I was skeptical when RÜEZ (pronounced \RÜZ\) contacted me to do a product review. Performance underwear? What got me interested was the email, full of bad puns:
”Chris Varney, the company’s founder and reformed couch potato, recently created RUEZ to address one very specific problem that, as a male athlete, I’m sure you can appreciate: chafing. Package chafing, to be specific. He’s designed RUEZ with two layers on the front panel. The one closest to the skin (which is made from a wicking compression material) holds the family jewels comfortably in place, while a strategically positioned hole leads to another compartment that separates and protects your, um, joystick. (You can only imagine the fun I have coming up with new euphemisms for this company. Fortunately, Chris Varney is a serious innovator with a HUGE … sense of humor.)”
So I decided to go ahead with the review, and I’m glad I did.
I requested the boxer briefs ($30.00), both as something different and to compare them to a pair of shorts I tried recently, which came with a boxer brief liner. I had really enjoyed that and wondered if these would be as comfortable.
The boxer briefs are 85% Polyester/15% Spandex. Strangely, the sizes on the website and the actual product don’t line up. I requested a Large (34-38 on the website), which was labeled 38-40 on the item itself. It did fit like a Large, however, so I’d go with the website sizing and not the one on the product.
The underwear was comfortable from the get-go, soft yet clingy, so they were comfortable under a pair of shorts. I never would have expected that something like this would be necessary, but I could immediately feel how this would work to prevent chafing. Very simple solution to a common problem.
I ran, walked, and even cycled in these and they performed admirably in all situations. These won’t replace a good pair of bib shorts with a chamois, but were comfortable for the casual cycling that we did, riding our mountain bikes on country roads. I also wore the boxers for a full day, including the drive back from Michigan and, while they remained comfortable for most of that time, I was ready to have them off towards the end. So maybe not an all-day undergarment, but good for a decent number of hours.
The shorts also have a personal pocket, which is a good idea, since items tucked against the hip will bounce around less and be more protected as opposed to a shorts pocket. I have to admit that the photo on the website makes it look more like a Chippendale's dancer accepting credit cards.
This performance underwear seems well-made and does the job promised. If you are looking for something to help with chafing, these are definitely recommended. I’d also recommend them as a base layer for any outdoor activity – they were comfortable, supportive, and breathed well, even though they also blocked some serious wind.
For more information or to purchase, head over to the RÜEZ website. You can also like them on Facebook.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of RÜEZ, via This Just In PR & Marketing. I was not compensated in any other way for the reviews, was not obligated to give them a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.
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