Prepared for High Water

I joined a new gym a few weeks ago. I'm enjoying it so far and am excited to lose weight and improve my cardiovascular health, but that's not what this post is about. This post is about underwear.

I normally wear boxers and have been doing so for quite some time now. However, it became apparent shortly after I started going to a morning spin class that I was going to need something more supportive in the undergarment department. I won't go into all the gory details--suffice it to say that bike seats can be uncomfortable. So, last week I found myself at Target shopping for briefs for the first time in over a decade.

Now, I know that necklines and hems and what have you have a tendency to move around, but I wouldn't have guessed that this sort of thing would happen with briefs. As it turns out, I would have guessed incorrectly, since what I found immediately after putting on a pair of my new tighty-whiteys is that the waistband actually came up over my navel. Now, I admit that it's been a while since I've had any intimate experience with this kind of underwear, but I don't recall my underpants extending two inches above the top of my jeans when I was back in high school. I bought some boxer briefs in the hope that they might be a little better, but they actually went up even higher.

It seems to me quite strange to wear my underwear so high, but if I put the waistband where I think is comfortable, the support is lost. It leads me to wonder whether perhaps the boxer mentality--you might call it "freedom-loving"--has become so pervasive that underwear manufacturers have started making briefs that cater to that desire. But that just makes no sense because if briefs aren't supportive then what's the point of wearing them in the first place? Aside from which, I would think that the people that find briefs unappealing to look at would be even more put off by saggy briefs.

For myself, I don't appear to have many options. I could roll the top down but that just looks dumb. Or I suppose I could try to find a pair that's cut shorter, but I have the sneaking suspicion that that road leads to bikini briefs and I'm not sure that I'm ready to go there. So I guess I'm stuck with some really high-waisted underwear for the time-being.

And just in case you were going to ask: no, there will be no pictures. Whether that's a relief or a disappointment is your own business.



It's probably so the waistband can hang out over the top of your pants. The style is very widespread in casual wear.

Mike Sakasegawa:

I've seen plenty of people with boxers showing over the top of their pants, but never briefs.


I've seen both-- much to my dismay. ;)

Perhaps it's the sizing that has changed? Maybe you need a size down? Or perhaps there's some kind of "low cut" version you could buy?

Christy :

*laugh* Its very likely that back in high school your jeans came up over your navel. I don't think its the underwear that's changed, but that doesn't really help you. Sorry!


Oh no, nobody was wearing jeans that high by the time I was in high school. Well, no guys anyway. People were already "sagging" when I was in middle school, and while I never wore my pants around my thighs like some people, I definitely wasn't wearing them above my navel either.

Edison Michael Medina:

Dude... I had that same issue, not on my spin bike, but on my road bike (I don't do spin). Two words for you my man: Biker Shorts... It will change your life!

Make sure you don't wear any chonnies under your biker shorts... It will give you mad chaffing. If you do find yourself chaffed, then I suggest a wonderful little product called "Bag Balm", it comes in a nice green tin can. I know it says its for Cow utters, but cyclists have been using it for years. I will admit that at first its really uncomfortable because you look like a ballet dancer without the muscle, but you get over it and you will be far more comfortable. Hope this helps.

Mike Sakasegawa:

Thanks, man. I actually bought a pair of bike shorts just after I wrote this article, and it's been a huge improvement. :)