Review: Hanes Comfort Flex Fit® String Bikinis
I kept going back and forth about giving these Hanes Comfort Flex Fit® string bikinis a try. I figured they’d have too much coverage for my preference, but decided to add them to a curbside pickup order one day. Having someone have to grab them off the shelf for me also drove my purchase a bit. It possibly exposed at least one person to the string bikini style for men. I do wonder if it was a male or female shopper that pulled them off the rack and what they thought. Another motive for giving the Hanes string bikini a whirl was a couple guys in my forums seem to think they are decent and they are reviewed well online at Wal-Mart and Hanes. I figured an underwear blog needs to review them and I’m probably the only one that will go for budget pairs. Plus was interested in how they compare to the Life by Jockey I used to wear somewhat regularly many years ago.
So here I am reviewing a budget pair of string bikinis I got from Walmart. For about $16, I got 6 pairs in 5 different solid colors. Nothing crazy with the colors and all fine with me to wear. Overall they look pretty much the same as the Life by Jockey string bikinis. Now I probably should have sized down on the Hanes like I did the Life for a better comparison for fit, but I forgot I did that. The real difference between the two brands is the fabric. The Life by Jockey are 100% cotton while the Hanes are 57% cotton, 38% modal, and 5% spandex. At the time of writing the Hanes are a little cheaper and you get one more pair than the Life by Jockey.
Let’s look at some more details on the Hanes String bikinis. They have the narrow sides like a string bikini should have. They measure in at about a ½”. The pouch is a flat design, which is the same as the Life string bikinis. Rear coverage is full back. These are machine wash cool and tumble dry low, but says to not use fabric softener. The box says they offer sizes from small (28″-30″ or 70cm-75cm) to 3XL (48″-50″ or 120cm-125cm). The string bikini is made in Vietnam.
Overall I find these a comfortable basic string bikini. As I figured before I made the purchase, the back is more coverage than I like. The pouch coverage is fine and has plenty of room even with it being a flat front pouch. A center seam contour pouch would make it better for me and make it a step for sure above the Life by Jockey one. I mentioned I sized down in the Life brand to give a better fit in rear and pouch support. I think that probably is what I should have done with these too, since I do normally like a bit of a snug fit. Seems like the bikini has a little extra fabric in the rear than it needs. I’d say the fabric blend of the Hanes bikini is a better option than the Life’s 100% cotton. Support is fine for every day wear. Not a pair I would wear exercising or sports.
Now I’m going to give these one thong up. Not because I think guys into bikinis already and have found some of the online brands should get them. I’m looking at them as a budget option especially for guys just trying the style out. Many guys I have talked to have started with bikinis from Kmart, which got us hooked. So these would be a good starting point into skimpier styles from the norm. It’s good that they can be stumbled upon in a store and get someone interested in wanting to try them. I’ve read reviews of this string bikinis where women buy their guys them. Then with reservations at first about trying them ended up liking them. Also reviews from guys deciding to take a chance on them and really ending up liking them too. So my approval of them are for guys that find them interesting. For the price you’re not going to be out much money if you end up not liking them. Really they’re better than other underwear styles and options available in most local stores like Walmart.
|Recommendation:||One thong up|
Pros: Comfortable, Available is sizes small to 3XL
Cons: Too much rear coverage for me