REVIEW: 2(x)ist Primal


The Collection:
NAME: Primal
BOTTOMS: No-Show Brief, Trunk
COLORS: White, black

The Man
WAIST: 30″
WORN: Black No-Show Brief

The Basics:
STYLE: Ultra Contour Pouch No-Show Brief
FUNCTION: Going Out, Relaxing, Everyday
FIT: True to size
FABRIC:  88% Nylon, 12% Spandex

The Look:  From a formal standpoint, it’s kind of cool that the stippled dots of silicone used, similarly, in the Brite collection were able to serve as ersatz scales on the waistband, but as a “look” that you’d actually have to put on, we’re torn over whether this collection is a good thing or a bad thing. Regardless, it’s out of the box, and we’re all about that here at The Underwear Expert. The waistband definitely comes off as classier on the black pairs in this range than the white, but the look of both is equally exotic and s-s-s-s-sexy.

The Fit: The decision to go all in on the petroleum-based textiles has its moment of truth where the brief meets your skin, and the truth is that the fabric comes across as too slick at first. After settling in, though, the fabric provides a cool and comfortable fit. Would these hold up after an hour long work out? Probably not. These underwear are for a sexy night out, hands down. The underwear supports nicely in front and doesn’t sag in back, and in all, the placement on the waist is a comfortable, flattering placement; but this is true of 2(x)ist’s other No-Show Briefs, too.

The Construction: Top-notch. The designers at 2(x)ist are true professionals, and their simple seams and risqué cuts by now set the standard for most other brands. It’s a clever bit of construction, Primal. We wish, as we said above, though, that the fabric had been a touch softer or more breathable. Wearing the nylon/spandex blend does feel silky, like it seems to have been intended to; but overall fabric construction may have missed a beat. 

The Underwear Expert Opinion: Go ahead and get in touch with your synthetic primal side. 2(x)ist makes a well-fitting brief just about always, and Primal is no exception. The choice of fabric slightly mars the overall wearing experience, and the fake snakeskin waistband could be seen as either a failed attempt at haute fashion, or an out of the box home-run. When it comes down to it, we’re still scratching our heads — and let us be clear, that’s not a bad thing. This underwear is here to make a statement, and make a statement it truly does.