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Ditch the baggy boxers and embrace the jockstrap

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about “jockstraps”? Do you relate it to the long ago men’s underwear traditional style that used to be an integral part of sport? Or, is it what you look up to for bringing the sizzling action behind the closed doors?

Whatever your idea of the jockstrap is, the fashion underwear style is definitely one of those which keeps coming back and straight to the hearts and the underneath of the male population. After being vanished from the face of the earth being the athletic pair, the style made a comeback as a fashionable pair and continued to please the manhood for the big games as well.

If you haven’t been a jockstrap kinda-guy, you should start considering it as an option. This article will lay out a few great reasons why the exotic underwear is making a comeback, and you should get on the bandwagon.

Exceptional Support

The very first reason for which one can consider adopting the respective style is for their undying support below the belt. The first pair was made in the late 1800s for bicycle delivery boys for the sole reason- to keep their manhood in its place! Movement is not what they desired while they moved around delivering their best. This required a pair that everything stayed where it should be without causing a lot of problem (chafing or bouncing) down there. So, when you are indulging in a field trip or running a marathon, you can look up to the support of a jockstrap.

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Undie-fying Comfort

When your todger is set in a place where it should be without letting a lot of movement, no fabric in the back or sides, how do you expect someone to feel? It is but obvious that comfort will be the key underneath. Do you remember having a pair of boxer brief underwear that rode up when you walked for a while? Probably because of the seams and wrong fabric composition. However, jockstraps are better anytime in situations like this.

Spaciousness

What can be worse than a hot summer day and a sticky back with the constantly irritating layer of fabric? Well, I even hate it when a strand of hair sticks on my face when I sweat, having that irritating feeling is what I try to avoid. Hence, jockstraps come handy here as well.

Inexpensive

It comes on very hard in a man’s pocket when he steps out spending for his basic clothing. With highly expensive pieces available at brick and mortar shops, it visibly comes down when you check for online options. At Manhood Undies you have prices that’ll blow your mind in happiness and contentment because of the inexpensive prices and luxurious designs.

Style

There are two overarching distinctive types of jocks, athletic and fashionable. Here’s the pros of both of them.

Athletic jockstraps

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Feature a sturdy elastic waistband that holds

If you are the athletic types and are in love jocks, you would know that one of the most important feature to keep everything in place below the belt is the elastic waistband. More often, the feature is broad and of has the name of the brand on it. It is available to keep the place of the pair intact without promoting any movement.

Elastic leg bands for the right grip

Keeping in sync with the waistband, the leg bands too are made with elastic fabric like spandex or elastane to keep the pouch held from the lower portion of the butt and goes all the way to the waistband.

The pouch is functionally supportive

Made out of cotton, nylon or some other sporty fabric, the pouch intends to support and enhance the visibility of the manhood. The enhancement and protection were the basic features when the style was introduced to men.

The very basic intention of these features was to keep you from chafing, rashes and getting yourself hurt while indulging in sporty games or workouts.

Fashionable jockstraps

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Waistband are sometimes flimsy

Made to be flaunted while indulging in romantic affairs or personal self indulgence, the waistband of the fashionable jocks are made with lacy fabrics or shimmery textured ones that look appeal on the body. Well, you might also find broad elastic ones as well.

Leg bands are elastic

Without doubt the leg bands are made to hold the pouch in the correct place. Hence, they are majority of the times made to hold the grip of the pair together.

Pouch is designed to appeal and support

You might or might not want support when it comes to fashionable underneath. You have options of choosing fabrics to open pouches, sexy cut-outs to absolutely no support in the front. Well, made for regular days, the comfort is definitely an essential part of the style.

We know a jock isn’t for everyone, so if you’re feeling adventurous, but not wanting to expose your arse, check out all our underwear tips here.

If you do fancy a new lease of life for your balls, which style would you opt for? Do let us know in the comments below.

Exclusive offer: HIGHSTREETJOCK will give a 15% discount on the site across everything, but it can only be used once per customer.

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Our top picks:

SUKREW – a fantastic British underwear brand, for the alternative gent. Very comfy cotton blend jocks.

Jack Adams USA – Well known for their athletic underwear and use of premium materials and high quality manufacturing. Well known for their range of jockstraps.

Gregg Homme – Known for being very sexy underwear made in Canada very much a premium brand. Its a little different, as its see through and naturally enhancing.

Garcon Model – Another Canadian brand. As you will see the buzz word here is comfortable! Great materials and made for comfort. The SO:BE Jock is a great colour combination with fantastic fit.

Andrew Christian – One of the biggest men’s underwear brands in the world with a particularly big gay following. Definitely falls under the heading of a fashion jock, stripes are always a big seller.

Stylish commuting. On ya bike!

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London brand Vel-Oh has been on the British bike scene since early 2014, but is only now getting the full recognition it deserves for the high quality products it produces.

The three in one Worker Bag from lifestyle brand Vel-Oh was originally created for those commuting by bicycle and incorporated four key elements, waterproof, lightweight, stylish and versatile. Those elements have helped make it popular as an everyday bag, perfect for the office and just great as a weekend or flight bag.

The Worker has adjustable cotton webbing straps allowing it to be used as a back pack, tote bag or regular carry bag. A capacity of 30 litres gives plenty of space and side poppers keep the bag looking neat. There are two side bottle pockets and a padded 15 inch laptop pouch.

Made from high quality heavyweight 100% waxed cotton from British Millerain, to keep the contents dry while super strong magnets on the top and front pouch ensure that those contents are safe and sound. There is a leather front pouch pocket with an easy access pocket carrying an embossed Vel-oh logo as well as a large embossed leather back panel.

The bags are the ingenious idea of husband and wife team Zulfi and Greta, two urban cyclists. As commuters they noticed that cycling bags were either aesthetically challenged and practical or vice versa. They started discussing why this was and how they could create the best of both worlds. They spent the next nine months working on a symbiotic approach to this problem and creating a product that the cyclist would find both practical and desirable.

Zulfi and Greta’s goal is to bring form, function and style to the cycle to work commuter, with the emphasis on all of their products now being handmade by the two wherever they are.

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The Vel-Oh three-in-one Worker Bag does a great job of combining function and style and exceed themselves in achieving a chic urban vibe.

The symbiotic approach that the company has taken to create a product that can keep up with the needs of a city cyclist, makes you feel like you’re buying a product from a company that truly understands your needs.

Vel-Oh‘s new collection comes from the team going back to the drawing board and taking inspiration from the two key fundamentals of Vel-Oh. Form & Function. A range of bags that Vel-Oh feel is right for the cycle inspired market. These new styles have a sleek look that wouldn’t feel out of place in the office,but have the practicality of being able to cycle to work with. Revisiting how you carry locks, lights and your personal belongings and have incorporated these into our new range, the brand is definitely worth a look if you’re on your bike every morning.

If you want a bag that is made for cycling, but don’t want to lose any of the stylishness of a cool day bag, this is the look for you.

Shop here.

How much money will you waste on fitness fads?

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A new study has revealed the amount of money Brits waste on fitness and diet fads, including everything from memberships they’ve never used and workout clothes that remain in the back of the wardrobe to supplements that were thrown away.

Of course, we’ve all seen the “new year, new me” motto bouncing around all over  social media, with us all rolling our eyes, and rightly so, because it was found that Britons spend £26.8 billion on fitness and health items that they never use in attempts to keep healthy and in shape.

The amount Britons waste on fitness fads and diet crazes has been revealed, finding that there is £26.8 billion wasted on fitness and diet fads across the UK. Unused gym memberships cost the average Briton £429 per person, while £179 is wasted on unworn workout clothes and £57 on discarded health and fitness supplements.

The team at the protein supplement company, P-Fit.co.uk, polled a total of 2,321 UK-based adults, all of whom were aged 18-65 years old. Respondents were quizzed about their fitness and diet habits and how much they had invested in their health.

Initially respondents were asked if they felt they spent a lot of money trying to keep fit and healthy, to which 31% stated they did. They were then asked if they thought that these purchases helped with their overall fitness to which 87% stated they did.

Afterwards, respondents were asked “How much have you spent on unused gym or fitness memberships, if anything?” to the average answer emerged as £429. They were asked to detail how much they had spent on any untaken health and fitness supplements, to which the average spend on unused supplements was revealed to be £57 per person. Finally, they were asked to consider their spend on any unworn workout clothes and accessories, to which the average Briton confessed that they had spent £179 on gym and workout clothes they had never worn.

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In order to analyse these figures, researchers next took figures from the Office Of National Statistics* to calculate how much money Britons aged 18-65 wasted in the health and fitness industry as a whole. Using the average wasted spends of £429 on gym membership, £179 on workout clothes and £57 on supplements, they calculated that Britons are wasting £26,757,160,780 (£26.8 billion) on the industry.

Finally respondents were asked why they kept spending money on these objects when they did not always use them, to which the majority (71%) stated that they had ‘high hopes at the start’. A further 63% believed that if they spent more money, they were more likely to use the products or memberships that they had bought.

Ross Beagrie, Managing Director at P-Fit.co.uk commented:

“In the fitness industry consumers often don’t know which products they need, this often means that consumers don’t get the results that they expect. Before making the purchase be sure the products are what you need to achieve your specific goals. A great way to stop yourself from wasting money on supplements that you don’t need is to use services that tailor your order specifically to your needs, as P-Fit does; many people end up discarding products because they don’t work in the way they expected them to. A personally tailored product allows supplements to be suited to your lifestyle and goals and will also provide guidance on how and when to take them to get the best results.”

How to Cheat at Common Games this Christmas

Ok, Perhaps not “cheat” as thats ungentlemanly but how to strategically gain the upper hand. A term now in common usage is “Moneyballing”, a homage term to the book and film of the same name.

Let’s be honest though, it is not the taking part that counts. Crush your nearest and dearest with our gamesmanship tips. You don’t need to be the smartest at the table…just the best prepared.

So lets “Moneyball” some common Christmas and Family games….

Jenga: The Lean and Pinch

Put your elbow against the tower to stabilise it. And, if there are two blocks left in a row, it’s perfectly legal to pinch them together and move them so you can work one free.

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Monopoly: Smart Real Estate

Buy Orange; The most commonly landed on square in Monopoly is “Jail” and the most commonly rolled numbers are 5, 6, 7 and 8, which statistically makes orange squares five times more likely to be landed on than any other.

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Scrabble: Know your Two Letter Words

“Zo” is a Himalayan cow and “Za” is a Pizza, since you ask. S may only be worth 1 point but that’s because it’s so versatile. Q is worth a lot more, but you’ll struggle to use it. Popular use of Q is “QI” the Chinese life-force. Still get rid of it ASAP.

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Cluedo: Deduce and Deceive

Don’t ask about cards you know your opponents are holding. When you make a suggestion, your goal is to get more information. If your opponents can show you the same card you’ve already seen, then you get no new information, and your turn has failed. The only cards that you have already marked off on your list that you should still ask about are your own cards, since nobody else will be able to disprove them.

Use the secret passages. This lets you move from a room to another room, guaranteed, without having to risk rolling the dice. That’s two suggestions in a row that you get to make, without having to worry about bad luck stealing your opportunity.
If you haven’t eliminated those two rooms after that, you can keep going back and forth between those two rooms until someone shows you one of those cards. Until they do, it’s the most efficient way to gather information.

Figure out what your opponents know. If an opponent repeatedly uses the same item in suggestions, whether it’s a location, weapon, or character, it probably means nobody else can disprove that item. If Suzy has made three suggestions in a row about the Revolver, chances are very good that the Revolver is either the murder weapon or in Suzy’s hand.

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Roulette: Thunderball Strategy

The James Bond Roulette System is rather simple betting system. You need £20 for you to make a bet with this roulette strategy.

You need to bet £14 on high numbers (19-36), £5 on six numbers 13-18, and £1 on zero as insurance.

Possible outcomes:

  • If a number from 19 to 36 comes out you will have £8 profit.
  • If one of the 6 numbers from 13 to 18 comes out you will have £10 profit.
  • If Zero comes out you will have £16 profit.
  • If a number from 1 to 12 comes out and you lose, next time you will raise your bet as with the Martingale Roulette System.

If all else fails, play Russian Roulette, with dirty tactics….but don’t catch yourself out!

There we have it gents, go fourth and multiply your winnings this Christmas. Be champ at table trivia, the King of the family. This article was written for us by Blades Magazine.


 

Iconic cycling brand ASSOS gears up for opening of first UK store

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ASSOS of Switzerland, the iconic cycling brand, will open its first international concept store on Regent Street, in the heart of London’s luxury shopping district.

Marking the brand’s 40th anniversary as an industry leader, ASSOS is set take a significant step forward with the opening of its first flagship store outside the company’s Swiss headquarters, giving rise to a new era of specialized customer service for both professionals and cycling enthusiasts.

If you know us, you’ll know we’re sporty guys, we tell you all to often enough how to support your junk in the form of underwear (‘Support During Sport’ article here), but there comes a time in every rider’s life when an appreciation for fine, well-fitting shorts outweighs any concern about their cost. Indeed, a great pair of bib-shorts can transform your time on the bike from tolerating the ride to indulging in another 10km. Sure, a new set of high-priced shorts won’t improve your legs, but if you’re aching in the saddle from a poor set of shorts, it doesn’t matter how good your legs are.

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From launch of the first carbon fibre bike frame and design of world’s first performance Lycra® cycling shorts, to the more recent release of the Urban lifestyle collection, ASSOS has been at the forefront of apparel innovation for four decades. The new high-tech store maintains these design values and will house the full ASSOS apparel collection, helmets, eye-wear and accessories.

The landmark store at St James’ Market, is designed to help cyclists find their perfect kit by providing the opportunity to road-test the performance-led range in store. A uniquely designed elliptical change-room, complete with a sample of every garment in the collection, gives customers the opportunity to trial the range on a Goomah racing bike, in order to determine the all-important fit in the saddle before they leave the store.

ASSOS CEO Phil Duff said: “Wherever you live in the world, cycling is the best way to get from A to B and we firmly believe that performance and style aren’t mutually exclusive. London is the epicenter of fashion and the ever-growing buzz around cycling and we’re thrilled to bring our passion to Regent Street”.

“From professional and avid riders through to the weekend warrior, the ASSOS range is designed to allow cyclists to focus on the ride, whether that be at a competitive level or simply on the daily commute to work”.

He continued: “We are committed to developing the most technically advanced product and through our new retail experience, customers can rest assured they have chosen the perfect fit before they take to the saddle”.

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Designed by Ab Rogers, son of renowned architect Richard Rogers, whose portfolio boasts work with Comme Des Garcons, The TATE, the V&A and Conde Nast, the store opening heralds an exciting era for growth for the brand in an increasingly competitive market which sees more than two million people take to a bike every week across the UK.

Rogers said: “As a cycling enthusiast myself, I’m drawn to the unwavering commitment to performance and the attention to detail ASSOS invest in every garment. I wanted to designed a space that echoed this ethos, but importantly, also offered an innovative retail solution to guarantee customers an unmatched experience both on and off the bike”.

When it comes to performance cycling, whether it’s long rides on Sunday mornings or road racing, and sportives, bib shorts are where it’s at for outright comfort. ASSOS’ range of apparel and accessories provide comfort so you can sit in the saddle for hours at a time.

The eagerly awaited store will open to the general public tomorrow on the Friday 18th November from 09:00, with fitting appointments available daily.

The brand new ASSOS store is located here: