Shinesty Boxer Briefs: What I Discovered During My Try-On (Review)

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Author’s note: Shinesty sent me these Big Bang boxer briefs complimentary to review. They are not sponsoring or compensating me or this post in any other way (other than affiliate marketing), and all opinions are solely mine.

Shinesty Ball Hammock Underwear

Shinesty Modal Boxer Briefs

✅ Shinesty underwear is perfect for playful guys with a sense of humor
✅︎ Soft Modal fabric blend
✅ Optional Vertical Fly
✅ Briefs, Trunks, Boxer Briefs, and Long-leg Boxer Briefs are available
💵 $28/pair, but you can get it cheaper on a subscription plan.
⚠️ Very comfortable underwear, but read my notes on whether the pouch works as designed
⬇️ Read my full review below

I love comedy, and I have a pretty good sense of humor. I am also not shy at all when it comes to sexual humor and stories, especially when it comes to men’s underwear. Thus, I was so excited to receive my first pair of Shinesty’s ball hammock underwear, primarily because of the “Big Bang” X-Rated pattern on them.

Me wearing my Shinesty boxer briefs
Me wearing my Shinesty “Big Bang” boxer briefs.

When I first discovered Shinesty’s ball hammock underwear while researching underwear ball pouches, I wasn’t too keen on the patterns. I prefer more subdued underwear, mostly solid colors and bland patterns. Yet, later on, I discovered Shinesty’s X-Rated underwear, and I loved the humor!

I find all of Shinesty’s X-Rated underwear comical, yet I always had my eye on their Big Bang pattern from the first time I saw it. Astronomy is so fascinating, and I have a goal of one day seeing the Milky Way in the sky (I have always lived in big cities). Designing star constellations to be sexual poses is genius – “cumstellations” as Shinesty notes – especially when placed on men’s underwear. I just had to have these Shinesty boxer briefs!

Trying on Shinesty Boxer Briefs

Readers know I am a massive fan of modal underwear, and Shinesty boxer briefs don’t disappoint, using a 95% modal and 5% Spandex blend. The 95%/5% blend is ubiquitous for modal and bamboo underwear, although more luxurious brands may offer up to 8-10% Spandex content (which makes a difference). So, while I was excited to start wearing these boxer briefs because of the pattern (if you can’t tell, I love the Big Bang pattern), once I took them out of the package, the familiar softness of modal attracted me immediately.

Detail of the design of Big Bang Shinesty Boxer Briefs
Design detail of Shinesty’s Big Bang boxer briefs

Ball Hammock vs. Ball Park Pouch Design

I previously reviewed Saxx’s BallPark Pouch. Before trying Shinesty’s boxer briefs, I looked carefully at their Ball Hammock pouch. Shinesty’s pouch is similar to Saxx in that they are separated single-pouch designs. The key difference is where the pouch’s guardrails end: Shinesty’s Ball Hammock pouch makes a U-shape, while Saxx’s pouch is I-shaped.

Comparison of Shinesty Ball Hammock Pouch vs Saxx Ball Park Pouch
Comparison of Shinesty Ball Hammock Pouch vs. Saxx Ball Park Pouch

After putting on Shinesty’s boxer briefs, the difference in pouch design is quite apparent. I didn’t feel Shinesty’s pouch when wearing these boxer briefs; this is either a fantastic feature or a debatable add-on. With Saxx’s Ball Park pouch, I felt my balls were in a separate compartment and had more room to breathe. It was obvious that Saxx’s guardrails provided separation between my balls and my legs. Shinesty’s didn’t offer this feeling, which again means the pouch is so natural I couldn’t feel it, or my balls didn’t fit in the pouch. Either way, I don’t find Shinesty’s pouch as a “value add” per se.

You will want to compare Shinesty to both Saxx and also to Bn3th. Bn3th offers a similar U-shaped pouch as Shinesty, but I found Bn3th a bit more comfortable.

Bn3th's MyPackage Pouch Underwear for Men.
Bn3th has a similar U-Shaped pouch to Shinesty, but note the side fabric goes all the way up to the waistband, while Shinesty’s does not.

Road Test

I wore my Shinesty boxer briefs for two days to cover a range of experiences and see how comfortable or uncomfortable they got. I never felt uncomfortable; this is why modal is the best underwear fabric for men. My Shinesty boxer briefs often felt like I wasn’t wearing them, which is how underwear should be.

My Shinesty boxer briefs performed well at the gym, too. While modal won’t wick away sweat on the same level as microfiber, modal does a far better job than cotton. While I own Shinesty’s standard boxer briefs, Shinesty also makes long-leg boxer briefs and “cooling” boxer briefs made from microfiber for guys performing intense workouts.

I also want to give a special shoutout to Shinesty’s waistband. Not only did it have a subdued logo – which I far prefer than being a walking billboard – but the interior waistband material was so comfortable. It is one of the softest waistbands I own. A smooth waistband is a massive win because I find many waistbands uncomfortable – even if the underwear itself is fantastic – so I appreciate a soft waistband.

Waistband logo detail on Shinesty boxer briefs
Detail of Shinesty’s waistband logo

My Cautionary Notes on Shinesty Boxer Briefs

On the other hand, while Shinesty’s Ball Hammock pouch is comfortable, I prefer Saxx’s Ball Park pouch design as I felt cooler. I also didn’t feel like my balls were weightless like my Separatec Dual Pouch. Again, nothing wrong with Shinesty’s Ball Hammock pouch, just that I didn’t feel like it added any value. In a way, not feeling the pouch defeats the purpose of buying underwear with a special separated ball pouch.

Additionally, my Calvin Klein modal boxer briefs feel more luxurious with 8-10% Spandex content compared to Shinesty’s 5% Spandex blend. Again, Shinesty’s 5% Spandex content is very commonly paired with modal, so not a knock against Shinesty, but instead, I’m mentioning that more luxurious modal blends exist.

Calvin Klein Modal Boxer Briefs
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Calvin Klein Modal Boxer Briefs
  • 90% Modal, 10% Elastane
  • Imported
  • Pull On closure
  • Machine Wash
  • No pill fabrication

Last update on 2024-04-19 at 14:22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Overall, I can’t say anything wrong about these Shinesty boxer briefs. They were very comfortable, had an awesome pattern (how many more times am I going to mention this?), and I never had any issues. If you are into humorous men’s underwear and bold prints – including Shinesty’s X-Rated collection, which I love! – Shinesty boxer briefs are an excellent addition to any guy’s underwear collection.

Details on Shinesty Boxer Briefs

As with all my underwear reviews, I note the essential parts when buying new men’s underwear. These bullet points allow you to focus on what makes the most difference to your underwear comfort.

  • Length: I reviewed Shinesty’s boxer briefs, which come with a standard 6” inseam length. Shinesty also offers a full range of men’s underwear, including briefs, trunks (3.5” inseam), and long-leg boxer briefs (8” inseam – read my long-leg boxer briefs guide here). Shinesty also sells athletic shorts and swim trunks with its built-in underwear.
  • Price: $$$. Shinesty’s regular collection of men’s underwear is $28/pair as of March 2024, while Shinesty’s cooling boxers collection is $35/pair. Yet, it is easy to knock down the price. One way is to use Shinesty’s pack builder, which allows you to save up to 25% by buying in bulk. A second way is by subscribing to Shinesty’s monthly subscription service. Shinesty’s subscription plans provide up to 35% savings and do not require you to lock yourself into a contract. Finally, Shinesty sells a limited inventory on Amazon, too.

Shinesty Athletic Cooling UnderwearShinesty Cooling Boxer Briefs in orange image

paradICE Cooling Boxer Briefs

✅︎ Ideal for guys at the gym or working outside in hot weather
✅︎ Mesh cool zones above butt and on inner thighs
✅︎ Vertical Fly
➡️ Only Boxer Briefs
💵 $35/pair
❌ Same Ball Hammock pouch, so your mileage may vary on the pouch

  • Colors and Patterns: By now, you know that I love my Big Bang boxer briefs. Shinesty shines with bold and crazy patterns, so if you love cartoon and novelty boxers, Shinesty is a wonderful place to shop. However, Shinesty also offers some solid colors for more conservative guys.

Shinesty Fourth of July / Ball Hammock Boxer Brief 3 Pack

Shinesty offers plenty of fun patterns, such as these American pride boxer briefs

  • Material and Fabric: All of Shinesty’s regular men’s underwear contains 95% modal and 5% Spandex. This fabric blend is prevalent for modal underwear, which works well, but isn’t as luxurious as Calvin Klein’s 92% modal/8% Spandex blend. Shinesty also offers “cooling” boxer briefs made from synthetic and natural materials for moisture-wicking.
  • Flys: Most Shinesty boxer briefs don’t have functional flys; however, some patterns come with a vertical functional fly. If you want a fly, make sure the pair you picked out has “with fly” written on the image and in the title. Otherwise, it doesn’t come with a functional fly.
  • Penis Pouches: As mentioned above, Shinesty includes their Ball Hammock single separated pouch in all men’s underwear. Shinesty’s pouch is a U-Shaped pouch.
  • Branded waistbands: Shinesty’s waistbands are relatively subdued, which I very much appreciate. More importantly, I thought Shinesty’s waistband was super comfortable and one of the softest waistbands I own.
  • Multipacks: Shinesty offers a pack builder, with discounts starting at 5% for two packs and going up to 25% for five pairs or more. What I don’t like about the pack builder, however, is that you can’t mix and match styles. You can’t buy some briefs and boxer briefs together to get higher discounts. 
  • Design Country: United States

Last update on 2024-04-20 at 06:28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Do you own any Shinesty underwear? Are there other pouches you wear? Let me know in the comments section!

Frequently Asked Questions about Shinesty

What is the difference between Saxx and Shinesty?

Saxx uses an I-shaped pouch design for its BallPark Pouch, while Shinesty uses a U-shaped pouch design for its Ball Hammock pouch. I like Saxx’s pouch better, although some guys prefer Shinesty’s pouch as it can provide better support. Additionally, Saxx has 14 different men’s underwear fabrics, while Shinesty only has two (regular and Cooling). Some guys get overwhelmed by Saxx’s plethora of choices compared to Shinesty.

Comparison of Shinesty Ball Hammock Pouch vs Saxx Ball Park Pouch

What is the difference between Shinesty Regular Boxer Briefs and Cooling Boxer Briefs?

The fabric. Shinesty’s regular boxer briefs are a 95% modal/5% Elastane blend, whereas the Cooling boxer briefs are made from a synthetic microfiber material. Shinesty claims the Cooling boxer briefs wick moisture and keep the skin up to 3 degrees Fahrenheit cooler. Additionally, Cooling boxer briefs are slightly compressive compared to Shinesty’s regular men’s underwear. If you don’t want the compression, you may need to order a size larger on the Cooling boxer briefs.

What is the difference between Shinesty and MeUndies?

All of Shinesty’s men’s underwear has the U-shaped Ball Hammock pouch, whereas most MeUndies underwear only has a standard, non-separated ball pouch. The exception is MeUndies’ Ball Caddy Pouch boxer briefs, which has a modified I-shaped pouch. Also, MeUndies’ regular underwear has 92% modal vs Shinesty’s 95% modal, making MeUndies slightly more luxurious in terms of fabric.

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