades as well as upcoming sales. We’ll also answer some questions that our customers commonly ask us, such as why a particular product is so frequently backordered.

Finally, we’ve made a host of behind-the-scenes technical improvements to the site. While you can’t directly see the results of these changes, you’ll notice an overall performance increase in the Web site.

If you have any questions or are experiencing a problem, please contact us. Have questions about some of these changes, or have some ideas for a future revision? Send us feedback, or shoot an e-mail over to info@skiviez.com.